California Part 2

Can we just stop for a moment and appreciate how beautiful the world is

I’m really missing those California sunsets!!

Balboa Park:

We spent another morning down at the seaport and grabbed an early lunch. Emma wasn’t feeling well so she stayed behind

We went to dinner that night at Jon’s second cousin’s house. It was the first time we met her and we all instantly fell in love with her

Jon and I left the kids one night and met up with an old friend for some drinks

We pretty much went nonstop the entire time we were there and I have so many more pictures to share. Soon.

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California Part 1

Our vacation got off to a pretty rough start. After struggling to get Beck’s car seat installed on the airplane we were told that we had to get off the plane due to bad weather. There was going to be a 4 hour delay. We had a connecting flight that we were never going to make. So we had to rebook our flights for first thing the next morning. We had 8 hours to wait and it didn’t make any sense for us to go home so we waited it out………. at the airport

We had a quick layover in TX

But, La Jolla you were worth the wait!!

It was a long day of traveling and beach going and we were all exhausted but there was no way I was going to miss my first west coast sunset. Megan, Chloe, Lucy and I all walked down to the beach to watch

We spent the 4th of July at the beach. We went to Torey Pines first and then over to Coronado and met up with Scott

Then we went to the seaport to watch the fireworks around the bay. It was an incredible sight to see

The following day we went to Seaworld. Jon hated Seaworld but I’m pretty sure it’s because he had flashbacks of Shamu pinching his ear when he was a little boy. The rest of us loved it!

We stopped at The Taco Stand on the way home. This place was DELICIOUS!! There was a constant line down the street no matter what time of day or night we drove by

SO good!!!

Sweet Emilie came for dinner one night

SO good to see her!

A few more pictures from the beginning of the week

If you’ve made it this far you’re a trooper. I think that was only day 3!! More to come!

June Photos

It’s hard to believe that June is more than half over. Yesterday was Lucy’s first official day of summer vacation and we’re already in summer mode over here. It usually takes me a few weeks before it starts to feel like summer break but this year it was immediate!

img_1559img_1556img_1693Lucy finished up elementary school and I have to admit that I’ve been so busy obsessing over Megan finishing high school that this didn’t hit me until she got out of the car on the last day. I still remember putting her on the kindergarten bus and all the emotions I was going through. This was pretty much the same.

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The first thing we did was hit the library!

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We celebrated with s’mores before bedtime.

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and ice-cream

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we celebrated Megan

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We’ve been living outside all week

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We’ve hung out with grumpy toddlers

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and silly teenagers

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We found Beckett on the pottery barn website

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twins

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besties

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and the cutest little super hero

Oh, summer!!!!!!!! We love you!!

Weekly Recap

I feel like we are in the thick of summer fun right now, even though we have another week of school left.

Lucy had her Last Blast on Thursday

I really like her group of friends. They all have pretty big personalities but they seem to compliment one another. Every once in a while you hear some arguing but mostly giggling. They point out when someone is doing or saying something wrong but not in a mean natured way. Almost adult like. They are also really good at complimenting each other and cheering each other on. It’s really FUN watching them all together.

Emma and Tess went to Iceland last week and it seemed strange to have my iPhone app look like this

She was REALLY far away!

Jon chaperoned Lucy’s canoe trip

This girl is way too cool to grocery shop

Saturday morning coffee and peaches with this boy

On Saturday we drove to Taunton where Megan received the Italian Club scholarship

When we left there we stopped to see Scott and Sean who were both in town for a christening.

After a long day Jon and I hung out with the kids and relaxed

Beckett has some water drops in his hair but I LOVE this big curl

Yesterday we took Lucy and Beck strawberry picking

And a few more random photos

Lucy got a chance to snuggle up sweet Sydney

And a few from Iceland even though Emma will end up putting these on her page

And even though it’s not a flattering picture of me I love it. I’ve had a baby on my hip for 22 years!!! It’s kinda my favorite thing

Happy Birthday, Lucy!

She’s 10!! Like, as in one zero! TEN!! How in the world did that happen so quickly?!?! We celebrated this sweet girl over the weekend with some of her friends

It is SO fun and watching Lucy and her friends. It totally takes me back to when the older girls were younger. They played games and swam the entire day. She had a few of them sleep over on Saturday night, too.

I absolutely love celebrating my kids!! Happy Birthday, sweet Lu!!

Graduation

I remember the day I got these pictures back from her preschool teacher. They brought me to tears (surprise, surprise). I also remember thinking that seeing her in her high school cap and gown would crush me. But, I didn’t have to worry about that for 14 years.

I’ve been dreading graduation for months. I’ve been through this before and I know that even though I’m still their mom and they’re still my “babies”, things just change. Of course the feelings don’t change, just the day to day activities that we’ve been doing forever. Like I said in Emma’s graduation post, it’s not a bad change just different.

I lasted without tears until this next part (SAME as Emma’s graduation)

So even though I got a little teary eyed I really am so excited for her!!

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It was upside down and it made us laugh. She really is a very smart girl. 

I am SO proud of her and I know that she will go on to do great things in life.

And I hope she knows that where ever life brings her, she will always have this support system who will love her and be there for her no matter what.

Happy Graduation Megan Mackenzie!!

This Moment

She was sitting on the couch while I was putting Lucy’s lunch together this morning. I turned and saw her staring at me. She smiled and I burst into tears. It’s gonna be a long week. Graduation tomorrow.

May Little Things

Just a few pictures from May so I don’t forget

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We had our first trip to the ice cream shop.

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We found an awesome park close by. We plan on spending lots of time here once school gets out.

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We took the birthday girl out for lunch. Can you believe she is 22?!?!?!?!

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Beck got some new wheels

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Jon and I went to a couple of concerts in May, including a double date with Matt and Jen.

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Speaking of double dates….. we had lunch with Kirsten and G.

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Now he thinks he’s the coolest thing out there.

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Mother’s Day love with my kids

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3 generations (who like to match)

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My dad had some heart procedures done recently and I spent a few days with my mom

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Megan’s chorus had their senior night and I pretty much cried throughout the entire thing. When her friend Kamryn sang I Will Always Love You I pretty much lost it. Her voice is amazing!! Her friend Lexi sang Thank God for Small Towns and I cried through that one too. It’s safe to say that I’ll be a blubbering mess at graduation and will probably embarrass her and my entire family. Ha!

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Can’t forget Lucy’s Memorial Day program. I usually cry through that one too. This year Beckett kept me too busy to get teared up. He finally met Patrick (one of the babies that Megan and Chloe babysit for). It did hit me that I won’t be at the elementary school for this program for 4 years!! So sad!!

A few more photos from the month:

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We did a collaboration with Herobility. LOVE their baby products! Use code Jillfriary20 if you’re interested in getting 20% off 3 or more products.

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That pretty much wraps up May. Megan is out of school and busy having fun with her friends. Emma is done too and getting ready to hit Iceland next week with Tess. Chloe and Lucy have a couple of more weeks but I know that they’re eager to finish up. We have a fun summer planned and we are all more than ready to get to it!

One more thing, scroll back up and look at that last picture of Beckett’s face. How cute is he?!?!?!?!

 

Prom

Another day that went by in the blink of an eye. I’ve been pretty emotional lately with all of these end of the school year things so I’m just going to let the pictures tell the story

I was so excited when she texted me that her and Alex got prom king and queen

She’s as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside. She is one of the most caring, loyal and honest people out there and NO one deserved that more than her.

I had to add that last picture of her and her favorite teacher. Now it’s on to graduation. I told her I probably won’t stop tearing up through the day until Thanksgiving break. Love you, my Meggie 💕