I SHOULD be putting out my Christmas decorations right now. I always put them out the morning after Thanksgiving and the baby is sleeping right now but I don’t have the energy to go up to the crawl space and pull them out. So I thought I’d just post a few pictures from the last two days before they get lost in my camera roll.

We finally made it up to the castle this week. The view from the top is AMAZING and I’m thinking that maybe we could do our Christmas cards up there 

We had dinner at my mom’s this year. 

Jon loves when I take pictures of him (insert eye roll here) so I waited until he was carving the turkey to take it 

After dinner and desert we went to Marlene and Brian’s for more desert. I can hardly move today, I’m still full. 

Marlene tried to get a picture of the seven of us but unfortunately most of them came out like this 

We managed to get one decent one

But I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little nervous about our Christmas cards this year. 

Happy Thanksgiving 

Recent iPhone Photos

October is always a fun and busy month over here. Chloe wrapped up her freshman field hockey season with their pink game. It’s always a fun game to go to and it’s obviously a great cause to support 

October weather is my absolute favorite so we spent a ton of time outside

The foliage was extra gorgeous this year!

We enjoyed a great visit with Tracey and the girls

Those two make great lunch dates. I have no idea what caught their attention in that first picture but it cracks me up

Megan got a terrible burn at work! An entire pot of coffee fell on her. 

My poor girl needed some Starbucks to make her feel better

Cheer comps just started last weekend 

Chloe did some great comic book makeup for Halloween 

We took Lucy to her first Celtics game this week

And since I’m not doing an official 13 month update on Beckett….. can you believe he will be 13 months tomorrow…… here are a few pictures of him from this month

He’s such a good boy!! He still isn’t sleeping at night though. He is a busy little guy during the day. He is constantly climbing on things and still loves emptying the cabinets. He understands everything we tell him and let me just say that this little bubba LOVES to eat


I already posted these pictures on Instagram and Facebook but wanted to make sure I brought them over here too.

Beckett made the cutest little Mickey Mouse. He happily sat in his wagon and let me pull him around all morning. Trick or treating was a different story. He was not having it at all! He screamed the entire time we were out. He even lost part of his costume while throwing a temper tantrum. I felt bad for the Gilmore family who came with us. I even left in the middle and brought Beckett home to have Chloe put him to bed. Poor baby was tired, cold and probably a little freaked out. 

Lucy was the perfect Queen of Hearts. She wanted this costume last year but we couldn’t find it. As soon as we found it in September we grabbed it. 

Lucy was so excited to trick or treat with her bestie. 

It was a little sad not having any of the older kids with us this year. This was the first year that Chloe didn’t go out. I think she was ready to hang up that Halloween hat of hers. She really isn’t a fan at all. While we were out with the Gilmores last night we were talking about how when Beckett is ready to stop trick or treating with us, we’ll have 30+ years of trick or treating under our belts. I’m sure by then I’ll be ready to hang up my hat too, but not yet. I still LOVE this stage! 

A Little Throwback and an Introduction 

When Lucy was little we used to stop at a local farm once a week during the fall. We always made this stop on our way up to Trader Joe’s.

Armed with a pocketful of quarters for feeding the animals and an appetite for apple spiced donuts we would head out for an hour of fun. 
Sometimes we would take a friend

Sometimes we would take a sister

Once in a while the entire family would join us

But most of the time it was just me and Lu

I’ve posted here a few times about how much I loved stopping there with Lucy. Once she went to kindergarten it actually hurt to drive up to Trader Joe’s alone. I missed my little partner. 

On Beckett’s birthday Lucy begged me to stay home so she could spend the day with us. I was hesitant because we had already had his party and I didn’t plan on doing anything fun that day without the rest of the family. I told her that if she could come up with something fun and local for us to do she could stay home.  She told me she wanted to go to the farm. It’s like I had a big sticker on my head that said SUCKER. There was no way I would say no to her skipping school now. So we found as many quarters as we could and headed over to the farm.

The weather was perfect and it was late enough in the afternoon that the field trip kids were gone. I couldn’t help noticing so many other mamas with babies, toddler and little preschoolers making their own memories over on that great farm. I was so thankful that Lucy came up with the idea to bring Beckett. He enjoyed watching and petting the animals but wasn’t so sure about sitting next to all the pumpkins. Ha! I hope he grows up to love this place as much as we do. 

Thank you Lucy for letting me relive some of the fun memories that day. But,  I still miss you TONS when I stop at Trader Joe’s 💕

Beckett James, Month 12


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You’re an entire year old, little bubba!! img_6406

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel the night before you turned one. Was I supposed to be sad that there wasn’t a “baby” in the house anymore? I love having babies around BUT I LOVE TODDLERS EVEN MORE!! There, I said it. Babies are cute and cuddly but toddlers are FUN! And ENERGETIC! And SWEET! And SILLY! And I honestly couldn’t wait! But, I enjoyed every moment of rocking you on your “last” night of babyhood. Which is kind of silly because you’re still obviously a baby 🙂

Likes: You love all things “boy”. You love playing with your cars and trucks. You love playing outside and already enjoy getting dirty. You love balls and Lucy’s tweety bird baseball bat. You love being outside in your car and on your swing. You LOVE your daddy right now and are starting to become a major daddy’s boy


Dislikes, being told no. That’s about it. You’re happy as long as we let you do what you want. HA!

Eats: Still nursing 5-6 times a day with no end in sight. You have a yogurt and banana every morning for breakfast. Lunch is always tricky because I feel like I’m giving you the same thing all the time: mac and cheese or sandwiches. Dinner is whatever we’re eating and you are NOT picky at all.


Sleeps: NOPE! You started sleeping through the night at eleven months but the last three weeks have been TOUGH! You are getting up two to three times a night and I can’t figure out why. You refuse to put yourself back to sleep and won’t stop crying until I go in there.


You wake up super happy though, so I can’t complain too much.

Wearing 12 month clothing, size 3 diapers, size 2 FP and size 4 sneakers



Milestones: You still have six teeth and can point to them whenever I ask. You can also point out your nose and your belly. We’re still working on the other body parts 🙂 You can say the words: teeth, horse, cheese, down, dog, ball, mama, dada and baba (your grandfathers). You recognize all sorts of commands, climb the stairs, wave hello and good bye. You clap your hands when I start to sing patty cake or if you’re happy and you know it. You are cruising along the furniture and like to hide on me and then laugh when I find you. You are full of so much energy and are the happiest, silliest little boy I have ever met.



So, I’m not sad at all that the baby stage is over. I am SO excited to watch you learn and grow into the little boy you’re supposed to be. That doesn’t mean that I won’t rock you a little longer at night or hold you a little longer during the day. I love you, Beckett James. Happy Birthday!!



Beckett’s First Birthday Party


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I didn’t take as many pictures as I hoped to at Beckett’s party. I planned on having my camera out all day so I could capture all of his first birthday moments. He was such a good boy and had so much fun with his cousins and friends. But, it’s JUST TOO HARD to be the photographer at a party you’re throwing. There were too many people to chat with and babies to love on. It’s really the first party in a long time where the house was filled with babies and little kids again. img_2427img_2435img_6291


It rained, so our outside football tailgate party got moved inside. Jon did make his famous jambalaya outside though and it was DELICIOUS!


I’m pretty sure that his new giraffe toy was his favorite. He sat on it this morning while eating a bowl of Joe’s O’s.


LOVED his little Beckett #1 shirt that my friend made for him.


I’m missing some of the other kids that were here yesterday but we love them too!!!


He LOVED his football cupcake!!

I can’t believe that an entire year has gone by since my due date. My baby is turning one this week!!!

Thank you to all our family and friends for making his first birthday such a special day!!


Five Things From the Weekend

One: Lucy had been asking all week to get her ears pierced so we took her after school on Friday

After we left she talked about all the piercings she wants to get in the future. Ha!

Two: after getting her ears pierced we went over to Starbucks and I got my first ever Pumpkin Spiced Latte. 

It was so good that I actually went back the next day with Chloe and got another one. Lucy got my other favorite, a green tea.

Three: the weather turned cooler so we spent a lot of time cooking fall favorites

Four: Beckett took his first ride in the car grocery cart and loved it! His seatbelt was broken so Lucy volunteered to hold on to him

He tried stealing all of the slim jims 

Five: we went back to the apple orchard since our first outing was cut short by a poop explosion 

Recent iPhone Photos

I’m really trying to keep up over here but life is SO busy! 

Megan and Chloe are in the middle of their fall sports. So we’re spending a lot of time going back and forth to the high school 5-7 days a week. Not complaining though, I love it! 

But it’s not all work and no play. Jon and I have been having lots of dates lately. Having five kids so spread out in ages can be challenging and lots of work but it’s so nice to have teenagers who are willing to watch Lucy and Beckett so Jon and I can get out for a little while. 

Lots of dinners and a movie last week. Ha! Megan loved that picture so I had to include it. 

Jon tiled the backsplash in the kitchen last week

I love it! He did such a great job. 

Emma took me out for a tea date 

Chilly mornings at the bus stop

Gorgeous afternoons are spent outside

The weather is supposed to turn cool tomorrow so we’re all looking forward to a chilly first weekend of autumn!