Maine

We just got back from spending a week up in Biddeford. Out of all the vacations we take Maine is definitely the most relaxing. Although, I’m sitting here trying to figure out why I’m so exhausted. Emma was able to come up and spend a few days with us at the beginning of the week and then Megan was able to join us for the rest of the week. They actually crossed paths on the highway. Spending an entire week with everyone all together is getting harder and harder these days.

We spent most of our time at the beach with a few little day trips here and there. I have lots of pictures to share!

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We took our annual trip up to Portland so we could stop at  The Holy Donut (here)

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THE BEST DONUTS!!

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We went to Kennebunkport

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Went out on Lynn’s boat

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Celebrated Chloe turning 17!!!!!! Happy Birthday, Chloe!!!!!

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Spent lots of time on this swing

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relaxed

 

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Chased down the ice cream man

Hahaha!

Took walks

Enjoyed the beauty of Maine

Of course had lobster

But more importantly we enjoyed being together

Device Free Days

Lucy LOVES her iPad! She’s been teaching herself all things vlogging this summer. She’s been working very hard and its actually very impressive what she’s come up with. BUT every now and then she (every one of us) has to put the devices down and do something else.img_9361

She’s been spending her time in the pool, playing basketball, hanging out with friends and teaching Winnie new tricks. I keep trying to get her to sit down and read a book (my other girls are bookworms) but she keeps fighting me on this. So I gave her the option to write instead. She got a new journal and a couple of times a week I’m going to give her a writing assignment. Yesterday I asked her to talk about her favorite summer memory. She sat for hours writing, she even took her journal in the car with us.

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Some other writing ideas:

the thing I’m most worried about when school starts

the thing I’m most excited about when school starts

my favorite trip ever and what made it so great

my favorite restaurant ever and why

what makes a good teacher

describe yourself. Use lots of details

list all the things you’re thankful for

what is your favorite thing mom (or dad) makes for dinner

if you had one wish what would it be and why

what would you buy if you won the lottery

if you had to live in another country which one would you choose and why

 

I have a bunch more questions on my list but lets see if we can get through some of these first.

I’m still not giving up on having her finish a book or two this summer either 🙂

 

 

This Moment

I’ve been sitting here going through old blog posts from when my girls were all young. I’ve also been looking through old blog posts from one of my favorite bloggers (who inspired me to start my own) and it’s crazy how fast time has flown by. How much these kids have grown (mine and her’s). I’m missing my babies like crazy!! So much that my breathe keeps catching and my eyes start filling up. I miss posting about their first days of school and simple grocery store runs. Play dates, sleepovers and first field hockey games. It all went by so quickly. Then I hear “mom, take a picture” and turn to see this

I’ve been soaking in all of these baby moments with him because I know how quickly time is flying. Two more years until he’s off to kindergarten 😭

Summer Update

Just a quick photo dump over here so I have these pictures.

 

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Before we left for London we had a lobster boil for Marlene and Brian’s 50th wedding anniversary

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4th of July celebrations in town:

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I really want an alpaca but I can’t convince my dear husband

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Few more summer photos:

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Officially half way through the month of July and I’m already dreading the thought of sending everyone off to school! Luckily we have a few more vacations to look forward to. Happy Summer!!

 

Great Wolf Lodge

Instead of having a birthday party this year Lucy wanted to go to GWL with one of her friends. She started taking about this last June! While surfing through Groupon this spring Jon found a GWL deal. I talked my sweet Chloe into coming along to keep me company. I’m SO glad she came! It’s getting more and more difficult spending alone time with my girls. Everyone is so busy these days.

She had the BEST time!!

Summer….So Far

And……we’re off!! Lucy just got out of school on Friday and we’ve been busy since!

Emma got Canobie Lake Park tickets through her work for Saturday.  We all had SO much fun!! Beckett is getting to an age where he is LOVING the rides!

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Lucy is at an age where she is really loving the big kid rides so I have another rollercoaster partner!!

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Sunday we went to visit our dads for Father’s Day. I didn’t take any picture of them… UGH! But Lucy took this one of Megan and Chloe and sent it to me

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LOVE THEM!!

Kate met Megan at Marlene’s and they went to their first concert of the summer

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Yesterday we took a ride up to York and did the zoo, the park and lunch.

Beckett fell in LOVE with the baby goats!! It really was the cutest thing and he really wanted to take one home.

Yesterday’s photo dump:

 

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We are loving summer so far and have a bunch more things to cross off our summer bucket list!! Can’t wait!

 

Summer

Oh, summer, you are within arms reach and we just can’t wait for ya!! Lucy and her chorus sang the National Anthem at a local minor league baseball game over the weekend and it was our first official taste of summer.

We have so much planned for the summer but first we have to make it through the last few days of school. Can’t wait!!

May Catch Up

I just opened my planner and realized that June is almost here so lets play catch up on May before these pictures get lost.

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This picture of Chloe was actually taken in April, the night she got home from Costa Rica, but I love it so much and had to include it. I was SOOOOO happy to have her home from Costa Rica!!

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Its pretty much been raining the entire month of May (with the exception of this week)

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Friary Family birthday season kicked off with Emma turning 23!! TWENTY THREE! How?!?!

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Beckett started spring soccer. His first 3 practices were held indoors due to all the rain we’ve been having.

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Winnie is always by someone’s side.

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I love watching him play with his toys!

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Lucy is his favorite person to play with. Melts my heart when she comes home from school and plays with him. He waits all day for her to get home.

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My shopping buddy

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Orange lizards

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Hanging out in my room while I was making my bed

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Warm spring days

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I got a new apple watch for Mother’s Day and was pretty proud of my morning steps!

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My sweetest boy

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We tried potty training one day. It lasted ONE DAY! Why are boys so hard to train? This is one stubborn little guy. I’ve been buying small packs of diapers once a week instead of a big box in hopes that we’ll get there soon.

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Beckett is dying for a little brother. Ha! He tells EVERYONE that his baby brother will be here soon. Hahahaha!

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We sat with this couple at Nathan’s christening and Beckett fell in love with them. Here he is going through this lady’s pocketbook. He ended up coming home with a pen and some hand sanitizer. hahaha!

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These two cute dogs showed up on my front steps one day. They hung out with us for a few hours until their owners came and got them. Beck cried that he wanted to keep the black one.

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Flowers from Megan. And the sweetest note from Chloe.

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How Lucy does her homework. He was patiently waiting for her to finish so she could play with him.

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Cutest lunch date in dire need of a haircut. Ha!

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Went to our first Red Sox game of the season. The next one will be in LONDON! Can’t wait!

 

Mother’s Day 2019

Have you ever had one of those days where all seemed well with the world? That was my day on Saturday. I knew that both Emma and Chloe were working on Sunday so we decided to celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday. The six of us hopped into the car and headed into the city to pick up Megan.

Our first stop was at Mike’s Pastry OMG! We’ve lived here our entire lives and we’ve never been before!! (well, Megan has since she’s our true Bostonian). It was worth the 40 year wait and I can’t wait to go back!! Just look at this yummy, mint cannoli……img_7641

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We got a big box full of cannolis, cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. Calories do not count on Mother’s Day!

We sat by the waterfront and talked for about an hour and of course we had to take pictures.

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Then we walked through the North End, which again was a first for Jon and I. I’m not sure why we’ve never been there before but, in my opinion, it’s one of the nicest area’s in Boston.

We walked over to Faneuil Hall where Megan ran into an old friend’s mom. She was so cute! She told Megan that on the train ride over she was wondering if she would run into her. What do you know? In a huge crowded city there was Megan. Beckett kept telling Megan “I love your new town”. After many trips into the city this also felt new to Beck.

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It seemed like Boston woke up with the flowers this weekend. The hustle and bustle of the city combined with the quiet of the waterfront made for a pretty perfect spring day in the city.

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This motherhood job that I have is pretty fantastic! I feel so blessed to call this crew mine.

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(can you tell Beck was happy to have a few hours with his big sister?)