This Moment

This was my view from the kitchen this morning while I was busy getting everyone ready for the day. They sat snuggled under blankets while watching Nickelodeon. Beckett usually gets up an hour before Lucy and has his banana while watching Mickey Mouse but today he actually slept in!! 

Little moments like these are the ones I always want to remember. 

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This Moment

I think the terrible twos hit about a week and a half early. This little monkey has been throwing temper tantrums all week long! Is it a boy thing? I don’t remember the girls throwing massive tantrums like this. Well, Chloe did a few times but it was short lived (fingers crossed B gets over it quick, too). Last night when we were leaving the football game Beckett had a full blown meltdown. He didn’t have a nap, it was an hour past his bedtime and it was freezing! As I was walking out an old man laughed and said “boy, you have your hands full (probably also noticing the gaggle of children walking with me). I just smiled,because tantrums don’t really bother me all that much and said to him “better full than empty”. I try not to take any of these fleeting moments for granted. Three years from now both Megan and Chloe will be in college. I’m sure Emma will be out of the house by then too. My house will seem so quiet with only the little ones here. 

I will forever take the temper tantrums over a quiet, boring house! 

As I rocked Beckett to sleep tonight and his little body melted into mine, I sat and listened to him breathe in the quiet. All the tantrums of the day were quickly forgotten and I just thanked God for sending me another sweet little baby so late in life. 

Recent iPhone Photos

I’m much better at keeping up with recording life over at Instagram than I am over here. But, I’m going to keep trying because I LOVE coming over here and going through all of my old posts. 

A few things from the past 10 or so days

We celebrated Connor and Camden’s birthday last weekend. 


Now that the weather is getting cooler (a little) it’s back to the park we go! Beckett prefers the sandbox and trucks to the swings and slides 


Megan had a night out in Boston with some friends and sent me this cute picture:


My parents came up for a visit so my mom and I went out to lunch and shopping with B. 


We made it to our first football game of the season. Our school is in the middle of building a new stadium and field so all of Megan’s games are away.


Jon had Friday off so I met Lucy for lunch


Grocery shopping with my little buddy


Croquet 


Ha!

We gave Beckett his birthday present a few weeks early. Lucy thinks it’s hers and drives it for him. Hahaha! He could care less, he just loves hanging out with her


And, a few more photos of Beck. Just because.

Five Things From This Week

1) School mornings. I kinda like them. As long as I get up when I’m supposed to and take the time the night before to prepare for the next day I actually enjoy our busy mornings 


2) Beckett in a toy store


Hahaha!! 

3) Football season has begun!! 


4)  I’m seriously enjoying being home with Beckett SOOOO much!! I LOVE having all of these older girls around (my bff’s). That mother/daughter bond is amazing, ya’ll. But being able to do this mommy thing all over again, this time with a little boy is pretty dang amazing!!  I look forward to our weekly Target trips. It’s the mommy/baby hang out and I love that I’m still part of that “crew”.


Ugh!! He’s gonna grow up too šŸ˜­

5) At the beginning of the summer we told the girls to each pick a place they want to vacation to next summer and do a presentation convincing Jon and I why we should pick their destination. They had all summer to work on it and had to present it to us on Labor Day. Two of the four girls worked hard on it. Two didn’t, so we won’t be visiting Amsterdam or Iceland next summer. HA! Lucy picked the Aulani resort in Hawaii. She worked so hard on it all summer! She is so stinkin cute!! 


We told them that we would announce our vacation plans on New Years. Fingers crossed, Lucy!! 

Apple PickingĀ 

Now that September is here I am ready for all things fall!! Jon and I took the kids (well, 4 of them) apple picking on Saturday morning 

Once Megan got out of work we took a ride out to Newburyport to go to the Riverfest. They Might be Giants was the closing band ( we got there with only 2 hours left of the festival). 


Loved having everyone together to close out our summer. Happy unofficial start to fall!! 

MaineĀ 

We took Megan and her friend up to Maine to look at UNE. Normally Jon is the one to take the girls on these college tours but we decided this time to make it a family affair. Ha! Sorry, Megs! I’m sure Marina loved a big ole family road trip with the Friary’s. 


I’ll admit, I wanted to go because I wanted to spend a few hours up in Portland. We missed going up to Maine this summer and I think we were all craving donuts from Holy Donuts 


Marina’s cousin just opened an organic cosmetic shop so we stopped in there because the girls had ordered some cheer makeup 


Super cute shop! And, I love stores that have things to entertain kids while you shop!

We stopped at this place called Flatbreads for lunch and it was probably the best pizza we’ve ever had! Will definitely remember that place for next summer 


It was a fun way to end our summer vacation. I’m not ready for all of the college hoopla that we’ll be going through over the next year but as much as I try, I can’t slow down time. 

I’m just thankful that I have this little guy who makes me feel young šŸ˜Š

Back to School

I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that summer is over. When I dropped Lu off this morning it felt like I was just there. How could that have been over two months ago? Crazy!! I am looking forward to seeing some of my mama friends at pickup this afternoon. 

We had our annual back to school dinner a couple of nights ago. Now that cheer has started and the girls have work at night I had to wait until all seven of us were around. 


I took Lucy on a little back to school date


I got woken up at 5:30 this morning by the superintendent of schools calling to report a safety issue. Apparently someone made a threat to the high school. Nice! Not really how I wanted to send my girls back to school. I guess that’s the way of the world right now. Sad.

These two were ready to get back, though. 

My last first day of school picture of Megan. šŸ˜„
Lucy was excited to get back too! She has both of her best friends in her class this year!


Beckett didn’t want to get out of the pictures this morning 


I keep trying to convince him that he has another 4 years at home but he’s ready to go too!


Other than the 5:30 phone call and the fact that the oil man decided to deliver our oil (and block the driveway) when I was already running late to get Lucy to school, it was a really good morning. Fingers crossed and prayers going up that this is a great school year for all my girls, Emma starts on Tuesday.