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

 

(Mama selfie)

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

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 😭

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

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!!

Christmas

The entire month of December felt like Christmas so I have a TON of photos coming!! It was the most exhausting month of my life and it honestly took me 3 days after Christmas to recover. Ha! It seems like every year goes faster than the year before. I started prepping for Christmas back in September and I barely got everything done in time.

Beckett is at such a fun age. Everything to him seemed so magical but he never once felt threatened by the fact that Santa and the Elf were watching him. Hahaha!

We were late getting our tree this year. We tried a new tree farm a few towns over and although the tree was perfect we won’t go back again next year. We all kind of missed our usual tree farm.

Megan wasn’t around to get the tree with us this year.

Look at how beautiful it is!! It was perfect until it fell over 3 days later breaking 15 of my favorite ornaments. Ugh!

The month of December also brought a collaboration with a company called Mapiful. We LOVE our new London map. Thank you Mapiful!

Jon and I snuck in a Patriots date in the middle of all the Christmas preparations.

We had a nice visit and cookies with Santa at a new Inn a few towns over.

I had this cute little shopping buddy with me. We went out every single day in December. There he is shopping in his pajamas two mornings before Christmas.

Lots of puppy love

Beckett looked forward to his advent chocolate every morning. Here he is trying to sneak it first thing. Ha!

The only thing I ever bake at Christmas is cookies for Santa. Here is my cute little cookie helper.

Gingerbread house makers

After school ice cream snack

We tracked Santa all day!

The kids do a Christmas Eve present exchange every year. It’s so fun watching what they pick out for one another. It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas. We ordered Chinese food, opened new Christmas pjs and then watched a few movies before bed

My dining room looked so peaceful before I went to bed on Christmas Eve so I had to take a picture

Santa came

There was excitement, noise, magic and a huge mess!!

It was GREAT!!

We had a house full on Christmas Day

It really is the best time of the year!!

We finished the month with a birthday party for my dad

And a holiday party at Marlene’s (that I don’t have any pictures of)

2018 was a great year for our family filled with so many fun memories. We’re all excited to see what 2019 brings. Thanks so much for following along on our family’s journey. Happy New Year!!

November Little Things

November flew by this year!! I can’t believe that we are three weeks away from Christmas!! We haven’t even gotten our tree yet. Well, I put up a TON of trees around the house (sorry, Jon) but we don’t have the main tree yet.

I figured I’d get some of my November pictures up before the new year. Ha!

We started the month with our annual thankful tree

Chloe had her first ever high school semi formal

Kristen and Marvin were here from L.A. so we got to spend a little time with them. Her sister lives right outside of Boston so I grabbed Megan on my way over.

We decided that we wanted to get another puppy so we started that hunt earlier in the month

We found this cute guy but in the end this sweet girl won our hearts

She has fit in so nicely with our family.

Jon burned dinner one night and we couldn’t get the alarm to shut off. The security company sent the fire department even though I told them not to.

Beckett kept yelling “it’s daddy’s cooking”.

Haha!

We had our first snowfall of the season

We had Megan home for 6 days!! We all went to PF Chang’s one night for dinner

Thanksgiving was another day that flew by! I only have a couple of pictures since I hosted

Had amazing Celtics seats

A few more random photos from the month:

Our thankful tree was full by the end of the month

I couldn’t be more thankful for this family of mine!!

A New Beginning

Another school year and of course we had to have our annual back to school dinner

Then it was off to the start of junior year for Chloe

And 5th grade for Lucy

Beckett had to get in on the picture taking, too

Then it was time to move Megan into college

Emma starts this week. Her schedule is always busy and we barely see her these days but I’m definitely going to try and get that first day picture of her too 🙂

Happy Fall!!

California Part 3

I took over 700 pictures on our vacation and I’m about to dump a bunch of them here so I’ll always have them. I’ll let the pictures tell the story

North Beach

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

Belmont Park

World Famous on Pacific Beach

Ha!

Windan Sea Beach (our beach)

Newport Beach

Loving this road trip!!

Santa Monica Pier

Hollywood

Lunch

East LA

We are loving California!!