Soccer!!

I’m pretty behind on this space but I HAVE to add some pictures of Beckett playing soccer. He is loving it so far!!

It’s a 45 minute class every Friday night and this kid already knows how to Bend it Like Beckett.

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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. The Finale

We left Anaheim and went back to San Diego. We made plans to meet Katie at the zoo that morning and were surprised to find out that she had out tickets waiting for us when we got there. Tickets AND a picnic lunch. She really is the SWEETEST!!

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Even though we had a GREAT time in the LA area I think it’s safe to say that we all loved San Diego the most! It was so good to get back there.

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This was a vacation that I’m sure we will always remember. It was so nice having all 7 of us together for 12 days. I know that our family vacations are probably limited considering we now have 2 adult children!! Crazy!!

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It was pretty funny to read this article on the plane on the way home. It is very exhausting traveling with an entire army of kids but I really wouldn’t want it any other way.

I mean………….

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It’s the best!!

California, Part 4

This might have been my favorite part of the trip. I can’t help it. I LOVE Disney! When we were planning this trip it was a must that we stopped at Disney for a few days. After exploring the L.A. area we drove into Anaheim and got settled into our hotel. It was right across the street from Disneyland and we had great views of the fireworks on our first night.

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I’ll let the pictures tell the story

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We had to take a break midday to go back to the hotel and cool off at the waterpark. It was HOT!!

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But we rushed back to meet up with our good friends Kristen and Marvin

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We spent 14 hours in Disney that day and we loved every second of it!

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Just look at those faces!!

The following day we went to California Adventure Park. I’m pretty sure that was a family favorite.

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I’m so glad that we added Disney into this trip. It’s probably the only time that just the 7 of us will do Disney as a family of 7.

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!!

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.

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!!