Weekly iPhone Photos

I can’t believe that February is more than half over!! Time sure flies when you’re having fun!! This was a very busy, but fun week.

Last Saturday Emma and I went with Liz and all the girls to see the Hasty Pudding show at Harvard. We had dinner in Harvard Square first and then stopped off for a drink before the show began

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It’s crazy that Emma and Ally are old enough to go to the shows (and bars) with us now.

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We had front row

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Monday I introduced Beck to the potty. I surprised him with the potty book and the potty and he was actually excited about it. He stripped down to nothing and spent the entire day peeing on the potty. Of course, we had a plumber show up that day so that was a little interesting. Ha! He did a great job all day but hasn’t sat on it since!

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Tuesday I took Megan prom dress shopping. I LOVE LOVE LOVE shopping for prom dresses! I’m not even kidding. Her dress is PERFECT!

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PERFECT!!

Wednesday was Valentine’s

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It was also Senior night at the basketball game

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It makes me want to cry!! I can’t believe she is graduating and going off to college!

Thursday we had Lucy’s 4th grade chorus concert

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Off to Middle School next year. Yikes!!

I finished the week off by going to the spa. Liz gave me a gift certificate for my birthday over a year ago but I hadn’t gotten a chance to use it until now. Tomorrow is Megan’s cheer competition. I’m hoping they advance because if not it’s the last one. EVER. I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet!!

A few more photos from the week:

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Happy Saturday!!

 

 

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Recent iPhone Photos

One of my New Years Resolutions was to check into this spot more often. Just like my resolution to exercise daily, I failed. Ha! January has been super busy but I’ve been keeping up with my picture taking. Of course, most of my pictures are of B because he’s glued to my hip.

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We had one big snow storm this month. Lucy and Beckett went outside to play ONCE

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We’ve been finding other ways to keep busy (and warm)

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Beckett got his first “job” on instagram

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He also got his very first haircut. Oh man, I was so nervous because I love his long, crazy hair!! It gets super curly after a bath or when it’s humid out. It was getting kinda straight when we had that super cold, dry weather in December too. It’s just the cutest but I knew it was time for a cut when his mullet kept showing up in all of my pictures. Ha!

He wasn’t nervous at all. Chloe and Lucy got their hair cut that day too so we were in there for a while. He kept talking to all of the other women in there and saying “nice to meet you” to everyone who walked in. He also kept yelling to Melissa (our hair stylist) to “CLEAN THIS MESS UP”. Ha! He’s a little stinker.

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He is seriously too cute!!

I love spending the afternoon with these two when they come home from school

img_8200 Their stories are the BEST!! They are both such GOOD girls.  We are both going to miss Megan so much when she goes to college in the fall. She decided where she’s going and we put the deposit down a few weeks ago. YIKES!! It’s getting real now!! More on that coming soon.

A few more pictures from the month:

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I’m so obsessed with the winter sunsets!!!

It’s the only thing I like about winter. HA! Even though this space here is quiet I post daily on Instagram. Come say hi! Instagram.com/jillfriary

 

New Years Eve

Another year has come and gone. Hello, 2018!

Our New Years Eve celebration pretty much looks the same every year. We order a ton of lobsters, dance in the kitchen to the same songs (Billy Idol Dancing With Myself, anyone?) sit by the fire, struggle to keep our eyes open until midnight to watch the ball drop and get that first New Year’s kiss. Even though the traditions are the same this year looked a little different because half of our kids were out with friends and boyfriends. But, traditions are important and I want Lucy and Beckett to look back at their childhood and have the same memories as the older girls. I convinced Emma, Megan and Chloe to let me in on their nights and send me some pictures

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And at home

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Beckett wanted to hold the lobster

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Until he didn’t. HA!

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2017 was a really great year for our family. I’m excited about what 2018 will bring! Happy New Year!!

 

 

 

 

December Little Things

I can’t believe we are closing out 2017. It hit me this week that 2018 will bring Jon and I TWO adult children. How is that even possible?

December was filled with a lot of fun but also a couple of stressful days.

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Trips to the doctors are never fun but when you have to bring one of your children to a cardiologist in Boston it’s pretty scary. Luckily we have 5 healthy children!!

We’re starting to get things like this in the mail for Megan

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Each time I find one in the mailbox my heart beats with excitement for her but then I can feel it breaking a little. I tear up EVERY time!

We had her final (ever) choir Christmas show. We’ve been going to these since she was in 2nd grade!

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I’m hoping that Lucy will continue so we have a lot more of these to go to.

Chloe sent me this picture of Beckett while babysitting one night

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I can usually find Lucy and Beckett snuggled up under a blanket watching tv together or hanging out on the heater in deep conversation. Ha! It’s cold up here!!

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Sometime he’ll snuggle up to the dog

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I like to sit and watch him play. I try and take as many pictures as I can because it’s so sweet to watch and I’m sad that I don’t have many pictures of Emma, Megan and Chloe playing when they were little.

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We celebrated Baba’s 72nd birthday this week with our other favorite boy, Colton.

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practiced a little yoga

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Did a little after Christmas shopping

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The month was filled with lots of shopping, lots of music, lots of dates for Jon and I. A lot of love, laughter and really good memories.

Our 2017 Christmas Card

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My best 2017 photos on Instagram

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Happy New Year!! See you in 2018!!

 

Halloween Tradition

I realized last night that Halloween was only 2 nights away and we hadn’t carved our pumpkins yet. When one of my older daughters (who shall remain nameless) asked what was up for the night I told her that we were planning on turning on Halloween music and carving pumpkins. She rolled her eyes and said, “yeah, not really feeling it.” Ha! Gotta love teenagers. I told her that it was fine and she didn’t have to participate if she didn’t want to. I actually didn’t expect any of the older girls to want to do it this year. But, I’m a sucker for family traditions and I want to make sure that Lucy and Beckett get everything out of their childhood that the older girls got. 

Lucy was sick yesterday and spent the morning on the couch watching home movies. It made me realize how important these traditions are because time is flying by so quick. It’s great to know that the traditions we started in our old house with three little girls are things we still do today. 

By the time we put the newspaper on the kitchen table and put the Monster Mash on the stereo all five of my kids were gathered around our kitchen table. I have to admit that I LOVE the fact that my kids (and husband) are also suckers for family traditions. 



When we finished with the pumpkin we baked the seeds and watched Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The kids were less enthusiastic about that one. Ha!! 

Just Wait

“Just wait”, they would say to Jon whenever we told people that we were expecting our third and fourth daughters. “Just wait until they’re all teenagers”. “You poor thing”. “Your poor husband”. “Hopefully the next one will be a boy”, they would say. People can be so dumb, so insensitive. Especially since they would say this in front of me. A WOMAN!! Our third baby girl is 15. Our first is 21! I’ve been parenting teenage girls for 8 years now and I LOVE IT! I even had three teenage daughters at once. They’re good girls, all of them!! Sweet, kind, caring, helpful. Fun to hang out with and talk to. They’ve never given me any trouble! I can count on one hand how many times they’ve each given me an attitude. They don’t get into any trouble, and if they do then they’re pretty good at hiding it, so I’m going to go ahead and give them props for that, too! I feel blessed to be a mom of 4 girls. I’m on the couch right now, sick. (Probably just a 24 hour thing.) Three of my girls are home with me right now. Chloe made dinner while Megan and Lucy entertained Beckett and cleaned up the kitchen. While putting Lucy’s laundry away this morning, Emma kept me company and made Lu’s bed.  I didn’t ask any of them to do anything. They all took over and did what needed to be done to help me out. So the next time I see a pregnant woman who is carrying a baby girl I’m going to go out of my way to tell her how lucky she is.