Graduation

I remember the day I got these pictures back from her preschool teacher. They brought me to tears (surprise, surprise). I also remember thinking that seeing her in her high school cap and gown would crush me. But, I didn’t have to worry about that for 14 years.

I’ve been dreading graduation for months. I’ve been through this before and I know that even though I’m still their mom and they’re still my “babies”, things just change. Of course the feelings don’t change, just the day to day activities that we’ve been doing forever. Like I said in Emma’s graduation post, it’s not a bad change just different.

I lasted without tears until this next part (SAME as Emma’s graduation)

So even though I got a little teary eyed I really am so excited for her!!

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It was upside down and it made us laugh. She really is a very smart girl. 

I am SO proud of her and I know that she will go on to do great things in life.

And I hope she knows that where ever life brings her, she will always have this support system who will love her and be there for her no matter what.

Happy Graduation Megan Mackenzie!!

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This Moment

She was sitting on the couch while I was putting Lucy’s lunch together this morning. I turned and saw her staring at me. She smiled and I burst into tears. It’s gonna be a long week. Graduation tomorrow.

May Little Things

Just a few pictures from May so I don’t forget

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We had our first trip to the ice cream shop.

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We found an awesome park close by. We plan on spending lots of time here once school gets out.

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We took the birthday girl out for lunch. Can you believe she is 22?!?!?!?!

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Beck got some new wheels

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Jon and I went to a couple of concerts in May, including a double date with Matt and Jen.

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Speaking of double dates….. we had lunch with Kirsten and G.

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Now he thinks he’s the coolest thing out there.

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Mother’s Day love with my kids

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3 generations (who like to match)

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My dad had some heart procedures done recently and I spent a few days with my mom

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Megan’s chorus had their senior night and I pretty much cried throughout the entire thing. When her friend Kamryn sang I Will Always Love You I pretty much lost it. Her voice is amazing!! Her friend Lexi sang Thank God for Small Towns and I cried through that one too. It’s safe to say that I’ll be a blubbering mess at graduation and will probably embarrass her and my entire family. Ha!

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Can’t forget Lucy’s Memorial Day program. I usually cry through that one too. This year Beckett kept me too busy to get teared up. He finally met Patrick (one of the babies that Megan and Chloe babysit for). It did hit me that I won’t be at the elementary school for this program for 4 years!! So sad!!

A few more photos from the month:

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That pretty much wraps up May. Megan is out of school and busy having fun with her friends. Emma is done too and getting ready to hit Iceland next week with Tess. Chloe and Lucy have a couple of more weeks but I know that they’re eager to finish up. We have a fun summer planned and we are all more than ready to get to it!

One more thing, scroll back up and look at that last picture of Beckett’s face. How cute is he?!?!?!?!

 

Easter

Boy was Beckett excited yesterday morning! We had a plan the night before that he would wake each one of his sisters up when he woke up so we could check out what the Easter bunny brought him. He ran into each of their rooms saying “Happy Easter”. He was just the cutest little thing!!

I decided to “get in the photo” this year so most of these are of me. Ha! Ha! Sorry….

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We stopped at my parents for a quick visit before heading over to Marlene and Brians for dinner

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Getting a photo where all seven of us are looking, smiling, keeping eyes open is getting harder and harder. This was the best one. hahaha…not great

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Can I just tell you that these two are really going to miss each other this fall.

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Check out B with his little buddies, Connor and Camden. It was so fun watching him be able to play with his boy cousins.

It was a really great day!! Happy Easter!

 

March

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve updated over here. Not that we’ve had anything interesting going on. Ha! I do have a lot of pictures that I want to post, though. Of course they’re mostly of Beckett.

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Grocery store pictures are always my favorite!

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February vacation started off with some pretty amazing weather!

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And ended with two kids having the flu

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Have you ever played hide and seek with a toddler?

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Five toddlers later and I still think it’s funny

Megan finished up her cheer career

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I’m not sure if I posted that one last month but I figured I’d add it again here. It was a little bittersweet She’s worked so hard over the last 4 years and has made some amazing friendships from that cheer squad. She’s ready for her next chapter though. We went to open house at her college and we got to meet her new roommate and her parents. I think she’s going to love living in Boston SO much!!

The way my driveway looks when teenagers have friends sleep over:

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Lucy dressed Beckett up in her robe and he looked like E.T. to me

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She is SO good to him!! All of his sisters are. This kid gets nonstop attention around here.

a couple of days ago I put Beckett in time out and told him to keep his bum on the stool. 30 seconds later he walked through the kitchen like this

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I can’t say no to him so he ended up taking this puppy home from the grocery store

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A few more Beckett photos

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His little hand in his pocket kills me.

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Colton came up with my parents last weekend. EVERY time we see him I take a picture of Lucy and him together (besties).

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Beck needed to get in there too

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He thinks he’s so funny. Ha!

I’ve had a lot of companies reach out to me since the beginning of the year asking me to do collaborations with them on social media (soooooooooo exciting!! )

One of the companies is Ashtonbee baby. This is one of their bowls:

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Another one is Jord watches

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I’m going to have another blog post on the watch alone later in the week so be sure to check back. I’m hosting a pretty good giveaway with them so make sure you enter!!

 

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!!

 

 

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!!