Wednesday, August 30, 2017

This is soooo me

This gave me a good laugh!! Except my sticky notes are all over the kitchen counter and the back door...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Julia's 15th birthday

So my baby girl turned 15 yesterday.  Yes...this one hurts.  Let me just say this. It never...ever...gets easier when your babies turn a year older.  Never.

Anyway moving right along before I get all emotional...Julia had a fabulous day yesterday with her friends.  I took the girls to the mall in the afternoon for some food and shopping. Then back home for some pizza, a movie out on our screened in porch and a sleepover.  It was organized chaos...let's just say that. Eleven teenage girls can be just a little loud at times.




I just adore her friends. They are all so sweet just like my Julia. They each gave her such wonderful heartfelt homemade cards and really thoughtful gifts that made me cry! Like this one...


and this one from her best friend Lizzie...


They've been friends since they were in preschool. I love their easy close friendship.

Another sweet present from a dance friend...


Julia made a candy snack bar for the party and there was plenty of fresh popcorn too...





Her friends made this build a bear for her at the mall...


On the porch getting ready for the movie that I don't think many of them even watched...


Julia loves her popcorn...


It makes me incredibly happy to know that she is loved by so many wonderful girls. She has chosen her friends well.

Happy Birthday to my sweet, kind daughter with THE best sense of humor around. I just love and adore her to pieces.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Boston

Fun night in Boston tonight. Started at the North End for St. Anthony's Feast and then walked over to Faneuil Hall for some fun...


Serious...


Not so serious...


There was a street artist that was doing some amazing drawings so we decided to have him do one of the girls...


and it came out amazing!!!  This is going to be framed and hung on the wall for sure...




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Party

Yesterday my girls and I went to a birthday party for Amelia...the little girl Julia babysits for.  She turned 3!


And this is her little sister who just turned one...


I'm so proud of how attentive and loving Julia is to the girls. This babysitting job has brought out such maturity and responsibility in her.

Gianna was happy to go too as she is anxiously looking forward to her turn to babysit the girls...


She absolutely loved playing with all the little girls at the party...


Amelia wanted Julia to sit next to her while everyone sang Happy Birthday.  She just stared at Julia the whole time.  It was so cute!!!





A few weeks ago Julia and the Mom took the little ones shopping. Amelia spotted this Paw Patrol plush toy. Julia came home and told me she wanted to buy it for her birthday.  How sweet!  So we went back to the store and luckily it was still there. Amelia squealed with delight when she opened it! Watch the video for cuteness overload!





Friday, August 18, 2017

Highlights

Julia got some highlights in her hair today...


It came out beautiful!!




She'll soon be turning 15 and starting high school in a few weeks so I thought it was a good time to do something fun...


Those braces will be coming off in the next month or so too...


What a beauty.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Studio

My brother has been working on renovating Kerry's old studio and it looks fabulous!!  Julia got to work on her new solo there today. I love watching Julia and Kerry collaborate on the solos year after year.  This is going to be solo number seven...


Ogunquit birthday weekend

We had a lot of fun this past weekend up in Ogunquit. I always look forward to our summer weekend in Maine. Gorgeous weather, great company, lots of laughs...so much fun.

Mini golfing...Kimmy got a hole in one and was proud to let everyone know! I did good too...well "for the most part"...


Julia loves her popcorn...



Spending the afternoon shopping downtown and in Perkin's Cove...


Lunch at Bessy's...one of my favorite little lunch spots...


Beautiful flowers blooming everywhere you look...


Marginal Way...


Just look at this fabulous house we walked by...


Oh my goodness I just love that house!!!


My boy wondered off down the rocks...yikes...


Just for fun I had the kids recreate a picture I took on the Marginal Way eight summers ago...they've grown just a bit don't you think?


My birthday was spent on the beach soaking up the warm sunshine and then we finished off the day with an awesome meal at the Beach Fire Bar and Grill. I love spending these long summer days with my awesome family.  Happy Summer!!




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Newport

Julia and her friends went to Newport yesterday...


Such a nice group of girls...


They had a ball...


It really makes a Mom's heart happy to see her kids smiling, happy and having fun with friends...






Julia and her friend Carlie (who's a gymnast)...


My Julia...I can't believe she can still do this move...just beautiful...