The Wildflower Days of Summer

ice cream at Hampton Beach 

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Uncle Jerry bought everyone hats

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You both got your first phones for your birthday present (along with Shawn Mendes tickets!)  

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Old Orchard Beach with Becky and Rachel  

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K is too small still for some of the rides.  This summer he is only 46 inches tall, 2 inches too short for bigger rides!  

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Justus tried to win Kaythony a figit spinner at the fair for Christmas because it is cheaper! He's done Christmas shopping for everyone already!  

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Lilly on the teacups.  

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Justus at the playground with his double jointed elbow going some weird way!  

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Lowell Folk Festival with the Stewart family  

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Russell Mill with the Stewart family  

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Dad arm wrestling someone stronger than him. 

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The "Yellow Park" as we call it, though it's not yellow anymore!  

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Tennis at Russell Mill

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Lowell Spinners game with my cousin Thomas who moved up here and Heath

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More playground fun!  

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Hillsong Youth Revival concert with Fiona's crew  

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My five daughters  

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Breezy Picnics arcade  

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Plymouth Plantation  

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Justus looking bored at Plymouth Plantation  

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Shopping in Boston and Justus photobombing  

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Our neighbor. Rachel took these little ones to Dunkin' for a walk while I took photos for a senior photo session  

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Cassia at her first state archery competition

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My girls and I at my friend Kristen's wedding I photographed.  

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My husband "cooking" pizza This photo doesn't provide the landscape mode or the detail of the true mess!  

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Hanging on for dear life  

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Enjoying the silly goat noises  

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Me doing my "thang"  

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Rachel snapping a photo of me  

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At the top of Cranmore! Such a fun day! Wish summer and the time I have with them wouldn't end... 

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Where Did the Time (and my girls) Go?

My girls were away in Boston for two weeks doing a missions project in Boston. The first week was training and the second were the park outreaches.  I kept waking up in the middle of the night with, "Where are my girls?" The younger kids and I enjoyed doing what the older girls don't care to do anymore. I did get to see them six times during their stay in Boston and we did a couple of outreaches in Lowell too. 

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Playground near Grandma's house  

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Park outreach in Lowell  

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Blueberry picking at Parlee Farms  

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Justus feeding the most adorable baby bunnies leaves with Lilly  

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Nail painting with Auntie Loretta  

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The cousins surprised the girls at JG

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Daddy surprised you both with flowers at Parent's Night  

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Jelly bean games with Heath and Jude who stayed with us for a week  

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Children's Museum of Boston  

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Bumper boats and mini golf at Max's with Grandma and Thomas 

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Davis Farmland with Jude  

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Goat lovin'  

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We got rained out for 15 minutes!  

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Justus reading his Bible  

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Uncle Heath reading to Jude at night  

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The outreaches we did together with JG 

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And I realize, my girls are grown up and there's no turning back time.... 

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Lake house vacation

Bubble magic  

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Even the teens loved watching the bubbles float on the lake

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Rachel writing in her journal making songs  

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Cassia got up at 5 to watch the sunset...and I got up to watch her. 

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Grandma came up to stay with us for two days (and enjoyed her magazine reading) 

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Rachel reading on the porch

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Playing games with Grandma

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Rachel knocked Justus off the boogie board!  

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Bathing cuties  

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Double beauty

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Dad came up early in the morning to join us  

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Reading Magic Tree House books  

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Playing yard games with dad

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The lure of the bubbles again!  

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Playing with a dead fish

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Smores time!  

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Sparklers  

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My rare appearance at Weirs Beach arcade

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Monkeys  

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Justus, the little kids, and I stayed for one more night

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Sleeping Handsome  

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We went to Squam Lakes Nature Center  

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Learning a bunch of facts about animals  

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Goodbye beautiful lake house. 

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NJ

My mom with my nephew playing with the water in the kitchen sink

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Dress up  

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Out for dinner

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Still sleeping  

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Morning laziness and tv 

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What my niece learned this year!  

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Train! 

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My sister's two cuties  

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Breakfast time  

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Playing with silly filters  

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Getting ready  

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Getting ready  

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Awaiting her guests arrival

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Now, that's a big sandwich!  

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Watching tv until guests come  

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The Muscle Family  

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Deep thoughts with Grandma

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Glory Days

Off to Essex with Daddy and Heath  

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Ogunquit Beach with my kiddos. Rachel took my "self portrait" for me  

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Gladiator triplets  

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One of my favorite places to photograph at Sturbridge Village

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Cassia watching the cows  

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Justus and his usual whittling of the wood  

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Repeat sister photo from last year  

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Laughing about things on Instagram  

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O'Connors Farm

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Strawberry Banke  

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Jay Gees with Fiona

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Cloudy Day Hampton Beach trip  

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Harvard Museum of Natural History  

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Russell Mill pool

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Sleep over with Christina and McKayla  

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Fireworks with Heath  

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Let the Games Begin

One of our favorite after school "activities"; Kimball's Farm  

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mini golf at Kimball's Farm  

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Carnival

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Last day of school teaching my oldest girls; I cried for half the day... 

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Warming himself up next to the heater  

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Backyard fun at Art's  

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Nerf gun war at Art's

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Me reading at the Mother-Daughter retreat  

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Crazy brothers-we watched a couple of their games 

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Playing Scrabble with my kids  

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Car ride to somewhere

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College reunion-20th! 

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Rachel's been into art lately

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Salem Willows  

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Cassia's archery  

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Boston with these cool kids-my photography students  

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Lilly's dance recital-before  

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After

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Leftovers (photos before "summer starts")

Loving intentional motion blur, but this photo makes me sad. It reminds me of how their childhood is fading away.  My school days with them are in the final chapter.  My heart aches for their preschool years and my little girls. 

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Leapin' Lilly  

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Justus has been staying up late watching the Celtics with Heath and Daddy and has started enjoying playing a little ball himself.  

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Justus sits in the strangest ways sometimes.  Here he had his computer between his toes.  

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Poor guy had a sore neck.   

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Sunday school  

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Making dumplings with Teacher.  

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Soccer  

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Little water filled balls that were all over my counter for a week! 

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Just for laughs while out with my friend's kids for ice cream.  Priceless!  

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Are We Done Yet?

My daughter the "bookavore"

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My daughter the songwriter... 

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Cassia's parody

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Reach for the stars and reach out for God

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My daughters put on a surprise birthday party for Angie  

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And a very sweet slideshow of photos!  

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Rachel's first craft show  

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Cassia at an archery competition!  

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My boy who loves dinosaurs  

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One morning, we saw a boy and a girl duck swimming in our unfinished pool.  They must have been confused when they didn't see any fish in there or plants! 

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My very handsome son whose sisters joke he gets away with more because of his cuteness.  

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Could be true... 

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I added more wood signs to my quote wall.  My favorite that is so me is, "The only running I do is after the ice cream truck." 

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My mother and I went to the Stevie Nicks concert! I didn't want to leave! Here my mother is giving herself a facelift. 😂 

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My boy constructing his weapons out of duct tape.

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Cassia's beautiful owl picture she gave to her Flora and Fauna teacher, Tiffany.  

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Co-op Gaga game  

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Splattered with mud!  

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Easter emoji eggs  

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Easter egg hunt at our house with Ryan's kids  

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Dirty feet  

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Olive Garden

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Deep Freeze left over photo

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Sister love  

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I miss them being little on the baby swings, but I'm glad they still swing when we go to the playgrounds.  

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Bunch of monkeys 🐒 🐒🐒🐒🐒 

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Little kids slept over Uncle Bona's house  

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Double rainbow over our house like there was a double rainbow on our wedding and our honeymoon.  

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"After school activities" 

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One of Lilly's furry friends

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For Mother's Day, all the kids made me breakfast and gave me beautiful cards.  

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Rachel writing for her quote and wisdom book for teen girls at night  

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Ring-around-the-jungle gym  

Making a game up as usual

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Playing at Nonnie and Art's house  

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Making dumplings with Teacher

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Picked up a new hobby-yoga; you could add that to your Who Wants to be a Millionaire questionnaire!  

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Is Summer Yet?

Watching the construction outside

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Lusting after my snack cereal; Lucky Charms  

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A collage of some of my childhood photos that my Uncle Frankie took of me growing up.  The influence and love of photography passed from one generation to an other. 

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The beautiful morning light in my kitchen always captures my attention. 

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Special K; the nickname I gave him.  

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Late afternoon walk on a mild, winter day.  

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Date night at our house.  We're playing Family Feud.  

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Deep Freeze Winter retreat  

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Grace Community Church  

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Mother Daughter Retreat

"Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) 

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Just arrived to an amazing view! Quite different from the winter retreat!  

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Good morning sunshine! 

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Adding to their "Story" on Instagram  

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We'll never forget the explosion of bugs on our retreat! The girls did a giant swing! 

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I tried archery and actually got a couple in the red and even yellow!  

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All of us tried, except Rachel.  She went out and took photos.   

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The older girls tried riflery.  

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Rachel really enjoyed it and was a great shot! Pun intended!  

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All you need is love... 

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My rare appearances... 

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Carrying On

Unusually mild days.  A cloudy New England day, which translates for our family as a park and ice cream day after school.  Well, anyway is good for ice cream! 

Unusually mild days.  A cloudy New England day, which translates for our family as a park and ice cream day after school.  Well, anyway is good for ice cream! 

Ice Castles for my birthday present in February.  

Ice Castles for my birthday present in February.  

Girls Beauty Night at Fusion

Girls Beauty Night at Fusion

Tense moments watching the Super Bowl, a win for the Patriots! 

Tense moments watching the Super Bowl, a win for the Patriots! 

Bowling with the girls 

Bowling with the girls 

Doing Math homework (Geometry) together 

Doing Math homework (Geometry) together 

Reading our chapter book together, Pilgrim's Progress

Reading our chapter book together, Pilgrim's Progress

Celebrating Valentine's Day "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love." (I Corinthians 13:13) 

Celebrating Valentine's Day "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love." (I Corinthians 13:13) 

Lilly always takes special care of her dolls and stuffed animals

Lilly always takes special care of her dolls and stuffed animals

Don't Worry, Be Happy (in Barbados)

Don't worry, be happy now...

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Some of the sand in Barbados is made up of washed up coral! Chip even brought home a large brain coral in Lilly's suitcase.  

Some of the sand in Barbados is made up of washed up coral! Chip even brought home a large brain coral in Lilly's suitcase.  

Almost immediately, off to the pool! Aafter the gut-wrenching, confusing drive to the condo where we were staying.) In Barbados, they drive as the U.K. does, on the opposite side of the road and even the steering wheel is on the opposite side! I had to clench my teeth a few times that Chip didn't hit the curb because of on-coming traffic on very narrow roads and because how easy it is to go on the wrong side of the road because of habit! 

Almost immediately, off to the pool! Aafter the gut-wrenching, confusing drive to the condo where we were staying.) In Barbados, they drive as the U.K. does, on the opposite side of the road and even the steering wheel is on the opposite side! I had to clench my teeth a few times that Chip didn't hit the curb because of on-coming traffic on very narrow roads and because how easy it is to go on the wrong side of the road because of habit! 

At night, we played many card games; memory match, go-fish, Uno, and 500's (but, I call its 200's since we never want to call it 500's).  Lilly is doing what she does best...being silly! 

At night, we played many card games; memory match, go-fish, Uno, and 500's (but, I call its 200's since we never want to call it 500's).  Lilly is doing what she does best...being silly! 

"No Bear Left Behind Act" 

"No Bear Left Behind Act" 

The Great sea glass exchange

The Great sea glass exchange

Reading with Daddy 

Reading with Daddy 

And Mommy (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind)

And Mommy (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind)

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Bathsheba's Beach.  Two surfers went out of their way to caution us to stay out of the surf because of the strong undercurrent.  

Bathsheba's Beach.  Two surfers went out of their way to caution us to stay out of the surf because of the strong undercurrent.  

"On this rock, I will build my church!" We found this rock that looked like a Bible!

"On this rock, I will build my church!" We found this rock that looked like a Bible!

My rare appearance

My rare appearance

Daddy took this one...

Daddy took this one...

Sleeping Beauty 

Sleeping Beauty 

Beauty and the Beach

Beauty and the Beach

My son reading his Bible on his laptop

My son reading his Bible on his laptop

Melissa, our cook for the week! 

Melissa, our cook for the week! 

A great trampoline in the water! 

A great trampoline in the water! 

Jet skiing with Daddy

Jet skiing with Daddy

Whatever this thing is called! (Mommy of course, didn't do it!) 

Whatever this thing is called! (Mommy of course, didn't do it!) 

Happy New Year

All the girls still enjoy playing with dolls...Rachel less so though!  

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A common sight in the house...princesses!  

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The first gift Kaythony asked for for Christmas was Bereinstein Bears books

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Harry Potter marathon continues...in one month she read 5 books and the kids watched all the movies!  

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Peeking in on Cassia at breaktime, once again reading Harry Potter! 

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Doing puzzles together

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All the kids, except Rachel, love sticker books!  

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At co-op in the Earth Science class I teach  

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Lots of Language Arts class

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My goals for the year  

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Some art for her Drawing and Watercolors class

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Girls' out to do their nails  

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My dear friends took me out for my birthday, one of my best!  

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Watching the snow  

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Fun World  

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Painting at home  

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Aidan's birthday party  

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Roller skating with friends

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Ming Bodary  

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Dear friends, bad quality iPhone pic-I need a new one!  

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Me and the kiddos  

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Life Goes On

December is filled with traditions for our family:  

Places to go: Stone Zoo lights, Methuen Festival of Trees, Enchanted Village, Journey to Bethlehem  

Things to do: Christmas crafts, gift bags for our gas attendants and dry cleaners, our advent calendar  

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The reason for the season  

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Hot chocolate...always a hit!!! 

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One of my weaknesses-cupcakes  

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Don't you love the minion cookie?!?! 

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Well, you can see food is a big part of our Christmas!  

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Our elf on the shelf tradition is if you find the elf with something that belongs to you, then you do a kind thing for someone.  

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Even wise elves worship Him!  

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Tradition of putting a Christmas wish list on an ornament  

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Watching Christmas cartoons and movies  

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Ryan and Evelyn came to visit us with their three kiddos!  

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Stone Zoo lights

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Thanksgiving at Auntie Lotetta's  

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Breakfast time!!!  

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Magic Brush with Joy

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Journey to Bethlehem  

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Nerf gun battles  

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Rachel taking the SSAT's

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Swimming with the girls  

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Catching a wave indoors  

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Hot chocolate and homeschooling-great combo

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Santa at Target! Finally, he caught on.  Maybe next year he'll try Amazon Prime!  

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Cooking cookies  

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Reading Pilgrim's Progress  

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Lilly getting ready for her dance recital  

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My skinny Santa  

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The Harry Potter marathon begins!  

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The kids love to play with the marble ball maze  

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Christmas in NJ; I love reading books with my little nephew (and photographing him)  

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"The cousins" 

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Dress up

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Feeling famous  

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The guys watching football  

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Jessica  came up to visit and we went to Sky Adventure  

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We had a girls day with my best friend Becky picking out her wedding dress!  

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Grandma is over for Christmas  

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Nothing New Under the Sun

iPad reading  

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Happy Halloween from the X-Men

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Hair salon with Mommy  

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Katness Everdeen at archery  

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Nerf gun obsession

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Bowling with my cousin Thomas  

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The importance of your vote

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Watching the construction of the backyard  

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An unusually warm day at the playground  

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Morning chores  

Horseback lessons  

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Girls' Event  

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Getting ready for the horse show  

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At the park with Dad

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School Days, dear old golden rule days

"Afterschool activities" 

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Jay Gees  

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It is good to be in His light

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Our family mantra  

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Like mother, like daughter

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Reading with big sister

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Good friends

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Fun with Auntie Deena at Space Center

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Deerfield Fair where I used to go with my best friend Becky as a kid  

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Rare picture of me ALONE in Seattle  

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Playground by Target

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Surprise party for the twins  

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Boston with Angie and the twins

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More playground fun

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Playing hair salon  

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Katness Everdeen 

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Ice cream from Kimball's!  

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Back to to School

Lilly-2nd grade 

Lilly-2nd grade 

Justus-6th grade 

Justus-6th grade 

Rachel-8th grade 

Rachel-8th grade 

Cassia-8th grade 

Cassia-8th grade 

Kaythony-1st grade 

Kaythony-1st grade 

The "yellow park" that isn't yellow anymore 

The "yellow park" that isn't yellow anymore 

Miserable Lilly after a dentist appointment 

Miserable Lilly after a dentist appointment 

Summer Days are Drifting Away...

Cloudy Day at Hampton Beach 

Goodbye my good friend summer! "For the time to trust is when we stand alone and summer birds have flown"

Goodbye my good friend summer! "For the time to trust is when we stand alone and summer birds have flown"

In the the still air music lies unheard, in the rough marble beauty hides unseen; to make the music and the beauty needs the Master's touch, the sculptor's chisel keen. Great Master, touch us with Your skillful hands; let not the music that is within us die! Great Sculptor, hew and polish us, nor let hidden and lost, Your form within us die

In the the still air music lies unheard, in the rough marble beauty hides unseen; to make the music and the beauty needs the Master's touch, the sculptor's chisel keen. Great Master, touch us with Your skillful hands; let not the music that is within us die! Great Sculptor, hew and polish us, nor let hidden and lost, Your form within us die

Peek a boo! 

Peek a boo! 

Family favorite; mini-golf 

Family favorite; mini-golf 

Wandering

Morino/ Belkin Lookout Farm 

Whipped cream fight 

Whipped cream fight 

Kaythony typically being drowned in laundry...

Kaythony typically being drowned in laundry...

The Dancing Queen 

The Dancing Queen 

Bedtime best friends 

Bedtime best friends 

Tewksbury Livingston Street Playground; one of our favorites 

Tewksbury Livingston Street Playground; one of our favorites 

Jewelry, a girl's best friend

Jewelry, a girl's best friend

Follow the light 

Follow the light 

Golf tournament; won first place for putting 

Golf tournament; won first place for putting 

Salem Willows arcade 

Salem Willows arcade 

Can I have some? 

Can I have some? 

N.H.

N.H. Farm Museum 

N.H. Farm Museum 

Thank God for cameras 

Thank God for cameras 

Checking Instagram 

Checking Instagram 

The Coveted wii game 

The Coveted wii game 

Barbie play date...even Daddy attended once! 

Barbie play date...even Daddy attended once! 

Watching a pre-season Patriots game 

Watching a pre-season Patriots game