Annual Christmas Photo 2017: Have a Very Geri(atric) Christmas!

Hey friends!!! Hope your holidays are wonderful!! I can’t believe its 5 days after Christmas and I’m just barely getting this post up, if you can believe it amidst the renovation of the merc, raising a family, running a business, and not trying to lose my mind, Court surprised me with a PUPPY for Christmas!!! She’s a little black Frenchie named Gilly and we are so in love!!

If you’re new here and have no idea what is happening let me bring you into the club. 7 Years ago we had no idea what to get my in-laws for Christmas. Jokingly it was brought up that we should just take a white trash family photo and give them that. Well that turned into our favorite event of the entire year, a hilarious family photo that always involves someone (usually Court) dressed inappropriately (except that year my BIL was the leg lamp from A Christmas Story).

So pass the prune juice, put on your fanciest adult diaper, and get ready for your 6:00 bedtime cause this year we decided to take things old school, like 90 yr old old school.

My favorite part of this year’s photo is my BIL’s hairline. He shaved his head for the picture!!! Oh the commitment in this family never ceases to amaze me!

Man I love these humans. You can see all of the previous years below!

2010: OG White Trash

2011: White Trash Glam

2012: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

2013: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

2014: Flashback To 1976

2015: North Pole Bookings

2016: Holly Jolly Misfits

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December 29, 2017 at 06:40PM

Photos from July to December on a range of topics from around the world. See — Part I

A demonstrator is taken into custody by US Capitol Police during a protest against the Republican health care bill outside the offices of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 10. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

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The Merc Backdoor Reveal!

Guys, we are in the throws right now. I thought things were stressful when the renovation started, I thought they were stressful when we started DIYing stuff, I HAD NO IDEA WHAT STRESS WAS.

We’re about a month out from move in and stuff is finally coming together. I have been waiting for our new backdoor so that I could install our new Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt™ and its finally in!! So here we are, the first mini reveal of the Merc!!

If you remember, this is where we started off. Pretty sure that band of feral cats claimed this stoop as their stomping ground. And after months of work, this is what it looks like now!! (Don’t worry, our metal roof trim is being installed next week!)

There are a few things with the Merc that I am very much looking forward to, and the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is one of them. If you’ve ever had loads of people coming over that need access to your house, you know that even though you try so hard to keep track of the keys that are loaned out that inevitably some disappear. With the Sense smart lock you can unlock it with a code or with your smartphone!! It can actually program up to 30 different codes. It’s such a great feature to have, especially for when kids get home from school, if you left your keys in the car and need to get back inside or have contractors coming and going all day long!

The installation process was so simple, Court said and I quote, “That is the easiest thing I’ve ever installed.” So not only is it efficient, but it’s easy to install.

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s wildly good looking!! I chose Matte Black finish for our Schlage Sense and the lever. I also decided that the back door at the Merc is similar to a garage door, which means that if you’re like me and would rather dislocate 4 fingers taking all the groceries in (as opposed to inefficiently making more than one trip!) I needed a lever vs. a knob, because you can literally open the door with whatever body part you have free.

The tech is very easy to use. Programing your code is simple and it connects directly to your phone via the Schlage app. It also works with Apple HomeKit™ and Alexa. It’s a little bit of an investment at $200 but the peace of mind and convenience is totally worth it.

Check out to see all of the styles they have, I’m sure you can find one to fit your vibe! What do you think?! Do you love it!?

Huge thanks to Schlage for partnering up with me on this post and giving me the motivation to get this spot on the Merc finished!

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December 26, 2017 at 05:09PM

A year ago, eight Syrian families fled the violence of their homeland and immigrated to Greater Boston. They were among the last such refugees allowed into the United States as a result of the Trump administration’s multiple efforts to ban immigrants from certain majority Muslim countries, including Syria. To smooth the transition, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest launched the Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project, working with Jewish synagogues, Islamic centers, doctors, dentists, businesses, and an army of volunteers to provide safety, hope and a new life to these immigrants. The Globe spent the past year following the refugees’ sometimes painful, sometimes joyous journey. From their first steps on American soil, Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter and reporter Jenna Russell documented their struggles to acclimate to the climate, both meteorological and political; their efforts to adapt to a new culture while preserving their heritage; their determination to achieve self-sufficiency; and the bonds of friendship they forged with people who practice a religion they were taught as children to hate. Photography by Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff — read more from the series —

At Logan Airport, Nermin Helaly (holding paper), a case manager with the JFS Syrian Humanitarian Project, greeted Um Alnoor with a giant hug in November 2016. The Alnoors were the first of eight Syrian refugee families to arrive before the Trump administration enacted a ban on immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries, including Syria. (Editor’s note: Some names in this photo gallery have been changed to protect the subjects’ privacy.) (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

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