Change

I couldn’t sleep last night.  I laid awake in bed after the race was called in the early morning hours with racing thoughts.  The little ones are too young to understand, but I struggled with how to explain the election result to AJ and JJ.  How could a world change so drastically overnight?  I decided to suppress my own fears and strike a reassuring tone with the boys.  I told them when they woke that the candidate we had hoped for had lost, but what would never change is our love for them.
We will always do whatever we can to keep them safe, no matter how hostile this country becomes to Jewish, mixed race, same sex parent families like ours.
After I dropped them off at school, I reached out to our lawyer to ask about how we can best legally protect our family in the years ahead.  Stay tuned.
Josh says we got through years like this before, and he is right.  We are fortunate enough to lead relatively privileged lives and will live to vote another day.  Nonetheless we are sorrowful for the suffering of more vulnerable minority members in the years to come.
Our family isn't going anywhere.

Our family isn’t going anywhere.

Family Reunion

Last weekend, we drove up to Orlando to meet my parents flying in from New York, as well as my sister, brother in law, and their new baby flying in from New Orleans.  This was Josh and the kids’ first chance to meet baby L.  MJ had a fever that forced him and Josh to sit out the first day’s events, but everyone had a great time the rest of the weekend in the Disney Parks.  We plan to do this again annually!

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Halloween 2016

The kids are getting more opinionated about Halloween costumes, so I was not able to coordinate a theme this year like I have in years past.

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AJ is a red devil, DJ is Shimmer the genie, JJ is a shadowy monster with glowing red eyes, and MJ is Woody from Toy Story!

End of Summer Vacation

To end the summer, we decided to take the family on a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas.  Wrangling all 4 kids on the boat proved challenging at times.  Without internet or cell phones, our usual strategy of splitting the kids up while staying in close communication with each other was much tougher.  Nonetheless, we had fun on some of the shore excursions exploring the islands.

AJ and JJ will be starting 4th grade in less than 2 weeks, and MJ and DJ will be starting preschool! Stay tuned…

Birthday Month

July is a hectic month for our household because the kids’ birthdays are so close together.  AJ and JJ turned 9 this year the day after DJ and MJ turned 3.  I am looking forward to the day I can get away with having one birthday celebration for all 4 kids, but in the meantime Josh feels duty bound to throw at least 2 separate parties.

This year AJ and JJ invited their 3rd grade classes over to our home for a pool party.  Being that AJ and JJ are in two separate classes, the party was well attended with more than 20 kids and their parents enjoying our pool and a rented inflatable waterslide.

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The following weekend we took the kids to Orlando.  It was sobering to see that the parks were not as busy as they usually are this time of year, probably due to recent events in the city.  The boys had pirate makeovers on Saturday, and DJ had a princess beauty appointment on Sunday.  I thought I was being smart bringing her own Cinderella dress from home, but once DJ realized she wasn’t getting one of the new dresses on display in the lobby, she refused to sit down in the salon chair until I bought her a new pair of Cinderella shoes to match! DJ and MJ saw their first move in the theater, Finding Dory, and loved it.  On Monday, we relaxed in the lazy river at Blizzard Beach and the older boys enjoyed the waterslides.

The weekend after that was our 2nd and final birthday celebration of the year, for DJ and MJ.  Since they were born, I have been calling AJ and JJ “the boys” and DJ and MJ “the babies.”  But at 3 years of age, I’m not really sure I can call them babies anymore…

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