Our summer began with back to back birthday celebrations, and ended with some quality time with both sides of our extended family. Both sets of twins had birthday pool parties at our home on consecutive weekends. We enjoyed summer day camp where I was able to drop all four kids off in the same place for 7 weeks before DJ and MJ start elementary school, and JJ and AJ move on to middle school. I think I was more excited about that than the kids were. Next, we had a family reunion with Josh’s side of the family in upstate New York. Finally, we went on a Caribbean cruise and brought along my newly retired parents. It was an enjoyable summer, and now we are looking forward to the next big challenges…kindergarten and 6th grade!
Happy Birthday JJ and AJ
Happy Birthday DJ and MJ
Family reunion, steamboat cruise
Hiking at Family Reunion
Family photo on the cruise ship
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Learning about chocolate in the Dominican Republic
Breakfast with Dr. Seuss on the cruise ship
Like every year, I am most thankful for my family and friends. But this year especially, I am thankful that my parents are now both retired and free to enjoy all their grandchildren. That includes my sister’s family, because she and my brother in law are expecting another next year!
We had a great Halloween this year. The costume theme was Justice League. Even Tyson and I joined in on the super hero action! DJ and MJ also had their favorite Disney characters that they changed into for some of the events of the season.
Today is the last day of summer for us. Tomorrow, AJ and JJ start 5th grade, and DJ and MJ start Pre-K.
In the aftermath of our wedding this spring, we had a busy summer filled with birthdays, family trips, and even a short honeymoon!
We started the summer with a quick trip to Orlando.
AJ and JJ turned 10 this summer.
MJ and DJ turned 4 over the summer.
We went on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel.
We brought our Nanny Pat with us on the cruise.
With Pat watching the kids we had some quality time on the cruise ship
I took AJ and JJ on an excursion to see Mayan ruins.
Josh and Pat took the little ones to the beach and sea lion show.
My sister and brother in law came to watch the kids so we could go on a quick honeymoon!
Watching our 4 and their own 1 is daunting.
1st stop on our honeymoon was where we had our first date 20 yrs ago.
Got the chance to visit Mom and Dad.
We took in a bunch of Broadway on our honeymoon! 1 of 5
2 of 5
3 of 5
4 of 5
5 of 5.
Until next time, NYC!
From very early on in our relationship, we have been very committed to each other. On our 1st anniversary, Josh got us a pair of simple gold bands for us to wear. Seeing us with these rings, I think many people assumed over the years that we were already married. We never saw the need to have a wedding ceremony because we were already very committed to each other, and the only additional benefit we sought was legal recognition.
When marriage equality finally came nationwide in 2015, we did not immediately marry because we did not want to rush, and because we wanted the date to have personal significance. With a new administration in place we have felt the need to gain better legal protection for our family. Our 20th anniversary, March 31st, felt like the perfect date for our wedding.
The wedding turned out beautifully and as planned. Josh and I wanted to blend elements from our Jewish and Chinese heritage into the ceremony and reception. We also wanted to have our 4 kids play an active role. More than 180 of our friends and family gathered on that night.
Photos from that night have been trickling back in the weeks since, and I will update this post if more come in.
Save the date cards
Wedding license at clerks office
We added 4 diamonds to each band
Our social media hashtag and table centerpieces.
Sand ceremony, 7 Jewish blessings and we broke the glass
AJ and JJ were so handsome as best men.
MJ dutifully walked up the aisle as ringbearer, and then ran back to us.
DJ was so excited to be flower girl, she tossed all her petals at once!
Two grooms coming down the aisle
We wrote our own vows.
Sealed with a kiss
Family photo taken right after the ceremony
It is customary for the Chinese bride to wear red silk, so we wore red silk scarves.
Lion dancers and drummers opened the reception
David white wine or Josh red.
Double happiness cake topper
Our favorite flavors. Almond cake, Coconut cake