This has been a very rough year. The shootings at Pulse, the sudden death of my uncle, the slow death of my grandmother, and the political upheaval of the election all took a toll on me emotionally. Josh has been very patient with me, as he has always been. My birthday falls at the end of the year, which is naturally a very reflective time. This year I turned 42 and I have come to the conclusion that my answer to “life, the universe, and everything” will always be my family. As long as I have Josh, JJ, AJ, DJ, and MJ by my side, I will always be content. This birthday, Josh took me down to Fort Lauderdale for a quick romantic getaway and we had a lovely dinner date night!
We have something exciting planned for 2017. Stay tuned.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
After boarding at the Port of Miami
The kids watching through the window while pulling out of port
Signing the kids up for activities on the boat.
Diana wanted to keep the hat
Visiting the nature center
On the beach near Freeport
MJ passed out on the bench after the beach
Hanging out with the locals
AJ is getting his name woven into a hat
DJ enjoyed the royal kid parade on the boat
On a semi submarine in Nassau
The kids could see all the ocean creatures while staying dry
Beautiful views of fish and coral reef
From Bahamas with love!
M & M & M
On the beach building a sand castle
On the beach at Great Stirrup Cay
Boys getting ready to snorkel with stingrays!
JJ holding a stingray and MJ getting brave petting
AJ with stingray
DJ was scared but she held a starfish instead
Right before disembarking, AJ got stuck in a bathroom stall with a broken lock. They had to break the door down!
AJ and JJ will be starting 4th grade in less than 2 weeks, and MJ and DJ will be starting preschool! Stay tuned…