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.
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…