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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Picture Day

Since AJ and JJ were born, we have taken family photos periodically on birthdays and holidays.  With the addition of DJ and MJ, these photos have become increasingly challenging to stage because of the number of moving parts.

Last week we had our photo session and I was initially displeased because of how restless MJ was throughout the shoot.  Somehow, the photographer managed to capture a couple moments of relative cooperation.  Of course the beauty of our children won me over and now I love the photos.

Looking over the last few family portraits I am struck by how much the kids have grown over the last couple years!

Year End Family Update

The household continues to bustle with activity, and 2015 is flying by.

DJ and MJ are halfway through their terrible twos.  They have finally graduated from cribs into toddler beds.  They were so excited the first night in their new beds, they couldn’t sleep!

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AJ and JJ are doing well in the 3rd grade gifted program at their school.  Extracurricular activities now include Hebrew school twice a week as well as as practices and games in a training basketball league.

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We just got home from a weekend trip to Orlando.  We went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. The weather was a bit wet, but the kids had fun regardless.