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!
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!
First Portrait as Family of 6