Summer 2017

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!

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.

 

Fall Fun

We have spent the last few weeks enjoying the season.  AJ and JJ decided on Harry Potter themed costumes this year.  Last week we went to New Orleans to visit my sister and brother in law.  They are always so great with the kids.  I know they will make great parents.  I’m thrilled to announce that they are expecting a bouncing baby boy due next year!

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L’shanah Tovah!

This evening we celebrated the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  Josh’s parents came over and we sang the blessings before having a meal including apples dipped in honey for a sweet year.  I am proud to have mastered brisket recipe shared from a coworker.  AJ and JJ loved the brisket so much they asked for second and third helpings until it was completely devoured!

A Chinese man made this brisket and the Jewish side of the family endorses it as legit

A Chinese man made this brisket and the Jewish side of the family endorses it as legit

In other news, AJ and JJ have started third grade.  They are matched with two teachers that work as a team this year.  One teacher focuses on math, the other focuses on reading and writing.  They swap classes in the afternoon, so AJ and JJ are working on the same things with the same teachers while separated through the course of the day.  A wonderful benefit from this arrangement is that the boys have the same homework sent home each day.  This is much less confusing for Josh and I to supervise, and all we have to do is make sure they don’t cheat off each other’s work.  The school year seems to have gotten off to a sweet start!

1st day of 3rd grade. Yes, AJ is wearing a pepperoni pizza backpack

1st day of 3rd grade. Yes, AJ is wearing a pepperoni pizza backpack