Ally with her "baby"
David, looking so grown up
This was the first year that the kids made it the whole trip without getting sad every time they talked to me. It tugs on my heart a bit that they are growing up, but more so makes me proud of the fact that they are becoming more independent. That means that Mike and I are doing our jobs well, in my opinion. They did end up coming home a few days early but they were gone for 12 days and that is pretty long for a 5 and just barely 7 year old.
I am so grateful to Rosa, my ex-mother-in-law, for the love and attention she bestows on David and Ally, even though her son is no longer their (legal) dad. She is an amazing woman who has so much patience - she took 4 grandkids total to visit family in Brownsville and she was by herself the last week of it (Jim, her husband, and Mimi, the kids aunt, had to go back after a week for work)! It was a huge blessing to Mike and I to have the time alone together and with Wyatt and now it is wonderful to have all of my mokeys in one place.
My little monkeys