Thanks! I'm sorry to hear about your mom as well. I'm sure that even though a year has past, it can still be tough at times.
Are you bringing a costume for Halloween? We are bringing something simple, but will decide if we are going to wear it or not, depending on what we hear from others on the ship.
What dinner seating do you have? We have the 6:00 seating. With little ones, my guess is you have the early seating as well. Maybe we can try to meet up at before dinner the first or second night. Or maybe at the kiddie pool on Wed or Thurs. Like you said, we can figure something out before we leave.