We have a magical house. Everyone notices it's much larger inside than it looks outside. Every room has a story, from Jeanette's workshop to the enclosed porch where our cats snooze in the sun. On warm days, Jeanette's lavender scents the entire yard. The kitchen is Steve's favorite room, but Jeanette "borrows" it to bake our bread each week. Steve loves to cook while we chat with guests at the kitchen table. Our 1936 house has lots of nooks for a child to make forts, build Lego worlds, or just curl up with a cat and a book.
Our diverse suburban neighborhood feels like a small town. We can walk to nearly everything we need - grocery store, post office, barber, Starbucks, and a great Italian deli. Several families with small children live on our block, and everyone knows each other. Playgrounds and a pool are just a short walk away. We can't wait to go to our neighborhood's family events, like the cute Halloween costume parade with the kids, and the neighborhood Christmas tree lighting.
Living outside Washington, D.C., means we can go to lots of museums and a fantastic zoo (with pandas!). And we're only three hours away from the beach!
We both loved growing up in large families, with lots of aunts and uncles and especially cousins to play with. Even today, every family gathering is a huge affair. A new child will get a warm welcome!
Every Thanksgiving or Christmas, we drive out to Kansas to visit Jeanette's family. We catch up with her cousins and step-siblings and watch their kids play. We compete to see who knows all the funny lines from "A Christmas Story," and we eat lots of turkey and green bean casserole. Jeanette's aunts even let Steve make the gravy now! Your child will get to play games and make sticker posters with the other young cousins in the family. We always take Jeanette's grandparents out for lunch - a special memory every trip.
We live just two hours from Steve's family, so we get to see them often. With Steve's parents, we cook big meals for family get-togethers, and sometimes we drive into the country to buy fresh vegetables and take pictures. Steve's young nephews love to use him as a trampoline. Steve's dad and brother can't wait to teach another child how to fish in the ocean. Steve has even more young cousins than Jeanette does, and they would love a new kid to play with at family gatherings.
Our families are so excited to welcome a new baby. Another child means more love!
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