We live in a modest three bedroom house in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance of both an elementary school and a middle school. We bought our house in 2014 and think it is perfect for raising a family. Each of the bedrooms has plenty of room and the living area is open enough to allow all kinds of chaos and family time. Our city is not very small - population around 30,000 - but has a small town feel due to its more isolated setting. It doesn’t take very long at all to get to know a lot of people. Community and family are big pieces to daily life here.
There are many parks, two indoor swimming pools and multiple indoor recreation centers that are heavily used by families and kids. Living in Alaska, there’s also an abundance of outdoor activities, and students frequently go on field trips to learn about and explore the outdoors. Michelle grew up here and knows from experience that it is a great place for a child to grow up. There are several families in our neighborhood with small kids and we have several personal friends with small children who we’re sure will love having another one their age to play with.
We love getting together with our siblings and their kids. Between our families we have seven nieces and one nephew. They bring so much joy and wonderful chaos. Our oldest nieces are especially excited about a new baby in the family; they like to talk about "when Uncle Clinton and Aunt Michelle have a baby...." Our siblings and parents all live in other states but we work hard to see each other as often as possible. Michelle's parents and one of her siblings live in Washington state and we get to see them a couple times a year. Clinton's family lives in North & South Carolina, but we still try to see each other as often as we can.
Michelle also has cousins and a grandmother who live in the same town we do. We frequently have family dinners and get together for holidays at Grandma's house – this summer we celebrated Grandma's 90th birthday! All the family, aunts, uncles, and cousins, came from all over the country to be together and celebrate. Three generations together playing and visiting out in the backyard was quite the sight to see and there was so much laughter. Our families are so excited to add a child to the family. They have been so supportive and are anxiously waiting for the day we can call to tell them our child was born.
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