Our home is located in a suburb of a metropolitan city in Illinois, which offers many opportunities and the best of both worlds. We have membership to the zoo and arboretum, so we take many family trips there. We also love playing at one of the many local parks that have playground equipment, basketball courts, pool, community center, and plenty of areas to just run around. In our neighboring towns, we like to visit the museums, movies in the park, splash pads, outdoor festivals, beaches, and an enormous sled hill to enjoy on snowy days. As we are both teachers, we look forward to having the same vacation times as your child to allow for experiences of these activities and much more.
As our family is growing, we plan to move into a bigger house in this area. We want for the children to have more room indoors and outdoors to play and run around. One of the top priorities of our new home is that it must have a big back yard in a family friendly neighborhood in a good school district.
Jeff’s family lives within 20 minutes of us. He is very close with his 2 siblings. They enjoy getting together frequently for brushetta night. His family often does various activities together such as going out to dinner, having a campfire, or just enjoying the outdoors. When they are together, they often play games, such as Jenga, which can get very competitive. Jeff’s family is very fun loving and likes discussing current events. His parents love to FaceTime with Owen. Owen’s cousins are super excited about having another cousin to play with.
The majority of Laura’s family also lives close by, except one of her sisters lives in Texas with her family. Her family enjoys the annual Fourth of July trip to her aunt and uncle’s lake house for jet skiing (our personal favorite), boating, playing outdoor games, and sitting by the fire. A typical family get together always involves the cousins playing together, card games, and lots of food. Laura’s mom is an excellent cook and always makes sure each of the grandkids has a favorite dish on the table. Growing up, we went on family fishing trips, and Laura’s dad still loves to take the grandkids out on his boat for fishing. Laura’s parents couldn’t wait until we came home to see Owen, so they drove 10 hours round trip to see their grandchild for the first time. The family can’t wait to have another addition to our clan!
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