We love our community. We live in a safe and quite town, known for being a great place to raise a family, and it has some of the highest rated schools in the country. It’s a very family friendly place to live, and there is so much to do for children. We are close to world-famous museums, hiking and biking trails, sports venues, libraries, parks and historic sites. There is always an event or festival happening in our town, and we attend almost all of them. Our neighborhood is a small little cul-de-sac with only three houses. Our neighbors in the other two houses are a family with small children and a nice retired couple always willing to lend a hand. We love the diversity of our community. It’s enabled us to create relationships with families of all cultural backgrounds and it’s wonderful to be able to expose children to this kind of community. We live in a new four-bedroom house that we built in 2014. We purposely bought a bigger house to have plenty of room to expand our family. Our daughter is excited to turn our guest room into a nursery for her new sibling. Everyone’s favorite room in the house is the playroom. It’s a great space filled with tons of books, a cozy reading nook, and all sorts of toys to foster imagination and learning. It’s so much fun!
Even though we don’t live in the same state as our extended families, it feels like we always see them. They are a very big part of our lives. We are constantly calling or FaceTiming each other. Burton’s parents are retired and own an RV that is great for taking family road trips all around the US. We visit them quite often, and they bring the RV to visit us for almost two months every summer. Burton’s older brother and his family live a few states away, but we still travel to see them as much as possible around his busy schedule as a surgeon. We love our nephew, Patton, so much and it’s so fun to watch him grow up. Emily is super close to her parents as well. We travel to them or they travel to us throughout the year, depending on the down times of running their family restaurant. Emily has a huge extended family that live near her parents. We always travel back for the holidays, which are always so much fun. Our favorite family tradition is when the entire family gets in a circle and we sing Christmas carols together. The grand finale is always “The Twelve Days of Christmas” - complete with dance moves. The adults love it as much as the kids. Both of our families are a ton of fun to be around (lots of laughter). They all can’t wait for the new addition to the family.
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