We are both blessed with large loving families. Even "small" family gatherings often turn out to be a lively affair with parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews because we can't imagine anyone missing out! Naturally as we have all continued to grow up our extended family has continued to grow in size, with each new addition a cherished little contribution. Although we may be spread all over the United States, it hasn't stopped our families from seeing one another each month. If anything it has given us a reason to travel and explore more often while making happy memories along the way.
Between visits we make a point to video chat with our families a few times a week, often with our son reading books with his cousins and grandparents. We are sport enthusiasts from birth, often trying to fit in a variety professional events with each visit, and if nothing else a party to commemorate the game. This past summer we were lucky enough to have Erica's entire family at a baseball game together to celebrate her grandfather's 80th birthday. Everyone was dressed in full Pittsburgh Pirates gear, and had fashioned signs to show our family pride.
We live in a bustling suburb in Kansas. Our neighborhood is filled with young, diverse families. The neighborhood has large, expansive play fields where the kids congregate for soccer, baseball, or a game of tag. All of our neighborhood kids play together, the adults pitch in if anyone needs help, and in the summer there are outdoor celebrations for holidays and baseball playoffs. Our neighbors take active interest in our lives which gives a great sense of community. The area we live in is safe and has exemplary school district ratings. Since an active outdoor life is important to us, our home is centrally located to parks, lakes, and community pools (which are wonderful!). Our town home is two stories tall, with three bedrooms and two baths. Our favorite part of our home is the open living area; we can spend time cooking in the kitchen while playing in the living room with our son.
As for the best parts of Kansas? While there are many wonderful things, our favorites are the great, big, open skies and the kind people who live here. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking and our mid-Western friends are even better!
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