Jason’s family lives close by and we get together with them frequently. His mother’s side is large and has family gatherings often, especially around holidays and major events like birthdays and anniversaries. Everyone grew up together and is close and supportive of each other. During the summer we gather at his aunt & uncle’s home and swim, play volleyball in their backyard, or sit on the deck and visit. During the holidays, we visit while the kids play games downstairs. We also have an annual holiday ornament exchange and usually one miscellaneous themed gift exchange (like books, or As Seen on TV gifts). No matter the occasion there is always lots of food!
Courtney’s family used to be all over the country but within the last few years they have moved closer and now all are within a 4 hour drive. Her parents have a lake house a few hours away and we like to spend time with her family there. We like to play games like Scrabble, Skip-Bo or Golf, and spend a lot of time out on the boat, skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding.
We moved last year and have lived in our new house for about a year and a half. Our house has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. It is a two-story house with a living room and kitchen on the main floor and all the bedrooms upstairs. We spend most of our time on our main floor or outside on the patio.
Our neighborhood is a newer neighborhood that is a mix of older neighbors but also some younger neighbors with families. The city we live in has a lot of great community and family friendly events and also has two great pools with slides and other fun toys. The neighborhood has access to a great walking/running/biking trail, and also has a neighborhood pool and playground. Nearby is one of the largest parks in our metropolitan area - it has a big lake, walking trails, a dog park, baseball and soccer fields, and they often have various community events and activities; and put on plays during the summer.
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