Our House and Neighborhood
Our Home

We just bought a home in March 2016 and it's great to have a place to call our own and grow old in. The community, similar to our previous community, is extremely diverse and that's important to us. The makeup of our community is young families and new empty nesters. Our town hosts festivals throughout the year and the parks district has lots of activities we participate in - including swimming at the community pool and checking out all the new parks being built!

The community is also culturally diverse; Latinos, Caucasians, Asians, Middle Eastern and Eastern Europeans live side by side and share meals together. The school district is fantastic and the local grade school is within walking distance of our home. We walk to the park and say hello to all the neighbors with their small children and others with their dogs (our son loves dogs!). Our home has plenty of room to entertain guests and have family visit for extended periods of time, as well as room to support our growing family.

Our Extended Families
Cousins

Family is a big part of our lives and we are very close to each of our families, despite being geographically separated. Jenny's family lives the closest to us, and we often visit her mom and family in her hometown. Typically a weekend in her hometown consists of meeting up with various relatives and family friends. We tend to keep it pretty low key; cooking dinner or going out to eat at our favorite pizza place, checking off Jenny's mom's "honey do list", and playing dominoes or card games with our friends. Our son LOVES to go to Mormor's house! (Mormor is Swedish for mother's mother.) It is often a getaway weekend full of rest and relaxation - and only 3 hours away!

We Love Our Family!

Silvio's family lives a bit farther away; his sister and her family live in Florida. Silvio is very close to his sister as he helped her raise her children from infancy until they were in grade school. He's in contact with her daily which helps us stay in touch. We visit them every 4 months or so. Silvio's parents still live in Nicaragua, but he speaks with them several times a week and we are able to visit every year.

Both our families are thrilled with our decision to adopt another child and cannot wait to meet the new addition to our family! Our son is especially excited to have a little brother or sister to play trains and puzzles, and to read all his books!

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