We both come from large families with many aunts, uncles, and cousins--family gatherings are always rather boisterous affairs! While it can be overwhelming to the uninitiated, once you get to know them, you spend most of the time laughing. We are fortunate that Elizabeth's family lives fairly close and we try to spend as much time as possible with our nieces: Morgan, Kennedy & Raegan. Kennedy and Raegan are twins and we affectionately refer to them as "The Presidents.” We plan regular "family fun" outings with them and Elizabeth's parents and go bowling, or mini-golfing or hiking. We visit regularly with Elizabeth's mom--often going out to dinner or just having her over to the house.
Tim's family is a bit further away, living mostly in Connecticut, but we visit regularly, especially around holidays. Memorial Day picnics by the pool, and party games with Tim's parent's, sister, and brother-in-law are fun pastimes and always illicit laughter. And now with our nephew, Finn in the picture, these visits are more precious. We always hope for a white Christmas when visiting Connecticut around the holidays--and if not, at least Tim's mom makes good cookies!
Both of our families are extremely supportive of our adoption plan and cannot wait to have another child in the family!
We love our home! It is a bi-level house with 3 bedrooms, a large, high-ceiling living room, open kitchen, and two lower-level rooms that currently are a TV/game room, and an office for Tim.
There is a large patio out our back door that looks onto our garden, where we have a chiminea, vegetable and flower pots, and a table and chairs for eating out and relaxing. There are sizable back and side yards for playing, sports, and even a good sledding hill for the winter months!
Our house is on quiet, low-traffic street, in a safe and well-maintained neighborhood. We have very friendly neighbors (houses on either side and across the street) who are willing to help out and keep an eye on things when we are not around. The neighborhood itself has a clean and safe playground area and a pool open only to neighborhood residents. Additionally, within 15 minutes of our house, there are several parks, a family fun center, mini-golf courses, and a park/campground for hiking, cookouts, and camping.
One of the highlights of our neighborhood is Halloween trick-or-treating. We love handing out candy every year and cannot wait to be able to get out and participate with a little one! Overall, we love our house and neighborhood and would not want to live anywhere else.
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