Our family's motto is we make any house a HOME. The military lifestyle provides us an amazing community wherever we call home. We enjoy the diversity, support, and instant family that comes from our community. No matter the neighborhood or Army post, there are always children of all ages and usually lots of them! Military children easily accept each other, and become friends quickly.
We enjoy visiting neighborhood parks, swimming pools, splash pads, baseball and soccer fields, the library, bowling alley, putt-putt, bike paths and our neighborhood community center that has game rooms. Our children participate in Awana (a children's church program), youth programs such as gymnastics, soccer, basketball, baseball, art, and music.
Our community has several annual events throughout the year that we usually attend with neighbors and friends. Some of our favorites are Easter egg hunts, Fourth of July festivities, including fireworks, Vacation Bible School, fall festivals, and a Christmas Tree lightening and festival where Santa is usually spotted and hot chocolate is on hand.
We often live away from our extended family because of the military lifestyle. However, in this lifestyle, our neighbors and friends quickly become a part of our extended family. We have been blessed at each home to have neighbors that quickly become family. We do life with these families, help each other out when needed, celebrate holidays and birthdays together, and enjoy cookouts and play dates. Over the years, we have built strong relationships with several families that makes them feel like a part of our extended family. We have done vacations with these families and meet up whenever we can for visits.
We do visit our extended families at least two times every year and usually have several family members come visit our home. Craig's Dad always welcomes us with home cooking and a stop by the local ice cream shop for the kids. Craig's Mom always prepares her famous chocolate gravy and biscuits. Lisa thought it was weird too, but for Craig anything with chocolate is a hit! Craig's brother and sister both have three children, so our visits with them are always full of cousin fun.
Lisa's family is always our constant rock regardless of distance. Her parents visit often and are kept busy with visits to Chuck E. Cheese, the bowling alley, the movies, and at home board games and crafts the kids pull out. When we visit Lisa's side of the family, we can always count on large family gatherings.
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