The majority of both of our families live within 15 minutes of our house. Kelly's mom, dad, and brother live in the neighboring town and her sister lives in Georgia. Thomas' mom, dad, brother, and sister along with her family, live in a nearby town as well.
Whenever our families get together, food is always at the center. We have 2 chefs in the family along with family recipes that go back 4 generations to Sicily. Typically on Sunday we make meatballs by hand and marinara sauce from scratch to serve with pasta and a fresh salad. Everyone in the kitchen helping to prepare and cook the food is half the fun, the other half of course is eating it!
After dinner the fun continues with cards or dominoes. This is the time our parents usually start with stories from the "the good old days". These tales from the past always provide insight to our family’s history and culture and are a great opportunity to learn about who we are and where we came from. We also enjoy playing games and watching movies with our family.
We live in Florida; just 3 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Our neighborhood is made up of single family homes built in the late 1980's. The homes of the neighborhood have varying architecture that help create an appealing sense of place. The neighborhood is not "cookie cutter" where every house looks the same and each house sits directly next to their neighbors. A sidewalk follows along our entire neighborhood providing a safe place to walk and ride bikes. Our lot size of over 1/3 an acre provides lots of open lawn space in the front, side, and backyards. Many mature trees throughout the property provide shade and habitat for local wildlife. Many different birds frequent the feeders we have placed on the trees, and watching these birds from our kitchen table is a lot of fun in the mornings.
We have four bedrooms and two and a half baths in our open floor plan. The kitchen is open to both the dining room and the living room with a fireplace. Our outside patio is the best place to be when the weather is nice. It is screened in and surrounds our pool where we spend a lot of time in the Florida sun. We also have a half-court basketball court in our back yard which we enjoy as well.
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