We love our house and community. Our favorite place is our quiet, wooded patio where we grill out, relax together after a long day, or hang with friends and our dog, Pizza. We live by a school campus that houses the local elementary, middle, and high school with a field where we throw the ball with Pizza while neighborhood children play on playgrounds and families throw frisbees, footballs, and boomerangs. This is central to quaint neighborhoods that host yard sales, Trick-or-treat, and holiday events. Our favorite is the Harvest Pumpkin decorating contest.
As a suburb of two cities, our neighborhood is diverse in age, race, beliefs, and cultures. As a biracial couple, it is important to us that our child meets people and experiences life as an ever-expanding knowledge and enjoyment both of the familiar and the different so that the different becomes the familiar and the enjoyed. We can't wait to milk cows at the NC state fair, go to the Raleigh Marbles Kids Museum, sing at a Durham Performing Arts Center show, or go to Oakwood Dog Park with our child. Living in Central NC means we are never more than 3 hours away from the beach or mountains. Can't wait to see that diaper butt waddling in the sandy water or riding on Mommy's back while Daddy cuts down the fresh Christmas tree before we ride home for holiday music, hot cocoa, and decorating the tree.
We are blessed to have Joe's immediate and extended family within 20 minutes. Momma Jones and Nana insist on being primary babysitters, and Poppa Jones is already having grandbaby dreams as our child will be the first grandbaby for Momma and Poppa. We love having them over for a big Jones breakfast each month, watching our puppies play together, and hosting Christmas at our place last year. The extended Jones family of cousins is full of new little ones that get together on holidays and last year in Hawaii for a family reunion.
While Tiffany's family lives farther away in Connecticut and Iowa, we have a yearly family vacation to go to the beach or hike the mountains to supplement fun FaceTime hangouts throughout the year. Margo, Ivy, Micaiah, Judah, Desi, and Gabe are already praying for their little cousin and can't wait to welcome him/her into games of hide and seek or capture the flag, sandcastle building contests, and end-of-vacation song writing to capture all the memories. Mom (Granny) and Dad (Pa) Reed are happily retired, so they travel to NC once or twice a year to visit. Granny looks forward to going on walks and playing games with their grandbaby, and Pa is excited to introduce him/her to his ducks and teach our child about fishing as they relax by the water.
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