Our family lives in a wooded and equestrian-friendly suburban neighborhood, within walking distance to playgrounds, the local highly-rated elementary school, and a forested state park. The state park is the ideal place for trail running and taking family hikes. We are a 10-minute drive from most amenities, including a fitness facility that we all enjoy for its pool, workout facilities, play spaces, and family-oriented events like the Halloween party with bounce houses and face-painting.
When we chose our home, we wanted bedrooms for three children and a guest room for visiting family and friends. In addition to the five bedrooms, we have a spacious kitchen where we enjoy making meals together. The children have a stool that allows them to safely access the countertops and participate in washing, mixing, and the like. We eat dinner together in the kitchen nearly every night. We also spend a lot of time as a family in the den, which functions as both a play space for the family and a crafting space for Amanda to design and sew quilts and encourage the kids' creativity.
Perhaps our home's best feature is its outdoor space. Year around, we spend a lot of time playing and eating on the large deck. The children love climbing and pretending on the play structure, rolling down the small hills in the yard, climbing small trees, exploring big trees, and digging for earthworms. We love our home and neighborhood, and we can't wait to bring a new child home to enjoy them!
We are fortunate to have two families. Our biological families live in New Zealand (where George grew up) and rural Ohio (where Amanda grew up). We love traveling as a family to spend extended time with George's parents, brother and sister-in-law, and extended family. Amanda's mother regularly visits us and sometimes vacations with us. When we can't be with our families, we stay in touch through text messages and video chatting.
We've also developed a chosen family of our close friends who live nearby. These friends are part of our daily lives and are like aunts, uncles, and cousins to our kids. We have regular family dinners, game nights, and sleepovers. We go on adventures around town (sledding, pumpkin patch, ferry rides, beach days) and take vacations together. We love to celebrate holidays and cook for each other.
Our families, both by birth and by choice, were instantly delighted to learn that we're adding a new member to our family and cannot wait to welcome this child with loving arms.
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