We live in a safe, residential neighborhood where we've resided together for 10 years. D.C. is a melting pot of different cultures, races, ethnicities and backgrounds, which is what drew us to and has kept us living in the city for over 20 years. Our neighbors are a mix of new young families with children and families that have lived here for decades passing their houses off to future generations. Everyone is generous and kind to one another, no matter the differences, inside and out.
A few blocks away is a gorgeous 250-acre campus which is a veteran's retirement home. Here they hold community events every season, from Spring Flings, to 4th of July festivities to Fall Balls, with music, food, games and crafts, just for the neighbors and their families. It has lakes, fields, picnic tables and playgrounds as well as a public elementary school, where we hope to send our child for school one day.
We are lucky to have Brian's entire family (sister, brother, nieces nephews and parents) just a few hours away by car and spend time with them a lot for milestones, holidays and vacations. Brian's sister always has a family get together on Christmas Eve so we drive up early and stay at their house with our two dogs. Normally after cooking and socializing (and after the nieces and nephews go to bed), the adults stay up late trying to figure out how to assemble the toys to go under the tree before Christmas morning.
Hilarey's family lives in the Midwest, and west coast, but see each other several times per year. Her dad is retired and loves to visit D.C. as much as he can. Their favorite family tradition is cooking Thanksgiving dinner together, everyone has a special dish that they are in charge of making for the group, and each person has a role somehow in making the day come together. We couldn't be more excited to introduce our child to our family traditions.
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