Our families mean a lot to us. Living next door to to Alan's parents and his aunt means we see them often. Together, we enjoy gardening, doing crossword puzzles, having cookouts, and celebrating birthdays and holidays. When we get together, there are usually between twelve and twenty of us, with many kids running around.
We are fortunate enough to see our families often since most of Alan's family lives in the region and Kristina's parents live nearby for part of the year. With Kristina's family, we enjoy making big Korean dinners, baking together, playing Scrabble, taking day trips, and kayaking since her parents have a house on the ocean. Because Kristina is hapa (mixed Korean and Eastern European) and part of her family comes from outside the US, we have experienced firsthand how much having a diverse family opens up the world's many textures for exploration, awe, and adventure.
We are so blessed with many loving and long term friends who we consider our family. Kristina's childhood best friend, Marnie, visits us every summer with her husband and 2 kids even though they live on the east coast and we live on the west. Each month we also get to spend a little time with either our friends Jodi or Rina who live in the region. And, when we are able to, we visit Kristina's best friend from college, Claudia, and her husband and 3 sons in Santiago, Chile. With friends living in Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, the UK, Germany, Morocco, Italy, Jordan, Albania, Brazil, and around the US, we are excited to take our future children to visit their many aunts, uncles, and cousins through our extensive friends family.