FamilyKristina

Friends + Family

FamilyKristina
Friends + Family

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.

Christmas 2012 Top row right to left: Kristina, Alan, Colin (Alan's sister's husband), Alicia (Alan's cousin), Brian (Alicia's husband), Geoff (Alan's cousin), Joe (Geoff's husband) Middle row from right: Alan's Dad, Alan's Mom holding Alan's nephew Jimmy, Alan's uncle, Alan's aunt, Alan's aunt's husband Bottom row from right: Alan's sister Andrea, Alan's cousin Kristen

Christmas 2012 Top row right to left: Kristina, Alan, Colin (Alan's sister's husband), Alicia (Alan's cousin), Brian (Alicia's husband), Geoff (Alan's cousin), Joe (Geoff's husband) Middle row from right: Alan's Dad, Alan's Mom holding Alan's nephew Jimmy, Alan's uncle, Alan's aunt, Alan's aunt's husband Bottom row from right: Alan's sister Andrea, Alan's cousin Kristen

Some of Alan's family at our wedding in 2010

Some of Alan's family at our wedding in 2010

Kristina's Emo (Aunt), Brother, and Mother

Kristina's Emo (Aunt), Brother, and Mother

Kristina and her brother Rob love to goof off together

Kristina and her brother Rob love to goof off together

Kristina’s Mom cooks delicious Korean food

Kristina’s Mom cooks delicious Korean food

Rob, his partner Quan, Alan, and Kristina's Mom

Rob, his partner Quan, Alan, and Kristina's Mom

Kristina's stepdad Joe at Christmas with her Mom

Kristina's stepdad Joe at Christmas with her Mom

Friends

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.

Kristina with our friend Monica and her sons Gabriel (left) and Damian (right). Kristina both belong to the women of color group and are committed to bringing equity and diversity to our community.

Kristina with our friend Monica and her sons Gabriel (left) and Damian (right). Kristina both belong to the women of color group and are committed to bringing equity and diversity to our community.

Alan being silly with Rayce, the son of Marnie, Kristina’s childhood best friend

Alan being silly with Rayce, the son of Marnie, Kristina’s childhood best friend

Kristina with her best childhood friend Marnie at our wedding

Kristina with her best childhood friend Marnie at our wedding

Our friends Jodi and Rina on New Year’s Eve 2017

Our friends Jodi and Rina on New Year’s Eve 2017