Our families are a significant part of our lives. Last year we moved to Philadelphia to be closer to Neeta’s sister, brother-in-law, and niece and Beth’s aunt. We’re lucky to be able to see both sets of our parents often, too.
Neeta’s sister and her family live very close by, so we see them regularly for backyard grilling, deck hangs, and hikes on the weekends. We have Neeta’s seven-year-old niece over for dinner about once a week. Neeta’s parents live a quick 2-hour drive away in New Jersey and are in town often for weekend visits, birthdays, and special occasions. She has a large extended family in the NJ/NY area, as well as across the US, India, and Australia.
Beth’s parents live in New York state, an easy five-hour drive away. She has a lot of hometown pride and we love visiting! Both her parents are active volunteers with local groups; her mom also sews beautiful quilts for family and friends. Beth’s sister lives in London and comes to New York or Philadelphia at least three times a year for holidays and big events. We have frequent family video chats, which often turn into giggle-fests. Beth has a close-knit extended family living all over the country, Europe, and other parts of the world. Twice a year, we get together with 25-35 of her aunts, uncles, and cousins for a holiday meal.