And, yes, we said that our FAMILY comes over for those pool parties. We are very close to our families, both figuratively and literally. Marissa’s sister and her husband live right across the street from her and Andy! And her parents and Andy’s parents aren’t too far away! Almost like built-in babysitters if needed! But we truly love getting together with family whatever the occasion is.
We both grew up in families who ate dinner together every night, spent every holiday with each other eating a ton of great food and sharing laughs, and going on vacation every year, with the EXTENDED family, building sandcastles, or SAND SHARKS, collecting sea shells and just…being together. To this day, we still sneak a seed-filled jalapeno popper on Uncle Nick’s plate since he can handle any amount of heat!...HIS WORDS, NOT OURS! You think he’d catch it one of these years…but as long as he doesn’t, the pepper’s going on there!
And holidays are family time…no matter what holiday it happens to be. Now we were lucky when we bought a house with a pool as all the summer holidays require a cookout and a…POOL PARTY! So it’s nice to not have to travel! Everyone brings over some sort of dip or meat, and we get to grilling! There’s still debate on who can grill up the best piece of steak, and we don’t think that debate will EVER be solved! Hey, as long as there’s great food for all to enjoy, we don’t care who grilled it!
But when the party isn’t at our house, we don’t mind traveling to spend Thanksgiving or Easter with the family. A tradition we definitely enjoy is the one we have on Easter. One of Marissa’s FAVORITE sauce dishes, timbon, is prepared in her parents’ kitchen with all the women of the family while the guys, Andy included, are standing around the fire outside grilling up the lamb! And who can forget Thanksgiving? Not only is it an excuse to eat a ton of food from turkey, to mashed potatoes, to homemade focaccia bread, to one of Marissa’s favorites…homemade wedding soup!....but it’s another opportunity to build memories with family. And we wrap the year up with the seven fishes at Christmas time. It’s a lot of work frying up all the different fishes, but man, do we enjoy it..well, we enjoy the ham and dips a little more!
We both say that we have no friends, when we really think about it, because the only people we hang out with ARE family. And now we want to build those same great memories with a family of our own, as well as build some new ones, and we are so excited to get the chance to do just that. Family is something that we value very highly in our lives, and is a value we want to instill in our children.