Jims family consists of his mother and stepfather (Lynn and Gary), as well as his older sister and brother-in-law (Kristy and Chris). Jim has one niece (Kendall) and one nephew (Carter). He also considers his cousin Robbie to be like a brother to him. Jim's mother and stepfather have always been there for him. He comes from a family of educators who have impacted the lives of many children over the years and they have helped shape Jim into who he is today.
His family all lives within 30 minutes of us and we see them often for family dinners, swimming, holidays, birthdays, vacations, get togethers, etc. Jim also has extended family members that live close to us that we see regularly. We have had the pleasure of getting to watch our niece and nephew grow up and love spending time with them. We cannot wait to add a cousin to the family.
Michelle's family consists of her mother and father (George and Millie). She would not be the person that she is without their constant love and support. They mean the world to her and she could never thank them enough for all they have done and continue to do. Growing up, Michelle was blessed to also share her home with her maternal grandmother who moved in with them shortly after Michelle was born. Michelle does not have any brothers or sisters, but considers her cousins on both sides of her family to be like siblings.
Michelle has a very close knit family who spend a lot of time together. We are fortunate to live across the street from Michelle's cousin and her family, so not more than a few days ever goes by without us spending time with one family member or another. Family has always been an important part of Michelle's life and she has fond memories of times together including vacations to Erie and Wildwood, camping trips, fishing trips, family dinners, holidays, Steelers games, bowling, picnics, birthday celebrations, and countless other activities. We look forward to sharing these and creating our own traditions as a family.
Our families have so many wonderful traditions that we look forward to each year. We hope to continue these traditions and start some of our own!
Some of our favorites include:
- Baking birthday cakes with our niece and nephew
- Theme dinners on vacation
- Ugly Christmas Sweaters and other family fun on New Year’s Eve
- Celebrating holidays 2x in the same day with both families
- Yearly beach vacations
- Baking Christmas cookies to share with family and friends
- Tailgating before Steelers games
- Concerts in the park
- Halloween parades
- Thanksgiving dinners
- Family picnic fun
- Attending fairs and local festivals