Sunday, June 28, 2015
I've always been someone that appreciates and loves being apart of a huge family. Whenever turmoil struck, or we celebrated super happy moments, I always remembered having so many loving people around me. As I got older, got married, and had Ava bug, I realized even more that family really is the root of it all. That being said, being a military family has definitely presented it's challenges when it comes to our families. Being in Georgia meant that we were closer to Justin's family, but 3,000 miles away from mine. Being in Washington state means we are literally minutes away from my family, but close to 3,000 miles away from my in-laws. The scenarios haven't been ideal for "win win" situations, but we have been making it work none the less. I call and talk to Justin's relatives on a weekly basis, and often times face time, video chat, and send about a million photos. I am so grateful for all of the capabilities we have in this day in age. Being able to keep our family on the East coast involved in Ava's growth and my pregnancy is so important to us.

That being said, with our impending move arriving sometime next year, we have decided to find a way to spend time with BOTH families throughout the year. Christmas time will be designated for Justin's family, and the summers will be designated time for my family. It really is a win/win situation in our book. Ava bug will have white New York Christmas' and sunny (non yucky rain weather), with my family. We want our daughter to build relationships with everyone in her family, and the biggest way we see ourselves achieving this goal is by having her make memories with them during Justin's block leave times each year.

I think we even decided on having me fly out with the kids to visit a couple times each year. I have never flown with two children, let alone toddler Ava bug, so I know that will be different, but I am more than willing to take the chance if it means my kids have growing relationships with their families. This Christmas will be the first Christmas we spend in the state of New York as a family, with Justin's family, and words cannot express how tickled I am. I can't wait to build snowmen, decorate the Christmas tree, and watch Ava make a million new memories with her grandparents, aunts, and uncle. Christmas will also be the first time Justin and I meet our first born niece, Ariana. She's grown so quickly this past year, and we are delighted to spend time with her. I'm also excited to show up with my HUGE third trimester belly! Justin's family have never seen a pregnant Leilani, so that will be a lot of fun.

Overall, I'm just happy that family has become a huge deal for my growing family. I plan on taking about a million pictures (as usual), and I can't wait to share our experience with you guys!

That's all for now, off to spend time with the husband.

Happy Sunday all!

♥- Leilani

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