Our Favorite Things

A few of the things we love…

Harry Potter! We might be a little obsessed. We’ve both read the books multiple times, and Mandie has even read them all out loud to Dimitri already. We have “family movie nights” where we pull the mattress into the front room, lay down and watch as many Harry Potter movies as we can before we fall asleep. We are excited to take Dimitri to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter someday soon.

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                                              Family Movie Night

 

The only thing we’re more obsessed with than Harry Potter is soccer.  We can’t get enough. Adam and Mandie both played in high school, and we even met playing on the same indoor soccer team! Adam still plays in some adult leagues, and even though Mandie hasn’t played for a while, we both love to watch it. Dimitri would still rather watch cartoons than soccer but we can tell he’s warming up to it.

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At a US Women's soccer game while we were dating
At a US Women’s soccer game while we were dating

Spending time outdoors. We’re not major mountain men who go on extreme hikes or go camping every weekend, but we do enjoy being outside, going on walks, taking Dimitri to the park, and riding our bikes. It’s important to Mandie that Dimitri gets at least a few hours of outside playtime every day. Sometimes that means going to a  park or splash pad or on a walk, and other days it just means playing in the backyard.

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And speaking of riding our bikes, that’s another thing that’s really important to us! Adam has loved biking for years and introduced Mandie to road biking when they were dating.  Dimitri already has his first balance bike and we can’t wait to go on long bike rides with him.

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We love to cook! Most of the meals we eat are made from scratch and we love spending time in the kitchen eating or cooking. We make anything from a simple soup to a full Thanksgiving meal. Dimitri is learning to help in the kitchen and especially loves making cookies and cupcakes.

Cupcakes that Mandie made for a friend's birthday
Cupcakes that Mandie made for a friend’s birthday
The first Thanksgiving dinner we made together
The first Thanksgiving dinner we made together
This little cutie loves helping to make chocolate cupcakes
This little cutie loves helping to make chocolate cupcakes

We love celebrating holidays and having family traditions. We love spending time together in general, and it’s especially fun to have certain things we always do for specific holidays.

Dimitri helping to decorate for Valentine's Day
Dimitri helping to decorate for Valentine’s Day
One of our traditions is that we always have fondue on Valentine's Day. Dimitri is a big fan
One of our traditions is that we always have fondue on Valentine’s Day. Dimitri is a big fan
We love Christmas! We always read certain Christmas books to Dimitri the few days leading up to Christmas and we always make a special Christmas dinner.
We love Christmas! We always read certain Christmas books to Dimitri the few days leading up to Christmas and we always make a special Christmas dinner.
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Halloween is another fun holiday at our house. Dimitri has a fun party with all of his cousins every year at Halloween time.