Erik’s mom/step-dad and Erik’s dad/step-mom live about an hour away. We are especially close to Erik’s mom. We get together about once a month at either of our homes, and sometimes we even meet halfway for brunch.
Erik has a sister/brother-in-law/niece that live about two hours away and a brother who lives on the west coast. While we don’t see Erik’s brother, sister-in-law, and our two nieces/one nephew often, we always look forward to their visit nearly every summer. We have many happy memories of spending vacations together at various beaches over the years.
Erik also has a cousin who is married with three little girls. We have also enjoyed spending many a vacation with them. We refer to the girls as our nieces even though they technically are second cousins. One of our “nieces” is close to Colby’s age and the two love spending time together, especially this past summer when they were boogie boarding in the outer banks.