There's nothing like a home-cooked meal from Mom's kitchen. These days, I've been lucky enough to have several meals a week made by mom! Last month, my parents moved to the greater Phoenix area from California. They decided to retire here. I haven't lived in the same city as Mom and Dad in about 12 years! Now they live just five miles from me and my husband. Some may think five miles is a bit close, but it's perfect for us.
You have to understand, I'm Filipino and Filipino families are usually very close, very big. (Many people wonder about my nationality... yes, I'm from the Philippines). Having moved several times over the past decade for work, it's great to be close to family again. Best of all, my husband is Italian, so he also understands what it's like to be part of a big, close-knit family.. where everyone is loud and nosey. So he gets along great with my parents. Infact, he spent all Sunday at their house watching football! After so many years away from "home," its fantastic that I can now call the Valley home and have my parents here too.