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The family spends most of their outdoor time in their screened-in porch, but the wide-open backyard lends itself nicely to the kids’ hobbies of baseball and volleyball.
– with its Chapel Hill address in Durham County – has been a welcome compromise. Tracy, Steve and their two kids, Mena Choi, 15, and William Choi, 12, have called Southpoint Manor home for 10 years. “We settled in this neighborhood due to the family-friendly vibe, the walkability and the neighborhood pool,” Tracy says. “The location between both Chapel Hill and Durham … made it an easy choice as well.” The home is a reassuring home base for the busy family, especially now during the coronavirus pandemic. Tracy, a consultant for PharmaDirections, works virtually from her home office. Steve works as an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center and is chief of gastroenterology at the Durham VA Health Care System, but always does his best to make it home in time for dinner. The recent specialty on the menu has been classic shrimp and grits, in large part courtesy of Mena, a cooking aficionado and the 2016 North Carolina winner of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. When the DeLozier-Choi family isn’t cooking bulgogi or bibimbap under Mena’s watchful eye, they 78
We settled in this neighborhood due to the familyfriendly vibe, the walkability and the neighborhood pool.
– Tracy DeLozier
are often gathered outside. Steve utilizes his Big Green Egg outdoor cooker on the deck to smoke ingredients like duck and Brussels sprouts for all to eat out on the sunporch. The porch’s plush couches and dimly lit lanterns provide a comforting reason to stick around after dinner. “Mena also enjoys painting out there with her friends,” Tracy says. “We are planning on putting a TV on the screened porch to utilize it more for entertaining.” The wide-open, airy backyard offers the perfect expanse to serve as a makeshift practice baseball field for William, who plays for the Riptide Baseball Academy team. Mena uses the space to work on her volleyball serve as she prepares for future games with Carolina Edge Volleyball. Plus, it’s open terrain for Ozzy, the family’s Pembroke Welsh corgi, to roam as he pleases. The backyard also served as the ideal spot for William’s 12th birthday party in May. “We kind of made our own backyard movie [theater],” Tracy says. A blow-up screen created the perfect socially distanced celebration. “It was a good time,” Tracy says. “[His friends] came over in masks and gloves … and played PlayStation on
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