We have been together for about eight years now and each day we find ourselves discovering more and more about love, partnership, and this crazy thing called life.
We were married in October of 2014, about 3 years after we first met. It was such a magical day.
When people ask us how we met we kind of laugh. At the time it was unusual for both of us although it is becoming more and more common these days. It happened very randomly on a dating website in 2011, which neither of us used very avidly. The ongoing joke is that Aubrey went into the date intending to be "just friends" at first. But it didn't take long to see there was too much about us that felt right to leave it at friends. Things fell together quickly and pretty easily. We just really enjoyed each other's company in a way that felt fun and exciting but also easy and comfortable. And that really still describes us. We enjoy each other and this life we have built together so much, in both big and very simple ways.
Food plays a major role in our world, we like to find and try recipes together, explore new and favorite restaurants and have friends and family over for meals. We are those people who will talk about what's for dinner while we are still eating breakfast and our vacations tend to revolve around meals.
We really like going to the movies on weeknights as a way to break up the workweek. There is a silent "thumbs up, thumbs middle or thumbs down" rating system that happens during the trailers. Unless a horror movie trailer comes on, in which case Aubrey will close her eyes and plug her ears until it's over. Anytime Kelly wants to see a scary movie she has to find a friend or sibling to go with.
Our ridiculously over-sized couch is also a favorite destination for us and lots of our loved ones. We can be found snuggled up with our three rescue cats many nights of the week.
Kelly is absolutely obsessed with, not just our cats, but ALL cats. Her instagram feed is flooded with stories of kittens and cats all over the world. People love to give her (and both of us, as much as Aubrey tries to object) anything cat related as gifts. Anything you can think of, we probably have it! Mugs, t-shirts, kitchenware...it goes on and on!
The two of us also love spending time with the children of our family and friends. We have pool days in the summer where everyone comes over with the kiddos and we swim, listen to music, and lounge around doing crossword puzzles together.
Crossword puzzles and trivia games are a favorite pastime in both of our families. Our living room is never without at least one crossword puzzle in the works and Jeopardy is a favorite TV show in our household.
Family is also huge to us. Both sides are very close. The child who is meant to expand our tribe is going to be loved, accepted and supported by SO many people, just as we are.
Every summer we spend at least a week with Aubrey's father and stepmother in the Berkshires of Massachusetts where Aubrey grew up. The simple and beautiful way of life there is of huge value to us both and we want our children to share in the magic of that place someday.
Overall, we feel the key to our happy life is being grateful for what he have, including each other, every single day. We try our best on a tough day to always come back to remembering our good fortune and to take pleasure in even the smallest details. That is what we hope to teach our child or children as well.
We live in spacious but homey two-bedroom condominium in a safe California neighborhood. The area is full of so many activities, parks, great schools and museums. We are within just a few miles of several family members and have very sweet neighbors as well.
Aubrey is one of the most interesting people I have ever known. She is a woman with many different interests, loves and desires. I tease her because there are always so many things that she wants to do in a day, in a week, in a month, that we are never going to run out of experiences. Aubrey is an avid fan of dance and music. Going to the ballet, seeing concerts and musical theater are all hobbies she enjoys and will love introducing to our children. Crossword puzzles and Jeopardy are also a few things that bring her so much joy. She's definitely an intellectual. But the most important thing in Aubrey's life and the thing that she is unwavering about is family. She is the middle child in a pack of four and her siblings are her best friends. It is absolutely her second nature to always take our families into consideration when we are planning anything. She is the hub. She is either making the plans for us all to be together or hosting the party herself so that everyone comes to our place for the fun. Family is the priority and always will be. Becoming a parent has always been a dream for the both of us. Aubrey is going to be the most compassionate, steady, nurturing, and unconditionally loving mother. Motherhood is meant for her.
Kelly has such a big-heart and has such a free spirit. She is a kid at heart and is very comfortable in her own skin. She has a very silly side and is a good reminder to those around her not to let the small stuff get you down. She is very true to herself and does not let the opinions of others weigh on her. She is not someone who worries too much or takes life too seriously. But she is extremely hardworking and reliable. She is also kind and gentle. Kelly offers an unwavering strength and support to our marriage. She will offer the same as a parent, without a doubt. She loves loyally and unconditionally and will love whatever child we are meant to raise with every ounce of her being. She will protect them fiercely but will also teach them to trust their own strength. She will keep them laughing as she does with everyone around her.