We jokingly tell people we met on Craigslist, which is partially true. JP was living in a house on Capitol Hill with 4 other people and one moved out. We posted the room on Craigslist and the first person we interviewed was VC. We hit it off instantly as we talked and joked about riding bikes, backgammon and Sponge Bob. I thought to myself, "Yeah, this will work" and convinced my roommates to select VC.
We became instant friends through rock climbing and VC helping me through my first year teaching. We spent a lot of time together and after I moved out of the house several months later, started dating instantly.
Over the next several years, we had our ups and downs; lived together, traveled, loved, fought, broke up and then found each other again. We married in 2012 and the adventure has continued.
Our daughter, Effie, was born in 2014 and nothing makes us happier than being a loving and adventurous family.
And yes, we both go by our initials, which we did even before we met.
We live in a sunshine filled apartment in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
As much as we love to snuggle up on the sofa and watch a family movie, we get out a lot.
Our home is located in the perfect mix of city life, small neighborhood and close to the outdoors. We like to take bus adventures to the aquarium and museums of downtown. Sometimes we'll go to a Sounders game or indoor rock climbing and other times we'll just take a bus ride to explore different neighborhoods.
We also walk/bike a lot in our neighborhood to playgrounds, the Wallingford Zoo, Greenlake, parks to fly kites, the locks to feed ducks or the neighborhoods of Ballard and Fremont to go out for dinner and a cupcake.
We are also short drives to some of the best hiking, camping, swimming, skiing, boating and exploring in the Pacific Northwest.
I was born in Utah. My dad is from Bolivia and my mom was Italian-American. They met in college and were very much in love, until they weren't. They divorced when I was 3 years old. They strived to build a friendly relationship and showed my siblings and I what it meant to partner and support each other... Familia!
My mom was phenomenal. She was a single mother of 3 adventurous children and she worked hard to teach us the values of love, hard work and fighting for what you believe in. She died of cancer when I was 19 years old. The loss still makes me catch my breath, and ultimately has helped shape who I am now and my relationships with my sister and brother.
I have 2 siblings, an older brother and younger sister. Though both live out of state, we text constantly, Face time and share stories of our children. Since we love to travel, Effie see's and knows her cousins (primos) and always looks forward to the next family trip.
One of the primary things I love about my relationship with JP is that we are best friends and continually challenge each other. This can be as simple as a bike race for one block, a semi-serious game of backgammon and... who am I kidding, backgammon is a very serious game in our household!
JP and I parent as a team and parent as partners. Parenting E is beyond amazing. It is beautiful, hard, and always an adventure. We have learned that decisions should not be made at 2 a.m., and that setting a good mix of routine and adventure lead to a very happy and laughter filled household.
I was born in New Jersey. My mom is a Polish immigrant and worked odd jobs over the years. My dad was from New Jersey and was an insurance salesman.
My dad's alcoholism and their subsequent divorce taught me a lot about who I didn't want to be as a parent.
VC and I parent as a team. We do our best to support, challenge and take time to grow as individuals, partners and parents. Effie even refers to us as "Mapa".
Being a teacher suits me. I'd rather spend my days supporting and nurturing kids to grow to become happy, healthy and confident individuals than be surrounded by adults any day.
Effie means the world to me. I'm very lucky to be a teacher so that I can spend afternoons, weekends and the summer with her by exploring, teaching her to swim, going to gymnastics and being involved at her school.