Both of us spent most of our lives living in the greater Seattle area. In 2011, we met on a blind date and hit it off. Marissa moved in with Eric within a year and we were married in 2014. Our wedding was super awesome and involved lots of family, dancing, and fun.
Marissa completed culinary school in 2015 and now spends her days working as a cook. In her free time, Marissa enjoys cooking and working in the garden.
Eric works as a software developer for a small company that makes educational software for special needs kids. After working for the day, Eric enjoys unwinding by playing board games with friends and playing with our dog.
That’s right, we have a dog! Her name is Chewbarka (notice the pun), or “Chewie” for short. She’s a real sweetie and is very well behaved around kids.
We also have chickens! Not just one chicken. Plural chickens. Four in total. Meet Hazel, Fern, Olive and Goldie. These adorable hens are the latest addition to our family. All together they produce about 3 eggs a day.
Eric’s family also lives in the area. That means our baby will have access to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In fact, there would be four cousins in the area plus two that live in Alabama. Whoa, that means a lot of love and attention.
Our home is a single story rambler originally built in the late 1950s. After we bought the house, we did some remodelling to help update the interior. The house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large family room and a living room. Our backyard is fully fenced and includes my wife’s garden.
Our house is located in a good area. We are two blocks away from an elementary school and a middle school. Also within two blocks are two separate parks. Not much further than that we have a series of hiking trails nearby.
Eric grew up in the greater Seattle area. Early memories include annoying his two older sisters, family trips to California or camping and playing with friends. Inspired by his love of Sesame Street and the Muppets, Eric wanted to be a professional puppeteer for a good chunk of his youth.
In high school, Eric discovered the theater. Never wanting to become an actor, he found his place behind the scenes. He pursued this passion in college, earning a degree in Theater Management. Although never pursuing the theater professionally, Eric believes that he uses the skills developed in college on a daily basis.
After college, Eric was hired by a small start-up software company that develops software for children with special needs. Despite not having a formal education in developing software, Eric eagerly learned all he could about the subject. Over 14 years later, Eric still works for the same company and has worked there longer than anyone else.
In his free time, Eric enjoys playing games. He and his friends have a weekly board game night that Eric looks forward to each Tuesday. Video games via XBox or Steam help keep him entertained and about once a month he enjoys some table-top roleplaying.
When not working or gaming, Eric spends time with his wife and their dog. Early in their relationship, Eric introduced Marissa to his love of board games. Although she is not as passionate as he is, the two of them have a few favorites they play together most weekends.
I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews, and look forward to becoming a parent.
I enjoy cooking delicious meals every day. My favorite foods are Italian, Thai, Middle Eastern, Indian, and American Comfort. I use a lot of fresh vegetables and herbs from my garden when I cook. I grow tomatoes peppers, squash, potatoes, and more.
My other hobbies include knitting/crochet, painting, playing board games, hot yoga, shopping, and studying Spanish.
Favorite T.V. shows include: Jeopardy, Survivor, The Great British Baking Show, Project Runway, Chopped, and Columbo.
Favorite vacations: Lake Tahoe, New Orleans, Italy, Japan, Disneyland