Who We Are
Our story began in 2003 while spending a night on the town. Eric just moved and was being shown his neighborhood. I was talking to a friend, who happened to know Eric’s roommate. We were immediately smitten.
Our first date was to my best friend’s birthday party. Eric met my closest friends from college, which took some bravery!
On our second date we learned more about each other over dinner. We discovered that we share many interests and life goals. Family is extremely important to both of us. This was the first time we shared our dreams of starting a family.
We married in Laguna Beach, surrounded by family and friends. Our relationship is filled with love, trust, laughter and adventure.
As a couple, we enjoy traveling. We spend summers seeking new adventures and seeing the world. We love hiking, camping, and spending time with our nieces and nephews. We can be homebodies too. Quality time together at home is wonderful too. We are excited to share these experiences with our future children.
We know we will be amazing parents. We are excited to share the good values instilled in us by our own families. We have a lot of love in this home to share.
Dear Future Kids,
As you know, both of us love to travel. It isn’t just about seeing new places, it’s about learning and experiencing other cultures. Our favorite vacations were more about getting to know people and experiencing a new place than sight seeing. Often, we will go back to the same place more than once so that we are able to do that. We are lucky that Daddy Eric’s job with the airline allows us to do that.
Your great grandparents on my side of the family were travelers for different reasons. Your great grandfather was an engineer. He was well known as being a problem solver and a tinkerer. Daddy Mike still has a small gadget that you great grandfather made that was called “The Electric Decision Maker.” It’s just a red button that when pushed will answer either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Well, your great grandparents traveled the world helping other countries and cities solve big engineering problems. One place they lived was Cairo, Egypt.
They told me all sorts of stories about their time there. I’ve always thought Egyptian history was amazing. Because of of this, I really wanted to see Cairo and experience it like my family once did. Although Cairo was now much different than when my grandparents were there in the 1950s, we enjoyed our time there. It somehow felt like I was following in my grandparents’ footsteps.
I imagine that someday you will travel to a place we spoke a lot about too. I imagine that you will also go on adventures of your own.
We went to a fabulous birthday party yesterday. Seriously. We celebrated our friend Leo’s 1st birthday. Leo is Eric’s work-wife’s grandson. They live right on the beach, so they had a beach party. For food, they hired a food truck to cater, which was brilliant!
Unfortunately, I lost my phone. We looked everywhere. We didn’t drive there. We took a ferry and a car service, so I called both with no luck. No phone was found in the car and the ferry service wouldn’t know what was in their Lost & Found until the end of the night. I tried the Find My Phone app with no luck. I was beginning to think my phone was at the bottom of New York Harbor…
We helped clean up after their party and arrived home, exhausted, at around 9:00pm. Just before bed my best friend tried to reach me and someone texted her back from my phone saying, “This phone is lost.” I asked my friend to text Eric’s phone number. A woman named Sasha, who works for the ferry service, had found my phone. We set a meeting time for today at 2:30pm at Pier 11 for me to retrieve my phone.
We took the opportunity to spend today out. Why not? It was a beautiful day! We arranged to meet up with an old friend that we haven’t been able to see all summer. We picked her up and drove to the South Street Seaport. She hadn’t been there in so long that she didn’t realize how much it had changed! At Pier 11, I met up with my hero Sasha. She gave me my phone and only asked for a hug in return. We talked a while about working on a ferry (a secret dream job of Eric and mine!) After that, we found a restaurant near Pier 11 that has outdoor seating. We enjoyed brunch on the water, next to three lovely families and one cute dog. We struck up conversations with them. At the same time we finally reconnected with an old friend.
It really was a special day, and it all happened because of a lost phone.