Hi and thanks for taking the time to learn about us! We’re Kenneth and Dan from Oakland, CA. We met in Austin, TX, 12 years ago on a fateful Halloween night, with Dan dressed as Crackle (from Rice Krispies’ Snap, Crackle, and Pop) and Kenneth dressed as Bruce Lee. Since then, our love for each other (and our Halloween costume collection) has grown every year, and we are now ready for the next phase of our life by becoming parents.
We spent the first 7 years of our relationship in Austin, watching the city grow, working on home improvement projects, and progressing in our careers. We were on vacation in Japan when Kenneth surprised Dan by proposing in the Imperial Gardens (spoiler alert: he said “Yes!”). Things progressed quickly from there – within a year, we were married, Dan graduated with his MBA, and we moved to San Francisco, ready to take on our next big adventure.
Since then, we’ve embraced the Bay Area as tech professionals working in the heart of downtown. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the Bay Area through its wide array of food, weekend getaways with friends, and diverse cultural activities. On weekends, we usually spend our time checking out new parks and neighborhoods during the day before trying a new restaurant for dinner. We also take a couple vacations each year, most recently having an interest in the Western US, giving Dan a chance to practice his photography with Kenneth taking in the local sites.
We live in the Uptown Neighborhood of Oakland – a centrally located, vibrant area with lots of restaurants and shops. We are in a spacious 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment close to the lake, perfect for weekend picnics. We love trying new cafes for brunch and then relaxing in the nearby parks. We’ve fallen in love with the beauty of the Bay Area since moving here, given that lounging on the beach, hiking through the redwood forests, and skiing down the mountains are all just a short drive away.
Dan is a driving force in our family. He is curious, smart, determined, super organized, and can accomplish anything he puts his mind to. Without his strength, neither Dan nor I would be where we are today. Dan loves to be around people. His ideal evening would be having our friends over for a potluck dinner followed by board games late into the night. He is very health conscious, eats well, and can be seen at the gym several days a week. He loves deeply and has the best intentions for people. Dan is going to make a wonderful father and a great role model.
Kenneth is a nurturer – he’s got a huge heart and enjoys taking care of me and others, especially with home-cooked food. His parents owned the local chinese restaurant growing up, so I’m lucky that he knows his way around the kitchen. He’s always the life of the party, but can be found reading a book or playing Candy Crush when he needs personal time to recharge. Kenneth is a stable, yet soft-hearted rock for our family – able to deal with whatever life has in store in a laid-back, yet confident manner. I know he’ll make a great dad, and I can’t wait to hear him telling bedtime stories to a little one!