Home Is Wherever We're Together
We live about 20 minutes east of Los Angeles with our three-year-old daughter, Mabel and our dog, Cody.
We've been together for more than 11 years and our relationship is very important to us. We work as a team to manage the household duties and take turns cooking dinner, giving baths and reading bedtime stories.
I always wanted to fly airplanes and live in California, and now I do both. I'm a private pilot, and we own a small airplane. The whole family loves to go flying - dog included! We love taking day trips to cities around the West Coast, constantly searching for the best hamburger in California.
I was born in Nebraska and adopted when I was a month old. Adoption has always been a part of my life. When I was six, my family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, which I consider my "hometown." I love southern cooking, southern hospitality, and I can even speak “southerner."
We all get ready together in the morning then I drop Mabel off at preschool before heading to my job at Disney. I'm a lead software engineer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Our weekends are usually pretty packed - playing with friends, visiting local beaches, parks and musuems, and of course, flying. But in my spare time, I like to work on projects around the house and on our airplane.
I never hesitate to start a tickle fight because I love hearing the sound of baby giggles.
Growing up I knew I wanted to explore the world. I grew up in Topeka, Kansas (yes, as in Dorothy, Toto and the Wizard), but I've been able to live in some amazing cities like Seattle, Knoxville, New York City and San Francisco. Now, I call Southern California my home.
I love singing and dancing to Disney songs around the house, and I can often be found baking or decorating cakes or cupcakes for my family's birthdays and holidays.
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love creating costumes for the family and decorating our house.
I'm also learning how to fly and hope to have my private pilot license soon.
I am a tenure-track professor at a private university where I teach communication. I get long winter breaks and summers off! My schedule is flexible so I can take Mabel to ice skating classes and to the pool to swim. And of course, we go to Disneyland A LOT!
But snuggling up with Mabel to read books and talk about her day are two of my favorite pastimes.