At Oktoberfest, Germany 2014

   My Family At Oktoberfest, Germany 2014


When I was little, I always wanted to be a mommy.  There were of course other things I wanted to be that seemed to change with age – a princess, a cowgirl, a teacher, an aerobics instructor at Club Med, etc.  But, the one thing that always remained constant was that urge to become a mommy.

I grew up in Silicon Valley (SV) with a brother, a sister and two parents who are still together and still living in SV.  Actually, we all ended up back in SV and all live within 2 miles of each other.  This might seem like pure hell to you, but we actually all get along very well and love to hang out.  I know, we are weird.  As a kid I loved sports, dance, candy, music, boys and of course my giggly girlfriends.  (Side note – I still love my giggly girlfriends!)  I grew up in the era of Who’s The Boss, jeans with zippers, banana clips for my hair, owning a crimping iron, idolizing Madonna, killing it in Atari, spending HOURS making “mix tapes”, owning several Swatch watches, rushing home to those super cool After School Specials on TV, watching the Brady Bunch and loving my Izod clothes.  Oh, and I knew what Willis was “talkin bout” and how to play “Light as a feather, Stiff as a board!”  I swear.  It really works!  It does!

I went to college at UCSB, which I still think is the best place in the whole wide world.  If you’ve never been to Santa Barbara CA, you need to go!  I majored in Sociology, Health/Exercise Science, Beer Bonging, Tanning at the beach, and giggling a lot with my girlfriends. Just as I was about to graduate, my best friend set me up on a blind date to go wine tasting with this (very cute) boy named Quincy.  He just returned from traveling through Europe, was waiting tables at the Beachside Cafe, owned a surfboard and two t-shirts, and wore black combat boots.  We proceeded to get very drunk, laugh all day and climb random mountains filled with cow poop. (That’s another story.) After that day, cow poop, combat boots and all, I literally called my mom and told her I met the boy I was going to marry.

Here we are in 2014.  Quincy and I have been married for almost 16 years and he still makes me laugh and gets me drunk – sometimes in the reverse order.  I am happy to report that he ditched the combat boots.  We have 2 precious kids, 3 adorable nieces, 3 nephews,  jobs and way too many responsibilities.  Gone are the days of sleeping in, relaxing on the weekends or traveling just because we could.  Those days are now filled TO THE RIM with cleaning up toys, paying the mortgage and the endless bills, taxi’ing our kids to all their activities, squeezing in an occasional date night and trying to stay sane.  Still, we have a happy little life and wouldn’t change it for the world.

Currently, we are living in Haimhausen.  It’s a cute little farm town in Bavaria, Southern Germany.  Chickens run around wild, it’s awesome.  Although we miss our family and friends from home, we are loving our European adventure.  It’s nice to get a break from the same ole, same ole, you know?  If you are ever thinking about relocating to Europe for a few years, Germany is a great place.  It’s very central (great for travel) and is unbelievably beautiful.

So, even though I never became a cowgirl or an aerobics instructor at club med, I am stoked to be a wife, a mommy, an art teacher and now — A BLOGGER in this little/big/busy area called Silicon Valley where all the magic happens!  I hope you’ll join me!