The Outdoors: We both love to be outside. Fresh air, sunshine, beautiful scenery… nature makes us relaxed and happy. Jen wanted to understand how everything in nature is connected, so she studied ecology & marine biology in graduate school. Tony’s free-time pursuits — climbing and triathlon — bring him outside every day. Our child will run outside, soak up the sunshine, and learn about the plants and animals that surround us here in California.
Travel: We believe that seeing new landscapes and experiencing new cultures helps us learn how we are all part of a larger world. Jen went on lots of family vacations as a kid, and loves taking travel photos — they cover our walls at home. Tony didn’t travel much until he finished high school, but now he can’t stop. Our child will have his or her own passport (actually two — Jen is Canadian and will seek Canadian citizenship for our child), and we’ll travel to all our favorite places (Barcelona, Stockholm, Vancouver, Yosemite National Park) as well as places none of us have seen before.
Education: We both love learning. Jen is the nerd in the family — she went to an Ivy League school and earned a PhD. We’ll encourage our child to pursue his or her passions, inside and outside the classroom. As parents, we’ll make sure that homework is finished every night, we’ll be hands-on with science fair projects, and we’ll be so proud on the day when our child graduates from college.