"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life."
We met in a bar in Venice Beach, California in 2001. He was drinking water and standing in the corner, while I was bustin’ up the dance floor.
Four years later we married with a small group of family and friends. We are alike in all the most important ways and wildly different otherwise.
I have four of them.
They are loud and smart and funny and creative. It’s exhausting and noisy, but I’m stoked I get to be their guide and teacher in this crazy life.
They’re 7, 9, 11, and 13.
Cameron, Dylan, Mason and Ethan started jamming together in the garage for fun. They had their first charity concert to raise money for a local animal shelter and continued to enjoy playing together and learning their instruments.
Their favorite bands are Smashing Pumpkins, Offspring, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Weezer. They’ve performed in Cincinnati, San Fransisco, New York and Los Angeles.
Cameron started playing drums in his diapers and hasn’t stopped since. He loves reading and astronomy and is the best big brother ever.
Dylan started playing piano, then learned guitar while on tour with School of Rock. He loves reading and math and is the silliest boy of the bunch.
Following in the footsteps of his big brothers, Mason quickly caught up and now plays drums, guitar and bass. He loves reading and drawing.
Ethan started as lead singer, but recently picked up the bass. He loves reading, skateboarding, drawing and cooking lunch for the family.
The six of us had the unique opportunity to join the cast and crew of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, The Musical. Our eldest was cast in the show after a friend emailed me to say they were looking for kid musicians (not necessarily kid actors). I sent a video, and the rest quickly became history. It was truly an adventure that still seems surreal.