One of the main things that bonds us together is our sense of humor and our willingness to find the silver lining on any cloud, our general approach to life is that the glass is always half full.
We are fortunate enough to live in a very safe part of southern California, where we are surrounded by parks and trails. We both love to hike and often end up racing each other some where along the trail, usually ending up in a panting, laughing heap. Our home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a pool in a pretty big back yard, which is always a great place for family and friends to gather.
Tracey is from California, but lived in Alabama and Africa for a while as a child. She still loves to travel. She has been a second grade teacher for the last 12 years and absolutely loves interacting with children….even when the kids are less than cooperative. She is a dedicated educator who goes the extra mile to insure that the children in her care get all the help and stimulation they need to achieve academic success.
Micheal is originally from Ireland but has called the US his home for many years. He is an Animator by profession and has worked for different studios, including Disney and Dreamworks on many well known movies, like “Lord of the Rings”, “Meet the Robinson’s”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, and the “Kung Fu Panda” movies. He also teaches animation classes online a few times a week to students all over the world. Micheal enjoys his career, every year he participates at the elementary school Tracey teaches at for their career day. He also helps instruct a fitness class for Tracey’s second grade students on occasion. Spending time with the children is extremely rewarding to him. Being able to inspire children and show them a different avenue they may be able to take in the future, or helping them become excited about fitness and being healthy is very gratifying.
Education is very important to both of us, but equally important is the personal growth of a child. We believe in encouraging and supporting a child to fulfill his or her dreams, be they academic, artistic, or athletic, so that they can grow to be confident, healthy, capable, fulfilled adults.
We are very close to our family’s and friends, and make trips to Ireland at least once a year to see the Irish connection. Micheal’s family also visit as often as possible. Tracey’s family live a great deal closer, so we are able to see them more often. We get together for Birthdays and Holidays, but also just on random occasions for a family gatherings.
We live in a very ethnically diverse city and are lucky to have wonderful friends of all ethnicities, The richness of culture around us in turn enhances the richness of our life. Our own family already has a mixture of Irish, African American, Polish and Filipino. We would hope to teach a child to respect and embrace the differences in all people and their cultures. Being a mixed race couple, that is very important to us. Our beautiful nieces are of mixed race and we know that they would lovingly welcome a new family member (and playmate!) of any race into their lives.
Every summer at a local park near us there are free evening concerts with a variety of different styles and genres of music. It’s always a real family and friends occasion, with picnics, smiling faces and lots of kids playing or dancing with their parents. We both have very eclectic tastes in music, anything from R n’ B, heavy rock, soft rock, reggae, alternative, Hawaiian, country, Latin, African, pop…..you name it and you will probably find it on one of our play lists. For fun we enjoy going to the movies, getting together with friends, checking out live events, concerts etc, finding new restaurants or just hanging out at home. We enjoy a lot of the same TV shows, and are big fans of cooking, singing, dancing and travel. The Amazing Race is a must every Sunday evening. So You Think You Can Dance is a big favorite, as is The Voice and American Idol. They are all watched amidst commentary and judging from both of us “ That was kinda pitchy dog “, “ Not too sure about those steps”. It’s all in good fun though, and what we really enjoy is each other’s company as we watch these shows. We both enjoy playing games, but Tracey is the scrabble queen. We try to keep a good balance between the physical and the cerebral side of things.
As you may have gathered, we already have a very happy life and our greatest wish is to raise a child in the midst of that happiness with the support of family, extended family and friends….oh yes, and Bear of course. We appreciate your time in reading about us and our life together, and please know that if you entrust us with the adoption of your child, you will always be respected and honored.
Micheal and Tracey