My Dad, "The Professor"
As his nickname suggests, he's been a professor of Communication in San Diego for over 30 years. He's published tons of articles (both academic journals and in popular press like, Cosmopolitan Magazine) and several books, and on top of that is an amazing teacher. His students always tell him how much his classes changed thier lives. The Professor is also a marathon runner, a wine connoisseur, and an avid skier. He has always encouraged me to be athletic and even coached my basketball teams when I was growing up. He's an amazing person. I love my Dad.
My Mom, "The Dean"
As her nickname suggest, my Mom is a University Dean in Boston (Yes, she and my Dad are still married, they fly back and forth all the time). She is the ultimate role model of a working Mom. She's had an amazing career but still took time to help me with my homework and watch all my tennis matches. She and my Dad took me on so many amazing trips when I was young and she is still one of my favorite "travel buddies." My Mom is my hero.
I'm an only child so I'm super close to both of my parents. It's hard to say if I'm a "Daddy's Girl" or a "Mama's Girl" because I have a wonderful, close, and unique relationship with both of them.
Since I have a tiiiiny family, I thought I'd tell you a bit about the Mr.'s family too...
His Parents, "The In-Laws"
The In-Laws have their quirks, but overall they are great. I actually think I really lucked out in the in-law department. They are very loving and kind people but also tend to "stay out of our business." I have to really admire my Mother-in-Law for letting me have her first born baby (my husband) and being so chill about that transition. I always enjoy visiting The In-Laws in Portland and going on our annual camping trip together.
His Brothers, "The Nearly-Wed", "The Runner", and "The Student"
The Nearly-Wed is a year younger than me and is getting married in two weeks! He lives and works in Portland and reminds me SO much of The Mr. personality-wise.
The Runner is Sophomore at the University of Oregon and is a star track runner. Currently he holds the fastest 800 meter time of any collegiate runner in the USA! He really could be an Olympic hopeful in 2012 or 2016!
The Student is about to get his Master's degree in Finance in Portland. He's also an fantastic pianist. And he is single. :)
And there's one more person that I didn't want to forget. The only living grandparent that the Mr. or I still have...
My Grandma, "The Scandinavian"
The Scandinavian lived in Sweden until she was two years old and then moved to Chicago. She is now 92 years old and still lives independently in her historic home in Chicago. She is one of the kindest, smartest, most wonderful people that I know. She stays up-to-date on politics and news and always has an interesting opinion to share. And I love her stories from the Great Depression, WWII, and beyond. She has an amazing memory! I'm so lucky that she's lived to be so old so that I've gotten to know her so well.
So that's my lil family! The older I get the more I appreciate my family and see how important they are to me.
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