MY NAME IS ANDREW.
Don’t call me Andy. Coach Heimstra ruined that name for me in my little league days. I answer to many names now, but I prefer Dad. I’m the upper-half-of-thirty trying to find balance between work and family.
I love being a dad, even with all the frustrations that come with it. It’s who I am. When my wife and I first started dating, I told her I had set three goals for myself to hit before I turned 25: graduate college, become a dad, and travel the world. At that point – at 23 years old – I’d already graduated, and visited 40 out of 50 states plus several other countries, so it really only left kids. But she wasn’t scared off. Now here we are, 13 years later (11 married), with a brood of four brilliant, exuberant, chaos-makers.
I’M A NERD.
When I was a kid, while my friends had posters of Michael Jordan or Ken Griffey Jr., I had maps from National Geographic lining my bedroom walls. The best part of the month was when you found that yellow magazine in its clear plastic sleeve in the mailbox after school. Each month a new map went up. Vietnam. Mongolia. Djibouti. So many places to see. This, coupled with my family’s annual summer road trips across the western United States, sparked my love of travel. I’m blessed to now have this family of my own to share adventures with.
Before social media, my love of travel and sense of adventure led me to undertake a summer road trip to meet people I had only known through internet message boards and email lists. Greyhound buses, free rides, and hitchhiking for two summers in a row changed my life for the better. I’m still friends with many of these people to this day and makes efforts to visit during our travels.
My love of maps led me to pursue a degree in Geography from UCLA, which I’ve parlayed into a career assisting public school districts around the country with facilities, demographic, and geographic needs. I’ve worked for the same company for over 12 years, and they’ve seen me and my family grow during that time. Because of this, my employer allows me the flexibility to spend time with my family for which I’m grateful.
I’m fortunate to have called Southern California home for my entire life. We have so many possibilities for adventures here, from mountains to beaches, deserts to forests, rural and urban areas, theme parks, state parks and more. Regardless of how much I love it here, I try to never miss an opportunity to explore somewhere else.
WE’RE A TEAM.
I’m a terrible listener, but an otherwise decent husband. Lately, work has become pretty stressful and I haven’t been the easiest to get a long with. I’m working on correcting this and Angela is leading me in a year of transition by helping me get my health back on track. She’s encouraged me to try writing as an outlet, so here we are. Angela is the pro, I’m the apprentice.
I’ve spent too many hours watching too many bands in too many places to remember them all, but I know I had fun. I love music. We try to instill our love of music upon our kids, but it’s a work in progress. We love taking the kids to concerts and other types of festivals (we’ve seen the Bouncing Souls three times already). Music selection is key to any road trip so don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
I’m a storyteller and an oddball. Goofy faces, silly voices, and physical comedy are my specialties. I’m injury prone, and have passed my klutziness onto my children. My mishaps are the stuff of legends. I love catching bugs, collecting stones, and talking to people. I live with temporal lobe epilepsy. I have an incredible memory, but still forget my lunch every day. I like photography, but have a lot of room to improve (check Instagram for proof). I’m fiercely loyal to my friends and family. I’m navigating life one day at a time and hope you join us on our adventures. Welcome!