Hi Everyone! My name is Kevin and there are probably a lot of questions you have about me and my disability. I was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida. It affects the way I walk but doctors say that if I keep myself healthy, I should have a normal life like anyone else. Of course there are some things that I have to do differently. I use leg braces for support. My wife affectionately calls them my Star Wars Stormtrooper legs. My Stormtrooper legs make me walk like a penguin so I guess that makes me a smokin' hot Stormtrooper penguin genius! One thing I always like to tell people is that they don't need to be afraid to talk to me about it. I hope that I can help my children understand that it's okay to be different.
Question: What is your name and the story behind it.
Answer: My name is Kevin. All of my sibling's names start with the letter "K." My middle name is the same as my dad's first name.
Question: When is your birthday?
Answer: April 16th. Sometimes my birthday falls on Easter Sunday.
Question: Give us a physical description of yourself.
Answer: I am Caucasian, 1/8 Italian but mostly English/Welsh/German European. Dark blonde hair, light blue eyes and I am 5'5'' with a medium build.
Question: What is your level of education?
Answer: I am currently earning a Bachelor's degree with a minor in Communications. I want to become licensed as a hearing instrument specialist. I want to be able to help people with hearing loss and those with disabilities.
Question: What is your current occupation?
Answer: I am a customer service/technical support specialist at a software company.
Question: What are your hobbies and interests?
Answer: Voice-over work. I used to record magazines and loved it! My dream is to be a voice-over artist, especially if I could be a character in a Disney/Pixar movie. I love to read my favorite comic Calvin and Hobbes. I am passionate about music. I love going to air shows because I LOVE military airplanes. When I was a kid I wanted to be a pilot.
Question: Did you serve an mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? If so, where?
Answer: Absolutely! I went to Carlsbad California. I was blessed that I was able to go and serve the Lord and my church.
Question: How many siblings do you have?
Answer: I have two brothers and three sisters. I am the youngest.
Question: A book I highly recommend is:
Answer: Rather than single out one book (which is very hard for me to do), I will recommend a series of books called "The Rangers Apprentice." They are great for teens and adults alike, and they are a clean, adventurous fantasy story. In addition to the great adventure, they teach great principles like integrity, loyalty, honesty, hard work, and hope. They are great books!
Question: My favorite flower is:
Answer: I actually like many flowers, especially when I get to choose them for my wife. Roses remind me of how much I love her and other flowers like lilies, tulips, plumerias, daisies, lotuses, and daffodils all remind me of my favorite season, spring.
Question: A game I like to play is:
Answer: I love Mad Gab because I like to try to hear words in the phrases. I also love Boggle. If you can’t tell, I love word games. Scum is another awesome game and I think Apples to Apples is absolutely hilarious when you bend the rules.
Question:The music I listen to most is:
Answer: I can listen to anything except for rap and R&B, but I confess, my favorite is probably classic rock from the mid-late sixties on up through the late eighties and some early ninties.
Question: My favorite band is:
Answer: Josh Groban, Canadian Tenors, The Piano Guys, Michael Buble, Styx, Queen, Rascal Flatts, Def Leppard, Journey, REO Speedwagon, AC/DC, Sheriff, Chicago, Steelheart, etc...most of the great classic rock bands.
Question: A movie I watch over and over is:
Answer: Way too hard to say, I could name many!
Question: A TV show I watch regularly is:
Answer: I don't actually watch shows on TV because I grew up without TV in my home. But, I do enjoy buying seasons on DVD or Blu-Ray if it's something I love. I have seasons of Chuck, Seinfeld, Dr. Quinn (only because of my wife), Dukes of Hazzard, Full House, Monk, Psych, The Office, Magnum P.I., Home Improvement, Smallville, Blue Bloods, White Collar, Hawaii Five-O, The Middle and Castle.
Question: My favorite quote is:
Answer: "A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone." -Joseph Smith Jr.
Question: My favorite thing to buy:
Answer: Movies! P.S. I can't believe my cute wife put my favorite thing on her list. How did she know? Hmmm, maybe because I have about 400 movies. I am movie crazy!!
Question: I drive a:
Answer: 2006 Hyundai Sonata. Her name is Sheila and man is she sweet! I only regret that in order to justify owning her, I had to loose Gabby, my 1996 Nissan Sentra. She talked a lot but she sure was a good drive. She died of old age.
Question: I love to collect:
Answer: Well, my wife would say flashlights... and she would be right. I don't know what it is about light but I am fascinated by it (maybe there is a religious significance too).
Question: If I could afford anything at this moment I would buy:
Answer: A comfortable home. I would love nothing more than to provide a place for our family to make memories of a lifetime.
Question: If my house was burning down and I could only rescue three things, they would be:
Answer: 1) my family 2) any pets I might have 3) family photographs
Question: A smell that makes me pause is:
Answer: Wow there are SO many! A wood burning stove on a winter day, rainstorms, the perfume my grandmother wore and any good food.
Question: My favorite sport to watch is:
Answer: Ooh, tough one. That depends on if I am watching from home or at a live game. Soccer and baseball are way more fun when you are there. It's a toss up with basketball and football (no pun intended). Both are fun when you are there but have a better view on TV. I'm still trying to teach Chrissy about football.
Question: The city I would most like to visit is:
Answer: Correction to the question: the COUNTRIES I would most like to visit are: Italy, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France. I would also like to visit the LDS church history sites where Joseph Smith lived as well as Jerusalem where Jesus lived.
Question: My favorite restaurant is:
Answer: I don't know. I am the kind of guy who would go to an Italian restaurant one day and then go to a Greek, Chinese, or Mexican place the next. I love it all!
Question: My favorite meal is:
Answer: Reference my favorite restaurant. I don't know. All I can say is heaven better have good food because there is way too much of it that I love. I would miss it if I couldn't eat!!!
Question: A moment when I achieved absolute happiness was:
Answer: ... the day I married my lovely wife... but then it just gets better every day afterward. Each moment is my new happiest moment. The runner up to that favorite moment is my first kiss since it was with my wife. I never romantically kissed another girl before her or since then. She was my best kiss, and my only first kiss.
Question: Someone or something that made me laugh this week was:
Answer: Pinky and the Brain quotes. Brain: “Pinky, Are you pondering what I’m pondering?” Pinky: “I think so Brain, but me and Pippy Longstocking? I mean, what would the children look like? No matter, they’d be loved.”
Question: My earliest memory is:
Answer: Jail time: it's not what you think. In our kitchen by the counter were four legged stools with horizontal bars connecting each leg in two places. When I was three years old, somehow I crawled underneath one and got stuck. I sat up and discovered ready made prison bars holding me captive. My three-year old mind couldn't register that to make my escape, I only needed to crawl out the way I had come in. My mother took a photograph of the incident--I think it was my mug shot.
Question: My first paying job was:
Answer: I had paper route when I was twelve years old. Isn’t that every boy’s first job? Oh the memories! My first dog chase, my first mad customer, my first big tip, my first rooftop paper toss and window well toss….
Question: The memory that still makes me laugh is:
Answer: When I was young, my dad dug a large pit in our backyard, about 6x6x4 feet deep. One spring day someone left the irrigation water on. The next morning it was full of water. The land around the field was dirt and the water in the pit looked like dirt too. I had two dogs at the time. One dog got excited and bolted out of the house at 100 mph in pursuit of some phantom bird or something like that. She didn't notice the water-filled pit and ran right into it. She was just like Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff--she walked on water for about 5 feet before sinking out of site. Great disappearing dog act....
Question: My best birthday was:
Answer: Don't tell my wife this. On my 18th birthday I was on choir tour with my high school. My chaperone (my neighbor and "other father figure") found out I had a crush on a girl so he arranged for the whole choir to sing me a happy birthday song complete with a kiss on the cheek from my secret crush. It was definitely the most memorable. Of course, that's when she found out she was my secret crush.
Question: A smell that reminds me of my childhood is:
Answer: When I was a kid I had many surgeries. The gas that they used to put me under anesthesia was often flavored. I hated it. No other smells made me want to barf so much. To this day, the smell of cherry or strawberry licorice haunts me because it smells just like that nasty flavored gas. YUCK!
Question: My favorite color to wear is:
Answer: My wife thinks I look best in red or blue. Hmmm... Superman? Spiderman? Captain America?!? Winner, winner! (we're both fans, actually.) I like to wear charcoal gray though...... like BATMAN! duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh, BATMAN!
Question: My strangest possession is:
Answer: It's.....a fertility rock. 'Nuf said.
Question: My favorite dessert is:
Answer: Three letters... P-I-E. I haven't found one yet that I don't like (although there are some I have not yet tried.) Favorites are cherry, apple (dutch or regular), pumpkin, berry and peach. But I love a good pear pie too.
Question: When I exercise, I like to:
Answer: Exercise? What's that? (Chrissy wrote this)
Question: My favorite thing to do on a date is:
Answer: Ditto, what she said. *see my wife's answer
Question: The best vacation I ever had was:
Answer: The Disneyland trip with my wife for our honeymoon. Also, my other two favorite vacations were when I went to Disneyland with my family and when a family from my mission invited me to a fantastic beach house in Baja. It was so nice there! My favorite vacation since was a trip to Florida to visit my wife’s family. Disney World was fun but Harry Potter land was a blast!
Question: The best thing about being married is:
Answer: ...Do I have to pick just one? Well if I do, it would be to have the chance at eternity with the one I love.
Question: The thing I am most passionate about:
Answer: My family, my wife, the gospel, good books, music and voice work.
Question: What is your favorite comic book?
Answer: Calvin and Hobbes. I. Am. Obsessed! I have every Calvin and Hobbes comic that Bill Watterson ever wrote. I love it because Calvin reminds me of myself in many ways. Calvin and Hobbes is the only book I can read any time, any day, anywhere and laugh my guts out.
Question: What is your favorite holiday and why?
Answer: I would say Christmas because of its meaning and purpose and why we celebrate it. But, I have always had a special place in my heart for Independence Day because of the divine inspiration of our founding fathers and good leaders. I feel a strong sense of patriotism for our country and for those who protect our freedoms.
Question: If your spouse was a kitchen appliance what would she be and why?
Answer: A Kitchen Aid because she does everything.
Question: What kind of parent do you want to be?
Answer: Caring, open, non-judgmental, willing to listen, loving, service-oriented, teachable, responsible, accountable, firm but not overbearing, respectful, courageous, protective.
Question: What are your favorite things about your spouse?
Answer: She gives good hugs and kisses. She loves me even though I am different.
Kevin is the most optimistic person you will ever meet. He is always looking on the bright side of things, he is cheerful and happy most of the time. He is a friend to everyone, especially those who are struggling. People are drawn to his kindness. He is a wonderful father and is not afraid to give our son plenty of hugs and kisses. If you are privileged to get to know Kevin you will be a better person for it.