by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Spark Photography

Family Time

family_bradshaw2Michael and Stephanie attended Brigham Young University, and unbeknownst to one another, they lived in the same apartment complex. One day Michael walked by, and Stephanie and her roommates invited him to join a basketball game in the parking lot. The rest is history! After Michael completed medical school and residency training, they knew they wanted to move back to Stephanie’s hometown and have their children educated in Poway Unified School District (PUSD). Although they began their San Diego time with some of their children at the Dual Language Immersion program in Poway and some at Del Sur, a desire to find a location where they were close to a PUSD elementary, middle, and high school led them to Del Sur. “And now our kids enjoy walking, biking, scootering, or skateboarding to school every day,” the Bradshaws confirmed.


At-A-Glance

Parents: Michael & Stephanie Bradshaw
Children: Kolby (14), Elijah (13), Camden (11), Isaac (10), Courtland (9)
Community: Del Sur since 2013
Parents’ Hometowns: Michael – South Jordan, UT; Stephanie – Rancho Bernardo
Parents’ Occupations: Michael – Dermatologist; Stephanie – Homemaker
Pets: Harley – 5-year-old Boxer/Great Dane mix; Berkley – 2-year-old Great Dane
Favorite Places to Visit in 92127: Design39Campus school, biking trails around Lake Hodges and Lusardi Creek Preserve, Music Pillars piano studio, North County Gymnastics gym, Charm Thai Kitchen restaurant 


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All five of the Bradshaw boys attend school at Design39Campus (D39C). Kolby, 14, is an eighth grader. His interests include cross country running, piano, cooking, Boy Scouts, reading, drawing, hiking, and camping. He works as a mentor/mother’s helper and has a dog walking job. Elijah, 13, is a seventh grader. He likes cross country, tree climbing, cooking, piano, Boy Scouts, reading, football, and also has a dog walking job. Camden is 11, in fifth grade, and enjoys piano, Boy Scouts, cooking, rollerblading, playing with their dogs, running, reading, and building with Legos. He has two dog walking jobs. Isaac, 10, is in fourth grade. His favorite activities include running club, piano, Cub Scouts, cooking, swimming, biking, hiking, running, and playing on the trampoline. Courtland, 9, is in third grade and “obsessed” with gymnastics, swimming, running, scootering, biking, Cub Scouts, and piano.

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Because the Bradshaws wanted to find volunteer opportunities involving the whole family, they started helping once a month at a Homeless Outreach Program hosted by Friends & Family Community Connection (FFCC). “The kids help serve dinner to the homeless and low-income seniors,” they explained. ”They are encouraged to chat with and get to know the people they are serving, and they often play the piano as entertainment during the dinners.”

The Bradshaws purposefully limit the kids’ technology time to encourage family and outdoor time, with Monday nights officially Family Night. The family shared, “And we love to get out and go on family adventures – hiking, bouldering, and exploring new places in the San Diego area.”

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