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Six months ago the US Navy transferred the Rausa family to La Costa Greens in Carlsbad, a transfer they had requested since Zeno, a commander, is retiring in July after twenty-one years of service. They are overjoyed to be living in a safe, welcoming, beautiful area surrounded by great parks and schools.

Unlike most military families who have to move every two to three years, the Rausa family has been lucky. They’ve moved twice to NAS Lemoore, once to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and now to their retirement location in sunny Carlsbad. Zeno flew F/A-18 Hornets his entire career, completed seven six to eight month deployments to the Middle East that separated him from his wife for five of the fifteen years they’ve been married, and commanded a hornet squadron of two hundred people.

familyAdelle, a dual citizen of the United States and Australia, has had a varied career that has included corporate marketing and design, web design, technology instruction, and real estate. She and other navy spouses founded Homecoming Trunk Shows, a business for military spouses that is home-based, fun, and flexible, perfect for working around family schedules. Adelle explained, “Through home trunk shows and online parties, Homecoming brings affordable fashions, jewelry, and handbags to women across the world.” Adelle also mentioned, “In a few short months I have shared [Homecoming Trunk Shows] with hundreds of women in North County.” Due to the flexibility afforded to Homecoming stylists, Adelle is able to volunteer at Poinsettia Elementary and pursue her California real estate license, which she will obtain in March.

The Rausa family enjoys their free time. They surf, camp, make bonfires on the beach, garden, hike, travel, dine out, and family2play Minecraft together. Eleven-year-old, Maddie, makes movies and swims competitively, nine-year-old, Jackie, dances and surfs, and eight-year-old, Zeke, plays basketball and soccer. Zeno is an avid daily surfer, and Adelle loves to cook. She is known especially for her world famous Pavlova, a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside named after the Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova. Their family admits to having two favorite foods: chocolate and chocolate mint ice cream. Adelle reveals, “You have to hide [the chocolate] if you want to savor the stash.” And the ice cream is served in a bowl with a big splash of milk to form a Rausa style milk shake.

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Parents:  Adelle and Zeno Rausa
Community:  La Costa Greens
Year moved:  August 2012
Parents Hometown:  Zeno: Jacksonville, FL; Adelle: Darwin, Australia
Parents Occupation:  Zeno: Naval Aviator; Adelle: Stylist
Children:  Maddie (11) Aviara Oaks Middle, Jackie (9) Poinsettia Elementary, Zeke (8) Poinsettia Elementary
Pets:  Dog and brown bunny

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