by Linda Frabl | photo by Lauren Nygard Photography

Active Family Fun

family_maikkula1The Maikkula family members – parents Stephan and Amy and their sons Will (13), Jake (11), and Sam (9) – have interests that span everything from baseball to swimming to surfing to skiing to horseback riding. Their home base in La Costa Greens is more than ideal for all of these varied activities. Stephan explained, “It’s a great location and it offers a little bit of everything. We have a community pool and park, we’re near the beach, and we’re less than 15 minutes from where we board our horses – a pony and a mustang rescue – in Elfin Forest. We can see the mountains and the ocean from our home, which means we can ski in Big Bear one day and be on the beach the next day!”
Thankfully their community also allows the Maikkulas to participate in their greatest passion of all: baseball. All of the sons play both travel and recreational baseball, and the Maikkulas go to Arizona every March for Major League Baseball spring training. This year they also traveled to Florida for spring training. Amy admitted, “We’re huge baseball fans! We even have season tickets for the Padres and go to games all season long!”

Parents: Stephan and Amy Maikkula
Children: Will (13), Jake (11), Sam (9)
Pets: Golden Retriever – Bo Rebel McCool, Pony – Amigo, Mustang rescue – Ranger
Community: La Costa Greens
Parents’ Hometowns: Stephan – Cambridge, MN; Amy – Essex Jct., Vermont
Parents’ Occupations: Stephan – Portfolio Manager; Amy – volunteer
Favorite Places in 92009: Pizza Port, Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen, Dove Library, Alga Norte Park

family_maikkula3Baseball allows the boys to exercise not only their muscles, but also their generosity. Will helped organize a food drive for the Got Your Back charity though his travel baseball team, the North County Mavericks. Jake’s team, the San Diego Saints, volunteered time at a Miracle League game. Even Sam’s travel team, the La Costa Rebels, sponsors a family every year during the holidays through the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau.

Both parents set a good example when it comes to their own volunteerism. Stephan has coached his sons’ baseball, flag football, and soccer teams. Amy has been the marketing and communications director for the La Costa Youth Organization (LCYO) for five years. She is also on the parent teacher organization board at her sons’ school, the JCS Phoenix Learning Center in Encinitas, and has been her children’s room mom.

When they’re not indulging in local pursuits in and around La Costa Greens, the Maikkulas indulge in fun family vacations. They’ve already traveled internationally to Germany, France, and Switzerland, and have explored such states as Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, and Hawaii (Kauai and Maui). Amy summed it up best when she stated, “We are a very active family!”family_maikkula2