by KELLEY GUSICH | photo by Jessica Breaux


Our Own Little Brady Bunch

After emerging from previous marriages, Jeremy and April (now both Henley) stepped out of their comfort zones to try dating – online, even. “It was scary for both of us, but Tinder brought us together. After both swiping right and chatting online a bit, we decided to meet at Chandler’s, and it was bliss since that moment.” April is a San Diego State University graduate who founded Dogs On The Run in 2003, a pet care company that’s grown to be the largest in San Diego. Jeremy graduated from Washington State and is currently vice president of sales for ID Experts, a cybersecurity and identity theft protection company. The Henleys now have a blended family of five they call their “own little Brady Bunch,” and they’ve lived in and loved the Balearas neighborhood of La Costa Greens for two and a half years. The entire group has shared interests which include exploring new places – whether blazing trails out in the backyard or traveling to foreign countries – to making family adventures YouTube videos, starting a rock band, and playing all afternoon in the pool.


Parents: Jeremy and April Henley
Children: William (12), Molly (9), Luke (8), Jack (6), Easton (5)
Community: La Costa Greens since 2016
Parents’ Hometowns: April – Modesto, CA; Jeremy – Colfax, WA
Parents’ Occupations: April – Owner of Dogs On The Run; Jeremy – VP of Sales at ID Experts and CEO of Relentless Investments
Pets: Dogs – Baxter and Frankie; cats – Lily and Olive
Favorite Places to Visit in Carlsbad: Pizza Port, Chandler’s, Alga Norte, the beach, and Legoland.

Four of the five kids attend Double Peak School, and come fall, all five will attend for the next two years. Will, 12, is great at math and science and loves to see how things work. “Molly is our nine-year-old who already acts like a teenager,” they kidded. “She loves gymnastics and doing cartwheels all over the house or baking cakes and cookies.” Eight-year-old Luke is also a great student who is known as a leader at school and, “like his older brother, would prefer to play video games with his free time.” The Henleys call their six-year-old “Handsome Jack” and confirm him as their stunt double in training. “Although we’ve avoided the ER, he seems to be the accident-prone child.” Five-year-old Easton prefers sailing on their boat in Point Loma and is genuinely disappointed it doesn’t have a cannon. “Easton is seriously considering a career as a professional pirate,” they smiled.


Experience has taught them that life after divorce doesn’t have to be dreadful. “Don’t get us wrong… it can be a total zoo, but we have found that our blended family provides a great way for us to explore different methods of parenting, opportunities to talk about different ways to handle just about anything,” they affirmed. “It teaches the kids to be open-minded, kind, and understanding of other people’s feelings.”