[heading]by KELLY GUSICH | photos by Spark Photography[/heading]

Jason, Lorraine and Austin Heikkila moved to Sabre Springs seven years ago; Madeleine and Scarlett came along two years later. For the Heikkilas, the key to 92128 living is taking advantage of all that is available in their community and surrounding communities. They love hiking – especially by the creek next to Creekside Elementary – but they also enjoy camping, baseball and football. An annual summer camping trip has brought adventure all over the country – they’ve been to Yellowstone, Mendocino County, Zion and they have even pulled a trailer to Canada and back.

IMG_2885Each family member has separate interests as well. Ten-year-old Austin plays baseball for the CA Lookouts and Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League (CMRLL) Minors. He’s also a member of Cub Scout Pack 643 and the Creekside Chess Club. Five-year-olds Madeleine and Scarlett play CMRLL T-ball, are members of Daisy Scout Troop 2208 and enjoy their ventures at Gyminny Kids in Rancho Bernardo. The family can be found at South Creek Neighborhood Park, Game Day Sports and Torrey Pines State Beach on any given weekend when they aren’t on the fields or hanging out in their neighborhood.

“This is a neighborhood where people really do get to know each other and become friends.”
– Lorraine Heikkila

“We always volunteer our support for every organization we are involved in,” Lorraine explained. “Just recently, Jason shopped for and delivered supplies to the CA Lookouts Snack Stand at the Westview High School site for the 4th Annual Home Run for Chelsea tournament benefitting the Chelsea’s Light Foundation.” For CMRLL, Jason is a 2013 board member and umpire-in-chief while Lorraine is a team representative and scorekeeper. Lorraine is also an advancement chair for Cub Scouts Pack 643 and a Daisy Scout assistant troop leader. She is involved with the PTA, and Jason lends a hand as the Creekside Elementary Watch Dog. Both parents chaperone field trips and help out during classroom parties. Additionally, last year, Lorraine voluntarily donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.IMG_2893

The duo has transformed a chance meeting at a beach bonfire in 1996 into the fabulous life for which they have today. When asked to share family anecdotes, Lorraine responded, “After our daughters were born, we wanted to show our quirkier side in our Christmas card photo. Last year, we dressed as the 2012 musicians – Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Psy. The year prior, we dressed as elves. One year, we got comfy and took our Christmas pictures in pajamas.”

Sabre Springs is fine family living for the Heikkilas. Lorraine commented, “This is a neighborhood where people really do get to know each other and become friends.” Home is where the heart is and it shows for this party of five.

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Parents: Jason Heikkila (46) and Lorraine Heikkila (38)
Community: Sabre Springs since 2006
Parent’s Hometown: Jason – San Antonio, TX; Lorraine – San Diego, CA
Parent’s Occupation: Jason – Corporate Pilot; Lorraine – Engineering Process Owner
Children: Austin (10), 4th grader at Creekside Elementary School
Madeleine (5), Kindergartener at Creekside Elementary School
Scarlett (5), Kindergartener at Creekside Elementary School
Pets: Rivers, a parakeet

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