by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Meet the Boteros

Kelsey and Jon Botero met the old-fashioned way: at a bar. “Who says you can’t find love without the internet these days?” joked Kelsey. “I spotted a man on the dance floor and I couldn’t take my eyes off him,” she recalled of their first meeting. “After we were formally introduced, we spent the next two hours completely mesmerized and talking to each other, forgetting the rest of the world even existed around us.” Two years later, Kelsey and Jon were married. “There’s nobody else I could imagine sharing this life with,” gushed Kelsey.


But as fate would have it, the Boteros had to make room for another person in their family. “We always told ourselves ‘if it happens, it happens but we will not be saddened if children are never a part of our lives.’ Funny how short-lived that ended up being,” said Kelsey.

Parents: Jonathan and Kelsey Botero
Children: Dean Botero
Community: Carlsbad
Hometowns: Kelsey – Encinitas; Jon – Miami, FL
Occupations: Kelsey – Contracts Analyst; Jon – Viva Merch
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: South Ponto Beach and any other large open space to roam free.

family_botero5Their little boy, Dean, was born on March 13, 2013. “Dean has brought such paramount joy into our lives,” shared Kelsey. “We had no idea what the words ‘love’ and ‘sacrifice’ meant until seeing that beautiful boy’s face.”

Dean’s arrival changed a number of things about Kelsey and Jon’s pre-baby lives. One of which was a relocation from their home in North Park to Carlsbad. “In April of 2013 Kelsey received a job offer in Carlsbad,” explained the couple. “She braved the commute for a short period but after learning of the life-changing news of our pregnancy, it just made sense to move north and build our little family.”


The Boteros moved into their Carlsbad home by October of that year and haven’t looked back since. “We are both very active, outdoor people so living in a community that embraces such a lifestyle is truly gratifying,” shared Kelsey and Jon. “With Dean we wake up very early these days, so we will just pack a bag for the day and head outside to see what’s going on in the community – whether it’s the beach, park, local café, or an event, we just love taking in all this city has to offer.”

Although the couple admitted to missing their family and friends down south, they confided that Carlsbad is the only place they want to live. “Nevertheless,” joked the Boteros, “we are currently taking applications for coupled or new parent friends: must love playing outside and drinking the occasional beer or wine to escape the tantrums and diaper changes.”