by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

Fun in the Sun

family_olivia1family_olivia4Five years ago, the Olivias moved from New Jersey to Encinitas, a leap of faith that Mike and Tara feel has worked out splendidly for their family. “When we were in the New Jersey/New York area, it was an indoor lifestyle,” Mike said. “It’s outdoor living here, and our four kids love being outside. We spend a lot of time in the water, both in the pool and in the ocean. Also, I love being able to watch my kids on the baseball field year-round.” The family left New Jersey not long after Hurricane Sandy ravaged their neighborhood. According to Mike, they had a vacation planned in Carlsbad and after visiting the area, they knew that they wanted to move from the East Coast to sunny San Diego. “By the following year, we had packed up our family and our business and were living in Olivenhain,” he revealed.

When the Olivia family relocated, Mike was able to expand his successful business to the West Coast. He is a senior partner with WestPac Wealth Partners, a company that specializes in financial planning for families and business owners. He and Tara have been married for 16 years and have been best friends since the fifth grade. “Tara is the CEO of the household, managing all of the family calendars, obligations, and practices for all of us. Her background is in education, and she has a master’s degree in special education,” related Mike.


Parents: Michael and Tara Olivia
Children: Mikey (14); Martina (13); Jordan (10); Siena (6)
Community: Arterro
Parents’ Occupations: Mike – Senior partner at WestPac Wealth Partners; Tara – CEO of the household
Pet: Luna – Labradoodle puppy
Favorite Places to Visit in Encinitas: Lofty, Moonlight Beach, Hooked on Sushi, Roxy, Blue Fin

Keeping track of the schedules of four kids is no small task, especially ones as active as Mikey, Martina, Jordan, and Siena. Mikey, a freshman at La Costa Canyon, plays baseball and is on the wrestling team. Martina is an eighth grader at Diegueño Middle School and is involved in the performing arts, sports, and jiu-jitsu. A fifth grader at Pacific Academy, Jordan enjoys math and science, but his true love is baseball. Siena is in first grade at Pacific Academy, plays softball and loves hanging out with her friends.


The Olivia family is also deeply involved in the community, especially with the schools the children attend and the sports they play. In their spare time, the Olivias can be found barbequing with friends, playing catch at Stagecoach Park, hanging out at the beach at sunset, and enjoying coffee and ice cream at local Encinitas establishments.