This month’s family is unique in many ways, and we are excited to call them neighbors! Ted and Lisa are proud of their lovely daughters Brixtyn, 9 and Lennyn, 7. The family is completed by their two rescue dogs, Peso, and Maisie, as well as four red footed tortoises, Rosie, Marble, Banana, and Spot. Rescued from Broward Humane society, Peso came from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He is a tripod, but he gets around just fine. Maisie came from the Bahamas after hurricane Dorian.
Ted is an artist and co-owner of an award winning tattoo shop in Coral Springs; No Hard Feelings Tattoo. Open for 13 years at that location, Ted has also been tattooing more than 21 years. Before Brixtyn arrived, Lisa was working in the commercial insurance industry, but was able to become a stay at home mom /homemaker and has enjoyed having that opportunity.
Before moving to Parkland 2 1/2 years ago, both Lisa and Ted had lived in Coral Springs for more than 20 years. Lisa says, “We enjoy living in Parkland because it’s very family oriented. We love that the same kids that live in our neighborhood are the same ones that go to school with our kids. It’s a tight knit community where everyone seems to know everyone.”
Brixtyn plays soccer in the Parkland Soccer league (go Pink Panthers!). She also loves reading, creating her own comic books, animals, nature and any STEM related activities. She is extremely creative and resourceful and can build anything out of stuff she finds around the house. Lennyn just started Basketball with the Parkland league (go Lakers!). She loves fidget trading with her friends, and cooking with Mom. Both sisters enjoy swimming and playing Roblox with their friends.
Lisa is currently the Reflections Chair on the Park Trails PTA, and shares, “I recently found a love for refurbishing furniture. My Instagram page is yourjunk_mygems. I also enjoy crocheting and knitting.”
Ted tells us, “I enjoy golfing and riding bikes. I also enjoy working with my kids in sports. I’m not a coach, but I like to help them practice.”
Both girls attend school at Park trails Elementary. Brixtyn is in the 3rd grade, and especially enjoys the Art Design Lab and Robotics. Lennyn has fun in 1st Grade, and also loves Robotics & the Art Design Lab.
When there is time away from school and work, Lisa says, “We enjoy going to the beach, the park, or just relaxing at home having a movie night.” Pandemic life was a good reminder for the whole family. Lisa continues, “It reminded us that the most important thing is our health, and our family’s health. Without your health, you have nothing. We’ve lost loved ones, as well as knowing friends who have lost loved ones to Covid, so we have learned to not sweat the small stuff.”
Finally, this peaceful, loving family gives us some wisdom to reflect on. Ted says, “Be curious, not judgemental.“ Lisa tells us, “Happiness is letting go of what you think you life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for what it is.” And to finish us off, the wisdom of Miss Brixtyn is probably the most fun. “It’s my way or the highway!“ (to which Lisa replies, “she said she would never say this to her teacher, though!”)
The Mendozas are members of Mary Help of Christians in Parkland.