by wynne love | photos by Soul of Photography

With Four Kids, Three Dogs and a Cat, Life with the Detrow Family is Always Interesting

The Detrows don’t seem like your typical family, but they may be more so than you think. First, forget that Jeff Detrow is the Jeff of the “Jeff and Jer Showgram” (KyXy 96.5 FM). Then forget that Kristen (Kris), Jeff’s wife, is a former radio show host herself. These days, she enjoys being a stay-at-home mom.

“Although we love to go to concerts, travel and go to the kids’ games, we really are home bodies,” admitted Kristen. “We’re just as content to eat dinner at home, hang out and watch TV or play games.”

3Kristen and Jeff live in the Fletcher Cove neighborhood of Solana Beach, with four of their kids. “We are a blended family,” explained Kris. Jeff had five children when Kris met him, two of whom are grown with families of their own. The other three still spend time at Kris and Jeff’s. Mark will be attending Jeff’s alma mater, Ohio State University, this fall. Laura is a cheerleader and upcoming senior at Torrey Pines High School. Liz plays volleyball and will be in seventh grade at Carmel Valley Middle School. And Mia, whom Jeff and Kris adopted from Ethiopia three years ago, is headed into third grade at Solana Vista Elementary School.

“I just realized we will have kids in elementary, middle, high school and college this fall!” exclaimed Kris. “We also have three dogs and a cat and we all live in a little beach cottage,” she laughed. “We are a close family so it just works.”2

The Detrows enjoy geocaching, scavenger hunts, hanging out at Belly Up Tavern, attending Concerts at the Cove, going to Stratford Square in Del Mar and trips to Dog Beach, but they don’t just look for fun, they make it. “One night we all drew each other’s names out of a bowl and you got to dress that person in whatever you wanted and then we all went to dinner at a nice restaurant,” recalled Kris. “We were wearing everything from leotards to Easter hats!”

Most fun of all, says Kris, is hearing how Jeff’s show has enhanced the lives of his listeners. Some listened while traveling to and from chemo appointments. “We’ve heard some really touching stories over the years,” acknowledged Kris. “Jeff so appreciated hearing that his humor and the fun from their show has made a difference for someone on days like that.”

At A Glance

Parents:  Jeff and Kristen (Kris) Detrow
Community:  Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach since 2006
Hometown:  Jeff, Wooster, OH; Kristen, Louisville, KY
but has lived in nine states and two other countries
Occupation:  Jeff, Radio morning show host;
Kristen, Stay-at-home-mom/volunteer
Children:  Mark – Freshman at Ohio State University
Laura – Senior at Torrey Pines High School
Liz – 7th grader at Carmel Valley Middle School
Mia – 3rd grader Solana Vista Elementary School
Pets:  Cat: Witt Wittington; Dogs: Leroy Brown,
Chocolate Lab/Shar Pei mix; Tate,
Chihuahua mix; Rudy, Weimaraner.
All are rescues.
Kristen’s Blog: