by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

Exploring the West

The Weinstein family moved to Solana Beach from Wilmington, NC two years ago when the patriarch, David, a commanding officer/pilot with the Marine Corps, was assigned to the Miramar base. His wife Nanci revealed, “We love the laid-back coastal community, the friendly people, the small-town feel, the walkability, and most of all, the beach!” David added, “We look forward to exploring much of the west together as a family.”

Taking themselves to the open road is a given for this military family, which includes daughters Grace Anne, 11, and Rebecca, 7. They have moved five times already, twice across the country. Since moving to California, the Weinsteins have visited Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Giant Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and have driven along the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to Santa Monica. Nanci proclaimed, “One of our favorite things to do is to travel on road trips!”

With her thirst for embarking on exciting outings, it’s no wonder Nanci works in the travel industry. She is a vacation planner with Moments of Magic Travel, helping families plan Disney destination trips. Naturally the whole family “loves all things Disney,” according to Nanci, and she explained, “We even love to belt out and dance to Disney songs and we love, love, love spending a day together at their theme parks!”


The Weinsteins want other young children to experience the same delightful thrills that they do, including those in foster care. That is why they submitted an application to become a foster family through the Angels Foster Family Network (AFFN) in 2013 and are currently fostering their second foster placement. Caring for children in need until they can ultimately be reunified with their families has been extremely fulfilling for the family. David said, “The need for qualified foster families is great and working with AFFN has been truly a blessing in all of our lives.”

Another blessing has been Santa Fe Christian School, which Grace Anne and Rebecca attend. Nanci admitted, “We feel very fortunate to have found such a warm and close-knit school community.” Outside of school, both girls enjoy musical theater and tennis. In addition, Grace Anne attends Ballet Arte in Solana Beach and performs in two ballet productions annually, and gymnastically-minded Rebecca is on the pre-team at SoCal Gymnastics in San Marcos.

It’s no doubt that this fun-loving family will continue to spread joy wherever their journeys may lead them. Luckily for Solana Beach, the family has graced the coastal community with their wonderful sense of adventure.



Parents: Nanci Ward Weinstein and David Alex Weinstein
Children: Grace Anne Weinstein (11, 6th grade Santa Fe Christian School); Rebecca Rose Weinstein (7, 2nd grade Santa Fe Christian School)
Community: Solana Beach since 2012
Parents’ Hometowns: David – Anniston, AL; Nanci – Bethesda, MD
Parents’ Occupations: David – Commanding Officer of VMM 764 and V22 Pilot; Nanci – Disney Vacation Planner with Moments of Magic Travel
Pets: Weston – Labrador Retriever; Wonder – cat
Favorite Local Spots: South Cardiff State Beach, Fletcher’s Cove, Tabu Sushi, Sun Diego, The Habit, Cedros, Pizza Port, and Sea and Smoke