Extra host Mario Lopez and wife Courtney enjoyed a romantic weekend in Miami Beach before he presided over the city’s Gay Pride parade Sunday as Grand Marshal.
With blue skies and warm, sunny weather, it also turned out to be a fun date for the busy parents of two young children, Gia Francesca, 4½, and Dominic, 19 months.
“We are lucky that we have such a great support system with our moms so Courtney was able to come to Miami Beach with me this weekend,” Lopez, 41, tells PEOPLE during the parade’s day-long festivities which attracted more than 100,000 people.
“We have full schedules in California, and it is important for us to get an occasional break.”
But Lopez and Courtney, 32, are also excited about getting home to their children, whose presence has greatly enriched their lives. No matter how tired they feel from super full schedules, seeing their children’s little faces light up gives them instant energy.
“We often end the week by having friends and family over to our pool for a barbecue. Obviously, we love summer and warm weather!”
The happy parents are looking forward to more of Gia’s gym and dance classes, piano lessons and ongoing routine of learning to speak Spanish. Dominic is still too young for those activities, but he already has shown a fondness for the water and is learning to swim in the family pool.
“The kids love each other,” Lopez tells PEOPLE. “Gia is a great big sis who is so in love with her little brother — that is wonderful to watch. And already Dominic gets physical with her.”
The former Saved By the Bell star balances his current radio, TV and public events schedule with regular daddy duties. He has breakfast with the family in the morning, then makes sure he is home for dinner each night.
“I like to bathe and play with the kids,” he says “Then I spoil them even more before bedtime.”
Fatherhood has indeed been a major life changer for the Emmy Award-winning host.
“Mario is the most amazing father,” Courtney adds. “He is everything I have ever dreamed of having and more. He is hot, loving and has a special way of making the kids feel great. I am so blessed.”
— Linda Marx