Vern Yip on Going 'Through Life Together' with His Husband and Two Kids: 'You're Each Other's Ultimate Support System'
"It's the purpose behind everything you end up doing," Vern Yip tells PEOPLE for the 2017 World's Most Beautiful issue
There are no picky eaters in Vern Yip‘s household — and if there are, they’re not his kids.
“Our kids, very early on, were embracing things I think kids [have] a natural aversion to,” Yip tells PEOPLE. “Our kids love broccoli, Brussels sprouts, calamari, they love spicy food. They love ethnic food. Our daughter loves sriracha on her eggs in the morning.”
Continues the father of two, “They are really very adventurous eaters. Our son loves anything that has tentacles.”
“We all are on this big ramen craze now where we take our kids to these new ramen restaurants in Atlanta and everyone’s fighting for the spicy sauce; it’s amazing,” adds doggie-daycare owner Koch, 46.
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Vera and Gavin’s mature palates are no surprise, considering they are already seasoned globetrotters. According to Yip, they “love to travel as a family.”
“The more far-flung, the better,” he says. “It’s great to see this little 6-year-old and this 7-year-old not be intimidated by different cultures and different food. They really take it in and get excited by it. Travel and eating are big things we like to do together.”
Another family activity they enjoy? Board games — but they’re in it to win it.
“We’re very competitive, so you don’t wanna just think, ‘We’re sitting down with the Koch-Yips to play Monopoly and it’s gonna be fun,’ ” Yip jokes. “There’s gonna be tears. We play to win.”
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Koch says that family “is everything” to him and Yip. “I can’t even fathom the concept of not having this unit that we have created here,” he says.
“It’s the first thing I think about when I get up in the morning. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed at night, and it’s just incredible to experience life with these other three human beings,” Yip agrees.
“You form this little unit and you go through life together and knowing that you’re each other’s ultimate support system, and it’s the purpose behind everything you end up doing.”
“It’s not just the good times, it’s the difficult times. The trials and tribulations,” Koch adds. “I think it’s so much fun to live life again through your children’s eyes. It’s been so exciting to pass what we learned in our childhood on to our children.”
- With reporting by EMILY STROHM