The Caulfields lived in Arcadia Bay for a time, raising their daughter, Max. In 2008, Max's parents decided to move to Seattle. While in Seattle, Max and her parents grew accustomed to the sights of the city. They took Max to the Space Needle, a landmark of the city. Max thought her parents behaved a too much like "tourists" for her as wanted to stick out as little as possible.
Five years after settling into Seattle, their daughter was accepted into Blackwell Academy, a private school back in Arcadia Bay. Mrs. Caulfield and her husband wept with joy as they celebrated with Max. Vanessa experienced some difficulty in helping Max pack her belongings before finally seeing her off from Seattle.
September 21, 2013, Max received text messages from her father and mother, reminiscing on the day she was born and wishing her a happy birthday.
Concerned, Vanessa Caulfield contacted Max with a text. She explained that Wells told her that Max was spreading lies about a "well-to-do student". She wanted Max to call her so they could talk about the situation more.