Jared will say that he saw Gretchen at the beginning of his senior year at the beach amidst a bunch of their friends. Gretchen would say that she had her eye on him THE YEAR BEFORE, but clearly he wasn’t getting the hint! Regardless of who, where or when….something stuck all those years ago and we have been together ever since. You might say it was fate since unbeknownst to us; our mothers grew up a few miles from each other in Stamford CT and went to the same high school. In fact, Jared’s aunt and Gretchen’s mom graduated in the same class.
Fast forward past numerous rental apartments in Boston and the surrounding area, a marriage proposal in Paris, surfing in Costa Rica, a drive across South Africa, a 2006 wedding in Block Island, career highs and lows, an MBA for Jared, plus many other trips, laughs, friends, and family get-togethers and you will find us settled into our “forever house” in Barrington RI. All of our years together helped us get through a tough pregnancy in 2012 and the premature birth of our son Rob. Four years later, Rob is a healthy active little guy, and we would love to complete our little family with another child.
OUR WORK LIFE BALANCE
Gretchen works as a Financial Advisor, and co manages a team with another mom. Needless to say, work life balance is the number one for both Gretchen and her work partner! She doesn’t really have a boss, so flexibility is key and allows her to make school plays, parent teacher conferences, soccer practice, and stay home at the first sign of a cough or sniffle.
Jared is a close second with his work flexibility. He runs a team at one of the larger banks in the country and is blessed with a corporate culture that emphasis working from home and generous vacation.
JUST FOR FUN
Fresh Air Fun:
Family Walks with the Dog
Riding bikes/scooters/anything with wheels
We love to get outside A LOT
Working on the House
Playing with cars/trains/blocks/magnatiles/anything!
Family Movie Night
Playing Board games
Reading the paper
Jared doesn’t eat dessert!
Crazy, I know. Gretchen would it eat it every day, as long as it was chocolate!
Room in our Home:
Great Room aka Pool Room, when we moved in there was an Indoor pool in it! We filled it in because it was basically in our kitchen!
Being outside, together!
We are super dog people!
Jared is a Washington Redskins fan…but he is converting to the good side, GO PATS!
Place to take a Child:
Our house in Maine or any beach in the whole world!
Time of Year:
We both agree, Summer!