Our story begins when we met in Hoboken, NJ in the fall of 2012. We struck up a fast conversation and realized very quickly we both had many things in common, amongst them mutual careers in real estate, love for arts and sports in general, specifically football. Also, we learned that we lived on the same street, just a few blocks away from each other. After dating for two years, Patrick proposed to CJ on the roof of a building in Manhattan as the sun set on a fall day. About a year later, we married in Nantucket, Massachusetts, an island in the Atlantic, surrounded by our families and friends. This was a special place as it was our first vacation spot together and has become a yearly vacation tradition. We moved across the river from New Jersey and now live together in Upper West Side of Manhattan and both work in New York City. Since we first met, we always knew we wanted children and look forward to building our family and writing the next chapter of our story together.
Patrick was born and raised in northern New Jersey, the third of four children. His parents, Betty and Carl, have been married 45 years and split their time between NJ and Naples, FL and can't wait to welcome a sixth grandchild to their family. We love visiting them down in Florida in the winter to enjoy the warmer weather, the pool and the beach. Summers in NJ are perfect for barbeques and family get togethers. Patrick's older sister Cara, and her husband, Bryan, live in northern NJ (about a half hour from Patrick & CJ) and have three children – Brynn (9), Whitney (8) and Reid (6). Patrick's middle sister, Amanda, and her husband, Jarrod, live in Harrisburg, PA and have two children, Colter (5) and Everly (newborn!). All five of the cousins love to play together and look forward to adding another cousin to the mix. Patrick's younger brother, Kevin, is ten years younger than him and lives in northern NJ where he is an elementary school teacher and is also an excellent babysitter.
CJ grew up in a suburb just north of Cincinnati, Ohio with his mother, Kelli and step dad, John. His mother was adopted as a baby and very excited about our choice to pursue an open adoption. He was surrounded by a large, loving family in Cincinnati and was the oldest of seven cousins. His father, John (yes, they have the same name) traveled in the United States Air Force and remarried to his step mother, Rakel in the summer of 1993. They currently reside in St Louis, MI which has been home for the last 10 years. CJ has two younger sisters, Annette who is currently a Sophomore at Illinois University and Kristina who is a Senior at Edwardsville High School. Everyone in CJ's family is looking forward to there first grand baby especially his sisters who need another reason to come visit them in New York City! ;-)
We currently live in New York City. We LOVE it and our family friendly neighborhood is the best. Just one block to Central Park which offers lots of green space and playgrounds in our big city. Within walking distance is our local movie theater, tons of great restaurants, museums, children activities and some of our closest friends. We love the diversity of our neighborhood and the abundance of families. We love being able to walk or hop on a subway to go to a Broadway show, street festivals or other exciting activities in the community.
We live in a four bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. Our home has a large living area to relax, unwind and watch TV. We have a spacious kitchen for Patrick to cook (and bake) and a separate dining area to entertain our family & friends. Patrick is the chef in our family and we make family dinners a priority during the week. Jack has a cozy woodland animal themed bedroom with a big toy chest and full bookshelf. Close by we have our bedroom and Hamlet (our dog) has his own room. We also have an additional guest bedroom for visitors, especially CJ’s mother, who loves to come often to visit her 1st grandchild.
OUR DOG - HAMLET
We adopted a blue Great Dane Puppy named Hamlet. He was born in Oklahoma in late December, 2016 and is growing fast. Hamlet is a true gentle giant who loves everyone, especially his brother Jack (when he feeds him his food) and can't wait to meet his new brother or sister. He is full of energy and loves to go running in the park, strolls through the neighborhood and playing with other dogs.
CJ was born in Philadelphia, PA at the Naval Hospital and both his parents were in the Air Force. He spent his early childhood at a variety of bases, including time in Europe and Japan, before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, CJ loved sports, especially ice skating and soccer. After graduating high school, CJ started a career in real estate, working his way up from a leasing agent to property manager.
In 2012, CJ moved to Hoboken, New Jersey just across from New York City. CJ loves fitness classes from spinning, cross fit or running in Central Park. Currently, he manages a luxury high rise apartment building on the Upper West Side. When not exercising, CJ enjoys fashion, NYC dinning (especially tacos) and planning vacations – He can't wait to spoil our little one(s) and plan new family traditions.
QUICK FACTS =)
Hometown - Cincinnati, Ohio
Birthday - November 15th (Scorpio)
Occupation - Real Estate Property Manager
Favorite Color - Green
Favorite Holiday - Halloween
Favorite Food - Mexican
Sports Team - Cincinnati Bengals
Favorite Artist - Adam Lambert
Favorite Movie - Home Alone
Favorite TV Show - Anything HGTV
Vacation Spot - Caribbean
Hobbies - Fitness, watching football, vacations and keeping up with social media
Patrick was born in northern New Jersey, less than half an hour from New York City. Growing up, he loved to play tennis and was very active in lots of organizations, including acting, singing, debating and his school newspaper. After high school, Patrick moved to the West Coast, to go to Stanford University in California. He continued his education and completed business school there as well.
Even though Patrick enjoyed the West Coast, he always knew New York was home. He moved back after school, working first on Wall Street, and then became a real estate investor. In his spare time, he loves to go running and has completed five marathons. He has always loved Broadway shows and the museums in New York City, which he can't wait to share with his children.
QUICK FACTS =)
Hometown - Franklin Lakes, NJ
Birthday - July 10th (Cancer)
Occupation - Real Estate Investor
College - Stanford University
Favorite Color - Green
Favorite Holiday - Christmas
Favorite Food - Pizza
Sports Team - Green Bay Packers
Favorite Movie - All About Eve
Favorite TV Show - Any mystery series
Vacation Spot - Nantucket
Hobbies - Running, Cooking/Baking, Broadway Shows and Reading