We are both professionals with stable jobs and goals. We have no doubt that we will be great providers. Nick works in risk management for a national bank and can work remotely most days giving him the flexibility to work from home. Joe works in advertising for an international ad agency. He works nearby and has the flexibility to work from home too. This flexible schedule will give us the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with your child and ensure a positive and structured upbringing.
---How We Met---
We met online through a dating app, and clicked instantly. We quickly moved to phone calls and spent hours chatting about anything and everything. At that time, Nick was living near the New Jersey Shore which was over an hour away from where Joe was living in New Jersey. We met in person about a month later in New York City for dinner. We spent that night at a local eatery, followed by casually walking around, conversing, and getting to know each other. Conversation came easily and the time seemed to fly. We stayed out much later than expected, and Nick had a train to catch, but we could not seem to say goodbye.
Nick ended up getting the last train home that night, but it was well worth it. We wouldn’t let the distance keep us from spending as much time as possible. We have been inseparable ever since. We are true partners in every sense of the word, and complete each other so perfectly.
We talked about taking the next step to solidify our partnership. In September, while celebrating our 3-year dating anniversary, Joe proposed to Nick on a cruise. The wedding planning began soon after. We immediately shared the news with our parents and friends all of whom supported our relationship and commitment to each other from day one.
We kept with tradition, and one year later in November, we made it official! We were married in the presence of 100 of our closest family and friends. Nick’s cousin was ordained to officiate. After we said our vows of commitment, the outpouring of love and support given by our family and friends was truly the most magical feeling we’ve ever felt. We ate and danced the night away and soaked up every moment we could. It was a party for the record books!
We celebrate our birthdays each year with our families and friends.
Our mothers, Donna and Jeanette, continuously make our birthdays special. They will usually cook our favorite meals, and our dads, siblings, nieces and nephews will all be there to celebrate. This is the norm for everyone’s birthday throughout the year.
Over the past few years, our families have shared many birthday milestones. Nick’s brother Joe and Joe’s brother Corey celebrated their 40th birthdays. Nick’s nephews celebrated their 1st and 5th birthdays and Joe’s nephew, his 10th. In addition, this year we hosted a barbeque/birthday milestone for Joe’s grandfather’s 83rd birthday. Grandpa John is truly a wonderful and
Other holidays throughout the year are spent with both of our families, either sharing the day or alternating year to year. From Easter to Thanksgiving and Halloween to Christmas each one of them is special and unique. We have built many holiday traditions of our own and would love nothing more than to pass these traditions on to your child. If your family has traditions, we would love to learn them and be given the opportunity to pass these on as well.
Nick loves Halloween and the imagination it inspires to young children. Our house becomes decorated with ghouls, goblins, pumpkins and scarecrows!
Our neighborhood is tight knit and safe, and consists of quaint cape cod style homes making it ideal for trick-or-treating. This year alone, we had over 50 trick or treaters! We can’t wait to celebrate this fun holiday with your child.
Thanksgiving is spent with family, alternating year after year. We spend the morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the comfort of our living room. Depending on the year, our mother’s will prepare the traditional turkey Thanksgiving dinner with a touch of ethnic foods from their heritage. For Joe’s family, that means Italian ziti, ricotta stuffed mushrooms, and risotto. For Nick’s family, stuffed grape leaves are a staple. Whether spending the day with Nick or Joe’s family, it always consists of being surrounded with loved ones including cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, Joe’s grandfather, and extended family.
The day after Thanksgiving marks the Christmas and holiday season. We decorate our home and Christmas trees together with childhood ornaments handed down from our moms as well as ornaments we have collected from places we have traveled to over the years. Each year, we host an Ugly Sweater Party for our friends. We also host a pre-Christmas get together with both of our immediate families.
The traditional Christmas Eve dinner is spent with Joe’s family at grandpa’s house and Christmas day is spent alternating year after year.
One of our fondest memories together for Christmas day was when we, along with Nick’s siblings and their families, got together and wore the same elf pajamas to surprise Nick’s parents with a warm holiday welcome on Christmas morning. Imagine the laughter and surprise when 8 elves spilled into Nick’s parent’s house that morning. The children of the family are the light of the day. Seeing the excitement on their faces as they explain the gifts they get from Santa are priceless. While the “adults” are off in the other room catching up, eating appetizers, etc., we tend to be off with the kids playing games, helping them assemble their new toys, and playing Xbox Kinect.
We love a great vacation. Nick introduced Joe to his first cruise to Bermuda. It was after this amazing trip with Joe’s family that vacationing became part of our yearly ritual. Since then, we’ve cruised to the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, St. Thomas and Jamaica. Other places we’ve traveled were: Disneyworld, Disneyland, Universal Studios in Florida and California, Aruba and Hawaii. While making memories to last a lifetime, we also enjoy our annual Memorial Day camping trip with Joe’s family and our annual beach getaway with Nick’s family.
It was a great feeling when our circle of friends first came together. Our closest friends have been by our side since a very young age. Just like “Charlie’s Angels,” Nick has angels of his own. Alexandra, Shannon and Lisa have been a part of Nick’s life since they were five years old.
Joe’s best friend Melissa has been by his side since he was in the third grade. Melissa and Joe even remained friends as pen pals when Joe moved to Oklahoma. They are thankful to now live nearby so they can visit regularly. Joe’s other best friends include his cousins Nicole and Craig whom he grew up with and are close in age. Our circle of friends also include those that we have met in college and through work.