Together we balance out our strengths and work as a team. Kate brings the artistic side with art, music, reading and writing, while Mark brings the analytical side with math, mechanics, science and avionics.
We really enjoy traveling, working around the house, kayaking, seeing concerts & comedy shows, and going to restaurants with family & friends.
To stay active, Mark participates in CrossFit and likes to work in the yard; Kate just took up personal training and attends a gym close to home.
We live in a culturally diverse city right outside of Boston, MA that is host to many businesses, family neighborhoods, schools, public transportation, and the beach. We have a cozy home with a spacious backyard. It is an "Old Style" house with one and a half bathrooms, three bedrooms, a kitchen and living room. We are located in a neighborhood with families that watch out for one another, and we are lucky to have such a close-knit community in a friendly, quiet neighborhood.
We share a house with our rescue dog Kirra, a 10-year-old black lab mix. Down the street is a newly developed elementary school with a football field, track, playground, and tennis courts available for school and community use. Mark's aunt and uncle live within walking distance, and Kate's parents are 20 minutes away by car.
About our Dog:
Kirra is an essential member of our household, and we basically consider her our furry four-legged daughter. She is a 10-year-old black lab mix with a gentle and playful demeanor. In June 2009, Mark adopted Kirra at six months old from a local rescue shelter. Mark and Kirra are inseparable and Kirra quickly became Kate's buddy too. Kirra brings a lot of life and love to the home, and it wouldn't be the same without her.
Kirra has been around babies, children, and adults alike. She's definitely a people dog, and has a very social personality. Some of the things that Kirra enjoys most are camping with Mark, truck rides, and going for walks. She also loves chasing squirrels, giving her paw for treats, playing with her stuffed animals, and digging holes in the backyard. There is no doubt in our minds that Kirra will be happy to welcome another human addition to our family!
Mark is incredibly quick witted & makes me laugh every day. He is always positive and sees the world as half-full. He has a great smile and dimples that appear in his cheeks, which in turn makes me smile with a sense of comfort and belonging.
Mark is a well-rounded and selfless individual. On the outside he is protective & strong, and on the inside, he’s loving and sensitive. More often than not I'll come home to find flowers on the table just because, and he always makes sure to say I love you before he heads out the door. At family parties, the kids instantly flock to him, and if it's just me that day, they'll immediately ask: "Where's Uncle Mark?"
Mark is a federally certified aircraft mechanic. His mechanical aptitude also comes in handy at home, and friends and family often call him for help with home improvements and repairs too!
Mark's favorite hobbies are fixing lawn mowers, snow blowers, boats and cars. He is a master corn hole player, a Bruins hockey fan, and enjoys history and travel. He loves hanging out with family, and never skips a chance to BBQ with his cousins.
Every day I'm thankful for Mark in my life. I strongly believe any child will be guaranteed to grow up laughing, learning, and feeling loved with Mark as their father.
Right upon meeting Kate, I saw she was caring, funny, compassionate and adventurous. Overtime, I learned she is also nurturing, dedicated, thoughtful, sensitive, and creative. Kate's a great listener, and provides sound advice to those in her life. Kate and I spend as much time with each other as possible, and I'm thankful for the life we have together. Kate is a Senior Administrative Assistant for a group of regional and national wealth management directors. She is a hard worker, devoted to her team, and highly regarded for the quality of her work. For fun, Kate loves to dance, travel, kayak and swim. She also enjoys reading, art and photography.
Kate loves spending time with the children in our life. She gets joy from reading to our nieces and nephews, and always incorporates art and learning into activities when babysitting. A great example is when she babysat her niece during a summer afternoon. Kate transformed the driveway into an ocean wonderland in sidewalk chalk. Her niece was so excited to help color in all the marine life, especially the gigantic whale. That day is one of their favorite days together! I strongly believe, through her genuine love and guidance, Kate will make an amazing mother.