How We Met:
We’re a modern love story and met through online dating, where we had an instant spark. Greg was living in Long Island and Chase was an hour away in New York City. Somehow Chase persuaded Greg to meet for an 8am breakfast date in the City, a date that Greg missed by accidentally sleeping in, standing Chase up, only waking to Chase’s phone call. Greg felt terrible, thought that was the end of a potential relationship, but learned the importance of setting an alarm!
Together 15 years:
As fate would have it, we held on to each other’s phone numbers. A year later, Greg moved to New York City and, thinking about an opportunity missed, decided to take a chance and text Chase. Chase hadn’t forgotten about Greg and agreed to a do-over date later that night, but no time or place had been set. Greg called Chase to coordinate and, in a stroke of fate, Greg was unknowingly standing outside Chase’s home. Chase could see the ‘guy in the grey striped t-shirt’ from his window! Chase came downstairs and we went to Starbucks for our original coffee date which continued into dinner and the beginning of our happily ever after. We have now been happily together for over 15 years.
We have three rescue cats who we adore: Atlas, Orion and ‘Miss’ Isis. They are named after Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology. All three cats are happy to snuggle up with friends and their children when they visit.
How we spend our time together:
We have both been living in New York City for many years and have gone to school in and around the City. As such, we have developed a great network of friends with whom we enjoy spending time. Many of those friends also have young children and we look forward to organizing playdates.
We are both theater lovers who enjoy lots of genres ranging from Broadway shows, opera, ballet and musical concerts. We are excited at the opportunity to share these experiences with your child.
Our love of food:
We make time for each other every night, which often centers around dinner. Chase is the chef. He loves his kitchen toys and is always trying out new concoctions. We both value a good home cooked meal. We are also both foodies at heart and enjoy exploring the vast culinary culture that New York City has to offer. We like to try food from different cultures and enjoy food ranging from a street cart to fine dining. One of our favorite restaurants in New York City is a Korean restaurant. We are looking forward to sharing our love of food with your child.
Fun near home:
New York City has an abundance of parks, which we enjoy visiting as much as we can. We like spending time in the park with friends or just laying out reading a good book. Chase loves riding bikes and we both have participated in the five-borough bike tour. Our home is next to a small park with a playground and water features, which we are looking forward to taking your child to. Moreover, our home is near a big sports complex which has a lot of kids’ teams and activities, including an indoor skating rink. Whatever sport your child decides they want to play, they have a team and classes!
Lots to do in New York City:
New York City is also full of museums. Our favorite museums include the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Natural History Museum, which we have been members of for a long time. Chase used to study in the MOMA while he was in school. Greg really loves history and part of his dance career was reconstructing dances from the 17th century. Greg loves going to see 17th century nativity scene at the Metropolitan Museum at Christmas, along with big Christmas tree . We are looking forward to experiencing these and other museums with your child, like the Children’s Museum which we lived across the street from for 12 years!
Vacations: Going Away
Ever since traveling overseas with his mom, Chase had developed a love of travel and world exploration! Chase has shared this adoration with Greg and it has grown into a shared passion. We typically go on a large vacation every year. We love visiting new places and creating new memories. We can’t wait to share the world with your child!
Our first vacation together was to London and Paris. We explored all the major sights like Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower. We loved looking at the architecture, seeing shows, dining out, visiting museums and just sitting with a cup of coffee watching the city pass.
Together we have visited all 7 continents including Antarctica and 25 countries, including Egypt, New Zealand, Japan, Peru and, one of our personal favorites, Croatia. We also enjoy exploring the US, including the national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce. We love being outdoors and can’t wait to enjoy the great outdoors with your child.
There are so many ways to experience Halloween in New York City! Every neighborhood has its own mini parade and there is also a large NYC Halloween parade. We can choose to go out and enjoy festivities and even trick or treat at stores and shops. This year, all the kids stopped by our home before going trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. We can’t wait for your child to make friends of their own and to experience Halloween as a family!
Thanksgiving in NYC is a very special time. There’s the iconic Macy’s Day Parade which never disappoints! The night before the big parade, you can watch all the big balloons being blown up which is always a fun time for young children! We cannot wait until we can take your child to the parade and watch their jaw drop and their inevitable joy when the floats pass by!
We have a few different ways we celebrate Thanksgiving. Chase’s family is from the South and does a traditional Thanksgiving with all the fixings. Chase’s mom, brother and our sister in-law Ashley all join in on the fun. Our sister-in-law Ashley goes all out with the Thanksgiving decorations. We have also had a new addition to our family in Addison, our one-year-old niece, who will be running around in no time. Everyone typically makes a dish, with Chase known for his gravy! It is typically a Thanksgiving lunch which ends with everyone watching football.
When we go to visit Greg’s side of our family Greg’s Mom does most of the cooking filling the house with the smell of delicious casseroles, mashed potatoes and ‘pastelitos’. These are a deep-fried Dominican empanada, a holiday favorite. Chase can never get enough of these! It isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey and stuffing (Chase again makes the gravy). Greg’s brothers and their girlfriends join as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. Cousin Genie has two young kids, Alani and Navid, who brighten up the holiday. We love food and can’t wait to share our love and passion for food with family and friends with your child.
Then there’s the most magical time of the year...Christmas. We promise that it’s especially magical in New York City. All the shops put lights and decorations in their windows. We have many friends in holiday shows like the Radio City Christmas show which we are excited to take your child to see! There is also the snow. Greg has a not-so-secret obsession with Christmas movies. Greg’s mom, Maritza, decorates for Christmas including showcasing her collection of Santa Clauses.
Chase’s mom, Geri makes stockings for all of us and is very excited to make a stocking for your child. Chase would make and decorate cookies with his mom and put cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. He looks forward to helping your child make cookies for Santa. Greg was always the first one awake Christmas morning to open presents, still in his PJs. We always let the little ones open presents first and they get to pass out presents to everyone. We look to seeing the joy on your child’s face when they open their presents, just like we did with our families.
How we celebrate Christmas is also varied. Some years, we go to Rochester to spend it with Greg’s side of our family and enjoy a white Christmas. Some years we go to Colorado or Texas to spend it with Chase’s side of our family. Some years we even travel for Christmas. One year we spent Christmas in Egypt with our friends Holli and Ben. We even got stockings with Santa and pyramids, which we still have. This year, for example, we were able to spend Christmas in Chile. No matter where we are in the world, we will call or Facetime with our family to all be connected.