How We Parent

Jul 02, 2019

More than anything else, we find parenting fun, incredibly rewarding and the most important thing we’ll ever do. While it isn’t always easy, we manage to put things in perspective and find the silver lining in every situation. We were both lucky to have incredible parents and the lessons we learned from them, have a huge impact on who we are today. Thinking positive, staying humble, being respectful, supporting one another, providing service to others and reaching for the stars are the biggest principles we try to focus on as parents. We’ve learned that parenting isn’t just telling, but showing children how – and we practice what we preach. We strive to be role models for all children.   

Family Matters

Jul 02, 2019

Our family is warm, supportive and always there when needed – no questions asked. We’ve been through enough to know that life is fragile and all we have is each other. We have a big support network on both sides, and having all of them within a short walk or drive, are lucky to spend time with each of them often.

 

It sometimes feels like an episode of ”Everybody Loves Raymond” but we love having Todd’s family live so close.  Uncle Keith & Aunt Karen, along with cousins Chelsea & Chloe live two doors down and are the best built-in playdates and babysitters in the world. Grandma Tina and Grandpa Phil live only two blocks away and love adventures with the kids.

 

With less than an hour’s drive, we see Grandma Elaine and Grandpa David almost as much. We also have tons of fun with Sandy’s cousins Samantha & Adam - their three children Brendan, Ella and Lexi - and Beth & Gavin - and their infant son Elliot.

 

Whether it’s apple picking in fall, hiking in spring, shopping in winter or swimming in summer, we have built in plans all year.  We also take this fan base on the road by attending kid’s concerts, recitals & sports events...signs and air horns are always a must! We genuinely love one another and everyone is incredibly excited for the chance to grow!

Built-In & Furry Big Sisters - Daisy & Lilly

Jul 02, 2019

Daisy & Lilly are two of the sweetest and cuddliest Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in the world.  They're gentle with small children and perfect snuggle buddies for anyone.  They've let us know that what they're most looking forward to with having a baby in the house is picking up scraps, cuddling and giving sloppy kisses.

Built-In Big Brothers - Gabe & Nate

Jul 02, 2019

Sons from Todd’s first marriage, Gabe & Nate are with us part time.  Since the wedding, the boys have wanted nothing more than to be big brothers to a baby. They’re kind, intelligent, active, inquisitive, funny and always supportive of one another. 

 

What they’d like to teach a brother or sister:

Gabe: how to read, play basketball, play guitar, use a computer, to be kind to others and how to get a special dessert from Mom when it isn’t your birthday.

 

Nate: silly songs, how to play video games, the best places to hide, lots of jokes and how to beat Daddy at everything.

Home Sweet Home - Northern NJ

Jul 02, 2019

Since 2015, we’ve called northern NJ home.  Our house is a traditional colonial home with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sits on almost an acre of land.  Our town is named annually as one of the best cities to live in the U.S. and has one of the lowest crime rates in NJ.  We have fire and police within 3 miles of the house and live only 19 miles from Manhattan.

 

Our home is situated in a quiet suburb within walking distance to top rated schools, beautiful parks, a quaint town center and a short drive to all that NYC has to offer. The perfectly safe place to take long strolls in the summer, with enough snow in the winter for tubing and skiing, it’s a four-season location that provides beauty year-round. You can’t drive down our street without a wave from the neighbors and everyone looks forward to Halloween, house decorating during the holidays and the big 4th of July celebration each summer.  We’ve called Northern NJ home for the last 4 years, but you could say Todd’s been calling it home for a lot longer!  Todd grew up on our street, just two doors down, where his brother, sister-in-law and two nieces currently live! 

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