I grew up in a very loving home with my Mom and Dad and did so many activities, similar to what we now do with Tyler. I also have an older sister and two nieces.
My Mom, Dad, and I had a lot of fun growing up together. I used to love going fishing with them at Shinnecock Canal. It was so much fun recently going fishing with Tyler and reliving the memories I had with my parents. We are big New York Yankees fans and loved watching the games together. We also would take trips to Connecticut to watch their minor league team play and loved our trips to Cooperstown to go the Hall of Fame. I played baseball all through school even into college, and I loved having the support of my parents as I pitched during the games.
I enjoyed my time growing up with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My Grandpa used to love that I enjoyed going to eat a good Italian meal rather than going to McDonald’s or another fast food place. Jen and I loved going to visit my Grandmother at her apartment. She was so excited when Tyler was born. She loved when we came to visit and would order Chinese food for lunch and she’d always have cookies and ice cream for dessert for us to enjoy.
Unfortunately, my Mom got sick as I got older and had to go into a nursing home. My Dad was so dedicated to her and it was amazing to see how he would visit her every day and do everything he could to take care of her. They had a wonderful marriage, even with all their struggles, and I strive to be the same husband to Jen that my Dad was to my Mom. My Dad passed away a few years ago, which was very hard and I miss him every day. I always wish he got to meet Tyler because he would have loved playing with him, but I know he is watching over all of us.
I have a very close group of friends that I have known since preschool or early elementary school. We are like family and have had great memories growing up together. It is so nice hanging out with our wives and kids now, watching the next generation grow up together.
I work in Human Resources and have a great group of co-workers. I love my job and always find what I do very interesting.
Family is the most important thing to me. I love spending time with Jen and Tyler and love passing on the same family traditions I did with my parents and creating our own new ones. They always put the biggest smile on my face. Even though my Mom is in a nursing home, we love having her over to visit or go to see her and try to face time with her as much as possible.
I can’t wait to welcome another child into our home. It was the most amazing feeling becoming a Dad and I can’t wait to have that experience once again and watch Tyler become a big brother to his baby brother or sister!
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