ADRIAN - As a child, I remember waving good-bye to my Mom from the school bus on my first day of kindergarten, going fishing with my Dad on the weekends and spending summers at the Jersey Shore. I collected Legos, joined the Boy Scouts and knocked my front tooth out chasing a fly ball. I was baptised in my parents church and became an older brother twice. I touched the Liberty Bell and made the front of the local newspaper planting a tree on Arbor Day.
As a teenager I worked on a farm and rode endless miles on my BMX bike. I ran cross-country, got into my first fistfight and learned a second language. I got my drivers license, became an editor of my high school yearbook, kissed my first girlfriend while wearing braces, wore a varsity jacket and went to the prom. Shortly after, I left for college, pledged a fraternity and toured with Phish. I broke my nose twice and was mugged in Mexico. I gave the eulogy at my best friends funeral and crawled out of a burning apartment that took everything I owned.
I left Pennsylvania at age twenty-one after totaling my truck on a snowy highway. I spent four days on a one-way train from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and learned how to surf in the Pacific Ocean. I bought a 1969 Volkswagen, lived in a warehouse and bought a dog.
I’ve stood on the Hoover Dam, climbed a 10,000+ foot peak and walked miles in waist-deep snow in the Smoky Mountains. I’ve slept at the base of a Sequoia Tree, worn a tuxedo to the American Comedy Awards, shaken hands with Buzz Aldrin and smoked a cigar with Dave Matthews.
I worked for Adam Sandler for 7 years and flipped a jet ski at my bachelor party. I’ve booked comics on ‘The Late Late Show’ for CBS, spent a year working for Chelsea Handler and was married 30 stories above Boston’s North End.
Recently I endured the loss of my 1-year old niece, killed by a careless driver. We picked up and moved the crew from LA to DC, a new place with no friends.
If that weren’t enough, I’m now experiencing my biggest challenge, as an unexpected, full-time stay-at-home Dad, taking care of my 3-year old daughter, Ava, and 20-month old son, Charlie. I’ve also written a book for New American Library/Penguin Publishing (comes out May 7th) and working with Sony Pictures Television & Happy Madison Productions on a scripted TV show, based on Dad or Alive.
JEN - As a child, I remember playing school in my parent’s garage, going to Brownies, collecting waterbugs at the creek (I hate bugs), and watching All My Children with my mom. I babysat constantly, read every issue of Sweet Valley Twins, played the flute a grade ahead, and had my beautiful pink coat trashed by a bully the first day I wore it.
As a tween, I lost a brother during a pre-term birth, loved and supported my parents, and decided I was destined to be a mom. I won three international awards for videos I produced, hosted our school’s news magazine show, and had a crush on a douchebag named Alan Glover (who spit in my hair!).
In high school, I drove a Ford Aerostar (thus why I will never own a mini-van), wore braces (with hot pink rubber bands), played on the tennis team, and learned French. I interned for Aaron Spelling, won a theatre scholarship, and was accepted into a prestigious film program.
I remember my mom leaving me at FSU, feeling true independence for the first time, and becoming a new person. I highlighted my hair, found eyeliner, bought a new wardrobe (thanks Citibank!) and decided to change my entire life.
As an adult, I’ve moved across the country twice, met my best friends, raised three Boston Terriers, worked on Emmy-Award nominated shows, and was at the final season taping of Friends. I’ve worked at Comedy Central, created a show with Susan Lucci (talk about coming full circle), met my husband in a bar, and never stepped foot into the Pacific Ocean even though I lived on the beach for 11 years.
I’ve become an aunt four times, lost my baby niece to a careless driver, grieved as a family, and explained heaven to my two-year old daughter.
Now I’m experiencing my biggest challenge–I’ve become a working executive wife and mom, developing and producing reality TV shows. I pump during conference calls, in edit bays, or on Acela rides to NYC. I show up “just in time” for play groups, gym class, and pediatrician visits, while answering 500 emails and negotiating a constant stream of deals.
I’ve given over reigns of the bills, grocery shopping and housekeeping, taught my husband how to accessorize our daughter, and withheld sex when I felt it was necessary (both for my sanity and his). I’ve made mistakes, had huge successes, and ginormous failures. I’m happy in my own skin, but have realized that as much as we try to make it look easy–it sure as hell ain’t.
She started walking at ten months and her first word was Dada. Her interests are bracelets, lipstick, Buzz Lightyear and collapsing her body while screaming in the middle of the grocery store.
Her hobbies include getting her little brother Charlie in a headlock, pretending to ride Charlie and also throwing things at Charlie. She loves to defy her mommy, which allows daddy to occasionally swoop in and play the hero. Her vocabulary is ever-expanding, however, she hasn’t mastered her L’s. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue. However, combining that with her fascination of clocks, everytime she sees one in public, it’s a VERY loud ‘dada look, a big cock!’
She’s learning how to share and use the toilet. She knows her ABC’s and can count to 20 (10 in Spanish, thanks Dora!) She’s in Pre-school two days a week, which is exciting for Ava, but more so, dad. She can access and delete your favorite apps on your phone or iPad within a few seconds. Her favorite sayings right now are ‘I don’t want to!’ and ‘It’s mine’.
Ava hopes to one day ‘go to work and do the emails’, just like mommy.
CHARLIE – Charlie has spent his twenty months trying to learn from Ava, while inheriting some of her neutral-colored outfits. He’s already wearing the same size diaper as his sister and is almost in the same weight class. His dad thinks he’ll end up as a defensive lineman, professional wrestler or an enforcer for the mafia. His vice-grip can cost you an appendage if you’re not paying attention.
He likes robots, baseball and already established himself as a boob man. He’s mastered the ‘suck one boob, grope the other boob, keep both boobs away from dad’ move. He’s a T-blocker by nature. His long buttcrack has made the news and he frequently laughs after passing gas.
He’s a foodie and growing hair. His favorite toy is anything you put in front of him and he’s climbed a rung on the poop ladder recently, going from ballpark mustard to curry hummus. UPDATE: He’s climbing onto the toilet to go pee.
He loves being a child credit on his parents income tax, likes pancakes and hopes to one day, ‘go to work and do the emails’, just like daddy used to do.