THE MESSINA FAMILY
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The Messina family describes themselves as the "life of any party."
Arthur owns a very successful company, which has afforded him and Kathy the luxury of time to spend with their children and each other.
Ryan, 11, is most like his father. He is an opinionated and determined all-star athlete. *He practices baseball daily in the batting cages that were built for him on the Messina property. He excels at basketball and loves to golf with the rest of his family.
The eldest child of the Messina family is the least like his father. Drew Messina is a 16-year-old actor and singer. During the summers, Drew works as the Assistant Director of Fine Arts at a local school. He aspires to be on Broadway and loves volunteering for various services within his community.
Kristin Messina is the sparkly-eyed, red-haired 9-year-old sister and daughter. She is athletic and outgoing and is an Irish step-dancer. Step into her all-pink bedroom and you'll realize at once that Kristin is all girly-girl - she loves the mall and has recently discovered manicures!
Kathy is the quintessential "June Cleaver" mom - she cooks, cleans, referees, organizes, schedules, drives, does the laundry, and is the glue that holds this family together. Kathy rarely takes a moment for herself, and instead finds her balance in taking care of those she loves - her family.