by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Spark Photography

Deeply Rooted

Tom and Gail Czyszczon met in 2003 when they were set up by a mutual friend. “Funny thing is that we both grew up in the suburbs of Chicago about twenty minutes from one another,” explained Gail. “We were born in the same year… both Polish, but met thousands of miles away!” The couple – who now have two children together, Izabella (age 6), and Mason (age 2) – debated about moving back to Chicago to raise their children before they fell in love with a place they now call home: Del Sur.

“This is absolutely the perfect neighborhood for our family,” said Gail. Initially attracted to San Diego because of the weather, parks, attractions, industry, and people, the Czyszczons have found all of that and more in their Del Sur community. “It is truly a unique place in the world where neighbors welcome you with home-baked goods, backyard barbecues rule, parks are constantly buzzing with happy kids, and getting the mail is a daily delight,” gushed Gail.

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The family moved in on Thanksgiving Day three years ago. “We ate turkey sandwiches on the floor to celebrate,” said Gail. They felt an immediate bond with their neighbors. “When everyone moves in together at the same time, they all seek to make new friends and establish roots,” she noted. “Naturally, everyone is outgoing and regularly planning get-togethers.”

And the area is chock-full of young families with kids of similar ages to Izabella and Mason. “We wanted to give our kids the opportunity to deepen friendships by playing with the kids that go to the same local schools,” said Gail.

Tom – who received a Master’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and his MBA from SDSU – is a staff engineer at Qualcomm. Gail obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a Master’s degree from USD, and today she owns Z3 Writing, a business that matches writers to jobs. In their downtime, the couple love playing poker. “Tom has appeared on ESPN at a featured table playing poker at the World Series of Poker Main Event,” shared Gail. “We spend many evenings watching poker videos and discussing strategies.”

But above all else, the Czyszczons enjoy spending quality family time in their beloved community. “It’s the happiest place on earth and I am pleased that our kids have friends next door and down the street their age,” said Gail. “They will know each other for a lifetime, and that is priceless to me.”

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AT-A-GLANCE

Parents: Tom and Gail Czyszczon
Children: Izabella Raine Czyszczon (5 – turns 6 Nov. 8, Kindergarten at Design 39 Campus);
Mason Thomas Czyszczon (2 ½, preschool at The Village)
Community: Del Sur since 2011
Parents’ Hometowns: Tom – Highland, IN; Gail – Westmont, IL
Parents’ Occupations: Tom – Engineer; Gail – Writer
Pets: None, although we think Mason’s teddy bear, “Bear”, should count because he is in every family photo and has gone everywhere with us for the last two years.
Favorite Places in 92127: Pho Ca Do Vietnamese soup restaurant, 4S Ranch Community Park for soccer games, Gepetto’s, Capri Blu