Since the day we met at a Starbucks in Santa Monica, we knew we were meant for each other. We can truly say that we are each other’s best friend. We were already a “family” within a few dates, and the thought of having children was second nature to us. Shortly after we met, we moved in together and filled our home with endless conversations of love, laughter and hopes for our future. We own a beautiful house and we love to discover new neighborhoods in LA, hike, cook and bike to the wonderful beaches nearby.
We are explorers too! Every year we try to go somewhere foreign and exotic. Together we have been to Australia, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Spain, Belize, Guatemala and the UK. We are fluent in 5 languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Turkish (and some French and Chinese too!). This allows us to communicate comfortably everywhere we go. We lead an active lifestyle, that we love to share with each other: running, yoga and swimming are some of our favorite activities. George also loves to cook new healthy recipes and Daniel is the ultimate house keeper.
In September of 2017 we adopted Matteo and from that day our lives changed forever. We LOVE being dads and we cannot wait to give our boy a sibling and grow our family even further!
We live in a beautiful duplex in Santa Monica which we bought with our future family in mind. We have 3 spacious bedrooms and 3 bathrooms ready to accommodate another child and his/her friends. The living room is spacious and bright with floor to ceiling windows. A nice patio with a fountain is in the back of the house, which creates a perfect hangout for summer lunches, barbecues and candlelit dinners. Our neighbors are all young couples with young children. The baby will be surrounded by a diverse and vibrant community with lots of kids to play with. We are a few blocks away from the ocean, a street away from one of the best schools in the Country, and a short walk from a children’s park with lots of playful activities. Every few weeks we like to host dinners with friends and coworkers: we cook family recipes given to us by our European grandmothers. We love to mix up our guests, entertain them, make new connections and simply laugh at the fun stories everybody shares at the dinner table. And when they bring their kids, the house turns into a playground for everybody! Our son and his friends play while the adults oversee their interactions and make sure everyone is having a great time. We also enjoy quiet times around the fireplace, with good books, a cozy blanket and Sophia (our dog) wrapped around our legs. In addition to our place in Santa Monica, we have an apartment in Manhattan. We like to spend a few days there every year to visit friends, nurture our minds with art and culture, and absorb the vibrant energy of the city.
We are both relatively new to the West Coast and currently building lifetime friendships. The more we go out and interact as a family and we introduce ourselves and our son, the more we’ve become friends with families who have gone through a similar journey. All of them have been incredibly welcoming and have made themselves available to be part of our circle. We also have amazing friends and family members in Europe, ready to get on a plane and join us. After Matteo was born, we had very little privacy... they all wanted to move in with us... Ha!
We must also mention our dog, Sophia: she is our sweet and furry love bug. She is our everyday reminder that happiness is within reach and that simple unconditional love is real.
Our brothers are now married and have kids with their wives (total of 3 boys and 2 girls). We can’t wait to have everybody come together and play at our home!
George is one of the most courageous people I know. His commitment to live a truthful life and his pursuit of real connections has been in-spiring. Behind a shy facade, he is witty, smart, cultured and incredibly well traveled. His calm demeanor in difficult situations is the perfect balance to my more emotional approach.
He is professionally terriffic and highly respected in his industry. George melts my heart every time I see him with our son Matteo. He is the best father and parent anyone can dream of: loving, caring, attentive, dedicated and always smiling... even when Matteo is fussy!!! Fun fact about George: his birth name is Ufuk (/oofook/ which means horizon), but since its pronunciation can be tricky, his close friends named him George... after George Clooney!
Daniel is a true “people person” and is therefore very adaptable in every situation. His eye for detail is phenomenal and his taste is world class. He is very successful in his profession, and I admire him for that. Most importantly he has a good heart and the right values to be a great father to our children. I was not surprised to see his natural gifts come through when Matteo joined our lives. Daniel is the ultimate dad, providing to his family with love and determination.
Daniel came to this Country with nothing but drive and ambition, and he made it. He has been instrumental in helping me adapt to my new life in America, and I trust him with my life.