We have been friends since 1997. 15 years ago, we started a long-distance relationship, and we spent a lot of time on the phone back when phones still had cords. We have been living together since 2006 and married since 2010.
4 years ago, Anjali gave birth to our son, Alex. We love being a family! When we realized that our hearts were open to another child, we did not hesitate; we knew that adoption was the right path for us.
We own a 5 bedroom home in a great neighborhood. We are less than two blocks from one of the two parks with playgrounds in our neighborhood. Our neighborhood holds family events in the park throughout the year, including Halloween parade, a farmers market from spring through fall and a summer ice cream get together.
We have lived in our house since 2010, and we are close with many of our neighbors. Our neighborhood is filled with kids of all ages, and we organized a playgroup for kids Alex's age (there are more than 40!). This has led to many fun playdates!
The kids' bedrooms are on the same floor as the master bedroom. On the main floor, we have an open kitchen where we can play and chat with kids, friends in the family room. Currently, the family room is filled with Alex's toys (train tables, trucks, and puzzles).
From the kitchen, there is a door that leads to the backyard with big lawn where kids love to run around. We also have a deck where we grill.
Riki is one of the most caring and perceptive people I've ever known. She is constantly thinking of others and taking into account what they are feeling. This makes her a wonderful partner and mother.
Riki is also brilliant, she completed her Ph.D in Social Psychology at Northwestern University. There is no problem that she can't solve!
Anjali taught me how to have fun; not just as a family, but in general. On the outside, she seems kind of serious, but she is stealth-silly. Since I did not arrive in this relationship with any silliness at all, she has spent 15 years teaching me. I like to think that I have finally learned.
You won’t be surprised that Anjali is “fun Mom”. The day Alex was born, she showed her true colors: the first to tickle, the first to laugh, quickest to redirect, slowest to correct.
Anjali runs the show from planning a vacation for a dozen friends to organizing the neighborhood parents’ group to finding the butter I just had in my hand and now can’t find on the counter.
She is teaching me every day, keeping me real, every day, and reminding me of my inner silly every day.