I had a post I wanted to share today. It’s my one year anniversary at this gig. So much to share on that.
But after the day we’ve all had, I thought I’d go with this instead.
Hugs and kisses folks.
Every weekday morning, our routine at home is the same. I bounce between the kids rooms and wake them up slowly. Jaanu wakes up first. Always. He pops up. I give Anaiya her second nudge and come back to him. We change. And then, his first move … is this. Straight to his sis.
These photos and videos are from Monday and today.
#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for this. This love. This little boy with this ability to set this tone for his day, his sister’s day and frankly, mine.
We need this today. And when you wake up in the morning, out of this bad dream we experienced today, close your eyes for a moment and imagine Jaanu walking into your room and bringing you into the day this way too.
One of the greatest moments in your life is finding your forever love. That can be a person. A passion. A place. So many things.
You know it when you find it.
Which is why I think one of the greatest honors in life is being invited to participate and witness someone’s wedding. That moment when they choose to celebrate and codify that love for eternity.
It’s they’re greatest moment. And now they’re asking you to join them for it.
Today I was lucky enough to make it to the wedding for a person I think the world of. And after meeting her now husband a few months ago, I can agree I feel the same about him.
Cici Haynes your wedding was beautiful, inviting, aware and warm (yeah, it was 90 degrees but I’m not talking about that kinda warm!) Your friends and family represented you and their love for you so well today. As an old man, out of place at arrival, I found myself welcomed and feeling at home quickly. That’s you. That’s Chris. That’s your power. That’s the byproduct of your love.
iamgrateful and #iamthankful I was invited to be a part of today. Even more so. I’ll tell you, I love you both, and I absolutely love your love.
That’s my sis. Seriously. Look at this pic? Anaiya intently concentrating on the TV. Tito Foi concentrating on Anaiya (specifically, being fed.) That’s how life is with my sis around. Just about everyone I know and think of finds a way to fight for the foreground. Not my sis. She fights to be the canvas upon which the background is drawn, so the foreground can pop. She’s done this for me my entire life. She’s why I have such few expectations of me around the fam (folks love me, this isn’t a pity party, it’s an acknowledgement one). Because she took all the stuff that was necessary and essential and required so I could run off and be an irresponsible and disassociated free spirit. My parents made me who I am. I am who I have become (the good things, the fact that bad stuff exists is my fault in human nature) because my sister sucked up all the weight of life and allowed me to go off and be me.
#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for my canvas. Thanks for letting me ungracefully hog the foreground. Also, I know this pic is symbolic of you and me. I’m always Anaiya, and you are always you, holding a spoon to my mouth. Happy soon to be bday!
Look. I know for many people right now this means one thing. For me? It means this photo. This past weekend Anaiya, for the first time, blocked a door to stop someone from leaving. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful it happened for all the right reasons for two very right people.
Eeshan Bhatt and Shannon Bethany …. if anything is going to get in the way, I love when its love…. look at his face and then look at hers …. few things in the world will ever make me happier than this moment.
More good times in NYC with the fam. Deepal Mami joined us for the Children’s Museum and lunch. Anaiya had a field day with Dora and other exhibits. And Jaan had a blast waving to all of Manhattan…his favorite person to wave to? Still himself though.
#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for the day and a half we just had in the city and for the personalities our kids keep developing. This guy? I like where he’s headed. Nice way to wave good bye to month 12 and hello to your first birthday!
When your soon to be 1 yo decides 130am is game time, it’s game time. So let’s do this. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful that this little guy is as cute and chill as he is. It’s your world, homie. It’s your world.