Tonight Anya Rashi had dinner with another Matri Sneha alumnus. :o) Peter and I met Ahly and her parents, Todd and Michele, at one of the Indian restaurants in our city. Ahly is now three years old, and came home from Kolkata when she was 11 months old. We are so thrilled that there's another Dillon family only 1 1/2 hours' drive away from us.
We first met them last summer after figuring out that there was another family so close by. At that time, we had only a few photos of Anya Rashi and no travel date in sight, so we drank in the reality of Ahlyana. She made the process seem so much more tangible. Todd and Michele brought their India trip scrapbook, and were so encouraging to us during our wait.
Tonight's festivities included lots of wonderful food, and the staff was very kind and interested in the girls. We were given advice about what Indian children should eat: dal with rice and butter, until 5 years of age. Anya Rashi and Ahly had their own ideas, however! On the menu for Ahlyana was cauliflower and rice, while Anya Rashi preferred nan, potato pakoras, and some chickpeas from my chana saag. Both girls loved their mango juice.
We were also celebrating tonight -- Todd and Michele just found out last month who their new son will be! He is six months old, and they've named him Dreyden. Right now, he is in the care of the loving ayahs at Matri Sneha, waiting for his mommy and daddy to bring him home.
The non-restaurant photos are of things that really illustrate Anya Rashi's personality to a tee. The photo taken on the bed is Anya Rashi defying a very silly clothing designer who made a dress with velcro closures all the way down the front. Obviously, this person has never actually met a one-year-old. The dress was off within minutes! Thankfully, she figured it out before we went to the library . . . I can just picture her streaking past the circulation desk, screeching with joy.
The second photo is a case study in what it means to have big brothers. Anya Rashi is very sweetly kissing a spidery/alien-looking Bionicle creation. Right after doing the same thing for her dollies.