Sunday, December 25, 2011

Celebrating Five Years of Marriage

Tanya and I celebrated five years of marriage on Dec 23rd. We found it hard to believe that time had flown by that quickly but I guess with age time speeds up. For supper, Tanya made Chicken _?_*  that she saw on TV and we drained a bottle of bubbly between us.

On the 24th (yesterday) we had a dinner party for 16 friends at a local restaurant owned by a friend of Andrei's whose son is in Masha's class. We ate, drank, danced and sang and had a great time.  Since we had been married in Canada, this was the celebration in Ukraine we didn't have then.

It has been a good five years, we both agree.  Filled with love, filled with fun, filled with happiness.  We suit each other in so many ways.  And our families get along.  Tanya loves my kids and they love her.  I love Tanya's kids and they love me.  Someday we would like to have the whole family together in one place, even for a week, just to say we did it.

We are not without our differences (viva la diffĂ©rence) and misunderstandings. Some is personality, some is family tradition and some is cultural, I am certain, but they are all mixed together and hard to sort out.  Men and women never speak the same "language" anyhow but we really do speak different languages and have different cultures so it makes us doubly aware that we need to be careful and let things slide many times.  Both of us, I am sure, feel we give more than we take so it is likely pretty well fifty:fifty, as it should be.

Speaking for myself, I am happy and contented.  Many years ago I named my consulting company Odyssey because I felt like Odysseus wandering the planet trying to find "home".  I think my quest is over and while I will still wander the planet (as long as someone else pays) I know where home is.  It is wherever Tanya is.
The anniversary couple

The anniversary cake

A few of the guests, (while we waited for the rest)

*Chicken breast sliced thin, a layer of ham and a layer of cheese with another layer of chicken breast on top, dipped in egg, rolled in bread crumbs and fried (could have been roasted) and took her all of 10 minutes to make.  She said it is NOT Chicken Kiev; anyone know what it is called?


  1. May you both be together and live long enough to not have to speak to each other.

    I hope you can understand that logic. :-)

  2. Thanks, Violet.
    Demeur, I understand perfectly. It is a good goal.

  3. Elaine and I wish you two a happy 5th anniversary. We have had another 5 good years as well.

  4. Happy anniversary. Hope you enjoy many more years together.

  5. You are a lucky man.
    My wife and I have that connection and you can't put a price on it.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  6. Congratulations and many, many happy returns of your happy anniversary day.

    In a time when so many marriages don't work out, it's wonderful to read a testament to one that's so successful.

  7. Happy anniversary, and may you have many more.

  8. Looks like you had a great night. And you both looked lovely, too. The matching purples are beautiful.

  9. I feel so bad that I forgot your anniversary. With Christmas and all, the days slipped away from me. I didn't even send you a card! Worst daughter ever.

    I am so glad that you and Tanya found each other. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and I couldn't think of anyone better suited to you, Dad. Thank you Tanya for loving our Dad as much as we do.

  10. Thanks, everyone. I have conveyed your wishes for us to Tanya, too.

  11. Happy Anniversary!!! Sorry I wasn't there to help you celebrate this one like last year.

    Love you both lots!

  12. Echo the congratulations! I hadn't remembered we were married the same year.


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