Happy Birthday, mama!!! What a special day for you and so many people around you. For those that cannot be near you to kiss you and hug you, here's a little collage I put together for your birthday enjoyment.
Remember when Sasha and I looked like this?
And Sasha always seemed to be hungry, either munching on something crunchy or waiting sadly for a potato to boil.
You and papa had just gotten married and everything seemed so new and exciting.
And we always loved the way papa looked at you and wanted that same loving glance with our own men.
And all the pictures looked like this, full of memories and stories; always so many stories.
Meeting old friends included tables of food and never feeling too tired at the end of the night.
Remember the first few months in America? Sasha and I were always playing some game, making a funny face at papa's camera lens. Everything was a celebration; everything seemed to be happening for the first time.
Here's a toast to you, in Russian and in English, across the globe in Thailand, Ukraine, Russia, and America. For your health and happiness, 12 hours ahead (for me) and with smiling faces around you right now, eating home food and drinking a roomka of vodka with a zakuska. But before we drink...
Copy the following link into your browser, press PLAY and enjoy your surprise....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFMolOtRFiY.
I love you, mama and happy birthday from the both of us.
Zhenia and Tom