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All the photos on
this page were taken in March 2007. Immediately after this trip I filed
the paperwork to bring Lyuda and Tonya to America. They arrived at the
end of July 2008 and we were married in September. What a great life and
adventure we have had. Tonya didn't speak a word of English and yet she
now takes Honors English courses. She is graduating from high school in
2013 and will be entering college to pursue a medical degree.
Now for some history. We went
to Key West for our honeymoon and later to Cape Hatteras and half a
dozen other states. The following summer we went to Hawaii. In the
spring of 2010 Lyuda's mother came for a 6-month visit. We picked her up
in New York City, stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria for a few days, drove to
Washington, DC, and continued south to Florida. In June we flew to Las
Vegas and took a rented minivan to Lake Tahoe, the Redwoods, San
Francisco, Monterey, Hearst Castle, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach,
Balboa, San Diego and back to Vegas.
I have never had a happier life!
Lyuda has many Russian-speaking friends. We find them everywhere! Tonya
is a fantastic teenager with a GPA higher than 4.0 because of her Honors
grades. And they both became US citizens in June 2012.
The tropical backdrops were
wallpaper. Lyuda and Tonya will look great in Florida. A number of other
murals allowed us to pose in Moscow, Venice, Japan, Paris and other