Birthday

Michael on July 7th, 2017

Each year near to her birthday we take a picture of Valerie in the same dress, one of Olga’s. I got this idea from Life magazine years ago. It’s fun to watch her grow up: 4th Birthday: 5th Birthday:

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Michael on April 20th, 2015

  Now THAT is a birthday picture. Valerie has just about the most birthday parties of any person I’ve ever seen. Even though her birthday is in July, we decided to throw a party now so she could share it with her friends here in Athens, GA. We met at my dad’s farm, and part […]

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Michael on August 8th, 2012

Valerie had her 5th birthday a few weeks ago, and I’m just now getting around to posting this video. One gift was a singing card from Grandmother Nancy in the States: We’ve also started a tradition. Each year we take a picture of Valerie in the same dress, one of Olga’s. It will be fun […]

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Michael on July 13th, 2011

Tomorrow (the 14th) is Valerie’s fourth birthday. We celebrated early because Olga’s mother left for Montenegro this morning, and I came to Estonia today. Our friend Olga Ryazhskikh also joined us. Here’s a little ‘familiana’, when we ate the birthday cake:

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Michael on December 23rd, 2010

Olga’s grandfather, Orest Groten, celebrated his 92nd birthday yesterday. We had a great visit. Here Orest opens his gift of gloves and a scarf. This video will give you a taste of what it’s like in a simple Russian flat.  You’ll see Olga’s grandmother Ludmilla Groten, Tamara Senkina a family friend since 1957, and Olga’s […]

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Michael on November 19th, 2010

Yesterday was my 50th birthday. I give a big “Thank You!” to all who sent birthday greetings recently. I have been really touched by all the kind words. Ten years ago, on my 40th, I was alone in a flat in St. Petersburg. I had moved to Russia a couple of weeks before and no […]

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