Five to Two

July 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm 15 comments

Last week, S and I took off for a few days of vacation WITHOUT KIDS in an effort to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our marriage.

All was successful.  The kids browned themselves in the sun despite SPF 50 and splashed in the lake with  cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.  A daily call to grandma proved the girls were happy and content. 

We too were happy and content on our own albeit a bit out of sorts.  It was just the two of us.  We didn’t quite no what to do with the decrease in persons at first. 

Of course, we adjusted quickly.  Our vacation was quiet and lazy.  We drove as far away from the city as possible with gas being over $4 a gallon.  My shoulders relaxed as the hills outside the car window started to gently roll.  Every where I looked I saw green.

S and I stayed up late watching movies in our pastel room at a B&B.  We ate fried green tomatoes one night and ran through a gentle rain storm another evening.  I bought rock candy for the kids and homemade jelly for the households partnering to take care of our children.  We stuffed ourselves with the breakfast portion of our B&B every morning and canoed down the town’s murky river one morning.

We took naps almost every afternoon and toured the home of the 18th President of the United States while I tried to get my Ukrainian husband to smile for a picture.

This was the best he could do:

It was nice to be on our own to do what we pleased for a few days.  There were no telephone calls, no dishes, not a laptop in sight.  Nobody cried if they didn’t get their way and there wasn’t a need to look at the kiddie menu at restaurants.

S and I started to remember one another.  We were pleased to realize we still enjoy each other’s company. 

At the end of the week we drove to Michigan to get our kids, slowly preparing ourselves to expand once again from two to five. 

Honestly, I was dreading it.

And then I saw the girls.  They were excited about our reunion.  Polly shrieked with laughter.  Elaina held me tightly and longer than usual.  Zoya recounted the tales of a few unfortunate mishaps in the week; she showed me where her neck was sore and the scrap on her toe.  

My heart quickened in their presence.

And I decided that five is a good number.


Entry filed under: Culture differences, Family, Marriage, Ukraine, Vacation.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deanne  |  July 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Ten is a great number to celebrate….and so is five! 🙂

  • 2. crickl's nest  |  July 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for taking us on a little tour of your time away. I feel a bit refreshed now too! =)

  • 3. Tara  |  July 23, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Happy Anniversary 🙂 What a lovely time away you had!

  • 4. joannmski  |  July 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    It sounds lovely! It’s so important to get away, together. And nice to have the opportunity to get a break and actually miss the little ones.

  • 5. Sarah  |  July 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    What a good time you had! I am so happy for you. Happy Anniversary.

  • 6. Tom  |  July 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    My wife and I had a little date this weekend without the kids.. amazing how it’s so easy to get swept away in the daily routiness of life. Glad you had a good time and you were able to get your husband to “smile.”

  • 7. Tom  |  July 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Oh… and my wife absolutely loves Galena.

  • 8. qdawg  |  July 24, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    5 is a good number, but 9, now that is a number

  • 9. alida  |  July 24, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    sounds like you two had a great get-a-way!!

  • 10. thetreedreamer  |  July 25, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    dude, you are lookin’ swank in your shades sista!! glad you all had a great time. happy anniversary!! love you, ging’

  • 11. cindyfey  |  July 26, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Cute picture of you and hubby. Happy Anniversary!

  • 12. Sergei  |  July 29, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Nice post. I loved our getaway, too. Smiles are overrated. Gloomy disposition is the way to go!

  • 13. Amy  |  August 1, 2008 at 4:50 am

    awww how sweet! i am jealous!!! glad you had a good time! happy late anniversary!

  • 14. jooleebrooks  |  August 9, 2008 at 8:12 am

    My Eastern European learned to smile for pix and now his family makes fun of him telling him he smiles like an American. Thankfully he doesn’t care and we are the only ones smiling in family pix here. 🙂 Now we are hoping baby R takes after her American side in that way.

  • 15. jooleebrooks  |  August 9, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I LOVE your shades and way chic-ness. Makes me want to open my wardrobe and play dress up on myself!!


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