The Siberian American: Eight Favorite Experiences in Eight Years of Marriage

Friday, August 4, 2017

Eight Favorite Experiences in Eight Years of Marriage

Chris and I celebrated eight years of marriage while we were in Maine, and I love using our anniversary to reminisce on all the special moments we’ve had throughout the years. Today, I thought it would be fun to share eight of our favorite experiences in our years of marriage. These are off the top of my head and in no particular order.


Celebrating Our 21st Birthdays and One Year Anniversary in Las Vegas
We had so much fun on our first trip to Vegas together! We saw Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE and KA and ate at so many amazing places. Vegas is still one of our favorite places if we only have time to get away for a few days.


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Studying Abroad in Europe
There’s something special about being married and getting to study abroad in Europe together. We went with a group of about 40 other students from Baylor and were definitely the “mom and dad” of the group, but we had the best time! Our study abroad program was heavily focused on travel (Fridays off and lots of holidays), and we took advantage of it by seeing 16 different countries. I’m so glad we were able to do something like this before the craziness of medical school.


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Discovering a Love for Cruising
I hadn’t been on a cruise in the United States (we did a month long cruise from Russia throughout Europe when we lived there) until we got married, but we’ve done six together since then! (two to Alaska, one Southern Caribbean cruise from Puerto Rico, one Eastern Caribbean cruise, one Western Caribbean cruise, and one fall color cruise). We haven’t been on one in almost three years mostly due to Zika, but I am definitely planning on going again when the baby is old enough!


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Graduating Baylor
Baylor will always be a special part of our story: we met on our first day on campus, spent that first semester falling in love, and got married the summer after our sophomore year at a gorgeous spot on campus. All of that made graduating together from the university we love even more wonderful. We were in different colleges, so we got to watch each other’s ceremonies. It was such a great day!


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Watching Chris Become a Doctor
I’ve never been one to sugarcoat medical school. It’s not easy (though it’s a cake walk compared to residency). Still, there was nothing better than watching my love fulfill his dream during those four years. I was so proud as he crossed that stage and officially became a doctor in 2015. Now we’re making our way through residency, and it’s hard to believe that day was over two years ago!


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Celebrating the End of Medical School with a California Road Trip
We’ve been blessed to visit many amazing places in our eight years of marriage, both in the United States and abroad, but our California road trip ranks as one of our favorite trips. We were celebrating such a big occasion in a place full of incredible views and so many fun things to do. I loved visiting La Jolla and the San Diego Zoo for the first time, and our drive up Highway 1 was absolutely incredible. Someday I’ll get around to finishing up my recaps of that trip, but it’s definitely a trip I will always treasure.


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Our Year in Chicago
Y’all know the story by now: I moved to Chicago kicking and screaming…and then I fell in love on basically the first day. Intern year was hard, but living in Chicago made it so much better. That year ended up being one of my favorites of our marriage so far. I loved exploring a new area of the United States with my love, and you better believe I left Chicago with tears in my eyes when the year was over.


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Our Journey to Parenthood
Of course, I had to include the last few months in my favorite marriage experiences. We have been so excited since finding out we’re going to be parents, and it’s hard to believe we’ll be mommy and daddy in just three short months! As much as I have loved all of our adventures, I know this one will be the best one yet!


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16 comments:

  1. What an incredible journey y'all have had! And the best one yet is about to begin! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Aww I had no idea you guys got married during college and were married while you studied abroad! What exciting lives you've had together!

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  3. Happy anniversary! What wonderful memories. :) I didn't realize y'all had been married for 8 years! That's so awesome. Congrats!

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  4. What wonderful memories and great highlights to your marriage! Vegas is still a favorite of mine to visit and we used to go every year until we had the kids. I love how you both graduated together and got married on campus. Studying abroad must have been amazing. Cheers to the next chapter in your story <3 Beautifully Candid

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  5. Olya. EIGHT YEARS. Holy cow and congratulations!! You guys have been through SO MUCH TOGETHER! What a wonderful journey! You guys are the absolute cutest! Your baby is coming into a family built on so much love (and love of travel!)!

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  6. This was such a fun post, and I love that y'all have known each other for so long too! I'm still so envious of all of your travels, especially being able to study abroad together!

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  7. aw i love that you were the mom and dad when you were studying abroad, and of course, about to become parents is so exciting! congrats on 8 years, hears to another 100 or so ;)

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  8. This is such a fun post to have to look back on!! Congrats to many more years!

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  9. So many wonderful memories! Congrats to 8 years! We celebrated our 10th a few days ago, and it is so crazy to look back on the last decade and how we've grown up together :)

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  10. Wow, what an adventurous life you have! My SIL is a doctor and she's in her third year of residency -- it is no joke!!

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  11. Happy anniversary! So many fantastic adventures that you two have shared (and more to come)!! That's so cool that you got to study abroad together! There was a couple from Baylor that I studied abroad with, and they bought their wedding bands on the Ponte Vecchio while we were there. It was the sweetest thing ever!!

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  12. You guys have done so much together!!! Happy anniversary to you two!!!

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  13. So many amazing memories. Happy belated anniversary friend.

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  14. I love that so many of these include travel! You guys have been to some amazing places together! Happy anniversary!

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