It’s amazing to think of how much the world changes as time flies by us. With all the traveling I’ve been doing over the past few years I miss out on a lot of holidays and events. I do my best to get quality time in with everyone though while in the states, especially my sister’s 2 amazing kiddos, Ellie and Hudson. With every occasion I find myself amazed at how much they’ve grown and am forced to adapt to the new set of skills they’ve learned since my last visit. It is both extremely fulfilling and incredibly exhausting. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time though! Currently I am in bend for a 2 week stay – part of an almost 5 week road trip/adventure that I’ll be posting about shortly – beginning with Hudson’s 3rd birthday and ending with Ellie’s dance recital. If the past few days are any indication I’m going to need a serious nap when I get home.
“It’s my birthday!” Hudson proudly proclaimed as he greeted me yesterday morning – June 2nd – at my Mom’s house – my Mom is living in Bend for the summer and I’m staying at her condo throughout my stay. Ellie, it seemed, had trained him yell on the concept of birthday privileges and he was more than happy to take advantage of it. Hudson, Popo (Chinese for grandma) and I ran errands that morning which mostly entailed me chasing Hudson around the various stores we visited while he laughed loudly with joy. His coordination has skyrocketed since my last visit, just 4 months ago. He can run fast now! His laughter and expressions of pure joy made it more than worth the work it took to catch him though.
After lunch with Sami and Kelly, his parents, Hudson headed home for a nap and Popo and I back to her house to prepare for the party – yesterday was only a small party though with a much bigger event planned for later in my stay, or so I’m told at least.
Hudson woke from his nap with a big smile spread across his face as usual, at least in my limited experiences. Calmly playing in his room he asked me for help fixing his train tracks than proceed to show me all his favorite toys while instructing me to take a photo. “Can I see?!” always followed along with, “Wow, very nice!” Art school finally paid off! Eventually we made our way downstairs, waiting for Ellie to return so we could open presents.
Unlike any other person I’ve ever encountered Hudson had no desire to open his presents, instead preferring to play with his monster trucks. It was driving Ellie insane, almost to tears. She had to open the wrappings until he could glimpse what was contained inside before he’d finally ripe the paper off. Slowly Hudson managed to get all his gifts open, just in time for the arrival of his friend Roman.
The kids spent the remainder of the afternoon playing in the backyard while Popo prepared dinner. It was far mellower than I expected from a 3 year-old’s birthday, although I haven’t been to many. Hopefully the 2nd party remains the same.