A few weeks ago we had two birthday celebrations, one for our son and another for my mom. Both were just-family celebrations which was quite nice. First up, our mischievous little two-year-old!
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He sure has changed quite a bit this last year! He now not only is able to walk, but he runs :). While this is not completely representative of his current running technique, it gives you a glimpse:

I just love how he swings his arms and quickly bumbles his way around in an attempt to run (especially to keep up with his sister). As was the case last year, he still despises pretty much every vegetable. His one typical concession is to eat broccoli. He’ll sometimes also eat some spinach and other (Chinese) leafy greens my mom cooks in an attempt to expand his (vegetable) horizon. He really loves The Sound of Music which he requests with a “kan do-re-mi!”:

He’s starting to get more words, more in English though some in Chinese. He is currently obsessed with birds (he only really knows crows, ducks, and hawks, so all birds fall in one of those categorization), cars and trucks (he exclaims “caa!” repeatedly when he sees one which can be tiresome when driving around, and also “tuck!” when he sees any large vehicle such as buses, trucks, vans, etc.). He also gets very excited about airplanes (to which he exclaims “ah-den!”). The funniest though is dogs: he will point at one and say “gǒu-gǒu” and try following, but if the dog is actually friendly enough to want to play, he becomes scared and starts crying.
We thought that he would know what to do with the candle now that he’s two, but alas he did not. There was a lot of blankly staring at the flickering flame while we tried to convince him to blow them out:
For Mom’s birthday, we had my parents and brother over for an extended weekend. We started off with some grilling for dinner (yummy ahi tuna, and nicely smoked-seasoned steaks with greens from my parents’ garden as accompaniment). Chops wanted us to have the celebration dinner outside so she nicely helped set the table:
setting table
Mom had no problems blowing out the candles :). The kids wanted to be closer to the candles and cake. So we got a family picture together with the birthday “girl” and her cake:
The following day, we started the day off with some french toast and bacon breakfast then headed out to enjoy the nice, sunny weather by kayaking around the nearby lake. Everyone got to go out at least once, except for little Mr. Spiky. In the early evening, I managed to convince my Dad to go geocaching with me. We found Paws and Reflect and An Island Oasis together without much difficulty.
I like that we have some family nearby and that we’re able to celebrate birthdays together in this manner.

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