¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

Happy 5th Birthday, Bode!

Bode is laying in the bed next to me as I write this. Sprawled legs and arm wide, taking full advantage of the king size bed we have til next week. He seems so much bigger than when we left 8 months ago (has it really been that long?). Yet he still seems too young to send off to kindergarten, or to trust with any sort of sharp object.

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He’s grown since the onset of the trip, not just physically (we’ll have to compare that on the old growth chart when we get back), but emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. He continually questions us, always surprises and never…never wants to sleep.

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He’s often asked his favorite part of the trip, and I’m always amazed by his answers. There are many.

The Ghost Town named after him

Vegan donuts

Moe’s place

Visiting the place where they make the laws, Victoria BC

Anytime there was snow

Crazy Horse

Yo-yo and Wolfie’s house (he wants to move next door) because they have Lego Star Wars for Wii

The Empire State Building

Full Moon Camping

Seeing shooting stars

Video games with his cousins

Holidays with the family

Carnaval in La Paz, Baja California

Boogie Boarding in Sayulita

I was often asked if I thought he’d remember this trip, and yes, I don’t think he’ll ever forget it.

Happy Birthday kid, to know you is to love you.

With all my love,


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19 thoughts on “¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

  • April 17, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    Happy Birthday Bode! Looks like you guys have settled for a bit in a nice town! Read you guys daily and keep having a great adventure of a lifetime! Headed to a VW campout Everybus here in Greensboro NC today. Thinking of you guys!
    All the best!
    Erick, Anita, Will, Grace, Ruby!

  • April 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Happy Birthday! Hope we get to meet you – Ben would think that you are the coolest!

  • April 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    i’ll be thinking of bode when i look up at the empire state building today! XXOO I LOVE YOU BODE!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • April 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Hi Punkin’. Aruba is beautiful – we’ve seen all kinds of fish, coral, sponges, sights – but today i’d rather be in Mexico with you. Tell your parents to hurry up and get to Costa Rica so we can see you. Have you grown? Buster misses you too.

    Love Grammy and Granddaddy

  • April 17, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Happy Birthday Bode!
    I love the highlights of the trip. Morgane tells everyone her favourite place was Prince Edward Island because that’s where she lost the most teeth.

  • April 17, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Happy Birthday Bode!

    Love Aunt Sis, Uncle Bob and Rachel in Austin . . . come see us again. Rachel’s team is still #1 in Skeeball this skeeson . . . maybe you can beat her when you get back.

  • April 17, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Happy Birthday, Bode!

    Hope you have a bunch of fun celebrating your special day. It was neat to see all the pics of you & read about your favorite parts of the trip.

    All the best!

    M&M (Uncle Mike & Aunt Maria)

  • April 17, 2010 at 7:36 PM


    How can this be, that you’re already the big 0-5?!
    L&W will be turning 7 in approx. 6 weeks – I can’t believe that, either! Spoken like a true Mom, eh?! Have a great
    b-day & looks like you’re in an awesome place to celebrate it! 🙂


  • April 18, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    Happy Anniversary to Mom on that day too.

    You’ve heard it a ton, put those a great photos of Bode. Not a lot of kids get to have that many backdrops in their life at such a young age.


  • April 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    happy B day Bode we just got back from all the fullmoonbusclub guys this weekend at Everybus. WOW way too much fun later mark d

  • April 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Happy Birthday Bode! beautiful photos as well enjoy this trip …
    good luck to the whole family on this journey

  • April 18, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Happy Birthday Bode! Wish I was there to celebrate with y’all. Bode had the best birthday parties in Alameda.

  • April 18, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Happy Birthday – Bode

  • April 19, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Bode, a big happy birthday from me and Ray! We’re so happy to be a part of your life!

  • April 20, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    Happy Birthday Sweet Bode!!!!!!!
    Glad to see that we (at least the cousins) made the list! Bode always makes our list!!
    ANd, there is a house right across the street for sale!!!
    Awesome babysitters a stone’s throw away!
    AND…he will be SOOO ready for Kindergarten and Safety Scissors in August! Katy ISD will be PERFECT in every way for him!!

  • April 20, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Happy belated birthday to Bode! I just got choked up at my desk scrolling through the photos. I do believe Bode will remember this trip — I have memories going back to when I was 4, and I have a terrible memory.

  • April 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Happy Bday Bode. So touched (and surprised) we made the list!

  • April 20, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Ever since Victoria, Bode has added ‘make the laws’ to his list of future jobs. His reasoning? “Because it’s not fair when people have to pay alot of money for something they really need. Like the hospital.”

    The kid is on top of it.

  • April 21, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Happy Birthday, Bode! We miss you and can’t wait to see all this growing you’ve done live and in person.

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