During my 2 years of Peace Corps service in Balti, I lived with a host family during that whole time. I got to know them pretty well to the point that it feels as though I have become part of the family. Which sometimes is hard to wrap my head around because our common language is Romanian since they don’t speak English. I recently visited them for a weekend to celebrate my host nephew’s 2nd birthday. I’ve had the privilege to see this little guy grow up before my eyes.
It was a full weekend of celebrating — I helped prepare some traditional foods for the occasion.
And then on Sunday, there was a big party at a local children’s restaurant complete with a play-area, bright colors, and a kid-friendly atmosphere (and screaming children). My host nephew was beyond himself happy with all the fun surrounding him.
Mickey and Minnie also showed up for the special occasion complete with games and activities for the kids.
My favorite part of the celebration was when Mickey pulled out the bubbles and the kids and even the adults were mesmerized by the human sized ones.
It certainly captured the attention of my host nephew…
The table was generously spread out full of food and drinks for all the guests.
Then since the little guy loves cars, the afternoon was wrapped up with a car-themed cake and some random life-sized characters.
Happy birthday, little guy!