The After-Party │ Impromptu Date
Earlier this week, I showed you Eli’s “Young, Wild & Three” party, and all of the fun that we had with friends. Eli doesn’t really like crowds, and honestly, a birthday party is probably a little too much for him. So during the party, we let him do his own thing, and didn’t expect him to be the center of attention, except for candle blowing time. Which, FYI, he did really great at – thanks to our week of practicing!!
This poor little guy is so funny. He’s NOT shy at all, but yet, he’s extremely shy. I COMPLETETLY understand this, as I am exactly the same. I love telling jokes and stories, but if you remind me that everyone is looking at me, I will immediately feel embarrassed and good quiet. It is a weird thing to be both introverted and extroverted, but Eli and I aren’t alone. I believe that people like us are actually called, Ambiverts. Check out this old post that I did on being an ambivert: Outgoing but Shy and Introvert.
Eli spent a lot of time, upstairs, with some of the other kids. He also spent about 30 minutes playing in some hidden shelves, and spent the last bit of the party, under a table. I’m telling you guys… He sounds like an oddball, but I get him. He almost acts out what I’m thinking in my head sometimes. If he’s odd, then so am I. We can be oddballs together! hahaha…
Quiet Time After the Party
Once everyone had left, Eli started playing at a table where the waitresses were resting. It is funny that he doesn’t mind approaching people, but if socializing is forced on him, he pulls back. Since these waitresses are all Chinese, and very timid, we could tell that he felt comfortable around them. It is quite sweet to watch how they gaze at him!
Knowing that we had no family pictures from the party, and that I would be disappointed about this later, we sat on the staircase to take a few. Kisses for Mama… I love how he puckers up his lips later, and the “mwah” sound is so loud and cute!
Our sweet gorgeous boy – We love him so dearly!
What a blessing to have shared the last three years with such a pleasant, happy child.
When we were done taking a few pictures, Nana took Eli, and a box of party decorations, back to our place. It was already the afternoon, and Eli could have definitely used a nap by then. We still had to take down all the hanging lanterns and the pictures on the shelves. There was a lot to do, and we didn’t want Eli to hang around and get too sleepy.
When it was only Justin and I left at DejaVu, we looked around at the mess…. and then smiled, and gave each other a HIGH FIVE! “Good Job, We did it!” Praise the Lord for a wonderful party, and being able to pull together something like this in a country where we don’t speak the language, and there just aren’t the same stores or services as there are at home. I am truly thankful for how far we have come in China.
“Good Job, We Did It!”
We packed away the frames, pictures, cake, and all the leftover snacks. Then we took down the lanterns, balloons, and hanging tassels. All my work, which took so much time to prepare, came down in a few minutes. Isn’t it amazing how that works!? Definitely all worth it – but easy to overlook the hard work that goes into a party. I don’t think that I will ever look at events the same way. I have not only done them on a very small scale, but almost completely by myself. I have a newfound appreciate for these things.
We eventually decided that we should call home to see how Eli was, but perhaps we shouldn’t head that way just yet. We sat down and ordered some food and a few drinks. This was the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a little date!
Above, Not a real tattoo (and also not the tattoo that I want), but I love to put temporary tattoos on my forearm. This is where I want to have a tattoo, but I just haven’t done it yet. I do, however, love this saying…
“She Believed She Could So She Did”
It reminds me of how far I have come, how much I have changed, and all that I have learned about myself over the last few years.
We sipped on a couple of drinks while looking through the party pictures. Isn’t technology amazing?! I am able to view my camera pictures on my phone… This has been such a blessing while we are traveling, and not near a computer. Or while we are on a road trip, and Justin is driving.
Of course, it adds to the time that my phone is in my hand (which I don’t always love as much), but I do like how I can view my pictures so easily!
We started out just cleaning and packing away, but ended up sitting here for a long time, on an impromptu date. It was just perfect, and so needed after all of our hard work! If you missed the posts from Eli’s third birthday, you can check them out here:
Thank you to all those involved. This was a wonderful birthday party, and we loved our little impromptu date afterwards.