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My baby boy was two years old yesterday. As luck (or good parental planning) would have it we finished up our latest round of travels and found ourselves at home, able to celebrate his birthday with family and friends.

What a big difference two years makes. From the day he was born…


 …to his second birthday party.

He’s gone from being a tiny baby to a rambunctious toddler in what seems like the blink of an eye.

For such a young chap he’s achieved quite a lot already. In two short years he has:

  • Visited six countries – Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Visited four states in the USA – Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and California
  • Visited three states in Australia – Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
  • Seen the Grand Canyon
  • Climbed to 10,000 feet in Albuquerque
  • Been on at least 25 airplane trips
  • Ridden an elephant
  • Travelled on trains, ferries, speedboats, tuk-tuk, songthaew and motorcycle sidecars
  • Discovered a love of dogs, pigs and other furry friends
  • Enjoyed many a meal of Thai food (wherever we are in the world!)
  • Swum in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea
  • Survived a few thousand earthquakes
  • Experienced temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius and freezing cold snow
  • And been a loving son to two very happy parents.


Happy birthday, my darling little man. I look forward to seeing what you achieve in the years to come.

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  • Lou

    Beautiful! Happy Birthday cuddles for Reuben!

    It’s incredible how quick times goes, huh? Wow, he’s done more travelling than me in his tiny little life so far! Love the photos 🙂

    • Bethaney

      Yeah I think he’s well on track to get 100 countries under his belt by the time he’s 12!!!!!

  • Larissa

    Aw, happy birthday Reuben! Quite an impressive resume – I haven’t even been to the Grand Canyon and I am from Southern California! Can only imagine what the next two years will bring…cheers to you two for being such awesome parents!

    • Bethaney

      Oh Larissa. That is shameful! Heh. The Grand Canyon is magnificent. I just couldn’t get enough of staring at it from every different angle I could find. We didn’t do anything strenuous, like hike to the bottom, just kind of drove around and looked at it from all the different viewpoints. It was freezing when we were there and Reuben had a cold so we didn’t want to get him out of the car too often. I’d love to go back and do a bit more exploring.

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