Saturday, November 02, 2019

On the Record: Riker at Ten

When the boys were three, I started a tradition of interviewing them on their birthday. By asking the children the same questions every year, we'll be able to see how their personalities and interests change (or stay the same).

Riker has just turned TEN and this is his eighth birthday interview.




What are you going to be when you grow up?
An engineer.

What’s that going to be like?
Fun. I'm gonna be able to make things. Robots and electricity things.

What are your favorite toys?
I don't really have any favorite toys, I really just like to do art work. That's my favorite kind of toy tool.

What is your favorite food?
I don't know. I really like banana bread. And I also like muffins.

Who are your best friends?
Blake, Jake, Gabby, Brennan, Marko

What makes you happy?
You and daddy and Gavin and my friends.

What makes you sad?
Not really anything. A lot of homework. I get disappointed when I have a lot of homework.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
I don't dream about anything really. Or at least I don't remember.

What do you like to do with Daddy?
Build things. Robots.

What do you like to do with Mama?
Artwork, crafts, play outside.

What’s your favorite color?
Light blue, neon green, and like a gray-black.

What’s your favorite book?
I don't really have one. It varies, I just read a lot of things. There's this book that I'm reading at school, it's called Treasure Island. I like that one.

What does Daddy do during the day?
Build things, woodwork, sand things. Basically anything he feels like doing. Oh, mead!

What does Mama do during the day?
Today you slept! You work around the house. You eat. Oh, you go to work!

What do you do during the day?
Play with my cousins, play on my laptop, reading books.

What do you want to learn or do before you turn eleven?
Um, I want to learn better glitches in my games, in Roblox. I want to learn how to make better artwork and I would love to learn how to draw people better.

Anything else you want to say about being ten?
It's that I'm double digits now.

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You can read Riker's interviews from previous years here:

On the Record: Riker at Nine

On the Record: Riker at Eight

On the Record: Rike at Seven

On the Record: Riker at Six

On the Record: Riker at Five

On the Record: Riker at Four

On the Record: Riker at Three

I've shamelessly pilfered the interview idea and the questions from my friend Lauren over at Sparkling Adventures, You can read the birthday interviews of her four darling daughters here.


Friday, October 04, 2019

Moments Noticed: Silence



Speak only when your words are more beautiful than the silence.


Monday, September 30, 2019

On the Record: Ari at Eight

Several years ago I started a tradition of interviewing the kids on their birthdays. By asking the children the same questions every year, we'll be able to see how their personalities and interests change (or stay the same).

Ari has just turned EIGHT and this is his sixth birthday interview.




What are you going to be when you grow up?
I want to be something like a geologist or a person who studies nature.

What’s that going to be like?
I really want to study nature and find out more about it.

What are your favorite toys?
I like my robot and my Legos a lot.

What is your favorite food?
Croissants, quesadillas, or pizza.

Who are your best friends?
Edward, sometimes Riker, Oliver.

What makes you happy?

When you're being nice.

What makes you sad?
When Riker steals my stuff and is being mean.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
Bunnies.

What do you like to do with Daddy?
Woodwork, fish, and some other stuff.

What do you like to do with Mama?
Read, go to the park, and spend time together.

What’s your favorite color?
Green. I like green and purple.

What does Daddy do during the day?
Work at the meadery.

What does Mama do during the day?
Go to CSU and work.

What do you do during the day?
On weekends, play. And on school days, go to school.

What do you want to learn or do before you turn nine?
Multiplication and division.

Anything else you would like to say?

No, not really.

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You can read Ari's interviews from previous years here:

On the Record: Ari at Seven

On the Record: Ari at Six

On the Record: Ari at Five

On the Record: Ari at Four

On the Record: Ari at Three

I've shamelessly pilfered the interview idea and the questions from my friend Lauren over at Sparkling Adventures. You can read the birthday interviews of her four darling daughters here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

On the Record: Riker at Nine

Several years ago I started a tradition of interviewing the kids on their birthdays. By asking the children the same questions every year, we'll be able to see how their personalities and interests change (or stay the same).

Riker has just turned NINE and this is his seventh birthday interview.






What are you going to be when you grow up?
Mm, I kind of want to be like a robot designer or an engineer. Or like a programmer than can program built robots.  I kinda wanna be a robotist. If you know what that means. You know how there's like a geologist; it's kind of like a robotist.

What’s that going to be like?
Putting together parts, screwing, typing, building software, building the hardware.

What are your favorite toys?
Well, I bought the Nintendo Switch and  I really like playing on that. And we basically made a fort
and my favorite toys are, well, when mom's reading at night, technically my favorite toys are fidget spinners and balls.

What is your favorite food?
I really like cinnamon buns and apple fritters, banana bread, and if you want a food, I really like sushi. And for like a lunch at my school if I'm packing, usually it would be a peanut butter and jam sandwich.

Who are your best friends?
Gabby, Arthur, Grant, Sebastian, Noah. And my cousins.

What makes you happy?
You, when you make me laugh.

What makes you sad?
Um, Ari, sometimes being annoying on my laptop and stealing my stuff. Actually that's not really sad, it's more angry.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
Um, I don't really know. Its hard for me to keep track of what I dream of.

What do you like to do with Daddy?
Ride my bike and build robotics and play board games.

What do you like to do with Mama?
Play games. Play tricks on her. And going out to a restaurant.

What’s your favorite color?
Blue.

What’s your favorite book?
I don't really have one right now but if I have to choose it would be Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

What does Daddy do during the day?
Sit around on his computer. Ride his bike.

What does Mama do during the day?
Things around the house.

What do you do during the day?
Build forts, play Roblox and play Minecraft on my Nintendo Switch. And go to friend's houses.

What do you want to learn or do before you turn ten?
I want to learn how to do long multiplication and long division. And how to hack Roblox.


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You can read Riker's interviews from previous years here:

On the Record: Riker at Eight

On the Record: Rike at Seven

On the Record: Riker at Six

On the Record: Riker at Five

On the Record: Riker at Four

On the Record: Riker at Three

I've shamelessly pilfered the interview idea and the questions from my friend Lauren over at Sparkling Adventures, You can read the birthday interviews of her four darling daughters here.


Monday, October 01, 2018

On the Record: Ari at Seven

Several years ago I started a tradition of interviewing the kids on their birthdays. By asking the children the same questions every year, we'll be able to see how their personalities and interests change (or stay the same).

Ari has just turned SEVEN and this is his fifth birthday interview.



What are you going to be when you grow up?
I would like to be an inventor, a grocery store seller, so I can sell my inventions and I'm going to make lots of money.

What’s that going to be like?
It's going to be fun and I'm going to think a lot.

What are your favorite toys?
Well, I like books a lot, and I like my Minecraft books and I hope I get some Magic Treehouse books.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is pizza and I like mini pizzas and I like strawberries and quesadillas.

Who are your best friends?
I like my brother Riker and I am friends with my cousin Edward and I'm friends with Oliver.

What makes you happy?
When my mom's around. And my rabbits. Cuz I love my bunnies, their names are Rosie and Posie. Rosie! Posie! Ro Po. Po Ro! Rosie, Posie!

What makes you sad?
I'm going to be sad when my bunnies die.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
I sometimes dream about getting Minecraft.

What do you like to do with Daddy?
I like to hug daddy and go sometimes woodworking, and hike with him, and bike with him, and kayak with him.

What do you like to do with Mama?
I like to cuddle with mama. I like to lay in bed with her. I like when she reads me books.

What’s your favorite color?
It is yellow and blue. First is yellow, then blue.

What does Daddy do during the day?
Daddy sometimes does a meadery and then he also woodworks. Usually mead, doing mead with grandpa.

What does Mama do during the day?
Spend time with me. And also mommy is so nice to me and sometimes we do stuff together.

What do you do during the day?
I cuddle with mommy and daddy. I go over to my cousin's house. I read books at my house. I play with the bunnies.

What do you want to learn or do before you turn eight?
I would like to learn cursive in second grade. I would like to read all about Minecraft and know more about Minecraft. I would like to know everything about the Magic Treehouse books.

Anything else you would like to say?
That my daddy and my mommy and my bunnies and Riker are the best things on earth.

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You can read Ari's interviews from previous years here:

On the Record: Ari at Six

On the Record: Ari at Five

On the Record: Ari at Four

On the Record: Ari at Three

I've shamelessly pilfered the interview idea and the questions from my friend Lauren over at Sparkling Adventures. You can read the birthday interviews of her four darling daughters here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

On the Record: Riker at Eight

Several years ago I started a tradition of interviewing the kids on their birthdays. By asking the children the same questions every year, we'll be able to see how their personalities and interests change (or stay the same).

Riker has just turned EIGHT and this is his sixth birthday interview.



What are you going to be when you grow up?
I don't know. Oh, I know! I would be an airplane pilot.

What’s that going to be like?
I would be able to fly around a lot. And I could see what all the controls do. People could have a good time while they ride.

What are your favorite toys?
The drone. I really like the Nerf gun you got. And I really also like the Lego train, the blue train. It's really amazing.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza.

Who are your best friends?
My best friends are Simon, Marko, Weston, Arthur and Blake.

What makes you happy?
You.

What makes you sad?
You, sometimes.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
Um, I usually dream about a lot of different kinds of things. Like, for example, me, like, what I would do...if I had powers. I would do those things. That's what I dream about. And sometimes I even dream about what's going to happen in the next day.     

What do you like to do with Daddy?
I like to go on bike rides with him.

What do you like to do with Mama?
I like to watch movies with you and I like to cuddle with you. And I like to cuddle with Daddy.

What’s your favorite color?
Red. And green. And even blue!

What’s your favorite book?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

What does Daddy do during the day?
Mm, he plays with us. And he works with us sometimes. Like when we were doing the chisel and when we were whittling.

What does Mama do during the day?
She does work around the house.

What do you do during the day?
Play with my toys.

What do you want to learn or do before you turn nine?
I really want to get better at drawing and sketching.

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You can read Riker's interviews from previous years here:

On the Record: Rike at Seven

On the Record: Riker at Six

On the Record: Riker at Five

On the Record: Riker at Four

On the Record: Riker at Three

I've shamelessly pilfered the interview idea and the questions from my friend Lauren over at Sparkling Adventures, You can read the birthday interviews of her four darling daughters here.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On the Record: Ari at Six

Several years ago I started a tradition of interviewing the kids on their birthdays. By asking the children the same questions every year, we'll be able to see how their personalities and interests change (or stay the same).

Ari has just turned SIX and this is his fourth birthday interview.



What are you going to be when you grow up?
An inventor and a shopkeeper. Selling STUFF!

What’s that going to be like?
Piece of cake. Piece of cake means it's easy. Cuz I'll get lots and lots of money!

What are your favorite toys?
The drones cuz they have spy cameras and it goes really high.

What is your favorite food?
I do not have a favorite food.

Who are your best friends?
Mr. Riker and Mr. Edward and Mrs. Mama, Mr. Daddy...and everyone I know.

What makes you happy?
Your face, mama's face.

What makes you sad?
My brother hitting me.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
Mama giving me two hundred drones. Like I'm sitting in a pile of drones.

What do you like to do with Daddy?
Walk in the woods.

What do you like to do with Mama?
Hug, kiss, cuddle her because I love her so much.

What’s your favorite color?
Blue.

What does Daddy do during the day?
Sit on his laptop. For like an hour or so, two hours, probably more.

What does Mama do during the day?
Do everything for the whole entire family.

What do you do during the day?
Build Lego sets.

What do you want to learn or do before you turn seven?
Sums. Like in math, that kind.

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You can read Ari's interviews from previous years here:

On the Record: Ari at Five

On the Record: Ari at Four

On the Record: Ari at Three

I've shamelessly pilfered the interview idea and the questions from my friend Lauren over at Sparkling Adventures. You can read the birthday interviews of her four darling daughters here.