Sunday, November 01, 2020

On the Record: Riker at Eleven

When the boys were three, I started a tradition of interviewing them 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 ELEVEN and this is his ninth birthday interview.




 


 



What are you going to be when you grow up?
I don't know. A video game designer. Or idea creator for video games because I can do that.

What’s that going to be like?
Making video games. It'll be fun. Because I can make them and then play them. 

What are your favorite toys?
Probably balls. That you throw in the air and play catch with us because, it's not like I play with toy cars going vroom vroom. 

What is your favorite food?
I like pizza and I like Doritos. And I like banana bread and I like muffins. I don't have a very favorite. 

Who are your best friends?
Gabby, Zay, Blake, Evan, Jake, Matthew, Maddie. 

What makes you happy?
Playing with my best friends. 

What makes you sad?
Nothing. Eating too much candy and getting sick. Maybe that's just regret. 

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
I often don't dream. Otherwise, déjà vu about the next day.

What do you like to do with Daddy?
We're gonna paint and I like painting.

What do you like to do with Mama?
Bake. Play board games with both of you.

What’s your favorite color?
Probably blue. Maybe a neon green.

What’s your favorite book?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Land of Stories. 

What does Daddy do during the day?
Sit on his computer. Go to work.

What does Mama do during the day?
That'll take 20 minutes to answer. So cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Making food, washing clothes. Working. Helping me and Ari. Let's just stop there.

What do you do during the day?
School work, video games. Playing with my friends. Violin. 

What do you want to learn or do before you turn twelve?
I don't know. I'm not sure yet.

Anything else you want to say about being eleven?
I like how it's the first year that one number is the other number. The next one will be 22, which we probably won't have a birthday interview for. But we might! 

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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.




Monday, September 28, 2020

On the Record: Ari 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). 

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






What are you going to be when you grow up?
I think I'll be a geologist or a person who studies plants.

What’s that going to be like?
I think it would be fun and you go and study plants or rocks and you go look outside and you go find a plant and you study it.

What are your favorite toys?
I like Legos.

What is your favorite food?
I really like your hamburgers, and croissants. 

Who are your best friends?
Edward and Oliver

What makes you happy?
I like reading a lot. 

What makes you sad?
When Riker's mean to me.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
I dream about different things every night. 

What do you like to do with Daddy?
I like to do woodworking projects with him and I like to sit and read with him. 

What do you like to do with Mama?
I like to sit on the couch and read books and I like to just go and hang out at nice places you take us to. 

What’s your favorite color?
I like green.

What’s your favorite book?
I'm really liking The Land of Stories. 

What does Daddy do during the day?
Dad goes to sell mead and does some work on his computer.

What does Mama do during the day?
Mom goes and works hard to get money and takes us to nice places. 

What do you do during the day? 
I do school work on school days and Zoom meetings, and I play with games on the weekends. 

What do you want to learn or do before you turn ten?
I really want to get better at math and cursive. 

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

On the Record: Ari at Eight

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.


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.