Saturday, August 12, 2017

Twelfth Birthday Interview With Mr J



Twelve years we've had with Mr J.  This boy continues to be very much himself, an individual personality in the midst of a family of firstborns.  It is a joy to watch him grow in character and understanding, and to see the realisation of facets of his personality that were evident early on but are only just now reaching maturity.

What is the adventure you would most like to have?  I’d like to go to a faraway place and explore through forests, over mountains, and in caves. It would be interesting to find new things and see different types of animals and landscapes.

What would you like to do when you grow up?  I’d like to be a musician and then travel around to visit famous places like the Great Wall of China and Niagara Falls.


What do you think that will be like? Music usually makes me feel calm and I’d like to be able to create music that makes me feel calm inside. I like the way I can create different sounds. Travelling will be fun because I can see places from history. 

What's your favourite meal? I like a good chicken curry, a bit spicy. My other favourites are vegetable chilli [Mr J knows how to make this!], and a proper cooked English breakfast.

What's your favourite cake or pudding? Homemade chocolate cream pie with banana slices on top.

What's your favourite book[s]? The Hobbit, the World Whisperer booksthe Tintin books - especially the Secret of the Unicorn- and the Eragon series.

Who do you enjoy hanging out with? My family, our dog Paddington, my cousins




What do you enjoy doing with me? I like to sew with you, and when you read aloud to me. I like to talk with you and smell your food cooking.


What do you enjoy doing with Dad? I like it when he reads to me, and we have sleepovers, joke around and be silly. It's fun to build Lego with him.

What do you enjoy doing with Coo? Play in the snow together. She likes it and always wants to stay longer but I get too cold. We play with the marble run and Playmobil together, indoors.



What do you enjoy doing with Lefty?  I like to discuss our football [soccer] card leagues, and joke around and be silly with him.


What do you enjoy doing with Righty? I like to hear him do his silly voices and tell stories with the funny characters he’s made up - Cranes, Pegarish, and Zipp. We use Garage Band and make up crazy sounds together.


What's your favourite thing to do on your own? Read, play the ukulele and make up my own tunes, play with our football card leagues.


What's your favourite family day out together? Going hiking or camping, visiting Spring Mill [state park].

What makes you happy? People laughing. Paddington pretending to be fierce. When I find out that something good has happened in the world, like a war ending.

What makes you sad?  Wars and people fighting. When people die. 

What do you enjoy learning about the most?  Maths, just because I enjoy equations and Venn diagrams; and history, as I like learning about places and people from the past. 

If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be?  When the English came to live in Massachusetts at Plimoth Plantation.

Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet? Footballers Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku, and the singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner.


If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be? I’d like to be able to fly and speak to animals.


You can read J's eleventh birthday interview here. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Eighth Birthday Interview With Coo


Eight years we've had so far with this young lady! She's as lovely as she looks, beautiful inside and out. She reminds me of a fairy princess, except that the pixie dust magic in her wake takes a more tangible form by surrounding us with the pretty things she's constantly creating. She is not a morning person and doesn't yet appreciate her brothers' jokes, though she's quite capable of holding her own in banter with them when she chooses to! This is a tiny peek into her world...

What is the adventure you would most like to have?  
I’d like to go back to Donaldson Cave at Spring Mill state park

What would you like to do when you grow up?  
Be a ballerina

What's that going to be like?  
Difficult and exciting

What's your favourite tea?  
Cheese quesadillas with refried beans and salad

What's your favourite cake or pudding?  
All of them!

What's your favourite book[s]?  
The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, the Laura and Mary books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Betsy and Tacy books, Five Children and It, Treasures of the Snow. I just like all books.


Who do you like spending time with?  
My family, Eisley and Everleigh, Adalyn and Chloe. I miss spending time with my friends in England.


What do you enjoy doing with me?  
Playing games like Go Fish, Chinese checkers (chequers), Wildcraft, and Bananagrams. Have cuddles. 

What do you enjoy doing with Daddy? 
I like it when he reads to me and tells me stories about Adventure Girl


What do you enjoy doing with Righty?  
I like to do mystery digs and tea parties with him.

What do you enjoy doing with Lefty?  
I like it when he helps me. He’s kind.

What do you enjoy doing with Mr J? 
I like to ride bikes with him.


What's your favourite thing to do on your own? 
Read while I suck my thumb.


What's your favourite family day out together?  
I like it when we drive to places to stay overnight, like when we went to St Louis or Cape Cod.

What makes you happy?  
Birthdays and cake.

What makes you sad?  
When people tease me.



What do you enjoy learning about the most?  
Science, all of it.

If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be?  
When Queen Elizabeth I was alive. I would wear my Tudor princess dress.

Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet?  
Darcey Bussell

If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be?  
I’d like to have wings and fly up to the very tops of the trees where the fairies live and have a cup of tea and biscuits with them.


You can read Coo’s seventh birthday interview here. Though our questions have changed a bit over the years, it was quite interesting to reread Mr J's eighth birthday interview!



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fourteenth Birthday Interview With Righty





Here's Righty, laughing in anticipation at the idea of the sparkler candles being lit on his third birthday cake. He's always been so good at living in and appreciating the moment, someone who truly understands how to enjoy today. We are so thankful for his lighthearted, happy, creative, busy presence in our family.

What is the adventure you would most like to have?  Probably Will Treaty’s journeys from the Rangers Apprentice books series. They’re exciting and feel so real that I can imagine myself in the stories.


What would you like to do when you grow up?  I actually don’t know.


What's that going to be like?  I’ve not really thought about it recently. Normally I think about that but I haven’t lately.


What's your favourite supper?  I like so many things. I really enjoy the chicken vegetable pie we had for our birthday meal. 


What's your favourite cake or pudding?  Chocolate cream pie, and lots of other things.


What's your favourite book[s]?  Rangers Apprentice series, The Outlaws of Sherwood, King Solomon’s Mines.


Who do you like hanging out with?  My family, the Costellos, the Crawfords, Layton, Seth, Anna and Nathan. I like playing games with Grammy and watching movies with Grandpa. I like playing Chinese checkers with Nanny and playing the Wii with Grandad.


What do you enjoy doing with me?  Calling you ‘Mevvy'. Playing games and learning history together.


What do you enjoy doing with Dad?  Playing chess, working with him on the house, listening to him read to us.


What do you enjoy doing with Coo?  Having tea parties together.


What do you enjoy doing with Lefty? Playing chess and football [soccer].


What do you enjoy doing with Mr J? Play fighting.



What's your favourite thing to do on your own? Read a book, listen to music, play with my football cards.  

(Righty also loves to draw when he's on his own. This is his own version of Paddington Bear, created for Coo's Paddington birthday party earlier this year.)


What's your favourite family day out together?  Going to English Heritage sites or National Trust houses in England. Here in America, I like it when we go hiking in state parks.



What makes you happy?  Food.


What makes you sad?  When Coo cries.


What do you enjoy learning about the most?  Interesting facts, football [soccer] statistics, facts about weather and geography.


If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be?  During the time of the Roman empire.


Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet?  The Brazilian football player Neymar Jr.


If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be?  I would be someone who could disappear and hide in the forest, so that my enemies couldn’t find me, like a wizard or a ranger.

You can read Righty's twelfth birthday interview here.  Somehow we missed his thirteenth birthday, which is a shame, but never mind! 




Fourteenth Birthday Interview With Lefty





Out of our three boys, Lefty --pictured above at left :)-- is the one who is most likely to be leading the pack in every outdoor adventure. His planning skills are beyond my own sometimes! Whether it's a woodland walk or an afternoon of football (soccer) training, he has a wonderful gift for leading with grace and a genuine care for others. I am so thankful to be his mother and grateful for his presence in our family.

What is the adventure you would most like to have?  I’d like to be in a Sherlock Holmes mystery adventure, like in The Hound of the Baskervilles story.


What would you like to do when you’re a grown-up? I’d like to be a detective or a football manager.


What's that going to be like?  Exciting.


What's your favourite supper?  Homemade chicken and vegetable pie with sweet potato mash and green salad.


What's your favourite cake or pudding?  Homemade chocolate cream pie.


What's your favourite book[s]?  The Cats of Seroster, King Solomon’s Mines, and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.


Who do you like hanging out with?  the Costellos, Joel, Layton, my family, people at the coffee house. I like hanging out with lots of people and being in a group, working like a team. Sometimes I enjoy just being by myself. 


What do you enjoy doing with me?  Talking with you and helping you with cooking or cleaning.


What do you enjoy doing with Dad?  Working with him at the house, having conversations with him about chess, football and other things.


What do you enjoy doing with Coo?  Whatever she wants to do.


What do you enjoy doing with Righty? Playing chess and football [soccer]. Arguing with him about everything.


What do you enjoy doing with Mr J?  Playing football [soccer] with him.


What's your favourite thing to do on your own? Playing with my football  [soccer] trading cards.


What's your favourite family day out together?  In England, I enjoyed it when we went to National Trust houses, looking at the old houses and having hot drinks in the tea room afterwards. Here, I like going camping together, and sticking it out in spite of the rain!


What makes you happy?  Food. Playing football.


What makes you sad?  When I have headaches. Sometimes when I miss England.


What do you enjoy learning about the most?  Right now I’m really enjoying our science studies and experiments.


If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be?  The 1930s and 1940s, pre and during World War II, because I’d like to have been a spy then.


Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet?  the Queen.


If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be?  I’d like to be a hobbit, eating hobbit food and doing general hobbit things like going to the Green Dragon Inn and being outdoors.



You can read Lefty's twelfth birthday interview here.  Somehow we missed out on doing his thirteenth birthday interview last year!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Eleventh Birthday Interview With Mr J



I'm so thankful for this boy.  He loves birthdays and every year, it's just that little bit more fun to spend the day celebrating him. 


His eleven years have been wild and crazy. Not every newborn boy has the privilege of putting up with older twin brothers, or keeping up with them as he grows. Mr J has made an excellent job of both, and he's survived!



What is the adventure you would most like to have?  I would love to go on the adventure from The Hobbit book, just like Bilbo. And I’d like to go into a forest to camp and survive in the wild.


What would you like to do when you grow up?  I’d like to be a farmer who grows vegetables and has chickens and goats.


What do you think that will be like?  It will be fun and peaceful.


What's your favourite meal?  Hobbit food (sausages, eggs, bread & jam, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, chicken, apple tart and seed cake). I also like fish and chips from the chip shop.


What's your favourite cake or pudding?  Chocolate banana cream pie, baked lemon cheesecake.


What's your favourite book[s]?  The Hobbit, the Rangers Apprentice series, Lord of the Rings, anything adventurous.


Who do you enjoy hanging out with?  My family.


What do you enjoy doing with me?  Learning to sew with you, playing games with you.


What do you enjoy doing with Dad? Playing card games and board games with him. I like going out to eat with him and going bowling and playing mini-golf. 


What do you enjoy doing with Coo?  Making miniature hobbit houses, playing Lord of the Rings, playing with Lego and Playmobil together. 



What do you enjoy doing with Lefty?  Going outdoors with him, shooting bows and arrows, playing with figures with him.


What do you enjoy doing with Righty? Building Lego together, going outdoors with him.


What's your favourite thing to do on your own? Play the ukulele and the guitar, play with figures and cardboard footballers, sew, write stories and draw.


What's your favourite family day out together?  Hiking and camping.


What makes you happy?  Music, seeing other people who are happy, creating something, being with my family, playing games, seeing Riaan smile. [our friends’ eight-month-old baby]


What makes you sad?  People dying, people getting hurt, people having miserable days, when I break things or call people names.


What do you enjoy learning about the most?  Maths, history, languages, zoology.


If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be?  When Jesus lived on earth.

Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet?  
Newton Faulkner [musician], Wayne Rooney [footballer], the Queen.

If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be?  I’d like to fly, or be a hobbit. I’d also like to be able to jump really high, above the trees.



Mr J was born at home and you can read his birth story if you like.

You can read Judah's tenth birthday interview here. Our birthday interviews were an idea from Lauren, who blogs at Sparkling Adventures. They're a great way of seeing the changes that take place as our kids grow older, as well as noting the things that remain the same!