Righty chose a raw chocolate cheesecake for his birthday cake this year. He often prefers healthy options if they are available and tends to stay away from dairy products, recognising that he doesn't feel as great when he has them. However, out of all the kids, he is probably the most adventurous with food, and never hesitates to try something new!
What is the adventure you would most like to have?
A mystery-solving adventure like the Hardy Boys.
What would you like to do when you grow up?
What's that going to be like?
Fun and amazing.
What's your favourite supper?
Bread, houmous, salad, chicken, and cheese.
What's your favourite cake or pudding?
I have so many, but I guess chocolate cream pie.
What's your favourite book[s]?
Who do you like hanging out with?
Lots of people.
What do you enjoy doing with me?
Playing games, like Kings in the Corner.
What do you enjoy doing with Dad?
Spy games, like when we go to the Arboretum [park] and play spies.
What do you enjoy doing with Coo?
Chasing her, or her chasing me.
What do you enjoy doing with Lefty?
Playing Richard Hannay.
What do you enjoy doing with Mr J?
Pretending to be the potion-making druids from Asterix and Obelix books.
What's your favourite thing to do on your own?
What's your favourite family day out together?
Going to Scotland together.
What makes you happy?
What makes you sad?
Having to wait for tea-time.
What do you enjoy learning about the most?
Inspecting insects and bugs and learning more about them.
If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be?
The present. It's just perfect.
Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet?
I wish I could have met Tim Samaras, the storm chaser who died in Oklahoma this year.
If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be?
Be able to be an alien who lives in space. I could fly in a flying saucer and everyone would be like, "What's that?" It would be funny.
Righty's last birthday interview can be found 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.
I was a tired young mama when the photo below, with tiny Righty, was taken. Weeks of interrupted nights --never sleeping more than an hour and a bit at a time before waking up to breastfeed again-- had taken their toll. My life was a cycle of crying babies, endless walks with them in slings and pushchairs, learning to wash dishes with one hand, and kicking dust under the sofa in lieu of house cleaning. Upon reflection, I would not change this one bit. It is all part of who I am; it was boot camp, more or less, for being this mother: the one who has eleven-year-old twin boys with an unquenchable thirst for information, an eight-year-old who never stops, and a four-year-old with never-ending ideas of what to do next.