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?

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.


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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

West Virginia (part three)

And a few more photos from our annual extended family vacation...

Hippies Use Side Door - exploring Thomas, WV

Ice cream at the Purple Fiddle

Lots of attention everywhere I go!


Us too!

Riker loves to practice his photography skills with my camera whenever he gets the chance.

Our clan was bequeathed an enormous selection of beads and beading accouterments by our beloved Joan Fraser. While we miss her company in the flesh, we adore the many hours we spend making gorgeous creations together in her honor. Above is the work of Liz, Heather and I over several days. 

Sisters and sister necklaces. Once again this year, we selected matching pendants and then each crafted our own beaded necklace.

Ari loved beading with us! At one point he had beads on every limb!

Seneca Caverns

Seneca Caverns

After our tour through the caves, the boys went gemstone mining.

The experience was pretty artificial as you buy a bucket of sand stocked with gems but there were some really beautiful treasures in there and the kids seemed to really enjoy it!


Oh the faces! 

Seneca Rocks


Riker took this photo of a common vacation sight - Grandpa baking bread.

Ari flashes a smile for his brother.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

West Virgina (part two)

Family photos from our week in West Virginia.

The extended clan.
Back row: Penny, Gavin, Liz, Edward, Keith, Sophia, Ross, Aaron, Jan, Brian, Riker, Carl, Jenn, Leah, Karen, Lynn, Lily, Dave
Front row: Teagan, Cael, Heather, Bill, Porter, Barbara, Ari

The grandkids

Keith and Liz and family

Heather and Aaron and family

Brian and Jenn and family

Jan and Carl and kids

Keith and Liz's crew

The "outlaws" who married into this crazy bunch.

Lynn, Lily, Dave

Dave and Lynn

Bill and Barbara

Penny and Liz

Santa Carl

Carl and Jan

Ross and Gavin

Keith and Liz

Brian and Jenn

Three generations - Jan, Heather, Teagan

Jan's girls


West Virginia (part one)

The McMillin clan just returned from a week in the mountains of West Virginia.

Riker and Porter

Riker and Brian in Blackwater Falls State Park

Blackwater Falls in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, WV

Ross, Keith, Liz

Sophia, Keith, Gavin, Ross, Edward, Liz

Keith and Liz

Lily and Dave

Cael, Heather, Teagan, Aaron

Riker, Gavin, Ari, Edward


Gavin and Sophia

Cousins! Ari, Riker, Gavin, Sophia, Cael, Edward, Teagan

Brian and I (photo by Riker)


Unidentified butterfly

Stunning sunsets!

A few minutes later - still stunning!