Wednesday, January 28, 2015

an interview with hayden.

I LOVE interviewing Hayden. This is the 10th interview we have done. It's neat to see how his answers have changed over the years. In addition, as he's grown I've added additional questions that are more relevant and age-appropriate. Definitely cool stuff!

How old are you? 8

What is your favorite color? blue 

What is your favorite thing to watch on tv? sports

What’s your favorite thing to eat? candy.

What is your favorite candy? tootsie rolls. just the white ones.

What is your favorite thing to do? sports.

What is your favorite toy? Legos, because I can build stuff with them and I like building things.

What is your favorite thing about school? recess

What is your favorite subject in school? Does phys ed count? (I said no). Then Math.

What is your favorite book? Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What do you want to be when you grow up? professional football player 

What is your favorite sport? Football

Who is your favorite friend? Jack Johnson.

What is your favorite animal? A panda. I love Pandas. They are so good.

What is your favorite number? 99

How are you feeling? good.

Who is your favorite person? My sister. She is cute and cuddly.

What do you think about your sister? She is very dramatic.

Is there anything else you want to tell me? No.

Was this fun? Yes.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

hayden's birthday celebrations.

Hayden's 8th birthday was this past Friday. 

My mom (his Lili) was out of town for his birthday so the Monday before his birthday, we celebrated his birthday with my parents. We opened presents at their home and then went to dinner at Shoguns.

On Friday morning, Hayden woke up and opened his presents from us and then we sang 'Happy Birthday' to him and he had a "birthday donut" for breakfast.

We also joined Hayden for lunch at his school. Which was quite a joyous, silly occasion.

On Friday evening we went to Fast Lanes. The "we" being our family of four as well as my dad, Randy's mom and aunt, my nephew, Kennedy, and my sister's FIL, Steve.

Saturday was Hayden's birthday party which was at Fun City. 

As we left his party, Hayden "reflected" on his birthday party saying that it was so much fun and was one of the best day s of his life.

On Sunday, we wrapped up Hayden's birthday celebrations at Randy's mom and aunt's home. Complete with a "Taco Party" and cupcakes. Definitely a winning combination!

Friday, January 23, 2015

5 words to describe hayden - take 8.

Today is Hayden's 8th birthday. For the past 6 years Randy and I have played a little "game" in which we have each come up with 5 words to describe him. 

I thought it appropriate to do our 8th "take" of this game today - on his 8th birthday. 

Adding to the fun, beginning last year we started to include Hayden in on our game - asking him what 5 words he would use to describe himself.

The first time we did this on June 5th of 2009 our responses were:
My 5 Words: Happy, Energetic, Loving, Smart, Loud
Randy’s 5 Words: Funny, Spirited, Energetic, Adventurous, Sweet

The second time we did this on December 7th, 2009 our responses were:
My 5 Words: Smart, Energetic, Entertaining, Loving, Charming
Randy’s 5 Words: Amusing, Spastic, Cute, Candid, Charismatic

The third time we did this on June 22nd, 2010 our responses were:
My 5 Words: Charming, Energetic, Kind, Smart, Sensitive
Randy’s 5 Words: Excitable, Funny, Spastic, Inquisitive, Sensitive

The fourth time we did this on January 10th, 2011 our responses were:
My 5 Words: Amusing, Sweet, Charismatic, Smart, Lively
Randy's 5 Words: Energetic, Funny, Imaginative, Quick, Adventurous

The fifth time we did this on January 3rd, 2012 our responses were:
My 5 Words: Energetic, Sweet, Dramatic, Hesitant, Particular
Randy's 5 Words: Energetic, Imaginative, Loving, Neat (as in "cool" - he is neat kid), Funny

The sixth time we did this on March 13th, 2013 our responses were:
My 5 Words: Fun, Lively, Cheerful, Kind, Loving
Randy's 5 Words: Funny, Excitable, Energetic, Moody, Loud, and as a "bonus word" Randy added 'handsie' - which is not really a word. Randy noted that Hayden has a difficult time keeping his hands off of things and to himself - basically Hayden has a tough time with boundaries and personal space.

The seventh time we did this on January 23rd, 2014 our responses were:
My 5 Words: Fun, Loud, Sweet, Sensitive, Energetic
Randy's 5 Words: Entertaining, Loud, Sensitive, Imaginative, Energetic
Hayden's 5 Words: Funny, Creative, Smart, Friendly, Happy

Here are our responses now:
My 5 Words: Amusing, Active, Sensitive, Competitive, Friendly 
Randy's 5 Words: Inquisitive, Fearless, Sensitive, Goofy, Imaginative
Hayden's 5 Words: Happy, Funny, Artistic, Imaginative, Athletic

I know that these words capture Hayden and I'm glad that he participated - he knows himself and did a great job of describing himself. 

My little man has stayed quite true to himself over the past 8 years and I imagine the trend will continue - something that I am glad to see as I am very happy with the person he is.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Eve 2014.

Last night, Randy and I rocked in the New Year at home with the kids. This has been our "tradition" since Hayden was born (so for 8 years). This year marked the 3rd year in which Hayden stayed up and the first year that I have stayed up in at least 8 or 9 years... For the past few years, it's just been Randy, Hayden, and Alfie.

This year, we all attempted to stay up until midnight. We were not all successful. Harper was discovered sacked out in her tent around 11:15pm (which is REALLY late for her), and when we tried to get her up a few minutes before midnight for the grand countdown celebration she opted not to wake up and just to stay sleeping.

The rest of the crew held out and stayed up to ring in 2015 and we had a great time doing it! Definitely not ornate or fancy, but as Harper likes to say, it was "perfectly perfect." Cheers to 2015!