Friday, January 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Riley!

I know this is a wee late, but better late than never. Happy Birthday Riley! Here are a few of his favorite things:

1. Soda pop, hands down his favorite thing ever. Maybe this is because we never let him have it.

2. The "blankie" Grammy made for him.

3. Playing outside.

4. Asking impossible-to answer-questions all day long. Here is an example of one of millions asked in any given day. We were driving somewhere and Riley saw a small dirt pile off the side of the road in front of a pasture.

Riley: What is that dirt doing over there?

Me: I'm not sure. Maybe someone put it there.

Riley: Who?

Me: I don't know. Maybe a farmer.

Riley: Why did the farmer put it there?

Me: I'm not really sure. Maybe a farmer put it there because he had lots of extra dirt.

Riley: Why did he have extra dirt?

Me: Maybe he didn't have room for any more on his farm.

Riley: Why?

Me: I don't know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And on and on.

5. Kallianne Borden, his little "crush."

6. Helping mom cook, clean, pay bills, etc.

7. The Henry and Mudge books.

8. Playing hide and seek with dad.

9. Peeling oranges (but then not eating them).

10. Jay Jay the Jet Plane movies.

11. Easter egg hunts. We've been hunting for months.

12. Dancing to music.

13. Marissa.

14. Swimming.

15. His soccer shirt. He wants to wear it every day.

16. Going to Target. Free cookie anyone?

17. Those jeeps that drive like a real car. Keep dreamin', kid.

18. Anything to do with tractors, dump trucks, or cement trucks, including talking about, playing with, thinking about, etc. He told me he is going to be a "tractor man" when he grows up.

Here is a list of his not-so-favorite things:

1. Getting in the tub.

2. Getting out of the tub.

3. Marissa.

4. Picking up toys.

5. Mac & cheese. Hard to believe, I know, but he has never been a huge fan.

6. Motorcycles. He only likes them from a distance.

7. Coloring. Booorrrrriiiiiiinnggggg.

8. Ants. The ones here in the south are vicious.

9. Time-outs.

10. Lotion or chapstick anywhere near his lips.


nathan said...

Happy Birthday Riley!
You are such a big boy, and we sure do miss you.

We hope to see you soon.

Thomas and Abby McLain

Dan, Kristi, and Clara Askew said...

Happy belated b-day Riley! Lots of love to your mom on this day of remembrance!! Love the slide show. So fun!!

Mary Ann Carlile said...

That was sure fun! Thanks for the post! What cute kiddos you have.

Janie and Andrew said...

Hilarious post! He has really grown up. What a good little boy. No wonder he wants to grow up to be a "tractor man." :) Loved the slide show! But laughed especially hard at the dirt conversation... Can't wait to see that little guy of yours!!

Melissa said...

He is such a sweet little boy! I love the pics of the ranch with Ryan and also of the tramp! I miss you guys!

*b said...

happy birthday Riley. wish we lived closer so we could take Riley and Marissa for you when the new baby gets here. maybe some day...


Lindsey said...

Riley is such a big boy. He looks so grown up. I loved how Marissa made his favorite and not-so-favorite lists!

We miss you guys!

Anonymous said...

Loved all the pics! he is such a cutie! Love the lists. Cracks me up about Marissa being on the good and bad...sounds like a sibling! :) Happy B-day Riley! I can't believe he is that old now! I remember when he and Heath were still nursing babies! Time sure flies...while you're having fun or not! :)

Lisha said...

Gotta love that question stage... and what a relief it is when it is over! :)

Lorie said...

Happy Birthday Riley!!! Loved the whole post...the dirt convo, the favorites and not so favorites, and definitely the slide show. He's such a cute kid! By the way, your backyard is huge. I'm totally jealous!