Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ryan Matthew

Today is Ryan's 23rd birthday.
Ryan is our oldest grandson and our second grandchild.
He's an important part of this large family.
And a very important part of this smaller family.
A little while ago I conducted his birthday interview with him via telephone since he lives far away in Nebraska.  Here's how it went.
Happy Birthday, Ryan!  Thanks!
Are you having a good day?  Yep, a nice relaxing day.  It's a little cloudy here but nice which puts me in a really good mood especially with all these good birthday wishes coming in.
Do you have anything special planned?  Uh yeah, Alex and I are going to go see the new James Bond movie tonight.  There's a theater right by us that does dinner with the movie .  You just go a little early and order your food and eat dinner while you watch the movie.  
Are you currently going to school?  Yep I'm doing my gen ed at Metro right now.
What is your field of study?  I'm doing criminal justice and political science.
I hope that's not as boring as it sounds.  It's really hard.  It's not as objective as say high school but it does keep me open minded.
I know you umpired during the summer.  Is that over for now?  Yep, I did a few Fall games but that's about it.  In the summer I'm always umpiring which I really love.  And next year I'm supposed to start doing some high school and varsity so that will be cool.
What do you like best about umpiring?  It's got to be just watching the kids have a good time.  I can relate because I know how much fun baseball was for me when I was younger.  
What didn't you like so much?  The parents that think they know everything and the parents hollering out from the crowd, along with over zealous coaches.  Sometimes you just have to let the kids play ball.  I get a lot of flak just because I'm younger and the older coaches try to take advantage of that but I've finally learned that you have to put your foot down and be assertive.  You have to let them know that you're the man in charge.
Are you working now?  I'm working as often as I can doing deliveries for Jimmy John's. 
I hope you don't drive like some of the Jimmy John's delivery guys around here!  Oh believe me I don't drive recklessly.  If you're late making a delivery because you got a ticket, you're fired!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?  Five years from now?  Hopefully working a job in the criminal justice field and saving my money for law school.
Are you looking forward to the holidays in Gulf Shores?  Oh yes absolutely!  I can't wait!  It's always when November hits that everybody starts thinking about it and getting eager.
What do you like best about that?  Being around everybody.  Of course, it helps that's it's nice outside and everybody's always in a good mood.
And are you single now or in a relationship?  In a relationship.  Her name is Alex Brown.
How did you meet?  We met through a friend from school.  I was visiting him and she was there. Once he introduced us, we hit it off right away and talked for hours.  That was about 7 or 8 months ago and we officially became exclusive around June.
Is there anything else you could share about yourself that we didn't cover.  I don't know I'm not that interesting.
I'm really looking forward to seeing everybody over Christmas break.  Well, you're definitely a family guy.  Yeah, I miss all my cousins.  And I think everybody will love Alex.  She's excited too.  We're both saving up for it which is another reason I'm working at JJ's - to save money for Christmas.
Anything else?  Well I really am excited for the future.  I'm looking forward to being done with school and getting on with my life.  
What's your favorite color?  Blue.  Is that Cubbie blue?  What did you think of their season? It was a lot of fun. Is Alex a Cub fan?  She is now.   She bought a Cubs hat while we were in Chicago just before the season ended.  Oh that's right!  You went to a Pirates game!  Yes, we had biked 8 miles from downtown to Wrigleyville because I wanted to go to a bar around the ballpark and hang out during the game but the scalpers had tickets for $40 and we couldn't pass them up!  We had a great time!
And of course, there's lots more to add about Ryan.  He's smart, sincere, kind, and helpful.  He loves to have a good time and he really is family-oriented.   He's sensitive, understanding, athletic, and just plain awesome.  We could not ask for a finer grandson.  So Happy Birthday, Ryan!  I hope it's your best one ever but not half as great as the many, many more to come.!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Aubrey Lynn

Wednesday was Aubrey's 4th birthday!
She is our 3rd great grandchild and our very first great granddaughter!
Aubrey is an important part of this large family.
 and an important part of this smaller, large family.
 and an even more important part of this even smaller, but still large, family.
So yesterday I conducted a little phone interview with Aubrey.  Here's how it went:
Hi Aubrey!  Hi Grandma!
Did you have a happy birthday?  Yes
How old are you now?  4 
Wow that's getting big isn't it?  Yeah
Did you do anything special for your birthday?  Yes
What did you do.  We went to Chuck E. Cheese's
Was that fun?  Yes  What did you like best about it?  I was sitting in a car and Chuck E. Cheese was sitting next to me.
Did everybody sing happy birthday to you?  Yeah
Did you get a present?  We're going to Toys R Us to pick out a present tonight.
Do you know what kind of present you're going to pick out?  Mommy and Daddy are going to get me some Barbies.
Do you like having 3 brothers?  Yes
What's best about it?  At bedtime Daddy always reads Jack and Dane's library books to us.
How do you like having a little sister?  Ummm.  A lot.
Are you a good helper for Mommy?  Yeah
What do you do?  Ummm, I help her take care of Emma.
What's your favorite color?  Pink..... and Purple.
What's your favorite animal?  Polar Bear
Why do you like it best?  Because I have a stuffed animal polar bear.
What's your favorite game to play?  I like playing catch with Wade.
Do you feel older and bigger now that you're four?  Yes I do feel bigger but I don't feel older.
Is there anything else you can tell us that we haven't talked about?  Yes....ummmmmm...I can sing. 
 What else?  I like Flokie!  (Flokie is the family dog.)
And I like to have Mommy fix my hair.

And that pretty well concluded our interview.  But, as usual, there are lots more things I'd love to say about Aubrey.  She's one of the sweetest, kindest, most loving little girls you could ever know.  She's helpful to her Daddy.
She helps her grandma by feeding the fish.
She's protective and loving to her little sister.  And really does help Mommy take care of her.
She does love to play with Wade.
And she's smart, generous, and just a little bit shy.
So we know she had a great birthday and we're looking forward to our own celebration with her very soon.   And of course we're wishing our beautiful great granddaughter a year filled with growth, happiness, and love!
Happy Birthday, Aubrey.....just a little late.
(And as usual the most beautiful pictures were either staged or taken by Beth Fletcher Photography)