Monday, December 21, 2015

Trey Cooper

Today is Trey's 6th birthday!
Trey is an important part of this large family.
And an even more important part of this smaller family.
He was born in Louisville Kentucky and was the third of Mike & Sarah's three children.
A little while ago I conducted a phone interview with him and here's how it went.
Happy Birthday, Trey!  Thanks!
Are you having a good day?  Yes!
What have you done so far?  Well, I got to play with electronics two times.
Are you going to do anything special later.  Yes.  Where are you going?  Mom, where are we going? We're going to Tony Boomba's for pizza.
Did you already have a birthday party?  Yes
Where was it?  KaZoing Bounce House.
Was it fun?  Yes!  What did you do there?  I bounced on bouncies.  I waited for my friends. And I had fun.  And I also had cupcakes and popcorn and pretzels.
Did you get some good presents?  Yes  What were they?  Well, I got a Starwars Lego set and I got a bow and arrow - a toy one - and also a Spider Man guy and another Iron Man.
Are you excited for Christmas now?  Yes!  Only 4 more days.  Have you been a good boy this year? Yes.  I know you have.
What do you want for Christmas?  Well.  A transformer, a Ninja Turtle Sword. a remote control helicopter and a bubble ball.  Like it bounces and floats like a bubble.  Well it bounces like a ball and glides like a bubble.
Are you excited to go to Gulf Shores again right after Christmas?  Yes
What did you like best about it last year?  Well.  We're gonna see our cousins.  And play on the beach?  Yeah!   Well.... go in the water at the beach.
What else can you tell us about yourself that we haven't talked about in this interview?  Hmmm.   Well.  I'm turning 6.  Also, I'm hoping I'll get a phone so I'll have an App to tell me what time it is and also there's something that holds your phone.  Well, also what I got for my birthday was a little thing that you throw on it and see who gets the high score.  It's called a dart board and the magnets are really strong and I can seiously throw all of them at once and some of them might make it and some might bounce and go away.  But it if hits the color part then it would stick.  Is it in your room?  Yes, but it's not hanging up yet.
How do like having your own room.  Not very good but since it's winter break for two weeks I'm getting to sleep in my brother's room on his bed instead of laying on the floor.  Well I do like having my own room a little.  It's really different than sleeping with my brother, Ethan.

Do you like riding the bus to school? Yes and the first day I rode my bus I made two new friends. Wow that's great!  You like living in your new neighborhood then? Yes
And that pretty much concluded our interview but I would like to add that Trey is a very special, very loving boy.  He draws great pictures for his grandparents and makes awesome cards for his Grandma where he sounds out the spelling.  Needless to say he's creative and smart.
 I can hardly believe how well he reads for a kindergartner and he's a great athlete as well - already playing soccer and basketball.
Trey is fun-loving and sweet - a perfect combination - and we're wishing him a very happy birthday!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Harry Robert

Yesterday was Harry's birthday.
Harry is a very important member of this large family.
And an even more important member of this smaller family.
And an even MORE important part of this really small family.
A little while ago, I interviewed him for his birthday post.  Here's how it went:
I'm sorry we didn't get to your interview yesterday, Harry, but did you have a good day?  Yes, I had a very good day.
What did you do?  We went out to breakfast with friends and later we went to Blue Chip and enjoyed their buffet before we did a little gambling.
So you retired 3 years ago.  Are you still enjoying it?  Yes I enjoy every day of retirement.
What's the best part?  Not knowing what day of the week it is.
What were the highlights of the past year?  Not being in the cold for seven weeks in February and March.
What are you looking forward to in the year ahead?  Not being in the cold for twelve weeks in January, February, and March.
We're about to begin out trek to Alabama to spend the holidays with 38 members of our family.  Are you looking forward to it?  Yeah, it's so much fun and it's great getting everybody together where the weather is warm.
What do you like best about it?  The weather and having everybody in the same house for a week.  It doesn't get any better than that.
And least?  I guess the only drawback is that everybody has to drive so far.
And last year, as you mentioned, we spent 7 weeks during the winter in Florida?  How do you feel about going for three months this year?  We do lots of fun things and have plans to do even more this year so it's great all the way around.
How do you feel about having both your sons in the military?  There's not a day that goes by that they don't make me proud.
And how about having your kids spread all over the United States?  It's good and bad.  Bad that we don't get to see them very much but good that it gives us lots of places to vacation and when we do see them, we spend a lot of time together.
What can you tell us about yourself that we haven't covered yet?  Even though I'm not very good at it, I really enjoy playing golf.

And I enjoy traveling.  And doing all the driving?  Yeah I guess I enjoy doing the driving.  I'd rather drive than not drive.
I'm a die-hard Cub fan and I'm really looking forward to next season.
I saw the Beatles in concert and had a 5th row, almost-center seat.  And I'm a Beatles fan to this very day.
And, I enjoy fishing although we don't get to do it much.

And that pretty well concluded our interview but as usual, there's more to add and it's important. Harry is a kind and loving grandfather and great-grandfather.
He constantly does considerate and thoughtful things without ever expecting anything in return.   He truly is one of the best people you could ever meet.  He also has a great sense of humor and a very quick wit.
And he's a loving father and husband whose patience and understanding are amazing.  He quietly does everything for everybody and never, ever complains.  He's one in a million and we're blessed to have him in our lives.   So, Harry, I love you and I'm wishing you the best year of your life but one only half as great as the many more to come.  You truly deserve it.