Birthday Interview: 11 years

Previous years can be found Here


Me: “Hey Gwen, how does it feel to be 11?”

Gwen: Not much different! 

Me: “Who’s your best friend?”

Gwen:  Clarissa  

Me: “What is your favorite thing to do?”

Gwen: I don't know.

Me: “What is your favorite color?”

Gwen:   I don't have one. 

Me: “How about your favorite food?”

Gwen:  Steak, pizza, and ramen; McDonald's, and junky stuff.  

Me: “What is your favorite thing to do with Dad and I?”

Gwen:   I like skiing and biking with Dad, and with you I like to go for walks, read, and watch movies. 

Me: “What is your favorite toy/game?”

Gwen:  Legos, Ninetendo Switch, and my bike. 

Me: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Gwen:  I might want to have a ranch or a farm, maybe take care of animals.   

Me: “What makes you happy?”

Gwen:  When you are happy. 

Me: “What is something that makes you sad?”

Gwen:  Amanda leaving to move to Arkansas. 

Me: “Do you have a favorite movie?”

Gwen:   No, I don't.  

Me: How about a favorite TV show?”

Gwen:  Just Add Magic, Last Kids on Earth, and Unlisted.

Me: “Do you have a favorite book?”

Gwen:  Too many to decide!

Me: What do you like to learn about?”

Gwen:   History. 

Me: “What were you excited about for your birthday?”

Gwen:   I can hardly remember my birthday! {Editors Note: Whoops! LOL One problem with forgetting for a month.}

Me: “Where’s your favorite place to go when we leave the house?”

Gwen:   It was Amanda's and Dad's work, now its just Dad's work. 

Me: “What is your teacher's name?”

Gwen: Miss Carlson (now Mrs Bocklemann)

Me: “Do you have a favorite treat?”

Gwen:   Ice cream, slushees, candy... I like them all!    

Me: “What’s your favorite animal?”

Gwen:   Daisy!  

Me: “Do you have a favorite song?”

Gwen:  No

Me: “What’s your favorite thing to wear?”

Gwen:   I don't have one.    

Me: “What are you looking forward to this year?”

Gwen:   Summer Vacation! And seeing everybody!  

Me: "Thank you for playing along!"


I'm Out of Practice


So I'll admit, I'm out of practice in remembering to come here lately. Sitting down to write post used to be a regular part of my routine, but, well routine has been ever changing lately. I started a new job a few weeks ago, and I'm still learning how to make it all work together. So far I've just given up on keeping my house clean 😄 BUT! It's Spring Break week for Gwen, so there's a little extra time. I plan to use that to finally do Gwen's birthday interview (whoops), play catch up here, and maybe even vacuum (maybe).

First off, Gwen went in for her 11 year check up and shots, and she is now 4'7"... aka only a little over a half a foot away from my height! My days are numbered. She's healthy and coming around to the idea of being 11, now that the shots involved are behind her.

Its been a pretty crazy few weeks. Amanda Panda (one of my bffs) and her family moved to Arkansas. It's so crazy saying goodbye to them and not knowing exactly when the next time is that we'll see them. Thankfully they are a drivable distance away, but our weekly framily dinners had become such an important touch-point for us in the quarantine, and its been such a joy to watch Penny grow. It is an adjustment... one we can do, and that will be amazing for their family, but its been sad too.

We also just passed through the 4th largest blizzard in Colorado history, which was intense for a day, but fine otherwise. It was over a foot in about a day, but the next day was in the 40s, and everything started melting!

I've had 2 doula babies born in the past 4 months, and have another due next month, and it has been wonderful and intense and beautiful beyond measure. I'm so excited to take a break for the summer, but hoping to fill up for the Autumn!

We've also been the house of dogs lately! We've found ourselves puppysitting for a two coworker's pups, and its been a fun - and exhausting! - treat.

Daisy is not 100% sure on it, but we've been giving her lots of reassuring snuggles and love.

I know there is more... so much more! Some of it I can't share yet, some is still in process, some I just can't think of, and I need to get some work done. But I got here, and that's a start. I'll try to do it more regularly.