Friday, August 12, 2016

Eleventh Birthday Interview With Mr J

I'm so thankful for this boy.  He loves birthdays and every year, it's just that little bit more fun to spend the day celebrating him. 

His eleven years have been wild and crazy. Not every newborn boy has the privilege of putting up with older twin brothers, or keeping up with them as he grows. Mr J has made an excellent job of both, and he's survived!

What is the adventure you would most like to have?  I would love to go on the adventure from The Hobbit book, just like Bilbo. And I’d like to go into a forest to camp and survive in the wild.

What would you like to do when you grow up?  I’d like to be a farmer who grows vegetables and has chickens and goats.

What do you think that will be like?  It will be fun and peaceful.

What's your favourite meal?  Hobbit food (sausages, eggs, bread & jam, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, chicken, apple tart and seed cake). I also like fish and chips from the chip shop.

What's your favourite cake or pudding?  Chocolate banana cream pie, baked lemon cheesecake.

What's your favourite book[s]?  The Hobbit, the Rangers Apprentice series, Lord of the Rings, anything adventurous.

Who do you enjoy hanging out with?  My family.

What do you enjoy doing with me?  Learning to sew with you, playing games with you.

What do you enjoy doing with Dad? Playing card games and board games with him. I like going out to eat with him and going bowling and playing mini-golf. 

What do you enjoy doing with Coo?  Making miniature hobbit houses, playing Lord of the Rings, playing with Lego and Playmobil together. 

What do you enjoy doing with Lefty?  Going outdoors with him, shooting bows and arrows, playing with figures with him.

What do you enjoy doing with Righty? Building Lego together, going outdoors with him.

What's your favourite thing to do on your own? Play the ukulele and the guitar, play with figures and cardboard footballers, sew, write stories and draw.

What's your favourite family day out together?  Hiking and camping.

What makes you happy?  Music, seeing other people who are happy, creating something, being with my family, playing games, seeing Riaan smile. [our friends’ eight-month-old baby]

What makes you sad?  People dying, people getting hurt, people having miserable days, when I break things or call people names.

What do you enjoy learning about the most?  Maths, history, languages, zoology.

If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be?  When Jesus lived on earth.

Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet?  
Newton Faulkner [musician], Wayne Rooney [footballer], the Queen.

If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be?  I’d like to fly, or be a hobbit. I’d also like to be able to jump really high, above the trees.

Mr J was born at home and you can read his birth story if you like.

You can read Judah's tenth birthday interview here. Our birthday interviews were an idea from Lauren, who blogs at Sparkling Adventures. They're a great way of seeing the changes that take place as our kids grow older, as well as noting the things that remain the same!


  1. Happy Birthday! :)
    I love these photos of him since he was a baby! I especially love the one of him with goats. :) He is such a kind person.

    1. He told us that those goats were talking to him. ;)

  2. Erin, I so admire you. These interviews with your children are so wonderful and demonstrate what an amazing family you and your husband have created. Parenting done right!

    1. Thank you, Melissa! We aren't perfect parents but we do have fun with them. :)


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