Birthday Kids!

Ordinarily, we like to take some photos of the kids right around their birthdays. But since we had a big family reunion in Wisconsin in August, during which there would be a whole mess of photos, we decided that was a great time to do birthday portraits, too!

It’s become a fun little tradition to do a birthday interview with each kid, to find out what their world looks like at this particular moment. This is the third year we’ve done these (here’s Will at eight and seven, and Lucy at six and five), and the answers just keep getting better.

William Straub – 9th Birthday Interview

What is the meaning of life?

The meaning of life is to build experiences and have a fun time cause if you weren’t a thing you wouldn’t get to live life and get to be happy.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Probably gonna work in the armed forces for America and be in the Air Force.

What brings you the most happiness?

Hanging out with people I love and going on adventures and snuggling with my cute puppies.

When do you feel the most loved?

When I’m being hugged by a loved one or when I feel a burst of joy because someone does something that they knew I really wanted.

What are you afraid of?

I really actually can’t think of anything.

If you had one wish, what would you wish for?

A happy, joyful life. Where I get to hang out with my family.

What is the funniest word?

Halleluiah

What is the hardest thing to do?

Live through a loved one passing away, like Jackson, that was really hard.

What is the easiest thing to do?

Something I really like or love to do.

What is the best thing in the world?

Living a happy, joyful life and getting to have good life and knowing that you were lucky to have such a fortunate life.

What is the worst thing in the world?

Going through things that you always wanted to try to avoid but you couldn’t avoid them any longer.

What makes you mad?

Having to do something that I really really really don’t want to do, and having to do a lot of it.

What is the meaning of love?

Feeling safe around somebody and knowing that they will do whatever it takes to keep you happy and make it so that you feel good and have a happy life.

If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?

I would buy my way out of everybody polluting the world, and then I would probably spend some more on Obamacare and make a hospital that makes it so that anybody can go there and they don’t have to pay barely anything so people can go to hospitals even if they only have a couple dimes. And give money to the people that are poor.

Lucy Straub – 7th birthday interview

What is the meaning of life?

To live.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A doctor. No no no. And a gymnastics champion in the Olympics.

What brings you the most happiness?

Getting presents and to know that people love me.

When do you feel the most loved?

Um, when someone’s protecting me or hugging and kissing me.

What are you afraid of?

King cobra. And some other deadly snakes. And some deadly animals that live in the forest. And sharks.

If you had one wish, what would you wish for?

A phone that would give me whatever I wanted, like it would come out of the phone instantly and it could make me invisible.

What is the funniest word?

Googleflangpoodle (giggle)

What is the hardest thing to do?

Sometimes Trackers is pretty hard for me.

What is the easiest thing to do?

Walk and skip and hop and things.

What is the best thing in the world?

Friends and money and dogs.

What is the worst thing in the world?

Sometimes the worst thing in the world is parents. Cause they don’t let you do some things that you want to do.

What makes you mad?

When my brother is teasing me all the time and pretending that he’s going to chop my neck off.

What is the meaning of love?

To me love means to have somebody else that can protect you that is the same size as you.

If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?

First I would make sure my children were healthy and not sick and then I would buy some food to make sure we didn’t starve, I would get a few dogs. And then I would get some toys and things that my children and I and my husband would want. That’s all.

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