Sunday, June 22, 2008

Big Brother Riley Turns 8!

Riley and Kaiya with cousins Cora and Alec on his birthday.

This week Riley turned 8!! I can’t believe I have a child that old! I remember when I turned 8, and at the time, my mom seemed a lot older than how I feel now. Riley is an awesome kid. He is very sensitive and thoughtful of others. Every once in a while he sneaks in my room to make my bed or leave me a nice note. He loves to read, play LEGOs, and ride his bike. He just started piano lessons last week and he is on the swim team and loves it. He is very gentle and a great helper with the babies.

Riley and the new bike he got for his birthday.

Fun Facts about Riley:

Favorite Colors: Blue and Green
Favorite Food: Pizza
Least Favorite Food: Tomatoes
Favorite Treat: Ice Cream
Grade in School (2008-2009 school year): 3rd Grade
Favorite Subjects: Reading and Art
Least Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite Thing To Do: Play with friends
Favorite Restaurants: Rudy’s BBQ and Taco Bell
What he wants to be when he grows up: Moviemaker

Favorite Riley Quotes:

Riley (at the start of every meal): “What do I have to eat to get dessert?”

Riley: “Mom, what does it mean to be famous?”
Mom: “It means a lot of people know who you are.”
Riley: “Oh, I get it, so we are famous, but not rich.”

The Scene: We walk into Jamba Juice where two older ladies are sitting at a table, drinking their smoothies. Riley suddenly starts sobbing.
Mom: “Riley, what’s wrong??!?”
Riley: “I just don’t want you to get wrinkles!” (sniff, sniff)

Riley (almost seven) in the Bluebonnets--the Texas State Flower

Riley (6 years old) playing T-ball

Riley (5 years old) on his first day of Kindergarten

Riley (4 years old)

Riley (3 years old) has always loved to dress up--in anything!

Riley--2 1/2 years old

Riley--1 year old

Riley--9 months old

Riley--5 months old

Riley saving the universe--4 months old

Riley (2 weeks old) on his blessing day.

Cast your vote for which baby looks the most like Riley in the poll to the right===>



Career.Nanny said...

Happy Birthday Big Guy!!!

Hope this year is your best yet!!!

Spence Ohana said...

Aaahhh what a great birthday tribute post! Loved all the photos down memory lane. And his quotes were the best! :-)

Julianne said...

Happy Birthday Riley!!! What a great age. Such a fun post with all the pictures!

Buggles said...

Happy Birthday, Riley!!

Up until his 2.5 year picture he looks like Rustin but in the 2.5 picture he is the spitting image of Ryder!!

Jennifer said...

I was torn between Rustin and Ryder too. His face was wider like Rustin's when he was a baby, but his eyes are shaped like Ryders.
I hope Riley had a great birthday!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday Riley! We wish we lived closer, so we could see you more often. We love you!

Anonymous said...

happy belated Birthday Riley! I loved this post. Its great to get an update on the oldr choildren to. I think that the baby that resembles Riley the most would have to be ryder.

Cynthia said...

Math is his LEAST favorite subject?!? How does the spawn of a statistician and an engineer get away with not liking math?!

Sorry for the outburst, you can tell what gets me going. Hi Rachelle it's Cynthia (Stratford) Rasmussen, your old BYU classmate--I married Erik, you may remember him from the Stat program as well. I discovered your site recently and have been lurking. I think I would cry if one of my kids hated math... and I'm only semi-kidding. :)

Congrats on your houseful of children, by the way! You are amazing--raising 5 babies plus two others, all with a smile on your face. Thanks for sharing your adventures on your site, it's great fun to keep up with your beautiful family. Take care!

Urban Mom said...

Sounds like an amazing kid!!! He must have learned it from his parents, right?


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! Tell Riley I do not like math as well. I loved all the photos!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Riley!

K said...

Happy Birthday, Big Brother Riley. I love watching you on the family videos.

You have reached a very special milestone in your life by turning 8. You can now be baptized. I hope you choose to be baptized and confirmed and are looking forward to it as I look forward to reading all about it.

Jeanie Anderson said...

I bet if you would have told Riley a few years ago that by the time he was 8 years old, he would be the oldest of 7 kids, he would have never believed it. I bet he is such a good helper with all those babies, but he probably feels like going to school is much needed "time-off" for a busy brother. By the way, you don't know me, but I am a friend of the Reeds who told me about you blog. Have fun with those little sweeties!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm 14 years old, and I have fallen in love with your family. They are so cute and adorable! I am now starting to want multiples even with the chaos it brings, and you inspire me by the faith you bring to God and with your family!

Kelly said...

I love the Super Riley picture!

Doug & Stacy Fournier said...

Happy birthday Riley! I felt the same way when my daughter turned 9 last November! I was thinking, i'm not even 30, how can I have a 9 year old! Anyway, what a handsome young man! I enjoyed all the pics!

Arnold Quads said...

Happy Birthday Riley! Can you believe how fast time flys! Love the picutres and I hope he had a great Birthday!

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

I heard about your site from a friend and I just wanted to tell you that I think you are AMAZING! I just delivered twins five months ago, (kids number 8 and 9) and am barely hanging on, so you just have me FLOORED. I love to read about how things are going with you and I only wish you had more time to post! Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Riley!!
I love aaall of those pics!My favorite is the one when he dressed up because it reminds me alot of my brother when we were younger.
I hope you guys post some news soon!
I love your blog and your videos!I hope I get a family like yours when I'll be guys are wonderful!
I love you all!!

The Queen Vee said...

Riley, The Force is with You! You are a super older brother and a big help to your parents. You are also talented, handsome and a lot of fun. Congratulation on turning eight.