Monday, February 20, 2023

This is Nine… Olivia’s Birthday Interview

Our girl is going to be NINE on Saturday, y’all!  I can’t believe we’re only a year away from our baby being in double digits.  Sigh.  It truly goes by way too fast. 

Per usual, I interviewed her last weekend to ask her the same questions that I ask her every year right before her birthday, and I know she’ll treasure being able to look back on these one day.  Here’s what she had to say this year, and as always, my commentary is in parentheses.


1.    What is your favorite toy?  “Uhhhh, that’s a hard one.  Maybe… Sheepie?”

2.    What is your favorite stuffed animal?  “Sheepie!!!!  Every year I have to say that.”

3.    What is your favorite game?  “Hmmmm… maybe Exploding Kittens.”  (That’s a great one for the whole family if you’ve never played!)

4.    What is your favorite sport?  “Dance.  Of course!”  (She’s taking five classes this year – ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical theatre.)

5.    What is your favorite book?  “Uhhhh, Magic Fairies?  It’s a book about fairies.”  (This is the one she’s currently reading for AR, so I’m sure it’s fresh in her mind.)

6.    What is your favorite TV show?  “Bluey.”  (She said Gabbie’s Dollhouse for the last two years, so we have a new first place show!  And we all love Bluey.  It is the absolute cutest.)

7.    What is your favorite movie?  “Hmmmm… oh yeah, Avatar!”  (Brian just let her watch it for the first time recently and she did declare it her favorite movie of all-time, which is just so weird to me.  Haha.  Anybody else not an Avatar fan like me?!)

8.    What is your favorite song?  “Ohhhh, mmmm, that’s a hard one.”  Me: “You can name more than one if you want.”  Olivia: “Taylor Swift album… the new one.”

9.    What is your favorite band or singer?  “Taylor Swift.”  (No hesitation whatsoever, and third year running!)  And then she added, “Definitely not Dave Matthews Band,” to troll me.  (Eye roll.  Hahahaha.)

10. What is your favorite holiday?  “Christmassss!!!!”

11. What is your favorite season?  “Hmmmm… summer!  Because of summer camp and going to the pool!”  (That’s new!  In the past she’s always said winter because Christmas and her birthday are in winter.)

12. What is your favorite color?  “Teal.”  (That is very specific and it’s news to me.  Lol.)

13. What is your favorite animal?  “Hmmmm, giraffe.”

14. What is your favorite shirt?  “Um, my Betsy Ross one?  It’s very comfy and I like it.  Because of the ruffly sleeves.”  (She has to be Betsy Ross for their school’s Biography Wax Museum later this month, and her dress just arrived in the mail yesterday.  She’s been wearing it nonstop ever since.  Haha.)

15. What is your favorite fruit?  “Oh.  Uh.  Probably pineapple or raspberries.”  (Yep, still the only two fruits she really eats.  Although, she’ll eat pears, too.)

16. What is your favorite vegetable?  “Um, either green beans or broccoli.  I don’t like potatoes.”  (Yep, green beans and broccoli for a few years running now, I believe.) 

17. What is your favorite snack?  “ZBar.  Known as Clif Bar.”  (She does love those ZBars!)

18. What is your favorite treat?  “Bubblegum!  And ice cream.  And donuts.  Yeah, I like a lot.”  (This is the fifth year in a row that she’s said bubblegum!!  So funny how some things never change.) 

19. What is your favorite drink?  “Water.  Hehe.  Nothing else.  I don’t like anything else.”  (This is true.  She literally only drinks water.  That’s it.  For years.  Nothing else.)

20. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner?  “Hmmmm… hot dogs and mac n cheese!  And <our favorite local pub> and PB&J!”  (Second year in a row to say hot dogs and mac n cheese… and she’s referring to the Kraft kind… nothing fancy.)

21. What is your favorite restaurant?  “<says the name of our favorite local pub down the street from church again>” and then also gives honorable mention to our favorite local BBQ place.  (I don’t say the names for privacy reason, and the only reason she chooses those two restaurants is because they both have PB&J.  Lol.)

22. Who is your best friend?  “Cami and Aubrey.”

23. What makes you feel happy?  “God, my family, and Maui.  And Jesus.  Which is basically the same person.  And my friends.  Hehe.”

24. What makes you feel sad?  “Mmmm… hmmm… uhhhh… I don’t know what makes me sad.  Maybe like getting in trouble?”  (Y’all, this girl is so very rarely sad, so she always struggles to come up with an answer for this.)

25. What are you afraid of?  “Ghosts.”  (That’s exactly what she said last year.)

26. What are you thankful for?  “My family, God, Jesus, and nature.  And animals.  I love animals.” 

27. What are you really good at?  “Dancing and flexibility.  And art!!”  And modeling my room!  Hehe.  But I’m not good at tidying.  Hahahaha.  And I’m good at video games.”  (When she says, “modeling my room” she’s referring to decorating her room… she’s really been in to decorating her room lately which basically just means that she’s moving items around and hanging up blankets and drawing and cutting out things to hang up in various places.)

28. What is your best memory?  “Hmmmm… so, like, best means good, right?”  Me: “Yes.” Olivia: “I don’t really even remember this, but being a baby?”  Me: “If you don’t remember it, it’s not really a memory, though.”  Olivia: “Okay then, watching family videos?  Especially funny ones like when Jacob goes YAAAA and does those funny things with his arms.”  Me: “So you like doing that more than going to New York City?”  Olivia: “Ahhhh New York City and Disney World and the beach and the mountains and all that stuff!!!!  And it snowing!!”  (Apparently, I just needed to jog her memory.  Haha.)

29. What do you want to be when you grow up?  “A veterinarian, a teacher, and a professional dancer.”  (#GOALS)

30. If you could have one wish, what would it be?  “Oh, that’s a hard one.  To make everybody be kind and make the world be better.  And to talk to animals!!!!”  (Hahahaha if that isn’t the most Olivia thing to say then I don’t know what is!)


Happy almost ninth birthday to my best girl!  We love you so very much!

And happy birthday to Brian TODAY!  We are so excited to celebrate you!  Sorry Olivia's birthday interview hijacked your day.  Hahahaha.

Happy Monday, y’all!


  1. Happy birthday Brian! And fun to read these answers from Olivia. I love her last answer!

  2. Happy Birthday Olivia! It really is crazy how fast they grow up. Such fun answers to the questions. :)

  3. Happy Birthday to Olivia and Brian!! Her answers are so cute!

  4. Happy Birthday Olivia - I'm team summer too :-D

  5. Thanks for asking!

    1. Nintendo
    2. The leathery stuffed E.T. I had as a kid
    3. Poker
    4. To play: Tennis. To watch: College Football
    5. The Far Side books
    6. Stranger Things
    7. Back to the Future
    8. Battle Hymn of the (Georgia) Republic
    9. 311
    10. Christmas
    11. Autumn (lol)
    12. Green
    13. Gorillas
    14. My new Back to Back Natty shirts
    15. Bananas
    16. Okra (although isn’t it technically a fruit?)
    17. Cheetos
    18. Snickers
    19. Dr. Pepper
    20. Pizza
    22. Lindsay @ LindsaysSweetWorld
    23. Family, Vacations, Back Scratchings
    24. Sick family members, getting pulled over
    25. Lindsay @ LindsaysSweetWorld
    26. Lindsay @ LindsaysSweetWorld
    27. Annoying Lindsay @ LindsaysSweetWorld
    28. Our wedding and reception, and the day we told the kids we were going to Disney World for the first time.
    29. A decent human
    30. Enough money to retire and spend more time on adventures with family

    1. 21 was supposed to say our favorite local steak place.

    2. I guess I need to start interviewing you every year just like I interview the kids. Hahahaha.

  6. Happy birthday to both Brian and Olivia! I love his comment answers. Except maybe the leathery stuffed ET...sounds a little creepy...ha, ha!

  7. I was not an Avatar fan either but my husband took me to see the newest one in theaters this weekend and I really enjoyed it-- maybe because so much of it takes place in and under the water? All the answers are so cute! My youngest only ever drinks water too and has for years and years. I hope they both had/have a wonderful birthday!

    1. I guess I'll have to check out the second one. Brian took Jacob to see it in the theater during Christmas break, but I didn't go!

  8. We loooove Bluey, too! I'm also not an Avatar fan, in fact, I just don't get it. LOL! I love all that Olivia wants to be when she grows up! Same, girl, same. Haha!


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