Riley turned sixteen at the end of August, which is a milestone I am still reeling from. Sixteen. He’s so tall and strong and he has this Steve-from-Stranger-Things head of hair that makes him look even taller and good god, it is just really weird when your little buddies are, like, driving cars and keeping an eye on the stock market.

Things Riley likes, at 16:

• Basketball
• Bike riding (a newer hobby in lieu of track)
• Nonstop audio input via AirPods which his parents annoying refer to as EarHorns
• Cats and dogs, pet ducks
• Hunting and fishing, target shooting
• Character/weaponry animation for gaming (this is his current career aspiration)
• Cheese pizza only, no other kind of pizza, but also no other food with cheese (?)
• Oyster crackers, Hi-Chew, huli-huli chicken, Dr. Pepper, mint ice cream
MrBallen’s stories
• Being often fairly suspicious of things – who could have called this one??

And in the blink of an eye …


4 Responses to “Sixteen candles”

  1. Shawna on September 7th, 2021 11:31 am

    Happy birthday to the former Sucktopus!

    On another note, I googled huli huli chicken and it sounds amazing! Do you make it and, if so, do you have a favourite recipe?

  2. itsjustme on September 8th, 2021 10:33 am

    Happy birthday, Riley! I can’t believe it…16! So fun.

  3. Jill on September 8th, 2021 10:46 am

    I hope he had a great 16th birthday! Crazy how fast time flies…

  4. MCW on September 9th, 2021 8:40 am

    A milestone! Happy birthday to your not-so-little guy.

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