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
• CS:GO
• 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 …

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Shawna
Shawna
4 months ago

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?

itsjustme
itsjustme
4 months ago

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

Jill
Jill
4 months ago

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

MCW
MCW
4 months ago

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

Leslie
Leslie
2 months ago

CS:GO! My husband’s company made that for Valve <3 So neat to hear about his career aspirations – just keep pushing the computer development skills as they are an absolute must, even for artists (they need to be able to work with the programmers).

TinaNZ
TinaNZ
2 months ago

As a long-term reader I’m about as boggled as you are. That’s a great choice of photos, too – his face is basically the same, but with more chin.