Today Willie is 33. I thought I'd list some things that Willie loves. These are not listed in any particular order, except for me and the kids first. Please note, this list is not exhaustive. I thought I could list some things he doesn't like but I couldn't really think of any. Oh, he doesn't like big weddings.

What Willie loves:

1. Me, and that goodness for that.
2. Our adorable children
3. playing his fiddle and playing music with other people
4. his cat
5. his chickens
6. books, reading and more reading, and his headlamp he uses to read in bed.
7. candy, his new year's resolution last year was to eat more candy. Mission accomplished.
8. caffeinated beverages (preferably cooled)
9. the great outdoors and anything related to it that doesn't make noise
10. making music mixes for long drives, special occasions, even the months of the year
11. the ocean
12. long walks. He's been know to walk home from work on several occasions (5 miles)
13. trains
14. his iphone
15. Mint chocolate ganache cake (will be served at our house tomorrow evening to celebrate)

Three cheers for Willie. Happy Birthday! I love you.


37 Comments:

  1. Travis said...
    We're so glad you're in our lives, Willie!
    Sarah said...
    Happy birthday, brother! I'm glad you are in our family!
    ellabella said...
    happy birthday willford! i hope you have a great one. i forgot our birthdays are so close, mine was just 2 weeks ago, but i'm not as old as you yet :)
    paul said...
    happy birthday, willie. if planning a neil young tribute show is what it takes to get you back to utah, then i will get branden campbell right on that...
    Bryan said...
    Wow, you take some good pictures Sally. Happy Birthday Willie, sure miss the days of Boulder and hanging out. Hope you have a great day without me though.
    Bryan
    Amy said...
    We love you Willie. We are so lucky to have you in our family. Happy Birthday!
    Anonymous said...
    happy happy birthday! be expecting a call sometime today--the internet just isn't enough to really let another know how important they are to you! abby and i made a resolution to be in better touch this year. i do believe that needs to happen with you/sal and fam and me, too! love you tons--so grateful we are friends. you add such great light to life! xo! h. bob
    thedoodlegirl said...
    What a beautiful post! Hope your hubby has a great day!
    Jen said...
    Happy Birthday Willie! We are so glad to know you and your awesome family!
    starr said...
    Happy birthday Willie. Most cool people were born in January. Well, at least lots of us were. I'll drink a Pepsi this afternoon in your honor.
    Kathy said...
    Happy Birthday Willie! I hope you have a great day!
    Sara S. said...
    We love you, Willie, and feel so privileged to be a part of your past and present. You and Sally are prime examples of living life to the fullest RIGHT NOW. I thank you for it. happy birthday! love, sara and allen
    Karen said...
    Happy Birthday Willie! Hope you have a great day!
    The Holts :)
    Genevene said...
    Hey Uncle Willie! It's Genevene! Happy birthday! Hope you had a good one!
    Justin Hackworth said...
    One of the biggest blessings in my life is that I know Willie. Happy Birthday. I'm so glad I know you and Sally.
    Anonymous said...
    I knew he would always be a great dad. He was so funny and quirky in high school. What a lucky girl to have snagged him. Liked your post on him. Still he is very interesting, taking a picture with a chicken?! So HIM! Happy Birthday Jay!!!
    Wendy Gebauer Hartshorn
    Emilie and Branden said...
    You're so cool Willie! You and Bdog are the same on #10. I love that about you guys. I hope we get to see you soon. Have a WONDERFUL birthday week!
    sara said...
    Happy Birthday Willie! I hope you get to read lots of poetry today. I'm with Starr... I'll drink a toast with Coke to you!

    Our family is only made better with you in it. We love you!!!

    NY Stratfords
    Art Boy said...
    Willie, thanks for sharing your birthday with our firstborn. I"m so glad we got to spend such a peaceful (at least for us) week with you and your beautiful Sally and boys. I thoroughly enjoyed watching you guys, and what a sweet family you are. You are such a loving father and your boys are so sweet! Sally amazes me with all her talents and patience. I had fun hanging out with you guys and staying up laughing till the wee hours. :) Have a great day today, and thanks for being born! We love you!
    love Julie
    Jared P. Coltrane said...
    Yes. I'm right behind you buddy, then it's Jen's turn. I remember being 25 and having friends who were 33 and thinking, "Oh those poor old bastards..." Today those same friends are REALLY old.

    I went on a long ski this afternoon in honor of you. I'm sure Sally spoiled you today, so soak it up. That is womans' work, right?

    Jared
    Jared said...
    happy birthday my friend. i hope we can share the same air sometime soon.
    Art Boy said...
    Yeah for Willie!! That's my little brother. I'm glad you were born during a blizzard. Nature knew you were coming.
    Jewel Stratford said...
    You are such a cool cat....talented and intelligent, fun and kind. May the coming year be wonderful for you and your darling family
    Blum said...
    Happy B-day Willie!

    We miss you guys. Sending good vibes to you and the fam.

    Many more,
    Blum's
    bethy said...
    happy birthday willie! wish we could see yall more often.
    your old friends,
    bethany & brandon
    Brandy said...
    Happy happy 33rd birthday Willie! We hope you have had a fantastic day and that this year is another amazing one for you! Dax, Brandy and the boys
    Rizzo said...
    Willie,

    You are a great friend! I can think of no one I would rather sit by a roaring fire and pick or think or chat. I feel we have a deep connection. You are the brother and friend I have always wished for.

    The other night I was chatting with Jeramy and we were speaking of our wonderful neighborhood, and I decided "I could not choose better friends, let alone neighbors"

    I love you Willie Happy Birthday!

    Jon Rizzo
    Anonymous said...
    Willie, Happy Birthday...A wise man once said, "Jazz is stupid and bowling is confusing..." I can't think of a better sentiment to write in honor of your birthday. I raise my 44 oz or "foety" of cherry coke laced with Methyl Blue to ya, and hope you get everything you want this year. Can't wait to jam with you again....
    AmyF Hackworth said...
    Happy Birthday, Willie! I love this list of Sally's--it's a great tribute to the reasons we love being your friend. You are thoughtful, deliberate, intellectual, and still like candy and caffeine. I hope you've had a great day.

    Also, these are wonderful pictures of Willie. Justin talks about the care of the person behind the lens, and how that care shows up in the photographs. I definitely see you in these photos, Sally, in such a good way. They are great.
    david said...
    those are some good things to love willie. happy birthday brother
    nancy said...
    Willie also loves a long (uphill) ski in the sparkling snowy mountains carrying his fiddle on his back, arriving at a cabin with a roaring fire, hot chili and a plethora of goodies....oh yes, and good friends.

    Happy day Willie!
    harwoodhomer said...
    Andrew was jealous when I told him that you told me I was in fact your best friend of all time. When he reads this and finds out I was lying he'll be so relieved.

    Here's for a Dickens reunion, and soon.
    Matt said...
    Happy Birthday Willie!
    Anonymous said...
    I'm a day late and a dollar short (as usual) with thus post, but I hope you had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY Willie! I LOVE that last year you resolved to eat more candy--that makes me happy just knowing that. I need to check in more often with this blog--can't believe how big Wyatt is (and Hank). Hope all is well for you, Sally and the kids. -Seth
    Jordan said...
    Sally, what a beautiful life. Fun to find you here.
    Michelle said...
    The first time I met you and Willi you were getting together with friends at your Mom's house and both of you were singing and Willi was playing the guitar. Dev told me how wonderful it was to see Willi play and sing and do it so loud and with confidence. It was inspiring for us.
    Melynne said...
    Willie- you are one cool dude. The photo with your chicken is... priceless. Good thing Sally doesn't feel threatened! Love the photo of the 3 men.
    Fiddle on, brutha!

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