Happy Birthday! (and a game!)

Today is Mark's birthday!

Mark has the day off today, so we began the day by giving him the gift of sleep. While he was doing that, we crept out of the house to pick up a few groceries. We woke him up with donuts and coffee and a noisy song of Happy Birthday. Then we did some gifts, and then I spent a few hours in the kitchen. We get to have my family and Mike and Amy and family over for a birthday dinner tonight, (and oh how I wish you could join us, Timmons family!)

On the menu:
Two lasagnas (one regular, one butternut squash)
Garlic bread
Caesar salad
Apple pie & ice cream

In honor of Mark's birthday today, I'm posting a little "How Well Do You Know Mark?" game. For those of you who have been to some of our birthday parties over the years, you'll recall that we like to play these types of games. Now, I know many of you don't know Mark all that well, so I'm going to help you out by making this a multiple choice game. Ready?

1. How old is Mark today?
(a) 36
(b) 33
(c) 38
(d) 35

2. Name Mark's favorite NFL team
(a) the Seattle Seahawks
(b) the Cleveland Browns
(c) the Pittsburgh Steelers
(d) the New England Patriots
*Bonus Points (2) if you can guess his favorite player, too!

3. Name Mark's all-time favorite musician/band
(a) Van Morrison
(b) U2
(c) The Seventy-Sevens
(d) Elvis

4. How tall is Mark?
(a) 6'6"
(b) 6'4"
(c) 6'2"
(d) 6'

5. What pet did Mark's family NOT have while growing up?
(a) snake
(b) pigeons
(c) goats
(d) chickens

6. How many siblings does Mark have?
(a) 4
(b) 5
(c) 2
(d) 6

7. What did Mark major in in college?
(a) Elementary Ed.
(b) History
(c) Journalism
(d) English

8. What is Mark's current favorite game to play?
(a) Poker
(b) Settlers of Catan
(c) Ticket to Ride Europe
(d) Carcassonne

Now... you're on the honor system as far as copying other people's answers when you see them in the comments section. I know you wouldn't do dare do such a thing.

Have fun! :)



  1. I do not know Mark AT all, but I'm a good sport and I love games. So here it goes.

    1) A
    2) A- Shaun Alexander
    3) B
    4) B
    5) C
    6) A
    7) B
    8) B

    And there you have it. Happy birthday, Mark!

  2. 1c, 2c *(favorite current or ever? I'll go w/ current Ward), 3b, 4a, 5c, 6b, 7c, 8c

    See ya tonite.

  3. 1c
    2c ("um....Bettis")

    (by Ella, age 6)

  4. I can't believe mike beat me to this? Now I know what he is REALLY doing at work!

    2)c (and I guess Lynn somebody)
    3)b or c... final answer: b
    5)c? (not sure on this one, but you should have added pig)

    I am really dissapointed that I am not more sure of 3,4and 5!
    Love you! And I can't believe the menu for tonight!

  5. Happy Birthday to Mark! I don't know any of the answers, but I DO know he has a beautiful family and an amazing wife who adores him and who blesses me frequently!!

    Can't wait to read the answers so I can feel like I know him better!

    I got your email, friend, and I'm going to write you back tonight! :)

  6. I have met Mark once and I did not copy the other comments, because that wouldn't be any fun, but here is what I came up with...
    1. A
    2. C
    3. B
    4. A
    5. A
    6. A
    7. B
    8. C
    How did I do...
    and Happy 36th Birthday Mark??

  7. I am not looking - seriously. I hurried and scrolled down and will go back and look after I type out my answers. I used to be such a cheater but I've changed my ways!

    1. 38
    2. Steelers (same as my Grandpa)
    3. U2
    4. 6' 4"
    5. chickens
    6. Oh shoot, 4 or 5 - can't remember the brothers. My first thought was 4.
    7. I have no clue on this one - English?
    8. Ticket to Ride Europe

    Did I win, did I win?

  8. a game...did you say a game...i love games...
    i don't know mark though, so it should be fun!

    mark is 38
    mark likes the seahawks (so did i, and i loved steve largent, so let's go with that)
    he likes U2 (77's...wow...i saw them live 1988)
    mark is 6'2"
    no chickens
    mark has 5 sibs
    majored in history
    please tell me it's settlers...

    happy birthday (a day late)

  9. Sorry I didn't play the game- know I wouldn't have a clue! But I would like the butternut squash lasagna recipe if possible, please :-). Yum!

  10. Just so you know....these are Chad's answers (without peeking at all! because heaven forbid he should be caught reading a blog!!) except for #8...I trumped him on that one.

    1. c
    2. c (bonus: Ken Griffey Jr....because you did not specify what type of player!?!? was NFL implied? we think not!)
    3. b
    4. a (technically, Chad said 6'7"...so this was closest)
    5. c
    6. b
    7. c
    8. c (just for the record....Chad said Poker first)

    If Chad gets the most right then I think that makes them "best friends forever", don't you??!!!???!!!! :)

    I think YOU should get to make up the "guessing game" on Stacy's birthday!!!!

  11. I, obviously, didn't get to read this until the "cheat sheet" above was done. :)

    but I had to say what a SWEET wife you are.


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