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Lukka's 10th Birthday Interview

Lukka is now in the double-digits! He's been around for a true decade and he's been hamming it up ever since. He loves being around people, animals, and any and all junk food and candy. He's insatiable with play and friends, could care less about hiking (but has a good time once he's out there), relates to Calvin in nearly every aspect, and loves that the family dog sleeps in his room every night. We love you, Lukka, and we're so proud of you! 
Lukka showing off his Greek shield in costume
What is your favorite color? Turquoise

Who are some of your friends? Nya and Brody, Cole, Ethan, Zach, Caleb, Logan, Ian, Anna, Seth, Elia

What do you want to do when you grow up? Driver

What makes you happy? Copper (our dog)

Tinkercrate's Biomechanical hand that he made. 
What makes you sad? not seeing Copper for 2 weeks! (while on vacation)

What is your favorite animal? tiger and dogs

What is your favorite thing to do with Mom? cuddle

What is your favorite thing to do with Da…
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