First You Work, Then You Eat

Ricky : “We’re at Grandma’s house. She’s supposed to be bringing us out to lunch but instead she’s making us clean up her cobwebs!!”
Me : “Us? It looks like it’s Paige doing all the work!”
Ricky : “I’m being her Cinderella Supervisor… I’m showing her where all the cobwebs are. My eyes are better than hers!! Doesn’t my dress look like something Cinderella would wear??!!”
Me : “Yes.. Except it’s a bit too clean..”
Ricky : “And I plan on keeping it that way!! Hurry up, Paige!! I’m hungry!!”


The 4th of July

Ricky : “Today we had a picnic to celebrate the 4th of July. We had a bunch of family come over. One of my cousins asked my Mom would would happen if I fell into the pool. Mom said she would freak out and then she kept a very close eye on me so that none of my cousins ‘accidentally’ dropped me into the pool!”
Me : “I didn’t really think anyone would drop you in though…”
Ricky : “Yeah.. I don’t think so either because they know you would make them all go home and they wanted to swim because it was hot out!”
Me : “Yup, lol.”


Five Questions with Ricky – A BNN (Blythe Network News) Interview

Holly here from Blythe Network News with interview number 2 from our three edition run of “Five Questions With”. Heidi Corley Barto is a great woman. You must have heard the expression, behind every great woman is a great Blythe. Well Heidi is no exception. Behind her is a Blythe for the ages. Here is our interview with the one and only Ricky!

Holly : “Ricky, thank you for coming. Do you see yourself as a Blythe icon?”

Ricky : “YES! OF COURSE!! I don’t really.. I’m just me… but it would be cool if the other Blythe kids thought I was! An icon is a famous person or thing that represents something of importance… Blythe IS important. I know I’ve helped my Mom though a lot of tough situations and have helped her meet new people and be more outgoing. I hope other Blythe kids are following my example and doing that too!”

Holly : “I hear that your image has been stolen and used in a Lithuanian potato chip ring. Is there any advice you can give us to prevent things like this from happening?”

Ricky : “Don’t be so cute?? I don’t know, Holly… The picture that they stole was watermarked. Even watermarked pictures aren’t safe. Most digital thieves can photoshop out a watermark. They don’t care. There’s not really much we could do other than to not share pictures online… but that would be no fun… Mom says this theft isn’t going to stop her from sharing my pics and stories. Plus, now I can really tell people that I’m ‘all that and a bag of chips’ because I’m actually on a bag of chips!!!”

Holly : “You are one of a few Blythe who has a strong father figure. Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with Rick?”

Ricky : “I know a lot of Blythes with single parent dads and some with two dads!! They all look pretty strong to me, lol. Ricky Sr is a very cool Blythe dad. Probably one of the coolest! Did you see how he dressed up for BlytheCon Brooklyn??! He was LL Cool Rick! Only a cool dad would do that! My Dad travels a lot for work and he’s always trying to get Mom and me to go too. He says to her… ‘There’s lots of places for you to take pictures of Ricky….’ and Mom runs and packs our bags!”

Holly : “Do you know how your Mom first discovered Blythe?”

Ricky : “She was being a creeper on Flickr, looking at Monster High Doll repaints!! EW! Their heads are soo TINY!! Anyways… She came across a custom Blythe and yelled out so loud she scared the dog, ‘WHAAAAA???!!! I NEED ONE OF THOSE IN MY LIFE!!!’ Then she got a whole bunch and now we can’t move in our house!!”
Heidi : “I think you may be exaggerating just a bit…”

Holly : “What’s next for you Ricky? A movie? Talk show? Another Convention?”

Ricky : “I’m heading to BlytheCon LA in September. I’ll be mingling with my peeps there. At BlytheCon Brooklyn Mom had me behind the prize counter the whole time and I didn’t get to see anybody!! I’d love to write another book. A movie would be awesome!! They filmed A Quiet Place in our town and I hear they’re doing a sequel… I’m going to have my sisters teach me sign language so I’ll be ready when they come by looking for extras! ((Fumbles hands around pretending to sign…)) “They haven’t taught me anything yet..”

Holly : “Thank you Ricky, Heidi and Rick for all you do making us laugh and sharing your stories with us. Stay cool everyone. Remember your girls can be journalists also. Holly signing off from BNN.”


Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Ricky : “I would like to wish my Dad a Happy Father’s Day because he’s the best dad out of all the dads. All the other dads would say you don’t wear wooden clogs with goggles, but NOT my Dad! He says they match great!”
Me : “So you’re wishing him a Happy Father’s Day because he says what you want to hear??”
Ricky : “No. I’m saying he’s the best Dad because he lets me, be me! He also lets you drag him around the world because you like to take pictures of dolls!”
Me : “Ahhhh, very true! Happy Father’s Day, Ricky Sr!!”


Anniversary Dinner

Ricky : “Today it’s my parents’ 27th wedding anniversary! They’ve been together FOREVER and we’re going to eat at McKinney & Doyle’s to celebrate!! WOO HOO! I’m getting the lobster risotto!!”
Me : “Me and dad are going out to eat…. You’re staying home and watching Dallas..”
Ricky : “No risotto??!!”
Me : “Nope.”
Ricky : “Can you slip a piece of bread into your purse then?? I don’t wanna starve to death!”
Me : “I’ll see what I can do.”


Visiting Grandma

Ricky : “Today we’re visiting my Grandma in the hospital. Apparently her heart attacked her. I think it must have grabbed a hold of her hair in that attack because it’s a mess! DID YOUR HEART ATTACK YOUR HAIR TOO, GRANDMA??!”
Me : “Oh my gosh, Ricky! Stop yelling! We’re in the Intensive Care Unit and you’re not supposed to be yelling!”
Ricky : “And I don’t think YOU’RE supposed to be taking pictures in here either!”
Me : “Yeah. I know. SHH! I just wanted to let everyone know that Grandma is doing okay and for them to keep her in their thoughts.”
Ricky : “Well, make sure you blur her up good in the background. She’s gonna be mad if you share a picture of her when she doesn’t feel good.”
Me : “Done!”


Suckered by a Succulent

Ricky : “Sooooo… Mom went to her friend Stef’s wedding a few weeks ago.. Stef had a cactus/succulent themed wedding! She had a table with little things for people to take home and they had this little plant here. Right, Mom?!”
Me : “..yeah..”
Ricky : “So Mom and her friend Lisa looked through ALL the little plants, trying to find the prettiest ones to take home. Mom has a black thumb but she figured that these plants are easy to keep alive, RIGHT MOM??!!”
Me : “..yesss..”
Ricky : “So after she gets home my sister Paige is looking at Mom’s new plant and she says to Mom, ‘You know this is fake, right??!! The leaves have seams! Stick your finger down to the dirt!’ Mom stuck her finger down to the dirt and what happened, Mom??!!”
Me : “I found out that the dirt was plastic and and so was my plant..”
Ricky : “How many beers did you and Lisa have at that wedding, Mom??!”
Me : “One.. but I guess it was one too many.. That or I need to wear my glasses all the time.”