Yikes. Jim and I are now old enough to have a sixteen-year-old son. I can’t believe how quickly the years have flown by. It seems like yesterday he was only a baby! We used to tell the kids on every birthday (TEASING! TEASING! But not really), “You have X years left before you’re outta here!” (subtracting new age from the number 18) This boy started telling people that when he was a youngster: “Well, I’m nine now. Only nine more years before I have to get out of the house.” When he became a teen, the reality set in that this time was going to fly by, and maybe it wasn’t necessary for him to leave right at eighteen. Now that he’s sixteen (and getting his license in the next two weeks!), I will not utter those words. In fact, the idea that he will be eighteen in two years and ready to really spread his wings makes me sad and panicky. So let’s not talk about that, shall we?
He was born on, as he used to say, “June twenny-firss. Firss day of summer.” We tease him and tell him how June 21 is not only the longest day of the year, but it was the longest day in our lives. (ha ha?) Although we were completely and totally blessed at the end, his birth was, let’s say, not fun for anybody involved. But that’s another story.
Yesterday in the car with Aunt Julie and the boys, we were reminiscing about things the kids used to say and do when they were younger. We were laughing our heads off. Wait: that was mostly Julie and me.
Examples of the SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD’s adorable past? Here we go!
*He would hold out his hands (like Vanna White) and say, “Wookit dis!” (look at this)
*”SARABI!” (from the Lion King: he would stand up and scream her name, just like Scar did)
*He used to spin himself around, say he was “Makin’ dizzy”, and then when he stopped spinning he would, in his altered state, sway back and forth and say “It’s on now!”
*He would declare, “Grandpa says NO!”
*He used to answer his many toy phones by quickly putting one to his ear and saying “Ho?”
I could type up memories for hours, but maybe we need some photo help:
He has made us prouder and prouder as the years have gone on. It seems totally wrong to have such a kind, generous, caring, smart, and funny teenager (two actually) who we can claim as our son(s); aren’t teens supposed to be wicked and spiteful? Not this one! Happy Birthday to our old(er) son! We love you very, very much!
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Happy Birthday. What a great post. He seems like such a terrific kid. Cheer up, I’m your age, and I have a 24 year old. You’re only as old as you feel!
Happy Birthday, D! You’ve grown into quite a handsome young man!
Happy Birthday to a wonderful son. I almost laughed my head off when I read about the things he said when he was little. What a hilarious boy. “It’s on now”.
Hope you’re all going to have a wonderful day celebrating his 16th!
I still can’t believe it…
I want to point at him and say, “WOOKIT DIS!” (I probably will at least 10 times tonight).
16, wow..I’ll bet it just seems like yesterday he was a little baby!! Happy Birthday, oldest so! 🙂
lol – what an awesome post. Happy Birthday to the big guy – isn’t it amazing how quickly time flies?
LOVE the pic at the tree – you can tell what a great sense of humor he has just by looking at it 🙂
He looks os tall. My 17yo’s x-rays show his growth plates are not fused which means 5’10” is not his last height. YIKES! Kid eats like elephant.
My kid was tons of fun until 16.5. I hope yours stay fun. I’m getting payback for being such a brat when my parents moved me cross country during my junior year. If I’d only known it’d come back to haunt me.
Great post Melisa.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (and happy first day of summer! what a great way to celebrate!)
Awww, happy birthday to your son! Your photo tribute makes me want to cry, because my oldest son is turning 16 in November. I still don’t know where all that time went!
Wow! Just WHERE did that time go? What a great blog Melisa. Like you, your husband, and sister, Dylan (and Jason) make us so very proud to be parents and grandparents! What a family! Our hearts are bursting with pride yet again! Mom and I did GOOD! There is absolutely NOTHING better to contibute to the world than great kids who grow up to be better than great adults. Happy 16 birthday to Dylan and congratulations to you and Jim!
Love you all..
Mom and Dad 🙂
Happy, happy birthday, baby!
Great trip down memory lane. Hope you all have a great day celebrating his birthday!
Happy sweet 16!
Nice post from your parents and hey, you both look like you are 16 in the newborn photo!
You have me in tears! It’s scary how fast they do this! 🙁 He’s such a great kid – guy, now, eh? Man, I need a drink just thinking of the basket case I will be in a brief 9 years….
LOVE the pictures through the years, and the sweet sayings!!! 😀