August 30, 2009
Happy 16th Birthday, HayHay!
Is it okay to call a boy’s 16th Birthday Party a Sweet Sixteen? Probably not, huh? My little baby is 16 today and he is a sweetheart, but I guess I can’t do the whole Sweet Sixteen birthday party theme.
When I asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday, I got the same answer that I get every year. He doesn’t want a big party with tons of friends and doesn’t care to got out to eat somewhere expensive. He just wants to have his closest friends over for swimming and a cookout, so that’s what we’re doing today.
I just mentioned a couple of weeks ago how it seemed like HayHay grew out of his bunk bed overnight. This may sound ridiculous, but ever once in a while when I see my handsome, six foot tall young man from a distance, I can’t believe that he’s my little baby boy.
Where did the years go?? This photo was taken when HayHay had just turned one year old and it seems like it was yesterday.
And, no, he never went on to become the next Mozart, even though he does look like a child prodigy in this photo.
My hormonal roller coaster is in tenth gear right an I can barely even write this with a quivering chin and tears rolling down my face. (I know, it’s signs of peri-menopause! Lucky me!) But today is NOT about me, even though I am the one that gave birth to him.
Today is about HayHay! I’ll keep this short and sweet because if I start reminiscing about when he was a baby or a toddler or even how sweet he was when he was in elementary school, I’m going to be boo-hooing too hard to even type.
My little boy has grown into such a nice, handsome, sweet, polite, caring young man. He has a great sense of humor, has great friends, loves animals, has a great relationship with his brothers and sisters, makes good grades, and manages to participate on both the junior varsity and varsity HS Golf Teams and the HS Surf Team. Basically, he’s just a good kid.
We’re just really proud of our young man and wish him a Happy, Happy 16th Birthday!
Lord help me when he goes off to college!! I already know that I’m going to be a mess! It’ll be the first time in our entire married life that we haven’t had any children in the house!!
I’m going to go dry my eyes and turn this over to BigSis to see if she would like to say a few words…
Note from Aunt BigSis…
Oh, well, that’s just great! Thanks for getting me all emotional, LilSis! I know he’s your little boy all grown up, but he’s always been my little buddy, just like his brother Big T has always been. I can’t believe he’s SIXTEEN! When did this happen?? It seems like yesterday that I was holding his hand crossing the street, or babysitting him, or just having him spend the weekend with me.
I have so many memories of spending precious time with HayHay: going to Schlotsky’s and sitting in our spot, him finding Baby Gaby for the first time, choosing AshyPoo to be “our” cat at the Siamese Rescue, going to Maui twice, making him pasta shells with butter and parmesan forever, smelling the Aveda Confixor in his little spiky hairdo before church each week with him carrying his little Bible.
There are so many memories, and there are new ones being made, but BOB SAGET; it has just gone too fast! Remember how he used to write the name of the church worship leader in chalk on the driveway because he looked up to him so much? And how cute he was at his kindergarten graduation in the little blue cap and gown? And how adorable he looked in that tiny tux when he was the ring bearer at his cousin’s wedding? Ok, I have to stop now. I’m killing myself with this walk down memory lane. It’s more bittersweet cuteness than I can stand.
I agree 1000% that little HayHay has grown into an awesome young man. I have to admit that I do miss little HayHay because my last little buddy is grown now, but I look forward to the future with big HayHay! Happy birthday, HayHay! You’re awesome and we love you to pieces!