Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Moving On Up

In just 48 hours, my years of mothering, technically, come to an end for my younger son will turn, gasp, 18.

Turning 18 doesn't mean what it once did.  When I was 18, it was the legal age for drinking. Still, though, he will be old enough to fight for his country and vote for the politicians that send our men and women to war. It means the end of the halcyon days of high school although I am sure no high school student sees those as their halcyon days and won't for a very long time.

Birthdays have never been a major holiday in our house.  Sure, when the boys were little we had the usual parties although we never got more complicated than an event at Chuckie Cheese or the local gymnastics school. We never hired a clown (God forbid) or tried to out do the party that came before.  No ponies. No bouncy houses. No caterers.  It seems, though, that there was always lots of pizza and cupcakes.

As the boys got older, we had a couple of sleepovers which I absolutely despised and was relieved when those went out of fashion.  Movies and dinner seemed popular and, as parents, we really liked not having a dozen or so teenage boys running around our house.

So, in just two day, my nearly six-foot son will be eighteen and I just have to wonder once again, as I seem to do every day, where did the years go? I could swear he was just eight only yesterday.


Layout Notes - As many of these layouts came before I kept track of supplies, I have but one list - for the day my Andrew turned 16.

Supply List for "16": patterned paper - Paper Company, BoBunny; cardstock - Bazzill; corrugated paper - unknown; jewels - Michael's (blue and silver), unknown (gems); green diecut paper - Bazzill Doilies; chipboard letters - Magistical Memories; tassel - EK Success; stamp - Glitz It Now; paint - Plaid; glitter - Ranger Stickles.