Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday, Hockey Boy!


Today is Hockey Boy's 18th birthday.

Egad, where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was in the hospital filling out his birth certificate information and applying for his Social Security number, and this morning he mailed off his voter registration form and signed up for Selective Service.

Last night we went to Benihana's to celebrate. We have been going there for Hockey Boy's birthday since 1998!

I am a very sentimental person and looking through old pictures lands me in a puddle of tears most of the time. It took me weeks to get together the baby pictures for Hockey Boy's senior yearbook ad because I fell apart every time I pulled out his baby book and our old photo albums. But I managed to locate several years of Benihana's birthday dinner pictures without deteriorating into a state of weepiness and decided it would be fun to share them here.

1998 - 7 years old

1999 - 8 years old

2003 - 12 years old

2004 - 13 years old (with braces!)

2006 - 15 years old

2007 - Sweet Sixteen

Benihana 2009
2009 (taken with my phone - I brought my camera but left its memory card at home - sigh - Hockey Boy isn't the only one who's aging)

Happy Birthday, Hockey Boy! I hope you never get too old to celebrate at Benihana's with your family and friends.


Maggie said...

Happy birthday to HB! I remember my son's 18th birthday and the knot I got in my stomach when he registered for Selective Service.

The 5 Bickies said...

How on earth can you have an 18 year old? Happy Birthday Hockey Boy. Glad to hear you cry at old photos too!

Valerie said...

Happy Birthday Hockey Boy.

I love seeing progression photos. It sure does go by fast, and he is a handsome young man, you must be so proud.

Eloise, I just have to say you have one of the kindest hearts. I always enjoy your comments to me and other blogs I've come across. You are a sincere person who just gives off a sense of kindness and peace about you.

Thank you.

Emily said...

I love these photos of HB through the years. They are too sweet for words. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time!

KK said...

What sweet photos and wonderful memories! Happy Bday, HB!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Happy birthday Hockey Boy!!

It is so bittersweet...this kids growing up stuff, no?

Hopsy said...

What a BIG few weeks you have had with all these birthdays, parties and a puppy!