Eight is Great


When I put you to bed last night I selfishly asked you not to be eight today.  It’s too big.  Too old.

You looked at me curiously and said you have to grow.  I asked why and your reply…to get big and get a good job. 

Sigh.  There is just so much time for that.  You still have too many games to play, too many balls to bounce and so many things to learn.

You also promised we could always visit each other because you will always be my kid no matter how old you get.  Yes you will.  I’m going to hold you to that promise.

Thank you for another year of laughter, joy and fun.  You are truly a special little boy God has entrusted in my care.  I am so lucky to have you.

Love, Mom

One Year Ago: Seven?

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  1. A very happy birthday to your sweet son! And many blessings to his loving mother… yes, time goes too fast.

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  2. deeba 2

    Happy Birthday to your precious son Cathy! They do grow up too fast! My daughter turned 14 yesterday!! Time flies, and how!!

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  3. Yes, you must definitely remind him when he is a handsome and busy man of importance , busy about the Noble Pig Winery ,that he is STILL your little boy and will visit you, forever and always. Happy Birthday little , but growing quickly precious boy.

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  4. Ah, you’ve made me cry again this year, Cathy. He is such a handsome, sweet boy … your youngest hooligan. My son turned 22 yesterday. We just spent a week away on vacation with him and most of the time he was being the independent adult, but sometimes he just relaxed and was still our kid. 😉

    Happy Birthday to your son and hugs to you, mom!

    Shirley

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  5. Even when he’s all grown up he will still be your little boy. The mother-son relationship is so special and wonderful. Happy birthday to your eight year old!

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  6. It’s so hard, isn’t it? It really does go by in the blink of an eye. Happy birthday to your little guy!

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  7. Erin 7

    Mine just turned seven, and that seemed big enough. I’m definitely not ready for eight. I suppose no mother ever really is. Happy birthday to your young man. He’s a handsome one!

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  8. HoneyB 8

    Happy Birthday to your little man! My baby just turned 23!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday, H#2! 😉
    Love his hair, course, I’m partial to curly hair, but I love how he keeps it styled. You’ve taught him well! (And I’m not just talking about with the hair.)

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  10. June 10

    Happy birthday to your littlest one, and happy birthing day to you Cathy. He’s certainly a sweetheart!

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  11. Ah if only we could stop the clock! Happy Birthday to a fine young man!

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  12. leslie 12

    Happy Happy Birthday to your little one

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  13. Happy Birthday to your son. My son is about to turn 13 and all of a sudden looks like an adult. It does go by so fast.

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  14. annbb 14

    Happy Birthday to one of the cutest big boys EVER!

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  15. Lea Ann 15

    Great post. Happy birthday to your son.

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  16. Barbara 16

    Happy Birthday to your wonderful (and handsome) son!
    Eight IS great!

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  17. Erin D. 17

    What a sweet post – these are sure to be treasured by your son when he’s old enough to appreciate them. :)

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  18. Sally D 18

    They grow way too fast! My boy who was mommy’s little boy is turning 20 in a couple of weeks and I dont see him much anymore..its like pulling teeth to even get him to call me…lol

    Enjoy your time with him, make lots of memories!!

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  19. Tammy 19

    Eight is indeed great! Happy Birthday to your son.

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  20. Kate 20

    Always cherish the time you have with them when they are young. You’ve heard tell that the time flies and I’m here to tell you that yes it does.
    This photo and its processing is wonderful. Happy Birthday to your Big Boy!

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  21. barbie with a T 21

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. Tears of happiness for you and your little man. Adorable.

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  22. Pam 22

    Girl’s watch out….what a heartbreaker!…so cute!

    Enjoy!

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  23. LilSis 23

    He’s a doll! Don’t worry; it’s hard to watch them grow up but he’ll always be your little boy even when he’s taller than you. Time does fly by, though. It seems like just yesterday when my youngest was a toddler, now he’s almost 6 feet tall.

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  24. Lena in VT 24

    Happy Birthday to the sweetest little boy!!

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  25. Cassie 25

    Happy Birthday!!!

    My baby is 8 and when I look back I am frightened at how quickly the time passes.. even worse is that my first baby is 13. *faint* Blink of an eye!

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  26. Dawn 26

    Happy Birthday honey, you are so lucky to have such a wonderful family.

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  27. Dorothy 27

    Meant to tell you that you have such great handsome boys every time I see them. So this time they are beautiful, if a boy can be beautiful.

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  28. Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy! I know just how you feel. My “little girl” turned 16 a few days ago. I’m still wallowing in a puddle of tears. Where did the time go?

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  29. Bob 29

    Sweet. :) Happy birthday, little dude.

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  30. SnugBug 30

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Hooligan #2! Wishing you a day of fun and a year ahead of wonder! Yeah, eight really is great…and so are YOU! 😀

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  31. wait til you have to say 28 is great… sigh, those 28 years flew by

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  32. pam 32

    Happy Birtday to the sweetie! You are seriously going to have girls lining up for both your boys!

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  33. Amber 33

    What a joy, to have children at home. Notice, I didn’t say teenager. Happy Birthday young little man.

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  34. Mousse 34

    Your son is absolutely gorgeous, much like the recipes on your website !!! Mousse….HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!

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  35. Memoria 35

    Awww, happy birthday to your son. He is super cute.

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  36. Oh wow, how wonderful. Happy Birthday! I love your tribute to him.

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  37. sharon 37

    aww, what a handsome little fella. happy birthday!

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  38. Cheryl 38

    Eight IS great…and gads, landed our way too quickly too….. x 2!

    Happy, Happy Birthday to the sweet hooligan….and hang in there, My Fellow Nostalgic Mom!

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  39. I wasn’t expecting to get all sappy and teary eyed coming here tonight – awwww! Thanks for sharing him and your thoughts with us readers. Happy Birthday little Hooligan, you are so cute!

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  40. Aw! Eight is great! My son turned eight the end of August. It is hard to believe. Time goes…and goes. Happy Birthday to your dear son!

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  41. Debbie 41

    I know the feeling Cathy. My boys are 25, 22 and 10….it goes by so fast…..too fast. Have a wonderful new year!

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  42. Katrine 42

    My son just turned 8 five days ago. I also asked him to not turn 8 already! Happy Birthday to your son!

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  43. Liz C. 43

    Time stands still for no one… not even mothers. I know it’s a bittersweet time, but I also know that you, above all others, will make good use of it. You are better at making memories than anyone I know. Your boys will never forget that.

    Happy New Year to you all!

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  44. Ohh…that made my eyes tear up. My youngest daughter just turned 8 a month ago and it does seem like she’s changing before my eyes!

    Happy birthday to your beautiful son!

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  45. Such a handsome young lad! Hope his birthday was filled with all kinds of joys and surprises.

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  46. Happy birthday to your baby!

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  47. Lisa Sipple 47

    He is the absolute cutest, Happy Birthday one day late.

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  48. Melynda 48

    In the time it takes to sneeze, He will be 18! Enjoy these years, but all of them are great as well.

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  49. emiglia 49

    He looks and sounds so sweet! And smart… that’s a very insightful thing to say to his mom. Happy, happy birthday…

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  50. Alisa 50

    Happy Birthday! I agree, 8 is too old. These kids need to just slow down for us old folks.

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  51. Happy birthday to your son!!! and Happy new year!

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  52. Lisa 52

    Very sweet! I remember when my oldest son planned to work at the fire station less than a mile from our house and promised to bake cookies to share with me every week.

    It does go fast but its true, he will always be your kid!

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  53. Marjie 53

    Your snow pictures are beautiful, and happy birthday to your son!

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  54. Juliana 54

    Happy New Year Cathy…to you and your family and Happy Birthday to your boy…so cute

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  55. Mary 55

    I wager your boy had a wonderful day. I hope when he is 30 he can read the words you wrote for him today. Happy New Year, Cathy.

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  56. Aw crud, I am all teary now! He is so handsome! I know how you feel…sigh.

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  57. Pam 57

    They sure grow up fast. Happy b-day to your big guy.

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  58. Sweet post!
    It is a shame they have to grow up.
    Happy Birthday little guy!

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  59. Awwwww! Happy (belated) Birthday to your big guy! WHY do they have to grow so fast??

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  60. johnjoy316 60

    Your blog is interesting, i don’t know how you find the time. Good recipes, thanks for sharing.

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  61. johnjoy316 61

    Your blog is a joy to read.

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