Wuppenif's oldest boy turns 16

It was a weekend both quiet and busy, with Easter, work inside and outside the house (including my favourite, work on our fences), cooking, baking and a birthday for our oldest boy. Sixteen. Whew! He’s grown up a huge amount just in the four years since our move out here, figuratively and literally (6 foot 1 and enormous feet).

Post installation for a tree house

Teenage boy standing in front of a Cessna airplane

Kids baking in the kitchen

Boy removing cookies from the oven


On the Bonnechere River

Teenage boy waxing skis indoors

Teenage boy stacking cord wood for a woodstove

Teenage boy after long day working on a hunt test on a lake

Mother and son on summer porch

Boy driving lawn tractor

Teenage boy using post hold digger for trees

Teen and dad working on treehouse construction

Fourteen year old with air rifle

Dad, son and dog on treehouse deck

With big sister and Reggie

Hayrack stacking by teenager

Teenage boy and dog sitting together

Young man holding tray of cinnamon buns

16 thoughts on “Sixteen

  1. Happy Birthday! What a great series of photos. Interesting how many of them involve baking :). And that picture of him and his Dad laughing while building the chicken house is still one of my favourite ever Wuppenif pictures (and you have some amazing shots!) – you just captured such a wonderful moment there, one of those ordinary simple little times in any day that can make a lifetime memory. Hope his year is like that.

    1. Thank you! He is my baking kid, definitely. That picture with his Dad and the dog is one my very favourites too; funny how the least planned ones have a way of turning out. He’ll love the birthday wishes that he’s receiving here 🙂

  2. Ohhh, such gorgeous photos! Made me both cheerful and teary imagining my eldest at that age (and the accompanying closet of giant shoes). What a lovely, happy, talented son you have. Awesome 16th birthday card too!

    1. Thanks Sas! The big feet and maturing demeanor kind of creep up on you in a good way. I’m astonished at how much he has changed just in the last four years; it’s only a mini retrospective like this that allowed me to see it. Thanks for the kind wishes and all the best to you and your wonderful boys!

  3. Happy birthday to your Son! Your pictures tell us so much about him without one word of narration. He looks like a happy, well-rounded young man — and a far better baker than I am. 🙂

    1. Thank you, John. Everyone in his life likes to call him the Renaissance kid, for those very reasons. I think in baking it helps to be a bit fearless, and in that regard I think he’s already surpassing me!

  4. Oh Dagne — many happy wishes for your son for a wonderful birthday and whole year, too! 🙂 Those photos are priceless. Photos of a life well lived. What a treasure of a family you are!

    1. Thank you Melissa! I do love these photos and how they try to show the many facets of this particular young man. Thank you for the kind words 🙂

  5. What a great place to grow up. Take my advice–don’t blink. Before you know what happened he’ll be 25 and married. At least that’s what happened to us.
    Our son grew like a weed after we moved here. He ended up 6 foot 1 as well, towering over his parents.
    Your son is obviously making great memories there.

    1. Thank you Bill, I love to hear from parents who are ‘on the other end’ of these years, it’s very reassuring. I have to remind myself about the blinking daily, but I mostly remember.

    2. twenty-five proved to be a bit young for our (son) and his male first cousins. He wound up marrying someone seven years his junior. The mother insisted she graduate from college first. He was born 1971, married 2001 (before September, his 30th birthday), first child 2007, second child four years later – he is now already age 42.

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