Monday, May 5, 2008


I remember my sixteenth birthday party. A bunch of Christian girls came over to eat cake and watch "Sixteen Candles" with Molly Ringwold. My dad sat in the living room with us girls for a few minutes...until the movie got a little dicey for him. Poor Molly - remember her grandma feeling her up? All of my sweet and innocent girlfriends were pretty embarrassed too. We were still so pure and naive at sixteen.

I remember the pink roses my mom got me with sugar cubes interlaced throughout. It was indeed a sweet birthday. I looked forward to my birthdays back then - a day for Mom and Dad to pamper me with my favorite meals and gifts.

These days, I'm inching closer to the big 4-0. Don't tell my mom that though. She's still pretending to be 40 herself! And in my mind she is. Eternally 40. That's about how old she and Dad were when I graduated High school so they've maintained that age in my mind.

And I guess that means I still think I'm eighteen! Except that my brain keeps showing me signs of aging. How old do you have to be to get Alzheimer's? Seriously.

I wrote on the calendar yesterday that it was my 38th birthday.

Except it isn't. I'm ONLY 37! Why in the world would I want to make myself a year older than I am??? My husband's birthday is in December and when he adds a year to his age, I automatically do that too. So, I've already been acting like I was 37 for a few months!

This brain of mine forgets items at the grocery store regularly, blanks out on conversations, and acts like a sieve with lots of holes in it. Stuff goes in, but it seeps right back out again.

So, before I forget....

Thank you, dear, for my new Cricut! And thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. Have a piece of cake on me (with only thirty-SEVEN candles on it!)


Staci said...

"This brain of mine forgets items at the grocery store regularly, blanks out on conversations, and acts like a sieve with lots of holes in it. Stuff goes in, but it seeps right back out again."

I do this on a regular basis too, and im only 28!!!! Maybe we do have alsheimers!!!!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday. I turned 50 this year...and am rounding the corner again to another birthday.....
Where does the time go. I've done some pretty strange things myself.

Hope your day was blessed.


Melanie said...

Happy Birthday!

lori said...

I've got 3 on you....
The big four-ohhhhhh was really quite fun!!

But I've got to tell you, I'm a bit got a Cricut!! I'll be over later to it as COOL and AMAZING as it looks on that infomercial??? You lucky girl!!! look mah vel us dahling!


oh and the Laced with Grace post...that was mah vel us too!! Really great Heather!!

HUFF and PUFF....;)
and blow those candles out!!

Anonymous said...

Your Mom and Dad will never forget your 16th birthday either - we thought "16 Candles" was going to be a cute, innocent movie. Oh, well... it was educational?? Love, From Your Very Young Mother

Tami Boesiger said...

37, 38, what's the difference? Have a good one, Heather.

The Olson's: said...

My mom did the same thing. She had been thinking she was 40 and began planning for her 41st birthday only to realized that she was 39 turning 40! Suddenly, turning 40 wasn't so daunting! I am turning 36 next month...I'm glad it's not that scary!
~ Leanne

Susan said...

Oh Heather,

Sorry I'm late! I hope your birthday was really special for you. You look great, and so does that cake!!!!

Blessings to you my friend. I wish you many, many more!

Mel's World said...

Happy Birthday HEATHER!!! How awesome is that, I hope your day was spectacular! I am not that far behind you, I turn 37 in August (and for the longest time I thought I was already 37...but that was like when I was 34 or something...ah, what were we talking about???)

Ha, see, you are NOT the only one! It's a badge of Motherhood, wear it proudly sister!