Monday, April 27, 2009

Lordy, Lordy, Heather's (almost) 30

That has to be the worst title in blog history. And I am not doing myself any favors, not including pictures in this post. Can you say lack of interest? But you know what? I don't really have many pictures of me. I am always behind the camera. That sounds like a good idea when you're self-conscious and you don't want to see your four chins (trust me on this one) but then when you're about to turn 30 and you look back on the last eight or nine years and well, there's nothing to look back on because the last time you were heavily photographed was at your wedding, it's just a little sad.

I don't want a cardboard-cutout of myself for snuggling but what I really wish I had more of were pictures of me with the kids. Snapshots. I have almost no snapshots. I have the kids, the kids and E, the kids and the grandparents... you get it. All the pictures of me are posed shots on Easter/Christmas/etc. Let me tell you how gorge I look in those. (Is there a phonetic spelling of gorge? Gore-dje. Like as in the first half of gorgeous, which I am not.)

So here's what's going on. This is the deal, my peeps. I'm giving myself a 30th birthday present. 30 wonderful years on Saturday--holler! Yep. I'm having some shots taken of me and the kids. Maybe some posed ones, but some tasteful, artful candid shots where I'm actually in the frame, and I think (just for kicks) we'll include that E man in some of them too. I have been wanting to do this since back when I was still thinking I was a newly minted single gal. I came across a blog of a single mom who had some pictures done of herself with her daughters and I thought to myself self, you should do that. Okay, I didn't really say it like that, but that's what my sixth grade teacher always said when she talked to herself. I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate my relationship with the kids, and since there's not anything I need that I can't get at Target, a way to spend some money on something that I will (hopefully) love forever.

I don't usually do anything like that, and last summer when Auntie (E's sis) and Uncle G got married, they had a really laid-back, sweet photographer who took great candid and posed shots. I really liked her, and she got some of the cutest pictures of the kids. I've enlisted her help to do this birthday thingy. Well, I'm still playing email tag, but it's in the works. Anyway, I thought I'd give her a little free publicity, because she basically rocks my socks. Check out her website:

Carmen Salazar Photography

Okie doke. I just came here to say that. Go say hi to Carmen and check out her work. I'm sure what will happen is that she'll take these pics and then I'll love them so much that I plaster them all over this little blog o' mine, so you'll probably be sick of my mug, but for now you can just imagine it.

Have fun.

Also, this:

I love Cheesy Gordita Crunches. And you, for reading my blog.

The end.


  1. Sounds like a great idear. I have that same problem...There are hardly any photos of me and the kids or even me with C. So I completely get your gift to yourself! Happy 30th!

  2. Yep, I'm with you on this one too. I'm in very few pics over the last 8 years and almost none over the last 3. I hope C knows that he did have a mom when he looks back at his childhood photos! I'm taking most of them. It looks like Daddy was the only fun one. :( I think the photo shoot is a great idea. I thought maybe you'd be going to the West. Fest. like back in the old days! Good times with the carnies! :)

  3. Awwww!!!! Western Festival and the carnies!!!!! Awwwwwwwwww!!!!! I wanna go! And what about the Strauss Festival and Christina fainting in the tutus backstage......I think we went on that horrible "Gravitron" ride like 3 or 4 times in a row one year and got sick, remember that? Man! I totally forgot all about that thingy. Anyway, just so you know, I LOVE reading your blog and I look forward to it every single day! Keep it up sista!

    Waiting for that margarita,
    SJ Reed