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Back to School 2014

Were back at it. The school year has begun and we’ve got a third grader and two pre-kindergarteners here in the Bird house.

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They are all at a new school this year. A school that we landed on after much debate, thought, comparisons and prayer, yet we were still left wondering if we were making the right decision. Two days in, I think it’s a school we are all going to love.

Stressing over the potential anxiety of starting a new routine in a new place, I was determined to make the transition smooth.  I spent Sunday cleaning and organizing every inch of the boy’s rooms.   I removed every single thing from every drawer, emptied the closets, organized books and toys and made sure everything in their rooms had its place.    Because you know, you’re bound to have a good first day at school if you have all of the same size books on the same shelf in your closet at home. ;)   Don’t mind the crazy lady digging out trash from under the bed at home when the lunches they need to eat AT school still are not made.   I was on a mission and was sure if we had perfect bedrooms all would go well.

Feeling accomplished with clean rooms we started our bedtime routine.  Baths, new jammies, brushing and flossing of teeth, stories and bedtime snuggles under clean sheets all on the agenda. Except during the middle of bathtime I remembered that I should probably iron their clothes for the next day.   Wiping walls with clorox wipes turned out not to be such a good priority over clean and ironed clothes for the first day of school.

Ironing away, I sent the boys to brush their teeth on their own (never a good idea).   The teeth brushing soon became a wrestling match because one boy’s clean pajamas got soaked by another spitting water aimlessly.   The third was almost in tears because he didn’t want to read on the last night of summer.   With one child stomping off and pouting and the other two crying and yelling because someone finally got hurt, my intentions of a calm, perfectly orchestrated night in preparation for a perfect morning on the first day of school went out the window along with my patience. It turned into my own stomping down the hall accompanied by some screaming and ended in me sending everyone to bed.

I stared at Ken with a look of defeat. “This is not how I wanted tonight to go,” I said. Although I thought I had accomplished so much that day, the one thing I was striving for didn’t happen. No smooth transition here… at least not with a yelling, angry mommy.    I turned the ironing over to Ken and one by one got my cuddle time in with each boy assuring them that the first day would be great.   In reality I was assuring myself more than them.

The next morning wasn’t all that smooth either.  I slept late, Ricky’s new shoes hurt his feet, the lunches were not made when we needed to be heading out the door and there was no time for the annual “Pre First Day of School” pictures.  But we made it.   We made it to school on time, with clean ironed clothes, healthy lunches in hand and surprisingly calm and confident attitudes.  However, it wasn’t until I picked my boys up yesterday afternoon, that I knew the transition was just fine. They all greeted me with big smiles like they had been at this school forever.  Note to self: Although nice, it had nothing to do with clean and organized bedrooms and everything to do with my amazing, strong, flexible little men.

We’ll love it here, I just have a feeling.

Hopefully the laughs from our first annual “Post First Day of School” pictures continue all year long.

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Love,
Heather

Bedtime with the Bird Boys

Some of my favorite conversations with my boys happen at bedtime, I’ve been writing them down when I can remember.  One recent night:

Me:  “Hey buddy, I love you…all the way to the moon and back.”

Nolan (4):  “Well, actually mom, you should say Neptune, because that’s the furthest planet.   And actually, you could say Pluto because that’s further but actually it’s not a planet anymore.”

(Not sure where he hears all of his facts, but he’s soaking it all in lately.   Like a little sponge.   And he likes the word ‘actually’)

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Love you, buddy, all the way to Neptune and Pluto and back.
Mommy

Sunset catch with dad

Ricky’s request, “Dad, want to play catch?”  has become a nightly occurrence lately.  He finished up All Star Baseball last week but is still intent on practicing regularly.   When he and Ken headed outside last night to play, I noticed the beautiful skies and grabbed the camera.   I sat myself on the grass between them (hoping to not get nailed with the ball) and enjoyed the gorgeous evening.

After showing Ken all of the pictures I asked which one was his favorite.   He picked the image below.   I’m sure his reasoning had something to do with baseball mechanics and throwing correctly in addition to the awesome skies, but I had to agree, this one was one of my favorites also.

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This was another favorite of mine because of the sky and the sun.

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And this one, mainly because it includes both of my baseball lovers…. doing what they love.

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Hope you’re enjoying these beautiful summer nights, doing what you love.
Love,
Heather

Walker - I love these Sunset pictures, Heather! Really cool :)!

Johnstun Family {Salt Lake City Family Photographer}

Meet my pal, Lukas.

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Lukas loves dinosaurs.   He likes to line them up.

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He likes to count them.

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He likes to arrange them on top of things.

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And most of all, he loves to knock them all over!

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And then we all laugh about it.   Then Lukas repeats.   Line ‘em up, count ‘em all, knock ‘em over, laugh.  Repeat.

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Lukas’ mom is one smart lady.   A lot of times when we have pictures taken of our kids, we hesitate to allow toys or anything else in the picture with them.   However, sometimes their favorite toys make the image better, personal and more meaningful.  Chances are Lukas won’t love these dinosaur toys forever.   That’s why I love that she brought these along.   Not only did we capture his precious three year old smile, but also his three year old interests.

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Lukas has amazing parents who are extremely talented.   And I’m lucky enough to have them as some of my closest friends.

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In the spirit of  throwback Thursday, I’m sharing these pictures of Lukas’ mom before he was born and her sweet message to him.

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Along with today’s sweet message.

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I love Lukas’ reaction:)

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And one last shot of the whole beautiful family.

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Thanks for being so patient with me.
Much love,
Heather

Check out Kase’s book due out later this year on  Craniosynostosis, a Congenital Skull Deformity.
And a book that both Kase and Mary worked on, Utah Reflections, a collection of stories about the Wasatch Front.