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Christmas Pageant 2014

Yesterday was just what I needed to put me in the Christmas spirit focusing on what is really important about this season.   My boys participated in a Christmas Pageant at their school that was the story of the birth of Jesus but in a very unique and adorable way.   The basic gist was that all of the baby animals in Bethlehem had heard there was a new baby born and they were trying to figure out who the baby was.   A baby mouse, a baby chick, a baby donkey, baby billy goat, baby dove, even baby Owls (which was Ricky’s entire 3rd grade class).   Each of the classes performances from pre-kindergarten all the way through 8th grade tied into the story and brought it all together at the end, when of course, they determine that the baby is Jesus Christ.    I got teary eyed more than once and just about cry when I re-watch the video which you can watch if you would like below, but first a few pictures.

Benny getting ready:

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The pre-kindergarteners sang “We are little gifts wrapped up tight, filled with love from Jesus Christ,” and were dressed up like gifts with big bows.     The boys and our beautiful little friend, Kaycee.

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The next two pictures illustrate the difference between Benny and Nolan so well.  When Benny saw me in the audience he raised his head and made eye contact, to let me know that he saw me.

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Nolan, on the other hand, did this.  Oh he saw me alright and wanted to make sure that we all saw him! :)CR5A1774

Cute little gifts.

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Ricky’s class as Owls, sang, “Hoo, Hoo, Hoo, who can the baby be?   The angels sang, the heavens rang, on this glorious morn.  On this great day in a bed of hay, a little baby is born.”

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And the video (about 4 1/2 minutes if you care to watch):  Admittedly, I get all emotional and teary because they are my own boys, but it still is pretty cute.  During the singing parts, Benny is in the back center row and Nolan is to the far right of the screen.   Ricky is in the back center behind the microphone.

A big thank you to all of the teachers and the staff that put together this meaningful and adorable program.  I truly loved it!
Love,
Heather

Catching Up

I received a notification on my business Facebook page the other day saying, “You haven’t posted in 30 days, your fans miss you.”    If I haven’t posted on that page in 30 days it’s been longer since I’ve posted here on my blog.   I’m not sure how accurate the statement “your ‘fans’ miss you’ is but I do know that I have missed blogging regularly like I used to.

This year has been a slightly crazy year for our family.   With the exception of a few weekends at home, Ken was gone for the first 5 months of the year.  During that time we had the little guys in 2 different preschools, Ricky in year round school which meant being off of school for a good portion of that time, all 3 in swimming lessons, Ricky in baseball and soccer, Benny and Nolan in T-ball, a full marathon race for me and a busy spring photography schedule among other things.   When Ken got home in June, I figured life would slow down and get easier but our busy lives continued.   Fall came and went with more sports, a new school for the boys, a decision for me to go back to work 4 days per week and an even busier Fall photography schedule.

So, all of this to say, I have lots of excuses why blogging and sharing my personal images took a back burner this year.   It started to feel like one extra thing on my to do list and I had to let some things go.  However, it is one of the things that I have truly missed the most and so, I intend to get back to blogging regularly.   Maybe because a few of my “fans” (ahem, my family) may miss it, but mostly because I miss it.

There have been lots of things that I have wanted to blog over the past few months, so I may backtrack for a bit and share some images of new summer hobbies and awesome memories created with friends and family this fall, but my goal is to stay more current the next year.

Currently, we are busy counting down the days til Christmas.    Our elf, Peanuguskie is here, we’ve seen Santa, we’re in the middle of the a fun “12 days of Christmas” countdown, the shopping and wrapping are complete.    We’ve got festive down here, but the next week will be spent trying to focus on the real meaning of Christmas.   Our elf reminded us of this morning by placing himself in our special Nativity Scene, made by my dad.   The boys have their Christmas program tomorrow and I’m so excited to hear Ricky sing about the Baby Jesus and Benny and Nolan sing about being the “Friends of Jesus.”    Check back for pictures and maybe a video if I can swing both.

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Happy 7th day of Christmas to you all!
(edited to add:  I just googled the 12 days of Christmas to make sure I was on the correct day and never before did I know that the 12 days of Christmas STARTS on Christmas Day and is not actually a countdown at all!   Oops.)

Happy December 18th:)

Love,
Heather

Christensen {Ogden Family Photographer}

Toni and I knew each other when we were little tykes and again in high school, but it wasn’t until recently that we have become great friends again.    We trained for the Ogden Marathon together last year, and if you want to make running 20 miles fun… you do it with Toni.    So, I’m not sure why I was surprised at how much fun I had photographing her family.   These guys are full of personality, are crazy and so much fun… just like their momma.

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Check out their spunk :)

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They were also such great sports in dealing with the rain.

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Love you guys,

Heather

Katherine Thompson - Such cute pictures!!!! What a fun family!

Toni Christensen - Thank you Heather for the amazing photos. You have captured my favorite parts of the people I love most.