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Superbowl XLIX

As many of you know, I have a five year old who is a passionate Seahawks fan.   Based on the number of people who have called, sent texts or inquired in some fashion about how Benny is doing after his beloved team lost on Sunday, I’d say I talk about it a bit much :)  but thank you all who have shown care and concern for my little fan’s sorrow.   He actually took the loss quite well.

The boys loved the excitement of the day.   We spent most of the day preparing for the game.   We made appetizers.  We made a poster for a friendly wager on the scores.   We baked Seahawk cookies.   We got decked out in our Seahawk gear (most of which was Benny’s but he has enough to share with everyone).  Even Nolan, who has rooted against Benny’s and Ricky’s teams all season, and claims not only to hate the Seahawks but also hate football in general decided to wear a Seahawk shirt.   When he said, “Ok, mom, I’ll wear the Seahawk shirt because if your brother is cheering for a team you should cheer for his team too, right?” I felt like my constant harping of “be nice to your brothers” may actually be paying off.   At some point during the day Ricky asked if we always celebrated this “holiday” or if we were just celebrating it because the Seahawks were playing.    It indeed felt like a holiday.

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When it was finally game time, Benny planted himself in front of the big screen at our friend’s house and watched the entire game.    I know I talk about his love of the game often, but it’s fascinating to me to watch a five year old be so consumed with the score, the plays, the reasons behind the plays, how to hold the football, etc.   If you happened to be sitting near him watching the game you may have been slightly irritated with his constant commentating of the score and the plays as well as his questions, but to me I find it intriguing.   He loves the Seahawks but he truly loves the game.

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While Benny is always interested in the score of every game, all of the kids were interested in this score because they had wagered their hard earned quarters on what the final score would be at the end of each quarter.   Right before half-time Ricky said to Benny, “If the Patriots score, you’ll win some money.”   My little diehard fan responded with “I don’t want the money.”   Ricky, however, did want the money.   He’d been saving his money like crazy (his birthday money, his chore money, his piggy bank money, his money from selling things) for an iPad Mini and was $12.00 from having enough to buy one.    During the last plays of the game Ricky was in a position to win the big pot of $18.00 yet he was SO torn.   He really wanted that money but he also really wanted the Seahawks to win, “for Benny.”   He finally decided that he’d rather have Benny’s team win the Superbowl than win the money for himself.   But it just didn’t work out that way.

When the game ended Benny lay down on the ground and put his head down for a second.   A split second later he was back up, watched a bit of the Patriots celebration and then was ready to go home.    Ricky, well Ricky was in tears.   He felt so bad for Benny.   When I found him, alone, tears streaming, all he could say was, “I’m sad for Benny.”   At home, he sat at the table, still crying, counting out his winnings.   Once he had all the money sorted, he grabbed $10.00 and gave it to Benny, hoping to make him feel better about his loss.   Benny smiled, looked at Ricky who still had tears in his eyes and returned the money, “it’s okay, Ricky,” he said.

And that my friends, was my favorite part of this “holiday.”    I’d take the Seahawks loss any day to witness this interaction between my boys again and again.

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It was a great game.   Congrats to the Patriots, and my condolences to all my fellow Seahawk fans.
Love,
Heather

Benny’s counting down the days til football starts again and has already asked who the Seahawks play next.  In the meantime his new obsession is the Mariners (I think this kid needs to move to the Northwest.)

 

Cox Family {Salt Lake City Family Photographer}

I am so lucky to have awesome clients like these guys.   Not only have I been able to watch them grow for five years (can you guys believe this was our 5th anniversary ;)), but they pick great locations, have fun ideas and always rock perfect outfits.   This year when I heard about their black and yellow outfits, with a bit of punk rock flair and spikes on their books, I suggested perhaps we  throw in a bit of graffiti.    Mom agreed and I loved how the images turned out, but first a few traditional urban shots.

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And the awesome graffiti made more incredible by the models in front of it.

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Thank you all so much!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
Love,
Heather

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

DeEtta Bird - What a great performance. I especially liked the hoo, hoo song. What a good job by all. Everyone was so handsome too.
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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