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Benny – All Star Baseball

Benny just finished his first Allstar baseball tournament. He absolutely loves to play and is really learning a lot about the game. It’s no surprise that he always know the score and remembers various stats about his games.

One of my favorite memories about this tournament didn’t happen at a game, but the morning after. I couldn’t be at their first game where they received their uniforms. I had gotten home late the night of the game and he was already sound asleep. I woke up bright and early the next morning with Benny standing next to my bed proudly showing me his jersey. He then recapped the entire game for me; who was on each base, who made key outs including his own catch of a pop-fly for one out and running the ball in from the outfield to get a runner out.

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Another favorite moment came with watching the excitement on his face during the championship game when he ran off the field during the second to last inning knowing that they had sealed the championship by holding their opponent to just a couple runs that inning. I was lucky enough to capture his huge smile.

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His team won the championship game and Benny was, of course, thrilled with his trophy!

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This next image is my new favorite because I love that is so telling of him and his age.   His baseball backpack that is too big and a little too heavy for his skinny frame slipping off his shoulder.  It has his name embroidered and makes him feel like the ‘real deal’, so he loves it.  His freckles becoming more prominent. That permanent tooth way bigger than the rest, right next to the hole that held the most recent lost baby tooth.  His longer hair peaking out from under his cap.  He’s becoming more opinionated of his style and intent on having long hair.  And his proud grin after a big win.  If I could go back in time, I’m pretty sure this is what his daddy looked like at almost 7.

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The quest for the biggest and best trophy has started here in a house full of competitive boys.  My boys may all have different interests but thankfully, each of their activities has presented an opportunity for a trophy.   Last night Benny was asking Ken about his trophies and where they were and which was the biggest and a multitude of other questions.   Ken got out a box of keepsakes that included his first ever trophy… fittingly a baseball trophy.   Benny loved looking through all of his sports memorabilia and I loved watching and listening to these two sport lovers.

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One more baseball tournament for Benny, and then soccer will be in full-force for Ricky.

Love,
Heather

 

Cathy Mack - So glad you are back to blogging! Makes me feel like I know what is happening so far away with family!

DeEtta Bird - Congratulations Benny,
I can see you are good at running bases! I am wondering about the picture with the lump in your cheek. Is that gum or your tongue. If it’s your tongue, you might be sorry!!!! I’m going to look for some of your dads sport pictures. If I find any, I’ll send them to you. Grandma DeDe

Evening Kayaking Trip

We’ve had one busy week and probably should have stayed home and vegged on the couch, but I kind of had a little panic attack on Thursday when I realized it was almost the 4th of July!   Summer is flying by and I feel like we have limited time to do all kinds of summer fun.  So when my friend, Suzie, suggested we meet them up at their campground where they were staying all week to kayak, I packed the kids in the car at 5 pm or so and headed to a lake over an hour away.   I debated most of the way there, since it always takes me longer than I expect to load everything and especially after getting stuck in traffic,  if I should be heading up so late in the day, but didn’t regret it for a moment once we got there.   The end of the day meant we had most of the lake to ourselves and the setting sun was beautiful to watch from a kayak.  Turns out vegging out on a kayak and around a campfire is much better than on the couch!    Some of the pictures from our fun evening:

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After kayaking, we hung out til it got dark for some s’mores and then headed home with 3 tired boys!

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Life is too short for veggin’ on the couch 😉

Thanks, Suzie, Chris and girls for a great night!

Love,
Heather

 

Repost: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A VERY SPECIAL, INSPIRATIONAL LADY

Today, is my mother in law’s birthday.    I love her dearly for many reasons… reasons like the son she raised that I am so lucky to have, her thoughtful and caring ways, the way she loves my boys.   But I also admire her for many other reasons, reasons like her desire to continue to educate herself and always learn something new whether it be through reading or taking classes.   Reasons like the genuine interest she shows in others hobbies or things they are interested in.  It’s not unlike her to read up on a photography related article and send it my way.

I also greatly admire the effort that she puts in to making memories for her family.    She’s not one to sit on the sidelines and watch but rather one to jump in and create memories.    My boys have talked since last Thanksgiving about going on bear hunts throughout the house, thanks to her amazing imagination.    They love their exploring adventures of taking nature hikes through the mountains while camping or exploring for sea creatures at the ocean.    She creates every day memories, like trips to the dollar store and more rare memories for those that she loves.  Memories like sailing in a Windjammer off the coast of Maine with my nephew Bailey.    Memories like exploring Moab with my stepson, Trey. Memories like a trip to Seattle with my stepson, Tyler.   Memories like learning about our nation’s history in Washington DC with my stepson, Seth.   She’s experienced exciting adventures like White Water Rafting with my nephew Taylor and  shared in the magic of Disneyland with my niece, Savannah.

In addition, she works hard at making a normal day more fun and memorable.     For example, she starting collecting camouflage attire in all sizes… sizes for her, and sizes for the smallest little ones.   By the time of our annual visit last summer, she had quite the collection.    She handed out shirts, pants, weapons and recruited Uncle Johnny to do everyone’s makeup.  Then she took her grandkids on a Force Recon Mission in the backyard fields.

As I mentioned previously, she’s not one to sit on the sidelines… you didn’t think she’d miss out on getting her makeup done too, did you?

When everyone was ready in full gear, she headed out with them on a mission.

But it wasn’t just any make-believe mission.   She had researched Force Recon Mission signals and taught the kids about the signals and how a real mission might go down.

Whether it be a trip to the other side of the country with a hefty price tag, or a day in the fields of her California backyard with thrift store pricing, the memories created are priceless.

Thank you, DeEtta for being such an inspiration to me and hopefully an inspiration to my readers.   For those of you reading, think of “Grandma DeDe” and create some memories for your family.   Get off the sidelines and jump right in.   Explore your neighborhood field for treasures, go on a bear hunt down your hallway, start a rock collection with your kids.

Hapy, happy birthday, Grandma DeDe.   We love you and miss you.    We hope you have a fantastic day.   And in the spirit of memories here is an oldie, specifically for you DeDe!   My first video ever uploaded to You Tube.

Love you,
Heather

DeEtta Bird - Thank you Heather,
You create good memories also with your gifted photography. I will never get tired of Ricky’s birthday song. I love his great big, beautiful eyes. My favorite memory at Farmington is our walk to the special tree. The boys and I always have fun there.
Love you,
DeEtta

Baseball – Ricky 2016

We just finished up another year of baseball for Ricky.  He played on the Giants this year, was coached by Ken and played with many friends on his team.  Although he opted not to try out for All Stars and the team didn’t have a winning season, he really enjoyed baseball season this year.  He was able to play some positions that he’s decided he really likes, mainly catcher and pitcher.

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We love to watch you play buddy!

Love,
Mom

Marlowe – Salt Lake City Newborn Photographer

Happy one month to this gorgeous baby girl, Marlowe!  She took her sweet time getting here but now I’m sure it’s hard for her parents to believe that she’s already a month old.  These pictures were taken when she was less than a week old and it was an honor to capture here at such a fleeting, precious stage.

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Marlowe’s parents met as firefighters and work for the U.S. Forest Service. I loved that they wanted to get the following shots of Marlowe with some of their gear.

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Congratulations to you guys.  I love you guys. And welcome to the world, beautiful little Marlowe!

Love,
Heather