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Ricky as Roberto Clemente

Last week Ricky participated in a Historic Timeline presentation at school.   Each child chose a historical figure that has made an impact on the world.   They each dressed like their figure and gave a short speech on their life.   I was not only impressed with these 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders but was also thoroughly entertained and I learned a thing or two. Among the figures present were Jesus, Mary, Christopher Columbus, Joan of Arc, Pocahontas, Milton Hershey, Martin Luther King, Aaron Rodgers, Elvis, Steve Jobs, Taylor Swift, many other amazing people and my own little Roberto Clemente.

Roberto Clemente is known for persevering through racial tension and bigotry to become one of the best all – round baseball players while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a humanitarian who was killed in a plane crash while on his way to deliver supplies to victims of an earthquake.

Ricky, who is pretty shy and has some anxiety when it comes to things like this, did a phenomenal job.   I was so proud of his hard work and preparation for this project as well as his presentation.

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Ricky and a couple of the other sports stars.

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Way to nail it, Ricky.   We love you.
Love,
Mommy

DeEtta Bird - Congratulation, Ricky, on giving a good speech. I think public speaking is a great skill that you will use all your life. Keep practicing. Your grandpa Bob loved Roberto Clemente also. You chose a good man to report on.
Grandma DeDe

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.
G-ma