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Benny’s First Football Game

Benny has been counting down the days until he would finally see his first, in person, football game.    My brother promised to take him to see his beloved Utes play and tonight was the night.    Benny went to bed last night so excited.   He kept saying, “tomorrow, my first Utah game, my first Utah game.”   He spent the morning making a football field in his Minecraft world that was complete with the Utah and ASU logo.    He spent the afternoon decked out in his Utah jersey playing football with his brothers and friends.   His day was dedicated to the Utes.


When he had finally asked, “how long until the game” enough times we headed down to tailgate to torture him some more, making him wait another couple of hours til game time.

Uncle Scott not only bought him his ticket,

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Utes Game7Utah Utes Game (11)After playing catch for awhile and posing for a few more pictures, it was finally time to head to the game.

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Utes Game4I was offered a ticket to the game and decided to head home instead.   As soon as I got home, I had some serious regret.   I turned on the game and instead of lying on the couch I really wish I was there watching my Benny boy take in his first game.   It’s pouring rain, but I’m sure he’s having a blast watching this exciting game.

Thank you, Scott, for making his day!  (actually his week, month… probably his year!)

Utes Game5I can’t wait to hear about his first game.

GO Utes!!


Baldock Family {Park City Family Photographer}

Rumor has it that it snowed at Snowbird today!  Sept 16th and we’ve got snow already.  Last year we had an awful winter in terms of snowfallIf you’re among those here in Utah that don’t love the snow it was probably a glorious winter for you!   However, for most of us here, there was definitely too little snow not only in the valley but also at the ski resorts.    The lack of snow was magnified if you were a member of the Baldock family who traveled all the way from Tennessee to Park City for a ski vacation.       While we didn’t have the snow they were hoping for in their family photos at our initial location, we did our best.    And while we couldn’t fix the quality of snow that they had to ski on, we could drive until we found snow to make sure that they got a few winter wonderland shots.

The beautiful Baldock family was a pleasure to photograph.   We had such a great time and looking back at these pictures has me anxious for the snow… hopefully lots this year!

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Like last year’s terrible snowfall, I’ve been terrible at blogging my client sessions lately.    This is the first of many that will be coming your way soon.


Bring on the Football Season

It’s hard to believe, however it’s true, that my football obsessed boy essentially dropped all football conversation as soon as the Superbowl ended this past February.  We hadn’t heard too much about the Seahawks or anything else football related from Benny until about a month ago when someone told him the first pre-season game was on August 9th.   From that day on, he was not only counting the days til his birthday (August 8th) but also til the start of Football season.    He takes much pride in the fact that his birthday kicks off the season.

In the past week or so, aside from his school uniform, he has only worn his Seahawk jersey, his Seahawk t-shirt or athletic compression shirts, which he now refers to as “football” shirts because he saw footage of the NFL players practicing in this style of shirt.

He was in heaven when he talked Ricky into playing football with him and was able to be part of an ongoing flag football game with the neighborhood big boys for the past few days.


He is so passionate about the game.     From being hyper-focused on throwing the ball correctly:


To being absolutely giddy if makes a tough catch:


To being super angry and brought to tears if he messes up or if he thinks that his Dad isn’t throwing from far enough away or isn’t throwing the ball correctly:


We had a pretty awesome sunset while they were playing catch, so I moved them around a bit and got some fun silhouettes.



It’s entertaining and so fun to watch his love of the game.   From the endless questions during a game he’s watching on TV (most that I can no longer answer because his knowledge of the game has surpassed mine!) to his interest in the correct technique.    I’ve never been thrilled with the thought of my boys playing football, however I may have to re-think that if his love for this game continues.

Bring on the Season.  We’re ready.



A Bright Reminder

I took this picture last night after tiptoeing into the boy’s room and seeing the lights a blazing from the top bunk.    Nolan has been afraid of going upstairs lately even during the daylight hours.   He always wants someone to go with him.   Most often it’s me and typically it’s when I have a million other things going on and I usually don’t want to take the time to accompany him on a task he should be doing himself.   Sometimes I can convince him to take someone else, but it’s usually after some pleading.   I’m not sure what he is really afraid of because even a partner like Benny, his brother of nearly the same size, makes it all better.   He’s also been afraid of the dark at night so it was no surprise to walk into all of his lights turned on.

A few nights ago we added to his top bunk sanctuary.   Another brighter light, one that looks like stars shining.    His new “tick tock clock” that he bought with his birthday money.   Not any toy clock that was an impulse buy, but a retro, rustic looking clock that he’s had his eye on from the home goods section of the store since we last visited.   He’s intent on doing various things at midnight, probably checking out all the scary things and his clock is going to let him know exactly when midnight is.   Now, if he could just stay awake until both hands are on the twelve.    And last, his trusty dream catcher from the treasure box in preschool that’s been doing it’s duty to trap the bad dreams from across the room for months.    He told me exactly where to nail and where to hang each of these things that would surely help him not be afraid.

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Earlier in the evening I was losing my patience and complaining to my mom about kids that didn’t listen or clear their bowls unless reminded over and over again, and Nolan, in particular who won’t walk up the stairs during daylight to get his own pajamas on!     Then I walked into this and realized, that I want to remember this … this amazing display that he came up with that is helping him to not be afraid.   For someday, probably sooner than I can imagine, my boys won’t be around for dinners and there won’t be any dishes that never made it to the sink.   Nolan won’t want me to join him on his way upstairs for he will have just returned from a night out with friends, way past dark and will care less about a star light, dream catcher or “tick tock clock.”

I was thankful for the brightly shining top bunk in the dark of night, a reminder to cherish these moments more.

We’re still working on listening the first time and clearing your own dishes but hopefully this shining star will continue to remind me to be more patient with my quickly growing boys.


Katherine - Thank you for the reminder. I need to have more patience also…before long we’ll be begging them to hang out with us!!

Back to School 2015

Well here we are, another school year has begun.

Ricky is in the 4th Grade.   4th grade feels like a big year to me.  I remember 4th grade vividly and remember no longer feeling like a kid but more like a grown up.   My own memories of being more grown up have me a little sad about Ricky being in 4th grade but he’s so excited, so I’m excited for him.  After a summer of saying he didn’t want to go back to school I was a little surprised that he was very excited to go on the first day.    When I picked him up, I overheard him telling the principal that 4th grade was fun.   Before I even had a chance to ask him he jumped in the car and exclaimed, “4th grade is AWESOME!”   When I asked what he liked about it he replied with, “Well, first of all, my teacher is really nice and second, I don’t sit by any girls.”   :)   Whatever the reasons, I’m thrilled that he’s looking forward to a great year.

Nolan and Benny started Kindergarten this year and after digging out my past years “Back to School” photos I truly realized how much they’ve grown!  Not babies any longer.   Sadly, Nolan was sick on the first day of school.  After throwing up the whole day before and twice the morning of the first day, I knew there was no way he could go.   He started out trying to get ready but was just too sick.

Benny’s day started out great.   He found his seat and started his work of coloring, cutting and gluing.   I sat with him for a few minutes as everyone was getting settled and suggested that maybe it would be easier to color his picture first and then cut it out.    As I was leaving I heard his teacher walk over to him and tell him to cut it out first because he was coloring on a part that would eventually be glued over.    I got almost to my car and couldn’t remember whether I had told his teacher that Nolan was sick or not.   I blame my pregnancy brain, or the fact that I had told 3 other people, but I just couldn’t remember whether she was one of them.   I ran back in to tell her.   When I walked in the classroom, Benny, who I sometimes forget is such a perfectionist,  came up to me with tears in his eyes and said quietly, “Mom!  You’re suppose to CUT first!”   I felt terrible that he was starting out his first day of kindergarten so worried about something so minor, that was all my fault.   But by the time I picked him up he had moved on or forgotten all about it and said that he had a great day learning about the color red and number 5.   Whew!

Nolan was all better for the 2nd day of school and had a great day too.   When I asked him if Kindergarten was fun he said, “Yes VERY fun!”

I think we are all going to have a great year!

The annual “Back to School” First Day pictures. (or second day for Nolan this year. )


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And a look back at the past few years.   Boy how they’ve grown.

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Love you all so much!