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Nolan’s new haircut

The boys got some much needed haircuts today.   Here is a picture of Nolan’s.  What do you think?  I can’t decide if I like it or not.

Just Kidding!  This was mid-haircut, but we were cracking up so I had to get a shot of it.   However, the kid could pull off a Vanilla Ice look if he wanted!

He was quite a serious boy today and kept this look the entire time his hair was being cut.   The only change was when the clippers would get louder, or faster, or a new comb or brush was pulled out … then his eyes would get really big and his eyebrows would furrow, but the expression never changed.

On a side note, that scab on his nose?  That’s from his daddy.   Well not really from him but because of him.   Nolan is afraid of grasshoppers and Ken thinks it is funny to catch them and chase Nolan with them.    On this particular day Nolan ran right into a tree trying to escape the Daddy with the Grasshopper!

Here is a video of him today…he’s not so afraid of them anymore or maybe he is just more trusting of me than Daddy.   But,  I just love how he says “grasshopper.”

Construction Birthday Party

My babies are TWO.   Two years have flown by in the blink of an eye.   Last weekend we celebrated their birthday with dump trucks and tractors and all things construction.

I had so much fun planning this party.    Some may call (and many have called) me crazy however I really do enjoy the planning, painting, baking, organizing to see a celebration come together for those that I love.   And while Ken continually suggests, “we don’t need a party,”  I gasp in disbelief at the thought every time.     No way.   I love a good theme.   Give me an hour or so on google and a trip to the dollar store and the ideas start flowing.   I can’t help it, really.     I sometimes briefly begin to see his point around 2:00 am as I am still awake stenciling paint on cardboard road signs or when my guests say things like, “yep, I knew you’d pick out only the yellow and orange m&m’s.”    Yet, when the party is going strong and the kids are having a blast, I am happy and ready for the next theme.    However, I fully get that one day I may be committed for things like color coordinated  garbage construction “debris” bags.

“Loose Gravel”  for the Sandbox,  “Work Zone” for the Workbench, “Caution Wet Paint” for the edible pudding Finger Paint, “Caution, Slippery When Wet” for the Slip N’ Slide and Swimming pool.

The food table.

I had taken the boys to a real construction site with the hopes of using the pictures for their invitations but I ran out of time to make invitations so I used the pictures here instead.

I found so many fun ideas that had to do with a construction themed party – Drill Bit Pasta Salad.

Tool box containers for the plates, napkins and utensils.

Drinks being referred to as “Fuel”

The cake.

And ice cream bar.

No, I wasn’t kidding.   The debris bags really were present.   And I did receive the ridicule about them already.  🙂   The boys had so much fun and are in heaven with all of their new gifts.    Thank you to everyone.

A HUGE thanks to Marta Nimori and Associated Barricade for the real construction barricades, to our friend Chris for setting up his Slip N’ Slide again for us and to my friend, Carrie who gave me so many great ideas for the party from her son’s party with the same theme!

It’s truly hard to believe how much these little ones change in such a short amount.


Kimi P. - What an awesome theme! Very, very well done. 🙂

Jenny - That party looked AWESOME!!!!!
From the cake, to the decorations – I loved it all.
So worth staying up til 2:00 AM to get it all done.
You’re such a good mommy.

Heidi E - It looks like it was an amazing day- great job girl!

Andrea - Seriously Heather. You should be a party planner! It looks AMAZING and I’m just sorry we had to miss it. Hope to see you soon!

Erin Schumaker - That was the coolest construction site Kaiya has ever worked on!!!! Looks just like some of Grandpa Rons! Thanks again Heather for making us part of Nolan and Benny’s special day!

Katherine Thompson - OMG…what an awesome party! You should totally be a party planner! Did you make that cake? Too cute.

Heather Bird - Thanks everyone! I really did have fun doing it all – and totally worth staying up all night. Katherine.. Yes I made the cake.

Veronica Mounts - Your party was amazing! I am doing a construction theme for my 2 year old next week. My husband read your intro and said “Sounds like you” Smiling faces are toally worth it all the late nights. Great job Momma 🙂

Becca - Hi! This is the exact party I’m having for my almost 2 year old in a few weeks! He’s obsessed with trucks and we wanted it in our backyard but his bday is in August, in Texas! Anyway, this link was so helpful to come across and I love your cute ideas!! Any chance you know where I could find those cute serving bins that look like dump trucks? I’ve checked dollar stores everywhere! Thanks!

Heather Bird - Hi Veronica
Thanks so much for the comment. Parties are totally worth late night preparations!! My boy’s birthday is coming up soon and I haven’t started anything yet. Lots of late nights in my future, I think.

Best of luck with your party! Hope it is fantasic.

Heather Bird - Hi Becca,
Thanks so much for the comment. I got the serving bins from Home Depot. The are actually stacking tool boxes. They come in big sizes that I used for the salads and such and small sizes (in a pack of 3 maybe) that I used for the ice cream toppings. Hope you can find them!

Stacy - You are amazing!! I am doing this theme for my sons 2 year birthday. I’m using lots of your ideas, I’ll be sure to tell everyone where I got the ideas from when they ask 🙂 Hopefully it turns out as cute as yours did! Question…the signs, it looks like you cut cardboard, painted, used stencils and paint for the letters, then what type of stick did you mount them on and with what? Also are they resting in cinder blocks? What type of paint did you find worked best?

Thanks again!

Angela - Very nice ideas! I’m planning a construction party and I’m curious what the yellow containers you used to serve the salads are and where you got them. Thanks in advance

Nik and Anna {Ogden, Utah Wedding Photographer}

She said she didn’t believe in fate.

Years ago Anna attended a job interview where she was offered a job by Nik.  She decided not take the job and continued with a different plan in her life at the time.   Later, Nik’s Mother and Grandmother sat at a table at a local restaurant where they were served by the beautiful, Anna.   They tried desperately to talk Anna into agreeing to meet their son/grandson.   Anna declined.    Then as fate would have it, Anna and Nik happened to end up at the same Halloween party thrown by Anna’s little sister.   Unbeknownst to either of them that their paths had previously crossed more than once, Nik tried to impress Anna, however Nik was dressed in a less than flattering costume – a huge an inflatable Sumo wrestler costume!    He left without getting her number.    But thankfully, he was able to get her number from his little brother who had recently become friend’s with Anna’s sister.    Turns out the inflatable sumo wrestler costume wasn’t quite as disastrous as one might think.

Nik proposed on Valentine’s day under a gazebo at the beautiful Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah.    You can call it fate, the stars aligning or maybe just part of God’s plan, but Anna said “yes” and they were married last weekend in a beautiful ceremony at the Ogden Nature Center.

I met Anna while she prepared for her big day.

Anna and Nik opted to do a “First Look” and see each other before the ceremony.    This gave them a bit of private one on one time and allowed for us to be able to take most of the formal pictures before the ceremony giving them the time to just celebrate and be with their guests during cocktail hour.

Anna’s grandmother’s pin.

The wedding party.

The stunning ladies.

The handsome men.

The father and mother of the bride.

The groom’s family.

The ceremony.

Some of my favorite photos typically come from the interaction immediately following the ceremony where they bride and groom are greeted by their friends and family.

Especially interactions like this!   Love the joy and excitement by Anna and her new Mother in Law.

Nik surprised Anna with a beautiful wedding band!   She had no idea until he slipped it on her finger during the ceremony.

The reception immediately followed the ceremony in the same picturesque location.

After dinner we took a few minutes to capture a few shots in the beautiful evening light.

The first dance – “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton.   Perfect choice.

Their parents joined them for the second half of the dance.  Both sets of parents have been married for over 30 years.  A wonderful example of beautiful love and commitment.

The father-daughter dance is always one of my favorite parts of the night…

But now that I am a mother, and a mother to 3 boys, the mother/son dance always chokes me up a bit.

The party and dancing continued.

The toasts were heartfelt and funny.

As the dancing wound-down and the celebration came to an end, Nik surprised Anna again – she had no idea they’d be departing in a limo!

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your day.    Everything was absolutely amazing.   Congratulations!


Elisha - Heather, these pictures are absolutely AMAZING. Seriously, I don’t think you could have done a more fabulous job! I’m so excited for you to take our family photos!

Heather Bird - Thank you so much, Elisha! That means a lot coming from you. I’m excited to take your pictures too .. (the pressure is on!) 😉

Busy, busy

Things have been busy around here!   I’ve run races, been on vacation, shot a wedding (and have lots still to edit), painted our garage, had a birthday for my two babes and now am in the process of planning their birthday party.    However, as busy as I am … things are pretty much the same for my boys.

They’ve been busy playing very creative games with friends.  While today, it’s croquet, a few weeks ago it was this game:

Not really sure what this game was, but it involved Kyler (the little boy with the hose) being referred to as “Mastah”  (not Master, but rather “Mastah”… no “r”).   While he was the “Master” the other two older boys seemed to demand a lot of him.  “Mastah, I need more water.”   “Mastah, more water now.”

Then they would take off and dump the water in the culdesac just to repeat:  1) Demand Water  2) Run   3) Dump and Repeat.

My apologies to the water conservists out there, however my street was very well hydrated this afternoon.

They’ve had lots of popsicles.

They’e had fun playing with cousins.

And they’ve enjoyed playing with these tiny, adorable frogs that frequent our yard.  (Well, Ricky has enjoyed it… Benny isn’t sure what to think of them and Nolan is pretty much terrified of them!)

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer.   Wedding pics, Northern Calif coast pics, Birthday party pics all to come!


Idie - Looks like your place is a summer wonderland!

Bridal Photos {Salt Lake City Wedding Photographer}

This beautiful Texas gal will be marrying the man of her dreams today in the Mount Timpanogos Temple.   After her brother introduced her to Tyler, she packed up her things and moved all the way from Texas to little, ol’ Utah.     Despite her husband and her new home being in Utah the Texan in her still stands out.   You can see it in the perfect location she chose for her Bridal pictures but I saw it even more with her comments like, “I should have worn my cowboy boots, y’all.”    And I have to say, I love a little Texan drawl.

She is beautiful and was so much fun to work with.

Congratulations Jenny and Tyler.    I am sure your wedding was perfect!


Duane - Thanks again Heather… the pictures are beautiful!!!