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Ricky’s First Day of Kindergarten

Ricky’s officially a Kindergartener!   Today was his first day.   Actually today was only 45 minutes long and I attended with him, but he got to meet his teacher, see his classroom and get familiar with the school for his real official first day which isn’t until next week.

I’m a product of the Catholic School system and a proud product at that – 12 years of my education I owe to St. Joseph’s in Ogden.   My mom has taught there for 30 years and is still teaching there.   My friends who are like siblings to me spent most of their years there.  My brother is a teacher and coach at a Catholic High School in the area.    My friend’s kids now go to various Catholic schools around here.    So, I would be kidding myself if I didn’t admit that it was a very hard decision for us to not send Ricky to a Catholic School.   I almost feel like I am betraying my heritage.

But we made our decision and I felt great about it, until last Monday when my facebook news feed was plastered with my friends children’s pictures all in their adorable plaid jumpers, navy shorts, white shoes… you know the official uniform.   It varies a bit between school, but it is recognizable to most.    I worried and questioned our decision until today.    There are things that I will miss this year, I am sure.  For starters, I already miss the uniform (I can’t believe I would ever admit that, but as I parent my views have changed… I love the uniforms now!) I am sure I will miss the smaller class sizes.   I know I will miss the Christian and religious teachings that are part of the curriculum.   I will miss feeling like I am part of a family when I enter the school doors.

However, there are things that I will love and today I realized a lot of them.   We love that we can walk to school.   We loved Ricky’s classroom and his sweet teacher.    We love that Ricky will have friends that live houses and blocks away rather than miles or cities away.     I hope, and I think that I will  feel a part of this community also.

Before we even hit the school property Ricky saw a boy walking with his parents that he knows through a mutual friend.    Within minutes of lining up outside we had already learned the names of some kids and their parents.    Ricky was a bit shy, as is normal for him, but I could tell he felt comfortable.   He’s excited and ready!

He was thrilled to get have his name called and get his name tag.   And he beamed when another kid, whom he has played with a few times at a friend’s house announced to the teacher after Ricky’s name was called, “Oh I know him really good, that’s Ricky right there.”

I loved the set up of this first hour where the parents and kindergarteners could attend together.   We’re ready for a whole new phase!    However, whoever said that life is easier when your kids get into school is mistaken!  I already feel busier than ever.   We’ve got soccer and homework and mandatory reading time and schedules and etc, etc..    We typically do this stuff regardless, however the requirement attached to everything adds a bit of stress.

All in all, we had a great day.   After coming home from school, having lunch and getting the babies down for a nap, Ricky and I had some one on one time.   We read one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid,  “I wish that I had duck feet.”    (We’ve got to get that 20 minute per day reading requirement in!  ;)) I think it’s already one of Ricky’s favorites too… he giggled all the way through and asked Ken to read it to him again before bed tonight.    And then we had ice cream.

I’m ready for the structure and the schedules of fall.    And, I’m once again happy with our decision.

Love,

Andrea - Seriously, how did these two boys turn into Kindergarteners?? They were just born a couple months ago!! Thor starts Tuesday. Hopefully we can get them together soon. I love the photos with his teacher.

Davis County Fair

Approximately two years ago on a Friday afternoon my baby boys were 6 days old.   We had only been home from the hospital for 3 days when I had the need, the urge, the dying desire to get out of the house as a family.    It was probably more my worry over Ricky and wanting to make sure he didn’t feel slighted in anyway with 2 new babies being the center of attention than my need to get out of the house.  But right then and there on that hot August afternoon I strolled my 3 year old and my 6 day old, 5 pound preemie babies into the Davis County Fair.   I’m sure Ken thought I was nuts but he went along with my suggestion anyway.

We strolled through the rides, the games, the food booths and the farm animals proudly announcing to anyone that would ask that “yes, the babies were twins and they were only a week old.”   I must have been in a HEAVY post-postpartum fog to not have seen the  “you’re a crazy lady”  looks that surely were plastered all over their faces.    Until….. I walked out of the farm animal area and saw a sign that stated, “Food, drinks, bottles should not enter this area because they could become contaminated and kill your one week old premature twin babies”   (or something like that).      And the fog lifted and I freaked.    “Ken, we’re leaving now.”   No more rides, no more food, no more talking to strangers with germs that want to ooh and ahh over the babies.    We rushed out of there as fast as we could and when we were finally safe in the car with gobs of hand-sanitizer covering our hands, I admitted defeat, “That was such a stupid decision to take them here.”    It was two years ago, but I’m sure Ken smiled and nodded, silently agreeing with my craziness yet again.

However, this year we went again.     This time was perfect.   We went on a Thursday evening and it wasn’t too crowded and all of the boys had a great time!    And while we spent way too much money on countless tickets for rides, multiple attempts to win Dollar Store quality stuffed animals and unhealthy junk food, Ken and I had a great time watching the boys giggle down the jump house slide, wave from the top of the Lasership and grip tightly to the sides of the rollercoaster also known as the “choo-choo” to Nolan and Benny.       This marks the first amusement park rides that the twins have ridden.

They all could have sat in the same seat on any of these rides, but they all wanted to be by themselves!     They look a little serious, but they loved it and didn’t want to get out when the rides stopped.

Ricky’s been the past two nights in a row and keeps asking to go again today.   I think we’ll pass for today, but what a great little tradition for our family even if year one was a disaster.

Love,

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.

Love,

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!
Becca

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!

Love,

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!) 😉