Mrs. P (names abbreviated for security reasons) contacted me months ago about getting some family portraits done and, as life is, things got busy for both of us and they never happened….until this past Saturday.
About a month or so ago, I went with my family to celebrate Kendall’s 7th birthday party. I was taking pictures for them, so we had to try and get there on time! :)
Thankfully we did and we all had a wonderful time celebrating Kendall’s birthday!
It was such a beautiful day outside (it got warmer as the day went on) that most of the time, the children were outside playing.
Trinity, Kendall’s sister.
(You may recognize some of the children from previous birthday party posts! )
After almost everyone had arrived, the children played tag.
Lydia and Eden (my sisters! :)
Kendall playing tag.
After lots of running around, we went in for some snacks!
The animal plates were loved by all the children! :)
Some of the children ate outside and some inside!
Toddlers are so cute! :)
After they were sufficiently satisfied, they went back to playing some more!
Micah, Kendall’s brother.
They soon set up games to play and the sack race was played first.
Then they had foot races…
…and soccer races!
Soon it was time for cupcakes!
Lighting the candles.
Mrs. Blue kept trying to light the candles but the soft spring wind kept blowing it out! Finally they were all lit and we sang happy birthday.
Two Mamas talking.
After cupcakes Kendall opened her presents!
All the kids crowding around Kendall to see what she got! :)
Adorable little Trinity
As we were getting ready to leave, Kendall came down the stairs with Eden (my sister) and Sarah (a friend) all dressed up in princessy attire.
Micah and Maddie were playing a chess game around the corner.
We left almost 3 hours after arriving. We had such a wonderful time, but before I close the post here is one more picture of Trinity, Kendall’s sister:
Delighting in Jesus,
(I’ve recently started taking pictures for friends and referrals to improve upon the gift the Lord has given me.)
February 17th, I photographed Matthew’s birthday party! He’s such a sweet little guy and I loved his “firefighter” theme. (His party was held at the Fire Station on 360.)
The birthday boy!!
Matthew’s brother, Micah.
Micah was absolutely loving on Daddy and he would give me a huge smile when we put a firefighter hat on him – so cute!!! :)
Some of the firefighter decor:
Around 10 AM people started showing up for the party! Once everyone was together, the children played a game. I forgot what it was called, so I’ll have to rely on you to fill in the details!
Listening to Mrs. Beninghove instruct all in attendance on how to play.
The game went as such:
Mrs. Beninghove had a little disc-shaped thing in her hand that would call out one of the shapes on the floor.
Then the children would have to rush and get to those shapes and do whatever the speaking disc told them to do.
The kids had lots of fun going back and forth across the floor! It was a little frustrating to some of them because there weren’t enough squares for everyone to get on but they ended up doing group huddles! :)
The next game they played was Hot Potato! Almost all of the children played this and they had lots of fun throwing it back and forth, passing it, etc.
In a circle…
The one with the “potato” is Matthew’s sister, Maddie.
Isn’t Matthew cute?!
After lots of laughing and smiling (I had so many pictures it was hard to pick 3!), they went to the tables and decorated their firefighter hats with stickers!
Once everyone finished decorating to their liking, it was time for cake and ice cream!
Mrs. Beninghove made a beautiful cake. It really looked like a firetruck:
Lighting the candles.
Blowing them out!!
Once the cake was cut up everyone got to eat! Along with cake, popcorn, fruit punch drinks and more, they had ice cream sandwhiches!
Here are some of the faces of the children as they ate their ice cream sandwhich:
Everything was absolutely delicious!
My cousin, Cadence, really enjoyed her cake!!
Getting cleaned up!
Justus…another of my cousins!
Sometime after eating my sister, Lexi (right), picked up Micah and he layed his head on her shoulder. He really is a sweet little boy!
Before presents, some of the little ones went over to the pool table that was there and started playing with the balls
(Thankfully they only got a few squished fingers!)
Two Mamas fellowshiping.
Once all the plates were cleaned up and thrown away, Matthew opened his presents!
As I was taking pictures all the children were inching closer and closer to Matthew. They were all so excited to see what he got! :)
Once all the presents were opened, everyone got their coats on to go listen to the firefighters and to tour the firetrucks!
Listening to one of the firefighers talk.
After they finished talking and asking the children questions, one of the firefighters got all dressed up for us in his fire gear. The little ones weren’t quite sure what to expect! :)
Once he was all dressed, the children were allowed to touch him, his equipment, and everything! They wanted to make sure that the children were not scared of them in case they happen to get a call to their home.
Matthew never came up and touched them at all. He stayed at a distance and watched! :)
After the children had their full contact they were allowed to enter the firetruck!
Once they finished touring the back of the truck, another kind firefighter put them up in the drivers seat.
When everyone had gotten their fill of the truck, firefighters, equipment, etc. they stood outside for a group-children picture!
Before we left, Matthew was allowed to go and sit in the fire truck some more as the special birthday boy!
The firefighter that was with him allowed him to turn the siren on and everything! I think he got a little scared but it was still neat hearing it up close like that!
Mrs. Beninghove and Micah were both nearby when the siren went off. Micah got scared and laid his head on his Mama! :)
In the bay.
We stayed and talked to the firefighter some more before leaving. Maddie, Matthew’s sister, was sitting on the fire truck as we all listened…
Some details of the firetrucks:
And the fire station:
So that ended Matthew’s 3rd birthday party! Before I close up this post, I want to give you my favorite picture of Matthew from the day:
Delighting in Jesus,
P.S. – Just for the record, I took 395 pictures at his party (not counting the deleted!)
Saturday, February 13th we (not including Mama and Lydia) went to Carson Collins 8th Birthday party. I was going to be taking pictures for them and we ended up being the first ones there! :) Soon more people came in and we celebrated Carson’s birthday!
Eden, Sarah, and Maddie playing.
The movie Bolt was soon put in and the TV became like a child magnet…it seemed like everyone was in there watching! :)
As you can tell, this ball contraption was a favorite! Carson is the first one on the right.
Two girls playing around.
They then paused the movie and we went and ate lunch!
Carson drinking some Kool-Aid.
If you look closely to the pictures taken after lunch, lots of the children have Kool-Aid stains! :)
Mrs. Collins made the beautiful cake! She really is creative and this is what she came up with when Carson said he wanted a winter theme. She put powdered sugar on the top to make it look like snow! :)
Since everybody was already in the kitchen, they went ahead and we sang Happy Birthday to Carson.
Blowing the candle out!
Eating some cake. I can testify myself that it was really good! :)
Trinity – isn’t she adorable?
Everyone eating cake!
Mrs. Collins with her youngest little girl, Abigail.
Abigail was a preemie so she was really tiny, she is just as precious as they come! :)
After cake Carson opened his presents.
One of the presents Carson got is this putty that when you squish makes these really weird noises. (I would tell you what it’s called but I’ll save you the details ;) It was a huge hit with the boys! :)
Don’t you love this boys’ face?
As you can tell they were really enjoying themselves! :)
There were lots of cute children at Carson’s party, so I just had to take lots of pictures of them:
Trinity was sitting on a little bench, and I would take a picture of her, then she would come over, look at the picture, go back and pose for another picture and then repeat the process!
Meanwhile Hannah (my sister ;) had managed to steal Abigail and she had fallen asleep on her. (Hannah is an expert at baby-stealing ;)
The picture doesn’t give you enough perspective on how absolutely tiny her feet were. They are about the size of your pointer finger from toes to heel. So precious! :)
There she is sleeping! :)
She woke up as I was circling her, getting lots of pictures! :)
Before everyone had left, Mrs. Collins got most of the guests together for a “party picture!”
There you go!
We left after everyone else was gone with 2 huge platefulls of cake from Mrs. Collins (Thanks!).
This was my first time ever taking pictures at a birthday party for someone other than family. I can be fairly shy, so it was a challenge but I enjoyed it!
Tomorrow, I’ll be taking pictures at another birthday party, so hopefully I’ll have those pictures up here soon! :)
Delighting in Jesus,