Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sugar and Spice … and a Little Dirt Bike?

Meet “Ry”, a sweet, petite, almost five-year old with some good upbringing! Take for example being out in the cold for over an hour and never once, not once, whimpering or complaining or backtalking or crying or anything even remotely negative — through several clothing changes no less. I got report back from her sweet step-mom […]

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Stacey - March 31, 2011 - 8:57 AM

Mary, these pictures are GREAT! Nice job! Michelle, you guys are too cute – Ry, looks adorable and those of you and Jim are so good!

botut - April 2, 2011 - 3:47 PM

Hola Mary – I have something for you over at my blog. Come and see……

Chad, Holly, and Ryker « Fairly Candid - November 2, 2011 - 8:38 PM

[…] be pretty fun to hang out with! I heard nothing but great things about them from Michelle of  Sugar and Spice … and a Little Dirt Bike. I arranged to meet Chad, Holly, and Ryker at a park on one of the most beautiful afternoons the […]

Jim, Michelle and Ryan « Fairly Candid - November 15, 2011 - 12:18 PM

[…] photographed them around Easter when Ryan turned 5 (and it was cold then too). She had a little dirt bike with training wheels that was so cute … and I just learned she no longer needs them! Rock on […]

How to Entertain a 17 Month Old

We babysit this weekend and decided “an adventure” of some sort was in order. After breakfast we checked out the toy box to find the perfect adventure hat. He put the safari hat on and never took it off for hours. If it fell off, he put it back on. (Said 17 month old’s father better be […]

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Megan - March 29, 2011 - 5:11 PM

How freaking ridiculously adorable!!! I LOVE his obsession with the safari hat!!!

We’ll see if Syd picks out a hat…so far it’s a short lived accessory. 😉

Linda Johnston - March 30, 2011 - 8:25 AM

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I think you might get the “Maam Maw of the year award” for your photographic genius–the commentary is as good as the pictures. But I think I still get “Hon” of the year for my massive quantities of cooking for the grands and their parents. (No wonder I have ALWAYS struggled with my weight–I should take up photography.)

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 30, 2011 - 9:48 AM

Linda, you always make me smile and so thanks for the strokes! And to correct what you said about cooking … well, you don’t only feed kids and grandkids … you’ve pretty much fed just about everyone I know and then some! Thanks “Hon,” and hands down, you have the best grandma name ever! Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Aubrey Archuleta - March 30, 2011 - 5:59 PM

My boys love the pet store too. I am okay with, except for the smell, oh man! It stinks!

Kathy Jones - March 30, 2011 - 6:24 PM

Well – after a long hard day at work it was good to come home and smile at your pictures! Thanks Mary, you made my day.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 30, 2011 - 7:37 PM

Nope, Pet Smart did not stink at all but I have been to some that have.

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Amanda Pfeifer - April 5, 2011 - 5:54 PM

oh my goodness.. that face while pointing. the big “O” face.. is absolutely priceless~

[…] perfect in every way. If you would like to see his whole adventure, please check it out at “How to Entertain a 17 Month Old.”  It’s one of my favorite posts to date and I guarantee some big […]

Life with Kaishon - August 21, 2011 - 10:47 PM

You are the most fantastic Gramma! This outing sounds like so much fun. I also love your piggy bank idea : ) I can tell you love your grandbaby very, very much. Sweet post. LOVE your pictures. beautiful!

Birthday Wishes??? $40,000 Bake-Off Winner

Kathy’s birthday was Saturday so I made a cake to take to our Game Night at Kathy ‘s. And oh yes, Kathy was there too. Just so you know, I’m not talking about the same Kathy … as we all know I have three friends named Kathy. (Yes, it can get confusing.) I pulled out […]

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Lacey - March 27, 2011 - 11:06 PM

I love the homemade strip idea! They have strips you can buy but why pay money for something so easy as that!!! Thank you for posting ! Can’t wait to use my new toys and bake lots of yummy treats!!! Just might have to try this recipe out!

Roberta Johnston - March 28, 2011 - 4:10 AM

Mary,
I never heard of this trick, I’ll have to try it and pass it on to Shari as she is the real baker in our family! I must have missed that class when I took cake decorating about the same time you did! And by the way, yeppers, the cake looked so yummy, how did you get all the calories out of it?? (;

Kathy Grover - March 28, 2011 - 11:56 AM

This is no ordinary cake and no ordinary woman that made it.

Downtown Boise

I work downtown and I love that. We have the most beautiful downtown business and shopping district than most cities around — hands down. I often carry my camera to work, taking opportunity of breaks and lunch hours to find things that interest me. Here are a few of my favorites. Outside the Grove Parking […]

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Lacey - March 22, 2011 - 9:52 PM

Haha I knew some of those people from the hair school one guy worked at my school when I was there!

Kathy Grover - March 23, 2011 - 12:28 AM

I think I am going to work harder on convincing you to set up a Flickr account and tag these photos with “Boise.” Then even more people could see your extraordinary work. But meanwhile, this has made my day.

Megan - March 23, 2011 - 12:43 AM

How fun to see some of the sights I had forgotten about! Now to see them in person in two short weeks! Eek!!! 🙂

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 23, 2011 - 9:07 AM

That is so sweet Kathy, and this will surprise you, but I did set up a Flickr account briefly for the friends portraits as I submitted one of Linda’s in the Kodak Gallery contest. Before I do anything more, however, I need to learn how to do an effective watermark (hint, hint).

Linda Johnston - March 23, 2011 - 9:23 AM

Wow Mary, these are really excellent–OF COURSE. I get so used to seeing things that I don’t really SEE them or marvel in their beauty. Through your lens the beauty of the moment, the person or the object shines all on its own without the distraction of its surroundings. The landscapes and skylines are breathtaking. Thanks for recording the beauty of our little corner of God’s world.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 23, 2011 - 9:27 AM

Wow, wasn’t expecting that Linda, but thanks. We’ve all been to a few downtown cities in our lives and those of us here know we have one of the cleanest and most vibrant. Between two jobs this is my 16th year of working in the heart of downtown and I love it!

Dinner and a Hair Cut

My girlfriend, Mary, and I have been thick friends since our junior high days when I lived across the street from North Jr. High and she lived a few blocks away in a different direction. She moved away for 15 years a few years out of high school but that didn’t stop us from keeping in touch with […]

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Remembering the Good Guys

The location for Ken and Kathy’s post awaked something in me — memories of two special men in my life but more on that in a minute. I suggested several locations for Ken and Kathy’s photo shoot and Kathy seemed drawn to the ones involving architecture … downtown Boise, the Bishop’s House, or the Capital Building were some […]

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Megan - March 15, 2011 - 11:23 PM

Want to know a little secret? This is my FAVORITE post to date. I loved it- everything about it…and sadly, there’s so much I learned in this post!!! I had no idea Grandpa Queen was a cradle-robber! The picture of Grandpa Brown in the kitchen threw me for a loop- I can’t believe how much Matt looks like him there. It was fun to read of lemon-drop and auction childhood memories.
I can only imagine how much you must miss your Dad…even after all these years. I wish I could have met him. Someday. 😉

Kathy Jones - March 19, 2011 - 8:58 AM

Love this post! It made me feel nostalgic and although I never met your dad, I feel connected through your stories because you have such a great way of story-telling! The stories also reminded me of my own father in many ways. Thanks for sharing!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 19, 2011 - 8:33 PM

My oldest sister wrote me an e-mail with these comments on this post. They are special and I appreciate her!
“My memories are in some ways the very same and others the exact opposite. I do not ever remember Dad saying the actual words – I love you – but I never doubted that he did. My special memories are after Nick. Nicole was less than one because she wasn’t walking and I walked into the kitchen and he was on his stomach on the floor making her laugh. I can very clearly remember thinking to myself – who is this fellow? I have always felt sorry for both of you that you didn’t get to meet Pap Pap on your own level with your kids. I do know that I was given a gift.

I don’t remember not liking you with the exception of having to go to the basement and getting you grape jelly and who knows if that was more than once. I was sad to read that you felt that way so SORRY many years later.

I also have good memories of both sets of grandparents. I remember Grandad as only wearing railroad pants, always with hard candy, which I hated and would never turn down his offer of a piece (and would turn the corner and spit out). I loved riding in his funny old car. I always thought that he took care of Gram. Not that he was perfect because we all know thats not true. I have happy memories of the aution but I know that only went once or maybe twice. I always knew that their house was tiny and so perfect in so many ways. I was always impressed even as a very small kid that we were all invited as a giant family. The garden was so important to her and we were allowed to run the paths, pick the berries, play in the wonderful smelly little room downstairs with the clothes and hats. I loved Easter dinner there. I always felt sorry for Gram when it was rainy or cold. Cousins are a special thing. This year at Christmas at your house my husband was reminded of that same magic watching the ladies, Charlie and MJ. It’s just special, crowed, noisy, estra messy, and special. With four, soon to be five and six.”

Becky Hamilton - March 22, 2011 - 12:59 PM

Mary – you have such a way with words. I can picture Grandpa and Uncle Kenny vividly in your story. My favorite story about your dad is that he used to throw 24 pennies out in the yard and tell you girls not to come in until you found them all. Problem was he would tell you he threw out 25. Always makes me smile.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 22, 2011 - 1:01 PM

Are you serious? I didn’t know that story. That’s hilarious … can’t wait to play that on my grandkids one day! Thank you for commenting Becky.

Grannie Smiles

This is Grannie. Not sure which one is making the other smile, but it warms my heart nonetheless. Angie and I have been friends a long time and she is seriously one of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet. She’s also fondly been referred to as a “Saint” and the “Travel Agent” in our circle. My sister was actually […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - March 19, 2011 - 7:46 AM

Interesting, I just read about the memories that awaken in your post about your dad & then I see MJ wearing the same shirt Parker wore to our first family photos. Wow, that brings back the flood of emotion from that time. 2 young kids, with a kid! MJ wears it well 😀

Paradise Lost or Paradise Found?

They say Hawaii is Paradise. Could be. Maybe. But for how long? 1 year? 2 years? Nope. 3.and.one.half.years. People, it’s happening. (Mother screaming loudly) “IT’S HAPPENING!” They’re moving home! H-O-M-E! As in the same city and state where we live. Yeh, I’m a little excited. We just found out two nights ago … the night before […]

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Megan - March 14, 2011 - 11:53 AM

Paradise: a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It’s not lost, nor found…it simply is my life! 🙂

Love you and can’t wait to see you!!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 14, 2011 - 4:23 PM

Diane D. wrote (under a different post): “Very cute pictures. Love the camo babies. — I am glad you family will be all together in Idaho.”

Aubrey Archuleta - March 15, 2011 - 10:00 AM

YIPPEEEEEEE! I am so thrilled for you guys 😀

"Light the Streets"

About one year ago I made the leap to sponsor a child through Africa New Life Ministries on a monthly basis. Her name is Diane, she is now in 6th grade, loves soccer, English, drawing, and has written me some pretty sweet letters. I say leap because I’ve always been somewhat of a skeptic when it […]

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"24" Hours with MJ

After MJ got sick and started to mend, his parents got sick. After his parents got sick I got a phone call that sounded something like this: “Mom [groan], we’re [ooo] both sick. [More groans]. Can you [heavy breathing] come get MJ [grunt]?” Luckily it was my day off and I was off to the […]

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botut - March 10, 2011 - 8:27 PM

haha, my youngest brought the bug to us and we (as in the adults) have been struggling badly this week. My dad dropped off meds and food at the front door but refused to enter the plagued domain!

Great way to spend the day with your grandson.