Monthly Archives: April 2011

Tulip Appreciation

This week our office put on their yearly “Staff Appreciation Event” which is always top-notch — lunch and entertainment for the whole office (while the office closes down). I work with some great people, in a great location downtown, and with a great schedule. I appreciate that. I really do. I took my camera to […]

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Shayna - April 30, 2011 - 4:15 PM

It was a beautiful day. Great pictures Mary, I love the vibrant colors.

More Chicky Love

My friend Kathy has three beautiful granddaughters who live out-of-state. They are home for Spring Break and so I offered for them to come over and see Big Ben and the gang if they’d like. They liked. I asked Kathy to bring her camera and it made my heart happy that she was so snap […]

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Linda - April 26, 2011 - 8:30 PM

Cute little chickys all.

Kathy - April 27, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Oh Mary – you did such a good job capturing my beautiful little girls! Thank you for the wonderful blessing of having us over and showing loving patience through all the drama! And, although Mylah looks like a three year old she is actually only two! Hence, the drama…
A memory I am sure the girls will remember for a long time.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 27, 2011 - 9:54 AM

Glad you liked them and have fun with all the pictures you took. Oops, thought someone said Mylah was three … I made the correction in the post. 2 … 3 … 6 … 8 … whatever their ages, they are all beauties, those girls!

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Pets

I have been following a wonderful website for some time now called I Heart Faces (a photography website). They have weekly photo tutorials, great articles by people who know what they’re talking about, and weekly photo contests. This week’s theme is “Pets” and it just so happens that I recently got five new “pets” for the […]

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Breanna - April 25, 2011 - 2:57 PM

this is a really sweet (& festive) shot!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 25, 2011 - 4:03 PM

Breanna, thank you for looking at my photo … how honored I am! Your site is fabulous and I have seen your winning I Heart Photos in the past and have checked out your website — very nice with such beautiful work. Thank you and good luck on your entry.

Shawna - April 25, 2011 - 5:33 PM

This is a great and very sweet photo. I love the lighting. 🙂

Breanna - April 25, 2011 - 8:22 PM

thanks so much! your comments are too sweet, I really, really appreciate them!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 25, 2011 - 8:22 PM

Shawna, thank you for checking out my post … there were so many entries so I feel great just having had you take a peek.

Joanna - April 25, 2011 - 9:52 PM

That is adorable!!

Laura Higgs - April 25, 2011 - 11:59 PM

Adorable. My curiosity has gotten the best of me……What and the heck are you going to with them when they get older???? though I am looking forward to seeing them get older.
Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I’m am enjoying the process… though I don’t know how to reply back to comments without making a comment on my own. Still learning…….

Laura

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 26, 2011 - 8:13 AM

Laura, you made me laugh. I have a farmer who has agreed to take the chicks whenever I am ready to deliver them. Only trouble is I am getting attached to the stinkin’ things … especially the bigger yellow ones who are starting to try and fly out of the Rubbermaid once in a while. I suppose the day I come home to chicks who have “flown the coop” into my hobby room will be the day they go make friends with 30 other chickens on the farm. I’ll be sad though as it’s fun to watch them grow so fast. They were itty bitty the day I brought them home at a day old and now just one week later they are getting lots of wing and tail feathers. About commenting, yes, your comments go on your blog when you reply to someone but you have a few choices. In Word Press, I have an option for people to sign up for replies if they want. I’m sure Blog Spot does too. Then your readers can choose to select “to receive comments” on a particular post or not. What I did to be sure you got this post was to attach your e-mail address as well. If I wanted, I could then go to my blog and “edit” out any part of the comment I want. Hope that helps. There is quite a learning curve in starting a blog as I’m sure you’re finding out. You are doing great — looking forward to more!

Ashley - April 27, 2011 - 3:53 AM

Very cute photo and chick!!! 🙂 Good luck on your entry!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 27, 2011 - 5:41 AM

Thank you Ashley … I checked out your entry as well and that photograph of your kitten was beautiful. You probably have a winner there! Good luck, Mary

Happy Easter Everyone!

Easter can be a lot of hype, just like Christmas … but the hype should and can be more than just the commercial type. Easter is a time of year that we remember Jesus dying on the cross, but we celebrate that three days later He rose from the dead! For Christians, eggs came to […]

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Megan - April 23, 2011 - 8:22 PM

He is Risen!!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 23, 2011 - 8:24 PM

He is risen indeed!

Shayna - April 24, 2011 - 10:29 AM

Happy Easter! Love the chic pictures 🙂

A Big Easter Surprise

On Tuesday, I came home and met Mike outside mowing the yard. [Said in my sweetest wifey voice] “Hon, I need your help. Could you find me a big box … I need a big box.” We chatted about boxes until the big question I was dreading finally came. “What do you need a box for?” “Weeeell […]

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Sheila Clark - April 22, 2011 - 7:30 AM

Oh Mary! LOL! Those are so cute! Even though they aren’t the photos that you expected to get, they are so darn cute. I love the one of MJ laying on the floor looking at the chick and the one where it looks like he’s going to squeeze the life out of it. So funny! I hope you get the shots that you want on your second try 🙂

Linda Johnston - April 22, 2011 - 8:56 AM

Who needs Anne Geddes when you’ve got Gramma Mary? Sometimes pictures are cuter when they don’t go as we plan. It shows those precious little personalities. Besides, I think there is a reason why Anne Geddes often chooses newborns for her work–they sleep a lot, unlike 1 1/2 year olds. I can even see the look on Mikey’s face when you told him why you needed the box (I think he secretly loves your big ideas). I can see chickey love all over his face.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 9:57 AM

Oh my goodness Linda, I was smiling through your note, but that last line, I busted out laughing at my desk. Oh my, wait till Mikey reads that! Too good and you are too funny … you should start a blog.

Kathy Grover - April 22, 2011 - 2:29 PM

Holy Cow! Holy Chicks! Anna Geddes has got nothing on you.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 2:35 PM

Kathy, you always crack me up. Thank you.

Mary Kuehn - April 22, 2011 - 9:02 PM

I will not show those pictures to Mark for he would look like Mike and I would be feeding chicks. My fav was Sydney in a line with the chicks. “The 4 Chicks” Try it again when they are 4 or 5 it might go better. Turned out great! See you soon.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:20 PM

What’s Mark’s e-mail address again?

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:24 PM

Sheila, I could appreciate you being the mother of twins and what you do on a daily basis after this photo shoot … and we had two mothers, a great-grandma and me! Thank you for commenting Sheila … have a great Easter!

Your Man - April 23, 2011 - 6:12 AM

I would really like to know what chickey love is or looks like.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 23, 2011 - 7:26 AM

You know when you look at me? That’s chicky love. Lovie you too.

It's Almost Easter … Got Your Happy On?

I planned a pre-Easter “play date” for April 20th (which just happened to coincide with MJ’s 18 month birthday). My daughter, daughter-in-law, and the grandbabies came over in the morning after breakfast with Easter outfits in hand because sometimes it’s better to get those pictures out of the way early in case it doesn’t pan […]

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Megan - April 21, 2011 - 6:23 PM

I know a Gramma who has her happy on!!!

What a fun day- thanks for making Easter egg-stra (i know, so cheesy) this year.

Lucky little grandkids you have!!!

amandapfeifer - April 21, 2011 - 7:00 PM

haha!
nice work.
A very similar story for us last year..
egg dying just didn’t go over great with my daughter and 3 of her friends last year. We tried making eggs from rice crispies, and dipped them in chocolate and candies. Thought it might be more age appropriate, and go over better… it didn’t. They just ate the candy.
I love setting up holiday “to-do’s” and love it no matter the outcome!

Kathy Jones - April 22, 2011 - 2:09 PM

Ahhh – but it all finally came together as your next post proves. Great fun pictures – You have so much fun with those grandbabies of yours. They truly are the luckiest! I am in the midst of trying to create my own memories with my girls running all around – my how I have missed them!!! They are so cute!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 2:16 PM

Thank you Kathy, Having grandbabies is the best as you well know since you are several “Grandma Years” ahead of me. If you want to have your girls meet Big Ben, Benny and the Jets, and Soul Sista, bring them over before they return home — I’ll have them another week or so. Bring your camera too!

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Laura Higgs - April 22, 2011 - 7:36 PM

Love it. So daring with all that color. I would have had to do it outside on the grass. I’m so much more boring.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:38 PM

Soooo cheesy but love it and love you!

Spring in Hells Canyon

We were out-of-town for our first camping trip of the year this past weekend … the first of many to come (and in the words of our good friend, Kathy … woohoo, woo hoo hoo!) We camped with three other couples and while at times it was cold, or windy, or rainy, there were other […]

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Your Man - April 18, 2011 - 5:46 PM

What a great time with great friends. Love you all more than you know. Can’t wait till Carmela. Again what great pics. I mean it!

Diane - April 18, 2011 - 7:01 PM

It was a blast. Great pictures.

Megan - April 18, 2011 - 7:45 PM

All I have to say is you’re going to have a HELL of a time figuring out which picture(s) to post in the Western Idaho Fair this year…and I’m going to have a HELL of a time voting!!!

Kathy Grover - April 18, 2011 - 7:58 PM

Looking at these pictures is a bittersweet experience; emotionally difficult because we can’t be a part of this experience, but sweet for so many obvious reasons. I was shocked when I looked at all the pictures because I imagined that Hell’s Canyon was just rocks. I’m an Idaho native and yet never been to Hell’s Canyon, maybe the only place in Idaho I haven’t been. There is vegetation there! I had no idea. I thought you guys would be roughing it and literally parking on rocks, but look at that cushy RV park. How spoiled you are! It sure looks like the perfect time of year to be there. Thank you for sharing, it’s the next best thing to being there.

Linda - April 18, 2011 - 8:12 PM

It was a wonderful time with wonderful friends. The pictures are marvelous, of course. You really know how to capture the beauty of things we walk by without paying attention. I think I’m going to learn to stop and smell, or rather, “see” the roses way more often. By the way, Guy says those power poles look like money to him!! He thinks they are BEA-U-TI-FUL.

Linda - April 18, 2011 - 8:16 PM

So, Mary, where are the pictures of you and Mike? You should have one. I know that you were behind the lens usually, but there was at least one as I recall.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 18, 2011 - 9:10 PM

Awww, thanks Babe.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 18, 2011 - 9:16 PM

Kathy, there was so much new to me as well as this was only our second time there, and to the rest of you and your comments, thank you for encouraging me. I learned some new things about my camera this weekend and I loved that. There is always new things to learn. As for the pics of me and Mike, yes I had Kathy take one of us by the tree as well but it looked out of place with all you couples in your cute hats and sunglasses. I’m going shopping!

Matt and Lacey say "I DO!"

The wedding we’ve all been looking forward to is now behind us. The bride and groom are now officially on their own and the time they spent getting to know one another will now play out living together. The bride and groom’s mothers will soon have a hobby room/guest room. The check books can be […]

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Kathy Sereduk - April 12, 2011 - 1:51 PM

AMAZING pictures and blogging! Thank you so much Mary!
What a treasure to have. It was a fun day, and I am so glad that we got to share it with our friends and family. Whose next?

Aubrey Archuleta - April 13, 2011 - 12:01 PM

Such a beautiful day! I love that you have all those kids & grandkids there now 😀 SUCH A JOY.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 13, 2011 - 12:10 PM

Thanks Aubrey, and you know I love having everyone here too! And you know your mom is going to miss you guys when you move, right? At least you’ll live fairly close and SW air can have them there in a jiffy if needed. Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Your Man - April 18, 2011 - 5:36 PM

And you don’t want to do weddings. What fantastic pics you take. You are a natural. love you.

The Homecoming

They’re b-a-a-a-c-k! Apparently after the flight my daughter is now resigned to have only one child … yes, apparently that bad of a Red Eye flight, but I’ll let her share those details on her blog when she gets around to it (of which I am sure by then she will have forgotten the worst of […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - April 11, 2011 - 5:53 AM

yipee! hooray! SO thrilled for you all 😀

Linda Johnston - April 11, 2011 - 8:24 AM

I just KNEW there would be photographic evidence of the Hawaiian cuteness!!! She is so precious. I’ll be praying for warmer weather so that she adjusts to usually sunny sometimes rainy and cold Idaho.

Your Man - April 11, 2011 - 4:31 PM

I’m in heaven. I know it must be just the same!

Kathy Grover - April 11, 2011 - 9:04 PM

Your pictures just get better and better. Just like your grandbabies.

The Versatile Blogger Award

I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Versatile Blogger Award but who am I to know these things … I’m relatively new at this you know. This award is a two-way street … I get, I give. The give part comes with rules. But before I get started with the rules, let me […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - April 5, 2011 - 3:05 PM

Yes, Seattle in July!
Thanks so much for your kind words. I love the blog world!
I will try to do this as soon as I can, the move has already started, lots of packing & such :/AHH!!

Amanda Pfeifer - April 5, 2011 - 5:49 PM

Your so sweet! Thank you very much.
I will definitly check out the other blogs you’ve nominated.