Monthly Archives: September 2011

Swani River (Family Session)

Isn’t that just the cutest title. I came up with it because my cousin’s daughter-in-law, Bobbi, called me about photographing their family while Grandma “Swani” was in town. I thought her name was so darn cute … and we were down by the Boise River after all … sooooo … Swani River. 🙂 These guys were […]

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Aubrey - October 5, 2011 - 7:01 PM

Eep! Eep!! I was so excited to see these here! Bobbi is such a treasured friend from Jr. High, for me. Grant is great too & I know what you mean about those dogs, I need them to work with my boys 😉 Beautiful pics & small world, eh?

Cathie Alonzo - October 5, 2011 - 7:32 PM

Love these and the beautiful dogs! - October 5, 2011 - 8:29 PM

Eep!? That’s a new word I’ve never heard … and I think I like it!

Kathy Norwood - October 6, 2011 - 5:37 AM

Mary, this are so wonderful. I’m so glad to see your work here and I am definitely going to have to follow your blog now! Miss ya’ll lots. - October 6, 2011 - 5:57 AM

Kathy, I am suddenly nervous having a professional looking on! 🙂 For those out there reading this, Kathy is the wife of a cousin (Grant is her nephew) and she is a professional wedding photographer in Texas who does a-ma-zing work! I am a total amateur next to her but I hope to keep learning! Thanks for the nice surprise to hear from you Kathy.

I Heart Faces | People's Choice Photo Challenge This is Jessica with her Kool-Aid smile. Remember those from when you were a kid? Cousin Jonette had a great “Hoedown” this summer with all kinds of fun activities and Jess was actually waiting at the gate for her turn to ride the horses. Photos are great, but horsey rides … come on … […]

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Cathie Alonzo - September 27, 2011 - 8:40 AM

I love this photo! Thanks for “featuring” it.

My 100th Post – "BIG" Family News

It’s my 100th post and I’m loud and I’m proud so what better way to celebrate it than to share with those who haven’t heard yet that the hubs and I are going to be a Gramma/Grampa again! MJ is going to be a BIG BROTHER come April! I like to say I’m going to […]

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lsj4157 - September 20, 2011 - 9:17 PM

You are right Mary, life at this stage is magical. Not because we are older, but because we have had the blessing of being witness to the cycle of life to see the beauty, the pain, the happiness, the sorrow, the God-moments in the unfolding of our families in progress. It doesn’t hurt to be wiser either. Watching our children and grandchildren grow and thrive is a blessing that can hardly be described.

LoraLee - September 20, 2011 - 10:06 PM

Well, you just made my day! It had been a long day and I thought I had better check emails in case there was something I needed to take action on. I would really rather have just gone to bed. BUT I see this email from Mary Mouser that I can never resist. And there is the sweetest, most exciting news of two babies AGAIN!!!! Oh, you guys, if this isn’t the most unbelievable news ever! How fun for those sweet kids to get to go through this together. I loved the pictures and the narrative as always was wonderful. CONGRATULATIONS to all of you and thanks for letting us be in on the fun!!!!
Love to each of you!
LoraLee and Lee - September 21, 2011 - 4:42 AM

Who would have guessed when I took the “Magical” picture that it would have taken on such meaning. I sometimes still can’t stop shaking my head while smiling about this new news. I guess if you did it with three grandbabies so close in age, we’ll survive too, right? You did, survive, right Linda? I mean some days I do wonder about my friend. Ha! Love ya! - September 21, 2011 - 4:46 AM

Well if my post made your day, then know your comment made mine! The girls are tired and not feeling so good, but they always have a smile on their faces. Both of their pregnancies so far are much different than the first so could this mean reverse sexes this time? Time will tell! Love you guys.

Megan - September 21, 2011 - 7:51 AM

It was so fun to relive those two moments through your commentary and all the fun pictures! I was wondering when we were going to get to see the fair pictures!!! 🙂

Linda Johnston - September 21, 2011 - 8:36 AM

Yes, Mary, I did survive three grandbabies within a short time. Not to say I did so unscathed, I once volunteered myself and Jenness to watch the almost one year olds as well as the three older kids (that term is relative as they were all preschoolers) while everyone else went hunting for the day–OH MY, what WAS I thinking? However, I have to say that we did a fine job and all babies and their siblings came through the experience fed, diapered, napped, snuggled (when they’d let me) and loved. I know you well Mary, you will not only survive–you will thrive on these precioius little grandbabies!! Contrats to the whole family!

Aubrey - September 21, 2011 - 5:14 PM

Yeah!!!! So cool, I just love God’s timing with all of this, He is so good. I also think Megan could pass as one of those teenage kids on the rides & love that Matt & Robby are dressed alike. (they must have planned that ;- )) Congrats Grandma, “Guy” ! - September 21, 2011 - 5:27 PM

Awww, how sweet that you remembered MJ used to call me Guy. That changed after about six weeks … one day he just called me Gramma and it’s been that way every since. Kids are so funny, but then you know that. Wink.

Megan - September 21, 2011 - 9:08 PM

P.S. You need to watch the video we took of you when we handed you the picture…border line ridiculous how long it took you to figure it out! Danielle is snickering in the background and Dad is already crying.

P.P.S. My favorite picture is the one of Robby on the swing. Man, I married a cutie!

Your Man - September 22, 2011 - 4:15 PM

What a great 100 post! OUR kids and grandkids are magical just like their grandma. You always do a fantastic job on this blog and every asset of our lives.. Love you much.

Lori - September 27, 2011 - 5:16 PM

We’re SO excited for you Mary!! Twice as happy! - September 28, 2011 - 3:42 PM

Thank you Lori! It’s pretty darn exciting for sure. I had so much fun at Ella’s party. Wow, you guys really knocked yourself out and I can’t wait to work on her photos. She is such a doll in every way.

James – Class of 2012

Welcome to my first senior photo session! Woo hoo! I had so much fun doing this shoot. James is such a nice polite young man (and you know how I like bossing people around) so he just went with the flow … as did his parents and sister and girlfriend, Sarah, who came along for support […]

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Megan - September 14, 2011 - 7:16 AM

You did great- and you two do have a lot in common! I liked the serious face with the freak alley pictures the best. Will be interesting to hear his (and his girlfriends’) favorites! - September 14, 2011 - 7:49 AM

I agree … love the alley shots with all that fun color … and his blue shirt … and that macho look of his. Good job James.

Linda Johnston - September 14, 2011 - 8:31 AM

These were sooo good. I think James did a fine job of following instructions–however, how could you not take great pictures of such a good, handsome young guy. Congrats to James on his senior year and hurray for Mary for a job very well done.

Linda Johnston - September 14, 2011 - 8:33 AM

By the way, I also LOVE the pictures in Freak Alley!

Roberta Johnston - September 14, 2011 - 2:32 PM

Ditto to what Megan and Linda said…..The blue shirt in the Freak Alley… totally awesome! Love the shot of Boise High too, and I have that in common with you and James too, and by the way Mary, anyone from Boise High is cool, so don’t forget that, us Braves have got to stick together! It will be tough for James to pick the pictures he likes as they are all turned out so good, I would say your first senior portrait sesson was a huge success…here’s to many, many more….Hey Seniors out there, wise up, Mary Mouser IS WAY COOL! (: - September 14, 2011 - 2:42 PM

I just read the last line over and over and over and over. I think I’m starting to believe! Thanks for the laugh Roberta.

Kathy Jones - September 17, 2011 - 7:21 AM

Great job Mary – all the pics are great – heck of a job for your first senior “shoot”

Beth - The Botut Blog - September 19, 2011 - 9:43 AM

Awesomeness again Mary. I loved the serious shots because they made his eyes scream Hello Freakin’ piercing!

Thank You

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” — Elbert Hubbard I wanted to take the time to thank so many of you who have been so encouraging of my photography — particularly these […]

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Roberta Johnston - September 8, 2011 - 8:09 PM

You are so welcome! Yes keep the posts coming, they always put a smile on my face and make me feel like I am traveling down a road that I have never been down before! I get to travel around and it’s free, what could be better, except being with the photographer taking the photos I guess! That “small” talent of yours, makes a “huge” difference in so many lives that it’s impossible to put a price on it. One of the greatest blessings in life is to be able to know what your passion is and to love doing it, it’s obvious that you have found that out for yourself Mary so keep taking that camera with you where ever you go and keep blogging about your adventures, I’ll be waiting by my computer (:

lsj4157 - September 8, 2011 - 10:07 PM

What Roberta said is so true and she said it so much better than I could have. I feel honored and blessed to be your friend. I love and admire you and your many talents so much that I can’t even be envious of you!! If I weren’t already grown up (more or less), I would want to be just like you. (If I tried that now it would just be weird). I’m truly happy to be your cheerleader! - September 9, 2011 - 5:23 AM

Hugs to you both. Big hugs.

Beth - The Botut Blog - September 9, 2011 - 2:47 PM

Oh yes, keep up the time, energy and effort! I love to see your stuff and look at things through your eye!

kathy - September 10, 2011 - 6:56 PM

You bless so many people through your words and photos – more than you realize. Thank you for hearing God speak and doing His will in your life.

Brenda Tennessee - September 14, 2011 - 6:19 AM

Enjoy your talent. It is definitely a gift from God. I love traveling through another’s pictures. Even seeing the areas around their own homes and how alike or different they are than mine. Your mountain pictures in previous post are breathtaking. You take wonderful pictures. Look forward to seeing more.

Aubrey - September 19, 2011 - 10:02 PM

Love your blog, your photography & your story-telling. Keep it up, and congrats on 2 more perfect grand-babies in the making 🙂

Hunter's Weekend – Labor Day

We went camping over Labor Day with the kids and some good friends (missed you J’s). September 1st is opening Grouse Season (and my husband’s birthday every year) so up the mountain we went. It was a chilly 24 degrees that first morning at 6:30 am, but by the time we reached the summit around […]

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Roberta Johnston - September 7, 2011 - 5:20 AM

My only complaint about these pictures…..Mike should have been wearing a Boise State hat! It comes in Orange too and would work for hunting! Other than that….breathtaking! Mary you need to be putting some of these in the Idaho Outdoors photo contest, but then again if you did, you’d be going up against some really good photographers like my son, Beau! haha, no really Mary, your photos of Idaho are stunning and are worthy of winning a contest, I am so glad you have that eye that can see what those of us miss, in this crazy, busy world, you help us to stop and “smell the roses” or at least stop, if only for a moment, and see what the Lord has created!! You have my Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval….. - September 7, 2011 - 6:10 AM

Oh, that’s funny about the hat Roberta. You are absolutely right! I took one photo that I will now need to add of Mike and Jim sporting their man aprons. Mike’s is BSU! I didn’t know Beau did this too — how cool — and yes, I intended to enter that contest and it sat by my desk and I never did it and was then mad at myself. Next year I promise to not let my lack of confidence get the best of me. Thank you for encouraging me as always.

Megan - September 7, 2011 - 6:25 AM

That second picture has Western Idaho Fair “Best of Show” written all over it. 🙂 Fun but COLD weekend. Oh, and thanks…really, thanks for the mouth-open sleeping picture. Guess it could have been worse, right? And it was such a lovely nap…. - September 7, 2011 - 6:38 AM

Hee hee hee! I remember a much less flattering sleeping pic that showed up on you blog once of me. You know what they say about paybacks don’t you? So glad you guys came!!! Love you.

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Roberta Johnston - September 7, 2011 - 3:23 PM

Thanks for adding the last photo and the commentary about Georgia! Now your Labor Day weekend pictures are complete!! (:

Aubrey - September 7, 2011 - 6:27 PM

WOW WOW WOW!!!! Those pics are STUNNING. I am so impressed. Looks like fun, wish I could have camping-crashed your group 😀

Your Man - September 7, 2011 - 7:47 PM

It was a great time. The weather friends and family all made it perfect. Great pics babe. Next time hand me the camera to get a pic of you with our grandkids. Love you after 36. - September 7, 2011 - 11:04 PM

Aubrey, seriously, thank you! As for crashing the party … any ol’ time! Your boys would have a blast!

Beth - The Botut Blog - September 9, 2011 - 2:52 PM

OH MY GOSH! Just when I think I have found a favorite post you do something like this and make me re-think my favorite!! I love ALL the photos and cracked up at the “Born a golden retriever, shaved a lab.” Although, I must say I’d have to kill you for posting a picture of me sleeping. Why? Because I don’t sleep pretty like Megan does. I’d be all open mouth and drooling!

Awesome stuff Mary!

Cathie Alonzo - September 9, 2011 - 7:24 PM

Cousin Mary, you have definitely found your calling! Your are always just amazing!! Thanks for sharing. - September 9, 2011 - 9:35 PM

The sleeping picture? Pay back … only I DID look like you described!

justleesha - September 11, 2011 - 2:39 PM

Love all these Mary! All the landscape photos for soooo beautiful!