Monthly Archives: January 2012

I Heart Faces | Oh So Silly

These are two of my wonderful friends as we worked on a photo from which a puzzle would be made for their three granddaughters. Oh so silly. I love these guys … and Bob and Kathy are pretty cool too. Ah-ha, ha, ha! Now check out other “oh so silly” entries at and be […]

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Roberta - January 30, 2012 - 5:09 PM

Awesome!! But “where in the world” are Bob and Kathy?? Hahahaha Simply love it, very creative!!

Linda - January 30, 2012 - 8:49 PM

I think our friends are goofballs. Maybe the photographer too. - January 30, 2012 - 8:54 PM

Huh? I have no idea what you mean.

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Ariana Leach - January 31, 2012 - 11:12 AM

What a great idea! Love it!

Zada Bea [Newborn]

Meet Zada Bea born January 2 weighing 8.2 pounds of sweetness. Her name was derived from both parents’ names — Zack and Danielle — with a touch of an older family one for her middle name. She was perfection, sleeping nearly the entire photo session and hardly making a peep. You’re going to see some […]

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Linda - January 26, 2012 - 9:29 PM

Oh such a beautiful precious baby–and an adorable name. Congratulations Danielle and Zack. Mary, you did a beautiful job. You make photographing babies look easy though I know that truthfully they aren’t as easy as we “photographically challenged” might imagine. - January 26, 2012 - 9:37 PM

And they aren’t easy for me either … I have sooo much to learn! (But thanks for the sweet note nonetheless.)

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Cindy - January 26, 2012 - 11:18 PM

What absolutely precious pictures, Mary! You did such a beautiful job capturing the sweetness of this newborn! - January 27, 2012 - 6:05 AM

Thank you Cindy, but still so much to learn. I have been wanting to write you to tell you I love the changes you made to your blog. Looks nice!

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Kathy Jones - January 27, 2012 - 7:13 AM

Mary – I know you were a bit concerned because Zada was a little bit older than the newborns – but you did great – lovely pictures!

Roberta Johnston - January 27, 2012 - 8:03 AM

How do you capture such beautiful photos of these precious ones?? I love the photos of them sleeping, there is nothing like watching a baby sleep, so priceless and that’s what these are, priceless! Great job as always, you are creating such wonderful memories for these families, beautiful baby Zada, and a beautiful mommy too!

Danielle Smith - January 27, 2012 - 10:47 AM

Thank you again so much Mary for such a great blessing…you are so talented! These all turned out amazing! It was so good to see you πŸ™‚

Megan - January 27, 2012 - 2:17 PM

LOVE the name!!! What a little cutie pie!

Beth Groninga - January 28, 2012 - 11:35 AM


Aubrey - January 28, 2012 - 1:59 PM

The sweetness is almost painful! Love those big flowers, go big is my motto! Gorgeous.

Kathy Grover - January 29, 2012 - 11:43 PM

floral motif = appropriately awesome . . .she just might have a gene for flower arranging, I wouldn’t be surprised

I Heart Faces | By the Book

When I saw this challenge, my heart lept. It had to involve a book as a prop. Trust me, I take lots of pictures of the grandkids being read to, because the grandkids are read to alot — by everyone … gramma, grampa, mommy’s, daddy’s, aunties, and even Uncle Matt (who never liked to read […]

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inhisimagephotographers - January 24, 2012 - 9:59 AM

I just love this image!!! Everything about it… I love!

mommielife - January 24, 2012 - 10:16 AM

This is such a sweet little picture! πŸ™‚ I Love that you captured such a cute moment!!

Dana - January 24, 2012 - 10:52 AM

Great capture! I love where she is sitting too:)

Gail@SophisticatedSteps - January 24, 2012 - 11:10 AM

Under the table? Oh my goodness…too cute. πŸ™‚

Megan - January 24, 2012 - 12:25 PM

Oh my hell…what I would give to have a girl that cute in my life to call my daughter. Oh wait- I’M the lucky Mommy!!! πŸ™‚

Laura Metzger - January 24, 2012 - 1:19 PM

How adorable Mary! I love that it was captured without her even knowing.

carly - January 25, 2012 - 5:45 PM

SO cute! I love how she found a place to read in the table.
My entry is here if you’d like to visit: By the Book

Stories of a Two-Year Old

A few days ago I got to babysit MJ — now two years and 3 months. I picked him up at his house so he could ride in Gramma’s “bus” (the name I fondly call my new 7-passenger SUV because why on earth would we want to buy a gas saver in this economy (Grampa)? […]

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Linda - January 21, 2012 - 11:04 AM

Dang Mary, you make all us other grandparents look old and dull–I don’t think I’m gonna let my 7 (almost) talk to your 4 (almost) because they might compare notes and then I’d be busting out the sides of a 2 x 2 box!

Megan - January 21, 2012 - 1:00 PM

I loved all the details and the cute box pictures! It’s fun to hear how differently they play- makes you appreciate their uniqueness all the more!

You’re such a FUN Gramma!!!

Roberta Johnston - January 21, 2012 - 4:53 PM

So sweet Mary, if only I were two again and could come to your house and play in the grandkids play room for just a day or two! What was it that Alice took so she could be small??? Maybe I could find some of that and come play with MJ and Sydney?? When they are older, I know they will remember just how much fun gramma’s house was and will cherish those memories for years and years to come, way to go gramma Mary!! Keep up the good work and keep on posting to inspire all of us current gramma’s, soon to be gramma’s and hoping to be a gramma someday gramma’s!! (~:

Aubrey - January 21, 2012 - 6:58 PM

I really love the colors! It turned out so bright & kid friendly, so cool you set that up.
Once Ellen got me a fridge box for the boys to play with. It was a huge hit. Empty boxes must just be timeless πŸ˜‰
Love hearing all that is on MJ’s mind, he is such a joy.

Kathy Grover - January 22, 2012 - 3:02 PM

You’re such a good grandma. I think Marlies is going to want to go to YOUR house when she’s a toddler.

Matt - January 25, 2012 - 1:34 PM

Well every night when we lay down to read books and say our prayers he always ends with, “tomorrow we go to grandma’s,grandpa’s house and jump like dis, off bed and on chair like dis, you know dad like from bed to chair”. Then he repetitively jumps up and down. Cant wait till you can do some work in Jayden’s new room.

I Heart Faces | Best Face of 2011

What makes a “best face” of 2011? For me it’s one that takes you back to a funny moment, a good time, a happy memory. I have gads of those with my grandkids … and how would I ever chose just one? Impossible I say! So I have chosen Roy, one of the cutest little […]

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kristy c. - January 10, 2012 - 8:05 PM

LOL love the expression!

Cindy - January 10, 2012 - 8:44 PM

What a great expression! LOVE those eyes of his…….you captured them beautifully!

Roberta Johnston - January 11, 2012 - 7:13 PM

Great choice, he’s adorable!!

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie

This is the happy face of a new 2-year old and her happy momma ready to embark upon an “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” birthday party! You’ve read the book, right? The one that says “if you give a mouse a cookie,Β he’s going to ask for a glass ofΒ milk.Β  When you give him […]

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Megan - January 10, 2012 - 8:38 PM

It is random how close our posts were!! I too loved the picture of you and Grampa with Syd- her smile is killer, and so was your guys’!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks again for EVERYTHING!

Aubrey - January 11, 2012 - 9:45 AM

It is a wonder you got so many great shots in that place! It is kind of a photographers worse nightmare. Love the picture with the grandparents, she is beaming! And those treat trays? Brilliant! - January 11, 2012 - 9:49 AM

Well Aubrey, I didn’t get good pictures (in my opinion). It WAS hard. I was running two cameras … one with flash and one without. I usually always bounce flash from the ceiling but the ceilings were black so lots of pics were burned out. I got some blurring without flash. It was a challenge and now that I have done it, I would like “overs” to do better. Think Meg would go for it?

Your Man - January 11, 2012 - 4:19 PM

What a cutie. The lighting you had on the pic were exceptional!!! Not to mention the posing and the background was excellent. Your the best babe. Love

Beth - The Botut Blog - January 19, 2012 - 9:05 PM

I saw some of these on Megan’s blog and thought what a great party idea! Luv it. With three kids I was convinced we had done every theme known to man…until I saw this. How cuuute!

Happy New Year Birthday!

My granddaughter is a New Year’s baby, born in Hawaii two years ago. Having Megan, Robby, and Sydney move back home in April is one of the greatest joys of 2011. The other greatest joy is already having Matt, Danielle, and MJ live here. I can’t even put into words the blessings of having them […]

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Your Man - January 1, 2012 - 5:42 PM

What beautiful grandkids we have. Each unique in their own way.

Roberta Johnston - January 2, 2012 - 12:37 AM

Every time I see pictures of your family I realize just how precious life is and what a blessing God has granted to us! Kids and grandkids are our inheritance…what a truly awesome way to honor the Lord and to have a legacy for future generations to come. I was thinking of Hebrews and the great cloud of witnesses that went before us…..what a great “cloud” you and Mike are going to be for these precious wee ones! And Happy New Year too….

Aubrey - January 2, 2012 - 1:27 PM

Wow, I want to be a kid in your house! That looked like such a fun & beautiful Christmas. Great job capturing it G-ma πŸ™‚

shayna - January 2, 2012 - 9:16 PM

Thank you for letting those kids be kids and do wonderfully FUN things! You are the *best* grandma ever πŸ™‚ - January 2, 2012 - 9:33 PM

What a sweet comment Shayna … one that really touched me. Thank you! - January 2, 2012 - 9:34 PM

Roberta, you make me want to be a better person!