Monthly Archives: April 2012

And the Winner Is …

I gave an opportunity to guess Simone’s birthdate, height, and weight on the post “The 9th Month – Megan” to win a half-price photo session. Here were the guesses: Megan – 8.3 and 21″ – Dang, that was a good guess but you had inside trader information and get free pictures anyway so you’re disqualified. […]

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Laura Higgs - April 29, 2012 - 11:48 PM

Congrats on your newest Grandbabies! They are both beautiful. You are going to stay busy. Many blessings to you and your family. PS. I Love the mural.

Kay Lynn - April 30, 2012 - 7:35 AM

Congratulations to everyone!! Simone is beautiful. And lucky me….I’ll be thinking. 🙂

Megan - April 30, 2012 - 9:20 AM

Kay Lynn!!! Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! That’s so exciting- so wonderful to hear you’ll be embarking on this AMAZING adventure!!!

kathy Sereduk - May 1, 2012 - 8:11 AM

Sweet,sweet pictures! Congrats to Megan and Robby. Simone is beautiful! And congrats to Grandma & Grandpa. Life has sure changed these past few years. Getting more full and blessed with each new baby. Looking forward to meeting both Jayden and Simone. Enjoy!

Laura Higgs - May 8, 2012 - 8:05 PM

I’m obsessively checking your blog to see updated pics of your newest family members :o)

Welcome to our World Simone!

I am writing this at the end of a very long eventful day. Two weeks late but not a second under-loved, Simone Olivia Gerichs made her entrance into our world at 7:53 am today, April 28! She weighed 8.2 lbs and was 22.5″ long. A little while later Megan called to have us bring Sydney […]

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Roberta - April 28, 2012 - 9:13 PM

She’s adorable!! Congrats to everyone, you guys are so blessed! Couldn’t be happier for you guys, blessings to each of the kids and wee ones!

kathygrover - April 28, 2012 - 9:59 PM

What a lot of hair; this girl is hitting the ground running — ready to rock and roll. Watch out, here she comes!

Sydney has turned into a beautiful, expressive young woman and it’s exciting to think about all the things she’s going to teach her new sister. Maybe she’s already taught her a couple of things?

I share your great joy.

Your Man - April 29, 2012 - 8:33 AM

I’m the Lucky one babe. Without you none of the would be possible. I know everyone that reads this will totally agree with me. Thanks, Love you.

Cathie Alonzo - April 29, 2012 - 8:40 AM

Congrats everyone! I’m so happy for all of you and I love the name Simone….

Barbara & Heinz - April 29, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Congratulations to all of you and welcome to the beautiful girl earthling Simone!

Kathy Bettger - April 29, 2012 - 5:58 PM

FINALLY! Hooray! You must be thrilled. Praise God for another healthy baby girl. Enjoy them all! - April 29, 2012 - 7:54 PM

Finally, hooray is right! Thanks for all the congrats everyone — I’m make sure Megan sees your comments. Everyone is doing great!

Megan - April 29, 2012 - 8:21 PM

22.5 inches long- can you believe that?!? Who won the height/weight contest…I know nobody guessed the right due date!

Thanks a million times over for all the love and attention you gave Sydney this weekend…that was so important and reassuring to us knowing that she was in good hands while we were filling our hearts with a new sweetie.

Life is SO good.

And the Winner Is … « Fairly Candid - April 29, 2012 - 9:18 PM

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Matt Mouser - April 30, 2012 - 7:21 AM

Wow what beautiful nieces Danielle and I have. We are so excited for it all to be over but just beginning for the both of us. The thing I am most excited about is getting to raise our children in the same generation so close together and watching all of them grow, learn, and interact. It was great meeting her so soon compared to Syd whom we met around 6 month or so. Congratulation and love ya. - April 30, 2012 - 8:18 AM

You’re a big softie too, Matt, just like your dad. I know you were worried about Megan, but God had his hand in the whole process, just as with Jayden. Thank you for making a great meal for M & R — they loved it. I heard you got to be referee too. Isn’t it fun watching two year olds learn to “share”. Love you much, Mom

Megan - April 30, 2012 - 9:18 AM

No kidding, you are a softie…and I love it. You’re such an amazing Dad and Uncle…no wonder we still sing the Uncle Matt song nightly…although we have now added that Uncle Matt goes Caca…because we can’t sing it without that part. ??? And what handsome nephews we have- sure you don’t want to try just ONE more time to give me a niece? Wink-Wink. Two little boys is perfect- I Love you!!!

Hey Baby! Come Out!

I just know you are all curious so let me just kill that curiosity right now. Nope, Megan hasn’t had her baby yet! Hey Baby, come out and play! Megan’s maternity pictures were taken 11 days BEFORE her due date of April 14, and here she is today, 12 days AFTER her due date. Read her […]

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Aubrey - April 26, 2012 - 5:25 PM

Hang in there Megan! You look great but I know it feels like it will never end. Being overdue was SO hard for me…now I wish I was pregnant again. Thanks for the update, Grandma & I love that you took the opportunity to snap some more pics!

Cathie Alonzo - April 26, 2012 - 6:34 PM

My mother in law, Dorathy, used to tell me “That baby is a lot less trouble right where it is…don’t be in such a hurry!”

Roberta - April 26, 2012 - 6:52 PM

we should all look that adorable as pregnant as Megan is, so sweet and she looks so happy, keep us posted grandma! - April 26, 2012 - 7:14 PM

Ha ha! That Dorathy — she always did have something to say in times like this. - April 26, 2012 - 7:16 PM

She’s a trooper and I agree, adorable. Sorry I missed saying hi to you at church a few weeks back. I saw you slip in for the service across the room as we were slipping out. - April 26, 2012 - 7:19 PM

And I love that Megan lets me take pics. I don’t think she’s changed a bit since a month ago. And when you wish you were pregnant again, just remember, “nobody’s grass is greener than yours”. Love, Mary

Rhett and His Bag of Hat Tricks [Newborn]

This is Rhett Nicholas. He was born on April 3, three days after his due date, and are you ready for this? … he was 11.6 lbs and 22″ at birth! He is 12 days old in this post and isn’t he just a doll! When his Grandma Vickie wrote me about taking his newborn […]

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Vickie Holthaus - April 19, 2012 - 7:20 AM

I just love them all! Thank You Mary.

Aubrey - April 19, 2012 - 12:15 PM

Mary! You are hurting my uterus! All these baby shots are SO SWEET!

Megan - April 19, 2012 - 1:55 PM

Oh heavens, what a little sweetie!!! You got some awesome shots- the parents are going to have a hard time picking. I better not have an 11.6 baby swimming in my uterus.

Roberta J. - April 19, 2012 - 6:19 PM

my kind of baby! Beau was 11.4 and 24 1/4 inches when he was born, (and a mere 6’7″ now!), so love those big babies! Love, Love, Love all his hats, the football helmet is so cute, must be home made? How fun for these first time parents to have such a talented photographer take his first pictures, a treat for years to come! As always, wonderful job Mary!!

Brittany Nelson - April 20, 2012 - 8:25 AM

He is so cute!

Beth - The Botut Blog - April 21, 2012 - 9:20 PM

LOVE, LOVE, LURV it! Mary you have outdone yourself. The posing is so cute and the colors are awesome.

Itty Bitty Gracie « Fairly Candid - June 16, 2012 - 11:19 AM

[…] taking pictures is getting to know new people. Jessica was referred by Rachel and Zack (parents of newborn Rhett) and word-of-mouth referrals are always so rewarding. Thank you Jessica for your call and the […]

[…] lips. And I love the hat with the purple and that face! Much thanks goes out to Karen Wontor who is Baby Rhett’s great-grandma. I was so jealous of all his homemade hats that I called Karen and she made some for […]

[…] … getting to see ONE of the newborns I shot turning ONE! Take a look back at Rhett’s newborn session and see all that dark hair … that he no longer has. It’s now blonde and so long and […]

Jayden Lane [Newborn]

If you haven’t seen pictures of my newest grandbaby yet, then today is your lucky day!  I will admit the photo shoot was a hard one in many ways (Jayden didn’t like being naked, didn’t like being on his tummy, didn’t like going into a deep sleep for pictures, etc.), but even though the pictures […]

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Cindy - April 17, 2012 - 10:33 PM

What wonderful captures, Mary, and what adorable grandkids!!! You are one very lucky and blessed grandma!!!

Cathie Alonzo - April 17, 2012 - 11:12 PM

Jayden looks so much like his dad, I think. And MJ…..oh my gosh, so cute!

kathygrover - April 18, 2012 - 1:39 AM

Oh boy, that baby got cute really fast!

matt - April 18, 2012 - 7:21 AM

Thanks a million mom. I love the photo of MJ up close with his big eyes, and almost all the photos of Jayden. Thanks for all you help the past week. Love ya

Megan - April 18, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Oh good grief. I want one. 😉 My favorite was the one of Jayden in his brown hat laying on the lambswool sideways. Robby’s favorite was the one of the overhead shot b/w of him in the bowl/blanket with the hardwood underneath. He immediately commented on how cool the wood looked, something I hadn’t even noticed- fun to see what different people pick out of a photo. MJ is killer cute, and knowing his sweet personality makes him that much more loveable.

Aubrey - April 18, 2012 - 3:42 PM

That one you got of Jayden’s smile! So sweet to see those little lips curl up 🙂 MJ’s brown eyes remind me of Curious George, what a cutie. Nice work, G-ma!

Diane Drotzman - April 18, 2012 - 5:55 PM

I like the 3rd picture of Jayden. But the one with Mom kissing her bab is way cool. Love the tie!!! Cute smile on baby Jayden. And big brother is always cute.
Great work Grandma. - April 18, 2012 - 11:16 PM

Diane, you always make me smile. Thanks for the comments on this post and Megan’s prego pics. I always love hearing which pictures are others favorites. Love ya, Mary

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Your Man - April 20, 2012 - 7:09 PM

Great job babe. Gooooood looking kids.


The day before Easter, our church had a big party for our risen Lord — a community EGGSTRAVAGANZA! There were egg hunts (divided by ages), games and prizes, blow up houses, cake walks, music, horsey rides, Mac Daddy’s BBQ, snow cones, face painting, and probably lots of other stuff I’m not remembering. I had the […]

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Annette Butler - April 16, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Mary! So Fabulous!!

kathygrover - April 16, 2012 - 9:20 PM

You’ve done it again. My family has really enjoyed looking at all of these. But which is my favorite? Too close to call. But it might be Leah with the little girl with her tongue out. Or it might be Ken and Annie and Cindy at the Food Bank, watching the pony rides. Or it might be the girl in the pink sweater getting a pink butterfly painted on her face. Those are my top three votes for “best picture.” Oh wait, silly me. My favorite picture is Julia! - April 16, 2012 - 9:36 PM

Kathy, you make me laugh. Thanks for commenting on your favs. I always love hearing people’s favorites, which are usually my favorites as well — and of course Julia’s is my #1! 🙂 Saw you and your mom in the parking lot at church today as I was setting up to take staff and Leadership Board head shots. Yelled and yelled but you just ignored me then got in your car and sped off.

Liz - April 16, 2012 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for the picture of my boys! - April 16, 2012 - 10:15 PM

You are welcome!

Jayden Lane – 2 Days Old

I’ve been a tad busy lately so haven’t had much of a chance to look through pictures of the last few days, but took these quick on Tuesday. I wanted to send them out to Great-Grandma Graves and Senn! Here’s one for each of you! Love, Mary

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Cathie Alonzo - April 12, 2012 - 8:01 AM

Congratulations everyone!

Megan - April 12, 2012 - 8:47 PM

Oh my precious widow’s peak! I can’t wait to kiss on him tomorrow!!!

The 9th Month – Megan [Maternity]

I’ve never shot a maternity session before (now) … and I really have no idea of the “proper poses” to use on a mommy in her 9th month, but if I was going to shoot one, I’d envision the final pictures to be something that made me smile, that showed the energy and love of […]

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Cathie Alonzo - April 11, 2012 - 11:10 AM

These are all just great! Let me know when that little baby finally makes an appearance!

Megan - April 11, 2012 - 12:19 PM

Mom! I love them all! I’ve been so excited to see the final product of that windy, chilly, whiney day!!! 😉 The ones of Syd make me light up- she’s so ridiculously adorable, and seeing my belly on screen instead of looking down makes me smile too- I love being pregnant!!! But really, this baby can come now. 😉 I think you can add “maternity photo guru” to your list of talents…you’d never done it before, but had you not told the BLOG WORLD that, no one would have known!

Here’s my predictions on height/weight…but they may be biased as I am the one who has to birth the weight!

8.3 lbs and 21 inches

Looking forward to the newborn pics when this cutie is out!!!

Aubrey - April 11, 2012 - 7:12 PM

I am consistently blown away by your talent with that camera, with your stunning daughter, & fun grandkids. What a wonderful life you are living!

terri - April 11, 2012 - 10:16 PM

GREAT photo’s of Megan and Sydney !!! Your photo’s are just precious. - April 12, 2012 - 5:34 AM

Hi Terri! Thanks for the nice comment … too bad Robby was working …. but then I would have had to figure out how to get his head in the pictures! J/K of course, but it’s been too long since I got shots of him so when Baby makes Four we’ll make it happen. - April 12, 2012 - 5:39 AM

I was thinking you would love them and will look forward to seeing which ones you print. When baby comes, we are getting some of Robby! So my predictions are 7.3 and 21″ on Monday, April 16. See you soon. Love Mom

Gloria - April 13, 2012 - 1:47 PM

Awesome pictures Mary! Megan you look WONDERFUL! What a perfect way to spend the afternoon with two most important girls in your life. Meg…unlike your mom, I think you will not likely make it through the weekend. I say 7.5 and 23” on Sunday, April 15. And, although I’ve always thought another girl seemed fitting for your family, it looks like you may be carrying a little boy. Good luck and best wishes!

Hannah - April 16, 2012 - 7:38 AM

My guess is 7lb11oz and 22″ long, baby boy born on Wednesday, April 18! Hope all goes well for momma and baby!! Great pictures Mary- I can’t wait for our next family photo shoot! - April 16, 2012 - 7:53 AM

Hi Hannah! So fun hearing your guesses. Megan is going through the Birthing Center and one of her favorite nurses is on shift Tu/Wed/Th so she would like the baby to come then so you might be in the running! Sounds like you guessed a long thin baby … can’t imagine why! Would loooove to photograph your cute family again. Until then, Mary

Mary Visit my Photo Blog at: Portrait Opportunities: Cell: 869-2820 - April 16, 2012 - 8:01 AM

Hi Gloria, how fun that you got in on the action, but oops, looks like you didn’t win on the date! We still don’t have another g-baby! You might still be on target for the weight and height tho — although that sounds like a looong skinny baby! Ha, how could that possibly happen! Hope to talk with you soon … busy days for both of us for sure. Love ya, Mary

Kay Lynn - April 17, 2012 - 8:30 PM

Megan is gorgeous as always…wow!!! Great job with these. Has the baby come yet? If not, I’m guessing the 18th, 8 lbs 4 oz. 🙂 All the best, Megan! - April 17, 2012 - 8:41 PM

No baby yet Kay Lynn! You may be in the running! Thanks for looking on and best of everything with your pregnancy!

Diane Drotzman - April 18, 2012 - 6:06 PM

Good Job Mary!!!!!!!!!! Love the pictures of Megan with her daughter. Megan looks so cute, all baby. Fun pictures to look at. Thanks for sharing.

Hey Baby! « Fairly Candid - April 26, 2012 - 5:10 PM

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Happy Easter Jayden Lane!

Well my kids Matt and Danielle pulled it off again — they brought a beautiful baby boy into the world at 1:29 PM Easter afternoon! He weighed 8.6, was 20″ long, and he gave his mom none of the labor problems his big brother did. Speaking of Big Brother … 2-1/2 year old MJ is […]

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Cindy - April 8, 2012 - 7:27 PM

Congratulations on your new grandson, Mary! He’s beautiful! And his big brother sure is a cutie! What a very Happy Easter for your family……..welcoming a new life into the world! - April 8, 2012 - 7:37 PM

Thank you Cindy! I appreciate your congrats from across the blog world!

Megan - April 8, 2012 - 8:42 PM

Squeal!!! Seriously- the pics of MJ “standing guard” are perfect- I love it. What a sweet, sweet, tiny little man! I forgot they came out so LITTLE!

Oh, and another favorite was of Grampa holding his new grandson. Why? Because even though his face wasn’t in focus, you can tell by those flared nostrils that he’s having a tender moment. I love that about Dad- he can’t hide it and it’s perfect. ♥

Laura Higgs - April 9, 2012 - 12:14 AM

Congratulations! What a beautiful way to celebrate Easter. The pictures are lovely and capture everything so nicely.

Julia James Laible - April 9, 2012 - 4:49 AM

The one of Big Bro looking on is SO SO beautiful! Love! - April 9, 2012 - 6:12 AM

Hi Laura! One down, one to go! Yes, Easter was nice — He is Risen and he was born! Hope all is going great for your cute family. Love, Mary - April 9, 2012 - 6:18 AM

Thank you Julia! It was one of my favorites as well. He stood there several minutes like that just watching. Thank you for getting me to use RAW which has made my life so much easier. It’s all I use now. Thanks for all your past help with newborn shoots – I have three coming up so we’ll see if I apply it all well. I appreciated it so much. I miss your blog as I’m not a Face Booker. Mary - April 9, 2012 - 6:20 AM

I wondered if anyone would notice dad’s face. He is a softy for sure.

Dana Reid - April 9, 2012 - 8:08 AM

Love your blog Mary. Congratulations on baby Jayden! What a wonderful Easter and a beautiful addition to the family! Dand

Dave, Debra, & Richard Graves - April 9, 2012 - 10:14 AM

Great photos! Welcome to the newest member oft family! Both brothers look fantastic, and the supporting “cast” look pretty good for keeping watch and keeping us informed.

Our best to all.

Dave, Debra, and Richard

LoraLee Carter - April 9, 2012 - 1:14 PM

Congratulations to everyone!!!! We are so happy for you. What a sweet little surprise for your Easter baskets!!
I love the picture of M.J. looking on as the nurse cares for his little brother. Can’t wait to see more pictures!!
Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa!
Love to all,

Lori - April 9, 2012 - 2:17 PM

Congrats Mary! He’s darling! I love the one of Mike and Matt!

Cheri Holthaus - April 9, 2012 - 10:08 PM

Congratulations to the Mouser family-we will have to make a trip down to Boise to meet the new addition. What a wonderful Easter gift.

Aubrey - April 11, 2012 - 7:15 PM

New life on Easter? Does it get any better??!! Congrats on another beautiful baby in the family!

Gloria - April 13, 2012 - 9:17 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! “Jayden” is adorable and MJ is a great big brother already! The pictures captured this special event perfectly Mary! I loved seeing MJ being so engaged and patient while not missing a thing. Grandpa with Jayden was perfect and priceless! Great job Mary! Congratulation Matt & Danielle!!

Eggstravaganza « Fairly Candid - April 15, 2012 - 7:56 AM

[…] anything you’ll find in an Easter egg, that’s for sure! You can see pictures of him here with more coming very soon. What a wonderful (but freezing cold) community event, a wonderful […] - April 16, 2012 - 8:03 AM

Can you believe he is a week old already! He has already changed so much. I took newborn shots on Saturday but he was NOT very cooperative. I guess I’ll have to keep trying till he and I get it right! More pictures posted soon. Love, Mary

Becky Valentine - April 17, 2012 - 10:55 AM

Wonderful news. Beautiful pics. You do such a fantastic job documenting. What a fantastic Easter gift for all.