Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Big 3-0!

I was almost 28 when I had my daughter after trying for three years and being married for seven. Nothing could have burst my bubble — even having to wear maternity clothes for a month after she was born because I’d gained 40 pounds. It didn’t bother me. Even having to wear my mom’s clothes […]

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deedeew208 - June 29, 2012 - 6:18 AM

How sweet. Yes, you and Mike are a great inspiration and light for all to follow. Plus being a grandparent ROCKS!

Megan - June 29, 2012 - 7:04 AM

I couldn’t have read this BEFORE I put makeup on, could I? Sweet words from a sweet Mom. You are a wonderful Mom, thanks for always letting me know how much I’m loved. - June 29, 2012 - 7:27 AM

Dion, I didn’t know you followed my blog! How cool is that, and thank you for your sweet comment.

lsj4157 - June 29, 2012 - 8:12 AM

So THAT is what your beautiful, well-loved baby turned into over the course of 30 years! Happy birthday Megan, beautiful inside and out!

Your Man - June 29, 2012 - 4:06 PM

Happy B-Day Babe. I really tihnk your baby pics look alot like me.(haha).

Aubrey - July 1, 2012 - 2:33 PM

Oh! Happy tears! This was so sweet, I love the precious words on Mommyhood & that pic of Megan double-fisting it! Happy Birthday!

"Hoe Down"

Howdy Partner! Welcome to Cousin Jonette and Tony’s annual Hoe Down! Yee Haw and Cotton Eyed Joe. Okay, we’re not that Redneck, but we can kick up the dirt a little. If you missed last year’s, you can see my pictures here. It’s always fun at the Alonzo house, and this event always kicks it […]

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Megan - June 26, 2012 - 7:57 AM

What a great collage of pictures- makes me wish I were there! Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves, and I know they will all be excited to see your hard work with the pictures left over!

Cathie Alonzo - June 26, 2012 - 8:17 AM

Love these! Thanks Mary.

Itty Bitty Gracie

Grace Lynn, named after her great-grandma, was so adorable at 7 months! I think her folks said she weighed somewhere around 15 pounds dripping wet which is only two pounds more than my 6 and 8 week grandbabies! She may have been itty bitty but she definitely stole the show and I may have vowed never to […]

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Aubrey - June 18, 2012 - 8:15 AM

Oh my ever-livin’ cuteness! These are just too much, that sweet face! You are so GOOD, Mary. - June 19, 2012 - 1:12 PM

And you are soooo kind Aubrey! I loved this session so much.

[…] Gracie who will be having a ONEderful First Birthday this month! Since I photographed her at 7 months of age, she has noticeably grown two things … more hair and one tooth. That’s one tooth […]

Charlie and Jackson

Meet Charlie and Jackson, a soon to be first grader and kindergartener. Their family lived across the street from us for years so it was so great seeing them again and how they had grown. Charlie was a mischievous little guy who loved keys.  Mike and I left for camping once only to realize we didn’t have […]

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Beth - The Botut Blog - June 12, 2012 - 4:54 PM

Great photos. The eyes are truly the window to the soul! And you got some great soul photos here! I love the water play ones too.

Gifted Mary, you are very gifted Mary!

Angela - June 13, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Agreed!!! You really captured the soul in these pics! Thanks again for doing them…they will be cherished forever, along with the fun time we had with you!!!! - June 14, 2012 - 8:31 AM

That means alot Angela and Beth. I appreciate your generous comments. Charlie is deinitely a soulful little man and Jackson just along for the fun ride. Sweet boys for sure.

Laura Higgs - June 26, 2012 - 12:09 AM

exceptional work! what great subjects as well. - June 26, 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thank you Laura! They were constantly saying “Mary, take a picture of me doing this!” We had a wonderfully long photo session. 🙂 Hope all is going well with the move. Looking forward to seeing you in Boise one day for a long visit!


I was a tomboy growing up and my Grandpa Brown was a horse rancher. At times I got to break the ponies in the corral for perspective buyers. When we moved to Idaho in my early elementary years, we had contact with horses only by watching them at the Idaho Stampede Rodeo in Nampa. Us three girls (or […]

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Megan - June 11, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Love, love LOVE all the pictures in this post- and the memories they contain! How adorable to watch Sydney squeal with delight when the horses came…and equally adorable to watch you down in the dirt with her like a little kid reliving the memories. Later that night in bed I asked her what her favorite part was. She replied like this:

“The big horses. And the small horses. And the little one lay down and wrap up his toes and count one, six, seven and then he runnnnnnnnnns for his cage! And the horse bunked him off!”

Oh, and I love how you took your “junk” camera and got all those amazing bucking shots. Maybe it’s just you, not the camera? - June 11, 2012 - 1:47 PM

That’s cute what Syd said. I was counting to say how long before the horses came out, or how long it took to get them back in their corrals. She’s so dang cute … and it’s my “backup” camera … not my “junk” one silly.

Cathie Alonzo - June 11, 2012 - 4:17 PM

These rodeo action shots are just great! I love seeing Grandpa Mike on the roller coaster, too!

Aubrey - June 11, 2012 - 4:33 PM

Yes indeed, Grampa Mike on that roller coaster is So GREAT. Loved seeing the ones of you on the airplane, as well. What a fun family outing.

Kathy Grover - June 16, 2012 - 8:45 PM

Looking forward to this years Fair pix !

"Mone" at 6 Weeks

Her cheeks are chubbier, her hair is wilder, her smile is coming out, and she’s amost six weeks old. Her family calls her “Mone” for short, but there’s nothing short about Simone! She’s my youngest g-babe and I think she’s pretty cute. Megan and the girls came over the other day, then she and Syd left […]

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Cathie Alonzo - June 8, 2012 - 5:49 PM

Wow, she is getting so big!

Megan - June 8, 2012 - 9:20 PM

Oh my cheeky, cheeky- I love those cheeks!!! And that hair, and those lips, and those eyes. I think I’m in love all over the place. ♥

Gloria - June 10, 2012 - 4:15 PM

ADORABLE! What else can I say?!

Laura Higgs - June 10, 2012 - 7:30 PM


Aubrey - June 11, 2012 - 4:40 PM

I love how we painstakingly pick a name for our babes and then quickly nickname them all sorts of things 😉 I think it is just part of getting to know them & falling in love with these new people. She is A-dorable!


There’s a childhood disease called Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease going around, and some of us got it, including me. (Hey, I’d like to think I’m young at heart!) While some of the symptoms are definitely not fun, the good part (for those without children living at home) is that you have to be quarantined […]

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Cathie Alonzo - June 6, 2012 - 5:36 PM

RIP little mouse…… - June 6, 2012 - 5:38 PM

He is … in the bottom of a sack in our trash can.

Megan - June 6, 2012 - 9:37 PM

Oh me oh my, what a collection of amazing photographs and good times- I loved this post, ESPECIALLY all the sweet quotes that you seem to have a perfect picture to match with. One of my favorite photos was of that beautiful little owl looking down at you. I think the fact that we see them so seldom makes it so much cooler when we do…like “Oh yeah, owls really do exist, they are not just adorable nursery decorations!”.

Oh, and my other favorite parts was this: “And Mike, well, he just has the most infectious laugh anyone could ever have, and I love him for it.” because I seriously couldn’t agree more. I remember laying in bed as a little girl listening to Dad laugh at something on the TV downstairs and giggling to myself because of it. LOVE THAT LAUGH…and when he really gets rolling, that’s the best.

Love that you capture nature’s beauty and the small things that most of us would just step over- like the cool skeletal leaf.

Man, I sure am glad you got a virus…thanks for sharing your talent to us blog followers! 😉

Gloria - June 7, 2012 - 9:56 AM

Mary, Some beautiful shots, some great shots and some very special memorable shots…….loved them all! Thank you for sharing!

Diane - June 8, 2012 - 6:44 AM

Love the pictures again. You did a great job. Our May trip was a blast and you have captured some great memories pictures. The picture with you and Mike and the grandbabies is so sweet. And I agree with you Mary, Mike does have a wonderful laugh. The redneck photo is so funny. Thanks for sharing.