Category Archives: My G-Babes

Cole at Two

Aw, sweet little Cole. He turned two in May so I got right on it to photograph his milestones. Errrch. Not. It finally occurred to me the other day that we’d never done it, so here we are. He’s only gotten cuter these past few months, talks more, rides his scooter faster (thus the scuffed […]

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Luckiest of them all - August 9, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Oh he’s just a doll. You captured his sweet personality perfectly and described him to a T. Thanks for always making sure he can’t use “I’m the THIRD child” card…at least with grammas camera. Love you!

Gloria - August 9, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Oh so sweet! Love the smile, love the eyes, particularly love the pic with his hands in his pockets. That expression says it all. Sweet boy! Congrats Mom and Dad. Happy 2 yrs plus Cole! Great job on the pics Grandma!

Cody - August 9, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Beautiful beautiful little boy! He reminds me of our Casey when he was that age…so blonde with bright blue eyes! You did a great job Mary! He is so adorable 🙂

Rob - August 9, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Thank you for capturing my replacement in such an amazing way! I keep telling Megan that if I die at least she now has Cole to take care of her. When I use to say that with the girls she’d say “stop that”. Now she just says “you’re right!”. ;o) You do great work Mary!

Fairly Candid - August 9, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Thank you Gloria and Cody for the sweet comments on this little guy. Cody, I could see where you would think of Casey with the blonde hair and blue eyes. And Robby, you say it like it is. Ha! So do you Megan. You are both raising a sweet loving and fun loving boy.

vickie - August 10, 2017 - 9:06 AM

I can not believe how he has changed. Wow Great job Mary. My favorite ones are the ones with his beautiful momma. Can’t help but smile while looking at that adorable face.

Linda J. - August 10, 2017 - 1:26 PM

He sure is a cutie with tons of personality! You can almost read his thoughts in his expressions.

Fairly Candid - August 10, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Thank you Vickie and Linda. He is a fun one for sure … but then all my g-babes are. Lucky gramma over here.

LoraLee and Lee - August 14, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Oh Mary, these are such wonderful pictures of this darling, angelic little guy!!! My favorite picture is the one with hands in his pockets!! You are the Queen of photogaphy. Love you Dear Ones

Fairly Candid - August 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Lora Lee, I missed this earlier and it’s so nice hearing from you! Wish you were closer to see each other more than every year or two. I’ll write an email soon. Love you.

Megan - September 30, 2017 - 9:10 PM

A tired mama with a headache should not look at her baby boy at bedtime while listening to slow Sam Smith music. That has blubbering Kleenex mess written all over it.

Cole Issac

Cole is my youngest and last g-babe and is at such a fun cute age – 22 months as you read this on the 17th. I get to watch just him every other Wednesday while Simone is in pre-school and Megan is volunteering in Sydney’s classroom and to be honest with you he hasn’t been […]

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Megan - March 16, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Poor third child. At least his awesome gramma takes time to write an amazing, sweet and memory freezing post about him and all the fun things he’s into. There’s that pit in the back of my throat suffocating me about how mine isn’t all documented, and how my baby will soon be two. Thank you for doing this, mom.

Tracey - March 17, 2017 - 7:24 AM

Mary you are the best. The family is so lucky to have you. You do such a great job with all your grandchildren. None of them have been left out. You take such catching pictures and I truly enjoy seeing your family and sad that they are growing so fast. Sidney is so cute and growing up way to fast and the same goes for M.J. Just seems like yesterday they were the babies. Glad your family has all these wonderful pictures and have had such great times together. More to come. There is so much more fun ahead. God Bless you all.

Fairly Candid - March 17, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Megan, we all go through that, even me, so just enjoy the ride of those three fun kids you have. Cole isn’t missing out on anything! Lucky boy to have you.

Linda - March 17, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Seriously, no wonder you get so many cool pictures! You carry your camera into the pantry just in case you come upon a photo op. What a clever grandma you are! Also, it doesn’t hurt that you’re a stellar photographer. I’m lucky to carry my brain into the pantry. . .wait, I don’t have a walk in pantry.

Fairly Candid - March 17, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Tracey, you are so kind in your words. Thank you for your comment. I have very fond memories of bringing MJ and Sydney into Hawley Troxell – seems like yesterday. It was always so fun to show them off! Proud gramma over here always. Love, Mary

Fairly Candid - March 17, 2017 - 9:50 AM

Oh you are so funny Linda, and so observant! You are right, I did NOT carry my camera into the pantry, but when he did that, I pushed (dramatically of course) the door open (to his ferocious giggles) and ran and got it and (of course) he wanted to do it all over again. Waa-la!

Megan - March 17, 2017 - 12:42 PM

I meant to also say thank you for his gramma Wednesday’s. No wonder he waves goodbye and runs to get toys…You give him your undivided time, attention and love.

Kathy G - March 17, 2017 - 9:32 PM

I usually like to pick a favorite, but this time it is too hard to pick a favorite.

Vince - March 20, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Awfully cute.

My Little Loves

I intended to do a Valentine’s post but it never happened because of illness, this, that, and the other (procrastination) so the following few images were taken over three weeks – some indoors, some out, some with flash, some with natural light — so of course nothing matches. That’s ok with me – they are […]

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Megan - March 9, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Ahhhhh! How are these kids seven, almost five and almost two already?!?! I was just pregnant in Hawaii!!!! These posts are my ABSOLUTE favorite. I love when you put “pen to paper” and write your descriptive paragraphs about each one of your “little loves”. Like I told you, sometimes I feel like you know them better than I do- you hit the nail on the head when describing them. So fun to have someone else who adores them as much as we do. That’s another reason Grandparents are so special and irreplaceable. Love you!

Rob - April 10, 2017 - 9:51 AM

1st Place – Cole in the black and white photo. There is no way he came from me!

2nd Place – Cole and Megan. Cole enjoying the hug from his all-time favorite warms a guys insides.

Thank you!!!!!!

A Tamarack Thanksgiving

As I explained in my previous post, our family spent three fun nights at a Tamarack Resort townhouse over Thanksgiving. The kids had the most wonderful time doing crafts every day, sledding, hot tubbing, watching endless movies, having books read to them, snacking, eating candy, and eating wonderful meals. Oh wait, all the big people got to do […]

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Kathy - December 7, 2016 - 8:22 PM

What a wonderful Thanksgiving you all had. Thanks for sharing.

Megan - December 7, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Oh I just love G-babe posts. So fun to finally see what sweet images you captured while watching you snap away. Although we all need to be better about getting YOU in some of those pictures. Sorry about that!

Great weekend- thank you for giving us smiling memories to savor!

Megan - December 7, 2016 - 8:37 PM

P.S. The photo of Cole and Grampa and then the next two of Grampa made me laugh out loud. I can still see you crying from laughter when Dad came down that hill.

Fairly Candid - December 8, 2016 - 9:33 AM

Thanks Kathy for checking in (I love you for that) and Megan, I was sure your dad was going to biff it like the rest of you, but the look of terror on his face was what made me laugh. I laugh just thinking about it! I still can’t believe none of you got hurt (besides a little soreness and a few bruises perhaps). And I still have no regrets for not doing it.

Vince - December 9, 2016 - 10:49 AM

FUN!! Looks like everyone had a great time. I think the third pic is my favorite. Mikey, the first one of you is a good portrait.

Becky - December 11, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Love the pictures. So many smiles.

The Mouser’s

We got invited by Matt and Danielle to have Thanksgiving at Tamarack Resort this year and it took about one second to think about it and say YES! The Gerichs were invited and said yes as well and what a great, noisy, fun, tiring, relaxing time we had for three (sleepless) nights with our whole […]

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Danielle - November 27, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Welp… looks like everyone will be getting mini Christmas card books, because how in the world will I be able to pick just a few???
The picture that made me laugh hysterically was the one of us all sitting on the ground and Bowie is peeking at you from behind. Crazy dog!!
Thank you so much for doing these!!! Love every single one.

Fairly Candid - November 28, 2016 - 8:03 PM

It was fun taking them. You guys are always up for anything — like freezing your butt sitting down while I wore snow gear. ?

Tracey - December 1, 2016 - 8:49 AM

These are such nice photos. Can’t believe how much the boys have grown. Merry Christmas to you all.

Fairly Candid - December 2, 2016 - 9:58 AM

There’s something nice about kids growing up … and sad all at the same time. Thanks Tracey. Merry Christmas to you as well.

Vince - December 4, 2016 - 8:55 PM

I especially like the last one. Reminds me of a Bergman film.

The Gerichs {with cousins added in}

The photo season has come to a close and what a better way to end it up for me than with some of the people who give me the most joy — my kids and g-babes! We were babysitting the boys on this day so I told Danielle to put them in something red/black/gray and […]

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Vince - November 22, 2016 - 3:03 AM

What an attractive family. I think one of your gifts is to create an atmosphere of joy and comfort. All of your subjects look so comfortable and happy. I’ve never seen one who appeared stiff or uncomfortable.

Megan - November 22, 2016 - 8:22 AM

First, the last picture. Oh my goodness. It’s perfect.

And jump, squeal, boogie! I LOVE mine! The candid ones of all the kids together and separate and it will be hard for me to choose one family picture. I’m thinking the second or third for my wall. Hmmmmmm. Rob and Simone is amongst my favorites, with the the kids on the tractor a close second. And yes, thanks Lori! I LOVE the colors!

Thank you thank you thank you. I know it was a busy season and you worked extra hard to get these done for me. You’re the best, and so loved!

Megan - November 22, 2016 - 8:31 AM

And, as always your descriptions and quick notes about each kid is so spot on. I think that’s always my favorite part of the posts that you do on my family. Yes, I love the pictures but the words and how well you know my kids definitely touches my mommy and daughter heart.

Fairly Candid - November 22, 2016 - 9:56 AM

First off, the color scheme gives credit to Nicole Severns this year and secondly, thank you Vince and Megan for the sweet words. My gramma heart is full.

Rob - November 22, 2016 - 10:28 AM

Great job Mary!!! Thank you for the wonderful pictures and words. I’ve already emailed Megan my order. :o) My Favorites are Cole pinching Syd’s nose, the family pic with Mone on my shoulders, and the one where Cole was standing on the fence. Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this, you are awesome!

Lori - November 22, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Mary, these are gorgeous! I love the first family picture, the black and white of Robbie and Simone, the gorgeous picture of you and the grandkids (!!!), and all of the amazing pictures in between! You all did such an amazing job! Nice work!

Tracey - November 25, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Mary I love these pictures. Your Grands are so cute! So happy you can have so much fun with them. Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Fairly Candid - November 27, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Thank you Tracey for your comment that I just happen to agree with … that the grands are so cute. Their little personalities are all so fun and different.

Happy Birthday Fairly Candid!

Happy 7th Birthday Fairly Candid! I remember so clearly when I started this little photo blog 7 years ago in October because it was the month my oldest g-babe, MJ, was born. He turned 7 recently and there are now four other g-babes under him. I really don’t know what I was thinking starting a business in […]

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vickie - November 1, 2016 - 7:24 PM

WOW!!! I can not believe how fast those grandkids are growing up and that you have had this blog for 7 years. The years have flown by. As always your work is exceptional.

Lori - November 2, 2016 - 9:03 AM

Congrats, Mary! We love you and your amazing work! Thank you for always doing such an incredible job!

Fairly Candid - November 2, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Thanks Vickie, it’s always a nice surprise when you check in. Thanks to you also Lori. It’s been such a pleasure to photograph your family all these years. 🙂 Mary

Mary - November 2, 2016 - 6:35 PM

You should be so proud of yourself! Keep up the great work and every day we learn something new. And boy those grandbabies couldn’t get any cuter.

Fairly Candid - November 2, 2016 - 8:32 PM

Mary, thanks for being such a support all these years. High School friendships really last – just look at us. 🙂

Megan - November 2, 2016 - 9:01 PM

Woohoo! I’m excited to see what your next seven years brings. You bless us all!

Vince - November 5, 2016 - 12:44 AM

Congratulations on seven years of gorgeous images!

April-May-June with my G-Babes

Yes, I realize it’s not Spring any longer, but I have a busy life and things take time you know. I am feeling fabulously free for having these done (and another five for each of these) and naturally I just have to share them! And just because you’ve mostly seen Cole on my blog as some of […]

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dad - July 10, 2016 - 7:29 AM

Wow, babe you really captured it all. Loved all the pics and stories and all the memories. But none of this could have happened without you. {none of it} You’re the greatest behind the camera or in front of it. Love ya. Me

Fairly Candid - July 10, 2016 - 8:40 AM

You’re the best Babe … you said exactly what I told you to. Haha! Love you much. Me

Megan - July 10, 2016 - 9:09 AM

How fun to sit down and read this this morning! I love your writing, and so many fun pictures that I hadn’t seen! Too many favorites to pick, but the four-year-old photoshoot with Simone was a sweet surprise.

Thank you for always documenting our lives! You are SO loved, Mom!

Linda S. Johnston - July 11, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Great memories and there you are with all that wonderful photographic proof. Terrific photos, Mary.

matt - July 11, 2016 - 6:03 PM

Mom, not only did I read every single word, but cried also. Two things I don’t do well. Thank you and love you mom.

Fairly Candid - July 11, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Thank you Linda, it means a lot that you suffered through such a long post!!! What a friend. 🙂

Fairly Candid - July 11, 2016 - 9:09 PM

Matt, your words and Megan’s meant the world to me. I love your kids and I love how my kids love their kids. I’m a lucky mom and gramma in every way.

Vickie - July 12, 2016 - 9:37 AM

Wow!! Great Job! You have a beautiful family. The kids are changing so fast. How blessed are you to have them and them to have you.:)

Vince - July 13, 2016 - 12:24 AM

Wow — Mary’s camera on steroids! By the end, I felt like one of the family. Terrific job.

Liz - July 14, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Love all this!

Fairly Candid - July 14, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Vickie, Vince, Liz – Thank you for taking the time to read this long post! That means a lot to me that you did. Mary

Aubrey - August 15, 2016 - 8:17 PM

I’m all caught up! I love the way you document. And then! I got to Matt’s comment and teared up. <3 Y'all are just the best 🙂

Fairly Candid - August 16, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Aubrey, I know, his comment had the same effect on me. Thank you lady for always checking in. You are the best!

From Baby to Boy – Cole at 1 Year

Cole was born May 17, 2015 and now he is one … I can hardly believe it. He weighed 8.11 lbs then and weighs 24 lbs now and he’s 31.5″ tall which is at 96% — so like his dad and sisters before him, he’ll going to be tall! He has 8 teeth (and since these […]

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Megan - June 8, 2016 - 11:26 PM

You’re so sweet, Mom. You always write the nicest, most complimentary things about your little people, and not so little people. Thank you for that.

And oh, this boy of mine already one…sniff sniff. I love how you captured his “I’m gonna getcha” face! I LOVE the one of him looking down with the fabric banner and the one where he’s got a pouty lip eating watermelon.

You work wonders with that lens, lady! Thank you and I love you!

Linda Johnston - June 9, 2016 - 10:02 AM

What cute pictures, Mary, they really seem to catch his sweet little personality. He is adorable!

Vince - June 9, 2016 - 3:30 PM

That is one happy little camper. (You threw the ducks in just for me, admit it.)

Fairly Candid - June 9, 2016 - 4:42 PM

I totally admit throwing the cardboard ducks in for you Vince, duh.

Mary - June 9, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Once again you knocked out of the ball park. He is so adorable. But so is Simone about to eat that watermelon .
Aren’t grand babies the best thing ever!?

Cody - June 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

How beautiful Mary!!!

Fairly Candid - June 13, 2016 - 9:21 PM

It’s always fun to get to photograph the grandkids like a client session even though I love candids of them. Thank you Mary K and Cody for the nice comments. I love sharing my g-babes with everyone. 🙂 Mary

Aubrey Archuleta - June 21, 2016 - 10:06 AM

What a doll. The perfect age to bottle up all that sweetness and curiosity. Of course he want to “surf” on that wagon. BOYS! Love it.

Fairly Candid - June 24, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Hi Aubrey, thanks for leaving your comment. It’s always the best hearing from you girl! Mary

[…] you didn’t catch Cole’s ONE YEAR photo session you can see it here. He is a momma’s boy right now, but Sydney is a close second when she isn’t around. […]

Rob - August 3, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Great job Mary! I finally got around to looking… only a couple months late. :o) Thank you for capturing all those wonderful moments!

Hoppy Easter!

You’ve seen a lot of this little guy lately. What can I say … he captivates me and my camera. 🙂 Cole is now 10 months and in keeping with tradition of the g-babes before him, I take monthly pictures the first year (in case you hadn’t figured that out). He is such a sweet content little guy. […]

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Vince - March 27, 2016 - 7:36 AM

Looks like everyone had lots of fun!

Megan - March 27, 2016 - 1:41 PM

All that naked little child with bunny ears on is too much!

Fun to see all the pictures from your special sleepover. These kids are so lucky to have active, creative, energetic grandparents like you to make memories like this.

Mary - March 27, 2016 - 6:48 PM

I love it.

Fairly Candid - March 28, 2016 - 7:47 AM

Thanks Mary K. Short and sweet — just like my g-babes.

Tracey - March 28, 2016 - 8:33 AM

What wonderful memories made. You have such great ideas and the children look like they are always having so much fun at grandpa and grandmas house.
God Bless you all.

Fairly Candid - March 28, 2016 - 11:40 AM

They out number me so I have to do these things now while I can still keep up. Hopefully the memories will help them be nice to Mike and I in our old age! Thanks Tracey. I appreciate you.

Liz - March 28, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Love it! Especially Simone’s ‘serious’ face… reminds me of her mama 🙂

Fairly Candid - March 29, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Hi Liz, thanks for chiming in. I’ll let “mama” know about your comment. She will say that she might resemble that. 🙂

Rob - April 1, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Seriously Mary… you need to stop taking so many dang photos. I’m starting to get mad at you!!

First off, it is totally awesome that you do such a detailed and consistently fantastic job capturing our families lives, but every time I turn around there is another picture that I need to print off and find a place for. It’s too much, the walls are closing in on me and I can’t breathe! My office already looks like the national headquarters for missing children, and our home looks like we obsess a little too much about our kids. STOP IT!!!

…The aforementioned comments were laden with an abundance of sarcasm and jest. :o) Thank You!!!!

Fairly Candid - April 3, 2016 - 9:29 PM

Dear Son-in-law. I feel your pain … you’ve seen my g-babes room. How can I help you if I can’t help myself? Love from “I’ll never stop cause your kids are too cute”.

LoraLee and Lee - April 8, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Such DARLING pictures !!! You and Mike are such wonderful Grandparents! Those kids just get cuter and cuter! Our “baby” granddaughter is getting married May 22 to a fantastic guy. He has one more year of seminary to be a youth pastor and Heather just signed a contract in Susan & Ashlee’s
School district to teach math in a middle school!!
The wedding will be in California.
Love & Hugs, LoraLee

Fairly Candid - April 10, 2016 - 7:23 PM

Hi Lora Lee and thank you! Miss you guys — hope you make it to Boise this year for a visit. You can then hear for yourselves how noisy these kids are … something you don’t hear in a blog post. 🙂 Ha!