Category Archives: My G-Babes

Grannie Smiles

This is Grannie. Not sure which one is making the other smile, but it warms my heart nonetheless. Angie and I have been friends a long time and she is seriously one of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet. She’s also fondly been referred to as a “Saint” and the “Travel Agent” in our circle. My sister was actually […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - March 19, 2011 - 7:46 AM

Interesting, I just read about the memories that awaken in your post about your dad & then I see MJ wearing the same shirt Parker wore to our first family photos. Wow, that brings back the flood of emotion from that time. 2 young kids, with a kid! MJ wears it well 😀

Paradise Lost or Paradise Found?

They say Hawaii is Paradise. Could be. Maybe. But for how long? 1 year? 2 years? Nope. People, it’s happening. (Mother screaming loudly) “IT’S HAPPENING!” They’re moving home! H-O-M-E! As in the same city and state where we live. Yeh, I’m a little excited. We just found out two nights ago … the night before […]

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Megan - March 14, 2011 - 11:53 AM

Paradise: a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It’s not lost, nor found…it simply is my life! 🙂

Love you and can’t wait to see you!!! - March 14, 2011 - 4:23 PM

Diane D. wrote (under a different post): “Very cute pictures. Love the camo babies. — I am glad you family will be all together in Idaho.”

Aubrey Archuleta - March 15, 2011 - 10:00 AM

YIPPEEEEEEE! I am so thrilled for you guys 😀

"24" Hours with MJ

After MJ got sick and started to mend, his parents got sick. After his parents got sick I got a phone call that sounded something like this: “Mom [groan], we’re [ooo] both sick. [More groans]. Can you [heavy breathing] come get MJ [grunt]?” Luckily it was my day off and I was off to the […]

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botut - March 10, 2011 - 8:27 PM

haha, my youngest brought the bug to us and we (as in the adults) have been struggling badly this week. My dad dropped off meds and food at the front door but refused to enter the plagued domain!

Great way to spend the day with your grandson.

Post Valentine's

One of my best years … probably due in part to being surrounded by people who love each other, love me, love others … the posts I’ve done on love (with more still to come this month) … it was just a lovely V-Day all around. Mike took me out-of-town for the weekend then surprised […]

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Megan - February 15, 2011 - 11:46 PM

Sweet. Sweet. Sweet. I love that you broke out all the fine china and fanciness for a lovely meal with everyone- sounds like a fine time.

That MJ just gets cuter and cuter- I can’t wait to hear that laugh in person.

Happy Valentines Day!

Your Man - February 16, 2011 - 5:41 PM

What a great meal and time. Love ya.

botut - February 16, 2011 - 9:28 PM

Wow, I am jealous. I think I like Valentine’s Day now…will you be mine? Eating is my favorite hobby!!I’ll be over next year, thank you.

My First Sleepover – As told by MJ

I had my first sleepover with Gramma and Grampa last night. We had a great time. We played “Where’s the Monster?” But Monsters don’t scare me … I’m tough. I learn a lot from my Grampa … he taught me how to play cards. “Go fish Grampa.” He also taught me how to throw dice. […]

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Megan - February 5, 2011 - 6:29 PM

OH MY HELL…that was perfect!!!! You narrated it adorably! My favorites were him in the wig sighing and checking under the bed for monsters. Hmmm…but I also loved him playing cards with Grampa…too many to choose from. And the pajamas? Do they come in girl ones? TOO CUTE!

BTW- you do make a pretty scary looking monster with those eyes!!! 😉

fairlycandid - February 5, 2011 - 6:32 PM

And just wait till I get my Monster on Sydney! Oh, you think those PJ’s are cute …. just wait, my lady, until Syd’s first sleepover. 😉 And just when can I expect that again? Love you, miss you more. MOM XXOO

Linda - February 5, 2011 - 6:57 PM

Oh my, what a lucky little boy to have all those cute memories memorialized by his adoring grandma, who, by the way, does do a great monster face. Mr. Safari Man was pretty cute too.

Aubrey Archuleta - February 8, 2011 - 7:36 AM

Perfect storttelling. That blonde boy has you all wrapped around his finger…as it should be 🙂

amandapfeifer - February 8, 2011 - 9:57 PM

very cute!

fairlycandid - February 8, 2011 - 10:24 PM

Thank you Amanda. I’m honored to have you look at my blog! He’s a little older than your handsome guy — he’s 15 months.

Testing, Testing (on My Grandson)

Any of you that know me know that my new camera was in the shop last fall. You might also know that when I purchased my new camera, I also purchased two new lens, one of which stopped working properly and was replaced at no cost to me. Well, probably very few of you know […]

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Megan - January 21, 2011 - 9:59 PM

Oh my hell…here’s my caption:

“This stupid diaper! It’s cramping my style!!!”

I love the temper tantrum pictures- the best part is Matt in the background completely neutral. He’s so sweet- thanks for the updated pics!!! Now keep practicing…errrr, testing!

Aubrey Archuleta - January 24, 2011 - 1:59 PM

“So that’s where I put that!”


God’s Gift – Natural Light


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Megan - January 13, 2011 - 9:41 PM

Awwww, two things- what a sweet, sweet boy and such a perfect, perfect message…thanks for helping me remember to trust God and thank him for all things!!!

Linda Johnston - January 14, 2011 - 9:22 AM

Oh, how precious those pictures are and what lovely captions–they tell truth in a beautiful way. So sweet Mary.

Aubrey Archuleta - January 14, 2011 - 3:17 PM

Squeeeeeeee! That baby boy is perfect! That blonde hair & chubby cheeks…HEAVEN.

fairlycandid - January 14, 2011 - 3:20 PM

He is Heaven … when he’s not teething. 🙂 These photos were taken almost 2 months ago when he was 13 months. He’s all grown up now. 😉

Marilyn Senn - January 28, 2011 - 7:11 AM


fairlycandid - January 28, 2011 - 7:15 AM

Awww, Marilyn, how sweet was that. Thank you ! (For those of you wondering who this is, it’s MJ’s great-grandma in Maryland.)

Happy First Birthday to the New Year's Baby!

Sydney was born in Honolulu, Hawaii at 11:09 PM on New Year’s Day, 2010, making it another one of the happiest days of this Grampa and Gramma’s lives. With MJ (our first grandbaby) and Sydney being only two-and-a-half months apart, we have lots of joy in our lives. God’s awesomeness is proven once again when you realize what […]

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Megan - December 31, 2010 - 11:05 AM

Oh gosh…our baby is ONE…what happened??? Thanks for such a sweet recap of the last year…some of the most adorable and beautiful pictures were taken by you…thank you for that also!!! Here’s to another year of adorableness (and no tantrums, please!)

Aubrey Archuleta - January 2, 2011 - 10:47 AM

The sight of those 2 blonde babies together melts me! Happy Bday Syd!

botut - January 3, 2011 - 9:11 PM

Wow, New Year’s Day?! How special and what a great collection of moments….LOVE it Mary!

Portraits of My Hawaiian Kids

My mom and I spent 14 wonderful days in sunny Honolulu the first two weeks of December with my daughter, Megan, son-in-law Robby, and granddaughter, Sydney.  A week into our trip Grampa showed up at their door surprising everyone but me (since I was in the loop from the get-go) so it was fun to see the kids […]

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fairlycandid - December 18, 2010 - 2:58 AM

What a sweet post- it was a pleasure having you here and I love the pictures!!!

Linda Johnston - December 19, 2010 - 7:38 AM

How cute–I just love babes in stripey bottoms! Megan and Robby look so happy, job well done grandma X 2.

Aubrey Archuleta - December 19, 2010 - 9:23 PM

Oh man! I LURVE these!!!

Aloha from Hawaii!

The cold and snow hit Boise, so my mom and I headed for warmer weather — Honolulu, Hawaii!  Okay, we had it planned before the snow fell, but it sure was good timing on our part!  We’re here visiting my daughter, son-in-law, and adorably sweet, funny, smart, cute granddaughter, Sydney, of 11 months.  She met us at […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - December 5, 2010 - 11:00 PM

Love it! So jealous, I wish I could escape to Hawaii 😉 And your mom! Wow, she looks great.

fairlycandid - December 7, 2010 - 6:58 AM

I’d be jealous too if I was home in the cold and snow. It’s beautiful here and Mom and I are having so much fun with Sydney. What a silly sweet girl she is. I gave your compliment to my mom — thank you.