“Defining Summer” [July and August]

Ahh Summertime, you were so good to me. You provided some great moments — time for family, friends, camping, swimming pools, rivers, parades, playgrounds, hot weather, summer rain … and a messy house, weedy flower beds, and dirty cars! One thing about chores … they always seem to wait for you! G-Babes, they grow up and don’t. There’s no looking back in regret of opportunities missed, only gratitude for the ones I did have … with future ones yet to plan. Now I will tuck these away — with the stories that go along with them — into my head, my photo books, my life — to be shared again one day with the kids. Love to all my kids and g-babes for all the wonderful opportunities that make these photos (and so many more!) happen. And now, in no particular order, I bring you July and August’s “Summertime“.

“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.” [Linda McCartney]

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These dirty munchkins are what it’s all about.

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MJ [m jey]:  1. an almost 4 year old boy with abounding energy, 2. loud, 3. Prince Charming, 4. has determination and stick-to-it-iveness, 5. loves all sports, 6. independent 7. dramatic when hurt

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Jayden [jey dun]: 1. a 17 month old abounding in smiles, 2. his mom’s cuddle-bug, 3. sometimes shy, 4. loves to mimic others, 5. big brother resilient, 6. diaper dapper, 7. blue-eyed adorableness

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Simone [suh moan]: 1. a 16 month old abounding in dramatic cuteness, 2. loves to carry things around, 3. food fan, 4. can be quite serious, 5. Operatic scream, 6. self-entertaining, 7. walks like a granny

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Sydney [sid-nee]: 1. a sweet 3-3/4 year old with abounding joy, 2. attached to long skinny legs, 3. loves all things twirly and girly, 4. best big sis ever, 5. a follower 6. lover of gum (yes, still), 7. easily excited

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And now friends, we have come to the END of this post. Love you all. Take care and keep smiling! Mary

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Megan - September 17, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Love love love LOVE!! I’m going to have to redo this post 6 times just because I LOVE IT! My favorite was your fun descriptions of each kid, and all the words you chose to go with different pictures. So much fun and well put together. I’m not even going to think of a favorite- they were all so fun to look at and ‘relive’ the summer! Thanks so much for taking all of these!!!

Tracey - September 18, 2013 - 8:42 AM

Oh these pictures are GREAT! They really make you want to know the story behind them. The children are growing up so fast. I’m glad to see you all are enjoying every minute. Love to your family and God Bless you all!

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 8:54 AM

Thank you Tracy, and don’t worry, I can share a few stories at work and I agree, they are growing so fast. I look at pictures of just months ago, and say “what the heck! Stop growing!”

Gloria - September 18, 2013 - 9:10 AM

Spectacular
Creative
Hilarious
Loved the pictures, the adventures, and the special captures! Great job Mary!

Linda - September 18, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Oh my goodness!! Such sweet and funny pictures. I have to say it is a really good thing that Megan has such perfectly groomed eyebrows or that funny photo would revealed every out of place hair. . .unless, you were a good Mommy/photographer and removed them for her. Love them Mary, as usual.

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 9:34 AM

Aw, thank you Gloria!

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 9:36 AM

Oh that’s too funny Linda. Nope, they’re hers (although I did darken them for “dramatic effect” … you know how I love PS!)

Aubrey - September 18, 2013 - 12:41 PM

So much happiness in all these captures. Especially enjoyed seeing so many of you and the hubs 😀 What a fun season this summer was for you and yours!

Bobbi - September 18, 2013 - 12:46 PM

Awesome, Mary. Thanks so much for sharing and reminding me of the joys and great memories of summer. This posting can’t help but bring a smile 🙂

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Oh, thank you Bobbi, that comment touches me. You smile, I smile. 🙂

LoraLee Carter - September 18, 2013 - 2:31 PM

Mary, you are just unbelievable!!! Not only are you a wonderful photographer, but your talent for writing is as good or better!
What a great idea to combine favorite pictures over time and have a condensed collage with such entertaining commentaries!!!
I am “blown away” by your talents and so proud of you!!
What a treasure you are creating for your family. We love you sweet girl. Keep the pictures comin’, we LOVE seeing them!

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 9:51 PM

If I knew how to find my high school English teacher, I would sent him your note. I think I got a C-. Boy I’ll bet he’d be sorry now!

vickie - September 20, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Well Done! Mike and Mary you have done a wonderful job of raising your own kids and now they are in turn doing a wonderful job of raising theirs. What a beautiful family. Mary you did a great job of capturing love in a picture. Bless you all.

Diane D - September 23, 2013 - 7:03 PM

I loved looking at all your shots …. Mary you have that eye to see all the fun pictures.

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