Happy Birthday Cowboy! [MJ at 5]

October 20 celebrates the 5th birthday of my oldest g-babe, MJ (Matthew Jr.). A week ago his folks and Grampa went hunting for Danielle’s first bull elk (she got a nice 6 by 5), and I got the joy of watching MJ and Jayden for 48 hours. Our time was filled with all things fun, but the first hour together was spent at The Boot Barn picking out new boots and cowboy hats. The boots were something we have bought each of the kids, but the hats? Well, the hats weren’t in the plan but once they slipped them on, we were all sold. I told MJ that for the hat, he had to do a photo session with me for turning 5, so we drove back to his house, gathered some cowboy jeans and a nice shirt then went to a fun subdivision entrance I have been wanting to try. MJ walked right up to where I told him to stand, and before I could direct him, he took this first pose and said “this is how a cowboy stands Gramma” … and so it went. 🙂 I think the pictures will speak for themselves as to the sweet, fun, cooperative, handsome grandson I have. Love you SOOOO much MJ! Happy Birthday!




Of course we had to get the littlest wrangler in some pictures too. Jayden was an April baby so is now exactly 2-½. He told me in the car coming home from the Boot Barn “Picked my own boots Gramma.” He was so proud of them and wears them with everything.




_MG_1504_webSo now it’s my turn because MJ wanted to use my camera to take a picture of me so I seized the moment and let him.

_MG_1510_Jayden and Gramma-Oct 2014

Next is MJ’s version of his “silliest” and “scariest” Halloween faces.

_MG_1522_web_MG_1524_webAnd here’s Jayden and mine. Oooo scary Mary!_MG_1527_web

And shouldn’t every cowboy have a picture with a cow? Yes they should. 🙂


Happy birthday to my favorite cowboy and his little bro. You make gramma very happy.


Matt - October 19, 2014 - 8:44 PM

Love the surprise shoot. I sure do have two little men and you are great at capturing moments like this

Fairly Candid - October 19, 2014 - 8:48 PM

Thank you for commenting Matt. It was a joy-filled 48 hours for me and MJ kept me laughing on this photo shoot. He’s quite the poser. Love, MOM

Danielle - October 19, 2014 - 9:23 PM

Love these so much! I sent this to my sister and she texted me saying she was crying. When I asked her why she said “because he has grown so much in the past 2 months! I miss seeing him :(” Thank you so much for watching them and taking such cute 5 year pictures.

Fairly Candid - October 19, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Oh, that blesses my heart Danielle. Thank you for sharing that. I’m sure Auntie could use a good dose of nephew hugs right now.

dad - October 19, 2014 - 9:57 PM

Great pics babe. Well it looks like MJ is ready for a horse. He sure has grown up. Good cowboys make good men.

Becky - October 20, 2014 - 8:38 AM

Great pictures. MJ has turned the corner from toddler to boy. Looks like you had a fun day.

Linda J. - October 20, 2014 - 9:09 AM

Oh my, he has the cowboy stance down pat!! Looks like those cute little boys had as much fun as you did. Good job, Gramma, especially for letting MJ take control of the camera and you didn’t even look nervous in the pictures!

Sheila Clark - October 20, 2014 - 1:39 PM

Great pics, love the cowboy outfits! Can’t wait to see our sneak peak!! 🙂

Auntie Megan - October 20, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Well done, Gramma. Well done. He’s always been a cute little man, but WOW…he’s sure turning into a handsome little devil. He’s got the no-smile down just as pat as the smile poses. Before we know it you’ll be posting his senior pics and linking to this post when he first started his Cowboy getup.

Happy Birthday, sweet Nephew!!!

Mary - October 20, 2014 - 3:59 PM

That first picture is one where MJ looks like he really does have a horse tied up at the hitching post. Great looking grand sons.

Fairly Candid - October 21, 2014 - 10:31 AM

Thanks everyone! And just so you know, it WON’T be Grampa and I buying him a horse!!!

Aubrey - October 22, 2014 - 6:58 AM

I love your work but the time spent with grandkids and that special connection makes it even better. The light and colors this time of year just add to your talent. Great pictures of the lil dudes!

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