MJ Turning 3 = One Fun Weekend!

It was the birthday weekend to remember for my first grandchild, MJ, who turned 3 on October 20! It went like this:

Saturday the 20th: Linder Farms/Pumpkin Patch for our family. We went to Granny Angie’s house following the farm for yum-o chili, presents and cute fireman cupcakes (by Angie).

Sunday the 21st: Breakfast in Horseshoe Bend followed by a Thunder Mountain Line train ride to the pumpkin patch … so fun. Later that night a surprise trip to our local Whitney Fire Station where the Cheshire Cat didn’t even smile as big as MJ!  We followed that with a picture by a tractor sitting in the field next to the Fire Station. Score! Onward to a local neighborhood Park followed by family portraits at our rental (J/K) and a few days later downtown where we shot the Halloween Pumpkins and more family pics. I’ve added a few new punkin pics to this post, but if you want to see the whole lot, you can view them here. As a side note to the last family pics, MJ had fallen asleep in the car (big week) and wasn’t in the best of moods for pictures. Honestly, some of these will go down in history as some of my favorite pictures of him.

I followed up with a few pictures of the kids and me in our costumes on Halloween … MJ as a Hershey Kiss that Angie made for Danielle when she was little; a too-warm-partly-undressed spider named Jay-D-Bug; Sydney as a gum-giving gumball machine made by Megan (all too appropriate for Syd); and Simone ending the g-babes as my little quacker. Me? I was “Scary Mary” in an outfit I made 20 years ago. I got the “Cutest Costume” award at work. Bleck! Is that a good thing?! When my kids were little, I used to dress them up and take them around to the places where family members worked, where my kids passed out treats to others instead of just taking them in. It blesses my pea-pickin’ heart to see my kids teaching their kids the same. My mom used to dress up when she worked at Sears so I thought it only appropriate that I did the same for my g-babes. Gotta be a great memory, right? While the kids passed out cookies and gum balls, I passed out love … lots and lots of love.

Happy Birthday Big Boy! Love you tons! Gramma






Danielle - November 8, 2012 - 12:03 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! Thank you so much! The ones of Mj in the corn field are so adorable, and the ones on the bridge just make me mad! If only we had given him the gum first…

Megan - November 8, 2012 - 4:12 PM

I don’t know where to start. Random thoughts:

MJ is the CUTEST 3 year old, (previously 2 year old) I think I have ever seen. I can’t get over that blond hair, gorgeous smile and big kind eyes. Seriously, even his pout face makes you want to smother him with kisses. (Which actually was one of my fav pics- the pout face on the bridge. Totally frame worthy!)

I see next years Fair winning picture in here- the one of the train that you see 3 box cars.

The tractor picture was my favorite ‘family’ picture. Killer striped dress, Dani.

Matt has an awesome “non smile” face…not too many people can do that well.

There is this one of a kind relationship between MJ and Syd that I witness in person, but when you see their sweetness together in pictures it melts my heart all over again. The smiles, hand holding and hugs kill me.

Once again, job well done, Mom. Thanks for documenting these years for us!

Your Man - November 8, 2012 - 6:01 PM

Wow, some of your best work yet. What a fantastic job. You have no doubt the cutest babes ever. Even our kids looked fantastic. Really I mean the family is totally awesome. Great parents and grandkids. Not to mention the photographer. Love ya.

Sheila Clark - November 9, 2012 - 8:36 AM

Great photos Mary! I love the one of the 2 boys on the bridge where MJ is pouty. So cute! What great memories you’ve captured with your camera. You definitely have a special gift!

Aubrey - November 9, 2012 - 2:41 PM

Wowee! What an incredibly good looking bunch of people! Beautiful memories from such a fun and rich time in your life. Loved all the outfit changes, too!

Roberta - November 9, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Mary, I agree with all the above comments, your photos always make me smile! So many darling ones to try to choose from, don’t know how one could even choose, so take them all! love the back drops you choose on so many of them! But you must admit that a photographer is only as good as their subjects….and you have some awesome ones here, and to thing they are your precious family!!!

Fairly Candid - November 15, 2012 - 2:52 PM

Thanks everybody! This post brought me such joy! I am so proud of it and grateful to God that he has given me such a passion for photography. My girls are so good at taking pictures of their families as well so I am happy about that. Still, it just brings me such joy to look at these little kids over and over knowing they will soon be big kids and wanting to be off doing their own thing more. Thank goodness for the age of digital books!

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