Addi is Four

You want a good laugh? Go on a photo shoot with a four-year old. Addi is all personality and she doesn’t stop moving and doesn’t stop talking. From the moment she hit the pavement she was a joy box. Miss Mary, you can’t call me three any more cause now I’m FOUR! Oh look, water … I should have brought my swim suit because I could swim (no matter that it was 8:30 AM on a chilly morning at a tiny neighborhood fountain with dirty water and mossy rocks). Miss Mary, do you like my shoes? My favorite color is pink but my mom said I have to wear this. Did you bring any toys? Can I go to your house and see your grandkids? (Mind you I see Addi once a year but we’re fast friends again each session.) 🙂

This girl is so cute, so funny, and quite spirited as you will see. I get to photograph her every year near her birthday and I look forward to seeing the changes. They had exciting news for me this year … a new baby sister is on the way in 6 weeks! Addi is quite excited except she let me know she would not change the baby’s diaper because that was yukky. Mom, Kari, is a school teacher so we know what she’ll be doing this summer! Congratulations to all the family and happy birthday Addi. I’m already looking forward to next year. 🙂

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Kari - June 20, 2016 - 7:03 AM

Thank you Mary! We love them! Great to see you again and fabulous work as always!

Fairly Candid - June 20, 2016 - 4:18 PM

Thank you Kari. I find myself looking at these over and over. This little girl of yours just cracks me up. So sweet and funny. Congratulations on the new baby and let me know when she arrives. Mary

Megan - June 21, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Oh, she’s a doll! How on earth is that sweet mama supposed to choose which one to put on her wall?!?

Vince - June 25, 2016 - 1:26 PM

These are very nice.

[…] her big sister, Addi — a new four-year-old that I recently photographed (you can see her here) — couldn’t be more proud of her “Sylv.” She met me at the door in her […]

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 pictures a week ago is getting two molars) and he started walking a few weeks before his birthday so there’s no stopping him now! This little g-babe of mine is my 5th and my last (so all the kids tell me) and is a happy little guy as you will see. He’s all boy. His stay-at-home mommy is the love of his life … she makes him shine like no other even when he’s not feeling good like on this day. She “gets him” and he turns into a belly full of giggles and a face of squinted eyes with a big smile. He loves balls in every shape and form and he loves to wrestle his family members and is enjoying the water sprinkler or pool now that it’s turned hot. When he’s at my house he’s generally under foot in the kitchen or anywhere else but anyone who has a one year old knows you just want to freeze them at this age because of all the new things they are learning each day. He’s too cute in every way. Hugs and kisses Cole, love Gramma. 🙂 (Kudos to Megan for the beautiful banners she made for Cole’s party that you’ll see in this post.)

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This next picture is to show you that sometimes he doesn’t smile … when he’s thinking about something.

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Cole Issac, you sit down!

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This little neighborhood kitty loved Cole … and he liked the kitty too until he got too close.

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My little Huck Finn.

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My daughter’s family doesn’t let the kids have sugar until they are older so in following tradition with Simone, he had a Watermelon Smash instead of a Cake Smash. It was too cold to have it at his birthday party, so Megan saved the experience for this day and he wasn’t all that into it … unlike his sister before him.

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The photo shoot is over … time to drive back home before Mommy “gets me” because she’ll make me take a nap.

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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!

Daniel Judson

I have shared this many times before — both on my blog and in person — that one of my favorite things about photography is getting to know more about the person on the other end of my camera. Many families have become very dear to me through this process. This family … Craig, Lori, their 5-1/2 year old daughter, Ella, and now Danielle … is one such family. It’s hard to know where to begin with this blog post, or where to end, because there is so much middle. I’ll try and keep it short however, and say that after Ella another baby was definitely in their family planning. There were years of ups and downs until they became pregnant with Daniel and they were elated. There would be more ups and downs when they they would learn he would be born to have Trisomy 21 also called Down’s Syndrome. When Lori shared this with me my heart sank for her and Daniel. No one wants to see hardship come to any child — or their parents for that matter — but within a few minutes my heart was lifted because if anyone could provide this baby with all the love and nurturing he would need, it was Lori and Craig. I called her up and told her so and my heart was 100% invested in that belief. It still is. Months of doctor visits turned into delivering Daniel naturally at full term with a team of medical experts at her bedside. I had the privilege of photographing Daniel shortly after delivery and then in the NICU to document some of his early hours of life. He was poked and prodded and had tubes and a stomach surgery within days. Another procedure to remove a blockage in his left kidney will come soon. These are heart-breaking experiences to go through as a parent, and even in writing this my heart is full of what trials and blessings are yet to come with this little boy — as with any child — but there is no doubt in my mind that God has equipped Craig, Lori, and big sister Ella in every way to nurture and love this little guy like no other. I suspect he is going to be the light in every room as God shines through him. He will be brought up to know and love the Lord God that created him — so beautifully I might add. God makes no mistakes. He has already overcome so many odds in his little life and my bet is he’s going to get real good at doing that. 🙂

Daniel was born March 21 (World Down Syndrome Day) at 5:56 AM. He weighed 7.11 lbs and was 21″ long. For those of you who are saying right now “but you don’t photograph newborns any more” you would be right. I don’t, but I could never say no to Lori on this one as we have talked about this for years and I wanted so badly to photograph him! I was quite rusty however and he didn’t sleep much at my house so you won’t see as much variety as usual. Ella came along for Daniel’s “newborn” pictures even though they were taken the day before he turned 2 months old. She reminds me of my Sydney, always wearing pretty dresses as a daily preference. So sweet this girl and smile ready. Mike got to hang with her awhile, as did my grandsons, and she just fit right in. As for Daniel, he had to stay in NICU for several weeks then has been mostly quarantined to his home since  — “boxed” I think is what Lori called it — protecting him from all those nasty bugs out there until he’s a bit stronger (although he’s doing fantastically), so pictures had to be put off. Even so, he was still in the 9 pound range here so he still looks like a newborn … huggable and snuggable. And Daniel is going to be the face of the White House Black Market fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network in June. The VP of Marketing from WHBM Corporate, Donna Noche, will be on The Today Show mid June to introduce the campaign. Pretty cool stuff.  🙂 Love, Mary

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Linda Johnston - June 6, 2016 - 9:13 AM

Oh, Lori and Craig, he is beautiful. I can’t wait to meet this precious little boy. I can envision that this child will bring untold joy to all who meet him.

Lori - June 6, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Mary, these are completely stunning! We love them, and we love you so much! Your work is absolute perfection!! Linda, thank you so much for your sweet words! We love you too!

Vince - June 6, 2016 - 12:30 PM

❤️❤️❤️ these!

Barbara Severns - June 6, 2016 - 7:34 PM

Mary, Again, you captured my grandchildren beautifully! How I appreciate you, your love for my family, your expert skills in bringing the beauty and capturing everyone at the exact moment when they are themselves! I love these pictures, thank you once again! You have provided more memories for me than I can ever count. Love you tons …

Kari - June 6, 2016 - 8:12 PM

Love these and love this family!

Fairly Candid - June 6, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind loving comments to each other. They lifted me for sure and little Daniel will be the ultimate benefactor. 🙂 Mary

Liz Grissom - June 6, 2016 - 8:34 PM

He is so beautiful! Congratulations Craig, Lori, & Ella!

Megan - June 6, 2016 - 9:04 PM

Oh my, you hit the cuteness jackpot. He is sweet as all get out. Ella looks like she is already an amazing big sis. Congratulations!

Kathy Martin - June 10, 2016 - 12:06 PM

This blog was just forwarded to me by a church friend and I’m so grateful as these pictures are fantastic! Of course the photographer had some pretty amazing subjects to work with. I feel blessed to live across the street from this family and it is apparent to me that God has been paving the way for this special and precious little boy for a long time. I can’t imagine a more perfect big sister than Ella, better parents than Lori and Craig, or a more involved grandmother than Barb. Daniel will always be one loved little guy!!!

Fairly Candid - June 15, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Kathy, I couldn’t agree with your comment more. There is no luck involved when it comes to matters such as this. God always has a thought out plan. I’m so glad you stumbled across my website and thank you for sharing. Mary

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

What a joy! He is beautiful! Congratulations Lori!

Dylan [Senior 2016]

There’s something extra special about getting to photograph high school seniors and Dylan was no exception. It’s fun to hear their plans for the future and some of the places and experiences that helped shape their life. For Dylan he grew up near the river and attended Adams Elementary so that’s one of the places we visited. I had a great time with him and his mom, Jen, as they were so easy going and fun to talk with. Jen said Dylan is naturally a happy young man (contrary to some of the more serious images you’ll see) and he had the best hair that handled the intense wind at the end of our session. 🙂 He loves math and science so I’ll bet he’ll do something challenging in his future … but first there’s adventure to be had. Dylan would like to travel and see some of the world and my guess? … he’ll do it. Congratulations on your upcoming Boise High graduation Dylan and my best to you for all your future plans. It was my pleasure meeting you and your mom. 🙂 Mary

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The girl in the background startled me when I walked by and noticed her watching us. It was kind of eerie actually … until I realized she was cardboard and then I started laughing. I just had to have Dylan’s picture taken with her even though he didn’t find it as funny as I did. 🙂

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Vince - May 27, 2016 - 10:40 AM

I never would have guessed the deer was cardboard, too!

Fairly Candid - May 27, 2016 - 10:46 AM

Oh yea, I take cardboard set ups to all my sessions Vince. (You crack me up!)

[…] works in the same department with the mom’s of Matthew and Dylan — both 2016 seniors that I got to photograph recently — so needless to say I was […]

Luke Had A Birthday!

Happy belated birthday to Luke who turned the BIG 3 in February! (You can see his two year old post here.) He is so stinkin’ cute this kid and so agreeable. I would ask him to climb on a rock or bench or whatever, and up he’d go without a second request and sit in a position where I wouldn’t even repose him. He’s a natural this one! His mom Crystal is so nice and writes a blog called Wine Workouts and Whippersnappers about their family wine business, her life as a Poise fitness trainer, and raising kids. She tells it like it is and often has me laughing at her posts about motherhood — trust me, you’d really like her — and Luke and big sis Lila who you’ll see again this summer when she turns the BIG 5. Thank you Crystal for the fun of photographing your children. What sweet kids they are. 🙂 Mary

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Crystal - May 6, 2016 - 7:13 AM

Oh my heart!! I’m fairly certain I’m a goner. This boy and these photos. 🙂 Thank you Mary! You’ve done it again!

Cody - May 6, 2016 - 8:09 AM

What a sweet little boy and love the picture with him and his pretty momma. Very precious pictures Mary!

Vince - May 6, 2016 - 9:24 AM

What an adorable boy! Almost like me at that age. (Well, OK, not even close.) Nice work, Mary.

Grandma Janis - May 6, 2016 - 10:27 AM

If I wasn’t already in love with Luke I would be after these pictures! Beautifully done!

Fairly Candid - May 9, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Thank you Cody, Vince, and Janis. You are all so kind to leave a comment and Luke earned them with his boyhood cuteness.

Matthew [2016 Senior]

Meet Matthew, a nice young senior from Rocky Mountain High who is thinking about continuing education in the information technology field. I certainly wish I had more computer skills in this day and age and Matthew could probably teach me a thing or two! We bounced around south Boise and he was a great sport with a great smile. I wish you the best of everything Matthew. I know you will have lots to offer our community and beyond! Graduation is just around the corner so enjoy all the upcoming festivities that go with it. 🙂 Mary

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I need to preface this next picture taken inside the old barn where these pictures were taken. This scene definitely caught my attention and I told Melissa — Matthew’s mom — that I was including it in their session because, come on, how many times in your life have you seen something like this? It just gave me pause thinking of a person sitting in there smoking that many cigarettes! Yuck!

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Vince - April 27, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Welcome back! I see you haven’t lost your amazing touch. But seriously, a barn full of cigarettes?

Melissa - April 27, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Your work is absolutely amazing, Mary! I have already shared this with a number of people of work that liked your work and will be calling or emailing you. Thank you for these beautiful memories!

Fairly Candid - April 28, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Melissa, thank you so much and you are so welcome. Your son, however, gets the most credit. 🙂

Thank you as well Vince. I always enjoy your comments even when you don’t know the subjects.

Kathy G - April 28, 2016 - 7:50 PM

What a great looking guy and superlative photography. Good luck in the future to Matthew.

Jan and Gordie - April 29, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Mathew! We both love these pictures! They are awesome and you are so very handsome. Can’t believe you will be graduating soon…wonderful! Love you!!

[…] works in the same department with the mom’s of Matthew and Dylan — both 2016 seniors that I got to photograph recently — so needless to say […]

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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This little one up next will be four in a month. Simone is the pistol of the family … whatever her mood, you are going to know about it. She is a firecracker with a big imagination and lots of love to give. Grampa has always called her “Sea Biscuit” and for a long time she was bothered by it and would say “My name is not Sea Biscuit. My name is Simone Olivia Gerichs” and when she would say it she would look something like this.

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Then we did another shaving cream project (not pictured) before doing a couple of painting projects. Jayden, turning four in a week, has changed the most to me this past year. He has really taken to drawing and painting the cutest stick figures and faces and loves to hear praise about his work (who doesn’t). With any compliment he always answers with the sweetest “thanks”. He randomly says “you’re my best friend Gramma” which I know he says to other people but for that moment I am transported. 🙂

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While I cleaned up the paint, Grampa entertained them in the backyard for some football throwing lessons. He later took them to our neighborhood park while I cleaned up (some more) and made homemade pizza for dinner. Such a good grampa. 🙂

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We started a windsock project after dinner, then stopped to watch a Jesus movie of short Bible stories before bedtime (with of course popcorn — duh.). The one of the Good Samaritan had MJ and Syd almost in tears for the man who was hurt and no one would help him. They were gasping with words like “Gramma, you didn’t tell us this was a mean movie!” In the end Syd (who didn’t want to watch a Jesus movie and came with a backup movie) said “I didn’t want to watch a Jesus movie but that was actually really good.” My little Kindergarten critics. It’s been awesome seeing MJ and Syd learn so much and grow up so much throughout this past year. They were practically inseparable the entire time. We all slept on blow up mattresses on the floor (not Grampa … he has his limits) and I made the mistake of telling them they could talk in bed as long as they wanted. When the little ones needed sleep, I told the big kids it was time to be quite only to hear … “but Gramma you told us we could talk as long as we wanted!.” So I did and so they did. In the morning MJ said “I was really tired Gramma but then I would remember a story from Kindergarten that I had to tell Sydney.” Sydney would then say “Me too gramma. I was really tired but then I remembered something MJ would like to hear from my kindergarten.” You learn a lot about kids on sleepovers except when you fall asleep before them. Wink._MG_7766_web

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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!

Birthday Girls – Lily and Addi

I had the fun of getting to see my girlfriend Gloria and her two granddaughters a week ago for birthday pics. Addi was a Valentine’s baby and is now 13 months. She’s not walking yet but that will come soon enough and then her parents and grandparents will really have a hard time keeping up with her … we had to put her on a stool to keep her from crawling out of every picture! If you are born on Valentine’s day and you turn one on Valentine’s Day, is it technically your first Valentine’s Day? Well, I don’t know for sure, but one thing I do know is this little girl is a cutie. Her eyes are such a pretty blue and her two little bottom teeth are adorable. She couldn’t have been better for her session too … often showing her more serious side which are some of my favorite pictures. And then there is her cousin Lily, also born in February. She turned four and was sporting some new bangs — a new haircut that she did herself. 😉 Her skin is like china and her hair the prettiest strawberry blonde. Such sweet girls who get cousin time with their grandma and grampa every Monday. Lucky girls.

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One of my favorite pictures of Addi coming up. This is so her personality to take everything in.

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Lily is at that magical age where you say “sit here” and guess what? She sits there! Such a sweet little girl.

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Patty cake patty cake …

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Lily wanted to show me her dance moves. I was impressed. 😉

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Thank you Gloria for the opportunity to capture your girls again. We need to do a playdate!

Sara - March 20, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Mary, you’ve done it again! You captured Addi so beautifully, and those eyes! ❤ I love the pictures of the two girls together too! They sure do adore each other and you captured it perfectly! I cannot thank you enough for snapping these memories for us!

Fairly Candid - March 21, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Thank you Sara. She does have pretty eyes … and pretty much everything else. 🙂

Vince - March 21, 2016 - 8:52 PM

I like these indoor shots almost more than the exteriors. They’re just so pristine, and they keep the focus solely on your subjects. (Pretty adorable subjects here, by the way.)

Mary Mouser - March 22, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Thanks Vince. I think I agree for the most part. 🙂

Dawn - March 23, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Thank you Mary, for capturing the sweet side of my… feisty.. child. I am going to blow one up to hang in my office. 😀

Fairly Candid - March 26, 2016 - 10:34 PM

It was all my fun Dawn. What a little sweet lady Lily is growing up to be. She always was but she just seems so grown up to me now. Very polite and funny … as in “banana!” I’m sure you get the joke. 🙂

Let’s Fly Away – Cole at 9 Months (and 8 Months)

9-½ months. This was supposed to be Cole’s one year photo session, but as baby’s do, they outgrow stuff and Megan was fearful this little outfit wouldn’t last that long (it’s a 12-18 months). The fabulous airplane belongs to Megan’s friend Christine, built by her dad for her to use with her three boys. It’s actually a pedaled riding toy! We had to prop a few books in the seat to raise him up and as you can tell he has his mom’s full attention. He loves his mommy and sometimes turns his back to me if I try and take him from her arms. I don’t take it personally because when Megan isn’t around he does it to Grampa if he tries to take him from my arms. (I love that.) He’s a master crawler and walks along the furniture. He has 6 teeth, three on top and three on the bottom, doesn’t like his face or bottom wiped, and has started throwing little tantrums if he doesn’t get what he wants which is pretty darn cute at this age. His cheeks are always rosy, his eyes so blue, and his smile always contagious. Go ahead, just try not to smile. I dare you. 🙂

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This next picture was taken at big sister’s basketball game.

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8 months. In an attempt to get Valentine pictures with all the g-babes as I do every year, I tried to fit it in the day before we left for our cruise … last minute after school one day … definitely not my best idea ever. The big kids were distracted by wanting to go eat their Valentine candy and Cole was constantly trying to crawl away so we scrapped it and let the big kids go … but I did get one or two of Cole at 8 months before we called it a wrap.

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Have no fear, Big Sister is always near! You’re the best Sydney. Thanks for your ever present help. Love Gramma

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Megan - March 13, 2016 - 11:13 AM

Oh my sweet, beautiful, gorgeous, happy, blue eyed boy! I can’t believe how fantastic these turned out ! I don’t remember such wonderful smiles the day of but man you captured it all perfectly. Thank you for doing this, and thank you to Christine for the awesome plane!

Oh, and he totally loves his Gramma.

Megan - March 18, 2016 - 9:41 AM

I come back to this post at least once a day. I can’t get enough!

Vince - March 18, 2016 - 2:22 PM

TOO cute! Good work as always, Mary. Glad to see you back at it.

Rob - March 27, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Thanks for the great pictures! That airplane and Cole are a perfect combination. I need to get some of these printed off.

Mr. Perfect at 7 Months

Have you noticed that it’s been awhile since I had a g-babe on this blog? Well, let’s just change that right now. 🙂 Cole, or Mr. Perfect, as his momma calls him is now 7-½ months old. He is “such a good baby” as Granny Jo (his doting great-grandma) always says. “I’ve never seen him cry” says his Uncle Matt, and he’s never pooped but once on my watch so you can’t get more perfect than that! Of course I’ve thought that of each of my g-babes as well, but they are getting older and losing that baby innocence, and Cole is just a sweet dispositioned, happy, easy-going, and charming little guy right now. I think he looks most like Simone did at this age, but I see signs of the logical thinking that Sydney possessed when he studies someone for the first time. Santa didn’t leave him crying as some babies might have — although he did look a bit concerned as he studied the jolly old man. He is starting to figure out the crawling stance, but still gets on the ground and does the army crawl to wherever he wants to go. He just plays and tells stories to anyone who might be listening. He’s been on baby food prepared by Megan for about a month now, and most days he can take it or leave it she says — he’s more content just playing with the spoon (a second spoon of course). He’s no lightweight at 20 pounds (were any of my grandkids as babies? The answer is most definitely NO) and he is reaching the top of the height chart as the girls before him. No shortage of tall people in the Gerichs family, that’s for sure. Dad is 6’8″, Megan almost 5’10”, and Sydney is projected to be 6’1″ as an adult, and Simone 6’3″. That’s a lot of tall shop shopping folks! Now, with love from my camera to you … here’s Cole-Cole (as sister Simone calls him).

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Love you Cole! XXO Gramma.  And Happy New Year to all of you from the rest of my g-babes too! (Sydney just turned 6 on New Year’s Day, MJ 6-¼, and Simone and Jayden now 3-¾.)

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LoraLee Carter - January 12, 2016 - 6:32 AM

Cole’s little tee shirt says it all, “Handsome”! What a beautiful little guy he is, those blue eyes just melt your heart! Can’t believe how big all of the kids are getting, such dolls! Just LOVE seeing your pictures Mary, please keep them coming!! Love to everyone, Happy New Year!

Fairly Candid - January 12, 2016 - 8:44 AM

Aw, Lora Lee, it’s always so good to hear from you. I hope all is well in Fort Collins. Can’t wait to see you this year! Mary

Vince - January 12, 2016 - 10:39 AM

Perfect, indeed!

Megan - January 12, 2016 - 12:36 PM

I squealed inside when I saw this post notification in my inbox! Oh he’s such a sweet doll! Thanks for these unexpected and wonderful photos of our perfect little guy!

Kathy G - January 12, 2016 - 8:44 PM

I am now officially voting for my favorite picture, and it’s the first one.

Mary - January 12, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Mary I wish I was one of your grandkids so I could have so many sweet things written about me and my life in such beautiful pictures! You’re the best!

Fairly Candid - January 13, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Kathy G – all I can say is “Oh Snap! My favorite one too!” and Mary, you have the most charmed grandkids ever. You have been such a wonderful grandma role model for me. YOU are the best!

Aubrey - March 2, 2016 - 1:22 PM

I finally got to meet Cole and you are right- He is perfect! A true delight and so adorable!

Beautiful pictures of all the grandkids, what a splendid archive you have on each of them.