There’s a childhood disease called Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease going around, and some of us got it, including me. (Hey, I’d like to think I’m young at heart!) While some of the symptoms are definitely not fun, the good part (for those without children living at home) is that you have to be quarantined until you’re sure you’re over it … and well … that means lots of time at home to do all those projects that you’ve been neglecting for quite some time in this busy life of ours. I got so much done this past week that I am feeling pretty spry. One of the things was catching up on over a month of pictures of this, that, and the other. So guess what? I’m going to share some with you … sharing pictures is much more fun than sharing a virus.

Back in early May there were 12 of us who camped at Three Island Crossing in Glenns Ferry by Carmella Winery. It’s become a yearly event for us and we have a great time golfing, playing games, clinking glasses at the Winery, taking lots of walks, and just having some rich R & R with our friends for four nights. This year we were treated to a rib dinner by the Bassicks. It was their first year joining us … guess they felt that had dues to pay! They didn’t, but we played along anyway. 🙂

The pelicans migrate there in May, and we are always excited to see some of the huge birds. They’re pretty hard to photograph because they keep their distance on the river, but we all still try!

While in Glenns Ferry, we had the most beautiful orange Harvest Moon rise up over the mountains one evening. I immediately ran for my tripod, but sadly, I couldn’t do it justice because I couldn’t get the color or the “Man in the Moon” face to show. So instead I set my White Balance to Tungsten to give it this rich blue color and moody-dusky feel.

On Mother’s Day, we spent some time with our youngest kids, the g-boys, and Grammy Angie at Discovery Park at Lucky Peak.

I wish I could have just relaxed in a comfy lawn chair under a big shade tree. Oh wait, I did!

After lunch at Discovery Park we slipped on over to my sister Julie’s house (“Hostess with the Mostess”) for a Mother’s Day feast to celebrate all the moms and my nephew Alex’s graduation achievements from BSU. We now have a bonified Graphic Designer in the family! Congrats Alex — we’re all very proud of you!

Oh my, this next picture was a gallant attempt of Megan to use my camera and capture our g-babes. I just wanted one nice picture of our little brood, but do you think everyone would cooperate? Heck no, which is why I love this picture so much! It’s life the way we live it, and there’s a series of about 10 pictures with each one being a comedy unto itself. Either a baby is flopped or spitting up, or the two-year olds are acting up, making faces, or just copying the other with their fingers in their mouth as they are here. And Mike, well, he just has the most infectious laugh anyone could ever have, and I love him for it.

This next picture is my young at heart, soon-to-be 84 year young mom with her 8 great-grandbabies: Sydney and MJ (both 2), Eva (almost 10) holding Mae (almost one), baby Jayden (5 weeks), baby Simone (2 weeks), Charlie (3), and Emma (almost 10). These kids light up her life and she lives to buy them things and hold them!

Camping over Labor Day at Edna Creek was snowy, wet, and windy at times. Do you think that stopped any of us? Heck no, we have trailers! One of the greatest joys of the weekend was watching these three brothers play with one another without fighting, bickering, or complaining. There was seriously some brotherly love going on. And who can resist a “Poppy” (Grandpa) and the lessons learned by the creek’s edge? Boys become men through times like these.

“If people concentrated on the really important things of life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” [Doug Larson]

Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.  [Allan Frome]
“Come boy, climb up my truck and swing from my branches and be happy.” [Shel Silverstein]
“Attitude is your paintbrush; it colors every situation.” [Ann Turnage]

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” [C. H. Spurgeon]
“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.  But he cannot save them from fools.” [John Muir]
“You can’t prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.” [Chinese Proverb]

My post is coming to a close but I leave you with one Idaho Redneck photo. Thanks for hanging with me! If you’re not a subscriber I would love you to be. Simply type in your e-mail address in the box provided (keep scrolling down to the very bottom of my Blog). After that, you will be sent an e-mail to confirm. From there each new post will arrive in your e-mail box! You are the best! Love, Mary

You just might be an Idaho Redneck if you get out of the swimming pool to pee on a fence!

Cathie Alonzo - June 6, 2012 - 5:36 PM

RIP little mouse……

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - June 6, 2012 - 5:38 PM

He is … in the bottom of a sack in our trash can.

Megan - June 6, 2012 - 9:37 PM

Oh me oh my, what a collection of amazing photographs and good times- I loved this post, ESPECIALLY all the sweet quotes that you seem to have a perfect picture to match with. One of my favorite photos was of that beautiful little owl looking down at you. I think the fact that we see them so seldom makes it so much cooler when we do…like “Oh yeah, owls really do exist, they are not just adorable nursery decorations!”.

Oh, and my other favorite parts was this: “And Mike, well, he just has the most infectious laugh anyone could ever have, and I love him for it.” because I seriously couldn’t agree more. I remember laying in bed as a little girl listening to Dad laugh at something on the TV downstairs and giggling to myself because of it. LOVE THAT LAUGH…and when he really gets rolling, that’s the best.

Love that you capture nature’s beauty and the small things that most of us would just step over- like the cool skeletal leaf.

Man, I sure am glad you got a virus…thanks for sharing your talent to us blog followers! 😉

Gloria - June 7, 2012 - 9:56 AM

Mary, Some beautiful shots, some great shots and some very special memorable shots…….loved them all! Thank you for sharing!

Diane - June 8, 2012 - 6:44 AM

Love the pictures again. You did a great job. Our May trip was a blast and you have captured some great memories pictures. The picture with you and Mike and the grandbabies is so sweet. And I agree with you Mary, Mike does have a wonderful laugh. The redneck photo is so funny. Thanks for sharing.


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