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Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day to all Americans out there! We were camping so I bought little shirts and flags for our grandbabies, now 18 months and 20 months, to celebrate on Sunday night. The sparklers got the kabash since I was thinking more of a photo shoot than forest fires and hefty fines, but luckily my […]

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[…] took an old chair, and set them on the hillside with the beautiful evening light. (You can see them here since we are allowed to have more than one photo this week.) Some were better than others (but […]

Your Man - July 5, 2011 - 7:51 PM

What sweet pics,hun. You have 2 cute babies. Great job!!!

Hoedown!

My husband is lucky enough to have a really cool cousin that throws some really cool parties so that other cool cousins and friends can come! This was their 2nd Annual Hoedown and while I thought I might leave my camera alone and just take in the party, I soon realized I couldn’t possibly miss […]

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Megan - June 29, 2011 - 6:30 AM

Oh, I’m giggling to myself right now…that last picture is the best EVER. I can just hear your “Howdy Pardner” accent coming thru the screen.

Sheila Webb Clark - June 29, 2011 - 8:40 AM

Mary, when I need to smile, I just read your blog. Love the last photo!

Aubrey Archuleta - June 29, 2011 - 8:42 AM

Oh my! These are all so fun, made me want to be at that party. The one of you is priceless! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Roberta Johnston - June 29, 2011 - 6:02 PM

Can I get in on the reward?? I think I know that person and maybe where to find her….(:

As always, Mary so wonderful, great job kiddo.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - June 29, 2011 - 6:33 PM

What, you recognized me?! Dang, I should have done some Photo Shopping on me! Thanks for the kudos Roberta.

Diane - July 2, 2011 - 6:43 AM

Mary I look at your web page several times a week. And your pictures are awesome. I cannot say which one I like better because they are so unique. You have a great talent and each day it is getting better and better. Keep up the good work. (But my favorites are of your grandbabies)

Beth (The Botut Blog) - July 6, 2011 - 12:21 AM

Love me some of that country and that fire pit!! I also love the volley ball moves, horses and the smiles (even the horses!) haha

[…] with her Kool-Aid smile. Remember those from when you were a kid? Cousin Jonette had a great “Hoedown” this summer with all kinds of fun activities and Jess was actually waiting at the gate for her turn […]

“Hoe Down” « Fairly Candid - June 26, 2012 - 12:18 AM

[…] but we can kick up the dirt a little. If you missed last year’s, you can see my pictures here. It’s always fun at the Alonzo house, and this event always kicks it up a notch. Rib contest, […]

Megan, Robby, and Sydney

A big thank you to my daughter for being so agreeable as to go “urban” with their family portraits and to dress exactly as I wanted them to — with a mix-match of colors that “don’t have to match but just have to go” — as infamously said by Clinton Kelly and Stacey London of […]

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Megan - June 15, 2011 - 6:57 PM

OH MY GOSH. I love them. ALL. Will be ordering some for sure- but how am I supposed to pick?!?!

Thank you a MILLION times over…lucky us to be the photographers’ kids!!!

amandapfeifer - June 15, 2011 - 7:41 PM

their wardrobe is perfect.. helps bring out the fun personality of the family! Great work! I love models that are ready to try new things!

Linda - June 15, 2011 - 8:56 PM

What fun pictures–I loved, loved, loved all the bring colors and of course your beautiful family. I think your best work is of the ones you love.

Laura Higgs - June 15, 2011 - 10:47 PM

Loved them. I am admittedly jealous of the family pics and regret that I was fully unaware of your talents during any of your visits! Keep up the great work.

Your Man - June 16, 2011 - 4:57 PM

There is only 1 thing that could make them better. Guess who?

Kathy Jones - June 16, 2011 - 5:18 PM

Love the photos – they are really such a perfect family. Long, lean, and beautiful! I loved the bright colors!!! The photos were so sharp and clean and made you want to just keep staring at them! Great job!

Christine Ellis - June 17, 2011 - 3:32 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then LOVE some more!!! Wow!

Aubrey Archuleta - June 17, 2011 - 10:06 PM

So good! I am in love with so many. My favorite is the upside down one Syd & Robbie one, very playful. Nice work, Grammy!

botut - June 20, 2011 - 9:19 PM

Love the colors/clothes/socks 🙂 Super!!

Kathy Grover - August 1, 2011 - 12:53 PM

Each picture is the Best Picture Ever.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 1, 2011 - 1:03 PM

Thank you Kathy, I had some nice visits with Jon and got a few pics of him too … I’ll e-mail them to you sometime.

Katie’s Bridal Shower

Our nephew Jacob is getting married to Katie in July. This past February I took some portraits of them and shared their love story (that you can read about here). With the wedding creeping up, it was “Shower Time!” The party was hosted by the Moulin gals and was great fun with few games, lots […]

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Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Our second camping trip of the year … ahhhh, I love camping. My hubs organizes the trip every May for our friends, this being our fourth — two at the Carmella RV Park and the last two years at Three Island Crossing. This year there were 12 of us. If you are looking to get […]

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Kathy Jones - May 17, 2011 - 6:00 PM

Great pictures Mary. I love how you work with the colors – and I loved the flower cart and how you overexposed it but kept the cart in full color! You will have to teach me some of your tricks on the computer!

Your Man - May 17, 2011 - 6:27 PM

I just love seeing all of our friends having a great time, That’s what’s it’s all about. Love ya all Mikey !

Linda - May 17, 2011 - 8:14 PM

I guess I don’t know why I’m always surprised by the beauty of your photos (except for the ones you have to take with me in them–sorry I’m such a poor subject). Beautiful memories–thanks for photographic chronicle of our time together.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 17, 2011 - 8:26 PM

You guys always lift me up with your comments. I am “trying” to stretch myself this last year and am feeling good about some of the payoffs. Yeh! As for you Linda – whatever!!! It was me and my shaky hand that left your photo behind. Kathy J. you can come over anytime you want for some “basic” computer editing lessons because I have much to learn about PhotoShop myself. It’s all a process.

Laura Higgs - May 18, 2011 - 6:14 PM

You should be entering your photos in contests if you are not already!

Diane - May 23, 2011 - 4:07 PM

Mary beautiful photo’s you are awesome. Very fun weekend thanks for the memories and laughs. And golfing was a BLAST!!!!!

Julie - May 24, 2011 - 8:17 AM

Wow! Mary you have such a great eye for pictures! I really like the train! Your photos are remarkable! Also, thank you all very much for including us in this awesome weekend getaway, we enjoyed it!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 24, 2011 - 8:37 AM

Thank you Julie! I had so many pictures from that weekend and I appreciated you sharing which was your favorite. Sorry I missed saying goodbye … seems to be a pattern with me lately. We enjoyed your company and wish all good things for your daughter’s upcoming wedding.

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 24, 2011 - 8:44 AM

I may have to get in on the golf game next year since I hear too much fun associated with it … or is it with the people who play it? Yea, that’s probably it.

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Sydney Reece and Co.

Megan, Robby, and 16 month old Sydney have been home for five weeks now and it has been crazy good! We have made up for lost time by doing lots of things together. Of course I usually have my camera in tow (except for this week when I got two big and two little visitors […]

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Megan - May 12, 2011 - 7:04 AM

Oh my sweet heavens. How can my heart melt so many times? I want to go wake her up just so I can squeeze that little cutie! I have been wondering where all those (amazing) pictures that I knew you took were…and here they are!!! Thank you! The one of you and her on the swings is perfect- your Grandma smile in that picture is priceless.

Btw- the watermark on the pics looks good!

Laura Higgs - May 13, 2011 - 12:05 AM

Love the pictures. Between Megan and your site, I am watching close from a far.
Your picture taking quality is extremely professional. Keep up the great work.

Your Man - May 15, 2011 - 2:58 PM

What a beautiful granddaughter I have. Not to mention wife and daughter. Yea , bet you were in my shoes.

Happy Easter Everyone!

Easter can be a lot of hype, just like Christmas … but the hype should and can be more than just the commercial type. Easter is a time of year that we remember Jesus dying on the cross, but we celebrate that three days later He rose from the dead! For Christians, eggs came to […]

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Megan - April 23, 2011 - 8:22 PM

He is Risen!!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 23, 2011 - 8:24 PM

He is risen indeed!

Shayna - April 24, 2011 - 10:29 AM

Happy Easter! Love the chic pictures 🙂

A Big Easter Surprise

On Tuesday, I came home and met Mike outside mowing the yard. [Said in my sweetest wifey voice] “Hon, I need your help. Could you find me a big box … I need a big box.” We chatted about boxes until the big question I was dreading finally came. “What do you need a box for?” “Weeeell […]

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Sheila Clark - April 22, 2011 - 7:30 AM

Oh Mary! LOL! Those are so cute! Even though they aren’t the photos that you expected to get, they are so darn cute. I love the one of MJ laying on the floor looking at the chick and the one where it looks like he’s going to squeeze the life out of it. So funny! I hope you get the shots that you want on your second try 🙂

Linda Johnston - April 22, 2011 - 8:56 AM

Who needs Anne Geddes when you’ve got Gramma Mary? Sometimes pictures are cuter when they don’t go as we plan. It shows those precious little personalities. Besides, I think there is a reason why Anne Geddes often chooses newborns for her work–they sleep a lot, unlike 1 1/2 year olds. I can even see the look on Mikey’s face when you told him why you needed the box (I think he secretly loves your big ideas). I can see chickey love all over his face.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 9:57 AM

Oh my goodness Linda, I was smiling through your note, but that last line, I busted out laughing at my desk. Oh my, wait till Mikey reads that! Too good and you are too funny … you should start a blog.

Kathy Grover - April 22, 2011 - 2:29 PM

Holy Cow! Holy Chicks! Anna Geddes has got nothing on you.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 2:35 PM

Kathy, you always crack me up. Thank you.

Mary Kuehn - April 22, 2011 - 9:02 PM

I will not show those pictures to Mark for he would look like Mike and I would be feeding chicks. My fav was Sydney in a line with the chicks. “The 4 Chicks” Try it again when they are 4 or 5 it might go better. Turned out great! See you soon.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:20 PM

What’s Mark’s e-mail address again?

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:24 PM

Sheila, I could appreciate you being the mother of twins and what you do on a daily basis after this photo shoot … and we had two mothers, a great-grandma and me! Thank you for commenting Sheila … have a great Easter!

Your Man - April 23, 2011 - 6:12 AM

I would really like to know what chickey love is or looks like.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 23, 2011 - 7:26 AM

You know when you look at me? That’s chicky love. Lovie you too.

It's Almost Easter … Got Your Happy On?

I planned a pre-Easter “play date” for April 20th (which just happened to coincide with MJ’s 18 month birthday). My daughter, daughter-in-law, and the grandbabies came over in the morning after breakfast with Easter outfits in hand because sometimes it’s better to get those pictures out of the way early in case it doesn’t pan […]

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Megan - April 21, 2011 - 6:23 PM

I know a Gramma who has her happy on!!!

What a fun day- thanks for making Easter egg-stra (i know, so cheesy) this year.

Lucky little grandkids you have!!!

amandapfeifer - April 21, 2011 - 7:00 PM

haha!
nice work.
A very similar story for us last year..
egg dying just didn’t go over great with my daughter and 3 of her friends last year. We tried making eggs from rice crispies, and dipped them in chocolate and candies. Thought it might be more age appropriate, and go over better… it didn’t. They just ate the candy.
I love setting up holiday “to-do’s” and love it no matter the outcome!

Kathy Jones - April 22, 2011 - 2:09 PM

Ahhh – but it all finally came together as your next post proves. Great fun pictures – You have so much fun with those grandbabies of yours. They truly are the luckiest! I am in the midst of trying to create my own memories with my girls running all around – my how I have missed them!!! They are so cute!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 2:16 PM

Thank you Kathy, Having grandbabies is the best as you well know since you are several “Grandma Years” ahead of me. If you want to have your girls meet Big Ben, Benny and the Jets, and Soul Sista, bring them over before they return home — I’ll have them another week or so. Bring your camera too!

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Laura Higgs - April 22, 2011 - 7:36 PM

Love it. So daring with all that color. I would have had to do it outside on the grass. I’m so much more boring.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 22, 2011 - 10:38 PM

Soooo cheesy but love it and love you!