Tag Archives: Grampa

How to Entertain a 17 Month Old

We babysit this weekend and decided “an adventure” of some sort was in order. After breakfast we checked out the toy box to find the perfect adventure hat. He put the safari hat on and never took it off for hours. If it fell off, he put it back on. (Said 17 month old’s father better be […]

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Megan - March 29, 2011 - 5:11 PM

How freaking ridiculously adorable!!! I LOVE his obsession with the safari hat!!!

We’ll see if Syd picks out a hat…so far it’s a short lived accessory. 😉

Linda Johnston - March 30, 2011 - 8:25 AM

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I think you might get the “Maam Maw of the year award” for your photographic genius–the commentary is as good as the pictures. But I think I still get “Hon” of the year for my massive quantities of cooking for the grands and their parents. (No wonder I have ALWAYS struggled with my weight–I should take up photography.)

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 30, 2011 - 9:48 AM

Linda, you always make me smile and so thanks for the strokes! And to correct what you said about cooking … well, you don’t only feed kids and grandkids … you’ve pretty much fed just about everyone I know and then some! Thanks “Hon,” and hands down, you have the best grandma name ever! Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Aubrey Archuleta - March 30, 2011 - 5:59 PM

My boys love the pet store too. I am okay with, except for the smell, oh man! It stinks!

Kathy Jones - March 30, 2011 - 6:24 PM

Well – after a long hard day at work it was good to come home and smile at your pictures! Thanks Mary, you made my day.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 30, 2011 - 7:37 PM

Nope, Pet Smart did not stink at all but I have been to some that have.

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Amanda Pfeifer - April 5, 2011 - 5:54 PM

oh my goodness.. that face while pointing. the big “O” face.. is absolutely priceless~

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Life with Kaishon - August 21, 2011 - 10:47 PM

You are the most fantastic Gramma! This outing sounds like so much fun. I also love your piggy bank idea : ) I can tell you love your grandbaby very, very much. Sweet post. LOVE your pictures. beautiful!

Remembering the Good Guys

The location for Ken and Kathy’s post awaked something in me — memories of two special men in my life but more on that in a minute. I suggested several locations for Ken and Kathy’s photo shoot and Kathy seemed drawn to the ones involving architecture … downtown Boise, the Bishop’s House, or the Capital Building were some […]

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Megan - March 15, 2011 - 11:23 PM

Want to know a little secret? This is my FAVORITE post to date. I loved it- everything about it…and sadly, there’s so much I learned in this post!!! I had no idea Grandpa Queen was a cradle-robber! The picture of Grandpa Brown in the kitchen threw me for a loop- I can’t believe how much Matt looks like him there. It was fun to read of lemon-drop and auction childhood memories.
I can only imagine how much you must miss your Dad…even after all these years. I wish I could have met him. Someday. 😉

Kathy Jones - March 19, 2011 - 8:58 AM

Love this post! It made me feel nostalgic and although I never met your dad, I feel connected through your stories because you have such a great way of story-telling! The stories also reminded me of my own father in many ways. Thanks for sharing!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 19, 2011 - 8:33 PM

My oldest sister wrote me an e-mail with these comments on this post. They are special and I appreciate her!
“My memories are in some ways the very same and others the exact opposite. I do not ever remember Dad saying the actual words – I love you – but I never doubted that he did. My special memories are after Nick. Nicole was less than one because she wasn’t walking and I walked into the kitchen and he was on his stomach on the floor making her laugh. I can very clearly remember thinking to myself – who is this fellow? I have always felt sorry for both of you that you didn’t get to meet Pap Pap on your own level with your kids. I do know that I was given a gift.

I don’t remember not liking you with the exception of having to go to the basement and getting you grape jelly and who knows if that was more than once. I was sad to read that you felt that way so SORRY many years later.

I also have good memories of both sets of grandparents. I remember Grandad as only wearing railroad pants, always with hard candy, which I hated and would never turn down his offer of a piece (and would turn the corner and spit out). I loved riding in his funny old car. I always thought that he took care of Gram. Not that he was perfect because we all know thats not true. I have happy memories of the aution but I know that only went once or maybe twice. I always knew that their house was tiny and so perfect in so many ways. I was always impressed even as a very small kid that we were all invited as a giant family. The garden was so important to her and we were allowed to run the paths, pick the berries, play in the wonderful smelly little room downstairs with the clothes and hats. I loved Easter dinner there. I always felt sorry for Gram when it was rainy or cold. Cousins are a special thing. This year at Christmas at your house my husband was reminded of that same magic watching the ladies, Charlie and MJ. It’s just special, crowed, noisy, estra messy, and special. With four, soon to be five and six.”

Becky Hamilton - March 22, 2011 - 12:59 PM

Mary – you have such a way with words. I can picture Grandpa and Uncle Kenny vividly in your story. My favorite story about your dad is that he used to throw 24 pennies out in the yard and tell you girls not to come in until you found them all. Problem was he would tell you he threw out 25. Always makes me smile.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 22, 2011 - 1:01 PM

Are you serious? I didn’t know that story. That’s hilarious … can’t wait to play that on my grandkids one day! Thank you for commenting Becky.

Paradise Lost or Paradise Found?

They say Hawaii is Paradise. Could be. Maybe. But for how long? 1 year? 2 years? Nope. 3.and.one.half.years. People, it’s happening. (Mother screaming loudly) “IT’S HAPPENING!” They’re moving home! H-O-M-E! As in the same city and state where we live. Yeh, I’m a little excited. We just found out two nights ago … the night before […]

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Megan - March 14, 2011 - 11:53 AM

Paradise: a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It’s not lost, nor found…it simply is my life! 🙂

Love you and can’t wait to see you!!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 14, 2011 - 4:23 PM

Diane D. wrote (under a different post): “Very cute pictures. Love the camo babies. — I am glad you family will be all together in Idaho.”

Aubrey Archuleta - March 15, 2011 - 10:00 AM

YIPPEEEEEEE! I am so thrilled for you guys 😀

My First Sleepover – As told by MJ

I had my first sleepover with Gramma and Grampa last night. We had a great time. We played “Where’s the Monster?” But Monsters don’t scare me … I’m tough. I learn a lot from my Grampa … he taught me how to play cards. “Go fish Grampa.” He also taught me how to throw dice. […]

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Megan - February 5, 2011 - 6:29 PM

OH MY HELL…that was perfect!!!! You narrated it adorably! My favorites were him in the wig sighing and checking under the bed for monsters. Hmmm…but I also loved him playing cards with Grampa…too many to choose from. And the pajamas? Do they come in girl ones? TOO CUTE!

BTW- you do make a pretty scary looking monster with those eyes!!! 😉

fairlycandid - February 5, 2011 - 6:32 PM

And just wait till I get my Monster on Sydney! Oh, you think those PJ’s are cute …. just wait, my lady, until Syd’s first sleepover. 😉 And just when can I expect that again? Love you, miss you more. MOM XXOO

Linda - February 5, 2011 - 6:57 PM

Oh my, what a lucky little boy to have all those cute memories memorialized by his adoring grandma, who, by the way, does do a great monster face. Mr. Safari Man was pretty cute too.

Aubrey Archuleta - February 8, 2011 - 7:36 AM

Perfect storttelling. That blonde boy has you all wrapped around his finger…as it should be 🙂

amandapfeifer - February 8, 2011 - 9:57 PM

very cute!

fairlycandid - February 8, 2011 - 10:24 PM

Thank you Amanda. I’m honored to have you look at my blog! He’s a little older than your handsome guy — he’s 15 months.

Nostalgic Love (Mike and Mary)

We were young … Mike was a week from being 19 and I was a week into being 21 when we married August 23, 1975. We had each lived at home until we married and it didn’t take long to realize that being with each other nearly 24/7 was a bit of an awakening {for […]

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Kathy - February 4, 2011 - 9:25 AM

Wow! Fun stuff to read – how do you remember all those details? I guess getting married in Vegas does have its advantages! But – every once in awhile I do dream nostalgic about what it would have been like to have a real wedding…

fairlycandid - February 4, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Ha! I don’t remember details … I had them written down. Obviously, I’ve always been anal about my photo albums.

Megan - February 4, 2011 - 10:20 AM

Favorite yet. That was my FAVORITE post you’ve done- it was so fun to read about your love…not that I didn’t know it all already, but it’s always nice to read about how much your Mom loves your Dad and the way she views her life…know what I mean? Thanks for being an open book and always being so real about your love and the importance you place on it.

And Mom, you rocked that wedding dress.

Love you!!!

Linda Johnston - February 4, 2011 - 11:25 AM

Wow, Mary, really you have not changed very much in 36 years. Mikey, a little more but still very recognizable. I’m pretty sure that noone who knew me 36 years ago and then saw me on the street today would have a clue unless I recognized them and told them who I was (and what is the chance I would recognize someone I knew 36 years ago?). I’m with Megan, you rocked that wedding dress!

fairlycandid - February 4, 2011 - 11:34 AM

You and Meg are funny … I did love my dress though … probably the last piece of clothing my mom ever made me. Sweet thing was that when Meg was in the 5th grade and interested in porcelain dolls, my mom bought one, made a replica of my wedding dress with the material she had saved, and almost the same pattern. When Megan opened her gift that Christmas, I was stunned as I had no idea about it. And I thought my mom wasn’t sentimental. I was “thinner” back then (I hated the word skinny) but then weren’t we all. Mike had some nice sideburns going on, didn’t he. R-a-r-r-r. 🙂

Your Man - February 4, 2011 - 4:40 PM

What a surprise. You asked me all those ?’s But didn’t know what fer. Still lovin ya but u still need your own $50 next weekend.

fairlycandid - February 4, 2011 - 5:27 PM

Darn … I was hoping saying all those nice things about you would mean you’d give me play money … I did call you “generous” after all. 😉

Aubrey Archuleta - February 8, 2011 - 7:46 AM

AWESOME. This was so incredible to read! You looked stunning & you have a picture of my mom bowing at your feet! 😉

fairlycandid - February 8, 2011 - 8:16 AM

Aubrey, you’re so fun. Thanks for all the sweet comments. I need to tell your mom I blogged about our wedding so she can see her picture unless you can forward her the link as I don’t have an e-mail address for her. Btw, I loved the picture of her and Leslie on your blog. That was a great one of them both.

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Christine Ellis - February 15, 2011 - 1:45 PM

I loved this post!! What a sweet tribute to an amazing relationship!

fairlycandid - February 15, 2011 - 1:57 PM

Christine! Thank you! One day you’ll look back on your own early beginning with the same amazement that you’ve come so far. Where does time go? Hope all is well in Holland … I’ll check our your blog soon.

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

botut - February 16, 2011 - 9:42 PM

I loved this! The photos and figures were great! I really liked the look at the past and then present. And the shoes….well, they looked like something I had to wear with my nursing uniform at graduation. ‘Nuff said!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 16, 2011 - 9:44 PM

Oh, that was just cruel {but so so true}.

Spontaneous Sunday « Fairly Candid - February 2, 2012 - 6:42 PM

[…] home. I met Mike there, we married there, and had children attend there. (For more on our story see this post.) We have attended the same church the better part of 50+ years not because we think it is the one […]

Matt - February 6, 2012 - 9:38 AM

I never got a chance to read this post till now. A year later. I love this story and never get tired of seeing dad in that green suit. Wow am I glad times change, ha ha no offense dad, looked good on you though. Love you two and have fun and Jackpot this year.