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My 100th Post – "BIG" Family News

It’s my 100th post and I’m loud and I’m proud so what better way to celebrate it than to share with those who haven’t heard yet that the hubs and I are going to be a Gramma/Grampa again! MJ is going to be a BIG BROTHER come April! I like to say I’m going to […]

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lsj4157 - September 20, 2011 - 9:17 PM

You are right Mary, life at this stage is magical. Not because we are older, but because we have had the blessing of being witness to the cycle of life to see the beauty, the pain, the happiness, the sorrow, the God-moments in the unfolding of our families in progress. It doesn’t hurt to be wiser either. Watching our children and grandchildren grow and thrive is a blessing that can hardly be described.

LoraLee - September 20, 2011 - 10:06 PM

Well, you just made my day! It had been a long day and I thought I had better check emails in case there was something I needed to take action on. I would really rather have just gone to bed. BUT I see this email from Mary Mouser that I can never resist. And there is the sweetest, most exciting news of two babies AGAIN!!!! Oh, you guys, if this isn’t the most unbelievable news ever! How fun for those sweet kids to get to go through this together. I loved the pictures and the narrative as always was wonderful. CONGRATULATIONS to all of you and thanks for letting us be in on the fun!!!!
Love to each of you!
LoraLee and Lee

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 21, 2011 - 4:42 AM

Who would have guessed when I took the “Magical” picture that it would have taken on such meaning. I sometimes still can’t stop shaking my head while smiling about this new news. I guess if you did it with three grandbabies so close in age, we’ll survive too, right? You did, survive, right Linda? I mean some days I do wonder about my friend. Ha! Love ya!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 21, 2011 - 4:46 AM

Well if my post made your day, then know your comment made mine! The girls are tired and not feeling so good, but they always have a smile on their faces. Both of their pregnancies so far are much different than the first so could this mean reverse sexes this time? Time will tell! Love you guys.

Megan - September 21, 2011 - 7:51 AM

It was so fun to relive those two moments through your commentary and all the fun pictures! I was wondering when we were going to get to see the fair pictures!!! 🙂

Linda Johnston - September 21, 2011 - 8:36 AM

Yes, Mary, I did survive three grandbabies within a short time. Not to say I did so unscathed, I once volunteered myself and Jenness to watch the almost one year olds as well as the three older kids (that term is relative as they were all preschoolers) while everyone else went hunting for the day–OH MY, what WAS I thinking? However, I have to say that we did a fine job and all babies and their siblings came through the experience fed, diapered, napped, snuggled (when they’d let me) and loved. I know you well Mary, you will not only survive–you will thrive on these precioius little grandbabies!! Contrats to the whole family!

Aubrey - September 21, 2011 - 5:14 PM

Yeah!!!! So cool, I just love God’s timing with all of this, He is so good. I also think Megan could pass as one of those teenage kids on the rides & love that Matt & Robby are dressed alike. (they must have planned that ;- )) Congrats Grandma, “Guy” !

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 21, 2011 - 5:27 PM

Awww, how sweet that you remembered MJ used to call me Guy. That changed after about six weeks … one day he just called me Gramma and it’s been that way every since. Kids are so funny, but then you know that. Wink.

Megan - September 21, 2011 - 9:08 PM

P.S. You need to watch the video we took of you when we handed you the picture…border line ridiculous how long it took you to figure it out! Danielle is snickering in the background and Dad is already crying.

P.P.S. My favorite picture is the one of Robby on the swing. Man, I married a cutie!

Your Man - September 22, 2011 - 4:15 PM

What a great 100 post! OUR kids and grandkids are magical just like their grandma. You always do a fantastic job on this blog and every asset of our lives.. Love you much.

Lori - September 27, 2011 - 5:16 PM

We’re SO excited for you Mary!! Twice as happy!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - September 28, 2011 - 3:42 PM

Thank you Lori! It’s pretty darn exciting for sure. I had so much fun at Ella’s party. Wow, you guys really knocked yourself out and I can’t wait to work on her photos. She is such a doll in every way.

Baking with Granny Jo Jo

Below is my mom … mom to three girls (I’m the youngest), grandma to six grandkids, and “Granny Jo Jo” to six great-grandkids. She turns/turned 84 on August 24. You’ll see this first picture again soon because I am entering it in an I Heart Faces Weekly Photo Challenge called “White.” The picture has to […]

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LoraLee - August 24, 2011 - 1:26 AM

Oh my gosh, is this the cutest idea ever!!! Mary, you never cease to amaze me. What a precious way to cherish the kids at these adorable ages with such beautiful pictures with Grandma Jo Jo. I loved the kids’ darling aprons. And as I always say, I enjoy your captions as much as the pictures!! Keep up the wonderful work. I will be back to see what’s next.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 24, 2011 - 8:25 AM

Lora Lee, you’re the best. I compete every week against 600 or more photographers so while I’ll never win against the great competitors, it’s always fun entering any way.

Linda Johnston - August 24, 2011 - 8:33 AM

What precioius pictures! Granny Jo Jo is very brave to take on baking with toddlers AND have her picture taken to boot. Give your wonderful Mama Happy Birthday wishes from me.

Megan - August 24, 2011 - 1:12 PM

What a sweet post for Grandma…I loved all the descriptions of her character, personality and loving demeanor. She is a keeper…we’re all so very lucky, aren’t we.

Oh, and the pics- you’re totally gonna win. 😉

Roberta Johnston - August 24, 2011 - 2:00 PM

What a wonderful memory for your mom and those precious grandkids to have; and for the generations to come! Great idea Mary and even better that you were able to capture all their personalities to boot! Very creative, reminds me of something Sandra Lee would do on her show “Semi Homemade”! She always has her background match her outfits or visa versa, but it’s always beautiful (just like your work!) Blessings to your mom on her 84th!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 24, 2011 - 5:06 PM

Roberta, cool comments that are truly appreciated and I will give my mom your blessings. I let her read my blog today and she snickered in a place or two … didn’t ask which ones since I figured it was the comment about the obstinate woman in the family. Yes, me included at times. Thanks for reading Roberta. Mary

Your Man - August 24, 2011 - 5:08 PM

I BELIEVE YOU WILL outdo all of the other 600 or so entrants. Nobody does WHITE like u do. Great great pics. My grandkids r the cutest ever.

[…] of the adventure … if you want to see more of what progressed, you can find it here: Baking with Granny Jo Jo. Surprisingly, the cake turned out pretty good … what wasn’t on the floor of […]

Fun Time Summer Time With the Ones I Love

I am having a blast this summer with my grandbabies! And in case you were wondering … no, I don’t always have a camera in their space or face (gol, what do you think I am — obsessive or something? Do not answer that) … but I figure since they are oblivious to it most of the time, why shouldn’t I get these […]

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Megan - August 15, 2011 - 8:36 AM

I’m not even sure where to start…I had such a delightful time reading this, crying some, laughing others and completely having my heart overwhelmed with love, joy and delight. You captured their personalities in the sweetest of ways, and I loved seeing all of the pictures that I’ve seen you snap, but haven’t SEEN. I’m not even going to start in on favorites, because there were too many- but I did love how you captured her coming out of the water when Robby dunked her.

Thanks for all you do- the snapshots, editing, bubbles, sleepovers, 2-kid putdowns, clothes and more. You spoil us all. Love you!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 15, 2011 - 11:26 AM

Thanks for your sweet comments Meg. I had such fun pouring over all my pics seeing which ones would make the blog cut. It got a bit long (ya think?!). MOM XXO

Your Man - August 15, 2011 - 5:34 PM

Wow, I think I’m even becoming more of a softy than I thought. What great pics and moments that will never be forgotten. You are the greatest!!!!! Love

Megan - August 17, 2011 - 6:11 AM

Oops…forgot to mention how much I loved the Grampa/Sydney bubbly dialogue. PERFECTLY put!

Aubrey Archuleta - August 19, 2011 - 8:42 AM

So great, I just l.o.v.e.d. every bit of this post! Thanks for such a fun perspective on summa time with toddlers. Love the boobies comment & the bubble story, so entertaining, as we have all been there!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 19, 2011 - 9:02 AM

Thank you Aubrey, I realize it was long so happy that you actually took the time to read the darn thing! It just kept growing and growing and you know how many pictures were “left behind” for me to wonder what to do with. My camera is a magnet to these kids.

Ali C - August 19, 2011 - 11:57 AM

Thanks for your kind words on my blog! Those are some seriously adorable grandbabies you have there! You can see your love in every image!

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Beautiful Eyes

http://www.iheartfaces.com/ The challenge is “Beautiful Eyes” and yes, my 20-month old granddaughter has some killer steel-blue ones, but she says more with her eyes shut that anyone possibly could with theirs wide-open. That of course is a gramma talking, but this child has passion and it is written all over her face when she enjoys […]

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mandy - August 14, 2011 - 10:29 PM

LOL LOVE it! My children look similar when they are enjoying their favorite foods!

Kristin Wilkerson Photography - August 14, 2011 - 10:30 PM

Ha! That is darling! I love it.

Melissa - August 14, 2011 - 10:38 PM

I have to agree! That expression says a lot!

Rachel - August 14, 2011 - 10:48 PM

Adorable! That expression is priceless!

[…] And one of my very favorite photos of the summer … and one that you have probably seen on the “I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Beautiful Eyes.” […]

Megan - August 15, 2011 - 8:21 AM

Oh, that is sweet….and you totally captured it. Thanks for your sweet words about her- you’re such a great Gramma!!!

Linda Johnston - August 15, 2011 - 8:35 AM

She clearly relishes life–and food! I think the passion she has runs in the family, gramma. What a wonderful picture, what a cutie patootie. Megan is right you are a wonderful gramma. I knew you would be.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 15, 2011 - 11:23 AM

[the passion she has runs in the family] Yes, the passion for food DOES run in our family … and some of us even like relish. 😉 Love ya, Mary

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 15, 2011 - 11:24 AM

I knew you’d like it … told you it was a good one of that sweet thing. Love, MOM/Gramma

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Red White & Blue

I set up a photo session with my grandbabies in the mountains during our camping trip this weekend. I bought red, white, and blue t-shirts and little flags, 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 […]

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Megan - July 5, 2011 - 5:07 PM

Oh tear my heart out. She is the cutest smile I know too. ♥

Aubrey Archuleta - July 8, 2011 - 9:32 AM

I love that girl! You capture her so well. Love the coloring on this photo, another stunner, Mary.

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!!!

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Bright and Vivid

http://www.iheartfaces.com/  The photo challenge this week at I Heart Faces is “Bright and Vivid.” I chose this photo of my almost 18 month old granddaughter taken last week showing her colorful personality and “I can do it myself” attitude while climbing onto the new stool I bought her. This girl not only lights up the picture, but […]

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Linda - June 13, 2011 - 8:33 PM

Oh, Mary, oh so cute, of course.

CallieMarie - June 13, 2011 - 8:46 PM

So beautifully adorable!

luckiestduck - June 13, 2011 - 9:26 PM

Yep this one is vivid! And super cute, too.

Megan - June 13, 2011 - 9:51 PM

She’s totally going to win. LOVE this picture and can’t WAIT WAIT WAIT to see the rest!!! You’re amazing!

Lynne - June 13, 2011 - 9:56 PM

Love the colors!

Carrie Flanagan - June 13, 2011 - 10:15 PM

great colors! gotta love the toddler “can-do-it-myself” attitude! :0)

Tiffany - June 14, 2011 - 4:48 AM

Love this!! The colors are amazing, espcially the blue wall! And the little girl, soo adorable! Good luck!

Sara Rogness - June 14, 2011 - 7:17 AM

I LIKE it! Great photo.

Irela - June 14, 2011 - 7:49 AM

Wow….colors are awesome!! Great photo.

Amanda Worrall - June 14, 2011 - 11:57 AM

Very cute! Love the colors! As a mother of a nineteen-month-old, I can definitely identify with the “do-it-myself” attitude:)

ericka - June 14, 2011 - 1:53 PM

haha! Very cute.

Hema Reddy - June 14, 2011 - 3:12 PM

too funny!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - June 14, 2011 - 3:39 PM

Thank you everyone for all the kind remarks! I will get by each of your websites to see your entry as well. Mary

Botut (Beth) - June 14, 2011 - 9:49 PM

You are amazing Mary. Yes. You. Are 🙂

Rosie - June 16, 2011 - 2:08 AM

Love it!

Camping Owies, Wa-Wa, Nammie, and Other Random Stuff

Camp trip #3 was relaxing, quiet, and scenic with intermittent chilly or perfect camping weather. We went to a new place we had scoped out years ago, and bingo, it was a hit. There were 45 camp spots in this campground, and for the first 24 hours Mike and I were the only two humans […]

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Your Man - June 14, 2011 - 5:12 PM

What a great weekend with the kids and Syd. Loved every part of it especially being alone with grandma for a whole day. Love ya hun. Can’t wait til next time.

Botut (Beth) - June 14, 2011 - 11:48 PM

Looks beautiful and makes me [almost] forget about the lack of showers and caked on soot that accompanies our camping trips. i think your photos could inspire me to do just about anything including splashing with Sydney in glacial waters!
Beth

Megan - June 16, 2011 - 10:27 PM

Love that you put that last picture up- it was priceless. 🙂 A wonderful weekend, indeed- thanks again!!!

The Things Kids Say

I was feeling blue Sunday afternoon, kind of down and in a funk. That changed. We had our son’s family coming for dinner but before they arrived I was standing out front talking with a neighbor from down the street when they got a text from their 14-year old daughter (meant for their 14-year old daughter’s […]

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Linda - May 23, 2011 - 7:45 PM

This could get really confusing if I have to start calling YOU Guy too! I laughed and laughed–you just never know how they come up with some of the cuteness they do. I was in kind of a funk today–until I heard that story and poof it is GONE! Grandchildren are magical like that.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 23, 2011 - 8:49 PM

Both of our grandkids have a way to make us smile and forget about the day. Love them both.

Megan - May 23, 2011 - 8:57 PM

How sweet- and I cannot get over what a dainty, neat, slow, sweet little eater MJ is…you said it right when you said all business…

Glad your funk is gone!!! 🙂

Shayna - May 23, 2011 - 9:23 PM

Love it!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 24, 2011 - 5:59 AM

With all your grandchildren, how could you ever be in a funk? You know the funny thing is it’s not like I don’t try to get him to say Gramma. I do. “Say “Graaaa. Say Graaaa. Say Graaammma. Can you say that?” “Yah … Guy.”

Aubrey Archuleta - May 24, 2011 - 10:15 AM

Love this, all these sweet moments captured. I wish they could stay small too, until our older boys were baptized, then I was glad they were grown up to chose that. But, that’s good! They can just stay 11, 9, & 6 now! And Collin, well even if he is 7 feet tall, he will just always be the baby 😀

Life with Kaishon - May 24, 2011 - 2:28 PM

I am so glad they came over : ) and got you out of your funk! My baby is going thru all sorts of craziness right now. I can’t handle it. I was hoping puberty would be a breeze!

Do They Get Along?

I have lots of people ask me if the babies get along. We came home from camping today and met up with the family for Danielle’s birthday dinner. This is MJ and Sydney’s immediate greeting to one another outside the restaurant. What do you think? Do they get along?

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Your Man - May 15, 2011 - 7:55 PM

I love my grandbabies.

Sheila Clark - May 16, 2011 - 7:46 AM

That is sweet! It looks like they’re the exact same heighth. Wow!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - May 16, 2011 - 10:23 AM

I think Sydney has a bit of height over MJ. She is 10 weeks younger and much lighter!

Aubrey Archuleta - May 17, 2011 - 12:26 PM

Awe! Of course they do! What a silly question 😀