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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!

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.

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 😀

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.

More Chicky Love

My friend Kathy has three beautiful granddaughters who live out-of-state. They are home for Spring Break and so I offered for them to come over and see Big Ben and the gang if they’d like. They liked. I asked Kathy to bring her camera and it made my heart happy that she was so snap […]

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Linda - April 26, 2011 - 8:30 PM

Cute little chickys all.

Kathy - April 27, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Oh Mary – you did such a good job capturing my beautiful little girls! Thank you for the wonderful blessing of having us over and showing loving patience through all the drama! And, although Mylah looks like a three year old she is actually only two! Hence, the drama…
A memory I am sure the girls will remember for a long time.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 27, 2011 - 9:54 AM

Glad you liked them and have fun with all the pictures you took. Oops, thought someone said Mylah was three … I made the correction in the post. 2 … 3 … 6 … 8 … whatever their ages, they are all beauties, those girls!

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!

The Homecoming

They’re b-a-a-a-c-k! Apparently after the flight my daughter is now resigned to have only one child … yes, apparently that bad of a Red Eye flight, but I’ll let her share those details on her blog when she gets around to it (of which I am sure by then she will have forgotten the worst of […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - April 11, 2011 - 5:53 AM

yipee! hooray! SO thrilled for you all 😀

Linda Johnston - April 11, 2011 - 8:24 AM

I just KNEW there would be photographic evidence of the Hawaiian cuteness!!! She is so precious. I’ll be praying for warmer weather so that she adjusts to usually sunny sometimes rainy and cold Idaho.

Your Man - April 11, 2011 - 4:31 PM

I’m in heaven. I know it must be just the same!

Kathy Grover - April 11, 2011 - 9:04 PM

Your pictures just get better and better. Just like your grandbabies.

First and Last "Visit"

I’m pretty much a mess of distraction lately thinking about my daughter’s family moving back home from Hawaii after 3-1/2 years. Ahhh. It was last July when Sydney met Idaho for the first time. She was 7 months old when these photos were taken of her, and now she’s doubled that. She turned 15 months […]

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Megan - April 4, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Oh. My. CHUNK!!! I so do not remember that stage at all!!! Is that normal to forget how small and chunky she was until you see pictures? And bald!!! Oh, sigh…she’s still a baby but really- “What happened to my BABY!?!?”

Gosh, you’ve got a lot of fun ahead of you, Gramma…

Your Man - April 4, 2011 - 3:22 PM

Gramma gets to take pics, Syd. and grandpa get to go fishing ,hunting, and golfing, and just plain hang out. Pops.

Amanda Pfeifer - April 5, 2011 - 5:53 PM

love all your photo’s! You are doing a great job!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 5, 2011 - 7:17 PM

Thank you Amanda. I hope Spring is finally coming to your neck of the world as I know you’ll have an all new set of pics of your kids.

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Grannie Smiles

This is Grannie. Not sure which one is making the other smile, but it warms my heart nonetheless. Angie and I have been friends a long time and she is seriously one of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet. She’s also fondly been referred to as a “Saint” and the “Travel Agent” in our circle. My sister was actually […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - March 19, 2011 - 7:46 AM

Interesting, I just read about the memories that awaken in your post about your dad & then I see MJ wearing the same shirt Parker wore to our first family photos. Wow, that brings back the flood of emotion from that time. 2 young kids, with a kid! MJ wears it well 😀