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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.

Andy and Lauren's Wedding

One of the reasons we went to Seattle was to attend the wedding of Andy and Lauren. We’ve known Andy longer than we’ve known our kids and have known his folks and grandparents even longer. Andy spent three summers working for Mike, Mark, and Grampa at Mouser Machine Shop and we just think so much […]

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Cathie Alonzo - July 31, 2011 - 8:22 PM

What a lucky and lovely couple to have such a perfect day for an outside wedding. Enjoyed the photos very much.
Cathie

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - July 31, 2011 - 9:39 PM

Cathie, thanks for your sweet comments and I hope the B & G see it because they are just what you say. Thanks again for the wonderful time spent with you in Yelm — a beautiful place for sure. Love ya, Mary

Kathy Bettger - August 1, 2011 - 6:46 AM

Oh, Mary! What a special thing for you to do. I have read the whole thing and poured over the photos 3 times now. Lauren’s use of many varied colors make the photos really pop. We now have your narrative as a permanent record. I am so glad you and Mike were a part of this day.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 1, 2011 - 7:40 AM

Thanks Kathy, I loved doing this post in every way. I agree with you in that Laura’s color choices — and that beautiful sunshine — worked together so well!

Kay Lynn Brown - August 1, 2011 - 6:24 PM

Mary…WOW! These photos captured all of the sweetness and magic of that day. I love the picture of my brother, too! 🙂 Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed seeing you and Mike!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 1, 2011 - 7:49 PM

Thank you Kay Lynn! Got some pics of the rest of the family too but couldn’t put everything on there. I appreciated you viewing and for your comments. Mary

Kathy Grover - August 1, 2011 - 9:10 PM

My vote for favorite picture is the one with the bride and groom and moms framed by the colorful fabric flowers. The flowers were connected and the people were connected. It made me feel connected even though I wasn’t there.

straitcrzy - August 1, 2011 - 10:05 PM

I am Lauren’s Aunt Mary. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. I am going to put them on facebook so everyone can enjoy them. You did a great job. They had the most beautiful wedding.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 2, 2011 - 5:32 AM

Thank you Mary, I wish I could put a face to the name … might have met you but there were lots of wonderful people at that wedding!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 2, 2011 - 7:12 AM

Mine too! Oh wait, I already said that in the post. 🙂

Barbara Cast - August 2, 2011 - 9:44 AM

Thank you so much for sharing…wonderful pictures…

Janet Spies - August 2, 2011 - 1:07 PM

You can see Mary’s face in the 10th black and white photo above. And to her left, you will see Lauren’s Aunt Carol. They are toasting the bride and groom.

Beautiful pictures, beautiful people and beautiful day!! I enjoyed your post immensely.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 2, 2011 - 1:22 PM

And thank you Barbara for taking the time to tell me. Fabulous wedding you had there!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 2, 2011 - 1:24 PM

Janet, thank you for pointing Mary and Carol out. I felt badly that I slighted Lauren’s family in this post since I knew the Bettger side so well. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and more importantly for commenting. Us bloggers love that you know. (Wink.) Mary

justleesha - August 3, 2011 - 6:41 PM

I love all these! Soooo pretty! What a wonderful theme and setting for a wedding! Makes the church and rented hall I had for my wedding look pretty darn shabby! 🙂

So, I was looking through your posts today and noticed a BSU hat on your grandson and it got me wondering…. do you live in Idaho??

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 3, 2011 - 6:49 PM

Yes, we live in Boise. And you? I think I read one time … was it Utah? If you want to see BSU pics and see how crazy fans can be, go to: http://fairlycandid.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/get-your-game-face-on/

NeckBeard - August 5, 2011 - 1:12 PM

Mary,
These are incredible. Thank you so much for posting these photos and your wonderful narrative. It was so great to have you and Mike there. I love you guys so much. Lauren wants us to print this out and put it in our wedding journal. I said, only after one important correction, I worked at Mouser Machine for 3 summers. Not just one. 🙂

love,
Andy

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 5, 2011 - 3:39 PM

Hi Andy, thank you for commenting from your “tanned” state no doubt after returning from Jamaica. I’m sure you had a fabulous time. I will get that correction made immediately to give you credit for working at the Shop three years … most people didn’t stick it out so long with the hard labor Gramps expected! Mike didn’t catch the mistake either — young mind vs old mind — you’ll win every time! Love, Mary

Jeri Dunne - August 12, 2011 - 9:22 AM

Mary, you have such a a gift and it’s so fun to read your blog and see your beautiful photography.
This had to have been such a fun trip and what a unique, lovely wedding!
Thanks for sharing!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - August 12, 2011 - 2:10 PM

I appreciate your comment Jeri. I love that you stopped by and welcome your visit any time!

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.

Bull Dog Tough

For 15 years the Mouser Family has been fortunate to rent a little house on the prairie owned by a cousin. We all fondly refer to the house as the “Ranch House” although we’re not really sure why that came to be. The house sits on an acre of property surrounded by endless miles of […]

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botut - June 1, 2011 - 8:59 PM

Mary these pictures just keep getting better and better. I love this post. I’m coming for a visit – that’s how inspiried I am! And if you didn’t disclose your son’s soft side I’d think he was a “roughie” for sure! LOL
Beth

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - June 1, 2011 - 9:06 PM

I’ve got my calendar opened! I have a spare room! I have a part time job with lots of vacation built up! Now, when ya comin’. Roughie? Matt doesn’t care much for roughage. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Thanks for the strokes.

Aubrey Archuleta - June 3, 2011 - 9:32 AM

I agree, the pics just keep getting better. You blow me away, Mary!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - June 3, 2011 - 4:35 PM

I luv hearing that. 😉

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

Matt and Lacey say "I DO!"

The wedding we’ve all been looking forward to is now behind us. The bride and groom are now officially on their own and the time they spent getting to know one another will now play out living together. The bride and groom’s mothers will soon have a hobby room/guest room. The check books can be […]

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Kathy Sereduk - April 12, 2011 - 1:51 PM

AMAZING pictures and blogging! Thank you so much Mary!
What a treasure to have. It was a fun day, and I am so glad that we got to share it with our friends and family. Whose next?

Aubrey Archuleta - April 13, 2011 - 12:01 PM

Such a beautiful day! I love that you have all those kids & grandkids there now 😀 SUCH A JOY.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - April 13, 2011 - 12:10 PM

Thanks Aubrey, and you know I love having everyone here too! And you know your mom is going to miss you guys when you move, right? At least you’ll live fairly close and SW air can have them there in a jiffy if needed. Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Your Man - April 18, 2011 - 5:36 PM

And you don’t want to do weddings. What fantastic pics you take. You are a natural. 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.

Sugar and Spice … and a Little Dirt Bike?

Meet “Ry”, a sweet, petite, almost five-year old with some good upbringing! Take for example being out in the cold for over an hour and never once, not once, whimpering or complaining or backtalking or crying or anything even remotely negative — through several clothing changes no less. I got report back from her sweet step-mom […]

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Stacey - March 31, 2011 - 8:57 AM

Mary, these pictures are GREAT! Nice job! Michelle, you guys are too cute – Ry, looks adorable and those of you and Jim are so good!

botut - April 2, 2011 - 3:47 PM

Hola Mary – I have something for you over at my blog. Come and see……

Chad, Holly, and Ryker « Fairly Candid - November 2, 2011 - 8:38 PM

[…] be pretty fun to hang out with! I heard nothing but great things about them from Michelle of  Sugar and Spice … and a Little Dirt Bike. I arranged to meet Chad, Holly, and Ryker at a park on one of the most beautiful afternoons the […]

Jim, Michelle and Ryan « Fairly Candid - November 15, 2011 - 12:18 PM

[…] photographed them around Easter when Ryan turned 5 (and it was cold then too). She had a little dirt bike with training wheels that was so cute … and I just learned she no longer needs them! Rock on […]