The Gerichs {with cousins added in}

The photo season has come to a close and what a better way to end it up for me than with some of the people who give me the most joy — my kids and g-babes! We were babysitting the boys on this day so I told Danielle to put them in something red/black/gray and it worked out great. I got my Christmas card photo taken (thanks Megan) and we got the Gerichs and some cute cousin photos taken along the way as well. We missed Matt and Danielle but the plan is to take some pictures of their family at Tamarack over Thanksgiving. We might be doing falling snow pictures — which I would love actually. Now a big shout out to the Severns family for their color ideas. Megan just loved what they did and so copied it — the best compliment right? Love to my kids and to all you readers as well. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We all have much to be thankful for. Mary



Sydney turns 7 on New Year’s Day and she is in first grade. She loves when I come to volunteer and has even opted to miss recess to help me with teacher’s projects. Megan told me the other day that she came squealing to her after school saying the teacher told her she was good at math. Only my Sydney can get so excited about stuff like that. The teacher called her an “old soul” because of how she picks up the classroom, organizes books, etc. without any prompting. She is the best second mother to Cole too. She loves that boy and the feeling is quite mutual. I can hardly do anything right with Cole when she’s around because she likes to tell me how she does it. Ha! She cracks me up. And if you want a good chuckle, sit next to Sydney when watching a funny video or movie. Her laughter will make you laugh. She definitely got Grampa’s gift of laughter. She is loud and spirited, moody at times, loves to wrestle, and almost always dresses in dresses or skirts — rarely pants — and that’s how she’s always been. She definitely has an opinion when it comes to fashion. She knows what she likes. Some day this girl is going to conquer the world and I’ll be right there cheering her on. 😉 _mg_7023-1_web_mg_7087-1_web_mg_7090-1_web

Simone is 4-½ and the middle child and is gracefully outgrowing her defiant ways. She always has a hug for me and she wants to help, loves an adventure, and still has the grandest imagination as she plays house or dolls – often alone and content in it. Her favorite thing at my house is my old iPod so she can listen to music and play with doll figurines, both soldiers and princesses (sometimes tying them up together). The opportunity to watch a movie will motivate her to get anything done. Books are her friends too. Read a book to her once or twice, and she’ll repeat it back. She has gone to the library every week for 3 years + now. She is a sponge when it comes to learning but doesn’t really know she’s doing it or think it’s a big deal. Sydney told me the other day that Simone is better at some things than she is (and Sydney doesn’t always appreciate that). Simone is humble — doesn’t even know what bragging is. She and Cole tussle at times. She gives him the business and he gives it right back — just like siblings do — but for the most part they tumble and rumble with each other all in good fun. This girl has a spirit inside and it is lovely.


Cole is 18 months old now and still addicted to his mom, but for the first time the other day, he didn’t fuss and run to her when she returned to my house. I celebrated that! He just looked at her as if to say “I’m not ready to go yet.” When he and I are alone we get along famously as we play trucks together or take walks as he pushes his bear or doll in a doll stroller. But I have to be careful how far we go because when he is tired he just sits down and won’t budge so I’m left carrying him, bear, and the stroller back to the house! He loves his pacifier still but Grampa has a way with him. He just says “Cole, give it to Grampa”, and Cole comes right over and hands it to him. Of course he might want it back the next second, but it’s pretty darn cute. He is saying all kinds of words now and is the best kid I’ve ever known to be put down to sleep. He gets all wound up at night and runs in circles giving everyone the boom as his family calls it (wrestling). He loved being at the Farmstead for these pictures as he got to feed the goats and see all the free range chickens. He’s at such a fun age and time is flying quickly.




These next two pictures prove that if you can’t convince your cousins to do what you want to do, it’s best (and more fun) to just join them. 🙂



MJ is also in first grade and turned 7 in October. He’s a sweet kid and always has a hug for me … except at school when I come to volunteer. He’s become a bit shy about it but we have a bet going so this gramma is going to turn that cart around. Ha! I love helping in his and Syd’s class. Watching their teachers teach is just amazing to me. MJ’s class is so diverse with kids from all countries and he is so kind and helpful to all classmates. He has a competitive streak when it comes to reading that I hadn’t realized. The kids are broken up into different reading groups with other first grade classes and his group was timed to see how much of a story they could read without mistakes. He did awesome but when another child beat his time he wanted redemption to try and beat it. All the kids were doing it and it was all in good fun. Jayden is 4½ and still a lover and just goes with the flow. He talks consistently when he is with me and has question after question about whatever it is we are doing or where we are going. He goes to school with Danielle when she goes to volunteer so he’s excited for kindergarten next year and will no doubt be as helpful as MJ. Cole is smitten with him and it’s no wonder why. Love you boys!


And this next picture is going on the wall in a big size and will be the cover of my 2016 photo album. What joy these kids give Mike and I. We get pooped out by them too, but mostly because I’ve been so busy this fall with photos so give me a long Thanksgiving nap and I’ll be ready for you kids! Love you all, Gramma


And last my favorite blooper of the day. “PLEASE! NO MORE PICTURES!”


Vince - November 22, 2016 - 3:03 AM

What an attractive family. I think one of your gifts is to create an atmosphere of joy and comfort. All of your subjects look so comfortable and happy. I’ve never seen one who appeared stiff or uncomfortable.

Megan - November 22, 2016 - 8:22 AM

First, the last picture. Oh my goodness. It’s perfect.

And jump, squeal, boogie! I LOVE mine! The candid ones of all the kids together and separate and it will be hard for me to choose one family picture. I’m thinking the second or third for my wall. Hmmmmmm. Rob and Simone is amongst my favorites, with the the kids on the tractor a close second. And yes, thanks Lori! I LOVE the colors!

Thank you thank you thank you. I know it was a busy season and you worked extra hard to get these done for me. You’re the best, and so loved!

Megan - November 22, 2016 - 8:31 AM

And, as always your descriptions and quick notes about each kid is so spot on. I think that’s always my favorite part of the posts that you do on my family. Yes, I love the pictures but the words and how well you know my kids definitely touches my mommy and daughter heart.

Fairly Candid - November 22, 2016 - 9:56 AM

First off, the color scheme gives credit to Nicole Severns this year and secondly, thank you Vince and Megan for the sweet words. My gramma heart is full.

Rob - November 22, 2016 - 10:28 AM

Great job Mary!!! Thank you for the wonderful pictures and words. I’ve already emailed Megan my order. :o) My Favorites are Cole pinching Syd’s nose, the family pic with Mone on my shoulders, and the one where Cole was standing on the fence. Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this, you are awesome!

Lori - November 22, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Mary, these are gorgeous! I love the first family picture, the black and white of Robbie and Simone, the gorgeous picture of you and the grandkids (!!!), and all of the amazing pictures in between! You all did such an amazing job! Nice work!

Tracey - November 25, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Mary I love these pictures. Your Grands are so cute! So happy you can have so much fun with them. Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Fairly Candid - November 27, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Thank you Tracey for your comment that I just happen to agree with … that the grands are so cute. Their little personalities are all so fun and different.

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