Picture Overload

Right after Jackson was born, my dad gave me a really nice digital camera. It’s fast and it takes pretty pictures. With my limited photography skills, I’m unworthy of having such a great camera, but I love it. Scores of parents have learned the hard way that when you’re taking pictures of squirrely kids, slow digital cameras just don’t get the job done. You say “One, two, three, cheese!”, your kid flashes an over the top grin and squints his eyes, and then five more seconds pass before it takes the picture. By then your child is either picking his nose or running to the breakfast room to make another spit drawing on the glass table top. (Not that my child does those things.) The camera my dad gave me has been such a blessing. Melissa just got one for her birthday and I can’t wait to see what she does with it.

There are two drawbacks to my nice camera. One, it’s heavy and not very fun to lug around sometimes. It’s not one that you can just tuck away in your purse in case something cute or funny happens. Two, I miss out on some good picture taking opportunities because I refuse to take it near water or leave it in my pool bag while I play with the kids. If it gets damaged or lost, I can’t replace it.

Those are the times when Mom has my back. She always says, “Honey, take mine!” Hers is a little point and shoot camera. I took her up on the offer last weekend. When I uploaded the images onto my computer, all 256 pictures that she’s never done anything with came right along with the ones I’d taken.

You may be wondering why we had never done anything with these pictures. Well, the cord that connects the camera to the computer got lost long ago and, until a few days ago, Dumb and Dumber didn’t know you could just stick the photo card straight into the computer. (There I go using bad words from my thought closet!) I wasn’t going to share this detail, but Mom insisted I let you know that she didn’t even know how to review her pictures on her camera’s little screen. Bless her heart.

Your faithful Siesta Mama and Siesta Daughter thought you might like to see a sample of the smorgasbord of pictures from the last year and a half. It’s never too late to share, right?

Here’s the back of Melissa’s head when she was doing a wedding hair and makeup trial run.

There’s a story to this but I don’t remember what it was. That was before the puppies came and obliterated the back yard. (Mom just reminded me that this was when Dad asked her if she had gotten a new makeup smock. He had no idea she was going to wear this to work.)

Here’s my dad with his two-year-old cowboy. This was the day we took Jackson to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the first time.

I had to include this one because of Sunny.

The miniature Wranglers were just too much.

We ran into one of my best friends, Kay, and her little boy.

We’ll try that one again.

We had a lot of fun watching the baby goats. They’re so naughty.

A carnival ride.

Bibby and Jackson on the carousel.

Mom spending a few minutes in the correspondence office at LPM. The person who sent her those slippers must have just done Daniel.

Starley McFarley as a wee pup!

Bad Dog Geli laying on the furniture. Nowadays she jumps on tables. She’s very goat-like.

A deer feeder at the ranch. There were a ton of beautiful pictures from there, but I think we’ll do a separate post for them.

A view of the sunset from the ranch.

This is a statue of St. Francis of Assisi. Mom took this when Jackson stared at it and said, “Bibby, birds love Jesus.”

Here’s my family on a carriage ride last December. I was sweating in that track suit with my hot chocolate. That’s Houston for you.

Absolutely no idea.

Bibby and Jackson playing some air hockey at our church.

Jackson was making a Popeye face.

You may not know that the Chick-fil-a cow recently visited LPM.

Mom loves Chick-fil-a.

This was my mom’s birthday lunch at P.F. Chang’s. Praise the Lord.

Star on her way to work. Part of me thinks she should be in a 5-point harness.

This is what happened when Mom snubbed the perfectly good milk that had technically reached its expiration date. Dad was terribly offended.

The milk carton says, “For Keith Only” and the drawing is supposed to be a skull and crossbones. Welcome to the family freak show.


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  1. 1
    gg2002 says:

    Can't wait to see Mama Siesta at LifeToday this weekend taping!
    Judy Baggett

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    sister sheri says:

    Thanks for the memories! Technology does have an upside! Digital photos!

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    Donna says:

    Amanda, thank you for sharing the family pictures. Please tell Siesta Momma that she and my husband have an "expiration date" fetish…he won't touch it after the date…milk is PERFECTLY good at LEAST 3-5 days after it expires…I'm with you, Keith…LOL!!

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    Tara G. says:

    My mom got a new camera- she left our place after 10 days with over 700 pictures…60 of which were taken before she got here: "I thought I'd remember what state we were flying over." Bless her heart.

    Loved all of these!!

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    Shawna says:

    Full confession — I am at work at the moment and having a …well …less than desireable day… and logged onto the LPM blog for a bit of a "pick me up"… laugh out loud… have laughed out loud in my office… Keith's skull and cross bones takes the cake… My mom and dad had similar arrangements when they became empty nesters and Dad got cross with the amount of food mom was tempted to throw out… He was really getting the upper hand in his self-righteousness, until he accidentally took the dog pills instead of his own a couple of weeks ago! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings on you guys — and THANK you for bringing some much needed laughs to a random HR department in Washington today!


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    gzusgirl says:

    I too must belong to the Dumb and Dumber group; I did not know that your memory card could be put directly into my computer. Thanks for the tip! That's what I love about this blog; you guys have it all – Jesus and computer lessons – what more could you want?

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    Mary says:

    Family freak show-hilarious. Needed a laugh!

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    Becky says:

    Thank you Amanda
    I love looking a pictures.
    I too lost the cord, had to buy a new one, then what happened? found it.
    Thanks for the info on the card for the camera that you can put in the computer, didn't know that one. Beth sweetie you not alone.
    By the By, 2 of my children work at Chick- fil- A in cool springs TN (Brentwood) Sometimes my son gets to be the cow.
    I've always loved chick-fil-a even before my kids were old enough to work there. Hey ya'll try the soup…it's really good.

    I so totally agree with that expiration date on the milk….throw it out.

    Thanks again for the fun.


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    Julie K. says:

    I, too, am thankful you shared the pictures. I recently discovered my own mother had thrown away the memory card for her little point-and-click because she "didnt like the photos that were on it"… Gotta love mothers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Lelia Chealey says:

    Loved the statue and what Jackson said. As I was looking at these pics I was thinking, Jackson has no idea who Bibby really is and how many lives she has affected for Kingdom gain…what a legacy your family is going to leave for your children. Beth…Jackson will say "Bibby was all about God." (yes…I'm doing the Jesus the One and Only study)

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    RS says:

    Eeeew Baaaby…… Chick -fil- A
    That's some good eats.
    I LOVE the new milk shakes, but too many calories for my hips, tummy and other stuff.


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    bridget610 says:

    Laughed OUT LOUD! Your comments made them even more fun – I need those Lion slippers – we're doing the Fruit of the Spirit study, we just listened to the msg on Faithfulness, and LOVED how Beth linked it to Daniel shutting the mouth of Lions, and 1 Peter 5:8, Devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he (may) devour (means we give him permission – arrrtgg!). Faith FIGHTS!

    Please pass on what an amazing blessing this study has been this summer!

    PS – my mom had a DRAWER full of undeveloped film, by the time she took it in, the pics were unable to be saved – so thank goodness for digital
    Bridget in Phoenix AZ

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    Leigh Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see the ranch pictures!

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    Heather says:

    Oh my, some of these are hilarious! I love the jacket that you are wearing at the rodeo! ANd the one of y'all on the carriage, this past December, weren't you pregnant, you look great!!! So fit and looking cute!! I am with you on lugging the big cameras around, they can be annoying to carry!

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    Linda says:

    I do love pictures Amanda. Thanks for sharing.
    Don't feel bad about your lack of techy expertise. What I don't know about computery stuff could fill a book – for Dummy's!

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    Kelly M says:

    I LOVE the milk photo! I'll drink "expired" milk as long as it doesn't taste or smell funny. The photos are all great.

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    Joan says:

    I love all the random pictures! Isn't it amazing what you can do in a year and a half?! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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    GentillyIzzie says:

    Thanks for sharing the great pictures.. This is the last night of Youth VBS and we have done Beth's David study for students and it was Amazing!!! OUr students have eaten it up like candy ๐Ÿ™‚ Now off to teach one more lesson and the shaving cream fight is ON!!!

    have a great weekend!!!

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    selah says:

    Where oh where did you get the St. Francis statue?

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    Just Me,Pilgrim says:

    I have a dog named ladybug that looks just like Star… is start insane about playing fetch in the yard too

    Adorable pictures,btw.

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    Cheryl Barker says:

    Loved seeing the pics. By the way, you guys aren't the only family freak show on the block ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Armchair Housewife says:

    I have to tell you that I was going down the blog entry with the "page down" button, and the way the screen landed on the picture of Miss Beth at the desk, all I could see was her lovely, classy self. To get a clearer idea of the whole picture, I scrolled down a bit, and those giant lion slippers jumped out at me and I laughed so hard. Too funny!

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    Holly says:

    Why did I start crying when I saw Sunny??

    My niece took a picture just like your ranch sunset a year or so ago on their way to CO–wonder if it was the same day?

    The skull and crossbones slays me.

    (What a cathartic post!)
    My Word verification says babil–yeah, yeah, yeah.

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    HisTreasuredPossession says:

    these are so SO fun!! =P the last 2 are the best by far.

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    Holly says:

    PS Chris says that as a father who knows, the hose is from the shop vac and Keith is going after Jackson's runny nose.

    Now the WV is bidialot.

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    Fran says:

    These pix are a hoot. Do this again. Way too funny!

    Hope y'all had a good day!

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    sos says:

    Enjoyed the photos; more please.

    Could you tell us northern what "Chick-fil-A" exactly is?

    Milk–yuk! been there, done that, got sick. Not worth chancing it.

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    Inksstillwet says:

    I COULD NOT stop laughing! My mom has done the same thing and I don't know that she realizes she can place the memory card directly into the computer. Thank you for sharing the "freak show" moments!

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    Natalie says:

    I can so relate to just about everything you said about the camera, especially the frustrating 5 second delay between shots. I've missed so many cute photos of my grandbabies!! And I too have had to check my thought closet because of it!! Thanks for such a good laugh today! Love reading your blog, it makes me smile!

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    oratiocontemplativa says:

    Those are too great!

    I'm glad to know my husband's not the only one who insists on drinking/eating things past the expiration date.

    I remember back in the film-camera days, coming across an old undeveloped roll was a fun mystery. It's kind of like finding a forgotten $5 bill in the pocket of old jeans…but better.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Johnnie says:

    Thank you, Amanda, for sharing those great pics! They lifted my spirits. My son has an "expiration date" phobia. We have a 3 drawer rolling cart filled with snacks in the pantry. When he comes home from college to visit I've caught him secretly checking dates to make sure he's not eating something out of date. Hubby and I are not so particular I don't know where he got that gene! LOL I give expired stuff the smell and taste test — if it passes, hey, it's fair game.

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    Kara says:

    Thanks for sharing all the pics. I remember seein' Beth in her "make-up smock", cute! I love how you all let us in on your lives from babies, weddings, moon pies, to perfume choices. Love you guys!

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    Ashley says:

    I had absolutely no idea about the memory card sticking straight into the computer!! How great….I just did it and it worked….access to some of our pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!


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    Anonymous says:

    Does Star get to go to the office everyday? My dog is so jealous….

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    Melissa says:

    Love the picture of you and Jackson at the carnival! So great.

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    Beth says:

    Laughing my head off. Well, there you go, Siestas! A little peak into the Family Freak Show as Melissa has affectionately called us for years.

    In answer to a few questions:
    I am devastated that you northern Siestas don't have Chick-Fil-A! It is the best thing that EVER happened to fast food. Greatest chicken sandwich on the planet and ice cream that tastes really close to homemade. Furthermore, the Cathy Family who founded it and are still its biggest fans love Jesus like there's no tomorrow. Can't beat that.

    Secondly, YES, Star comes with me to LPM every work day except on rarest occasion when I have an appointment on the way that would cause her to have to stay in a hot car and wait. Impossible in a Houston summer. She is the ministry mascot. And I'm obsessed with her…and she's obsessed with me.

    Y'all are so fun!

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    Anonymous says:

    I LOVE looking at pictures ! Thanks for sharing. How fun.

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    Beth D. says:

    These are great! You officially made me hungry for a tray of chick-fil-a nuggets and maybe a plate of beef with broccoli…those are my two favorite places to eat!
    My daughter Lily loves the cow and met the "princess cow". It is great to capture such memorable moments.
    Beth from Pgh. Pa

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    Bethany and 3sonsplus1 crew says:

    HA!! My husband is sitting here wondering what I'm laughing my head off at – I'm not going to even try to explain!! Though I must say, the idea of milk actually nearing its expiration date in our home with 3 growing boys seems, well… that just doesn't happen. Ever.

    Thanks for the laughs tonight!!

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    Wencked says:

    One more reason for me to just love Beth Moore and LPM to death!!! they love chick-fil-a as much at I do!!!!

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    Rebecca says:

    Ladies! It has been way too long since i have been on this blog(will writing that is!LOL) I fell like i have ALOT of catching up to do! Love you all1 love you Moore girls! Love the pics amanda! Gesh, never agean will i let it be this long befoe i write on this blog agean! Love you all1

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    T. Anne says:

    I just listened to the Daniel series on my ipod during my vacation! And no wasn't me who sent the slippers but I appreciated them! Great family pix! I loved them!

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    Kimberly Hurd Horst says:

    Ha ha…It has been a long day and those pictures were cute, but the comments were what made me laugh. Thank you for sharing them. I too take a lot of pics with a digital, and I don't know what to do with them though. I am not a very good scrapbooker….I know that there are digital scrapbooks…but I don't know if I have the time for either kind. Blessings!
    Kimberly from Isanti

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    Tara says:

    I love that you posted these pictures, Amanda! They are priceless and show the true "loves" of the Moore/Jones life….

    And I have to amen Beth's comment. I am so sorry that you northern girls don't know about Chick-Fil-A. It is the best fast food chain ever!!! And yes, the fact that they are Christian based and founded makes it all the better!

    Can't wait to see more pictures from the Ranch as well as any other random ones out there! Loved this post!

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    Sharon says:

    I am with whoever can't drink out of date milk, I start smelling it, yes smelling it days before. Call me weird ( I don't think that's a closet word.)
    The pics are adorable, I love to look at what is stored in my camera from whenever, trying to figure the place, the meaning, and sometimes the person…..
    Thanks for the *Family Freak Show* we all have one going on, just under another name…

    Sharon W.

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    Jennifer in Indy says:


    I needed a good laugh, and your post fit the bill. Sometimes life is just too darn serious. I love the picture of your Mom hugging the cow. Who doesn't love Chick-fil-a?

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    Brittney says:

    these are too funny – It was so fun looking at all of these ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Michele says:

    ROFL! You guys are funny!

    Not dumb – "Technologically Challenged"

    Make up smock – ha ha ha!

    Jackson and Star are adorable!

    Maybe if you stop taking Geli to see the goats she'll stop acting like one (jk!)

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Becky says:

    I love pictures! Those are fun!

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    Lemonade Makin' Mama says:

    Ah, I love it!! Milk is just gross. I'm trying to drink it, but ewww… think about it. It's an excretion from an animal. ewww again.

    (I make my kids drink three glasses a day.)

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