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. 51
    DigiNee says:

    Love the milk shot and Star on the way to work —– can't wait to see what shows up at the end of next year in the camera!!!!!

    As a photog with a DSLR, I know about the water and etc. – got a small point and shoot credit card size for the purse – though I always have the DSLR close!!!

  2. 52
    Patty says:

    What fun pictures! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 53
    Betsy says:

    I laughed so hard at this because my kids have had to help me so much with my digital camera! Just be kind to your mother and continue to help her. We in the over-50 crowd need repetition, repetition, repetition!

  4. 54
    k and c's mom says:

    REALLY needed a laugh today. Loved these cute pictures. Thanks for a fun post.

  5. 55
    Anonymous says:

    How sweet to know your family is as crazy as mine!

  6. 56
    Anonymous says:

    HA! I love you people. That was fantastic- thanks for sharing.

  7. 57
    kimberly says:

    these pictures had me laughing and laughing! i especially love mama beth hugging the chick-fil-a cow and jackson's popeye face. thanks for sharing these with us!

  8. 58
    Erin says:

    Pf Chang's and Chic-fil-a – now I'm hungry.

  9. 59
    Lisa J. says:

    Seriously LOL-ing about the milk carton. My darling hubby and I JUST had that very conversation this week. He says drink it, I say toss it. Thank goodness it was Tuesday and that's "trash night". Too funny!

    Oh and for what it's worth, my bird dog jumps on the counter!!! I walked into the kitchen and literally told myself out loud, "I'm not REALLY seeing this, am I?" To which Joely (our bird dog) smiled at me (I swear, she smiled!!!) and jumped down all as innocent as you please. ARGH!!! Talk about goat-like!

    Great pics. Thanks so much for sharing.


  10. 60
    Georgia Jan says:

    Amanda – this photo gallery was pure therapy to my heart tonight. I had a really long and stressful day at work…

    Your captions are so fun!

    Love y'all,
    Georgia Jan

  11. 61
    Jean M says:

    Great pictures. Some of those your mom has posted before….so I guess that was before the camera-to-computer cord was lost. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 62
    Georgia Jan says:

    One more thing! Chick-fil-A is the best "fast food" around. I love their chicken sandwich on the wheat bread.

    Proud to say the restaurant chain started here in Georgia and Mr. Cathy (founder, owner) is the real deal and he has a camp for boys and taught Sunday School for years at his church. They are CLOSED on Sundays and help their teenage employees with college expenses!

    Also – the best ice cream ever! Tastes like homemade. They are featuring a peach milkshake right now! YUM!

    Georgia Jan

  13. 63
    Melissa Howard says:

    I was so excited to see that YOU have the same lion slippers that I do, AND you are not ashamed to wear them either. I feel validated now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just wondering if your dogs try to save you from the mean lion thats eating your feet?

  14. 64
    Candi says:

    My daughter and I are having breakfast at Chick-Fil-A in the morning. We dressed up like cows for Cow Appreciation Day and received FREE CHICKEN!! The best ever. Thanks for being the real deal, y'all.

  15. 65
    Alicia says:

    I loved the pictures! As far as the memory card in the computer-not all computers have a slot for it. The first laptop I bought 7 years ago didn't have one, but the one I've had for 1.5 years does have one. So some of you siestas may not have know that because your computer doesn't have a slot. Also, the whole expiration thing is hilarious! 6.5 years into our marriage, I'm still trying to talk my husband into drinking the milk past the "sell by" date. He can't seem to understand that surely you can drink it several days after it can be sold. That's NOT when it expires! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them. What a hoot!

    Thanks so much for being so real with all of us.

    Love ya,
    Anne in MO

  17. 67
    Cindy- My Life HIS Story says:

    Isn't it fun when you find random pictures that bring back a flood of "Oh, that's when…" I love finding old pics!! Thanks so much for sharing.

    And by the way, Chick-Fil-A is truly the best. We don't have one in Wichita Falls anymore, so anytime we drive anywhere…we are on a chicken hunt!!!

  18. 68
    Anonymous says:

    Love the pics! By the way, in my sick sense of humor, the milk carton is my favorite one! I absolutely refuse to drink milk or let the kids have milk once it hits "the date". (They put that date on there for a reason, you know…) If my husband wants to throw up all night, he's perfectly welcome to drink it, if not, I'll throw it out. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the laughs!

    kaci from norman

  19. 69
    ginny says:

    Those cowboy boots are somethin on Jackson with the Jeans. I just love little boys. Probably because I raised one. And that milk is good for another 3-5 days I'm with ya brother Keith.

  20. 70
    Bobbie says:

    Dumb and Dumber–I'm right there with you on the digital stuff. I love the random pictures!! That was fun, I remember the one of your Mom in her 'smock' in the backyard and of course, the ones of Jackson going to the Rodeo. He was such a little Dude in those boots. I noticed, too, that the coat on the St. Francis statue is the same as our blog heading!!! Is that a coincidence?

    Does Geli mind being left at home when Star gets to go to work? I bet she keeps the office working smoothly! What a great assistant she must be to Michelle!!

    Love y'all,

  21. 71
    shelli littleton says:

    Oh, I am rolling … I am rolling! Hilarious.

    Love you all,
    Shelli in Fort Worth, Texas

  22. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Too cute. Sometimes those pictures just get "stuck" in the camera. Glad you got them out!

  23. 73
    shelli littleton says:

    Oh, one more thing, my husband won't drink milk close to the exp. date either. When he was a kid, his mom forced him to eat cereal in, what she didn't know, was spoiled milk … chunks and all. He can gag today just thinking about it.

    I'll be seeing you at Life Today this weekend, too, Siesta Mama, if the good Lord is willing! I've got tickets … yahoo!

    Shelli in Fort Worth, TX

  24. 74
    texatheart says:

    I just love it when you share your family up front and personal. I love it! Great pictures and lots of memories.

  25. 75
    Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing those pictures. I love seeing what the family is "really" life!!

  26. 76
    Enfant de Dieu says:

    Thanks for sharing, Amanda! Pictures are always fun, unless they're embarrassing pictures of one's self, of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. 77
    Warm in Alaska says:

    Those were fun – I still like the Gandolf/St.Francis/Pseudo-Jesus looking figure with the birds.

    And most of all, I'm glad to know that others in Siestaville (apparently the founders themselves) might just be as clueless as some of the citizenry (referring to self here). I have no idea how to "do" the photo side of things. I'm still just so proud of myself that I figured out how to comment on this blog.

    Maybe one day I'll feel esp. smart and start my own blog. Then I'll be having myself a Smart and Smarter day. But I'm not holding my breath til then….

    Have a fun last week of July,

    Warm in Alaska.

  28. 78
    Kimberly says:

    Love the pics and I do have a harness seat belt for my dog! I don't want her flying if I have a wreck!

  29. 79
    Ashton says:


    Thank you for this post. Troubled in my sleep and I woke to write an email and visit LMP post. It made my night…or morning… it's 2:00 a.m…I just enjoy your sense of humor, so cute. And sharing all the cute pictures of random things going on with LPM and the family. The milk bottle is too good! Oh what a fun, funny family!
    Thank you…Love, Allison

  30. 80
    Anonymous says:

    Hilarious! Thanks for sharing with us!! Glad to know I am not the only Dumber in the world!

  31. 81
    Tracey says:

    I'm so happy to know someone else has had a camera for a while & didn't know how to review the pics!! Someday I'll sit down & read the manual… but only if absolutely necessary. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Loved the pics!
    Tracey Knight
    Arkadelphia AR

  32. 82
    Roselawyer says:

    LOL! I love the skull and cross bones. I have told my beloved husband that I will not be a bit sorry if he dies from eating ancient leftovers, etc., etc. from the fridge. (Actually, I would be sorry. I just say that to prevent him from consuming toxic stuff).

  33. 83
    Deirdre says:

    Jackson looks so young!

    and ya'll aren't the only ones who didn't know how to get the card out of a camera, okay? I'm just sayin….

  34. 84
    Deirdre says:

    I used to work at chick-fil-a. and I STILL love the food.

    We used to have to greet every person with the words
    "It's a great day at chick-fil-a! How may I help you?"

    Do you know it is impossible to speak those words without ending up feeling good? Even if I was upset or disgruntled when I came to work, by the time I left I would be happy and bouncy. Just proof that what we say influences our thoughts. So speak praises today siesta and see what comes of it.

  35. 85
    tracyl says:

    Here's to all the Family Freak Shows who love Jesus! The Leary clan joins you!

    Tracy L.
    Richlands, NC

  36. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing the fun! Oh, I think we can all relate!

    Your sweet spirit shows Amanda. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Isaiah 25:1 NIV

  37. 87
    Terrie and Carley says:

    Loved the pictures. I wouldn't say the Moore's are a freak show. I would say they are the typical family that enjoys life to the fullest and know how to have fun. I refuse to admit that my family is a freak show.

    I have to say I love the picture of Geli on the chair. I see a bit of attitude in her face. One has to love animals with attitude.

  38. 88
    Jill_in_AL says:

    a fun year of pictures. the chick-fil-A cow house call is super fun =)

  39. 89
    Anonymous says:

    That was refreshing! To think that I'm not the only one that has lost the cord to my camera….

    Loved all the pictures of you all. the milk is hilarious.

    Heidi in Georgia

  40. 90
    Bridgette Jencks says:

    So funny! Thanks for sharing these to start off a great Friday morning. Oh how I love Chick-Fil-A and P.F. Changs!!! You may have just inspired my weekend!

  41. 91
    Lauren Kelly says:

    I absolutely loved all those random pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Love the pictures!!! You are not a freak family!! You are soooooo normal!!! Keep snappin'!!
    Bible Bunny in NO MI

  43. 93
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Hey Little Momma, your random fam pictures made me laugh out loud!:) I remember the birds love Jesus comment! That was funny:) The pics of Spiritual Mom Beth's slippers and B-day party were fun too:) The ranch looks super cool, my man, his dad, and his bro would love that place! Their lease is about 2 hours away:) I love P.F. Changs! My man doesn't like to go though, cause he can't understand the menu (poor husband:) The milk pictures were hilarious! Skull and crossbones, ya'll are silly!:)


  44. 94
    Anonymous says:

    Ya'll crack me up!!

  45. 95
    Elaine says:

    I love them all!

    Thank you for sharing your lives.

    Ick no on the milk.

    We have a chic-fil-a in Kansas City!!! It opened up just a block away from my house a couple of years ago. And this week I went to a free concert in their parking lot – Matt Maher and Meredith Andrews. it was great! so was the chocolate shake ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite is actually the chicken SALAD sandwich.

  46. 96
    Donna says:

    I learned about card readers a few months ago and love that I can plug my memory card straight to my computer port because I have NO IDEA where my cord is either.

    LOVE the pictures…Hilarious… especially the one with the milk. Keith must have a wonderful sense of humor.

    PS Chick-Fil-A breakfast minis are to die for!!

  47. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Loved these pictures and comments. And even if Beth couldn't get the pictures off the camera at least she was taking pictures. I am both the camera and the developer for my mother. Melanie, Sparta TN

  48. 98
    Alisha says:

    I know you hear this alot but you all are funny. Wait.. I meant to say y'all. Sorry, I was raised just north of the Mason Dixon line. Any who..Just know that your humor is greatly appreciated. Especially since there are enough things in life that aren't funny. A joyful heart is good medicine. Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. 99
    jenn says:

    Thanks for the smiles….really needed a little perspective today.

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    Leslie Lauren says:

    HAAAAA!!!! I've got to say, I think in the milk situation, I'm more like Keith and my hubby's more like Bibby. I'll use eggs that are weeks old (come on, if they're cooked in something they're fine, right?), but my hubby absolutely refuses to touch anything if it's reached its expiration. Shoot, he'll throw things away several days before it expires, just to be sure. I'll have to practice drawing my skull and crossbones…they just might have to make an appearance in my fridge ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the pictures!!

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