Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

The weather is finally starting to get a little cooler, making being outside a lot of fun. Saturday was a beautiful day and the kids took advantage of it. McKenzie and her friend from around the circle, Brooklyn, played together riding bikes, swinging, and playing in McKenzie's room. They let Matt tag along some, but he would get bored with the girl stuff and head off to do his own thing.

Here's a picture of McKenzie and Brooklyn with Brooklyn wearing McKenzie's glasses and them playing in the backyard.

Here's Matt and his buddy, Mr. Joe. They enjoyed a little exercise together.

This next picture isn't from Saturday, but I had to include it. I think this is from last Sunday. We thought it was so sweet that she was reading to him and had to get a picture.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Golf at Tigerwoods

Thursday, Betty's Uncle Ward invited Matt and me to go play golf at the Country Club. We were afraid that we were going to get rained out, but the rain moved on out in time for us to play. Betty and I told Matt after I got home from work and he went nuts! He was so excited. He started dancing around saying, "I love Tigerwoods!". A little background on that. Matt and I have been several times to The Dogwoods golf course to hit on the driving range and we've been to the "other" golf course now twice to play. Using the powers of deduction and observation that a three year old possesses, Matt concluded that the "other" golf course must be The Tigerwoods.

Anyway, we had a great time with Ward. I was Matt's caddy for the round. He'd get out of the cart and start walking to his ball and say, "Get me a club, Dah-Dah.". He's got that part of being a professional golfer down already! Matt hit the ball really well and I didn't do too bad. I think I improved from really bad to pretty stinky!

On the way home, Matt said to me, "I had fun with Ward!". Hopefully, we can play another round with him soon! Here are some pictures from our outing at "The Tigerwoods".

Friday, August 14, 2009

SuperMatt To The Rescue!!!

Have no fear, citizens of Earth, SuperMatt is here! The superhero torch has been passed from me to my son, Matt. As a boy, I was Superman, Batman, The Flash, and others. Matt is now taking up that imagination and fighting crime on the streets of Grenada with the cry, "SuperMatt to the rescue!". Usually, that follows with a sudden flying leap onto his arch enemy........Dad.

SuperMatt's cape was a birthday present that his SuperMom found on the internet at a place called Plum Pear Apple Designs. It's a really nice cape that every young superhero should have. Back in SuperDad's day, he had to make do with bath towel capes, but in today's dangerous world that just won't cut it anymore. Here are a few rare pictures of SuperMatt fighting his evil nemesis, Bed Pillows!

Faster than a speeding scooter......

More powerful than a Thomas the Tank Engine.....

Able to leap bed pillows in a single bound......

Look! Up in the air! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperMatt!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

First Day of 3rd Grade

Today was McKenzie's first day of 3rd grade and I am happy to report that it went very well. She was quite nervous but I believe Matt and me walking her in to her new class helped matters. I was so sad when I left the school, that I cried all the way home. Each year that McKenzie goes to school shows us how much she is growing up and its just hard. I have cried every year and will until she graduates college! Ha! I could tell that it really bothered Matt when we left the school. He was so sad, too. When we got home he wanted to watch his favorite Polar Express movie, so I think that helped him. We were so excited to go get her at lunch time. She was so happy when she got in the car and that makes me happy. I know its going to be a great year.

Here are a couple of pictures I took of her before we left for school.

Monday, August 10, 2009

School Starts Soon!

Summer has quickly come to an end. We have had a great one, though. I look forward to getting back on a routine, but I don't look forward to homework, yuck! McKenzie starts 3rd grade Wednesday morning. They only go half day, so that will be nice for her just to ease back into school. Thursday will be her first full day. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Jones again. She was our wonderful first grade teacher and has since moved to 3rd. I know its going to be a great year.

I took these pictures of McKenzie packing her messenger bag for school. We always have fun going and buying all of her notebooks, pencil bags,crayons, etc. They make the cutest stuff these days! McKenzie and I are weird, we like to match and coordinate all of her notebooks and pencils and stuff. I even found Mrs. Jones really cute paper clips for all those papers she will be grading.
Tomorrow is her last vacation day, so we will try to have some fun and enjoy our last day to sleep late. I know one little person who is really going to miss his BoBo...Matt!

Tonight, I twisted David's arm into getting that big ole camera out and taking some pictures of our kids! At the end of the summer, I like to get a cute picture of them to show how much they have grown over the summer. I have always wanted to do a picture of them in front of the church, so that is where we took them. Our session didn't last long because someone wanted to run around in the grass and fall out in the grass. You name it...he did it! It was fun though and I think they turned out good. Thanks David!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Children's Museum

At the beginning of the Summer, we promised McKenzie that we'd take her to the Children's Museum of Memphis. At first, that's what she wanted to do for her birthday before she decided she wanted to go to Nashville. So, it kind of got pushed to the back burner until we realized Friday that the summer is almost over! We told the kids Friday night what we were going to do on Saturday and they were quite excited. Matt thought we were going to the train museum in Jackson, TN that we went to on the way back from Nashville. It took a while to make him understand that that wasn't where we were going. We did plan on squeezing in a trolley ride for him, though.

The picture above is at Huey's in Southaven where we stopped for lunch on the way in. M&M couldn't believe that people had written on the walls and on the seats. That influence is definitely from Betty. When I was a kid and learning to write, I wrote my name - or my interpretation of my name - "Davib" on every door in the house. When confronted, I denied doing it. I wasn't very bright. Anyway, back to the trip.....

McKenzie loves the Children's Museum and her favorite part of it is the grocery store. She went straight to where the grocery store has always been only to find it was under construction to become a pretend TV studio. She was so disappointed. Thankfully, we found that they had moved the grocery store to the other side of the building and made it even better!

McKenzie ringing up her purchases.

Matt enjoyed the river exhibit. He played with the boats and "fished". John and Amanda would've been proud!

This is something we are NOT ready for!!!

Here's Matt attacking the slide in the toddler area.

Here comes the trolley!!!

Here's Matt enjoying the trolley ride. No, really, he really is enjoying it. If you've ever seen Matt do something he really loves, you know that he gets really focused and serious-looking. He's actually having a ball, though.

After the kids got to have their fun, it was Betty's turn. You guessed it, we went to Target. It was National Sales Tax Holiday day.......I'm sure they were expecting us.......