Category: Mattifer

Happy Birthday Zachary

The Birthday Boy!

As I type this I *still* can’t believe my little sweet pea is 1 year old. Time flies by way too fast. Here are some photos from today’s festivities.

Lots to update

We’ve got a lot to throw up on the blog. We’ve had Thanksgiving, a Baby Shower, and work on the nursery. Not to mention an expanding waistline. So here we go:

Thanksgiving 2008
Matt’s family came over Thursday morning to celebrate Turkey Day with us. Even though Matt spent a good chunk of the week worrying about the possibility of rain that day, things couldn’t have been more beautiful. So turkey frying was a go, and we fried 3 turkeys! One of them went home with Mike and his family, one went with Nick and Mikie, and the other was gobbled up. In this house, Thanksgiving day usually revolves around the Cowboys game, which was at 3. By the time everyone sat down for Pumpkin Pie and Better Than Anything Cake the game was under way. The Cowboys won! 34-9

First Baby Shower

The next day we drove to Baton Rouge for our first baby shower. Emily and Claire out did themselves (as usual). Everything was sooo cute!! Even though the cake wasn’t exactly what Em asked for, I would never have know because it was adorable. Em and Claire used blue and green jelly beans to decorate, and made adorable chocolate party favors. Emily even sewed cute fabric tablecloths to match the theme of blue and green. We had a good crowd, and I even got to see two of my oldest friends who I hadn’t seen in years, Hilary and Larissa. We got lots of good stuff, including a handmade quilt from Matt’s mom, Mikie. It’s beautiful! And we got the stroller we registered for. All in all we were feeling very blessed. The photo above was possible thanks to my niece, Stella. She thought I should wear her tiara – at least for one photo.

Here’s the cake.

And some of the decorations.


A few weeks ago – while he was visiting with Mom – Dad helped Matt assemble the crib we ordered. Then last Wednesday Matt single-handedly painted the nursery. That, along with all the stuff we got at the shower has been filling up the once empty room. Nothing is in place yet, nothing organized, but here’s a picture of how things are coming along.

Here’s Matt, hamming it up and painting at the same time. Imagine that…

Here’s the finished room.

Speaking of things coming along – the baby is really growing (as am I). Check out the baby bump at 28 weeks.

Heading to Baton Rouge

Baby shower, here we come!

There Goes the College Fund

Busy weekend for Baby Boy McGarity: he got his first two pieces of furniture, just in time to take forever to get here during the holiday rush.

Graco Lauren Crib

Graco Lauren Crib

The first was his new crib, the Graco Lauren that was highly thought of by Consumer Reports.  Our style is generally modern, with little of the ornamental flourishes that you find in some north Texas homes — the crisp, clean lines of this crib will suit us well.

Saving money on the crib allowed us the luxury of splurging on the all-important glider, where both Jenn and I will be spending many sleepless nights rocking The Boy to sleep.  Ladies and Gentleman, meet the Best Chair Braxton.

Best Chair Braxton

Best Chair Braxton

The above picture shows you the style of the chair, but we will have different upholstery (more of a green microsuede, highly resistant to newborn puke and drool — or so we are told).

Kauai, Day 6

On final day in Paradise was hot and beautiful.  We spent the afternoon shopping for souvenirs, mopping up the smaller sites near our home base in Kappa’a town, and getting one last fix of Jo-Jo’s shaved ice.

Bye-bye, Kauai.  We’ll be back!

Kauai, Day 5

Day 5 was also Independence Day, and the island was alive with outdoor activity.  Because it was our final night on vacation, we took a catamaran trip up the Napali coastline and spent a long afternoon sunning, sailing, and snorkeling.  Despite getting seasick halfway out, we saw some amazing & beautiful scenery.

Kauai, Day 4

Day 4 was our big trip to the North Shore, where we drove to the end of the earth and snorkeled at some of the more-secluded beaches such as Ke’e and Hanalei Bay.  It was this day that we fell 110% in love with Kauai.

Kauai, Day 3

Day 3 was a fairly quiet day.  Lots of lounging by the pool, digesting of magazines, and bird-watching.  We were so relaxed, taking more than two photos was considered “work”.

Kauai, Day 2

Our big trip on day 2 was going up — and back down — Waimei Canyon.  At the end, we indulged in the best shaved ice in the United States of America and paid our respects to Captain Cook.

Kauai, Day 1

Here are our photos from our Kauai vacation.  We arrived Sunday evening the night before these shots were taken.  For the most part, we took it easy by getting settled into our hotel and learning the lay of the land.

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