One curious deer and two curious kids make for a great picture. The kids were excited to see the deer and sat down to check him out. The deer watched them intently also.

What ensued was a good ol’ fashioned stare down contest.

(You might not be able to see the deer, but he is at the top of the driveway in the shade.)


Daddy-Daughter Date Week: Day 2

Today, Becs and I took in an early matinee to see Disney's new movie, Brave. This was Bechan's first movie in a theater and she had a great time. I enjoyed the movie. It must have been good because Becs sat still through almost the entire film.

Later in the day, we found out that Matthews has a farmers market every Tuesday evening during the summer. The little one and I headed to the farmers market to listen to some live music and check out what the farmers were offering. Bechan was introduced to Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl and Moondance played on the acoustic guitar.

Chele and Ashe, Becs and I miss you! Keep having fun at the beach.


Daddy-Daughter Date Week: Day 1

Michele and Asher are living large down at the beaches of Florida. Meanwhile, Becs and I are holding down the fort here on the home front.

I thought it would be fun to have a different date with Bechan every day this week while it is just the two of us.

Tonight, the two of us cruised over to Chick-fil-a to eat some dinner and let her play on the playground.


On A Hot Summer’s Day

We went out for a walk today while it was still 103 degrees outside. I think I know what it now feels like to walk on the surface of the sun. Actually it was not that bad because the humidity is still relatively low (as compared to July or August. Most of the walk was in the shade and it was pretty comfortable.

I even got a little kiss from the pretty little lady in pink.


Oil Change Time

One of the advantages of having a Jeep that has been lifted is that I can do a lot of the under-the-vehicle work without having to jack it up or drive on lift ramps. The additional bonus is that I can have the kids work on the Jeep with me without risking the possibility of a falling vehicle.

As the kids continue to grow older I hope to teach both of them how to do minor car repairs and maintenance. I have already had Asher “assist” me many times with oil changes, air filter cleaning, and other small jobs. This past Monday was Bechan’s turn. Becs hung out with me while I changed the oil. She learned some new words: “oil,” “filter,” and “socket.”

I figure by the time Becs is old enough for dating, no boy is going to be able to pull the old “my car just broke down” trick. Bechan will be knowledgeable enough that she will jump out and “fix” the problem for him right away.



Bechan’s 2nd Birthday

Today, Bechan turned two! We got to celebrate with Becs all day today and on Sunday, also.

Sunday, we had a family party to celebrate Michele’s mom’s and Bechan’s combined birthdays. (They are three calendar days apart.)

Michele made cupcakes and decorated them to look like a teddy-graham beach. As you can see, Becs really loved them.





Today, Becs had quite a few activities. She went with us to Asher’s school to eat lunch with his class. She got to celebrate with them for a little while in the cafeteria. Afterward, Becs went with her cousin, Aliza, to Monkey Joe’s to play on the inflatables. As you can see from the pictures, she had a blast.

We then picked up Asher from school and went to Dairy Queen for some ice cream. Becs was so tired by the end of it she did not even make it half way home before falling asleep in the car.

Happy birthday, Bechan!









Sunday Activities

We had a fun Sunday yesterday. We went to church in the morning, had a date (Chele and me) and played around (Becs and Ashe), and got some ice cream with Tamara’s family and Chele’s parents.

Heading Into Church

We first went to church and got to hear a great teaching about Ephesians 2:17-22. The sermon gave a valuable lesson about the unity of the church as all Christians come together to become God’s house and His temple. We do all of this through Jesus Christ who is our cornerstone.

This message hits home for me as I continue to reflect on having participated in the Ndjemane worship services this past February. What a time of celebration with both Americans and Sengalese worshiping together.

Beatty Park Walk


Chele and I have been swapping babysitting with Chele’s sister and her family. Yesterday was our turn. We went walking around Beatty Park so we could get out and enjoy the great weather.

Ice Cream By the Fountain


Warm Day Fun

Today’s high is 74 degrees and we are still in February! A beautiful, sunny, warm day demands some outdoor activities.

Ashe, Becs, and I took off for a walk around the neighborhood. I hope I got some sun to knock the ghost white off my legs.

If you live in Charlotte, I hope you were also able to get outside and enjoy the winter reprieve. If you don’t, I hope you are having some fun weather also.

Keeping Up With My Big Brother

Picking Clovers

Watching Out For Sis’

Taking A Break