Turning 1

17 10 2011

Mary McCarthy hit a big milestone this past Tuesday – yep, she reached the grand old age of 1!  She had her birthday party this past Saturday with all the family (photos to come later), but Michele and I took her out for some of her favorite activities on Tuesday.

First off, she of course had to wear her birthday cupcake dress.

Our top item on the schedule was to hit up the park for some swinging and strolling. (We think MMK is not quite old enough yet for promenading.)  But the swing was first.


Then a stroll along a park trail in her car for a bit.

After the park, we met Michele’s dad (aka Poppaw) for lunch at the Pizza King. Okay, Pizza King is actually a favorite pizza place for Michele and me, Mary McCarthy only ate some crackers.

And then, it was time for some (cup)cake! She was having a real deal cake at her party, so we got her a cupcake for her birthday. At the beginning, she was a little apprehensive.

Barkley, however, was not apprehensive at all.

After one taste, MMK loosened up and starting digging in.

She seemed to be more fond of the icing than the actual cake – but then again, who isn’t?


And finally, she announced to the world, “I’m one!” We have to say, she announced it with less passion than Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy announced his age of40. But she was proud of it nonetheless.


Trip To Mobile

6 10 2011

While this technically was a trip to Mobile, this post could alternately be called “Many Photos of Mary McCarthy.”  That about sums it up.  Enjoy…


Here’s MMK cruising around in her car next to her second favorite dog, Dante.

A true southern lady in the wicker chair.

Hey y’all.

And now dipping into the Gulf of Mexico (she definitely prefers the pool).


And here’s Mary McCarthy with my grandmother.  It took her a little bit to warm up this time, but once she got comfortable they had a lot of fun together.

Real Life Friday Night Lights

3 10 2011

No, we’re not talking about Billy Bob Thornton or Coach Taylor.  We’re talking about Longview High School football.  The Lobos were taking on Lufkin, who was undefeated and ranked number 10 in the state.  The previous week Longview lost to the number 1 team in the state, which was and still is their only loss of the season.

The game started at 7:30, but we got there around 6:50 because dinner was faster than expected.  As it turns out, the majority of the fans had already arrived for the game.  And also, we learned that you have to buy tickets in advance for the Lobos if you want a seat in the bleachers.

Fortunately, we were able to get some tickets for the lawn.  Here’s a picture of the field before kickoff (and yes, they have a jumbotron).

Here’s Michele and MMK just afterkickoff.

And here’s one of me with Marry McCarthy, dancing along with the band.

Unfortunately, we had to leave at halftime because someone was getting a little sleepy and unhappy.  I told Michele to go on and MMK and I would find a ride, but we all left at once.  Longview won the game 24-10, and it was some great action for all that we saw.  We hope to get back for another home game before the end of the season.

Finally, here’s some live footage of Mary McCarthy rocking with the band.


It’s Back On

3 10 2011

There’s a lot to recap, folks.  We have gotten pretty settled into Longview at this point.  The weather has finally gotten bearable – even nice.  It’s been a couple weeks since we had a 100 degree day!  And most amazing of all, our little Mary McCarthy is closing in on her first birthday!

So I’ll just jump right back into it.  We have to updates with photos – first up is our trip to the zoo.  And then we have our first Longview Lobos football game and another trip down to Mobile for MMK.

We have to say that the Tyler Zoo was very impressive, especially for the mere $9.50 per person entry fee.  They had a little bit of everything there: birds, zebras, elephants, cheetahs, snakes, penguins, fish, monkeys bears, giraffes, etc.

Speaking of monkeys, Mary McCarthy was properly dressed for the occasion.

We checked out all the birds first, but MMK was ready to move on to the bigger animals.

Look, it’s a rhinoceros!

He was a big one, and he did not smell pleasant.

But Mary McCarthy insisted on having her picture as close to the rhino as possible!  Of course, she reminded  us that it’s a hippopotamus she wants for Christmas.

Here’s a baby giraffe.

Here I am with MMK in front of Serengeti area.  You can see a female lion sleeping in the background.

Across the way we found he tortoise area.  Some nice, close-ups shots (pretty sure taken by Michele).


And here we are in front of a cheetah – not quite so fast when they’re just sitting there.  This was Mary McCarthy’s feline sign.



And here we are at the end of our tour.  We did see some black bears, but we couldn’t really figure a reason to take photos of them in the zoo when we took photos of them in front of our house for the last 5 years.

It was a fun day in Tyler overall, and I’m guessing we’ll head back to the state park there one weekend.  Up next, I’ll give a quick run down of our Friday Night Lights experience and then some highlights from our trip to Mobile.

We’re Almost Back

8 09 2011

Good news… the internet will be returning to the Kane household next week!  What does that mean for you?  It means that the blog will get back on track, filling you in on all the comings and goings of the TexasKanes this summer.  It can be summarized in one word: HOT.  And no, not the Paris Hilton version.  It’s the Jim Cantore Weather Channel version.

Until then, enjoy a few quick pics…





It’s Official

20 08 2011

While we know it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, I think we are now The TexaKanes.

Yes? No?


Play Us A Song…

12 08 2011

We got a visit yesterday and last night from a miniature Paul Schaeffer (minus the glasses).