Family Blog

2013 Backyard Project

posted Mar 24, 2013, 7:21 PM by Larry Mathys

After being inspired by the Flower Festival at EPCOT, the North Texas Mathys family has committed to adding some color and some attraction to our backyard.  Our plans include new planters made from cinder blocks, a bird bath, bird houses, and a soon-to-be-announced stone path that circles the bird bath.  The kids will be in charge of painting and decorating, while Monica and I will be doing most of the grunt work.

We'll post pictures on the blog as the project progresses!

Oh boy, oh boy!

posted Sep 25, 2011, 7:25 PM by Larry Mathys

We're all tickled here in the Mathys house.  Why, you ask?  Well, just around the corner, we've decided to make a return trip to our home away from home.  That's right, we're headed back to Walt Disney World.  And this time, we're taking these freaks with us.

This trip will be very much like a previous trip where we begin our vacation with a few nights in Vero Beach; to get ourselves relaxed and ready for the World, don't you know...

We've also decided to make reservations at Le Cellier Steakhouse in EPCOT (beer, beer, BEER!)  Oh, and we haven't forgotten about you, Brown Derby...  We're just not sure whether you get us for lunch or dinner.

We can't wait.  Being a DVC member always has its privileges!!!

August and Namesakes

posted Aug 15, 2011, 8:00 PM by Larry Mathys

One could say that the month of August holds a particularly repetitive impact on my life.

  • The 19th started it all, beginning with my birth in 1971.
  • The 7th day gave me my baby girl in 1997.
  • The 21st day, my "mini-me" was born in 2002.
Now, August, you've let me down for the first time.  The 4th day of August, 2011, my Granddad - Houston Brazil - passed away.

If I believed in numerology or mysticism or any divination for that matter, it would seem that my life has a tendency to be affected by the month of August.  I mean, if you've listened to a lot of extremely religious people it doesn't take much to justify their faith.  But, given the fact that I don't believe in any such nonsense, it does help me in times such as this to remember how lucky we are.  All of us; the lucky few who have to endure watching our loved ones suffer through illness before finally resigning the entirety of their lives to a single, futile breath.  We couldn't endure death if we weren't lucky enough to have our parent's DNA recombine in a unique and particular way, to create us.

It is only in death of loved ones that we should find the value of our humanity, and how lucky we are to be alive right now.  We no longer need to point to the sky without knowing what it is we're pointing to, nor can we threaten others with mortal fear of eternal fire by pointing to the ground.  Nature seizes uniqueness, and it is that uniqueness - our larger than normal brains - that allows me to look down at my Granddad and know that even though his body ceased to exist, I am one of the lucky few that will always carry a portion of him with me (1/4 of him, to be exact.)

Goodbye, Pawpaw.  I will make sure that my dear boy understands that not every grandson, or great-grandson, has the privilege of carrying on a name.  We'll miss you...

With love from your Grandson and his family,

Larry Houston Mathys & wife Monica, daughter Rachel, and son Zachary Houston

New Dell XPS 17

posted Jul 21, 2011, 8:03 PM by Larry Mathys

I just got my new computer as an early birthday present, and thus far I have to say I'm very impressed with this laptop.  It's meant as a desktop replacement, which means it's a bit bulky (17" widescreens usually are).  Other than that, I love this laptop.

I'm busy trying to get it up to par with my old computer, so after that I should be back to creating and posting new albums.

Ahhh, Vancouver... And Alaska with the Mouse.

posted Jun 16, 2011, 9:17 PM by Larry Mathys

Now that we're back from vacation, we'll be uploading new photo albums as soon as we can.  We have pictures of Vancouver, the Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, humpback whales, glaciers, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Oh, and of course, the fantastic Disney Wonder.

Stay tuned and check back frequently to see what's new.

Alaska... with the Mouse.

posted Mar 28, 2011, 7:32 PM by Larry Mathys   [ updated Mar 28, 2011, 7:43 PM ]

Sixty-seven days and counting.  We've been waiting on this cruise to Alaska for a very long time now, and all four of us are having a hard time getting by.  We've bought what we need; new camera bag, new passports, and of course educating ourselves on what we have available at each stop.  It's still a touch over two months away, but it finally feels like we can see a glimmer of light at the end of what has been a very dark and vast tunnel...

Oh, and in case you missed it, I (Larry) Tweet now.  Find me on Twitter:

Happy New Year!

posted Dec 31, 2010, 2:25 PM by Larry Mathys

We're wishing everyone a happy and safe 2011!

We're headed to Disneyland!

posted Oct 27, 2010, 8:18 AM by Larry Mathys

Even with constant protesting from the kids, Monica and I are headed to Anaheim this December for a short trip to Disneyland.  Since the kids are in school, it'll be just the two of us.  We'll make sure to post some video of the World of Color show when we get back!

Welcome to the Monorail Barn!

posted Aug 3, 2010, 8:12 PM by Larry Mathys

We've finally put together a website where we can share our videos and photo albums.  We'll try to keep the videos and the pictures as up to date as possible, but be patient, we still have so many photos to upload.  If you're looking for particular photos or you want to add your own album to the website, just contact either me or Monica.

Most of the site is still under construction, so if you have anything you'd like for us to add to it, again just send us an email and we'll do the best we can.

So... take a minute and look around the Monorail Barn!

Larry & Monica

Vacation Movies on YouTube

posted Aug 1, 2010, 3:24 PM by Larry Mathys

Follow the link below to view our vacation videos on YouTube.

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