Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Matts Birthday Weekend

I just knew that my birthday weekend was going to be great. It started on Friday when I was hired by Jeff Minton to scout the coast for a portrait he is making of Gavin Newsom for New York Times Magazine. I wanted to make sure that I had a person in the scouting images to give him some perspective on the location. No one was available in the office, so I decided to see if Laura and the boys would be interested in scouting with me. They were overjoyed! Until now, I had only brought Mason with me scouting and it was a wonderful bonding time for us.
Our destinations for the day were Ocean Beach and Fort Funston in San Francisco. Fort Funston is a beautiful bluff overlooking the ocean where dogs are allowed to run free, hang gliders cruise like birds over the cliffs and you can walk the beach for miles at low tide... It is a great spot for a day trip. The wind was whipping that day and the hang gliders were out in full force. The boys had never witnessed hang gliders before and they were watching with open eyes and mouths. Along the path, Mason stopped and asked every dog owner if he could pet their dog. Anytime I can scout and have my family there and take some great portraits, I'm in! They had such a great time here... Here are a few shots from our family scouting journey.



I woke up on Sunday morning to breakfast in bed! What a great way to wake up. I have never had breakfast in bed before and I can say that it was a little more stressful that I thought it would be with each of the kids eager to jump on daddy with my piping hot coffee in hand. However, it was very enjoyable to eat my breakfast in bed with my family! We continued the day in one of my favorite places on the planet... our backyard.

After a celebration with friends on Sunday, we enjoyed our Monday by dropping off the boys at Garrett and Tanya's house for a few hours while Laura and I went shopping. Yes, that's right shopping... I had told Laura that what I wanted this year was to go clothes shopping alone with her. We are both in need of new clothes and we have the hardest time shopping with the boys... So, Laura made the arrangements and I couldn't have been happier. It was very reminiscent of our first date together where we met down on Haight street and walked around, went shopping and had a yummy lunch. THANK YOU GARRETT AND TANYA!

We ended our day back at home. Mason had given me a science kit as a present so he and I could do projects together. It was so heartwarming to open his present and hear him soo eager work on these science projects with daddy. So at the end of the night, he and I started project One - Building a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I'm not sure who was happier, Me or Mason! Laura again captured a few of the moments.

Thank you to everyone that helped me celebrate this weekend. I had a blast!


Jeramy Sossaman said...

sounds like a great weekend! so glad you enjoyed it! you deserve it. take care.

Addie said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Matt!!!

Wendy Tienken said...

Sounds like you had a good mix of time with the family and alone time with Laura. Best of both worlds, right? Happy Birthday, Matt!

wendyz said...

What a great day! Happy Birthday to you. I love the scouting trip!~and now you have fabulous pics of Laura and the boys to remember it by. SO adorable!

Shannon Bullock said...

I am glad you had a great birthday Matt! I love all the pictures of Laura, you and the boys, especially the one of them sitting against the graffiti wall laughing!! What a great job to scout beautiful places and occasionally take the whole family with you. Love it and I am very jealous:)

Kathleen said...

There is so much happiness in these pictures - and what a wonderful birthday present that is!

Happy Birthday!

Denise Karis said...

Happy birthday! I love all these photos - the first one is lovely! Really beautiful - your boys will be glad they have that shot when they get older!!

Chelsie Rae said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had an awesome birthday!!!