Friday, September 12, 2014

labor day weekend

labor day was CRAZY. but AWESOME. we started at mom's house and had lunch with a few siblings that were in town. we didn't have all the siblings, but we did have all the obviously, we had to take a picture!
this was just one of the sweetest moments i've ever seen! hattie is very attached to her momma, and doesn't let many people hold her. but as andy and trey were talking on the couch, hattie just slowly scooted over into andy's lap, and just laid with him. it was absolutely precious. she just laid there with him for like 10 min, and held his wrist like that. melted my heart. 
after lunch, we headed out to aledo and had a fun dinner with the brotherhood families. i can't believe we didn't get more pictures, but i did snap this one of the boys and sons playing football. and the one where andy and joey climbed on the roof for a dang frisbee. so insane. never a dull moment with these friends. but we are SO blessed to have such special lifelong friends!!
sunday we went to hurricane was slightly derailed with tysen being sick...but he got to go for a little while...then monday...the WHOLE vanderveer family was together. which is crazy we got some pictures!

school is back!

first day of school. this is the last year that all my boys will be at the same school. next year, logan will be joining the middle school ranks! we will enjoy this last year together!
logan (5th), tysen (1st), ian (4th)

all about ian

oh ian. the middle child. all my boys have my heart in different ways...ian is my thoughtful kid. he is considerate and compassionate. ever since he was about 1, we have called him our 'gentle giant'...and he has lived up to that name! he is so tender hearted and kind. he is always the first one to apologize (unpromted) when the boys get in trouble. such a sweet sweet heart who seriously loves Jesus. i'm so proud to see him continue to grow in the Lord...its so evident in his life and i can't wait to see where the Lord leads him!!
this year, he opted out of a party...and he just wanted to go to grand station (arcade/bowling etc)....we brought his best friend, tyler prince, and got to bowling and do laser tag and arcades. aunt ann also came with us as her birthday is the day before ian's! 
on ian's birthday we took him lunch at school, then got to leave early as we were headed to dfw for labor day weekend! his choice for dinner was old family favorite!
what a sweet look as the waiters came to sing to him...he couldn't figure out how they knew!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


august has really flown by! its almost to a close, bringing back the normalcy of routine and school days. i get excited about the routine being back...the boys are excited to see their friends at school...everyone wins! but the boys spent the last days of summer having a blast making forts...playing games...the spooners came to visit...we kept busy!
we got to keep max and gra for a couple days...we always love having that special time with cousins...livi will get to come soon...:)
we made one last trip to dfw before school started! we got to go to zach's bday party, gra's bday party, a bridal shower for aunt yvette, took motorcycle rides with papaw....and took all the cousins to hurricane harbor for "bring a friend free" day!!  it was a packed weekend...and we were exhausted...but it was well worth it! 


july was spent mostly at camp zephyr!! last year we went to help joey with the music...and this year, they asked andy to be the camp pastor along with joey doing the music. we love the camp more and more each year. they take great care of us...and its super fun for andy and joey to get to do ministry together. not to mention, no cooking, no laundry, no cleaning...and unlimited activities. inflatables, pool, pond, archery, snow cones, sling shots, gaga ball...and best of all tons of cousin time!!! hope this stays a yearly tradition!!

one day we were able to go spend the day at the beach. it was a super fun day for our family...we had lunch at the 2-story whataburger...which the boys just LOVED...and we parked along the side of the beach, and had a great time playing in the sand and ocean! 
this picture will probably go down in history as the cutest picture EVER of livi!!