Monday, May 4, 2015

tysen's 7th birthday

its always awesome to watch your kids grow up...but there is something about the youngest getting older....tysen turned 7 this year....and it is just so fun to be his mom! this kid makes us laugh EVERY day...he is witty and caring...the most tender and nurturing heart...seriously spastic and unpredictable...but so loving and sincere.... he is one of 4 boys that just has my heart completely. 
he loves cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets. his favorite fruit is a watermelon and apples....(the only kid who will choose fruit on his own). he loves legos, friends, playing with guys, minecraft. his number one question that he asks at least 5 times a day is "dad, can we wrestle?"...he never slows down unless he is sick. he would jump on the trampoline with his brothers all day long if they would! he is a little like ian in that he loves legos and drawing...and he is a little like logan in that he loves to play with friends, and be active. he loves his family so much...and we absolutely adore our little ty-man.
the birthday boy always chooses dinner...he was dead set on jack in the box, until we were in the car, and suddenly decided he wanted a happy meal, so we ended up at mcdonalds...then spoons for icecream!!
we had a "superhero" birthday party, and several buddies from his class and church joined us...and the special treat was that the other vandys were in town, so his bestie max was able to be there! super fun!

Monday, April 20, 2015

quick trip to denton

last weekend we had plans for our sweet friends, the fannings to come visit us. WELL. our beloved kyle atwater decided to propose that same weekend, so we flipped our plans and we headed to denton instead so we could be there to celebrate with them. we had a great time hanging with britt and jason...and then saturday afternoon we went to the surprise engagement party!! we are just SO thrilled for kyle and sarah...sarah was a part of our leader bible study, and such a sweet part of our lives when we were at DBC...and of course kyle became a part of our family while he was in college station. it was seriously something i dreaded when he moved...him dating someone we didn't know, and we just wouldn't be able to know his wife the way we really wanted to, because he was so special to our family. who knew that he would move back to denton, and fall in love with sarah!! someone we loved so dearly already...ah! so thankful we could be there to rejoice during that special time with them!!! 


13 years with the love of my life. 
this day was so great. everyone else would probably laugh at us and say how old we are. andy took the day off, which was really nice! we started out the day shopping for a couch. we have waited a long time, and finally are ready to buy one. looked all morning, and literally could not find one we loved! so sad. we both agreed to just wait, cuz we don't want to invest that much money in something we don't just love. for lunch, we headed to outback steakhouse...only to pull up and realize they weren't open for lunch....just down the road was panda express, and that sounded pretty good, so settled for that (andy's fortune cookie was kinda funny)! next door was james avery, and andy knew i had been wanting a thin gold chain, so we went to look....who knew they were like $400!!!! psh. we laughed and headed back to the car.  andy said, "baby, we can't afford that gold chain, but let's go to the mall, and i'll buy you cookie" so that's what we did! got my favorite...a piece of cookie cake. we finished there and then headed to the movies. we saw "insurgent" was ok. the funny part was that we got there a little, we put our seats back and closed our eyes for a few min. (yes, we celebrate hard!)...after the movie, we went to walmart for couch stuffing (since we weren't buying right now, we wanted to stuff the cushions a little). while in walmart, i found a cute little gold chain for $20! way better than $400! :) we went to lowes for something andy needed for the gutters...and then we went to jack in the box for andy's favorite shake. 
ya'll. this sounds like a really dumb anniversary...but the day was filled with time with my best friend. he always wants to take me to steak houses and expensive places...but i much prefer simple and cheaper. so this day was just perfect for me. i'm so grateful for the most amazing husband. 
happy 13th anniversary!!!!


easter was probably the most chill we have ever done!! we never even hunted eggs! :) we didn't have any plans, so we got our picture, and then had a special lunch at cotton was pretty rainy and dreary, so the rest of the day was really relaxed at home... 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

spring break

we had a busy couple of weeks...but lots of fun...haley came to stay with us for a week on her spring break. it was really frustrating to have different spring breaks than all of our cousins...but owell.
we headed to DFW after church on sunday...thankfully the weather was amazing...we hung out at a park for awhile with some of my family...and then spent a few days with andy's...
monday we did a brotherhood dinner...really nice to catch up with the group!! we have been praying for jaylie sawyer (who is battling pulmonary vein stenosis), so us girls painted our nails in rainbow colors to show support for our sweet friends. the boys attempted to climb a really tall tree....didn't work, but we were just grateful no one ended up in the hospital! :)
brotherhood kiddos : ian, luke, max ; tysen, logan, halle; gra, livi ; keaton, wyatt
kyle brought the kids over one day to play...we walked to 7-11 for slurpees and visited the trampoline park!!! SUPER. FUN.
we also made a visit to see grammy...took dinner and hung out some...and the boys had a game of poker going! 
our last day we went to 6Flags. there was hardly anyone there!! never waited more than 5-10 min...and several times were able to stay on rides and go again because there was no line! that made the whole day really nice and fun! karis and thomas joined us, and we loved that special time with them!