Sunday, January 10, 2016

christmas 2015

oh christmas. the busiest time of year that we are supposed to be "relaxing". :) always a blur. but always a blessing. for our family this year, we tried something new. instead of just andy and i getting the boys gifts, we decided to do stockings like normal...but to have each person get each person 1 gift. i really want to develop a heart of giving and generosity in my boys...so teaching them "how" to give is a big deal. so each person had to think about the person they were buying for, and think of something they would like. this was the most fun for me...seeing what they chose for each other. they had the greatest ideas and did so good!! it really made christmas special!!! definitely our new tradition!!
next we were off to granny's house...had some hang time on christmas eve with the cousins...and our christmas brunch the next day! lots of noise and chaos as usual...and we are waiting for one more little guy (aunt karis' baby) any time now!! the vanderveers were next...and some extended time there! saw the new star wars movie, and six flags...and our yearly dinner at the stewarts!!

pre-christmas fun

december is always packed...and as usual, i'm way behind on all my pictures, so i'm trying to play catch up. there's always lots of parties, and our annual marshall/vanderveer pre-christmas breakfast for dinner....but i've been terrible about taking pictures. one thing fun was that we signed up to host international students who were interested in having dinner in an american home. they connected us with two chinese girls...so we had them over for dinner one night! i admit, i was hesitant. the unknown is always a struggle for me...being excited about something that i have no idea about. yikes! but the Lord is so gracious with me, and continues to teach me about believing His word. relaxing and trusting him. and of course, it was awesome. cynthia (left) and julia (right) were so sweet. they even brought a ginger bread house for the boys to put together. it really was fun getting to know them...and we were SO proud of the boys! they talked and laughed with them...it was really sweet to see them interact and love on strangers!! we anticipate many more dinners with these sweet ladies!!

andy has the privilege of officiating several upcoming weddings...this one was in town, and so it was fun to have the marshalls with us!! looking forward to many more weddings!! i think we have 5 from nov '15-july '16!! we really love this stage of life!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

shooting guns

so, for our leader christmas party this year, we took them all shooting!! it was my first time to ever even hold a gun...i was a little nervous, but it was so fun! the endlers set up a little competition for us all, and we had 3 stations to shoot at...the first ones here are with the rifle, then the shotgun, and sadly, i didn't get any pics of the pistol. it was SO fun for everyone!!

thanksgiving fun

thanksgiving was busy this year! we moved karis and thomas to a new apt (then they had to move her back cuz there were roaches...they found a new place to live!)...there was a special at six flags, so we took the whole family out the day before thanksgiving. had our normal lunch, then on to the vandys...thanksgiving lunch on friday...movie on saturday then home again. it was fast as usual...but always a blast!

baby spoon is coming!!

baby spooner is coming soon...and you can't even imagine how excited we are about this little man. we had karis' shower and had a blast doing it!! always a joy to be with my sisters!!

Nov 19

november 19 was logan's 12th birthday! we are so proud to be this kid's parents! he is a lot like me in personality...which can cause us some strife here and there....but it also really helps me to understand him. he is a boy of very few words. very little emotion. but it makes those little glimpses of his sweet heart so special. he shows us here and there but he is very introverted, so getting him to talk about his feelings is impossible. :) he thrives on being with his friends. he is energized by their company...constantly needing to be around them. thankfully, he has an incredible group of friends around him. so many are on our street...and more in his small group at church. as he is getting older, we are headed away from birthday parties, so he chose 5 friends to take to golden corral for dinner to celebrate his birthday.
he is now 5 feet tall (he grew 3 1/2 inches last year!)...he loves minecraft and playing outside with his friends. he enjoys action movies and his favorite show right now is "once upon a time". best buds are carson marshall, james lindsey, andrew buban, michael clark, and luke robertson. love, love, love our little lowg dawg!!