Tuesday, December 28, 2010


lots of running around this year during the holidays! we started on the 23rd at mom's place with all of the kazee/carey clan...we spent the night, and then had our traditional christmas breakfast and opened presents and stockings...
logan, aubren, reagan, kenzie, milia, ian, tysen, audrey, and zach...

tysen and milia playing with milia's new toys!

karis won the award for best gift for mom. it was a book called "awkward family photos"...and we sat here for quite awhile laughing at that book!

we went home for christmas eve and mom and uncle dan dan spent the night with us too! the boys got to open their gifts on christmas morning at home! an exciting detail that shouldn't be forgotten is that about a week prior, we answered a knock on the door, only to find someone had left us a present....the card wasn't signed....but the gift was a brand new wii!
God truly continues to amaze us with his blessings!!!

andy put together a scavenger hunt with clues to find the wii!!

and of course, we couldn't get the wii to work because there was a short in the tv connections...so, dan and andy took the tv apart, and dan did some magical work, and got everything fixed up!!! :)

christmas night we went to the vanderveers, but i regrettably forgot my camera...we had a great time, and spent the night there...let's just say i shouldn't need to eat for a week!

these are my 2010 boys...

Here's a few of the family pics we got in this year's session at my brother's place! :)

santa stopped by...

this is the scene we walked into the other day...ian loudly saying 'ho ho ho'...and then sat down and turned to tysen and said, "and what do you want for christmas?" ...and tysen crawled into his lap as they "played" santa....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

before i forget...

tysen was 'playing' in the living room...he said, "mom! let's pray". i said "sure, go ahead honey".....tysen said, "mom, you have to close your eyes!". i had my hands in something messy that i couldn't immediately put down, so i told him i couldn't stop right this second, but to go ahead and pray. (he was pretending anyway)....so he begins...
"dear Jesus, thank you for dis day....etc etc...and a mommy be disobedient...amen"


tysen and ian were in the car with me.
ian - "mom, do you know what is under the ground?"

me - "um, dirt?"

ian - "no, like underneath the dirt"

unsure of where he was going with this, i said, "no, what?"

ian (very sure of himself) - "lava. yep, that's where hell is and there is lava everywhere. that's where people go if they don't believe in Jesus. (he then turns to tysen) hey tysen - did you know that if you believe in Jesus, you go up in the sky to heaven? do you believe in Jesus, ty-ty?"

tysen doesn't even look up from the toy thats in his hand and says "n-nope".

ian gasps (obviously appalled) and said, "tysen! but if you don't believe in Jesus, you will have to go to hell!!"

tysen (still unmoved and hasn't even looked up yet) - "ok. i go down into da lava..."

ian leans back in his seat and crosses his arms, giving up - "fine, but i'm gonna be heaven"

tysen snaps his head up with a big smile - "i'm just kidding. i believe in Jesus."

ian was thrilled! he turned to him so happy and said, "you do? then we'll both be in heaven!"

so, we've never made a big deal about santa...never encouraged or discouraged. but the boys have picked up stuff at school, and they believed in him. andy and i had agreed that it was fine, and we would just always make sure to enforce the real reason for christmas, but to allow them some fun with santa. well, neither of us were prepared for logan's curiosity last night.

as we were headed to bed, logan said, "dad, do you believe in santa?"
but we hadn't discussed yet how we wanted to answer that question.

so, andy sat him down and tried our "line" with him again, "well, santa is something we do that's fun, but christmas is really all about Jesus".....logan looked him right in the eyes and said, "so that's a no?" andy about fell over.

so he continued and said, "no, i don't believe in santa" he continued on to try and explain that we can still have fun with santa, but he's pretend. logan then pressed on and asked who puts presents in their stockings.... so andy told him that mommy and daddy do that. logan looked really conflicted, and that broke my heart. i wanted him to have the freedom to believe until he was ready, and he didn't appear ready as he seemed like he really wanted to believe. (i didn't like having to keep a secret when i was a kid about santa being pretend, and i didn't want that for him)

he went on to bed, and i cried...(andy had thought he would be consoling his kids when they found out about santa....little did he know, he would be consoling his wife)...i was just so sad for logan because he looked so disappointed...and christmas is only 3 days away....
so, andy and i talked some more....we agreed that it was ok for him to be honest with logan, but also allow logan the freedom to 'believe' if he wanted to. (i felt like logan was partially disappointed because he still wanted to believe, but would have been worried about letting his dad down) so, andy went into to logan's room and said, "hey buddy, i want you to know its ok if you want to believe in santa..." i'm pretty sure logan didn't care as much as i did...but it made me feel better that logan knew he had our "approval".

of course he hasn't mentioned it this morning, so i guess we're already over it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

losing his first tooth!

ian lost his first tooth tonight! i can't believe it! he seems so young, but logan started losing his right after his 5th birthday too...he even let me pull it out! he was so excited...he's been watching logan slip that tooth under his pillow for $1 so many times, and now its his turn!!!

getting bundled up!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

christmas decorations!

each year is more and more fun! everyone wants to help...and everyone enjoys it! the boys assemble the tree, and the hang ornaments (and i re-arrange the ornaments, since they all end up at the bottom)...and of course, we have our handy "fire" playing on our tv with christmas music playing. its pretty awesome...

happy 7th birthday to logan!

how is it possible that my little loggie is 7???

Sunday, November 21, 2010


we have recently been the recipient of truly generous friends...God worked in some seriously mysterious ways, enabling andy and i to go on a 4 day cruise (with joey and kyle) and get away for some much needed rest. the trip was made possible by others ...having nothing to do with us, and came at a time that we desperately needed a break. we are so grateful to those who were so generous to us....
our royal caribbean cruise ship...Majesty of the Seas
leaving miami...
first stop was in key west, florida...
we walked over a mile to this point...the southern most point of the continental u.s.a.
only 1 mile away from the edge of the continent...
this was pretty much andy's attitude the whole trip...his motto for the cruise was "eat everything, finish nothing" .... he did his best to fulfill that as he ordered at least 2 (sometimes 3) appetizers, entrees, and desserts....each night. there was never a shortage of food. twice we even ordered room service after a full meal...just because we could!

we both conquered the rock wall...

2nd stop was the bahamas...it was raining when we arrived, so we sat at the very top of the ship and did some reading while we waited for the rain to pass over...

visiting the atlantis hotel...we always feel the need to take pictures by things (such as a dragon) that we think the boys would really like...
we rented scooters to ride around the bahamas. this part of the island was pretty fun. it was right by the atlantis hotel...but the rest of the bahamas was not so safe feeling. and there was lots of traffic, so i was pretty nervous, but it was an adventure!

3rd and final stop was at coco cay island....royal caribbean's own private island. it was by far my favorite day...spent the day laying out, shopped a little, played some beach volleyball, and just walked along the shoreline. it was so relaxing...the perfect day to end on!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

girls trip!!!

the girls went on an impromtu girls trip last week! we realized that this was something we had never done before! crazy! we went to houston so we could visit my granddad, and had tons of fun! we missed stacy...but next time we will plan in advance so everyone can come! :)
we stayed with a friend of mom's, don day...a fantastic host! we woke up to donuts on the counter, and he drove us around that evening to find dinner and get a movie. he has an awesome big screen projector so that was fun...we rented 'killers'. saturday morning he took us to the mexican flea market which is always fun for us bargain hunters...it was so much fun to be away with just the girls!
mom and the sisters
donuts in bed...

visiting our sweet granddaddy...

dinner from jason's deli and movie night!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


we usually have several events around halloween, so the boys get to really use all their different costumes. (we hit the 75% sale racks a week after halloween, and save the costumes for Christmas!)....we went to their cousins annual costume party where uncle trey always gets some great pictures!!


this year we went to keller to have dinner with the lottons and other vanderveers...
here's the crew...
ninja turtles
tysen was jealous when max got a mustache, so he asked uncle joey to do his mustache too!
reanna, tysen, ian, logan, and max...all ready to hit the streets!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

leaders costume party

tonight was the first of many times the boys get to dress up this halloween season. we had a costume party with all the youth leaders....
the first costumes of choice were batman, buzz lightyear, and spiderman...

and then the pink crayola hitting on the famous tony romo...yes, that is a bone sticking out from his broken clavicle...

and of course the sweet dog that followed andy around all night wanting that bone!