Sunday, December 1, 2013

family pictures

family picture time!!  one of my favorite times of the year...though i'm quite positive i am alone there... as the boys get older...they understand a little more that the more they complain and act grumpy or silly...the LONGER it takes!!  this year...they did AMAZING. thanks to my amazing mom who captures our family so well! we are so blessed.


we love thanksgiving!!!  now that we are out of's a fast-paced trip, but always fun! we drove in on wednesday so we could get family pictures taken (in a later post)...and literally on the drive there i began to get sick. by thursday i felt horrible, and spent most of the day on the couch under my electric blanket. it was still fun to catch up with everyone...but i was super upset that i didn't get to hold hattie at all. :( i always seem to be sick when there's a new baby!!! happened last year when grant was tiny. i was really happy to see lots of game playing this year...electronics can take over and while that's fun sometimes, i love to see cousins actually playing together!! thursday evening (with the help of some meds) carleigh, mom, sam and i ventured out to find some early black friday sales... it was fun, despite not feeling great.
the yearly family picture!! kenzie inspired the second shot where we all covered our faces...:)
we headed over for our vanderveer time on friday morning. i still felt pretty rotten on friday....poor andy had to really keep up with all the boys...very thankful for him!! the boys are really into chess right we borrowed granny's game so they could keep playing. tysen totally made up his own rules, so his version was called "tysen's chess". after having leftovers for dinner, we got a good game of ultimate charades in...and of course lots of pictures!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


our newly converted aggie is now 10. a decade. he is such a responsible kid...we are so blessed with him. andy laughs all the time about how his personality is so much like mine...he can totally handle things on his own. super independent. and stubborn. but awesome. 
this year, he wanted to go to grand arcade/laser tag we took his best friend, james...and they played a game of laser tag and then got cards for the video games...
a few things about logan these days:
he is outside 85% of his life. this kid comes home...puts his back pack away...and says "i'm going to get friends!" and is back out the door. there are literally 5-7 boys at our house daily playing football or jumping on the trampoline. he LOVES his friends. he is so active....even if no one can play, he will go out and practice flips and "moves" on the trampoline by himself. he loves to be busy.
he loves going to movies. 
he loves all things sports....but typically cant sit still long enough to watch a whole football game. (unless he is getting to stay up late, at which point he is super interested and wants to watch the whole thing)
i just don't have that much variety, cuz so much of his time is spent outside with his friends. that's what he loves. and i love that about him!!
can never get enough of those dimples!

november highlights

november has been good...we have had a some good down time...but stayed busy also...had a visit from karis/ games...ana and papaw visiting...and lots of RAIN. that hasn't stopped the boys from being outside...they love jumping on the trampoline in the rain...though the past few days they have had to stay in due to the 40 degree weather...andy has been preaching every other sunday while we are still searching for a new pastor. its been a lot of fun for him...but i won't pretend its not tiring on top of his current work load. God is good though...we are looking forward to seeing who he brings to our church!


well, i'm a little late...but getting around to catching up on my pictures! 
halloween was a blast as usual. we had our annual "halloweenies" block party....passed out over 100 hot dogs and 100 much fun...
this year, we had 100% homemade costumes. logan was simple as a football player... ian constructed his costume mainly out of foil and cardboard as a soldier....and tysen made a spider hat at school, and wore it so much that was his choice in costumes. didn't spend any money, so i'm great with all of those choices!! 
ian's best bud, tyler prince, came to trick or treat with us...
for our "hallowink" (link that was before halloween)....i actually decided to dress andy. not everyone got all the little things about him...but he did...and his laughing was worth the whole project.:)
this was by far andy's best costume ever. he had been growing the beard for several weeks in anticipation of being wolverine....he was one popular dad to his boys!

Monday, October 21, 2013

cousin time

we always love soaking up family just doesn't happen enough being out of town! joey and kyle and their crew came last weekend...really fun to just hang out! we surprised tysen at school for lunch...went to the park and fed the ducks...and many other fun adventures!
last time we were at this park, ian fell in the we were sure to point this sign out to him!
we had a bunch of bread crust for the ducks...but apparently the boys were starving and ended up eating half of it!
dinner at fazolis!!
thankful it was cool outside, so we could roast smores!!! we decided this time we were doing adult smores first so we could eat them before getting over run by the kids!