Da Boys

Before I get into the great cell phone conundrum, it’s only fair to quench your picture thirst. Everyone in this house but me (ok sometimes me) whines and complains about taking family pictures but they are one thing I will never ever regret!  Pictures are so special to me and I love looking back at how things have changed over the past several years!

IMG_1304 Jake (4.5 yrs).  Doesn’t get much sweeter than this.  Also can I give a shout out to Old Navy for the boys’ shirts?  I think they are absolutely adorable.

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Jake and his daddy

IMG_1347I think someone probably shouted “act like you love each other” right before this picture…am I right?  Seth always says we need pictures with crying kids because that’s “real life”! :)

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Oh my Drewbie.  This kid.  He is a handful.  A handsome handful.IMG_1392 IMG_1400

Drew (3 yrs)

IMG_1402Don’t let the smile fool you…he was trying to choke Seth.

IMG_1406 Pure joy.  This is the Drew I always want to capture on camera!  This is how he lives life.  (Except when he doesn’t get his way)

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I die.  Nothing else to say about these.

IMG_1425Being a mom to these two is an incredible gift!

We are full swing into summer over here and I would say we’ve been swimming every day but the RAIN.  It’s great but sheesh.

So I can post from my phone now

On an app. Is this a thing? I felt like I was super on top of technology until I talked to the teenage employee at the AT&T store and instantly felt elderly.

Perhaps this will encourage me to post more. And I may start with the great phone debacle of 2014, also known as it was almost the end of my life as we know it. Really, no drama here at all.

Confused? Intrigued?

Stay tuned.

Bluebonnets

Shocking, right?  You didn’t think I’d be back so soon!

The boys had their pictures taken in the bluebonnets this weekend by one of our favorite photographers.  She does 15 minute sessions which are more than perfect for these boys who are finished after about 3 minutes!

IMG_5304 I just died.  Do you see why everyone asks me if they’re twins??

IMG_5298 We bribed them with sticks to smile. I love the above picture of Drew because that’s his true smile and oh so hard for us to capture on the camera!

IMG_5282 IMG_5281 My handsome little babyIMG_5262 And my handsome little boy!

IMG_5268So thankful for the beautiful weather this weekend and all the time we got to spend outside!  I enjoy the outdoors until about May and then, ideally, would hibernate inside the rest of summer.  Don’t think I’ll get off that easy this year.

We’re Baaaaack

So.

This is me.  Sheepishly hiding behind the pillow.  Life has happened.  And I haven’t blogged about it.  Hopefully all of you have avoided checking yourself into a rehab facility and have found other ways to pass your time.

I’m a little stressed because to catch up I’d have to go back to Halloween.  HALLOWEEN.  Not sure if I can handle that right now.  It’s nearly Easter for goodness sakes.  So let’s just take this step by step.  I’ll insert some pictures.  You oooh and ahh.  And I’ll list out our whereabouts instead of writing a 40 page long post.

SO let’s start at the beginning because it’s a very good place the start.

The beginning of Halloween that is.

Except, drat, the pictures loaded in reverse order.  I know, you may need a stiff drink to read this.

1. (except not 1) Christmas.  We had a busy Christmas visiting all our family.  We spent a few days with Seth’s parents, came home for a few days to do our family Christmas and wait for Santa (and it was touch and go there for awhile if he would actually come due to ahem…behavior), and then we went to my Mom’s house.

DSC_0114 Everyone is looking…everyone is smiling.  A complete miracle.

DSC_0052 DSC_0050 So happy to see that Santa pulled through!  Drew was happy for anything that had wheels.  Jake, on the other hand, had some very specific requests and was irritated when Santa brought him some extra things he didn’t ask for.

DSC_0044 Not sure what is going on here.

2. Family pictures.  Nailed it.

IMG_5347 IMG_5339 IMG_5326 IMG_5317 IMG_5247 3.  We visited my mom before Thanksgiving.  A couple weeks later Jake broke his arm at his great-grandmother’s house.  I have yet to find those pictures and am wondering when the last time I loaded pictures from the camera was.  Also, I don’t have a “2014″ picture folder on the computer yet so that’s never a good sign.

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4.  Halloween!  Are you impressed with the advanced pumpkin carving?  This was quite a feat for Seth but the boys loved it.  The next day it rained, the pumpkin got soaked, and became moldy.144 180Jake was Raphael, the Ninja Turtle for Halloween and Drew chose to go as himself.  This kid does WHAT HE WANTS.  He was supposed to be Batman but there was zero chance of getting that costume on.  He has been a challenge in a whole different way from Jake but is just hysterical.

So in mid-December we also put our house on the market, sold it the next day, and had moved into another house in our neighborhood by the end of January.  So I’ll blame my absence on all that, deal?  The move was something we had prayed about for a long time.  We wanted a little extra space but still wanted to stay close to our friends.  Everything worked out so smoothly (well, as smoothly as all that can be) and we are now settled in a new house on the other side of our neighborhood.  There are tons of kids on our street and we are starting to adjust.  I’ve worked like a maniac (Seth might use psycho) on our house because I was so sick of boxes and wanted them gone ASAP.  So it’s nice for everything to feel like “home”.

Drew’s sleeping habits have gone from great to poop since we moved and now he sleeps like a newborn at night.  He is up every couple of hours and we are so tired.  And if you leave him to cry, he vomits everywhere, so that presents a whole new challenge!

Life is fun.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

Merry Christmas Y’all!

I mean, never mind that this blog hasn’t been updated in 2 months (3?).  And for all you know, we’ve been stuck on a deserted island in the Pacific.

But we are alive and well and I have LOADS to update you on…after Christmas.  Hope you enjoy this special time of year as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Final Christmas Card 2013

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother,
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name…

Our Ninja Turtle Turns 4

At the beginning of October we celebrated Jake’s 4th birthday with family and friends.  His party was at a local park in the Woodlands that also has a new splashpad.  At the time I reserved it, I figured it would be too cold to play in the water but Texas, you never disappoint.  It was a HOT day!

017 The kids went nuts in the water and had a blast!

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My good friend, Jessie, once again blew us away and made the cutest Ninja Turtle cookies for the kids!  She had all four (red, purple, blue, and orange) and they were a hit.  And of course tasted wonderful.  Check her out on Facebook (Sweet Creations Cookie Shoppe) if you are interested!  And you should be.

018I didn’t get a great picture of all the food but we had “turtle shells” (Oreos dipped in green chocolate), fruit, snacks, chips & dip, and cupcakes.

019 028 031 039 This is why we will be in the ER soon with Drew. Hanging on a slippery pole over wet concrete.  At least he is learning a lot in gymnastics!

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063 Jake had waited anxiously the past 364 days for his 4th birthday.  And don’t worry, he’s already planning his 5th.

068072 074 I made Ninja Turtle masks for all the kids with a little help from some friends.  This was before I realized they sold them for parties in the store.  They were so cute though and the kids had fun wearing them!

082 087 Family picture (with Lexi…who will probably be in our family anyway one day)

093 Jake was so sweet with his presents.  He let Drew help him open them and even bought Drew a toy with some of the birthday money he got.  I mean, my word.

098 107 First cowboy hat!

110 111Nana and Michaelangelo

We had a fun today celebrating and are so proud of our 4 year old!

 

 

The Post Where I Overwhelm you with Pictures

 

As my grandparents so kindly reminded me, this blog is clearly moving lower and lower on the priority list.  Work has taken up more time than usual this semester so I realized it had been a month – yikes!  You can tell I haven’t been writing though because every evening, thoughts and stories just start coming to me.

Just to be clear…not voices in my head.  Just thoughts.  Ok? :)

I always tell myself I will write them down the next day and I forget.  So the only reason I probably won’t ever be a world-famous author is simply because I have forgotten.  Otherwise, you know these stories would be best sellers.

September got us back into a routine, with the boys going to preschool on Mondays and Wednesdays.  I quickly realized that the grand plans I had for while they were at school just weren’t going to happen.  You know how much you can get done in those 4-5 hours?  Not much.  I am so appreciative of the free time but it looks like all my closets will remain unorganized for the time being!

IMG_5035 We’ve been going to the library every week, checking out a ridiculous number of books, and then riding the trolley around The Woodlands afterwards.  It’s usually us with the senior citizens that actually use the trolley for transportation!

IMG_5040 Playing (safely of course) with their friend, Ben.

IMG_5042 After school ice cream treat

IMG_5045 IMG_5056 We watched the first few Aggie games at a friends house and combined there were almost 20 kids there.  This was the upstairs group while the parents watched the game downstairs.

IMG_5065 Jake and Drew love playing with our neighbors down the street.  This particular day their mom wanted a small tree gone in the flowerbed so all 4 boys put on their boots and attempted to help.  They eventually just gave up and pulled all the leaves off!

IMG_5072 IMG_5083 Don’t let his proud face fool you.  I put all 137 of those pieces together.  Next time I will read the box carefully before we start on something like this!

IMG_5088 We got to visit my sister and her husband in College Station a few weeks ago and the boys stayed with them while Seth and I went to the A&M game.  A rare moment of sweetness.

IMG_5118 Gig ‘em Aggies!

IMG_5144 Jake started playing soccer again at the end of September.  He has done great so far this season and even scored a goal his first game (by picking up the ball and throwing it in the goal!)

IMG_5150The boys’ preschool has a huge pumpkin patch every year so they were so excited to see them being set up last week!

We’ve got lots more to share…lots of birthdays in the Anderle household this month!  And it’s finally almost “cold” outside.

Almost.

The Weekend When we Didn’t Labor

 

We spent the past week sharing some sort of cold so I was glad the boys felt better for the holiday weekend.  Which would’ve really worked out for us except that Seth and I were sick.  We are such a sharing family!

Illness cannot stop us from cheering for the Aggies though so we decked out in our gear and rooted them on against Rice.

015 Jake saying gig ‘em…and Drew showing us his pointer finger.  Apparently giving a thumbs up is an acquired skill…

017 Trying again…but giving up.

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Nope, not quite, Drew

IMG_4998Close enough :)

020 Then we let the boys do sparklers on Labor Day…

024 Fire and a 2 year old is always a good mix.

033 Then we finished off the weekend by going swimming.  Seth has been out of town a lot lately (with more trips planned…boo!) so the boys were glad to spend the extra time with him at the pool.

038041My heart is full!  So blessed.  What a wonderful summer we had…now Jake just can’t stop asking about Santa.

First Day of Preschool

Today was the boy’s first day of preschool…we have anxiously been awaiting this day all summer!

042I was determined to be on time…which of course we weren’t…but at least I had all their stuff ready to go the night before.  Batman and Spiderman were ready to learn!

050 I just love this picture.  The camera fogged up right when we went outside and I didn’t realize at first.  But look how sweet they are…they just love each other and this is probably the first time ever I said “hold hands and say cheese” and…wait for it…they DID.

052 Jake is in the Frog class (3 year old class) this year with Ms. Colleen and Ms. Tina.  I was most worried about how he would do because drop offs tend to be drama.  Church, gymnastics, grandparents, school, babysitter…you name it…he’s screamed through it.  HOWEVER, he did AWESOME!  No tears. I told Seth I couldn’t be more proud of him.

054 Sweet boy with his huge backpack that is choking him :)  Drew was also just so excited to go.  We met their teachers yesterday and he walked right in and started playing.  Drew is in the Teddy Bear class (2 year old class) with Ms. Anne and Ms. Trish.  Jake was in this class last year so it was nice to already be familiar with the teachers and room.

058 So happy!

060 Love these boys and so proud of how they did today!  I know we will have a great school year.  Maybe on Mondays and Wednesdays I’ll finally get to start eating those bons bons I’ve been hearing so much about for years…

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Jake was worried about the toy selection in his classroom but looks like they were acceptable.

And just because I like to make myself cry, let’s look at Jake’s other first day of school pictures.

037 First day of preschool in 2011 (23 months old)

033First day of school in 2012 (almost 3 yrs old)

Let’s not even talk about kindergarten. The end.

Watch out Hamm Brothers

IMG_4978 Have you ever seen cuter gymnasts?

IMG_4983 Don’t worry, I’m behind all this stellar photography.  Drew is in the front on the right beam.  He is by far the youngest in his class and has done wonderful following instructions!  He loves it!

IMG_4984 IMG_4986 IMG_4988Jake’s class is 8 boys.  Talk about wild and crazy.

See you at the summer Olympics in about 15 years.