Family Photoshoot

A couple of weekends ago, we took the elusive “family pictures” at my Aunt Sally & Uncle Bill’s house in Georgetown. We were technically there to celebrate Papa & Nanny’s 55th wedding anniversary (w-o-w!!) but really, who can turn down a fabulous photo op??

And of course, we would only have the BEST photographers. Thanks to Dana & Dabney for posing and shooting our crazy family! We love y’all!

It was like engagement pictures alllll over again. And Seth just loves taking posed pictures. Loves it.

The entire family (Walls, Plemons, Laughters, Anderles, Hunts)

I was lucky enough to get a photo with the photographer herself. Dabs, will you autograph this please?

Sisterly Love (Emily, Me, & Rachel)

Mom, Emily, Dad, Rachel, Me, & Seth

Papa & Nanny – Happy 55th Anniversary!!

The Bachelorette – according to Mary

You know…crying in reality shows is not something I’m typically accustomed to. I mean sure, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition does not count. Neither does Extreme Makeover, The Biggest Loser, or any other type of show that takes “real” people and genuinely helps them to be better people or lead better lives.

But good grief.

If I recall correctly, I believe the floodgates opened approx 3 times last night. And no, they were not Hoover Dam-esque floodgates, but still. It was there. The emotion was real.

Where do I begin? Instead of creating a list of my thoughts…I thought I actually might try to give a well-thought out summary of each hometown date. And even though there are so many recaps out there for shows like this, I felt like this particular episode needed an Anderle spin.

Let me start with some of my general thoughts on Deanna. DD. DeAHnna. Monkey.

Oh wait. Wrong season. Anyhow, take your pick.

I do not particularly like DD. She blinks a lot. She alters her accent based on the situation. She is looking for love in all the wrong places. (my opinion at least) Now don’t get me wrong…she does have good qualities. But I feel that her personality is very demanding, argumentative, and confrontational. A good match for some. Not for me.

HOWEVER, to fully give my opinion and root for the guys, I must remain unbiased re: our leading lady.


Gotta love this kid. And I mean just that – kid. I mean, really? He’s funny and all but 1) I simply cannot seem them together and 2) I simply cannot seem them together. Although I will not dog on his parents because I loved them! They were so sweet and normal (you have to admit…we see some whack job families on this show) and truly genuine. Hm…now I’m sounding like the Bachelorette. Jesse is obviously in like with her…and I do respect him for not jumping her buns everytime they’re around each other. And how sweet is the preview for next week where he wants to talk to her Dad about the forego card?! So he’s not all bad. And I know there is a perfect girl out there for him. Just not DD. But I DO agree that he is probably the most “real” guy left.


Hey…is that a bump on a log? Oh…nope. Just Jeremy!

Good grief. I appreciate all the “many” connections they have (so far I have only counted one or two…including the ridiculous amount of ‘connections’ she had with his sister-in-law) but let’s see some excitement! Some laughter! Some joy! Enough with all the tears! My heart did break when J read the letter about his mom (tear jerker #1). You can tell this guy has been through a lot. I, for one, just do not think he’s ready for a serious relationship. ESPECIALLY one that was cultivated on TV for goodness sakes. AND, does someone need to alert DD that he is currently an UN-employed lawyer who just keeps his bar exam notes on the wall for additional decor? He better get himself a high-paying job quick post-Bach or else DD is stuck.


Oh Jason. My heart goes out to him. Could his family have BEEN any more precious?? Could there have BEEN a better reunion between him and his son (tear jerker #2)???. I know they were playing it up in the previews but the real deal was so much more. Ok, but I know what you’re thinking…Ty = no. 1…so DD would always = no 2. Too bad so sad for her…pick Jason! I mean, what kind of family plays leap frog AND makes food native to their son’s potential wife’s homeland? Did Seth’s parents ever make ME cheeseburgers and fries to celebrate my mutt heritage? Hm. Actually yes. But you catch my drift. I love the Single Dad but unfortunately I don’t think they would last. 1) DD is not moving to Seattle anytime in our lifetime and 2) would he seriously be able to put up with her blinking?

But we all know about tear jerker #3 when he had to leave the family. Ty is crying. D is crying. Jason is crying. Sister-in-law is crying. Mary is crying.


What should one say? Yes, we all know Graham is hot. Smokin’ hot according to D. We know they have an UNDENIABLE physical attraction. But hello, D? Looks aren’t everything? Didn’t you notice how he gets moody? How he shuts himself out? How his mom said he can’t make it past 4 weeks in a relationship??? MAYDAY MAYDAY!! The hometown date was actually a bit surprising since they acted like long-lost middle school bff…and wasn’t his dad a cutie?? But alas, we knew what was coming. We knew his time was short. But for the letter? Good grief, what did it SAY?! And really? You’re going to second guess yourself now? How long did you have to make that decision??? You still have 3 fantastic guys left and you’re whining over your high school crush. M-o-v-e on.

So ok. I know none of this came as a surprise. I had no crazy revelations about the Bach in general. But it all had to be said. Because the show moved me THAT much. :) Well, more than any other episode in the last few years anyway. I mean barf…what does anyone remember from Dr. Stork? From Lt. Andy? From the fisherman? Nothing. Nothing like Monday’s cry-fest at least. Let’s just hope ABC gives us something to work with for the remaining episodes. Or else I’ll just have to dedicate my remaining time to Wipeout.

That’s all.

Solemn Vows

I figured it was time for an uber-serious post. Some recent emails really spoke to me and I felt it was absolutely necessary to share.

Two of my good friends and I made solemn vows to each other…and the rest of the world…today. To all the women who struggle with such issues. To all the men who become greatly confused about what is happening once women reach a certain age. We have decided to share our vows below:

I, Dabney Fletcher, vow to never ever, under any circumstances, put on a pair of mom jeans.

My waistband will always be below (or just at… you never know what pregnancy will do to your belly… so just to be safe) the navel.

The hem will never be considered a “high water”.

They will always taper just right in order to make my butt look good.

And they will NEVER be a light wash.

And I will always look cool… especially in my stationwagon!


I, Paula Bayles, vow to never ever, under any circumstances, put on a pair of mom jeans.

My waistband will always be below the navel and never, ever pleated.

They will always make my butt look good.

They will not be tapered at the bottom or high-waters.

I will never resemble a muffin-top because my jeans are too low and tight.

And I will always look cool.


And lastly…

I, Mary Anderle, vow to never ever, under any circumstances, put on a pair of mom jeans.

My waistband will always be below the navel.

They will always make my butt look good.

Nobody will ever ask me when the flood is coming.

I will never buy jeans with stretch waists (unless pregnant)

I will never bring white jeans back in style.

And I will always look cool.


May these words speak to you today and change your lives like they have changed ours.

Goodbye Graham Cracker…

…well, I’m assuming at least.

Haven’t watched the show yet…probably won’t get to until Seth has his next marketing class (like I get control of the TV at night). I have a sneaking suspicion though that Graham got the boot.

Oh well…less eye candy perhaps but more room for Single Dad!!

We will see how my prediction pans out…

(Seth…I’m talking about the Bachelorette)

You Know How I Know…

What do you get when you mix a lake house, Nintendo Wii, boats, babies, bikinis, and adults ranging in age from 24 (and 2/3) to 30ish (you’re old, Andy)?

Complete and total immaturity.

I jest. Sort of. And who can forget the 8 mos. and 2 mos. olds who also blessed us with their presence???

It’s funny how a trip to the lake can whisk you back in time to the days of yore. The days of fun in the sun, summers off, no worries or cares, complete freedom (as long as you were home in time for dinner).

The Samfords so graciously invited us to their family house on Inks Lake this past weekend. It was quite the trip, but really…what is another weekend of traveling for us? And I know you’re worried about the dogs. Always have to wonder about them. They had a fab weekend as well. Tucker stayed with Aunt Jessie & Uncle Kyle, and Maggie got to enjoy some alone time (with overpriced doggy playtimes) at the kennel.

I took lots of pictures. Those and commentary will of course appear below.

Me, Melissa, Sheila (and baby), Georgia, Kim. Old pros with all this lake business.
Matt, Garrett, Sam, & Seth. The random hotties that drove us around and cooked us breakfast.
So this thing was AWESOME! Well…it was at least until I find out it’s actually been banned. As in, pulled from the stores. Advised against. Not sold anymore. Oh but who is that stopping? We already had one! Too bad I didn’t get any good pictures but we scored some serious air time with this water wonder. And I’m usually pretty modest, but I have to admit I kicked some serious boootaaaay with the kite tube. Serious. Boys didn’t stand a chance.

Macie the pirate. Did you know that small children can tear up things just like puppies? She totally demolished her bow…and creatively sported the material that was left. What a fashion queen.

And when I said fashion queen…I meant it. Matching suit, hat, AND flops! Precious.

Seth “cliff-diving”. And I know this doesn’t look that high, but it is. Freakishly high. Yours truly got the bright idea to follow along shortly after. I mean, it’s just a cliff. Never mind the fact it was sorta hard to climb up there. Never mind the fact it was really really high. But I had mastered the high dive at Jack Carter Pool in Plano when I was just a wee tot so really this would be a piece of cake.

…I basically did a butt flop. Pictures to come. I am more than sore. Luckily my rear end is still intact.

Matt, Macie, Seth, Andy, & Garrett chillin‘ on the boat
Whoop! Gotta love graffiti!
Kim’s 2nd appearance on the blog and she’s sleeping again. I must wear her out. She took a nap with Macie while the rest of us went wakeboarding.

Like mother, like daughter!

These babes we met during our stay. I just had to snap a quick picture.
Garrett decided to master the cliff while Andy & Seth cheered him on.
Sweet, precious, wide-eyed Addison! She didn’t catch as many rays this time around, but hopefully next time she’ll be on the water skis.

Sly little smile
Sam, the daddy-to-be, practicing his sweet babysitting skills.

All in all, a great weekend! It was so much fun to get away (I mean gosh, it’s been over a month since we were in Hawaii) and we will do everything we can to make more friends with lake/beach/river/mountain houses :) Thanks Matt, Georgia, & Macie for having us!!!!!!!

Bachelorette Babble

I will summarize my thoughts with 10 brief statements:

1) Sean. You’ve GOT to be kidding me.

2) I wish Twilley would’ve puked in the helicopter on national tv…preferably in DD’s lap

3) Graham is walking on thin ice with me…this kid’s not ready to commit.

4) A home tanning salon? You’ve GOT to be kidding me!!!

5) DD better not break single dad’s heart. Especially now they’ve involved the kid.

6) Does something about Jeremy scream creepy?

7) It’s obvious why Twilley is 33 and single.

8) Wait – Trista & Ryan? You’ve GOT to be kidding me. Nice try ABC but we don’t want to see old re-runs of America’s favorite couple. AGAIN.

9) Sean has more clothes than I do. Actually more than Seth and I do combined.

10) Jason..Jason…Jason…

ok I actually have one more:

11) Still don’t get the Jesse thing…

How Embarassing…

Guys, I just scrolled down to see some of my last several posts.
It’s all about dogs.
I apologize.
The blog has not quite been up to caliber lately because of all the recent craziness in our household so I promise to work on this.
The weekend ahead is full of babies and girls in swimsuits so I’m bound to have some good material. Couldn’t ask for much more…right?

I imagine it going something like this:

Seth, Andy, Garrett, Sam, Matt