6 Years



6 Things We’ve Learned in 6 years of Marriage (according to Mary)

1. It’s just better to buy two separate toothpaste tubes than argue about how to properly squeeze it out.

2. We can drive each other crazy and love each other like crazy at the same time.

3. Don’t cook a meal that doesn’t include meat.  And don’t buy light sour cream.

4. Don’t ever run out of sharp cheddar cheese.

5. Just when you think your heart is full, it always makes room for more love.

6. If we both think we’re right, we must both be right.  Because neither of us are ever wrong.

6 Things We’ve Learned in 6 years of Marriage (according to Seth)

1. We will always be late to church.

2. Make sure the toilet paper is over not under.

3. No matter how late I go to bed, Mary goes to bed later.  I don’t understand why.

4. A hug is sometimes better than a gift (“Says who?” – Mary)

5. Mary does not like surprises.  (AMEN)

6. I love my wife more every year.

6 years down…60+ to go!

Family Pictures

I wanted to share our latest family pictures. I just can’t believe how much the kids change each time.

Tay Dulce_Anderle_03The kids did great with their letters, and I didn’t get the memo.  Better luck next time…JO-Y

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I just love this

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Tay Dulce_Anderle_06 Tay Dulce_Anderle_04A new favorite.  Seth may hate taking pictures but I’m glad he cooperates at least a little.

Thanks so much to Rachel Alarid of Tay Dulce Photography.  She did an awesome job!

Christmas Numero Uno

I remember when I was little telling my parents that “it wasn’t fair there was Mother’s Day and Father’s Day…because why wasn’t there a KID’S day?” And my mom would always reply, “EVERYDAY is kid’s day!”

I never believed her until now.

055xMost of my side of the family came in town on Friday and we have spent the weekend celebrating with them.  So much for not wanting the kids to be spoiled – Nana had a truckload!  She brought gifts from all the family members we weren’t getting to see too and the boys were so overwhelmed.

069 Our little elves.  They have had a BLAST with all the extra attention!

076x Everytime we say “cheese”, Drew immediately does this.  It’s so cute!

077 Jake helped sort out all the presents.  I remember me and my cousins always fought over doing this when we were younger.

082 Jake has been begging for an Incredible Hulk action figure (among many other things).  I got his face right when he opened it and he was over the moon.

087 Drewbie got lots of new books to read.  He loves sitting with Daddy.

089 Aunt Rachel and Uncle Michael

095 Aunt Emily & Jake with the “Blades” Rescue Bot she gave him.  This was his hot item this year.  If you’re familiar with Transformer Rescue Bots, there are several and this was his main Santa request.  Emily finished off what we didn’t think Santa would get. :)  Thank goodness for aunts and uncles.

105 Sweet boys playing with stickers.

115x Family picture minus Uncle Kyle who had to work – BOO.  AND, everyone is actually looking and smiling on the first take?  A modern day miracle.

118xNext to our new Christmas sign – I love it!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Random Happenings

My name is Mary and I have a problem. I take way too many pictures.

And then I feel like I have to share all of them with you. So sorry and you’re welcome at the same time!

iphone10 iphone11 iphone12 One of Jake’s Santa requests was a “big bike”.  He got so excited when he saw them at Academy and wanted to try on all the helmets.  This was also a big help to Santa who wasn’t sure which size to get!

iphone13 Wrapping presents with a 3 year old is an adventure.  A messy one.  They also sometimes wrap themselves.

iphone14 How has it been warm enough in December to fish??  Jake loves to go out to the lake in our neighborhood but Drew wasn’t a fan.  It was a big day for us – we caught a turtle.  Scared the kids to death but he fried up real good for dinner that night.


iphone15 Check out these cookies!  I went to an annual cookie exchange with some good friends and we were stuffed to the max with goodies.  30 people brought 5-6 dozen each.  Yowza.

IMG_1493I’m not sure at which point I’ll start embarrassing my kids but I think it’s coming!

(Mallory, Taylor, Stephanie, Me, Georgia)

Hope you enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday season!  We’ve already had Christmas #1 and the kiddos are in hog heaven.

Fa la la la la…la iPhone dump

Just some pictures of what we’ve been up to…

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Sticker fun at Noah’s house.  Drew loved hanging with the big boys.

iphone5 Sweet friends…only a few weeks apart in age.  They play SO well together and just love each other!

iphone4 Jake, Jack, Kate, Blake, and Drew.  The kids had a “sleepover” over here while their parents went out last week.

iphone3 iphone2Maggie love.

A Holy Night

I don’t have a lot to say tonight (shocking) but as Christmas nears, I remembered a post I read last year that really made me think more about our Savior’s birth.  We all have in our mind a vision of what happened that night.  Christmas carols may lead us to believe it was serene, despite an undesirable birthing location.  There isn’t a lot of detail in Scripture about what went on in that barn.  According to one of the boys’ books, Mary and Joseph arrived at the inn, were led to a barn, and she had a baby.  Slam bam.

All you mothers out there know there is nothing “slam bam” about birth!

Well most of you anyway.

Ok, I kinda sneezed out Drew.

HOWEVER.  I wanted to share this post.  Although it’s not Scripture, and just one person’s perception of that night, it really made me think.  Jesus is our Savior.  But Jesus was a human.

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place, and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:6-11

Jake’s Christmas Program

Jake had his preschool Christmas program last week…who can resist all those little voices singing Christmas carols??


This year they had all the students wear their Christmas pajamas.  Jake thought it was just “so silly” that he wore them to school.

011 His class sat on the front row…it was a little hard for us to see.  Picture nutty parents (us included) everywhere trying to video/take pictures of their kids.

(Jake was obviously the best)

015 His class sang “Jingle Bells” and rang little bells.

017I love getting to share these special moments with him – and this is only the beginning.

Jake’s class party was today and he couldn’t stop talking about it.  He has been so blessed with the best teachers…they are constantly saying thank you for us sharing Jake with them.  I know they truly love their jobs!

Santa’s Wonderland

This year we continued an annual tradition of taking the kids to Santa’s Wonderland outside of College Station.  We loaded up our car with toys, snacks, and anything else to keep Drew from crying on the long drive!

The boys got to see the lights with some of their good friends and had a blast!

009 They had a fake snow blower at the front and the kids were running around being silly.  Jake didn’t really buy it though because he kept asking why it wasn’t on the ground.  Poor kid needs to see some snow – his Christmas books are a little deceiving with all the winter white!

013 The boys checking out one of Santa’s reindeer019 031 We went on a hayride through the lights…the kids all loved it!  And I have to admit, it’s so much better than driving in your car.

032 Drew was just yelling and pointing the whole time.

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Having fun with Bailey on the hayride.

108 And why not go on a train ride too?

116 “Choo Choo”!  Drew looooves trains right now.

129Remember how well our visit with Santa went?  Frosty was just as fun.  He kept poking Drew and he was petrified.

If you’ve never been and are in the area, you should definitely check it out next year!  I love making these memories with our kiddos and we already can’t wait to go back!