Grandparents are Fun, Car Rides are Not!

Last weekend we drove up to Richardson to visit the boy’s great-grandparents! We hadn’t seen them in a shameful amount of time so the visit was much overdue.  I’m not going to say anything about the drive except DREW HATES THE CAR.  If he would just fall asleep instead of crying and throwing up on himself, it would be so much better for all parties involved.

The boys had a great time once we got there, thank goodness!  Meemaw and Peepaw’s house has stairs (big hit), a piano, some old toys, just to name a few so they kept themselves very busy.

Meemaw bought the boys some bubbles and they enjoyed blowing them on Saturday.

We also got to feed the ducks.  Drew would’ve been swimming with them if we would’ve let him.

Drew will now hold hands, except with me.  Ha.  He was so sweet pulling Daddy around the park.

Teaching the boys chopsticks.  I would LOVE for them to learn piano!  I’ve already recruited our next-door neighbor for lessons in a couple years. :)

Drew and Meemaw.  

Pulling Meemaw to their motorhome.  Oh yes, this was a big attraction.

Jake could not have been any more excited.  

Driving “to school”. Thank goodness the keys were nowhere to be found!

Uncle Michael and Aunt Rachel also visited at the same time.  The boys loved it!  Jake may or may not have been bribed with a quarter to smile for the next couple of pictures…
Stop, you know you’ve done it too.

Jake and his Meemaw

Peepaw, Jake, and Drew

The best attempt at a group shot.
Thank you SO much for letting us come to visit!  We all had a great time and can’t wait to see y’all again! 

Drew’s 15 Month Check Up

Today Drew had his 15 month well visit at the pediatrician. 
He was: 
32.25 inches (80th percentile – UNHEARD of for my Anderle boys!!)
23 lbs (50th pecentile)
To compare, Jake was 20 lbs 15 oz and 30 inches (click here to see Jake’s 15 month post).  Ha!

He got 4 shots and there was lots of drama for your mama.  The best part was when he puked all over his carseat on the way home.  Agh!

(p.s. you LOVE a good mess)
He kept reminding me of his “boo boo’s” the rest of the afternoon. Gingerly lifting up his leg, pointing to the band-aid, and whimpering.  Oh my.
But sweet boy has yet ANOTHER ear infection…I have lost count at this point.  We are going to see an ENT next week to get another opinion and a better look at his ears.  He really acts happy most of the time although his sleeping lately hasn’t been great.  I hope his new medicine helps and we can get these cleared up once and for all!

On another note, my boys are apparently ready for some cooler weather!  They have taken to playing with jackets on.  I don’t know how they don’t burn up but they think it is hysterical.  Hopefully this means they will actually WEAR the jackets when it does get cold outside!

Meatball Sliders

Last night I made some yummy meatball sliders and wanted to share the recipe.  
But first things first.
My name is Mary and I have never made meatballs.
Glad to get that out there.  But now I don’t know why because it was so easy!  This recipe was easy, quick, and most importantly everyone loved them.  I got this from the Mix and Match Mama recipe blog.  She has such good ideas and this isn’t the first thing of hers I’ve made.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I came upon her blog after doing some research on an extremely important topic: Bachelorette spoilers.  This is actually Sean Lowe’s sister (if you watched last season…I’m almost embarrassed to admit this) and she was on a radio interview with him.
So now you all know how truly cool I am…your recipe is below…

1 pound of bulk Italian sausage (I used 1/2 a pound of ground beef and 1/2 a pound of sausage…so you could do that too…just don’t use all ground beef because you won’t get the same results)
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 jar (24 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (8 oz) store bought pesto sauce
12 dinner rolls, split in half

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium sized bowl, combine your ground meats together (if you’re using more than one).  Roll the sausage mixture into a golf ball sized ball.  Take about a tablespoon or so of cheese and stuff it inside, smoothing the meat back over the top to seal it in.  Place each meatball on a foil lined baking sheet lightly sprayed with Pam.  Repeat until all of your meatballs are complete.

Bake meatballs about 16-18 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine your spaghetti sauce and pesto in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Once the sauce starts to bubble, lower the heat to low, cover and stir occasionally.  Once your meatballs are done, add them to your spaghetti-pesto sauce for a couple of minutes.

Take each dinner roll and top it with one meatball and a little extra sauce (we also added more cheese…because why not?).  And your sliders are done.

Band of Brothers

Lately I feel like I spend my day playing referee instead of just being mommy.  Drew has started to realize that he can fight back and fight he does.  We have hair pulling, pinching, shirt pulling, and screaming one minute and then kissing, hugging, laughing, and hand holding the next.
I think it is God laughing at me.
I also think it is payback.

They were being so sweet in the car today.  Holding hands, laughing, sharing toys and snacks. 

Then we get around toys and pure chaos ensues.  Don’t be fooled and think Jake is hugging his brother.  This was pre-strangle.  Seth wanted to know why I didn’t stop the fight.  To which I replied, “I was tired after my 3,572nd intervention.  I let them figure it out themselves.”

Then this.  Do you see my gray hairs?  The sweet stuff is all spontaneous.  Which makes it even more sweet and I love that they love each other!  I almost want to frame this. :)

The boys “helped” me cook dinner the other night and 2/3 of us had a great time!  Trying to remember that it’s the memories we’re making…

This is random but I took this picture at Jake’s gymnastics class this week.  He started taking gymnastics in June and has loved it!  He is in a class with several friends and seems to actually listen and (sometimes) participates correctly.  When he gets on the trampoline, all bets are off though.  The teacher basically had to carry him off to give another kid their turn.

And a last bit of randomness, but Seth got a free ticket to the Aggie game last Saturday so he went up to College Station for the day with some of his friends.  I was so jealous!  Watching the game in the A/C was nice but it doesn’t compare to the excitement and noise at Kyle Field.
I am feeling so blessed and thankful lately for all God has given us!  

Drew is 15 Months

Drew, you are 15 months old!  I still can’t believe how fast the past few months have gone.  You are such a toddler now and into everything.  

A favorite past time is feeding the dogs.  No matter how many times I drag you away from the pantry, you still manage to find a way to get in there.  On this particular day, you were fed up with me and took the liberty of rolling the food all the way to the dog bowls.  Maggie and Tucker love you, by the way.  And they’ve never been fatter.

You look so big in these pictures!  You have really started to fill out.  You weigh around 23 lbs and I’m not sure of your length but we go to the pediatrician next week to find out.
You are wearing 18 month clothes, size 4 or 5 shoes, and a size 4 diaper.  Your shirts fit, but you’re going to need bigger ones soon to cover up that cute belly! :)

I think I’ve said it before but you really don’t care for toys that much.  You spend your days exploring the house, emptying drawers, and chasing the dogs.  You will play with blocks or trucks occasionally and love being outside.

I sent this picture to Daddy the other day because you were emptying his sock drawer while Jake and I were coloring.  You were super proud of yourself and Daddy had loads of fun matching those socks back up!
Look at that crazy hair!!  It kills me.  

Again, you look so big :(  We just turned your carseat around so you’ve loved getting a different view of the car.  
You eat great, sleep great, and while this age is super tough, we are loving seeing you grow!  You are starting to show some hard-headedness but are mostly easy-going and mischievous.  Between you and your brother, I’m not sure who will make me go gray first! :)  Love you, Drewbie!  

Grandpa and Batman Come to Town

This past weekend the boys were so excited because Grandpa came to visit! 
Uncle Michael and Aunt Rachel also came over for the afternoon to watch the Aggie game.  It didn’t exactly go as expected but we still had fun and tried to teach Jake some of the Aggie traditions. 

Aunt Rachel played with Jake and his magnet board for awhile…this kid loves crafts, stickers, and coloring!  I have a feeling Drew will care less.  I think he spent the entire afternoon drawing on his Aquadoodle, playing with the magnets, or coloring.  All in the A/C…my kinda kid!

Poor Grandpa wasn’t about to get any shut eye.  Everytime he drifted off during the game, Jake would immediately get up and jump on him, yelling “WAKE UP GRANDPA!”  

Wow.  Our excited/happy face is starting to look a little painful.  Jake was over the MOON to get a (semi) life-sized Batman from Grandpa.  I am a little scared of it…pretty sure I will mistake him for a robber at some point in time.

31 inches of Batman, y’all.

We couldn’t take a picture without him.  Again, the face.  It kills me.

Jake was proud to put his Texans jersey on for the game on Sunday.  He stares intently at the TV and yells “Touchdown TACKLE!” every few seconds.  Clearly, he’s just about got the rules down.

Grandpa and Drew. Once Drew warmed up to him, he was attached for the rest of the weekend.

We are so blessed to have seen so much family lately and are excited to see more grandparents in the coming weeks!

Labor Day Weekend

Seth had his 10 year class reunion over Labor Day weekend in La Grange.  It also fell on the same weekend as the Fayette County Fair so we got to enjoy both! It was fun to catch up with Seth’s high school friends…I’ve known a lot of them since we started dating so it was almost like it was my reunion too. :)

Saturday evening we took the boys to the fair.  Jake is still a shorty for his age so he wasn’t tall enough to ride many rides.  But we managed to negotiate him on a couple…

Riding a spinning bear with Popo.  Thank goodness for grandparents who are willing to get dizzy!

Jake was very proud of himself on this ride and took it very seriously.  He looked scared to death once it started but stayed brave and didn’t cry.

Who is this holding Drew, you ask?  I’m not sure.  He is very attracted to grandma-looking figures (and my friend, Kim, but don’t worry, not because she looks like a grandma!) and really wanted this woman to hold him.  Ha!  He made himself at home.

Daddy and Drewbie.  They are best buds. When Seth is around, I may as well be chopped liver.

The boys loved sitting on all the tractors and gators.  They were both mad they didn’t go “faster”!

Drew LOVED the petting zoo.  He would’ve been rolling around in the dirt with the baby goats if we would’ve let him.  He loves animals, especially our poor dogs.

We found Drew’s animal counterpart – the potbelly pig!  Drew has the biggest potbelly.  I blame all the lil’ smokies. :)

Drew also got his first lawn mower ride.  And mommy got a break!
We had so much fun seeing friends and grandparents and were also glad to get an extra day with Seth when we got back.  The boys are just beside themselves when Daddy is home!


Jake:  Mommy, what are you doing?
Me:  I’m resting.
Jake:  Why are you resting?
Me:  Because my head hurts.
Jake:  Why does your head hurt?
Me:  Because you talk a lot.
Jake:  Why do I talk a lot?
Me:  I DON’T KNOW!!!
Jake:  Mommy…what are you doing?


Jake’s 1st Day of School

Today Jake had his first day of preschool!  He is in the 2′s class this year at his school and he was actually excited to start back.  This was such a relief considering last year I had to leave him crying the first few weeks.  I just can’t believe how much he has grown up since then! Jake will be going on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-2.

Let me first say that I don’t know if I can continue first day of school pictures for the next 16 years like my mom did because FOR THE LOVE, JUST COOPERATE WILL YOU? :)

The sign says “Jake’s 1st Day of Preschool, Teddy Bear Class, 9/5/12″.  Not exactly how I intended this to go.  It was later crumpled up and thrown on the ground.

Outtake #37

Finally…there’s my sweet boy!  I thought he looked so handsome today.  He even requested “Daddy’s jello” (gel) for his hair.  That’s a big deal for him.

Me and Jake in front of his school (Faith United Methodist)

Dropping off backpacks and lunchboxes.  There are 10 kids in Jake’s class and their teachers are Ms. Anne and Ms. Trish.  I think we are going to love them!

Jake got an early birthday gift from some of his friends…a Batman backpack and lunchbox!  He was over the moon because he is obsessed with all things Batman!  

After school, my friend Kim and I took our boys to Tutti Frutti yogurt for a treat.

(I know…we need to work on this smile)
I’m relieved that Jake had such a great first day.  His teachers said he was very well-behaved, told them when he needed to use the restroom (huge), and played nicely with the kids.  That all makes me very happy!  We are looking forward to a great school year!
and p.s. I think Drew took this the hardest of all.  He didn’t know what to do without his big brother today!