Soccer and Swimming

We have just a couple more soccer games left in the season and all the kids are finally catching on.  By catching on, I mean that most are running around in some direction and attempting to kick the ball…sometimes toward the goal and sometimes toward the crowd.  It makes for great entertainment!

001 004 Each week one of the players gets a medal…this Saturday was Jake’s turn!  He won the team medal for “accountability” because the team was always able to count on him.  Ha!  So cute.008 He has played with several friends in his preschool class and of course, his girlfriend, Lexi.  As you can see, she plays with a little more style than we do.

010 Jake and one of his best buddies, Ben.  It has been so fun to see their little friendship blossom.

011 Nonnie and Popo came to watch the game and spend the day with the boys.  The kids had so much fun and wanted to show off their new swimming skills.

019This picture of Drew just cracks me up.  He had to wear goggles just like Jake and wouldn’t give up this turtle float.

Tomorrow is Jake’s last day of school – I can’t believe this year went by so quickly!

Moody Gardens…that weren’t very moody at all.

For Mother’s Day we took a mini-vacation to Galveston and Moody Gardens.  We are out of town a lot to visit family but realized we had never really done anything for just our little family.  It was a nice break to get away and do something fun with the kids!  Plus, I don’t think I heard any whining or crying all weekend.  That’s probably the best Mother’s Day present of all!

IMG_3962 The boys had a great time playing at the beach.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them so happy.  Jake was all about the water and Drew was all about the sand.  Which was evident from the insides of his swimsuit and swim diaper!

IMG_3967Jake and Drew were so sweet with each other.  They were holding hands unprompted all weekend…that’s true love I think.

IMG_3973 We saw a 3D movie called “Flight of the Butterflies” which was actually really good!  I may have even cried a little at the end. Trust me, you would’ve too.  One man dedicated his ENTIRE life to charting the migration paths of butterflies.  I would’ve given up after about 30 minutes…so kudos to him.

IMG_3974We didn’t think the boys would wear their glasses but they were a big hit!

094We had lots of fun in the sun at the “Palm Beach” waterpark at the hotel.  Again, we couldn’t get Jake out of the water and Drew just mainly watched.

091Hiding from the cold water on the splash pad

028 024095 Our little sandman

106The butterfly habitat in the rainforest was a big hit!  Jake is obsessed with anything that creeps, crawls, or flies so he could’ve stayed here all day.

108 109 Sweet Drew was pretty worn out by this point.  He was a good sport!

110Again with the love

We had a wonderful time and it’s nice to have a beach so close!  I know that the Mary 2 months from now will scoff at this comment but it is already getting SO HOT in Houston.  It’s in the 90′s today and I could melt.  Melt!

Fishing with Grandpa

I think we have done more fishing this spring than I ever have in my life! I guess I should get used to this.  The boys love to fish and play in our creek.  My dad came to visit last week so we took him down there to see what we could catch.

IMG_3906 I just love this picture of Seth and Drew!  Like father, like son.

IMG_3898 And I also love this picture of Drew and my dad!  They are both focusing intently on their job.

IMG_3895 Jake just wanted to play in these crystal clear blue waters…

IMG_3886 grandpa All dressed up for church…they all look so handsome!

002We had a great visit and the boys had a blast.  I’m pretty sure my dad went home with a sore back and a headache because it was nonstop jumping and talking to Grandpa (or “Gramp” as Jake seems to have renamed him)

004 Thought this was so funny of Drew cutting his eyes at the camera.  He is a mess!


Soccer Star

First, I had to share this picture.  The boys just love their daddy!  He was traveling for work at the end of last month and when he got home they were glued to him.  Pretty sure he had to use the restroom like this.


IMG_3851Jake’s soccer “career” has taken a turn for the better and he’s done really well for the past few games!  He hasn’t had much contact with the soccer ball (who says that part is important) but he doesn’t seem to care and loves running around with his friends.

014xIf it appears that Lexi (#5) is giving Jake a back massage during the game, you may be correct.  I don’t know what these two were up to this week!

IMG_3853IMG_3855Watch out David Beckham.  Or his kids.

IMG_3856 Seth is the assistant coach for the “Giants” and Jake has really enjoyed him being out there.

IMG_3857 Of course Drew had to get his picture too!  It’s tough for him to sit on the sidelines.  I think we may have a second soccer player come next year.

IMG_3860 “Goooo Giants!”

(notice Drew in the background!)

IMG_3863 And of course, the main reason we finally got him out on the field…an orange snowcone.

IMG_3864Snowcones make everything better.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and those who long to be one!  I have truly been blessed beyond all belief with our two boys.  It seems easy enough before you have kids, but being a mother has challenged me, rewarded me and brought me to my knees with thankfulness (well…and sometimes straight-up frustration…ha!).

I think it’s easy for moms to feel sometimes that they aren’t doing enough…I fall into this trap a lot.  But then I remember that you can’t take raising two little people lightly!  Raising children is one of God’s greatest mission fields.  Not only do we have to potty train, teach ABC’s, and wipe noses, but we need to train our children to love the Lord, know His Word, and teach it to others.


Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21

IMG_3929Jake had “Muffins with Mom” at his school this past week and he loved getting that extra time to hang out and show me what he does at school.  And Drew (who is just ITCHING to get in that classroom!) loved playing with Jake and his friends.  They made the sweetest bag for all the moms with their handprints in the shape of a flower.  He said, “Mommy, I made this bag for you!  I used pink because it’s your favorite and now you can carry all your lipsticks in it!!”

It was so sweet and funny because I don’t even wear lipstick. :)

And of course, none of this would be possible without my own mother, mother-in-law, and grandmothers!  They have shaped me into the woman I am today and are a blessing to my kids as well.

Happy Mother’s Day!


We are still alive…no worries!  Life has been a little busy and I am finishing up my classes this week (anyone else find it amusing that I’ve been a “professor” for 3 years now!?  The poor kids.)

So my first goal next week is to catch up on this blog.


IMG_3924Drew took a spill this week and has an array of cuts and bruises on his face.  We are currently in the market for a toddler-sized bubble if anyone has a spare!

I wanted to share this wonderfully beautiful post by Ann Voskamp, especially as we approach Mother’s Day.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this week!