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.

Goodbye Summertime

For one of our last summer roadtrips, we headed to San Antonio to celebrate a birthday with a special friend and to visit Sea World again.  If you remember, last time we had to leave after 2 hours because Drew was so sick.

Let’s just say we may never visit Sea World again because we had a similar occurrence this time.

But we went and had fun and paid for it on the way home to Houston with fevers and vomit.

I know.  Our life is so glamorous, you might often mistake us for famous celebrities.

002xBut good grief, we were happy to be there!  Jake was super pumped.  It broke his heart to leave last time and he was ready to see the dolphins and sharks that we had missed.

031 We saw the Sea Lion show and the worst thing ever happened.  I was serenaded by the pre-show entertainer.  I wanted to cry – I hate that stuff!  But the rest of my family thought it was hilarious.  Glad they got a good laugh.

060 A sweet high school friend was a trainer at Sea World for many years and offered to let us meet several animals throughout the day.  It was so cool!  We got to pet and feed this sea lion.

079 I will never get over the size of Shamu.

120 125 Half-excited, half-terrified.

IMG_4901Because I can’t change the order of my pictures for some reason, I will pause to show you a picture of the kiddos who got to play last weekend!  Jake and Drew were so excited to see Bailey again – they have missed her a lot since she moved!  We were able to celebrate her 2nd birthday and visit with their family for the day.  Still hoping they move back to Houston one day…

IMG_4938 Back to Sea Lions.  Jake loves to pose.  Someone asked why I never take pictures of Drew but let me tell you…I try my darndest.  He runs or looks the other way when the camera comes out…

IMG_4912 Watching the dolphins swim…this is one of my favorite parts!

IMG_4961 Another cool experience we got was to meet this beluga whale.  So so neat!  We all got to pet/”kiss” the whale and watched the trainers feed her.  Drew was scared so we didn’t get a good picture but the rest of us loved it!

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IMG_4973And we were so happy that Grandpa got to join us for the day.  The boys had a blast with him!

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There’s my happy Drew…eating donut holes at the birthday party.  His love language.

Since we’ve been home, the boys have been sick, so we finally went to the doctor yesterday to get some medicine.  Their first day of preschool is next week and we aren’t going to miss it!

Toys and Underwear

Jake made his birthday list today.  He wants this whole aisle:

IMG_4864 Practical and cost effective, right?

In other news, we are all so excited that Drew is potty trained!  Phew!

IMG_4869He also has the biggest belly in Texas

IMG_4872And Jake wants you to know that he is potty trained too.  In case Drew starts getting too much attention from this.

IMG_4888Why does the second child grow up so fast?

I’m getting a little embarrassed by picture quality on the blog.  Perhaps I’ll try and get out our real camera soon.

Then again, that’s a lot of work.

So Long Summer

Sadly (but kinda happily), summer is quickly coming to an end.  You can tell we need to get back in a routine quick because we’ve reached the point where Jake just whines about wanting to watch TV all day.  We’ve actually had some cooler (read as low 90′s…) weather this week but it hasn’t been enough of a draw for the kids.

IMG_4860 This week we’ve been trying to swim as much as we can since the pool closes down in a few weeks.  They have had such a great time in the pool this summer with friends and both are so comfortable in the water.  Our big thing was “timing” how long they could stay underwater.  And now that I think about it…that’s all my friends and I used to do too…ha!  Next summer Jake will definitely be swimming on his own and I hope Drew won’t be far behind!

IMG_4857Pictured above is my biggest regret.  I found these cap guns at a consignment sale…not realizing they required actual “ammo” to shoot.  So Seth went and got some caps at Academy and we’ve had fun scaring the neighbor’s cats.

IMG_4853 The boys love a good birthday party and I feel like we have at least a couple a month!  Who can turn down all that cake and icing??  Especially when it will stain your teeth and lips for the rest of the day!

IMG_4833 We’d like to introduce you to the two newest Anderles…Barry and Sky.  What…you don’t see them?  Squint really hard and look at those creatures crawling on my kitchen floor.

IMG_4832 Hello Barry.

It has been tough to figure out a good discipline method for Jake, so we use incentive charts a lot which seem to work much better.  We dug our own grave when we (I) promised a hermit crab like some of his friends had if he filled up his chart with stickers.

Well, he did.

So off to Petco we went.  And now, believe it or not, these dang crabs are growing on me.

Hmm…that doesn’t sound good.

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The boys both took gymnastics this summer with several of their friends.  This was Drew’s first class (Jake has been doing this for a year or so) and he loved it!  It has been a perfect way to get out their energy…they jump on the trampoline, swing on bars, jump in block pits, and run around.  Money well spent!

IMG_4807 IMG_4810 Playing (and bathing) with our sweet friends, Noah and Avery
IMG_4818 The boys have been eating their vegetables this summer so we decided to see how well they fit in Daddy’s clothes now.  Still need a little bit of growing…

IMG_4822 And who can resist a good movie??  We’ve seen Monsters University, Turbo, and now Planes this summer.  Planes was actually their least favorite but they loved the other ones.  Drew is still borderline too little for the movies but did pretty well with a never-ending flow of popcorn.

IMG_4825Mid-day “cuddling” with Sky.  Did I mention we got a BOGO free deal on these crabs?  The pet store wouldn’t let us tear a family apart because they had previously been living together with another family.  Oh my.

Be looking for them on our family Christmas card come December.

Butterflies and Kayaks

Earlier this summer I bought a butterfly habitat for the boys.  Y’all.  I kind of think I bought this for myself because it was the coolest thing!  You got a coupon to mail in and have live caterpillars sent to your house.  Then, we got to watch the entire metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly.

Education at it’s finest.  Not sure why we pay for preschool.

IMG_4731 It took about 10-14 days for all 5 caterpillars to complete the process but Jake and Drew were so excited to see the butterflies!  They enjoyed giving them fresh fruit and sugar water to eat…I’m not sure how we didn’t manage to kill them because they loaded that thing down with fruit.

IMG_4735 The most exciting part was releasing the butterflies and each of them crawled onto Jake’s finger before the flew off.

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I know every bird in the mountains,
    and the insects in the fields are mine.

Psalm 50:11

IMG_4746 Then, since we never do anything else, Seth and some of his friends decided to take the kids kayaking down a creek near our house on Saturday.

IMG_4762 Expectations were set high for this amazing adventure in the wild.

IMG_4766 IMG_4773…and 3 hours later they completed their 1 mile journey through the mud.  The creek was only about 18 inches deep so they had a little trouble…er…kayaking.

Dog Days of Summer

It is hot.

The end.

Have I mentioned I really don’t like summer?  I think I have.  One or a million times.

IMG_4708 In celebration of fall and cooler weather being only 3-4 months away…sigh…the boys and I wore our matching Toms.  Doesn’t get much cuter than that!

IMG_4723 We’ve made a few trips to the library…the boys have loved it.  They want to take every book off the shelf and bring it home.  Too bad the limit is 30.

30?  Really, librarians?  I don’t have the arms to carry those home.

IMG_4728 We went and saw Turbo last week…such a cute movie!  I was worried about Drew but he did great as long as the popcorn was flowing…

IMG_4647Obsessed with cars…

IMG_4649 Obsessed with trucks…

IMG_4686 IMG_4688 IMG_4699And of course we’ve had lots of time at the pool.  I mean, have you seen those Coppertone bottoms and blond hair?  Who would’ve thought?

If you need us, we’ll be enjoying the A/C or the swimming pool.