Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The happy birthdays that I didn't post.....

I thought I would go back and recap the birthdays that I didn't post, since I have been neglecting to post lately.

 First up were Bailey and Bethany's back in March.

Bailey wanted a Frozen birthday and Bethany wanted to have a friend over. Since
their birthdays were close together and pretty much over the weekend we started on
Friday with homeschool ice skating. Then, a party on Saturday.

We had games and built marshmallow snowmen. 
Bailey turned 6 and Bethany turned 13.

Next came Brooke's 12th birthday in April.

She wanted pink and zebra striped decorations, a sleepover
and to paint tshirts.

Tyler turned 18 in April, also! We had his birthday/graduation party in the gym at our church.

Then, there was this little guy's FIRST birthday in May!!

SADLY, I can't find any of the pictures from his party. I don't know where they are. I had them on my camera, but hadn't downloaded them, and that's the last I knew. Tyler took my camera to Spain and now they aren't on there. So, I thought maybe I had just taken pictures with my phone, but this was the only one. I'm sick over it.

Next came my birthday in June. The big 4-0.  But, they're saying that 40 is the new 30, so no biggie. That morning Tyler called me from Spain. He didn't even remember it was my birthday, lol, but that just happened to be the only time he was able to call the whole two weeks, so it was a treat! David took me out to Chili's for dinner that night and Brittany bought me some travel bags for when David FINALLY(!!??)  takes me on our anniversary trip.

So, that's it until later this month we'll have 4 birthdays in 5 weeks!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tyler's Graduation!

Well, as crazy as it sounds, I have officially graduated my second child from homeschool! Time really does fly by. I feel like we just started a few years ago.

Tyler didn't want to do any photos or announcements, but I pulled my "mom card" and said, "Yes. Yes you do." Here are two of my favorites from my little mini photo shoot. I just took the photos myself with my little camera and edited them.

Tyler also didn't want a ceremony or anything fancy. But, I wanted to do something nice for him, so we had a party in the gym at church. I think it turned out well and I know he appreciated it. We had pizza upon his request, little snack cakes and fruit.

I painted some dollar tree terra cotta pots with yellow and blue and
stuck pictures and star cut-outs on popsicle sticks.
 Simple, inexpensive, yet nice.

I also made a few scrapbook pages for everyone to sign.

Everyone pretty much played four square the whole time.

Tyler's best friend, Matt

An attempted selfie with a one year old

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Helloooo! Remember Me?

Well, I guess this is the season of living a busy life and not blogging about it. Since my last post we've celebrated 5 more birthdays, a graduation, 2 missions trips (one taken and one about to take) one acquired driver's license, several car repairs, finishing up homeschooling, attempted house buying and then there's the normal taking care of a house full of 13 people.

So, yeah. Not much blogging.

Hopefully, I can blog more in the scads of free time I'll have over the summer since we are not homeschooling.

It's awfully hard to type sarcasm.

Does anyone else ever think that? "We're done with homeschool! On to the free time!" But, it seems like we end up busier than during the school year.

Seriously, my goal is to get my life a bit more on track and organized to hopefully make my life a bit easier. And, my plan is to update the blog. I can't always get done everything I want to get done, but we'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happy 20th Anniversary!!

David and I are celebrating 20 years of marriage today!!!

I honestly can't believe it has been twenty years.
This photo was taken a few months after we got married
and I moved to Hawaii.

This is my absolute favorite photo of us. It was taken
a month maybe (?) after we met. (Whew, have mercy,
those eyes still get me......)

We got married at my little home town church in Alabama.

Our 5th anniversary was spent at Community Bible Church's
 Annual Oyster Roast in Beaufort, SC;

Our 10th anniversary was spent bringing home our 6th baby, 
Tristan, from the hospital in Columbia, SC;

Our 15th anniversary was spent driving across country
on our move to Oklahoma;

Our 20th is being spent working, homeschooling 
and then serving in Awana.

What will we be doing for our 25th?
I can't even imagine.

And, in case you're wondering how it all began......

I often think, "Twenty years just isn't long enough." We are at the point now where we just "get" each other. We each know what the other is thinking. We've figured out all the little habits and nuances of each other and I just enjoy being married to him. I enjoy the comfort of knowing all about him and the fact that he knows all about me. I pray everyday that the Lord would keep us together for many, many more years.

I think love is definitely a choice, and, after you've made that choice, it is work to keep loving.

But, I tell you what, the choice to keep loving is SO WORTH IT.

So many people enter into marriage expecting the other person to make them happy. And, expecting to selfishly get from the relationship instead of give. If that's what you think, I'll tell you right now,


People are human. They disappoint. They are frustrating and difficult. You can't control another person, but you CAN CONTROL YOURSELF.

You can choose to love and serve your husband and you can choose to be happy about it.

Now, I'm not saying you have to be stuck in a miserable marriage and just be happy about it and endure it. I'm saying, if you are in a miserable marriage, have you considered why? Have you considered the reason you aren't happy is because of you, not him?

You control how your react when your husband does something to frustrate you. You control how you react in an argument. You control expectations. Especially unrealistic ones.

Get control over yourself and you just may find that your husband makes you happy after all!

Some things that I choose to love about my husband..........

He can be gruff, but has a tender heart.

He is a protector. He is a supporter.

He is generous. Very generous.

He will try and make me laugh when I am stressed.

He has different interests than I have.

He enjoys talking to people. Anytime. Anywhere.

There are many, many more things that I love and appreciate about David. And in spite of all of my failings and disappointments, I know that he loves and appreciates me, too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Thomas and Tristan!

Our Birthday-palooza starts on February 12! Thomas turned 8 this year! 

Bethany and Brooke made him a Slugterra cake.

I wrapped up eight presents and had him open up
one every hour from lunchtime til 8 pm.
Bailey said she wanted to do the exact same thing only 
she wants to open all of her presents at
the same time. Ha!

Next up was Tristan's birthday on February 23rd. He turned TEN this year!

He was excited because this was the first
year it had snowed on his birthday.

Bethany and Brooke made him a Minecraft cake
and we took him to see Big Hero Six at the dollar theater.

The two of them got a little birthday money and I 
think they want to go to the store today and find
a new video game. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Musings

Just a few Sanchez kidisms...........

Brennan (2):  "I have a butter winich?" (peanut butter sandwich)

Bailey (5): "Brennan got into my san hanitizer." (hand sanitizer)

Trace (8 months) knows how to lean forward and give a smooch. So cute.

Tristan (9) bursting into song "Mom, OOOOOHHHHH, the weather outside is..........really nice so can we go outside and play?"  (Instead of doing math, but hey, who can pass up 75 degrees in January?)

Travis (4) has an imaginary friend named "Brat". (Fitting.) Anyway, our children's pastor knows this and asked him if Brat had come to church this morning. Travis looks at him with a completely straight face and said, "No. He had a dentist appointment."

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Post Where I Finally Wrap up Christmas Mid January

I am just now getting life back in order from the holidays. I would say "normal", but what is normal anyway? I guess that means starting back to homeschool and regular routine. And, while I am usually ready to take down Christmas decorations on Christmas Day becauseeverythingisbrokenbythen, this year I waited until after New Year's.  I think maybe because I just wasn't ready for Christmas to be over. I'm not sure it had really even mentally registered that it was already, in fact, Christmas. I think somewhere in the back of my mind we are still somewhere in SEPTEMBER.

Over Christmas we had some very close friends come and visit during their move across country. They are the type of friends that you can go years without seeing, but pick back up right where you left off. We've known them for going on 15 years.

We had a great visit even though they had some illness going on. The kids enjoyed swimming in the hotel pool and playing games on Christmas day. I so enjoyed just visiting and soaking up the friendship and encouragement.

I actually got Christmas pictures made this year. It's always so hard to have all the kids together while dressed decently when we aren't flying out the door to get to church on time or something.

The boys.....

The girls......

The littles.........

The middles......

The bigs........

The "go ahead and act crazy" picture......

The crazy apparently never stopped.......

Right before singing on stage for the hanging of the green....

And, remember, it's impossible to take a normal picture with him.
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