Friday, December 8, 2017

our lady of fatima

The story begins in the village of Fatima, Portugal, on May 13, 1917. On that fateful day near that tiny village, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, appeared to three young peasant children: Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia; ages 10, 9 and 7. As was the custom, these youngsters were tending their family’s sheep when “a Lady all in white, more brilliant than the sun… indescribably beautiful,” standing above a bush, appeared to the youngsters.

Yesterday at our church in Georgetown, TX, the Lady of Fatima statue came through on it's US tour for the day. I have been looking forward to this for months! The statue arrived at 8am and left at 8:30pm. I attended the noon mass and I cannot tell you how incredibly surprised I was to see how many people were there. I try to attend mass at least a couple of time during the week and there are usually about 25-30 people. This mass had more people then one of our Christmas services. It was insane...and beautiful.

I wasn't going to take my kids out of school for the Mass but I knew this might be their only opportunity in their life to see this statue so after school and dance we headed over to the church to pray at our Mother's feet.

On the way there I told them the story and the boys were very intrigued. Once there Aiden went straight to the alter and kneeled and prayed.

It was such a special moment. We didn't stay long because Amelia was starving and after her reminding me for the 50th time I figured it was time to go so others could pray in quiet 😉 As we walked outside we were very surprised to see it was snowing! Like really snowing!!!!

C'mon kids I know you are freezing but we have to document this!!!!!

We haven't seen snow in our area in 7 years so this was so exciting. Aiden thinks someone prayed to Our Lady for snow because in his eyes this was a MIRACLE! Not a miracle...that none of it really stuck and they are in school today 😀

Monday, December 4, 2017

the season is upon us

Happy Advent friends!

Our weekend was full of fun holiday time activities. Our local town hosts an annual Christmas stroll downtown and as long as the weather is nice we always try to go. Last year it was really cold and rainy so we passed on it but not this year. This year we were wearing shorts. Gotta love Texas this time of year 😋 

One of the local churches hosts a Bethlehem Village so children can get a glimpse of what life was life when Jesus was born. It's actually really cool. As soon as you walk in you get to chose a tribe to be part of and wear the color around your head. Of course my kids chose the Asher tribe for obvious reasons. Then off they were to grind some grain

Then roll out dough for unleavened bread

make coins, go in a prayer house, dance to traditional music and get a blessing in a temple. Other then all that fun, we walked around, enjoyed beautiful music, did a little shopping and ate so good food. It was a really nice afternoon.

Later that evening, Amelia and I had a little date to go and see a friend dance in the Nutcracker.

I really wanted to take Amelia to the Nutcracker this year down in Austin but was worried that she might still be too young for that long of a ballet. And after sitting through this short production I realized that yes, she is too young 😊 Don't get me wrong...she loved it but by the end she was so tired and ready to go home. But before we could leave we had to stop and see our favorite dancer of the night!

She was so excited to see her friends there...that by far was my favorite part of the evening.

Friday, December 1, 2017


Thanksgiving was wonderful. I always love having the week off with the kids. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving we played with friends, ran last minute errands, I enlisted their help to clean the ENTIRE house (they were awesome) and then we stopped in to see the new movie Coco.

Oh man, did we love this movie. Such a great story and it was beautiful to watch. We all loved it.

Then before we knew it the big day was here! I woke up early and began cooking while the fam slept a little longer. Once everyone was up we had a big breakfast and watched the parade all while I was still cooking and Cameron was figuring out how to cook our turkey on the Green Egg. I set the table with my little helper...

and around the time we were finishing up everyone started showing up and it quickly became a party!

The food was amazing, company enjoyable and the weather perfect! We also sneaked in a family picture for our Christmas card which always makes me happy. I love Christmas cards 😊

After a very long day we all pretty much feel asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows. The next day I took the kids to my parents house for their annual Black Friday sleepover and went and did a little shopping. I got some great deals and cleared off many items in my shopping list and my late afternoon, Cameron and I were headed to the UT football game.

We had a great time together even though it was an AWFUL game. Texas lost at the very end and it was heartbreaking. We got home really really late and I was very thankful the kids were not home. The next morning we enjoyed a lazy morning and afternoon and then picked up the kids after lunch. It was around that time that Cameron started feeling bad and then once we got home Aiden was sick as well. The boys were suppose to alter serve that evening but with 2 sickies I decided to leave Amelia home and just Asher and I went to Mass.

I absolutely love watching my boys alter serve. I never take pictures in church but just had to. He was so cute up there all my himself.

Sunday my sickies were feeling better and good thing because we were off to Dave and Buster's to celebrate my niece's 10th birthday.

Hours and hours of games and food made for a fun afternoon of our last day of vacation.

I love Thanksgiving and the whole week of celebrating. Now we are in the Advent season and I am so happy and so excited for this next month and all the joys it brings.

Linking up with Kelly!

Monday, November 20, 2017

kirchoff sunday best

"He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross, and you will find yourself entirely."
St. Catherine of Siena

Aiden: Shirt, Pants, Shoes
Asher: Shirt, Pants, Shoes {similar}
Amelia: Shirt JBF sale $3, Jeggings, Boots {similar}

It was so chilly outside that I decided just to do a pic of the kids inside, but then Amelia insisted on taking a picture of Aiden and I by the front door. It's blurry and the angle is awful but I am so thankful for this picture of me and my mini me. He's getting so tall and before long will be looking me in the eyes. Such a sweet young man he is.

My top {similar} is Ann Taylor Loft via Thredup. Jeans are Kensie, Loafers Old Navy, Blazer from Kohls. And the dead plant is well because being on the front porch I completely forgot about it. 

Linking up with Rosie

Sunday, November 19, 2017

{seven qts} FDR who kind of looks like my dad from the 80s

1. First I have to say HALLELUJAH it's Thanksgiving Break! No waking up early, no making lunches before breakfast...I could not be happier. Every time we have a break at our school I immediately become jealous of home schooling families that this is everyday life for them. Then by the end of the week that jealousy dissipates 😏 J/K
I really love having my kids home and this week I always prepare lots of fun things to do and this year will be no different.

2. Last week was a ball of crazy/hectic life going on. Our school, unlike many others, instead of giving the kids an easy week crams in tons of things due. One of those things is a book project for the 5th graders where they study a person in History. Asher's was Franklin Roosevelt.

They all dress up as their person, have a small display and give a speech as you walk through the cafeteria. It's really one of my favorite things the school does. Here was Aiden's last year.

Hilarious enough, after Asher got all dressed up I couldn't help but laugh...he seriously looked just like my Dad from the 80s. So funny!

We were super proud of him and how much hard work he put into this project. 

3. I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year and was shocked at how hard it is to buy a turkey. We are having about 25 people over so I knew it needed to be big but some of those big lie...freaked me out. So after debating in the store do I get one 26 pounder or two 10ish pounders I went with the 2 10ish pounders. Hopefully it's enough...

4. My kids were the ones who really wanted to host Thanksgiving at our house this year. They just love being home with all their things. We are very blessed that almost all of our family (all of our immediate family) lives within a 30 mile radius, so we never really have to travel for the holidays. So because it was their idea I have decided to make them in charge of cleaning the house. What a nice mom I am 😊

5. I did it...I bought a new Christmas tree...and tree collar...and already put it up. After weeks of debating, yesterday while at bowling with Aiden I got an email from Michael's saying the tree I wanted was 70% off. Cameron is SO over hearing about this tree he was all JUST BUY THE TREE!!!!! So I did. And I put it up. And I put up my other 2 trees. 

And I took this fabulous picture of it 😂😂😂

Is it weird that I am hosting Thanksgiving with 3 Christmas trees adorning my house, maybe. Do I care? Not really. It feels all nice and cozy.

6. Last Saturday to celebrate Veteran's Day, Aiden, Amelia and I stopped but an event the town was having at our local park. 

Each flag was dedicated to a local Veteran. It was really cool. To add the to dramatic effect it was super windy so all the flags were waving.

7. Today we are off to church then going to see the Justice League movie. I hope your Sunday is great! Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Linking up with Kelly

Monday, November 13, 2017

kirchoff sunday best

“Teach us to give and not count the cost.”

-St. Ignatius de Loyola

Non Affiliate links
Me: Gap dress via Thredup {kind of similar}. Leggings from Old Navy...currently my favorite. Shoes, old, from Zulily. I know you can't really tell but they are so cute and comfy {similar}
Amelia: Dress Old Navy via JBF sale...another steal, I think it was $5 {similar style}. Boots Children's Place via TJMaxx.

It was just the three of us at Mass this week. Both boys had been assigned the Saturday Vigil Mass however, Asher's baseball team was playing in a Blue Santa Charity Tournament and he had a game during Mass so him and Cameron couldn't make it. I was very glad we went to Mass Saturday because Sunday was so busy. We woke up early and I took Aiden to a bowling tournament while Cam and Ash went back up to the fields for baseball.

After bowling we met up for lunch and headed back to the fields for more baseball. The team ended up winning first place after a long day!

And if that wasn't enough excitement, Asher ended up pitching a perfect game, which if you are a baseball fan you know that's a big deal! He was so excited and we were so proud of him. No more baseball now until the Spring but don't is right around the corner 😉

Linking up with Rosie!