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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

90 years old

Last weekend Aiden, Milly and I headed down to Houston to celebrate my great uncle turning 90 years old! Cameron and Asher had an important baseball game they couldn't miss so I was on my own with 2 kiddos. Well...not really on my own considering practically my entire family was there 😉 We had a great time just the 3 of us. We stopped twice on the way down just to shop at gas stations and once we got to the room we just laid in bed and watched TV. It was nice and calm and there were no arguments. However we did greatly miss our other 2 guys.


We looked pretty good in our matching outfits


And we had tons of fun playing and seeing cousins that we hadn't seen in awhile.


 My dates were the cutest of all 😊


 It was fun celebrating a man who has lived a very full life and still going strong!


One of my favorite parts was seeing old pictures of my Grandma (on left)


I had never seen any pictures from when she was a little girl before. It was so special to me. We stayed up super late dancing and visiting and had the best time. The next morning we woke up, spent some more time with family and then just the 3 of us went to visit my other grandparent's graves.



They were dirty so Aiden and I did our best to clean them up and then Milly found some fake flowers that had fallen off someone else's grave and put them by Grandma's. I was smiling the whole time because I knew she would have gotten the biggest kick out of Milly doing that 😉 I miss her very much and sometime feel sad that she never got to meet Milly. They would have gotten along so well. Then I remember that they did meet before we even met Milly girl. 

After we left the cemetery I took Aiden to "the best Pokemon store in Houston" and then off to home we were. The drive was great, the kids were great and the whole weekend was tons of fun. I only hope one day my family is throwing me a 90th birthday party. Only very few are that lucky 😊



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

summer must have list

Summer is right around the corner...can I get a Hallelujah for that!!!!! I am so ready for the long sunny, warm evenings spent swimming, sleeping in and vacations. This summer is going to be (as my boys would say) epic!

Lucky me, right before summer...smack dab in the middle of May is my birthday. This year it just happens to land on Mother's Day 😊 Every year I always ask for summery type of things and this year is no exception. So here is my birthday/summer wish list.

I have been wanting this bag for years!!!!

We have a few awesome vacations planned this summer and I am in need of a great backpack style bag that is easy to use when we travel. My biggest need is a great bag that can carry my camera. Cameron bought me a new lens for Christmas and this thing is sooooo heavy and kind of big. Throwing it my regular back pack just wasn't going to cut it anymore. I looked at so many different camera bag and just general bags but always kept coming back to this one. I know it's a diaper bag but c'mon...it doesn't even look like one! What sold me on it was the inside compartments.

This bag is perfect for traveling with kids plus with the cushioned insert it's going to keep my camera nice and snug.

I am soooo in love with these shoes! While I love to buy clothes I'm not someone who owns a bunch of shoes...especially sneakers. However when I saw these I fell in love!!!! These will be perfect this summer and that's why they are at the top of my wish list.
I can't tell you how tempted I am to buy these for Milly. Plus they are on sale with an additional 30% off! 


One thing that remains true is almost every birthday I have ever I had I have asked for a swimsuit. Last year I bought 2 from Albion Fit and really loved them. This year I wasn't going to get a new one until I saw this one. I just love the top! It has plenty of coverage but is still cute. I also love the hot pink and blue stripe combo. I'm not sure how many more years I can pull off a 2 piece so I might as well take advantage of it while I still can 😉


I've never owned a pair of Teva's but have always wanted to and again with my shoe collection...it was not too desirable. I've been wearing the same sandals for about 5 years. After reading great reviews on these I know they would be great for me this summer!

So there are what I believe must haves for summer. Good comfy shoes, swim suit and a great bag. What more could a mom ask for? 




Monday, April 24, 2017

spring recap

I love spring! Everything is just so beautiful and because of the nice weather here in central Texas we can actually enjoy it!

Our spring always consist of lots of baseball and this year was no exception. Once I get the motivation to get the pictures I've taken off my camera I will do a baseball post 😉

Other then baseball we have been busy...

Getting our 5 minutes of fame


Cameron and the boys went to a golf tournament one Sunday at the end of March in Austin. Once a year all the famous golfers head to Austin and this year all 3 of my boys wanted to go. Cameron text me that they might be on TV on the last hole of the course so I rushed to turn on the TV and tape it. Low and behold there were my 2 boys smack dab on the TV! It was hilarious!!!! They were so excited to see themselves 😊

Working in the flower beds and garden
picked this weekend

I am just loving my yard, flowers and garden this year. I literally spend any free second I have outside working on something. I absolutely love it! My garden is so amazing this year...I have cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, cabbage, yellow squash, okra, potatoes and strawberries. It's been so much fun planting and watching it all grow. Even the kids have taken a huge liking to gardening which I love. It's one of the reasons I wanted a garden in the first place!

Looking ever so fashionable and sassy

Oh my goodness having a little girl to dress up is so much fun! Her and I love shopping together and picking out special things. After an afternoon of shopping she got some new shorts, a necklace and sunglasses. She was ever so stylish!


And now we can finally put her hair in braided pig tails. It's been our go to hairstyle for the spring! I am just loving my little Milly at 4 years old. I think this is my favorite age on her so far...

Meeting new family members

The day before St. Patrick's day little Avery Jackson made his way into the world and our family. Because of a few health problems he wasn't able to come home from the hospital right away and because we were just recovering from the flu when he was born we didn't get a chance to go up there and see him. A couple of weeks ago I really wanted to get my hands on him so I headed up to visit him. He is just the little sweetest thing in the entire world! Man if a baby was ever loved this is the one. We can't wait for him to come home so we can all love on him a little more 😊 Congrats to my cousin and Kate!

Crafting like CRAY CRAY!

Cameron got me a Silhouette for Christmas and until the beginning of April I just didn't have the time to sit down and figure out how it works. Once I did I was on a role! I made this wreath above and the used the Silhouette for the lettering on the sign. It really completes my front porch now! And it's pretty true ✊

Then I had ordered Asher a new sports bottle and thought hey I should add his name! And then hey I should add a baseball 😉 So now he has the coolest looking water bottle on the team...which of course he really cares about, lol!


Other then that we did spend a large majority of our spring sick which of course is a bummer. However since last year we were no sick at all (Remember Aiden's perfect attendance) I guess we were due. Through our sicknesses I have really dived into Young Living Oils and learning more about how to use them for wellness. I hope my new discoveries will help us in the future to avoid illnesses.

With only a few weeks left of school the month of May is always crazy busy and flys by. We have all kinds of school events, Mother's Day, birthdays, finishing up baseball, finishing up school and end the month with our first week of summer. 

To say that I cannot wait for summer would be the understatement of the century!!!!! I think I am more ready for summer this year then the kids 😊


Friday, April 21, 2017

a night away

A few Sunday's ago, Cameron and I had the pleasure of getting a night away in Dallas to see a band that he loves. Honestly part of me was a little worried about leaving the kids on a Sunday night...especially since the next day was picture day at the school! However, I know how important it is for Cameron and i have to have time with just the 2 of us and this is a band he loves and has been wanting to see for awhile. So I agreed to go. 

The thing is, I'm so glad I put all my reservations aside because we had an amazing time! 

We started off with dinner at a delicious Korean food restaurant where you cook your own food at the table.


It was SOOOOO yummy! After dinner we headed over to venue for the concert. It was in a somewhat smallish bar/venue spot. Thankfully most of the people there looked about our age so we didn't feel too out of place 😉

First to open the show was Kris Allen from American Idol. He was great and after the show I snuck off to get a pic with him

Then came Parachute and their performance was great! It was a super fun evening of singing along, a few drinks (not too many thankfully) and spending time with my best friend.


The next morning we woke up a little tired but overall happy. It was a very fun night out and I am reminded of how happy I am to be married to Cam...

through the good times and the bad.



Monday, April 17, 2017

easter weekend

Happy Easter!


I love the Easter season...so much joy and happiness after weeks of fasting. This Lent was a rough one for us. I had so many plans of how my Lent was going to look and by Holy Week as I looked back the majority of the time someone in the house was sick...even during Holy Week Aiden had the flu 😞 I'm concentrating on a JOYOUS Easter season!

By Friday we were all glad and welcomed the 3 day weekend of sleeping and getting things done around the house.

Cameron, with the help of my brother, created this rock garden in one of our larger beds.

I'm not quite sure this constitutes as a rock garden, but it was impossible to grow anything here but weeds so something had to be done. It looks so nice and one neighbor came by to ask us if we were going for yard of the year 😉

Friday afternoon, Asher and Cameron met up with some friends to play golf.

Asher was so excited to go he was up at 8am cleaning his clubs and was dressed by 9:30am even though they didn't even leave until 2! He had a great time and while these boys were gone, Milly, Aiden and I worked in the garden a bit and laid around. Aiden at this point, was on the tail end of the flu.

Saturday since Aiden was feeling better, Cameron took him and Asher to see the new Power Rangers movie. They all loved it! Sissy and I mulched my garden, picked a few goodies and made a delicious dinner.


She's quite the little helper 😉

 I wanted to make something with my cabbage and potatoes and found a Ham and Cabbage stew recipe. Oh man was it delicious!

I also whipped up a loaf of homemade bread that was probably the star of the dinner table!

After dinner the kids dyed Easter eggs. This has always been something my kids love to do and always look forward too!


We spent the evening watching another movie...Guardian of the Galaxy and then off to bed awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny.

He came and of course didn't disappoint. As usual watching the kids find eggs was equivalent to an episode of Survivor 😂





After all the eggs were found and a breakfast of eggs, bacon and red velvet pancakes, we were off to Mass to watch the boys serve.

Watching them serve together is one of my most favorite things in the world! After Mass, we headed over to my parent's house for a fun afternoon of family, loads of food, laughter and more egg hunting.

Happy Easter friends!

"For the rest of our lives we will live, minute-by-minute, in the reality of both the Cross and the Resurrection. Knowing that Christ has died for us and that He has redeemed the world this Easter Sunday won’t take away our suffering. But His resurrection can teach us that He loves us so intimately to be present in the midst of all of it."
Devotion from Blessed is She


Sunday, April 2, 2017

kirchoff sunday best

"I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die."
John 11:25a, 26


This should actually be titled "Kirchoff Saturday Best" since we went to mass on Saturday 😉 Aiden was scheduled to serve at the Saturday 5pm and Asher had a baseball game at 6:30 but had to be at the fields at 5:30 so it was just the 3 of us at mass. After church we headed over to Asher's game and was only a tiny bit late which was great! He had 2 games...one at 6:30pm and one at 8:15pm. However because one of the other games was running late we didn't even start out second game until 9:30pm. Man were we all exhausted! By the time we got home yesterday evening and in bed it was midnight. The boys were thrilled to get to stay up so late because that NEVER happens around these parts 😉 This little lady, I have to say, is quite the trooper


Thank goodness we are on a great team with so many wonderful families. All the siblings get along so well and love seeing each other. 


The tournament was suppose to go on today but was cancelled because we had the craziest storm this morning! Hail was hitting out windows so hard I was scared they were going to shatter. Thankfully they didn't and the storm moved through pretty quickly. Cameron and I are heading to Dallas this afternoon to see one of his fav bands...Parachute. I am looking forward to an evening and night kid free. It's much needed 😊