Friday, March 2, 2018

seven quick takes

1. Last Saturday, Cameron took Amelia on their Valentine's present date to see Daniel Tiger Live. Being that Cameron hates things like this it was pretty special that was the date he chose to take her on. And even more so that he wore different shoes like she asked him to ;)

She had read a book about a dad and daughter who went on a date and they were different shoes. She talked about it ALL week! Cameron almost had a heart attack no lie! He is SO ocd and this just about took it over the edge 😂 I was dying. It was so great.

As you can see they had the best time. 

2. Baseball practice started this week which overlaps with basketball which leads for many late nights. Plus both boys have big field trips today so come Saturday I imagine they are going to be exhausted.

3. I finished Stars of Fortune and grabbed up Shakespeare's Trollop by chance at the library. I'm only a couple of chapters in but so far it's good. The boys and I are still listening to Order of The Phoenix which has reminded me that this is my least favorite Harry Potter book. The anticipation of the next 2 is killing me!

4. We had a big first this week

someone lost her first tooth! Man did it come with some drama. She literally had a 30 min fit in the car before preschool Wednesday crying, yelling that no one loved her, why was she in our family, all because her tooth was super loose. I was just sitting there like what in the world is happening??!! Is this really how girls are? I was baffled. Of course she wasn't in school but about an hour her own words...

"I was doing awt and put my hand over my mouf and pop my toof fell out."

She was over the moon excited when I picked her up and her teachers said all she talked about all day was telling "the brothers." They were so excited for her I swear one of them had tears in his eyes. 
And, a couple of weeks ago Aiden lost his last tooth 😭 and decided to save it for when Amelia lost her tooth so they both could have the tooth fairy visit.

First tooth and last tooth. After two weeks of waiting he forgot to put it under his pillow. He left it in the bathroom and Asher almost threw it away this morning. Such is life 😉

5. The weather has finally perked up so tomorrow I plan on spending the day outside prepping my garden for planting. I need to plant onions and potatoes soon. I had so much fun growing these last year I plan to use one whole bed for potatoes. I tried garlic but could not get it to grow so I might try that again. Any other suggestions for spring?

6. I listened to this podcast and I have to say it's been a wee bit life changing. Since listening I have come to find out that I actually do like music and incorporating it into my life this week has been nice. I also finally learned how to use our Alexa after 2 years of having it. Me and technology most of the time just doesn't get along. Don't ever ask me my feelings on Siri...EVER! I feel so smart now and so fancy asking Alexa things :)

7. Lastly I have a question.
If you have known someone for about 4 have more like a working relationship not friendship but you see her every week, and all of a sudden out of nowhere you notice she is pregnant {or at least you think she is} do you say something? Or do you wait for her to say something? 😬

Linking up with Kelly!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

kirchoff Sunday best {week 6}

"Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?"
~St. Gerard Majella

Someone was still eating pancakes in the pictures because as usual...we decided last minute to go to the early mass and was running late.

My dress Gap via thredup; leggings Target, Boots Michael Kors 
My blazer is awesome! I just got it from Evy's Tree for a great price and it's going to be a new staple in my closet for sure. I also picked up this jacket and it's so cute! 

And I guess everyone decided to go early today because we got stuck in the balcony...again! Ugh! It's so hard for the kids to stay focused up there and the pews are so small my 6'3 husband has no leg room. Oh least we were there 😊

Linking up with Rosie

Saturday, February 24, 2018

(7qts) week in review

1. Last Saturday was a wee bit insane. Along with our usual sports commitments Aiden had a school dance to go to. So we left basketball a little early {his team was ahead and we knew he was going to win...and it helps when Dad is the coach} and went to the dance. I love chaperoning his dances but what I love more is that he likes me there. Him and his friends were so silly dancing and having fun and then they would all come over and talk to me and "check up" on me to make sure I was having fun :) It was a fun evening!

Aiden and Jacob...the definition of framily

2. Last week I did a post here on how I keep up with my daily and weekly chores. Hopefully it can inspire you!

3. Currently I'm reading Stars of Fortune and am loving it! I'm almost done and plan on picking up Saintly Women of Modern Times next. I always take reading recommendations so let me know if you are reading something good!

4. My fav podcast lately has been The Simple Show. Their last two have been on how to use your earbuds and for someone who never really gave much thought to it, I really enjoyed it and was inspired to be more intentional about what I'm listening to. They introduced me to this podcast and I am obsessed! And then this song and I've had it on repeat in the car with the kids. It's so great and a little bit makes me tear up...just sayin.

5. The weather here has been so rainy and cold but honestly I kind of love it. The majority of the year here in Texas is insanely hot and dry so a little cold and rain is least in my opinion.

6. For Valentine's we gave the kids each a date and Asher and I went on ours last night! He was so cute and excited for your special time together. I found a new to us kind of fancy local nail salon for pedicures!

He also convinced me to let him get a manicure ;)

I'm telling you...this boy took full advantage of this time. He was laid back, using the massage chair, ordering was pretty cute. He said can we come back every week.

After pampering we stopped by Starbucks for some late night coffee.

It was a great Friday evening with my fav 10 year old.

7. Finally, I feel so sad that the Olympics are wrapping up. I have loved watching all the USA athletes go out there and give it their all. They are so inspiring and watching it with my boys has been great. I love them seeing the ups and downs and all the back stories. Only 4 more years until the summer ones :)

Linking up with Kelly!

Monday, February 19, 2018

{inspiration monday} cleaning checklists

The organized heart of mine loves me some lists. I have tried all different types of cleaning lists to help keep my house running in order. Ones that I make, ones from Pinterest but my favorite have come from I Should Be Mopping the Floor blog.

They are so beautiful and colorful and actually make cleaning look appealing 😉

I will admit, the daily sheet is about 2 to 3 days of work for me. Some things I do wiping down the kitchen and vacuuming the hard wood floors but other things I do not do anything bathroom related. It is nice though to check it off as I go and see what still needs to be done and what might be able to wait.

I wanted a nice place to display these beautiful printouts and have always wanted to do something with the end of my island. After picking up this cute stool from TJ Maxx I knew that hanging the lists on clipboards would really spice this area up.

I am so happy with how it all turned out. Check out other inspiring idea over at the Inspiration Monday party!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

{7qts} what a week

1. Last Saturday Aiden had the bowling game of his life! He bowled 5 strikes in a row at the beginning of his third game at league which set him up to possibly bowl a perfect game.

with the owner of the alley. You get to wear a turkey hat when you bowl a turkey which he was very excited about ;)

People from all over the alley were coming over to watch him. To bowl 5 strikes in a row is hard...especially for a 12 year old who has only been bowling about a year and a half. He ended up not getting a strike on his 6th and his final score for that game was a 186. being that his average is a 93 a 186 is pretty amazing! It was an exciting Saturday :)

2. Since Valentine's Day fell on Ash Wednesday this year {or vice versa} we celebrated with the kids Monday evening. We gave them cards and in them described a date we had planned with each one. They were super excited! I took Milly on her date Friday to a "fancy" movie theater to watch Paddington 2

The movie was really cute and we had a great time. I have to say it was REALLY hard not getting candy since I gave up sweets for Lent but I did survive :) Excited about my dates with my boys in the coming weeks.

3. Obligatory Ash pics

Every year they get us really good so this year I planned on sitting on the side the priest would give the ashes. Well that plan didn't really work out...the priest didn't so Mass {since it wasn't a full mass} the deacon did. And let's just say he hit us hard. Asher and Amelia had ashes all over their noses. It was hard not to laugh and I had to do a little cleanup when we got back to the pew. Better luck next year!

4. We actually got lucky in that the kids school really doesn't celebrate Valentine's Day. Aiden doesn't get to at all because he's in middle School and Asher's class, instead of usual Valentine's parties, does a service project. They raised money for an organization called Drops of Grace that raises money to build wells for countries that need clean water. Then each student brought a gallon of water and they spent an hour walking with the gallons of water to raise awareness of how far people have to walk for clean water. It's really cool and I'm proud of our school for forgoing parties for service projects. 
Amelia didn't have a party at her preschool but they did hand out Valentines. She was such a busy bee addressing each one the day before.

And of course looked adorable in her new dress the day of.

5. For Valentine's, my Valentine got me the best gift ever...

A new pair of slippers. I'm an easy to please girl :)

6. Amelia got a new leotard for dance last week and looked so cute!

7. Finally, we have been all about the Olympics! I just looooove me some Olympics. In my old age ;) I have come to really enjoy not only the wins of the athletes but the failures. I think it shows so much to kids that you can train your hardest, be the best you can be and still not win. And guess what...that's okay. It's okay to train and have a passion for something and still fail at it. Watching Lindsay Vonn lose her race last night or Nathan Chen not come quite close enough for a medal, those are the moments that define people. It's also fun watching Shawn White come back and win after a devastating loss at the last Olympics. All these stories are so inspiring and I think so important for kids to watch.

Linking up with Kelly!

Happy Weekend :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

kirchoff sunday best: week 6

"May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light."
Colossians 1: 11-12

Yesterday was SOOOOO cold! Plus we were running so late to church that I just grabbed a quick pic of the kids. Good thing was the early Mass was pretty empty {I chalk that up to the cold} so we got a seat which was a miracle. Usually if you are are standing.
After Mass we dropped off the kids at my parents house and headed out on a Valentine's Day date. We went into to Austin to an outdoor mall area which seemed a little crazy because it was 25 degrees and sleeting. Maybe it shows how desperate we were to do something without kids?! We did a little shopping, had a wonderful brunch

the only picture took of the whole day. Priorities people.

and stopped in a fancy theater to see 12 Strong. Not the most romantic movie but it was really good. 

Day dates are my absolute favorite and yesterday was perfect. We picked up the kids around 6, went home watched some Olympics, got ready for bed and they were out by 8. Perfect end to the perfect day :)

Linking up with Rosie