planning ahead

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Last year on Aiden's birthday it really hit me how fast time is flying! When he turned 9 I had a mini panic attack...only 9 more summers with him at home...9 more spring breaks to take fun vacations...well you get the picture ;)

After Amelia was born we had to put vacationing on halt because she hasn't really been the best traveler. But I finally decided that we can wait no more to travel, it's now or never {well not really but I like the dramatics ;)}.

So the week after Christmas we are driving a VERY long 12 hours up to Taos, New Mexico to go on our first skiing trip as a family. I.Cannot.Wait!

The thing is though this trip has been very hard to plan. VERY HARD!!!!!! I have changed my mind a billion times, researched countless hours on the computer for months and here I am only a few months away from the trip and am still planning it all. At first it was just going to be our family, then my parents wanted to go and now my sister and her family are going. While this is all exciting, it does make planning a little harder then I imagined. 

With all that though I am still so super excited to go on this trip. My kids have never seen real snow and I am just dying for that moment with them. They have never seen mountains. This trip is going to present them with so many firsts and I cannot wait to experience them all with them :)

fireworks on NYE :)


Monday, September 28, 2015

"Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves." ~Pope Francis

dress Gap
Aiden's shirt Target

After a morning full of baseball, Aiden and I decided to go to the 6pm mass...just the 2 of us. It was pretty great if I do say so myself :)

Happy Monday!

the pope in america

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Pope is here!!!!!!! 

This is pretty exciting news especially for Catholics. I have found myself these past few days glued to the TV watching everything I can on what he's doing.

I kinda wished I would have packed up the family to follow him. But that's not completely logical right now in our life.

Oh well.

I love this Pope and all he stands for. I love his message for peace and I love the things he is doing within the church. I know not every Catholic agrees but I personally believe these changes are needed now with the way society is changing. 

"A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton."

15 months

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Aiden was only 15 months old when Asher was born. I knew it was crazy but it was all we knew and it was our life. Plus Aiden was seriously the best baby on the planet! So life was a little hectic and I remember many times I felt very defeated but again it was all we knew.

Our plan was to space our kids 3 years apart. Ever heard the saying "we make plans and God laughs" well that was definitely us ;) 

This whole 15 months apart gig has worked pretty nice for us though. The boys are best friends. I mean it's seriously amazing how well they get along. 

Their fav thing to do is after we tuck them in at night, Asher sneaks over and jumps in bed with Aiden and they talk every night. They thought we weren't on to their little late night chat sessions but when Asher hops off his bed it seriously sounds like the ceiling might fall. We just pretend not to know because we love it. It's so sweet that they come together at night to talk things over. 

I hope they always rely on each other for advice...even as adults. 

I've always told them that they are each others eternal best friend. They have to treasure their relationship, keep secrets for each other, give each other good advice and most importantly always have each others back.

Yesterday in the car they were talking about college and the conversation went a little like this...

Aiden "I think I am going to go to UT for a few years because I know that's were Asher wants to go and I want to go to school with him. I want to watch him play baseball...I will go to every single game."

Asher "And we can be roommates when I start college. This is going to be so exciting."

Aiden "But then I want to go to Texas A&M because they have the best Veterinarian school and I want to be a Vet."

Asher "But we will never see each other Aiden and I will miss you."

Aiden "Asher it's okay it's not that far and we can visit each other on the weekends and hang out."

Asher "Well only if I'm not married."

Aiden "Okay sounds like a plan."

amelia's adventures in preschool day 3

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I have to say this whole preschool thing has been a lot harder then I imagined. The first day was great! 

The second day was awful...I mean heartbreaking awful. She cried the entire way to preschool, started screaming as we pulled up, screamed all the way down the hall and once we entered the classroom the teacher had to pry her off me where she proceeded to yell "Don't leave me I need you!!!!!!!! I NEED YOU!!!!!!!!" at the top of her lungs.

It took everything inside me to actually leave her there. Thankfully when I picked her up she was all smiles and said she loved preschool. And her teacher said she had a great day :) 

So here we are at the 3rd day and the morning started off nice. Cameron took the boys to school so Sis and I could have an easy morning at home. We ate breakfast, got dressed, played with her new Frozen dolls a little, made her lunch and used a funny elmo shaped sandwich cutter that she loves and talked about preschool. She seemed happy...a little unsure but overall happy. 

We went to buy new pacifiers before school {don't judge} and a gift card for her teacher. When we pulled up she was a little unsure saying "I think I might need you." I just reassured her how much fun she was going to have :) We walked all the way to the classroom and I looked down at her and saw big tears forming. We walked in, put her things away, talked to her teacher and then I snuck away while she started playing with a doll house. I turned and looked at her as I was leaving and saw her eyes well up with huge tears. But no crying. I stood by the door for a little while and listened and never heard crying. That was a huge relief. I know she really does enjoy it there, this is all just really new for the both of us.

My little lady is growing up :)

my life lately

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My life lately feels...
~like a taxi driver

But it also feels...

because even though there is a long list of things that could make me shut down or crawl into a hole the list of good completely outweighs it. I am literally all over the place these days...showing up to conferences at the kids school on the completely wrong day and time or taking my preschooler late on the 2nd day of school...but I try to just laugh it off. The truth is having 3 kids of all ages is pretty insane. While insane it's my job. A job I chose with an open heart which is why I will embrace and love it no matter how wonky it feels at times :)
This is a small explanation why I haven't been blogging as much lately.

"Teach us to give and not count the cost"
-St. Ignatius de Loyola
Sunday was the first day of religious education after church for the boys. So this meant we had to go to early church. Well, that didn't work well with our littlest. When it was time to leave she was still asleep so Daddy stayed home and it was just the boys and I. 

And if I'm being honest, I actually loved it. I could sit and listen to the priest's sermon and it couldn't have been more perfect. He talked about having charity in your heart towards the families with small children in the church. He said that the church wants these small children in mass so open your hearts to them when they are struggling. Instead of glaring at them, stop and pray for them. He said some of the strongest people in church are parents with babies or small children because they are doing whatever it takes to come to church and receive Jesus even though it's hard. He also referred to the cry room "as the place between purgatory and hell." That one got a huge laugh and I could oh so relate as that's where we are usually seated when little sister is with us. He also talked about marriage and how the older a couple grows the harder their marriage can become because of sickness and ailments. He reminded everyone to always love your spouse and to have charity towards them by taking small steps to make their life easier. As I left my heart was full and happy. I dropped off the boys and rushed home to hug my little terror in church and my husband. I cannot wait for mass next week where I will proudly take care of my little miss sassy knowing that I am doing exactly what Jesus wants me to.

upstairs at escondido

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lately I've been on a major redecorating-finishing decorating room kick. It all started with the laundry room. Then the powder room and now as I walk around the house I notice all the other rooms that need to be finished. There's no better time then now, especially since the boys are in school and Amelia goes 1 day a week. This week I finished the boys bathroom and the playroom and I cannot tell you how much I love them both! Grab a cup of coffee {or whatever you prefer} and let's go on a walk through my upstairs :)

Boy's Bathroom

I love this bathroom! It's so cutely placed between their rooms and I feel like lots of secrets live in these walls. At night we keep the doors open and the boys talk to each other for a few minutes before bedtime. Sometimes I stand outside their doors and listen but most nights I leave and let their secrets stay between them and in these walls :)
shower curtain, rug, stools, towels and hamper all from Target
"A's" were made on our beach trip with sea shells we found. The print I came from the old house and was ordered off Etsy. I just absolutely love this Psalm. So fitting for a space shared by brother.
These 3 prints also came from the old house. All were purchased on Etsy and frames I grabbed years ago on clearance at Michael's.

Their potty room {surprisingly} is one of my fav rooms in the house. Not because what goes on in there but because of all the adorable little faces that grace the walls. I use to ALWAYS take the boys to get their pictures made. I absolutely loved to. When we moved I found all these framed pictures and wanted to put them somewhere but wasn't sure. Then I realized this was the perfect place! Floor to ceiling cuteness :)

Amelia loves this room and always runs in there and says "ah look cute baby Asher" or "ah look at Dish (Aiden)"

Next stop the...


This space sits at the top of the stairs and overlooks the living room in parts. When we first moved in I just put stuff up there that we had at the old house {minus the's all new}. Everyday I walked up there I just thought man this room could be so much better! So better I made it :) 

The theme is travel.

Couch from World Market. Pillows from Target. Blanket from PS I Adore You
Shelving unit from IKEA

The cute map idea I saw on Pinterest and then a friend of mine made one for her house and inspired me to do it in my own :) It's a USA road map that I glued to a cork board and then bought an open back from from Hobby Lobby, glued it to that and then hung. We are marking all the places we have traveled as a family with pins. As you can see we have many more places to visit ;) Then around the frame I will hang pictures from our travels. 

map, cork board and picture hanging kit all from Amazon

I bought the cute "Adventure Awaits Go Find It" decal from here.
I love vinyl wall decals. They are such a cost effective, fun way to liven up a wall. Just try not to go overboard...I think that's the key. I've been to homes where I feel like I just need to walk around and read it. Ha!

Originally I had nothing around the TV but one morning as I was sitting up there watching TV with the boys I realized that I needed to put something. I found these cute wooden board signs on sale at World Market and they were perfect! They not only are cute but stay with the travel theme. Then I took these wood shelves from IKEA that we had at the old house and spray painted them navy. I thought displaying the kids games and movies would be a fun touch for them. The decal above the TV is from one of my fav songs and was purchased from this store.
The striped ottoman is from Target, media stand from World Market and globe from an antique store.

Around the window I framed prints we had at the old house in new frames I bought {on sale of course} from Michael's online. Their online store is awesome and offers free shipping with a minimum purchase! The "HOME" light up sign I bought on clearance at Kohl's around Christmas. 

Off the playroom is a pretty big walkway that leads to the overlook, Amelia's room and bathroom and Asher's room. We had bought this very cool circular bookshelf from World Market before we moved in and this was the perfect place to put it. Now this shelf has been redone MANY times but after my girl's trip to Waco and a fun vintage suitcase purchase this shelf all came together.
Chalkboard came from the Homework Room

Love love love this old suitcase! Globe purchased from a little shop off instagram called Southern Junk.

Little suitcases I bought on clearance at Target back when we moved in, framed print from Etsy, sand hand prints from our beach trip a few years ago and all our photo books and scrapbooks from trips over the years. I also added some Angry Birds that the boys painted a few years ago.

So there's the upstairs. I hope you enjoyed your tour of 2 of the rooms. Amelia and I are going to work on a few changes going on in her room and bathroom today so hopefully in the coming days I will have that post ready to go!


Monday, September 14, 2015

My main man turned 36 yesterday. It's quite a busy weekend when you have 2 very important birthdays to celebrate and I always try to make a point to make both very special. We celebrated Saturday with a trip to the Longhorn football game {more on that later} then yesterday Cam played golf in the morning and we just hung out around the house watching football, our fantasy teams, eating wings from Wing Stop and a delicious cake {if I do say so myself} that I made thanks to the help of Pinterest.

Chocolate Cake with a homemade caramel buttercream icing drizzled with homemade caramel. Yummo!!!! Recipe here

Happy birthday love! You make 36 look reeeeaaal good ;)

and our


"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
~St. Francis of Assisi

Amelia: Dress, Carter's; shoes Old Navy
Aiden: Shirt, Target; jeans Children's Place
Asher: Shirt TJMaxx; jeans Children's Place

3 years old

Friday, September 11, 2015

My littlest love is 3 today. I still can't believe her birthday is on 9/11 even 3 years later. It's just kind of crazy :)
one of my all time favs :)

We are celebrating this evening with a family trip to Chuck e Cheese and an Elmo cake that her and I are making today. We also made a special trip to Target this morning where she spent some of her birthday money on these cute Palace Pets. 

I am so excited about her 3's! I just absolutely love this age. All the things she says, all the places we can go together...she's just growing up so fast and each new stage I am enjoying as much as I can! 

I love you so much my sweet Amelia. You have completed and fulfilled our family in a way you will never understand. We all adore you and cannot wait to see what the next year has in store!

Yesterday from her 1st ballet class ;)  

amelia's adventures in preschool

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Today my little lady headed off to her 1st day of preschool.

 She was so excited! We've been talking about it the last few days and she was more then ready to go. Cameron went with us and when we pulled up to the school she said "Daddy that's my preschool!" We walked her to her classroom and she ran straight in and started playing. I was so happy to see her happy and confident. I think today is going to be a great day for her :)

{DIY Decor} Powder Room Revamp

Monday, September 7, 2015

I had originally planned this lovely {and very hot} Labor Day to start with a lazy morning and then an afternoon at the baseball field, followed by a lazy evening. Well my plans kinda changed. Cameron decided to play golf really early with some friends so instead of being lazy I decided to be productive. I redid my powder room! I have been wanting to redo this room since the laundry room because it's SOOOOOOOO boring and it's right next to the laundry room so you see it when you walk by. Saturday I hopped over to World Market and bought the finishing touches to the room and had planned to get it done sometime this week. 

But I'm glad I did it today! 

Powder Room Revamp

This room was actually super easy to do and very cost effective! The whole redo was under $100.


Blah, blah and more blah


Le Bain sign from World Market

I bought these antique tin tiles on my girl's weekend in Waco. I had originally planned on hanging them in our master bath but changed my mind and think they stand out more here. I love them! I bought the ledge shelves at Target.

One of the biggest problems in this bathroom is lack of storage plus it's really small so I can't really put in a storage shelf. I found this cute white basket at World Market and knew that it would look great and the white would pop off the gray floor. Perfect toilet paper storage. I also saw this circle World Market rug and loved! I've tried rectangular rugs and they just seem awkward. The circle was perfect! I had thought white but white rugs get so dirty so I just went with gray. I was worried it would blend in but I love how it looks! 

And a cute hand towel for added color {also from World Market}.

This corner was so bare so I grabbed the little table I had in the living room and just moved it in here and found the plant in another room as well but liked how it looked here.

This room turned out perfect! Now I can leave the door open and enjoy looking in there when I walk by :)
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