best of 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Happy New Year!!!

2018 was an awesome year for our family and as usually completely flew by! Looking forward to all the new memories 2019 hold in store for us. But for now here's a look back at 2018 :)

Skiing on New Year's Day

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

twas the week before Christmas...

Friday, December 21, 2018

It is almost Christmas!

And I can hardly believe it...really. Man this last year went by so fast. Every year I feel like I say that but this year it really seems true. The kids had 3 days of school with two of those being big test days for the boys. Let's just say I am glad we are done with that ;)

Last weekend Amelia performed in her school's rendition of the Nutcracker. 

sunday best

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

If there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
Philippians 4:4, 8

checking things twice

Friday, December 14, 2018

1. Can you believe Christmas is almost here??? I seriously cannot. We are finishing things up with the kids school and after school activities and life feels like a mad dash to a finish line right now. I think once they are out next Wednesday we will all sigh a sigh of relief and slow down and prepare for Christmas Day.

2. Y'all...I've been so proud of myself this Advent. I have actually stuck to it and celebrated the feast days that I had originally planned. It's been fun...busy but fun. The other night while we ate dinner Cameron told the kids they had no idea how lucky they were to have a mom who went all out to teach them new things and man that made me so happy. Who doesn't love to feel validated :) Wednesday we celebrated our Lady of Guadalupe. This is a huge holiday here in Texas. We had tacos for dinner...lite our Virgin de Guadalupe candle and listened to the Coco soundtrack. I read the story of Juan Diego and Mary appearing to him and overall it was a successful celebration! 

3. The boys had ugly holiday sweater day at school this week.

sunday best

Sunday, December 9, 2018

"May the Holy Spirit enkindle you with the fire of his Love so that you may preserve, unfailingly, in the love of His service."
St. Hildegard von Bingen

week in review

Friday, December 7, 2018

1. Happy Advent friends!

{7qt} creating a simple advent for your family

Friday, November 30, 2018

Here are 7 simple ways that we celebrate Advent! I am fully convinced that if we can pull it off so can you :)
My goal for Advent is to make it as family friendly as possible. Over the past 2 years I have found the things that work best for our busy family. It's been a "learn as you go" process for the most part ;) I absolutely LOVE Advent! It's one of my favorite seasons in the liturgical calendar and incorporating it in our family's life was very important to me because it was something that we didn't do when I was a kid. 

tis the season

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Advent and Christmas seasons are right around the corner. This time of year is one of my favorites! It use to be my favorite but the older I get the more I enjoy every season. However, this is probably close to the top.

a week of thankfulness

Monday, November 26, 2018

After a week of relaxing, fun activities and lots of family the kids are back in school. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week and I am convinced that the older the kids get, the more enjoyable holidays are :)

We started off the week going to see the Nutcracker. It was good...a little weird but good.

our life lately in pictures

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Our life since the last update.

hello fall

Monday, October 15, 2018

Last week was fall break over in our neck of the woods. What's fall you break you might ask? It's a week vacation in October. It's the best. Really.

{sqt} so many birthday, so many sports

Friday, September 14, 2018

1. This was a week of birthdays in our house! Tuesday was Amelia's, Wednesday was our family party and Thursday was Cameron's. 

6 years old

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Today our little lady is 6 years old.

kirchoff travel diaries day 8: mount vernon

Monday, September 10, 2018

Our last day of our east coast vacation had arrived. We were all pretty tired but honestly I'm not sure that we were completely ready to go home. Aiden wasn't at all but the other 4 of us were feeling a little home sick. Our fight was in the evening and our goal for the day was to see Mount Vernon. So we packed up and headed that way. The drive was gorgeous! The weather was a little overcast so it wasn't as hot as it had been the previous days which was really nice. Once we got to Mount Vernon we checked in and got our badges. And posed for a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Washington.

kirchoff travel diaries day 7: a day in d.c.

Today was our last full day of vacation. We were all so tired at this point but also ready to go because we had a full day planned. It was our only full day in DC and we were going to take full advantage of that. We woke up early and headed out. Our first stop was these signs to commemorate the all star game. We saw these our first day in DC and then again the night before and promised Asher that we would stop by for a photo op.

kirchoff travel diaries day 6: churches, forts and monuments oh my!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Are you thinking this was the longest vacation ever?! 

Honestly at times I was like, another day? Ha! But yes, there was another day. It was Sunday, and after Aiden getting sick the night before, we were all thankful that he woke up feeling better. We packed up our room and got ready for church. When you are staying in the town with the first Catholic Cathedral in the US. you kind of have to attend Mass. Especially when you are there on a Sunday. 

I was so sad that the church was empty. It was beautiful and no one was there. Back here at home our church is so packed every Sunday that getting there 5 minutes before Mass starts warrants that you most likely cannot find a seat. I guess that's just something I take for granted. Mass was beautiful and after we went downstairs to explore more. Man was this breathtaking.

As we made our way back up we stopped to talk to a Sister who was visiting from Canada. We talked about our travels, Saints we pray to and then wished each other a safe trip home. 

On the way out a nice man volunteered to take our picture.

At this point we were hungry! A friend of ours from Baltimore recommended a restaurant to get the true crab eating Maryland experience. We were all excited to try it out so off we went to the other side of the harbor.

Once we got there it started raining and the only seating they had available was upstairs  on an outside covered deck. We took it because the wait was an hour. I was so glad we took it because we had an awesome view of the harbor!

And it wasn't even hot thanks to the rain cooling everything down. We ordered beers, sodas, hushpuppies (the best I've ever had) and a bunch of crabs.

Once the crabs came we got to work.

The kids had SO much fun. Amelia did not eat the crab but she did bang on it and break it up for Asher. Both boys loved it. This was another one of my favorite parts of the trip. Such a fun experience.

After our bellies were full we drove down the street to Ft. McHenry.

Fort McHenry was so much more then I had imagined. We just loved walking around and being where the Star Spangled Banner was written was pretty special. 

On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol, the Treasury and the President’s house. It was another chapter in the ongoing War of 1812
“It seemed as though mother earth had opened and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone,” Key wrote later. But when darkness arrived, Key saw only red erupting in the night sky. Given the scale of the attack, he was certain the British would win. The hours passed slowly, but in the clearing smoke of “the dawn’s early light” on September 14, he saw the American flag—not the British Union Jack—flying over the fort, announcing an American victory.

As if all this wasn't enough for one day...well it wasn't and off to DC we went! Because of some traffic google maps took us on a VERY long way to our hotel in Arlington. On the drive we passed this Catholic church that I just had to take a picture of and to which Asher asked "are we really going to go to church twice in one day?!"

After what seemed like F.O.R.E.V.E.R. we arrived in Virginia!

We found our hotel, checked in, ran upstairs and dropped off our bags and headed into DC for our night bus tour of the city. Our bus was at Grand Central Station so we checked in and grabbed some Chipotle for dinner. This was not our best time in DC and unfortunately we were exposed to a very real part of DC. There were homeless people everywhere. We even saw an ambulance come get a guy out of the bathroom that had overdosed. We saw police surround a guy that was screaming and causing a scene until he calmed down. My kids were in shock. We boarded our bus right around sun down and started our tour. It was a double decker bus where everyone sat up top. The boys were SO excited!

The Capital

Washington Monument

Some expensive art work

Smithsonian Castle

African American Smithsonian Museum (not yet open...invitation only)

Jefferson Monument

I really really wanted to get out here but we never got a chance. Jefferson is one of my favorite founding fathers so next time we are in DC it's on the list!

Cute little bus rider

Swinging back around Jefferson Monument and getting a couple of different views.

DC at night is gorgeous. I also found it to be so weird seeing all these places in person as opposed to TV. It was nothing like I had imagined.

Our one and only get off point was at the Lincoln Memorial

Ya'll...this was amazing. 

There was something so magical about seeing it at night. 

We had time so we walked over to the Vietnam Memorial

Talking about this with the boys and seeing all the names of the men that passed fighting for our country really left an impact on Aiden. It was very surreal.

We walked down to the reflecting pool to get a closer look but it was so stinky we just turned around and got on the bus.

On the way back we drove by the WWII Memorial

Representing the war fought in the East

and West

One last look at the Capital at night

And we were back where we started. We loaded up and headed back to the hotel to get rested up for our last full day of vacation.

Linking up with Kelly!
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