Dreary January catch-up 1.3.17 – 1.9.17

Did you all thaw out? Not yet? That’s alright. Today will be warm. Finally. 

Our power bill from November to December more than doubled (went up like $190) which was cause for concern since that seemed a little extravagant. Also- our biggest use days we weren’t even home! 

They sent a guy out and he checked some stuff and basically- our AC unit is pulling the right amount of power- but is not pushing out any extra heat. 

The air that was coming out in our home he said was supposed to be ~105+. It was 87. And we were using the power to push out 105. It looked like in paper that our house would be 78 degrees all the time. (DEF not so).

Well- the coldness and ice basically killed it. When it gets below 30- our heat doesn’t do anything. So we shut it off- ran space heaters and kept a fire going through the whole dreary thing. 

Our AC is supposed to be getting checked today and hopefully it’ll be nice and toasty for the next cold spell. (If we even have one!)

I snapped this at church Wednesday night. The kids play hard and make a big mess, and then our kids leader, Samuel, makes them clean. And they love the cleaning part. They argue over who gets to vacuum. Tonight- Judah got to. 


And Lucy and I have been playing with our clay- and making little things. (The chapstick is real, just for size reference). 

And just wanted to show proof what I have to brush out every single day. 

Every. Single. Day. 

We had planned on donating her hair- but then I started looking into the companies. And a lot of them are not fully honest about what they do with the hair. I decided that I’m not going to chop off her hair to send to a company that may or may not use it for that purpose and instead sell it for a few bucks. 

Also- her hair was fine and brittle, and super tangly. It was also lighter at the ends which made me believe it would be in the toss stack. And it’s precious to me and to her and I don’t really want it sold for $3 to Malaysia. No offense. 

So we trimmed it some and it looks much better. 

Anywhoo. Off to do some school! 

32nd Birthday 1.2.17

I awoke on my 32nd birthday to lots of little surprises. The first, from my husband. 

Still curious as to who is #1 in humor at or house…

And Lucy… my dear sweet child. She carried around a clipboard all day and would randomly ask me how to spell things, (like decorations) but wouldn’t let me see what was on her list. 

Then the kids and Wes went to Walmart for a super secret reason…

He called me and told me that she showed him her list, and on it at the bottom was customers. When he asked her what she meant- she said, “people to come to the party, Daddy!”

Once they got home I hopped in the shower to give them some time- and I came out to a big surprise party- put together almost entirely by my 6 year old. 

She’s so excited she’s blurry. 

And instead of bringing more sweets in my house- we used a gift from my sweet friend Ms.Sam- the best brownies ever made. 

The kids picked out gifts for me at Walmart. Judah got me a box of whoppers – then proceeded to ask if I’d share them. 

Lucy got me stickers for my guitar or “whatever” and I had to get a picture of her list. 

Her list reads:

  • 🎸 (guitar stickers)
  • Decorations
  • Party hats
  • Brownes (brownies)
  • Wallmart (she wrote it bc they were there)
  • Costoners (customers)
  • Boloons (balloons)
  • Candy
  • Card

It was the sweetest thing. And I make a lot of lists and notes and she did just like me. ☺️

And then, after a super yucky dreary day- the sun showed up long enough for a beautiful sunset. I used an old favorite app- which allows you to adjust everything in the camera (shutter speed, iso, etc)- and got this picture. 

Thank you Jesus for the gift 😊

And finally- my bullet journal spread for January 1st and 2nd. My sermon notes and my birthday recap. 

Loving my Polaroid camera, too!

Here’s to 2017 and 32!

New Year- New Style 1.1.17

I changed up my blog titles. About time I guess. And I’ve got some thinking to do. 

First- let’s get caught up.

We made our trek to the Goff’s over in Alabama. We had a great visit and wished we’d done it much sooner. (It had been a year since we’d seen them.)


We did a late birthday party- and I believe my kids are 90% of the cookie cake. 

Then we did Christmas.


And the kids were so excited. And then we played games. So many games!


Aunt Ashley was good with clues.πŸ˜‰

And then we made our way home. 

And I thought out all my resolutions and all of my goals and where that left this blog. 

And I think it leaves it smaller and less frequent. I won’t close it down, but I also am not going to try and post each day. I had that goal once. But not anymore. I do too much and daily blogging isn’t very high on my list anymore. 

I will post the highlights. 

But as for now- I’m going to go sit with my kids (who aren’t babies anymore) and I’m gonna eat some brownies (because it’s my bday) and I’m gonna live and post on here when I think about it. I hope you continue to follow along! 

121916 – 122516: Christmasses

Well, another Christmas has come and gone… and as a lot of years, we aren’t quite through yet. 

We started our rounds in Louisiana. We spent a few days with Papa J and Nana. We made derby cars and had a lot of fun with those. 

And I forced the 3 generations of Kirkley’s to take a picture. None of them were happy about it, I’ll be honest. Least of all was the littlest Kirkley. But with a little bribe, he smiled like it was his idea. (And he forgot about the bribe πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜œ)

Up next was the Gresham Christmas with my family. We almost always get out my moms wig and pass it around. We all felt it looked weirdest on Nick. 

Then Christmas Eve rolled around and we opened presents from the people who brought them by, and then around lunch Mawmaw came over and we did some gifts then. Judah got a BIG racetrack thing and we couldn’t take it to our family thing the next day, so we just went ahead. 

Lucy got her ukelele and a harmonica, and both kids love it. 

Judah got a Minion that poots if you feed it bananas. And that’s probably the gift that won Christmas for him. 

I got to open my Polaroid camera and I love it! It’s really a cool little thing. 

And then Christmas morning… wes and I got up early and the kids earlier than I expected- and we did our family gifts. Wes surprised me with a real ukelele. He did research, went to at least 2 music stores, and decided on this little beauty. It’s a pineapple shaped one, and plays so beautifully. I’m quite excited. 

And me and my dang “forcing people to take pictures” worked out because I got a good picture of the 4 of us with my Polaroid. 

The back peels off and it’s a sticker too!

We had our Christmas service, which was just so quaint and perfect. I used my new ukelele and we did just a couple of songs. It was so nice to hear the collective voices singing along instead of just hearing feedback from monitors. I really enjoyed it. Plus, Wes’ sermon about the magi was so perfect. Knowing that our Jesus came to us, for us. It’s a great thing to think about. 

Then I had a gift from a friend. Who knows me all too well. 

Yep! That’s lunchroom trays! And you can bet that I’m gonna use them!

Then we headed towards Hattiesburg (after a nice warm Christmas Day of playing on the slack line). 

Wes’ moms side of the family. 

We had so much food, and a real good time. Lucy opened her last big gift- and she loves it. It’s so dang big she could just about live in it!

And then the gift I’ve been hearing about for MONTHS, I finally got to open! And I’m not gonna let Wes take it, however bad he wants to. 

If you don’t know what kind of shirt this is, then you didn’t grow up as a girl in the 90’s. Lisa Frank was life. I’m pumped to wear it. I do believe the shirt gives some confidence too. I mean, Wes looks very majestic. 

And now today the kids can settle in and play with their stuff. I’m cleaning out like I always do after Christmas. I like starting my new year clean. 

We’ve still got my other side of the family  to do and we’ll do it this weekend. By the time we’re back home- it’ll basically be the new year so I have to get busy the next few days. 

So, down goes my tree and down goes my decorations. It’ll be nice to sit down and not see wrapping paper scraps everywhere. I’ll miss them until next year, though. I do love this season. 

My favorite memory of this Christmas was when Wes and I sat down and talked to the kids about the real meaning. 

We couldn’t get a word in… Lucy knew the story back to front. (Super encouraging given we pastor a church! Ha!)  Our kids leaders do an exceptional job. But we shared that our best gift always and forever will be our Savior, come as a little baby, with cows and camels, with a young father who was in awe and a young mother who watched and stored her thoughts of the events in her heart. It’s truly a miraculous story and a story I love to tell. 

I pray we do the same as Mary at Christmas. We should look at our children, and store up those memories, because we only get one Christmas a year. Next year my kids may not squeal with glee when they open their gifts. I feel like they will, but I don’t know. I’m treasuring my biggest blessings for sure. 

121516 – 121816:Β 

We’ve had a busy few days.

 Judah took time out to wash and put his hot wheels to bed with a snack. 

We had our Eve Christmas Party and did a sock swap. It was a lot of fun. 

And Wes did another little painting. 

I helped clean the flag. 

Turned out pretty good. 

And then the packing and cleaning to get ready for our upcoming trip. 

But we got it all done – biggest accomplishment was finishing school on time. Hooray! 100 lessons done. Whew. 

Alrighty- now time to enjoy Christmas!

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