WEEKEND WRAP-UP

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

We spent the weekend in East Tawakoni visiting my Mom! 

She recently semi-retired this spring and moved to her lake house permanently. She has a beautifully remodeled house on the lake that is now one of my very favorite places! We loaded up the boys on Friday afternoon and headed out to the lake for some fun! Unfortunately, Alyssa needed to stay in Waco and couldn't meet up with us this time. We sure missed her! 

 

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Saturday morning these two were up and ready to fish! We went to the bait shop after breakfast and grabbed some nightcrawlers and minnows. Carson kept putting his hand on the bottom of the minnow bag and would giggle feeling the minnows swimming around. 

 

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We fished for a couple hours before lunch but didn't have much luck!

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After lunch, we played some cards. We are all BIG Canasta fans! If you haven't played before, look up the rules online. There are lots of variations. You'll love it! 

It was very hot this weekend so we decided to get out in the kayaks. 

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Mom and I had so much fun!

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I love being out on the lake!

 

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Carson and Conner decided to give it a try! 

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They did great although Conner went overboard at one point! Ha! 

 

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Conner challenged Granny Pat to a race although I think he got a head start! 

 

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We did some more fishing before dinner and better luck this time!
Carson caught a catfish!

 

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And several perch! He was having the time of his life! #mylittlefisherman 

We ended the evening with smores after dinner!
Sadly, my pictures didn't turn out since it was so dark outside. 

 

Up at 6:30am Sunday morning determined to catch a fish. 

 

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And it paid off! Only a perch but I'll take it! Ha! 
I have the most fun watching the boys fish and get excited when they get a bite on their line or catch one. 😉

 

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Conner finally got one too! (I think mine was bigger!)

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Another LARGER catfish for Carson!

 

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Carson caught one fish after another! 

 

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Mark finally got one! (Can you see it?!)
He didn't fish as much because he was constantly baiting all of our hooks! 

A weekend full of fishing, kayaking, cards, and family was just what we needed! 

Have a great week! 

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WEEKEND GETAWAY {7.7.18}

Hello Friends! 

I took some time away as I prepared for my trip to Israel in June and business got busy selling houses! I came back and hit the ground running! I always feel like I work crazy hard right before I leave and then crazy hard when I return but it is ALL worth it. And I have THE BEST clients who allow me some time away. I am a blessed girl! 😊

I'm still working on my Israel blogs to share with all of you. Alyssa and I had the opportunity to go with our church to tour Israel and there are so many things I want to share with you that it's taking me some time to write the posts and make sure I don't leave anything out. Look for those next week! 

For today, I wanted to share about our spontaneous trip this past weekend! 

 

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On Friday, Alyssa came home from Waco to have her wisdom teeth removed. All four were impacted so she had to have oral surgery in order to remove them. This girl was a trooper! The anesthesia made her VERY emotional. She has had anesthesia before with her four knee surgeries however this one affected her very differently. In fact, I felt so bad for her that I didn't take any videos. HOWEVER, after she recovered and came back to our normal sweet Alyssa, she found that she had made videos of herself!!! She doesn't even remember recording them! Ha! They are hilarious! If you need a good laugh, go to my Facebook page HERE and watch them. And yes, I had permission to post them! 😉

On Saturday, we all decided we needed out of the house and figured Alyssa would recover better poolside than on the couch. So, we packed our bags and headed to Dallas! 

On the way, we looked up hotels with lazy rivers because floating sounded fantastic! I had a friend who had posted they had been to the Hilton Anatole so we decided to check it out. 

I called and grabbed two connecting rooms - one for me and Mark and one for the 4 kids.

 

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We arrived and quickly realized this hotel was WAY bigger than we thought! 

Friends, it is gorgeous! 

 

We went to check-in and found out they had made a mistake on our reservation. They didn't have any connecting rooms available. Therefore, they offered to upgrade us if it was okay for the kids' room to be one floor away from us. Now remember, our kids are 20, 16, 11, and 9 years old so having Alyssa (20) and Conner (16) definitely helps! We told them that wasn't a problem and they upgraded us to the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE!!!! 

 

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We had a full sectional in our living room! 

 

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and a table that seats 8! 

 

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Kitchenette with breakfast bar and 2 coffee makers! YES!!!

 

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There was a mini fridge in the kitchenette and another one in the living area. 

 

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Here is the view from the kitchenette into the living area. See that big desk on the right by Cutter?! We felt very important! The double white doors in the picture led to our bedroom. Friends, this was a 1 bedroom 1 1/2 bath suite! 

 

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Our bedroom was the size of my first apartment! 

 

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The kids were quite jealous of our room! Ha! 

Their room was one floor up and across the way from ours. See them way over there!

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We quickly changed into our swim suits and headed to the pool. 

 

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What we didn't realize, is there is a whole WATERPARK at the hotel! There is a kiddie area for smaller kids, two slides, basketball area, family pool, adult only pool, and a lazy river! 

 

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I snapped a couple quick pics and then we put my phone away and hit the water! 

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Outside the swim area, they have a large park area with corn hole and Connect Four games. They played a movie on the lawn for the kids that evening too. 

 

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It was beautiful and we had gorgeous weather!

 

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This was one of the views from our suite that night. I love the Dallas skyline! 

 

The kids were up and ready to go the next morning! 

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What do you do when you get the Presidential Suite?

Play football of course!

 

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The hotel was also gracious to give us a late check out so we had most of the day to hang at the pool/waterpark. 

 

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These two have such a sweet bond! 
*Please note Alyssa's cheeks were swollen from her surgery. (She would want you to know that! 😉)* She was still as beautiful as always! 

 

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We are lucky girls to have this guy!

 

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Love being with this girl of mine! 

 

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The boys spent most of their time playing basketball. 

 

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Alyssa jumped in and showed them how it was done!

 

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These four have my heart! 

We had THE BEST time and it was just what we needed! Some family time with my favorite peeps!

Hope you guys are all enjoying your summer! 

We are headed to east Texas to my Mom's lake house today. I'll be back Monday to recap our weekend as well as to share my Israel trip with you next week! 

XO 

 

LIFE LATELY

Hello, Summer! 

We are SO glad to see you!! 

We finished up the last week of school STRONG and exhausted! Ha! Today, I'm sharing what we have been up to lately! 

 

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Cutter's team placed 2nd for the season and therefore made it to the City Tournament. 

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I snapped this pic during the game of Cutter talking to his coach during a pitching change. We have LOVED being on the Hot Rods this year and having Coach HIriam! 

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This kid played his heart out! We fell short 13-9 but these kiddos had a great season! 

 

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Carson had his last awards ceremony for elementary. Insert sad face HERE. He was a Million Word Reader this year, A/B Honor Roll, and was awarded the Musician award. He says it is because he loves to sing. He definitely loves a stage and audience! This kid is full of confidence! We are so proud of him. I cannot believe he will be in middle school next year! Eeeks!

 

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We surprised Conner with a new truck! He came home one day last week from workouts and this was parked in the driveway for him! He was very excited! He just finished his sophomore year of high school. Only two more years at home! #timepleaseslowdown Love this kid!

 

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And these two girls finished up college classes! Alyssa took a May term class these past few weeks after her spring semester completed. This girl is pulling a 4.0 and is a JUNIOR in college! So incredibly proud of all of her hard work! 

Side note - last summer Alyssa and her roommate, Kayla (on the left) spent the summer with us. We had so much fun with pool dates and shopping, cooking, game nights, and watching Big Brother together! This summer they are out of the dorms and in an apartment and are both working therefore they are staying in Waco for the summer. We are going miss having them home! 

On Saturday, this happened...

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My nephew, Josh, graduated!! 

Oh my goodness, we could not be more proud and excited for him!! 

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Conner and Josh are very close. Conner is really going to miss him when he leaves for college in the Fall. Until then, they have a summer to make more memories! (P.S. It was 100 degrees here Saturday and Josh threw his hat at the end of the ceremony. Thus, crazy hair! We still adore him but his Momma got it fixed after we took these few pics! Ha!) 

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Joshua Martin, you have no idea how much all your little cousins love you and look up to you! We love you BIG! 

That's our life lately! 

Happy Monday, friends! 

XO 

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls! 

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Weekend Fun

Hey Friends!

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I hope you had THE BEST weekend!  

We enjoyed a lot of family time and Mark and I were able to have a "day date" yesterday. Therefore, I didn't get a post done for today. 

However, I WILL be back for What's Up Wednesday tomorrow! ;)

Happy Tuesday! 

XO