IF YOU ARE NEW AROUND HERE

A few of you have mentioned you are new to my blog so I wanted to say “Hello and welcome!” to those of you who are new here. If you are a friend who has been here for a while, “I’m glad you’re here too!”

My name is Tish and this is my little piece of the internet.

I started my blog to help me document more about our family and kiddos. What I discovered is the sweetest community of friends from all over the world! I am so grateful for each of you!

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I am a wife, Mom, and Realtor in Abilene, TX.

I was born and raised in Texas which means I love sweet tea, chips and queso, and all the Tex Mex food! I grew up in Abilene (moved here when I was 3) and attended Hardin-Simmons University where I received my degree in Elementary Education. I taught 3rd grade at Wylie ISD and then stayed home when I got pregnant with Carson (our 3rd kiddo). After Cutter (#4) was born I went back into teaching when Carson was 4 yrs old and Cutter was 2 yrs old. I taught Kindergarten and Pre-K at St. John’s Episcopal School. However, after three years back in teaching, God opened the door for me to go into real estate. You can read about why I became a Realtor HERE. I have now been a Realtor for 5 1/2 years and absolutely LOVE what I do! I am blessed every day by my clients!

I love coffee like Lorelai Gilmore loves coffee! I drink crazy amounts of it especially in the winter. Any other cold natured friends? I am a Reality TV junkie and love to watch The Bachelor (Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise) and Big Brother but also watch a few of the Real Housewives series too. They are all ridiculous but they make me laugh! My FAVORITE thing to do is read! If you know someone who will pay me to read books for a living, please give them my contact info! Ha! #dreamjob

However, THE MOST IMPORTANT thing I want you to know about me is that I love Jesus! He is my Savior and all that I have in my life I owe to Him. Love God. Love people. It’s that simple! And if you don’t know God as your personal Savior but want a relationship with Him or have questions, I would love to visit with you! You can email me at simplytish@yahoo.com!

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I am married to Mark who is truly my best friend. He knows me better than anyone else and I am so grateful to live this crazy life of ours with him by my side! We have four kiddos and spend much of our time watching them play sports! We are a soccer, football, basketball, baseball family currently and our daughter played volleyball as well as ran track (and played basketball too) when she was in high school so we have most sports covered. We also love to go to the movies and can eat our weight in movie theatre popcorn!


Mark Blackburn

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Mark is the Postmaster of Stamford, TX, a small town about 40 miles north of Abilene. Mark also grew up in Abilene and attended Abilene Christian University where he played baseball. We both attended Cooper High School and Mark graduated the same year as my older brother. We dated my senior year of high school and his sophomore year at ACU for a few months and then God brought us back together 10 years later.

Alyssa Michelle

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Alyssa is our oldest and our only girl! She recently turned 21 and I shared a post all about her you can read HERE. Alyssa is a senior in college and lives in Waco, TX. She is working towards her Bachelor’s degree to be a Child Life Specialist and then plans on going into her Master’s degree program next year. Being the only girl and the oldest, she is always playing second Mom to her brothers. This girl is pure light and love to all who know her! We have such a sweet special bond and I am forever grateful God chose her to make me a mom!


Conner Ryan

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Conner is our oldest son who just turned 17 a few weeks ago. Conner is a junior in high school and plays on the Varsity basketball team. We love watching our #44! Conner is one of the nicest kids you’ll ever meet. He has a super laid back personality - not type A like his mom and sister. Ha! Conner is easy going, loves to do anything sport related although his passion is definitely basketball. He has a close relationship with his older sister (those two are always up to something!) and he is just the absolute best big brother to our little Cs. Conner’s schedule is crazy right now with school, athletics, church activities, etc. but the second he gets home he always goes straight to find his brothers. They have all the special handshakes, inside jokes, and Carson and Cutter just want to be like Conner when they grow up. And they both want to be taller than Conner. Haha! #goals


Carson Michael

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Carson is our middle son and also had a birthday a few weeks ago. Carson and Conner share a January 15th birthday exactly five years apart! Carson is 12 years old and is in 6th grade, his first year of middle school. Carson has a big heart. He is always praying for others and wants the best for his friends. He is very tender hearted and always looking for ways to serve others. Carson also plays basketball and baseball. And he is just almost taller than his Momma! (He measures every single day. Ha!) Carson loves to dress up for church, pictures, and school events. He can rock a fun suit like his Daddy! Carson is very much like Mark. He is his mini-me in looks and has a lot of the same personality traits. Carson is very personable and social. He likes to be the life of the party! It’s Carson’s world and we are all just living in it!

Cutter Maddux

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Cutter Maddux completed our family 9 years ago. He is our quietest kid around others but his personality is BIG when he is at home! This kid is FUNNY! He is always making us laugh! Cutter also remembers almost everything he reads or learns so he is always using new words and trying to keep us on our toes. He loves to read like his Mom and Dad. He also absolutely LOVES going to the movies and popcorn like us too! Cutter is our cuddle bug and lover of blankets. This kid wants a new blanket every Christmas and birthday! He also prefers to be with one of us than alone in his room. He and Carson are super close and call themselves “best friend brothers”. I hope they always do that! He is also constantly in Conner’s room hanging out with his biggest brother any chance he gets. Cutter Maddux is growing up but he will always be the baby of our family. The perfect caboose!


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You can keep up with us on Instagram HERE or Facebook HERE.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, you can email me at simplytish@yahoo.com.
I love to hear from you!

Have a great Tuesday!

XO


ALYSSA MICHELLE - TWENTY-ONE!

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed your holiday break! December was a super busy month for us so I took the time to soak it in and really enjoy all the festivities this year. I’ll share more about what all we’ve been up to on Thursday, but today is all about

ALYSSA MICHELLE!

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On December 29th, our baby girl turned TWENTY-ONE!

Yes, I was a blubbery mess! I simply cannot believe that sweet baby girl who made me a Momma is 21 years old. It just doesn’t seem real. (And surely I cannot be old enough to have a 21-year-old!)

We spent her birthday in the Metroplex. We were there to watch Conner play in a basketball tournament and decided to stay an extra day…

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Look at what Alyssa brought home!!!!
She was SO excited to have a new car! And let me tell you, she deserves it! She literally drove her car until it could go no more. RIP Black Beauty. 😢

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We spent most of the morning car shopping and then had a late lunch to celebrate the birthday girl! Monkey bread pizookie for the win!

We had a 3 hour drive home that night but before we headed out, we made a stop at Kendra Scott.

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Because every girl needs a little Kendra Scott on her birthday!

Alyssa has always been the brightest eyed, sweetest little girl.

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She is pure JOY!
We have LOVED watching her grow up over the years!

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Alyssa Michelle,
Mark and I are so very proud of you and feel so incredibly blessed to be your parents. You have always been fearless when it comes to getting the most out of life whether that be trying new things, making memories with your family and friends, or just excelling at everything you do. We are especially proud of how you have handled the role of big sister. The unique bond you have with Conner is amazing to watch. The love you show and the interest you take in Carson and Cutter blesses them immensely and is heartwarming to us as parents. Knowing the crazy busy schedule you maintain keeping a 4.0 in college and working nearly full time makes the time you take to text, Facetime, and keep up with your brothers all the more special. Their faces light up when they talk to you and tell you their big moments like making a shot in their basketball game or attending a Homecoming dance but also when they share the little things like school projects, studying for finals for the first time, and the latest Fortnite dance.

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We all miss you so very much but since you left me alone in a house full of boys, I miss you the MOST!! I love that even living three hours apart, our bond is stronger than ever! You have been my little sidekick since you started talking and following me around. You have been by my side as a toddler baking brownies and licking the bowl ( actually you still do that!), helping me surprise Mark and the boys with gifts (although you weren’t great at keeping secrets!), and now by my side as a friend. I cherish our long talks on the phone, our quick chats on FaceTime to approve an outfit or share a laugh, our texts and gifs back and forth, and the fact that neither of us can go a day without talking to the other! You will always hold a special place in my heart.

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I hope you also know how much you are loved and adored by Mark! I love to watch the two of you banter back and forth, teasing one another and trying to embarrass each other. You two have the sweetest, most precious bond. I have always loved this picture because it captures you both so perfectly.

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And he misses you terribly too! He asks me every day if I have talked to you - even though I usually find out he’s texted you throughout the day as well! :)

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Most importantly, your love for the Lord shines bright in all you do! You love others, you love BIG, and you always look for opportunities to share Jesus!

I know God has HUGE plans for you and I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!

In your own sweet 4-year-old words, “I love you bigger than the skies and castles! But not bigger than God, because nothing is bigger than God.”

Happy Birthday, Alyssa Michelle!

XO








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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