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


WEEKEND WRAP-UP - BASKETBALL

Happy Monday, friends!

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This is SO me today!
I mean, I have ALL THE THINGS on my To Do list for today, but coffee will be a BIG part of my Monday!

We started our weekend in Aledo Friday night to watch Conner play basketball. Aledo is about a 2 hour drive from Abilene, We loaded up Carson and Cutter after school and headed that way IN THE RAIN. Friends, I-20 is NOT fun to drive in pouring down rain trying to pass around those 18 wheeler trucks. We passed three wrecks and were so grateful to finally arrive!

Conner’s varsity game was scheduled for 7:30pm. However, one of the school buses broke down on the way and therefore the games were running behind. Conner’s game didn’t start until 9:00pm!

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And they played DOUBLE overtime! Yes, that’s TWO overtimes. #midnightbasketball

They lost a heartbreaker by 2 but played hard and we are SO incredibly proud of our #44!

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That’s him shooting the ball! 😉
In the past 8 weeks, we have traveled to Arlington, Amarillo, San Angelo, Midland, Wichita Falls, Lubbock, Aledo, Frenship, and back to Aledo to start district this past week. Friends, we are so happy that this Friday we play AT HOME! If you are local, come cheer us on Friday night at 7:30pm!

Because of our late start and double overtime, we didn’t get home until 2:00am! #mommatired #daddytired #everybodyistired

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Carson had a basketball game bright and early Saturday morning. This is Carson standing next to his friend, Revis. These two have known each other since they were babies. So fun to play with (or against) friends!

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Poor Carson had strep last week and didn’t feel well for several days. He was exhausted after our late night (although he did sleep on the way home) and ended up playing 3 out of the 4 quarters of the game. Carson was a WARRIOR. Look at him chasing down that rebound!

So proud of this kid! He even took an elbow to the nose but was TOUGH!

And they got the WIN! So he was super excited!

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At 3:00pm, we headed to Cutter’s game.

One of Cutter’s best friends, Thomas, is on his team this year and they couldn’t be more excited to play together! Their other sweet friend, Colton, played in the game before us and he stayed to cheer on his friends. These boys have been best little friends since Kindergarten!

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Cutter plays point guard and has been working on his ball handling skills this year.

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He absolutely LOVES basketball just like his older brothers and sister!

We spent the rest of Saturday cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. Gosh, we really wanted them to keep going in the playoffs! I grew up watching the Cowboys with my Dad and now that’s he’s passed away, it always reminds me of him. :)

Our Sunday consisted of church and more football! #tistheseason

Hope you guys had THE BEST weekend!
I’m gonna grab my cup of coffee (or coffee IV!) and tackle my Monday!

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