WEEKEND WRAP-UP

Happy Monday, friends! This weekend was a great one!
Today our kids are out of school and Mark is off work so we are enjoying one more day at home. I’m not sad about it!

On Friday, Mark and I realized we had nothing on our calendar so we took advantage and had a date night! Dinner AND a movie! That hasn’t happened in a long time!


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Date nights make me happy!

Saturday morning was a gloriously slow morning!
Coffee, bible study, and a little reading on my Kindle.


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Mark ran a few errands while Carson and Cutter played and Conner went to basketball practice.

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I also did a little work in my office and enjoyed these gorgeous roses from my Valentine this week.


Saturday was beautiful weather! Mark and the boys spent the afternoon washing and cleaning our cars and practicing some baseball. Mark and I also got in a short run. It felt so good to be outside in the sunshine! Especially before the wintry mix and freezing temps coming today!

Around 4:00pm, Conner came home and got cleaned up for….

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Winter Formal!

We met up with him and a group of his friends to get some pictures before the dance. That’s Conner second from the top!


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…and on the far right. 😉

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His sweet date, Myka, looked beautiful!

We left from taking pictures and headed to church.

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Cutter has been working on his RA Racer car for the past several weeks on Wednesday nights during RAs (Royal Ambassadors). On Saturday, we needed to register his car before the races on Sunday.

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He was so excited about how his car turned out!
*Note - a long time friend of mine, Cristi, is the Children’s Minister and she is the one who MCs the RA Racing event. Cutter thought it would be hysterical to name his car after her and make her announce her own name! Ha! He tried so hard to keep it a secret from her for weeks!


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We registered his car, did a quick test run, and he was ready for Sunday!


We grabbed a quick lunch after church Sunday morning and headed back to the church gym to watch the RA Races!

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They race 1st grade - 5th grade.
Between the races, Cristi would interact with the kids and ask them different questions.
One of the questions she asked was “Does anyone know what perseverance means?” Cutter raised his hand and answered correctly. Perseverance just happens to be his “word” for 2019! :)

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Cutter’s car wasn’t the fastest this year but he did win for “Most Creative Best Design”.

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Cutter with the actual Cristi Stanton!
He pulled off his surprise and Cutter was one EXCITED kiddo!

We have a pretty low key day today just catching up on things around the house. However, tonight I have a fundraising event for work to attend and then the five of us will head to a team dinner for Conner and his teammates before Tuesday night’s playoff basketball game. It’s gonna be a fun week!

XO

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls today!

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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