LIFE LATELY

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!

It has been a quite a while since I blogged. I had been catching up and sharing about some of our summer trips in early October when we received a call that Mark’s sweet grandmother had gone to be with Jesus. It was unexpected and within less than 24 hours, Mark and I were headed to Kentucky. I’ll share more about his precious grandmother later this week.

All that to say, I came home and had to play some catch up with my business and clients after being gone almost a week. We were in the middle of finishing up soccer and football seasons and starting basketball with the boys and my days have just been crazy busy. I’m thankful for a husband who today has insisted I take some time for myself and get back to blogging. (I love you, Mark Ferry!) I have missed my blogging friends and just sharing about what’s going on in our corner of the world! So, welcome back! I’m excited to see everyone again!

Grab your cup of coffee and get cozy! I have a TON to share with you about our life lately!

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Cutter Maddux, my little reader! If he isn’t playing a sport, you’ll find us at the library trying to keep this kiddo in books. He LOVES to read which makes his Mom and Dad SO happy! In fact, we are struggling to find some more series of books for him. If you know a good series or author for a 4th grader, please share!

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Cutter had perfect attendance for the first six weeks of school and his name was drawn to win this super cute frog! He was PUMPED!



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Cutter finished up his first flag football season in October. His team won 2nd Place!!


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This picture makes my heart so happy! Cutter was able to play on the same team as his cousin, Corban. They are best little friends and had THE BEST time this season!


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This guy had a birthday on October 25th and we celebrated BIG! He was able to get away from work early and we hit the movies (Mark’s favorite place to be!) while the kids were at school.

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I won’t say anything about how old he is but I will point out how HANDSOME he looks for 45!

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We attended a Michael Jackson concert that night! Ha!

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We had fun singing along!

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Our Middle School has pep rallies for the 7th & 8th grade football teams on Thursdays and they have a theme for each pep rally where the students can dress up and participate. This week’s theme was “Super Heroes”. Carson dressed up as Batman and his friends LOVED it! He had a lot of fun dressing up this year! I still can’t believe he’s old enough to be in middle school!

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Halloween this year was cold and rainy. We started our night off with a visit to Mark’s grandmother. Cutter was a ninja and Carson wanted to wear a blue morph suit. (I think he wanted to be like his big brother! Conner wore one last year!)

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Thankfully, the rain let up for a little bit and we were able to get in some trick or treating with cousins. They had a blast! (What happened to Cutter’s other eye?! Ha!)

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Cutter also finished up his soccer season in the past few weeks.

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November soccer is COLD! I was bundled up like a burrito and with MANY layers to make it through the soccer tournament.

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His team were the tournament CHAMPIONS!

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I love this kid so much! He has worked really hard and his team has come so far in learning soccer and their roles on the field. We love our Legends family!

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He also placed 1st for the Fall season! We missed the game where they received their trophies because Mark and I had headed to Arlington to watch Conner’s first varsity basketball game. #multiplekidprobs I snapped this pic with his trophy when we got home!

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Cutter’s school had a Veteran’s Day program in honor of our Veterans. They did such a good job!


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The post office was closed that Monday which meant Mark had a day off! We attended Cutter’s program then spent the day together. We went to breakfast and Christmas shopped! It was cold and we had our first snow flurries. It was THE PERFECT day!

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November also meant the start of basketball season! We are a basketball loving family and this is one of our favorite times of year!!

Conner made the high school varsity team. We love cheering on our #44!

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Yes, I’m the mom who takes pictures during warm-ups before the games too. Ha!

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We are so excited to watch him play his passion!

That’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately!


We are SUPER excited about this week because as much as we love Thanksgiving, the holiday means our college girl is coming home!!! Mom is surrounded by boys and needs her girl!

Have a great week, friends!
See you back here tomorrow!

XO

LIFE LATELY

Today, I have a random assortment for you of a little life lately!

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Carson Michael attended his first school dance a couple weeks ago!

Let me brag on him for just a minute…
He started a new school and new school district in August. He only knew just a couple kids that would be in 6th grade with him. He was nervous and a little anxious about making new friends. However, this guy has jumped right in! He is loving Middle School! (just not the homework! 😉) I was SO incredibly proud of him for wanting to go to the Back to School dance. That takes guts, friends! Guts I didn’t have at his age! I love his confidence! He had a great time and even danced with a few young ladies! #hedoesn’tgetthatfromdad Ha!


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He looked so handsome!

Carson actually wanted to wear his suit at first. Mark talked him out of it and then he planned on wearing his green suit pants. Mark convinced him to just wear jeans this time and maybe dress up more for the next one. We didn’t want him to be embarrassed being too dressed up but if anyone can pull it off, it’s our Carson!


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Our elementary school allows students to “Adopt an Indian” (varsity football player or cheerleader) for the season. It is a way for the younger kids to love on and encourage those players/cheerleaders and also get them excited about looking forward to high school. Each week we give a little goodie bag, note of encouragement, small gift, etc to our Indian we adopted.

Cutter was paired with Austin, who just happens to practically be family! Stay with me here - Austin’s dad is the brother of my brother-in-law. Which means that Cutter and Austin share the same cousins but are not actually cousins. However, we call them family! We have known sweet Austin and his brother all their lives and watched them grow into amazing young men. Cutter was WAY excited to have Austin! Another fun fact - Austin’s mom is one of Cutter’s teachers this year. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

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They had the kids gather with their adopted Indian and announced them on the field in between JV games last week. If you know Cutter, you know he is my shy kid. Like, super shy and gets really anxious about talking to people or doing new things. He was crazy nervous! However, Austin was the sweetest and they started talking flag football and all was well!


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You can tell Cutter was still nervous when his name was called and it was time for him to walk the field. At least I got a little smile!


Speaking of flag football…

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Cutter had his first ever flag football game this past Saturday!

His cousin, Corban (in the middle), plays and he and Cutter are little BFFs so Cutter wanted to give it a try this year. *On the right is Corban’s cousin on the other side of his family - so again not Cutter’s cousin but we claim him as family too!*

They are all 3 very excited to play together!


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Write here…

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Our #3 is HOOKED!

And thank you to my sister-in-law for the pictures! She was more towards the middle of the field and we were sitting near the end. Her pics were much better than mine!

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I started Crazy Rich Asians and ordered all 3 books in the series. I’m on Chapter 11 and friends, I’m just now getting into it! If you’ve read it, was it slow at the start? Granted, I haven’t had much reading time the past week so maybe starting and stopping too much has something to do with it. If you’ve read it, let me know your thoughts!



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Look how handsome our boys looked Sunday morning!


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Cutter wanted a picture with just Dad.


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So Carson wanted one too!


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And so I made Conner take one! Ha!

These boys are growing up so fast! Carson’s current goal is to be taller than me and Conner’s goal is to be taller than Mark!



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He’s almost there!





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Dad with his boys!

And missing our girl!!
We blinked and she went from Kindergarten to college!


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I love this guy so much!

Happy Monday, friends! Make it a great week!

XO




A DAY IN THE LIFE {9.4.18}

Happy Friday Eve! 

Today I am sharing a Day in the Life post as we start back to school, routines, practices, homework, and all the Fall season brings!

I don't know about you, but I love these types of posts. So fun to see a glimpse into someone else's day and how they do daily life!

This was our Tuesday! 

 

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Alarm went off at 5:00am! That's my sweet hubby in the background! 

 

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Mark went to run and get his workout in before heading to the office. I grabbed my coffee and got cozy on the couch for my quiet time.  Starting my day with coffee and Jesus! You can read about how I have my quiet time HERE

And the book I have been reading is Everybody, Always by Bob Goff. It is SO GOOD! I am almost finished so I'll include it in my Summer Book Review next week!

 

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I checked my blog post for the day and then spent some time reading several of my favorite blogs. 

Carson and Cutter get up every morning at 6:00am BY THEMSELVES! They get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, make their lunch, brush their teeth, and ready for the day by 6:30am. Carson unloads the dishwasher every morning for me too! #momwin

Once they have everything done, they read for 30 minutes. I tried to get their picture when they first woke up but they weren't quite awake yet. Ha! 

I went to check on them and found Cutter snuggled in his blanket.

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Cutter is my bookworm!

 

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Carson prefers to be cozy on his bed when he reads. 

Reading in the mornings works for us so they have more time after school to complete homework, study for tests, sports practices, and even just some play time.  Although, Cutter often chooses to read before bedtime too! 

 

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I grabbed a 2nd cup of coffee and headed to get ready for the day. 

I watch/listen to Friends EVERY morning. I even have Mark hooked on it now!

 

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At 7:20am, I took Carson and Cutter to school. While I was gone, Conner got up and got ready for school and then he always leaves as I pull back up to the house. Hence, no picture of Conner once again. Let's be real - He's 16, he's never around! Ha! 

It was a gorgeous rainy morning!

I was scheduled to be in the office from 9:00am-12:00pm. So after dropping off the boys, I did a few things around the house before leaving for work. 

 

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Switched a load of laundry. I try to do 2-3 loads every day to stay on top of the never ending mound of laundry with 3 boys. This way I don't have to spend an entire day doing it. #notalaundryfan

 

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I threw some frozen chicken in my crockpot to cook for dinner, picked up a few things around the house, and then left for the office.

 

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Most days I work from home. My work schedule changes daily - sometimes by the hour! When you are a Realtor, you have crazy hours! However, I signed up to be the Agent On Call for Tuesday so I was scheduled to be in the office for the morning. 

 

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For the next several hours, I worked on my Real Estate business. I didn't have any showings scheduled with buyers on Tuesday so I worked on my listings, touched base with clients, answered phone calls at the office,  worked on some marketing, and finished up a pile of paperwork. 

 

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At 12:30pm, I was home and ready for some lunch! I ate a quick burrito. Amy's are my favorite!

 

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I worked some more from home, started on a blog post, and then took a few minutes to read outside before picking up the boys from school. 

 

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Cutter gets out of school at 3:20pm and rides the bus over to the Middle School. He usually arrives on the bus at the same time Carson is dismissed at 3:40pm. Gosh, they look so big! Our youngest babies are growing up fast! 

After school, we the boys grabbed a snack, finished up their homework, and played for a little while. Cutter has football and soccer practice on Tuesday nights. They ended up cancelling soccer due to the rain but football practice was still on! 

 

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I asked Cutter if I could get a picture before he left and this is what I got! 

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These are his "football" poses! Ha! 

Mark came home from work and took Cutter to practice while I started dinner.

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CHICKEN ENCHILADAS!

I shared the recipe on the blog yesterday. If you missed it, you can find it HERE.

 

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It is one of the few meals that EVERYONE in the family loves! 

Mark and Cutter got home from football, Conner came home from school (He stays late for open gym. He's passionate about basketball and already getting ready for the season!), we ate dinner, got the younger boys showered and ready for bed. 

 

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I worked a little more and then finished up my blog post for the next day.

And this was the last picture I took! We are still getting in the routine of being back to school and I was TIRED. I changed into my PJs and was in bed by 10:30pm. I usually read before bed but I went right to sleep! 

There's a little glimpse into our day! I'll do better next time to snap pics of Mark and Conner! 

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites! 

XO

 

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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