WEEKEND WRAP -UP

We had THE BEST weekend! 

Friday night was spent at the ballpark for Cutter's game. 

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He had an AH-MAZING catch at 3rd base! Plus, they had two great plays getting the runners out at home plate! An exciting game to end our week and they got the WIN! 

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On Saturday, Mark and Conner left early to drive to San Antonio for a basketball tournament Conner was playing in with his team. They played two games that afternoon and evening and got back home around 2:00am. Long day! 

Mark's parents have a cabin south of town that we loving call The Creek.  They invited Cutter and Carson to spend Saturday with them and my niece and nephew. The Creek is one of our very favorite places to go! 

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Grandad set up a place for the boys to practice pitching. My sweet nephew, Corban, is the one in the front. :) 

Cutter said he was going to help Grandad chop wood.

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My sweet niece, Karrigan!

 

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They love to go on walks and explore. 

 

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And of course Carson is picking up rocks. #thatkidandhisrocks

 

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They played games and Gramma helped them make some sweet scrapbooks. 

 

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The boys had a GREAT time!

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Love these sweet cousins! 

While they were having fun at the Creek, I spent my day ALONE. 

Mommas, you heard me correctly! I had the day to MYSELF! 

I spent my morning READING! 

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Took a break for a quick hair cut. Grabbed an iced coffee on the way home and spent the afternoon on the back patio with a new book! #myhappyplace

At one point I was on the phone with my girlfriend and told her I was having THE PERFECT DAY EVER! Gosh, don't we sometimes just a need a day to rejuvenate?! 

However, the BEST part of my day happened at 11:00pm! 

I was in bed reading my book (it's a good one!) and there was a knock on the bedroom door. And in walked ALYSSA MICHELLE!!!! 

She drove in from Waco after work to surprise me for Mother's Day! 

 

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Oh my goodness, I love this girl so much!!!

After church on Sunday, we went out to each for lunch.

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Alyssa and I waiting for our table. 

After lunch, we spent the afternoon shopping! Woohoo! Our favorite thing to do together! 

And the boys were all glad to spend some time with Alyssa too! 

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These two making silly singing videos in the car! Ha! 

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Carson and Alyssa playing some Wii!

 

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And she took Carson and Cutter on a bike ride! #bestbigsisterever

 

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We all LOVED having Alyssa home and having all 6 of us together! 

I am so grateful God chose me to be their Mom! 

Happy Monday, friends!

XO

 

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME

Hello Monday! 

Today I am sharing 25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME!

Grab your cup of coffee, get cozy, and here we go! 

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1.  I once issued a warrant for my own arrest! In high school, I worked for the County Clerk's office and issued warrants to be executed. One day, I accidentally entered my name in the wrong blanks and had issued a warrant for myself! Luckily, the Sheriff's office caught the error and thought it was funny. They never let me live it down!

2.  I must have COMPLETE darkness to sleep. (And a box fan for white noise!)

3.  When I was in 3rd grade, I composed a song about the Statue of Liberty on the piano and won 3rd place in the state of Texas! 

4.  I have fan girled twice in my life - once when I met Melissa Rycroft (from the Bachelor/Good Morning Dose) in Vegas. She and her husband, Tye, were SUPER sweet! We played Roulette with them! :) The second time was when I (sorta met) Shay Shull of Mix and Match Mama blog. She spoke at my sister-in-law's church in Lewisville. I drove 3 hours that morning to hear her speak at a MOPS group and my heart raced the whole time! I was SO excited to hear her speak!! 

5.  I make my bed EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. I would rather be late to work or my kids late to school than come home to an unmade bed!

6.  I was caught on fire by fireworks when I was 15.  To this day, I can watch fireworks but I want no part in setting them off! 

7.  The toilet paper roll ALWAYS has to be put on where it goes OVER the roll! I change this at my office all the time. (We will see how many of my co-workers read my blog!) I may have been known to change this at my Mom's house as well as friends' homes as well. 

8.  I ran a half marathon. That was my first race to ever run! 

9.  I LOVE coffee! Like it is seriously what gets me out of bed every morning! 

10.  I am DEATHLY afraid of snakes.

11.  My full first name is Tish. I get asked all the time "What is Tish short for?" Just me! Ha! My Mom had a friend from England whose daughter was named Patricia. They called her Tish because she was always such a happy baby. Tish means JOY!. My Mom loved the name so she gave it to me. 😊

12.  My eyelashes ARE REAL! I have never used any type of mascara to help them grow. In fact, I have to trim them so that I can wear sunglasses! 

13.  I have flown 6 times in my life and only once was it a domestic flight. My 7th flight will be in June to Israel - international again! 

14.  I quote Christmas Vacation ALL. YEAR. LONG. 

15.  I worked for a Bail Bondsman when I was 18 years old when I thought I wanted to major in Criminal Justice in college. I changed to Education. 

16.  I took twirling lessons when I was in middle school because I wanted to be a baton twirler and Rifle Girl in high school. My Freshman year of high school, the school cut out the twirlers. 

17.  I tend to have random thoughts run through my mind. Like, when I see a field I think - How many blades of grass are in that field? How many trees are on Interstate 20 between Abilene, TX and Dallas, TX? I think Cutter (our youngest) may also have this line of thinking! He is giving me a run for my money already!

18.  I had ALL of my baby teeth pulled by the dentist except one! The roots to my baby teeth didn't dissolve like they were supposed to do. 

19.  When my daughter, Alyssa, got her ears pierced (she was 6 yrs old) I PASSED OUT! Right in the middle of the store at the Mall! 

20.  I can handle blood and I can see organs and surgeries, but I CANNOT handle the thought of the cutting of skin or puncturing of skin. (Thus, #19 happened!) 

21.  The clothes in my closet are all organized by style (i.e. dresses, tshirts, work shirts, pants, jeans, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, etc.) and by color. (I don't think this is odd but my sister tells me this is not normal. Ha!)

22.  I have to sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door, NOT the window! 

23.  I watch Friends and Gilmore Girls on repeat throughout the day, including first thing in the morning while I brush my teeth! 

24.  I cannot work without background noise. I always have music or a TV show/movie playing while I work. 

25.  I LOVE to read so much that when I finish a book, I find myself thinking about the characters as though they were real. I miss them! (Please tell me I am not the only one!)

There you go! Some randomness for your Monday! 

Hope you guys have a FaNtAsTiC day! 

XO

I'm linking up with the Hello Monday girls today! 

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How We...Wednesday {Spring clean/organize}

It's Wednesday! Happy Hump Day!

Today, I am linking up with SHAY and ERIKA for How We Wednesday!

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Today's topic is how we spring clean and/or organize!

Here's the thing, we just moved last month after being in the same home for 10 years. I DECLUTTERED. I went through every closet, kids' drawers, dressers, kitchen drawers, cabinets, attic, garage, etc and I CLEANED OUT and DECLUTTERED. It was MUCH NEEDED!

So, I don't really have a lot of spring cleaning on my agenda this year. I'm ahead of the game!  #allthepraisehands

Now, organization IS MY JAM! 

If you ask anyone who knows me well, they will tell you I cannot function without organization. I wish I could fly by the seat of my pants more and be more laid back. But...it just isn't me. I NEED organization and I LOVE to be organized. 

In fact, Mark would probably tell you I'm a little overkill. 😉

First of all, give me all the supplies to be organized! 

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I love all the pens, pencils, colored pens/markers, sharpies, notepads, calendars, sticky notes, file folders and anything else that helps me be organized! 

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These are my absolute favorite notepads! They are soft paper to write one. If you know what that means, then we are going to be best friends! 😉 You can grab yours at Target! 

Let's talk calendars. I have three.

Yes, THREE calendars.

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My larger calendar is where I keep up with all the kids' activities - practices, games, award ceremonies, school functions, school holidays, school parties, bday parties, etc. I also keep work appointments, Dr appointments, church activities, and everything else in this calendar! It is all color coded. Each child has a color for their activities so I can quickly glance at who needs to be where and when. My brokerage is Red Apple, Realtors® so anything related to work for me is in red on the calendar. As I add showing appointments for clients, listings, photo shoots, etc they are all in red. Personal appointments for me such as Dr. appointments or coffee/lunch dates with friends are a light purple color and holidays and school calendar notes are in a dark purple. You get the idea! 

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I couldn't snap a picture of my April calendar due to confidential client info but here is a glance at my May. It will definitely fill up more! 

There is also a weekly calendar for each month. This is where I keep my "to do" list for each day. In real estate, there are lots of important deadlines in a transaction of purchasing and/or selling a home so this helps me keep it all straight! 

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These are my favorite colored pens.

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The Papermate Flair are what I use on my calendar because they don't bleed through to other pages. 

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I use these fun Yummy Scented glitter pens for my "To Do" lists. 

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And this is my favorite pencil to use if you're not a pen person! 

My second calendar is my Blogging calendar.

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I picked this one up at Target. 

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I start the month writing in link ups I am going to participate in and then fill in the other days.

And last, I use this cute Mary Engelbreit calendar to keep up with homework, school projects, when library books are due...all those little reminders for each kiddo. I also write our meals for the week. This calendar stays on the kitchen counter so we can quickly reference after school and I glance at it in the mornings to know what I need to prepare for dinner. 

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The other thing I do to keep organized is make lists! 

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This is ME! 

I keep a grocery list, a daily "To Do" list for work, a "To Do" list for projects around the house, a list of marketing I am working on for real estate...lists lists lists! I LOVE lists! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

XO