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!


Date nights make me happy!

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


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


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….


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!


…and on the far right. 😉


His sweet date, Myka, looked beautiful!

We left from taking pictures and headed to church.


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.


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!


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!


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! :)


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


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!


Linking up with the Hello Monday girls today!

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Happy Monday, friends!


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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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!


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


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!



It’s the first day of October!


I love October and Anne of Green Gables.
I read every book in the series when I was growing up. In fact, I reread the series every summer for 5 years!

We had early release Friday for Homecoming which has made this weekend feel like an extra long 3 day weekend. However, I’m not complaining! We had a GREAT weekend!


Mark took off early Friday to attend the Homecoming festivities so we decided to surprise Cutter for lunch! He is Student of the Month for September and we wanted to celebrate him!


There is a bulletin board in the cafeteria with posters of the Students of the Month. Cutter has been so excited to make the board! We are so incredibly proud of this kid!


We had about an hour before school pick up so Mark and I grabbed lunch at Perinis Steak House. It is the cutest country restaurant nestled in Buffalo Gap, TX and has even made the Today Show for their famous burgers! If you are ever out this way, it is worth the drive to stop by! Their steaks are AH-MAZING too! And Mark’s favorite are the Cowboy potatoes. He had them with his burger!


We ate and then headed to the Middle School to grab Carson and attend the Homecoming Pep Rally at the high school. Each week, the middle school students have a pep rally on Thursdays for the middle school football teams and then they attend the pep rally on Fridays for the high school. (The schools are next door to each other so the students just walk over.) Therefore, Carson has attended a few pep rallies this year. However, this was Cutter’s first one!


When the pep rally was over, we drove over to the football stadium and dropped off Carson and one of his friends so they could find the 6th grade float. Our school has a Homecoming Parade through town to celebrate the teams and Homecoming nominees. #smalltowncharm

This is our big group of family - aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins - plus some friends all waiting for the parade to begin.


They threw candy to the kids!


That’s Cutter looking back at us. He was a little shy at first to go pick up the candy but Mark assured him it was ok and then he was all about it! Haha! He’s our candy lovin kid!

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There’s Carson Michael, our big 6th grader!


We looked over and Cutter and his cousin, Corban, were enjoying their candy! These two are the sweetest best little friends.

We had a couple hours after the parade before the football game so we ran home to change and surprised the boys. Their big sister came home for the weekend!!


All 6 of us in the car is rare these days!

We decided to grab some nachos before the game.


The weather was beautiful so we ate outside on the patio.


We snapped pics while we waited on our food. :)


Sweet Carson was excited to see Alyssa. He wrote a paper about his family at school this week and wrote about how much he missed her being away at college.


She’s such a good big sister. She texts and Facetimes with them often. She misses them too!

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Alyssa with her little (bigger) brother! Conner and Alyssa are very close. They are our two oldest and have always had a special bond. Love these two so much!

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Cutter wanted his picture with Conner! #goofball


Walking into the football game…


There’s nothing like Friday Night Football in Texas!
We only stayed until halftime. Our younger kiddos were tired.

We won our Homecoming game 49-0! #waytogoindians #loveourtribe


We were up early Saturday morning for Cutter’s football game.
This is his “game face”!


His team got another WIN this week!


We ran by the grocery store after football and grabbed a few items for lunch.

We ate lunch, relaxed a little, and then headed to Cutter’s soccer game.


That’s Cutter in the middle of the field, #31. He got his second win for the day!

Conner went to the Abilene Christian University football game with friends Saturday night.


A friend of mine sat behind them and sent me this pic!
Conner sat in the “All You Can Eat” seats. He came home and was telling us all he had eaten at the game. My goodness! ACU lost money on that kid! Ha! #teenageboysneverstopeating

The rest of us spent Saturday evening snuggled on the couch watching a movie. :)

Sunday morning, Cutter woke up not feeling well. He had a low grade fever so we decided it was best to stay home from church. I spent the morning cozy on the couch with my little guy and then I hosted an Open House on one of my listings that afternoon. The rest of Sunday was a mix of football, laundry, homework, and housework.


Cutter was feeling a little better and we were able to have a family dinner!
And yes, those are pots on the table. Don’t tell my Mom! It was that kinda day. #lessdishes #keepinitreal

So blessed to have all of us together! It makes my heart SO happy!

I’ll have Part 3 of our East Coast Adventure travels tomorrow! Come back to read about the Poconos and New York City!

Happy Monday, friends!


*Linking up with B Loved Boston , HoHo Runs , and the Hello Monday girls.



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! 



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. 



We fished for a couple hours before lunch but didn't have much luck!


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. 


Mom and I had so much fun!


I love being out on the lake!



Carson and Conner decided to give it a try! 


They did great although Conner went overboard at one point! Ha! 



Conner challenged Granny Pat to a race although I think he got a head start! 



We did some more fishing before dinner and better luck this time!
Carson caught a catfish!



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. 



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. 😉



Conner finally got one too! (I think mine was bigger!)


Another LARGER catfish for Carson!



Carson caught one fish after another! 



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!