Friday Favorites

Hey!  Hey, Friends!

It's Friday.  The day where Narci, Andrea, and I team up to bring you some FAVORITES.

I've gotta be honest.  I'm packing for kids, packing for me, working on some vacations, and all the laundry before we fly out of town.  In other words, this is my life right now...


Anyone feel me on this?

We're heading to New Orleans for a family friend's wedding.  Please follow along at "slaughteren".  {I keep failing miserably at posting more on IG, but I promise to do better.}

Have a great weekend!


Photo Every Hour

This was a very last minute post {I thought I had something else ready for today and it kind of fell through}, which means yesterday-pretty much right as I turned my alarm off-I decided I'd make it a PHOTO EVERY HOUR-day in the life post.

This was my yesterday...

I usually set my alarm for 4:45.  When it goes off, I immediately read blogs {all the while still laying in bed, in the dark}.  It helps me to slowly wake up so when I do get out of bed {usually around 5ish} I don't feel near as tired.  At 5:00, I read my bible, spent some time in prayer, and read my devotional {I'm reading the Zip It: 40 Day Challenge right now.}

I started a load of laundry.  Luckily, Ebby Lee has bunks so when it takes me a little longer to wash all her bedding-no big deal.  She just moves from the top bunk to the bottom.  I got myself ready, got the kiddos up, and packed lunches.

It was stormy yesterday morning so all my people were slowly moving.  They eventually made it into the kitchen for breakfast.  :)

We snapped a picture before school as we were walking out the door.  School actually starts at 8:00 so this was a little before 8:00, but you get the idea.

Bowen and I went straight to the gym after dropping off the big kids to set up for workout class.  I chatted with Shay and Sarika for a bit before class started.

After a quick shower, I grabbed Bowen and Ashby out of childcare and we headed straight to Play Street Museum.  I had my computer so while they played I worked.  Win-win!

Play Street doesn't allow food inside so we had lunch delivered and had planned on eating outside on the picnic tables, but it was FREEZING.  When their teeth started chattering, I decided we'd have to move it into the new car.  EEK!  Don't tell Tab.  ;)  Bowen buckled himself to be "really safe".

After lunch, we headed back in for a few more minutes of playing before it was time to leave.  I got a lot of travel things knocked out while I was sitting on this bench.

When Bowen and I got home, he begged for a movie and a blanket.  haha!  Did I mention it was cold outside?  I got Bowen set up with blanket, snack, and a movie.  {He usually doesn't nap anymore but he does usually watch a movie and rest.}  I did some things around the house...picked up randomness, changed laundry, etc. and then headed straight to my office.

I was a busy little bee in the office for the next hour.

I picked up the crazies from school and we headed to an appointment for Bowen.  We were a little early so I'd packed them a snack and they were chilling in the parking lot while we waited.

Oh my goodness!  This picture is a mess!  But it shows dinner.  ha!  We met Shay and her kiddos for dinner at our favorite local Mexican restaurant.  Please note one child was covered in sour cream after we took this picture.  #butweallgotinthephoto

Bowen had a tee-ball game so we bundled up and watched them play their little hearts out.

We went home after the game, showered, began getting ready for bed, Tab made it in, and I snuck off to get a spray tan for our weekend away.

All tanned {with really dirty hair} and working on this blog post before hitting the hay!

Hope you guys enjoyed my Wednesday. :)

What's Up Wednesday

 I'm joining MelShay, and Sheaffer for their What's Up Wednesday link-up!

What we're eating this week:
Monday:  Chicken Chili Tacos in the slow cooker were on the menu.  We have a busy week with lots of sports so these were a mama's dream.  :)

Tuesday:  Sheet Tray Supper...(Mama had Girl's Night Out) and this was so easy to make on my way out the door for the rest of the family.

Wednesday:  Another early baseball game means dinner OUT.

Thursday:  Clean out the refrigerator kind of night...that means pretty much anything.

Friday:  We'll be dining in NEW ORLEANS!!

What I'm Reminiscing About:
All the Texas kiddos with pictures in the blue bonnets takes me back to this year...when baby Bowen posed in the blue bonnets (and totally hammed up the photo shoot).

What I'm Loving:
All the baseball is still happening!  And I'm still loving it.

What We've Been Up To:
Clearly they were WAY too close to the t.v. but my kids are into watching GoNoodle on YouTube.  Have you heard of it?  I think they do it during school for "Brain Breaks" and then they asked to watch at home.  I feel much better about them watching something on television because they're MOVING the entire time.

What I'm Dreading:
Nothing at the moment...I'm SO HAPPY to report I FINALLY CLEANED OUT MY CLOSET.  I got rid of a ridiculous amount of clothes I wasn't wearing anymore and there's so much room.  

What I'm Working On:
We're working on putting the finishing touches on Ebby Lee's room.

What I'm Excited About:
Heading out of town on Friday with this guy and experiencing New Orleans!

What I'm watching/reading:
I'm reading this one right now...only a couple chapters in and I'm really liking it.  Total chick-lit.  :)

I feel like I'm going to make some people angry, but I have to tell you...Tab and I started watching The Office on Netflix and I just can't.  The boss, Michael(-I think?), really frustrates me.  He's so mean, inappropriate, and rude.  I think we were watching Season One, Episode Three, and I told Tab how I was ready for something to happen-but he was like-"No, I think this is the whole show?".  You guys!  I think I'm going to have to hang up my "The Office" watching boots...I just don't get the hype for this show?!  Has anyone else felt this way?  (I'd already written this blog post and I brought this up with some baseball moms and I wasn't the only one not a fan of the show.)

What I'm Listening To:
Yes, yes...still on repeat. #still

What I'm Wearing:
It's hard to see but I'm wearing white jeans.  If you're viewing this picture, that needs to be noted.  haha!  I got this peplum top (I'm digging all the peplum right now) a while back (but it's sold out-this one is similar) and am a big fan.  Paired it with these white jeans and leopard sandals.

Last week, I shared some wedding guest dress options for the weekend and you guys voted for your favorite.  I'll be wearing the winner soon!

Earlier this month, I shared some great dress options for Easter, graduations, weddings, etc.  If you need a new dress, check out this post.

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
*Warmer Days

*End of the School Year-my kids actually go until beginning of June but the end of year hype starts in May.

*Memorial Day

*Mother's Day

Hope you ladies have a great Wednesday!  XOXO

Show and Tell Tuesday-Grown Up Parties

Hi Friends!

It's Tuesday, which means I'm showing-and-telling with Andrea.  We're sharing any and all grown up parties.  You know what I learned while working on this blog post?  I don't throw enough grown up parties.  Let me rephrase that-I don't really throw any grown up parties.  I'm hoping it's just a phase of life thing.  Maybe this is something I should work on?!

It's gonna be really short and sweet because I don't have much to show you...haha!

Marla (the most fabulous party-thrower in our family) threw Tab a football birthday party.  It was super cute, complete with eye black, party favors, and tailgating food.

A couple years ago I hosted a birthday party for Marla (at her house because she invited neighbors-so it seemed easier for everyone) and coined it her "Favorite Things" party.  We had some of her favorite foods in tow, favorite friends, and favorite things.  I brought enough of her "favorite things"-all different- for each party guest to leave with something that was one of Marla's favorites.

I shared recently about the Favorite Things Night at my house-notice I didn't use the term "party", but I'm including in this post anyway.  :) We all brought a couple of our favorite things and left with some new favorites.

Hope you have the best day!  I'm off to plan a big party...working on the details now.  Only one thing is for sure-it's for GROWN UPS.  ;)

Bowen and Madeley

If that picture doesn't make you smile on a Monday, I don't think anything will.  :)

It's no secret the second Bowen and Ashby Shull met they became fast friends.  The same has been true when it comes to Bowen's relationship with Madeley.  If you remember one of the first names she began saying was, "Bobo" for "Bowen".  Partly because she's a big Bowen fan and partly because she learned if she screams his name he'll give her a little more personal space.  I can't blame her one bit.  To say it mildly, Bowen is a little Madeley-obsessed.  If you've seen a picture of Madeley then you've probably had the same thoughts Bowen has had.  He "just wants to squeeze her cheeks" because "she's just so cute".  Those are DIRECT quotes from four-year-old Bowen.  He's had to learn a tough lesson in self-control over the last few months.  We definitely aren't there yet-he's a work in progress, but it must be noted he's showing Madeley ALL THE LOVE out of the goodness of his heart.  He genuinely loves that girl.  

A few months ago,  (I'm sure after telling Bowen to get back) Shay and I talked about what a blog post this would make.  I've been saving some pictures for this day.
A little progression...getting close to her, kissing her, and touching her cheek.  Luckily, Madeley was focused on that game!

The three amigos :)

They were dancing their little hearts out at the valentine dance.

He has no idea what personal space is when it comes to this girl.  He's told me before he "just wants to smell her cheek".

One of our first lunch dates...a fun little friendship was brewing.

I'm pretty sure in the pictures above he decided to share his Gatorade and that was the way to her heart.


He "just wanted to touch her cheek".

He loves this girl so much.  And I think it's cute how he views her as so little.  To him, she's a baby and he's such a big boy.  :)

I think (for the most part) the feeling is totally mutual.

It's safe to say Bowen isn't the only Slaughter boy with a little Madeley obsession.  :)

And we make sure we spread out all the love.  This girl is on the receiving end too.

What do you think?  Is Bowen mildly obsessed or what?!  ha!  Trust me-I'm a grown woman who has to practice all the self-control when I'm around Madeley (and her cheeks) as well.  Can we really blame him?!


Friday Favorites

 Happy Friday, Everyone!

Today is the day Narci, Andrea, and I team up to bring you our FAVORITES!  We invite you to join us. You can share {pretty much-ANYTHING} your favorites, add our graphic to your post, and then join the link-up!  Easy Easy!

I ordered this navy bell sleeve top and it arrived in the mail.  Don't pay attention to my clean laundry pile or that rolly thing in the background, but I like the shirt.  Just as a casual tee...the sleeves are fun, thin material, but it is short.  I paired it with a tank and liked the look.

 Earlier this month, I shared some favorite Easter dresses picks.  If you have a graduation or wedding coming up, you might want to check out those options.

If you're looking for a yummy dinner recipe for this spring weather, I highly recommend these BBQ Pineapple Baked Chicken Tacos.  We had them this week and I had five fans at my house.

THANK YOU!!  On Tuesday, I asked for your vote for which wedding guest dress to wear to an upcoming wedding.  This dress above was the winner.  You can see the other final contenders in my post. 

I've had several of you e-mail me or comment with must-dos while we're in New Orleans and I want to say a big THANK YOU!  Thank you for taking the time to send me some recommendations.  We have a pretty quick trip planned so I know we won't be able to get in all the dining.  I have no doubt we'll be eating GOOD while we're there thanks to you!

It's a little short and sweet today.  

Hope you have a great weekend!  XO