Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday

It's SHOW AND TELL DAY!  I love show and tell days almost as much as I loved them when I was five years old and sharing a stuffed animal at school.  Almost.  I'm joining Andrea today by sharing some favorite vacations!

Last year, we shared a Show and Tell Tuesday with our Favorite Vacations.  You can read that post here, where I highlighted some of our favorite vacation spots.  I covered all the Slaughter faves from Disney to Destin.

Since that post, if you polled my people they would hands-down say their favorite vacation was our...


If you missed any of our adventures aboard the Disney Cruise this spring break, you can check them out here.

We set sail with some of our besties this Spring Break for a 4-night Bahamas Disney Cruise.  This vacation was the perfect beach vacation with some Disney mixed in.  I think all the adults were envisioning ALL DISNEY ALL THE TIME!  Disney carpet, Disney wallpaper, Disney plates, etc. was what I had in mind.  But it wasn't like that at all!  

Some of our very favorite parts of the trip were...
Our Dinners-Disney does it right!  The servers brought the kiddos' food early and as soon as the kids were all finished we took them to childcare for a bit so we could finish our meal.  Win-win....we got to eat without cutting anyone's food and they got to play and have fun.

The Nightly Shows-Every night there was a show in the theater ranging from a Tangled production to a ventriloquist.  We were fans of it all!
Our Bahamas Stop-We chose to get off the ship and take the Bahamas by storm.  And by that I mean head straight to the Atlantis resort and spend our entire day there.  :)  This was definitely a fan favorite from the trip.  A day full of water park fun was our jam!

The Characters-Daily we received information in our room about what characters would be out the next day and where we could find them.  It was so nice to be walking along and bump into Daisy Duck!  #thatdoesnthappeneveryday

Castaway Cay-Disney's private island did not disappoint.  There were plenty of things to do, the beach was clean, and the food was plentiful.

Proof that the kiddos could stay busy for hours at this island.

Pirate Night-When everyone dressed up like pirates, we had a dance party on the deck, and there's a little rift between Captain Hook and some others broken up by Mickey Mouse who zip lines over the ship to save the day...how can that not be a highlight?  ha!

Dance Party-Our dance party with all the characters was a hit!

We're already planning our next trip back.  For real-it was that much fun!  If you'd like some help planning a Disney Cruise for your family, please e-mail Shay  at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.  We've been helping lots of families plan a magical vacation and we'd love to help you as well.

Have a GREAT Day!  XOXO

Monday, May 23, 2016

How Erika Does...Mama Time

Happy Monday, Friends!

Today, I'm chatting about something near and dear to my heart.  I think it's something all of us need...


I mean having a few minutes alone is just good for your soul, right?

I've gotten asked a lot lately about when I take time for myself and after working on this post I realized I have no fabulous secrets to reveal.  But I'm sharing what works for me and hopefully, that will help someone else.

This made me laugh.

Right now, my big kids are at an age where they can play on their own.  They enjoy a bit of their own time as well.  And until summer hits, they're at school for a big portion of the day so sometimes at home they want to unwind a bit with some quiet.

Bowen, on the other hand, has ALL THE WORDS for me and enjoys being my sidekick at all times.  

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my children, but it's just good for my soul to be alone for a few minutes.  Even if that requires me heading into the bathroom and locking the door.  #canigetanamen

Here are a few ways I sneak some alone time in...

*I get up BEFORE the kiddos.  I know once their feet hit the floor it is GAME ON, so I try my best to be prepared for the day by snagging some quiet minutes early in the morning.

*We all have some alone time.  During the school year when I put Bowen down to nap, I have some quiet to myself.  During the summer, we have some time when everyone goes to their own room to read/rest.

*The kiddos go to bed.  They don't go to bed crazy early or anything but we make sure they're in bed at least an hour before Tab and I want to be asleep.  This allows us to have some quiet moments and also time just for the two of us.

*When I need a minute, I take it.  If you're having a crazy day, then it is perfectly fine to go into a room alone and get it together.  Know what I mean?   Turn on a show, tell the kids to go play in their rooms, or get out a game while you take a breather then lock yourself in the closet and enjoy the quiet.

It was a little short and sweet today, but I'd love to hear what you do.  How do you get a few quiet moments for yourself?  Please share with us!

And tomorrow...I'm show-and-telling my favorite vacation-hope to see you back here!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites

It's Friday!  Whoop!  Whoop!

Tab has been out of town several days this week so Mama is THANKFUL it's Friday!

I'm joining my girls, Narci and Andrea, for our Friday Favorites.  We'd love for you to join us.

Today, I'm sharing some of what we've been up to lately...

I spied two sweet sisters on a chilly Saturday trying to stay warm during their brother's baseball game.

Texas weather right now has me like....HUH?  It was CHILLY on Saturday morning and by the afternoon we were in our swim suits in the backyard.

 My parents were in town this weekend to catch some baseball and visit.

 This cracks me up.

 We got home from church and everyone took their shoes off and THEN I decided we should take some pictures.  Next time...pictures first.  :)

A fuzzy one...but we all love a good outtake.  I'm pretending to choke Bowen by the way.  #allforthephoto

To celebrate Bruce's birthday, we went to dinner later that night.  Nixon was definitely a fan of all the steak!

Monday was their first day of swim lessons with Mrs. Sally. She's been working with our kiddos each summer since 2011 and she's fabulous! The big kids were stoked and Bowen was nervous.

 But after twenty-five minutes, he was doing this.  :)

 Tuesday...it was apparently a bit sunny. 

Wednesday, I forgot to pack swimsuit bottoms for Ebby Lee.  Thankfully she was wearing a little pair of those Monkey Bar Buddies under her dress and she pretended like they were bottoms.  Whew!

I scored this dress from KenLee Cait this week.  It's a bit hard to tell in the picture, but it's strapless AND it has pockets. 

Leggings are to winter as a maxi dress is to summer.  #canigetanamen

Yesterday this crazies were pumped to get in that water.

It's been cool so Mrs. Sally has been letting them wear these swim caps to keep their heads warm.  Don't they look legit?

These are a few goodies I forgot to add on the blog...

 Ebby Lee lost both her front teeth last week ON THE SAME DAY!  The next day her sweet teacher posted this picture to Instagram and added that "it was tho cute".  ha!

 Bowen Slaughter loves his Ashby big time.

 Tab took the boys to get haircuts a couple weekends ago.  I'm thankful they left with any hair.  You guys have seen Tab, right?  He prefers no hair or EXTREMELY short hair.  Seriously was expecting them to be completely buzzed!

 While the boys were getting cuts, Ebby Lee and I were hanging with these cuties.

Hope you guys enjoy the weekend!  We're counting down the days to SUMMER in the Slaughter House!  XOXO