Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, Everyone!

In typical Friday fashion, I've teamed up with my girls, Narci and Andrea to host FRIDAY FAVORITES!  Every Friday we invite you to join us by blogging your faves, linking to us, and then adding your blog to the link-up at the bottom of the post.

First up, I have a little blogging recap for you.  If you've missed any posts this week, this is what I've covered...








*This girl has been with us for FIVE months and we couldn't be happier about that fact.  You can read all about how things are going at our house.

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Now my HOT, RANDOM MESS of FAVORITES...

This picture is crazy blurry, but periodically during the week I'll have the kiddos go pick up their rooms.  The boys would tell me their room was clean only for me to get up there, take a peek, and see that wasn't the case at all.  They'd begin blaming each other and we were just getting no where.  Now, what I do is I send my phone up with Nixon and have him take pictures.  I tell him where to stand in the room to take the pictures and then I can point out other things that need to be done or declare them finished.  I feel like it's a pure genius plan UNTIL I go up and see they've figured out a way to cram dirty clothes, blankets, and toys into a small pile in the corner where the phone isn't capturing it!  AH!  BOYS!  hahaha!  Isn't this like motherhood?  We think we get one stage figured out and then they GROW!

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 Every once in a while, I have moments where I feel like I'm killing it.  Like this one, I had Shay's  recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup in my new slow cooker, the house smelled divine, and dinner would be ready at 6:00.  Then I caught a glimpse of my laundry pile and my bubble burst.  But for a second, I was Super Woman.  ;)

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I was scheduled to be the Mystery Reader in Bowen's preschool class last week.  At the last minute, I changed it up and grabbed Ebby Lee out of school so SHE could be the mystery reader.  Bowen didn't see that coming and I think all the kiddos thought it was fun!

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We celebrated Madeley Shull turning THREE earlier this week.  Madeley loves her some Britt.  I tried my best to get a picture of these two at the party.  


 I took approximately seventeen pictures but when one is smiling, the other has her eyes closed.  So I'm settling on this...
 Happy Birthday, Madeley!

 Bowen got to play with lots of friends.

And everyone had a GREAT time!

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I shared about this little girl's night celebration last week, but I want to tell you about this cute little spot in Frisco, Eight11.  If you're local, you should check it out.  The atmosphere was great, live music was happening, and the food was yummy!  We had the truffle chips to begin and we all could not stop talking about them.  When one of the ladies, spotted these at Trader Joe's she brought each of us a bag...

If you're a truffle lover and a Trader Joe's shopper, add these to your next list.  :)



Speaking of truffles..Do you guys remember when Shay was on QVC?  Well, she knows my love of a truffle and came back with this goodie for me.  I put this on EVERYTHING...scrambled eggs, salad, potatoes, asparagus-I even put it in meatloaf the other day.  It's SO GOOD!  Every once in a while, Tab will politely ask me to tame the truffle salt next time.  haha!  If you're a truffle fan, you should try it!

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I finished this book last week and thought it was so good.  Super creepy, suspenseful, and just a great thriller!  If you're into those kinds of books, then give All the Missing Girls a try.  I'll be sure to include it in my next book review.

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I ran into Target just this week to grab a few things and stumbled by the clothes #accidentallyofcourse.  ;)

I grabbed these three things and wanted to share...
This plaid top.  It comes in lots of different colors.  My favorite plaid tops are the boyfriend style (a bit on the looser side) and are the soft, non-wrinkle when it sits in the dryer too long fabric.  :)  This one is both of those things.  I would take a picture of me in this but it's in the bottom of the dirty laundry pile!

This chenille cardigan.  I have a feeling it'll be worn out of the house and all the time inside as well.  Super soft, a black/white combo color, and a longer length at a great price.

I think that's it for my favorites this week!  I hope you guys have the best weekend!  XO

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Britt Post Adoption-Month 5

Five months.

Five months have passed since Britt has been ours.

Five months since she left everything she's ever known.  

Five months a Slaughter and for that we're so very thankful.

This has been the month Britt has made the most changes.  She's really coming into her own.  She's got us all figured out (and has us wrapped around her finger).

The biggest news this past month is SHE IS WALKING!

She's been going to occupational therapy weekly and has recently begun going twice a week where they work on both large and fine motor skills.  *MOM BRAG MOMENT*  When she began therapy, I asked the therapist when her goal was for Britt walking.  I just wondered what kind of time table we were working with and her response was, "Christmas.  We're gonna have her walking by Christmas."  And YOU guys!  It's not even Halloween just yet.

She pretty much walks all over our house.  She isn't good at the stairs yet, (THANKFULLY) so she stays downstairs and walks around.

She started speech therapy this past week.  I'm thinking it's due to a combination of the cleft issues, new language, and age but she's only making a couple sounds.  We'll be working on that and hopefully she'll knock those goals right out of the park as well.

Her receptive language completely amazes me!  Tab and I will say something and she'll know exactly what we're talking about.  We're constantly saying, "How does she know that word?". 

Just last night after the bath, I put some new lotion on her and was telling her it smelled so good.  She kept smelling her hands and going, "ooh".  I told her to go let Daddy smell her lotion.  She got up, walked straight over to Tab, and put her hand out for him to smell.

We have her check-up on her palate coming up next week, but she's doing great.  She's eating anything and everything, is sleeping all night, and taking great naps.

I'll try to remember to post the video (and more videos of her because you've been asking:)), but she's started folding her hands in prayer and closing her eyes while we pray.  It's the CUTEST thing ever.  Just last night, we prayed before dinner and Bowen was kind enough to point out that "Britt never closed her eyes".  Now, how'd he know that, right?  ;)  But then she wanted us to watch her and she bowed her head, folded her hands, and closed her eyes.

This past month she's really turned into a toddler.  She'll be in the bathroom while I'm getting ready and before I know it the box of Q-Tips is all over the floor.  Just normal toddler stuff!

Earlier this week, Ebby Lee asked me what our life would be like if we hadn't adopted Britt.  (I should add all our kids are smitten with her but the older two are like head over heels.  Nixon, my crazy tough all boy seven-year-old will talk to her in the sweetest voice and calls her his baby.  They're precious with her.)  But I was trying to explain to Ebby Lee that I thought our lives were exactly how they should be...we had three healthy kiddos and I was 100% great with that.  Then I told her that sometimes God knows something you need that you don't even realize.  It might not be so easy getting there, but in the end he wants exactly what's best for us.  Adoption isn't easy...the paperwork is long, it's expensive, traveling is tough, getting a new kiddo who doesn't even know what a family is is hard, but five months on the other side of it and I can see this huge blessing God placed on our hearts.  We're getting to experience it because we said, "yes".  If he's calling you to adopt, foster, or something similar trust me you don't wanna miss this.

This girl.  She melts us all.  She's taught us so many things in these past months.  And I hope we're teaching her how very loved she is by this crazy family of hers.

Britt turns TWO next month!  And we can't wait to celebrate!

If you've missed any post adoption posts, you can see them here...
*I skipped a four month post.
*I skipped a one month post because I was catching up on all our China recaps.

If you missed any of my China recaps, you can see them here...

Have a GREAT day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Fashion Galore

Happy Hump Day, Friends!

I can't get over the weather!  It's been simply amazing here in Texas.  I've had not only the heater on in my car but the seat warmers too.  Nothing makes me happier than those seat warmers. 

Nordstrom reached out and asked if I'd share a few more FALL FAVORITES with you.  My whole intention was to show a couple new things I've seen that I like, BUT when I started searching Nordstrom's website I just couldn't quit!  FALL goodies galore!  And just like always Nordstrom makes shopping online at home in my pajamas so stinkin' easy!  Free shipping and free returns are my love language.

You should grab a coffee or a couple tacos with guacamole depending on what time you read this.  :)

First, let me tell you the lighting was weird because it was BRIGHT while I was taking pictures.  I'm sporting day four hair.  Yes, day four.  By the end of these pictures my hair was a HOT MESS.  And Britt joins me in several pictures so there are moments of us both making silly faces.  #keepingthebabyhappy

Now let's talk about this sweatshirt poncho.  (Because of the extra fabric under the arms, it felt like a poncho to me but it's a sweatshirt.)  It's super comfy, can be dressed up or dressed down, and is perfect for FALL in Texas.  I paired it with these jeans (true to size) and these booties (you can't see just yet-I'd size normal.  Reviews say to size up, but when I sized up they were too big.  I'd say true to size.)

You can see the wine booties a little better in this one. 

This fleece top was SO cozy.  I spotted this in the store and sized up just because I wanted it a little on the loose side as opposed to small.  This has a hoodie and can be worn with workout leggings, jeans, or any pants for that matter.

I also spotted this cute scarf in the store, but it's MIA online at the moment.  I'll continue checking to add it to this post.

It's no secret I'm a fan of a poncho/cape and this plaid one is no exception.

I wanted you to see it's more like a cape than a poncho.  It doesn't go over your head, but is cut to be worn like a poncho.

This twist front top is a super, cozy fleece and comes in a variety of colors.  I'd recommend sizing up if you're long-waisted.  I didn't size up and the twisted part of the shirt was pretty short.  With a cami, it's super cute though!

This satin maroon top will get you in the holiday spirit a bit early.  It has a fun sleeve and was paired with these jeans and booties.

This tie front cozy fleece top was just that-crazy cozy.

I've got a thing for leopard so this cardigan spoke to me.  I actually think my hair was trying to talk back.  hahaha!  (What is happening to my hair?!  And why didn't I notice?!)

I wanted you to see the cardigan colors up close.  It's a brown/olive green with navy and blue leopard spots.

This black v-neck sweater is at a great price point and can be worn alone or layered all fall/winter long.

I paired it with this cute plaid scarf for another look.  And you can see the wine booties a little better here.

This sweater is a thinner, softer material but again-great price and can layer or wear it alone.

I love a boyfriend style plaid top.  This one is business in front and party in back.

Check out that ruffle.  :)

Whew!  That's all I have for you today.  A big THANK YOU to Nordstrom for teaming up today.  And I hope you guys found a little fall inspiration. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  You can shop everything I highlighted in this post here...