Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Slaughter SIX Coming Soon!


I have some AMAZING NEWS to share with you today.  In just six short days, the Slaughter family leaves for a sixteen day journey where we'll be ADOPTING A LITTLE GIRL FROM CHINA!!  We're having a BABY!  A little girl who's seventeen months old is waiting for her FOREVER FAMILY.  And let me tell you we're DYING to get our hands on her.

This process "officially" started in January 2016, we saw her picture for the first time in December 2016, and we've been patiently waiting to meet her ever since.  I'll share more of our story with you guys at a later time.

 Right this second, I'm packing all the things and need a little break before we depart.  I can't wait to introduce you guys.  I'll do my best to be updating my Instagram-(you guys know I struggle with this :)).  It's "slaughteren", and I promise to blog when I can.  We'd love for you to follow along on our journey and more importantly, we'd really appreciate your prayers.  We leave on the 9th and return home on the 25th.  Thank you guys so much!  I'll see you soon.

XO

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Orleans Wedding Weekend

WAHOO!!

What a weekend we just had in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It was my first visit to the Crescent City and I couldn't wait to get my hands on everything New Orleans has to offer.

I was so excited about a quick getaway with this guy.


We arrived to all kinds of traffic and a CRAZY Uber driver...haha!  Tab told me I'm the bad luck with it comes to the driver.  Anyway, we made it to our hotel.  It was DARLING!  We stayed at the Q and C Hotel Bar New Orleans.  It was a cute little boutique hotel in the French Quarter that happens to be a Marriott property.  


This was our room.


 I loved the exposed brick wall.

This was the check-in desk on one side of the lobby.

And the other side of the lobby housed a little bar and restaurant.

 We quickly changed into rehearsal dinner attire...it was on the back patio of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.  It was such a cute little venue with food served New Orleans style-crawfish, jambalaya, and oysters.  I forgot to take a single picture but we had a great night.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast downstairs in that cute lobby.  I must add that you guys gave me a TON of great breakfast recommendations and I want to explain. -1. Our breakfast was free because we had a ton of Marriott points.  2. When I walked by, the breakfast looked really good.  

This was my plate...a latte, scrambled eggs atop cheese grits, and not pictured-bacon.  :)  It was DELICIOUS!!


We had a few hours to kill and decided to just walk around and take it all in.  It was super cloudy when we left but then the sun peeked out...Don't mind my face-I look really tired  (and barely awake) but I just needed sunglasses.  #myeyeswouldntstayopen


We saw all kinds of fun things.  I could have done some MAJOR people watching in this city.

We stopped at the Acme Oyster House for lunch.  Tab (and Meagan) talked me into trying chargrilled oysters and oh my goodness-they were DELICIOUS!   


Then it was WEDDING TIME!

The church was absolutely beautiful but let me tell you this bride stole the show...
Colleen was absolutely stunning.  Isn't she gorgeous?!  So elegant.  She was such a beautiful bride.

I could go on and on but it was a gorgeous ceremony.  

Can you kind of see all the people in the pews?  The bride is from Texas and groom is from Michigan.  This is one loved couple.  Their people showed up! 


Then we boarded buses that took us to a nearby park, where we had a little mingling time while we waited for the Second Line.


 Thanks to the humidity I wore my hair in a curled ponytail and am SO glad I did.  My wedding date was looking so handsome.

The wedding party arrived and so did the brass band.  You guys!  This was SO MUCH FUN!


They brought out these cute little umbrellas for the bride and groom.  The wedding party danced around while the band played.  It was so sweet.


I took this right off the maid of honor's Instagram...but LOOK HOW CUTE!


Then that band led us down the streets of New Orleans to the reception.


We waved our flags, got into the New Orleans spirit, and had a BALL!


 Right after this picture was taken, I asked Tab if we could get married again just so we could have a Second Line.  :)

While the wedding party was taking some pictures I got to hang with the flower girls for a bit.  They were gorgeous and at this moment we were both a little hot.  And I overcompensated with my smile on her behalf.  #whydoidothat

I absolutely love this lady right here...a gorgeous mother of the bride inside and out.

We snuck away with the bride for a quick picture.  Colleen had such a vision for her wedding...getting all their people together to enjoy a city they love and my-oh-my she saw the vision to completion.  We feel so blessed to have moved across the street from this amazing family and for getting to share in their special day.


 Then the D.J. started playing and everyone made it out to the dance floor.

 SO MUCH FUN!!

The party ended just a few minutes after this picture.  The bride and groom are both Notre Dame grads and the fight song had to be heard!  We sent the couple off and then-I accidentally got on the bus headed to Bourbon Street and have never gotten off a vehicle faster.  haha!  My old lady self was headed to BED!  We had SO MUCH FUN celebrating this couple and their families.

The next morning we slept in and woke to really dark skies.  The weather man was calling for storms at any moment.  So we did what anyone would have done....went downstairs and had that same yummy breakfast of eggs, grits, and bacon.  ha!

We had planned on doing some more sight seeing and people watching, but let me tell you-the rain came and it was not playing around.  It was POURING.  We hung out for a bit and then decided to chance it.  We grabbed an Uber and (got DRENCHED) made our way to the World War II Museum which happened to be where all the Jazz Fest-ers and PGA watchers were hanging out while it rained.  ha!


I think I've mentioned before how Tab enjoys ALL THE WORDS at any museum.  This was proof.


We grabbed po' boys at Cafe Maspero (thanks to Meagan) before swimming our way back to the hotel to get ready to pack it up.


After four hours of delayed flights, our flight finally took off and we got home a little after midnight.  What a WEEKEND!

NOLA-we had so much fun!  I didn't realize how much fun a wedding can be in your city, but you guys SHOWED OFF for us this weekend.  I hope one of the Slaughter children feels like a fun destination wedding and I hope they choose YOU for the location.  That Second Line was a wedding guest's dream. I absolutely fell in love with your food-chargrilled oysters were amazing, a shrimp po' boy is my jam, and cheese grits on anything is clearly the way to my heart.  Since we didn't stand in that long line for Cafe Du Monde and the beignets, I guess that means we must make another trip back really soon.  Until next time!  XO

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Yesterday

I had every intention of sharing our weekend with you today, but this was my yesterday.  We just got home (it's 12:20 a.m.) and I'm heading to bed.  I'll be back on Tuesday with all the fun to share.
XO