I grew up in a SUPER small town in Missouri. (Like 12 people in my graduating class kind of small).
After much deliberation and procrastination, I decided to go to college at Arkansas State University. It wasn't too close or too far away so I thought it would be the perfect choice. I met lots of great people there, and still have some dear, dear relationships that all began in Jonesboro, AR.
I met Tab the summer before my senior year. (I'd actually met him a couple years before that but it was a really not-so-great time for both of us, so I don't count it). We instantly hit it off and began dating a month later. He graduated and moved to Dallas for a job. I graduated, we got married, and then I moved to Dallas too!
We eventually bought a house, we both had jobs and were waiting patiently (maybe not patiently) for a baby! I learned SO much about myself during this time and my relationship with Christ really grew. After months and months of prayer and fertility treatments AND on an "off" month, we got pregnant! Funny how that happens isn't it? All in HIS timing. :) In April 2009, sweet Miss Ebby Lee was born...
Such an answered prayer
On August 10th 2009, Tab's birthday, I decided to take a pregnancy test (just because I felt a little off) and guess what...
Happy Birthday Tab! Another blessing on the way and all on HIS timing again :) But...we had a 4-month-old baby so it was a crazy time in our life. I remember calling my family/friends and kind of laughing and crying all at the same time. Little Miss was so much fun. We felt so good about our decision for me to stay-at-home with the baby considering #2 was arriving in a few months!
In September, we took our first family vacation...to the beach.
I know this is going to sound crazy, but I'd always dreamed about pumpkin patch pictures of my family! (I know...it's a little crazy!) But my first pumpkin patch trip was so special!
April 9, 2010, (we actually partied in March..just in case baby brother made an early appearance) we celebrated our baby turning 1!
April 12, 2010, we welcomed Nixon Talbot to the world.
We adjusted to life with two little babies.
Pumpkin Patch 2010...18 months and 6 months
Our family of four
April 2011, we had a Lumberjack and Jill (double) birthday party. Nixon turned 1 and Ebby Lee was 2.
Pumpkin Patch 2011
April 2012...we threw a big Easter birthday party for these two turning #2 and #3. (I should mention I felt HORRIBLE this weekend.)
I took a pregnancy test on Nixon's ACTUAL birthday (April 12th) and POSITIVE! Soon to be...Slaughter Party of 5! We took another beach vacation. Made some GREAT memories.
Pumpkin Patch 2012...Mama was 8 months pregnant.
Bowen Hency arrived on November 27, 2012. What a special day!
These 3 kiddos kept us SUPER busy in 2013.
We celebrated Ebby Lee turning 4 on April 9.
Nixon turned 3 on April 12th.
A beach trip as a family of five...funny how that first beach trip with one baby should have felt like a breeze! ha!
Loving living my life with this guy!
We moved into our new house in July 2013. This was our first night! Poor Bowen! He had no clue what was happening.
I turned 30 and we celebrated with a 30th Rapunzel Birthday. :)
Tab and I celebrated 8 years of marriage at a kid-free dinner and then a selfie in the playroom. Doesn't everyone do that?
We celebrated my 30th and Tab's 32nd birthdays with friends. Love these girls!
Mrs. Narci took some AMAZING pictures of us!!
The kiddos and I traveled to Tab's first game of the season at Oklahoma University. It was HOT!
The big kiddos had their first day of preschool.
During football season, these three and I kept busy making some great memories!
One of our very favorite fall traditions...the Texas State Fair.
We went trick-or-treating with friends.
And we celebrated Thanksgiving in Texas.
Bowen turned 1 and he invited all his friends to a little party at the mall.
2013 was a great year!!
Nixon turned 4 in April with a little get together at Dave and Buster's.
He is Risen!! We celebrated on Easter! (Well some of us were happy about it.)
Ebby Lee turned five and had a painting party.
Nixon played his first season of tee-ball with his bestie, Smith.
We went on our first big vacation with my family...to Disney World.
Later on in the summer, we headed to San Antonio for a family trip with Tab's family.
In August, our sweet girl started kindergarten! She did awesome! Dad and I took it a little harder than she did. :)
Everyone misses her during the day. :)
Another fabulous year in the books for the Slaughter family. Bring it 2015!