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...


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Talk-Bible Study Help

Hey Friends!

Happy Tuesday!

The weather has cooled off a bit this week and we're so very thankful.  It feels like FALL here in Texas.  

It's the third Tuesday of the month so Ashley and I are TALKING today.  We'd love for you to join us.  :)

We've been chatting all year long.  In case you missed any, we've talked...

We've covered a HOT, RANDOM MESS of topics.

Today, I'm really hoping for your input.  I know this can be a bit of a private subject, but Tab and I have been trying to figure out how to help our older kiddos with establishing their own quiet time.  In college, I remember seeing those friends who clearly had a very well established quiet time routine long before being out on their own.  They didn't waver in their commitment even in college with late nights and early wake-ups.  I'd love to instill that in my children as well.  

Here are my questions...

*Do you do this with them or have them do it alone?

*Do you encourage them to do it at night?  Morning?  After school?

*Do you guys have any great studies you recommend doing with kiddos ages 7-9?

I'd love for us all to do something on our own but get together a few times a week to discuss.  So far we've always done it together...with Bowen and even Britt.  (My big kids both have devotionals but not any sort of study.)  It's distracting and we tend to water it down so Bowen understands what we're talking about.

I know each kiddo is different, but I'd love to hear what has worked for you in the past.  (Or maybe what's working right now.)

Again, I'd love ANYTHING you have to offer!  (And maybe a few other readers would as well.)

Thanks in advance, ladies!  Please add your blog to the link-up to join the fun! 

XO

Monday, October 16, 2017

Saturday's Coming

Are you a football fan?  If so, do you have a favorite team?

Here in our house we watch a lot of football.  We cheer for all the Big 12 teams, our alma mater-Arkansas State, and if you're Tab you'll watch practically ANY game that's on.  I'm adding a new favorite to this list...The University of Iowa.

I think I've mentioned before that I like football, but I'm an even bigger fan of College Game Day on ESPN Saturday mornings.  It's a pre-game broadcast show that's live in a big college match-up town each week.  They talk all kinds of stats but they also share some heartfelt stories.  A few weeks ago, the kiddos and I were watching and they shared the story about the new tradition at the University of Iowa.  After the first quarter of the game, the fans all turn and wave at the children and families' watching from The Children's Hospital.  If you haven't seen it, you need to go watch this segment.

I was bawling in my coffee and I looked over at Ebby Lee and she was doing the same thing (just minus the coffee).   What a story!  And what a way for those families to feel some Hawkeye love.


The seventeen-year-old in the video, Daxon, really touched my heart.  Can you imagine being in a hospital room slowly checking off the days and just not having much to look forward to?  All week long he has his mind set on-Saturday coming.  He looks forward to this wave from the Iowa faithful during Hawkeye home games on Saturdays.

It immediately made me think of these verses...

"Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness."  2 Peter 3:11-13 (The MSG)

As Christians we're supposed to be living our lives with eternity in the forefront of our minds.  Sometimes with the busyness of everyday life, all the sports' practices, and all the laundry, I forget to do that.  So I'm speaking to myself just as much (if not more) as I am to you.  :)

I hope we can all be encouraged today to do just that...remember heaven's coming.

And maybe this weekend we can all cheer just a bit for those Hawkeyes.  They definitely gained a little piece of my heart.

Thanks for letting me share with you today. 

XO

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hey Friends!

I hope you had a great week.  I'm not sure why this happens but short weeks tend to have me drowning and craving the weekend even more than a five day week.  Why is that?!  My kiddos were out of school on Monday and that just threw us off for the whole week.  So we're stoked that Friday is HERE!

Today, Narci, Andrea, and I are sharing our FAVORITES with you.  We invite you to join us each and every Friday to do the same.  Blog some favorites and link-up to join!

I have a little look at what's been happening around here...

There is an amazing flea market about one and a half hours away.  They have EVERYTHING you can think of...new things, old things, used things, etc.  It's in the small town of Canton, Texas.  It's fun to go any time but the fall is the BEST time.  Shay and I decided it'd be fun to load up these kiddos and head out for a day in Canton.  I can't brag on those five kiddos enough.  They were AMAZING!  We spent several hours walking around, shopping, taking it all in.  We ate and we shopped some more before it was time to drive back to McKinney.  We never once had a melt down.  Not once!  A day in Canton is hands down a FAVORITE always.  :)

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Want to know what I bought in Canton?  Nothing but holiday gear for Britt.  I'd mentioned on the drive that she didn't really have anything "Halloween" to wear.  Well, we took care of that and also scored a couple things like the outfit above that can be maybe "Halloween" or just cute.  ;)  These two joined me at the gym and took the cutest picture on our way inside.

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My friend, Amanda, celebrated her birthday last week and several of us went out to celebrate!  You guys need to check out this spot in Frisco.  Have you heard of Eight 11?  It's an outdoor wine bar with some delicious food.  We had a cheese board, the most delicious truffle potato chips, and yummy pizzas.  (And great girl talk as well!)  ;)

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Last Friday, we met up with the Shulls for a trip to our local pumpkin patch.  They have pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, a hayride, and pumpkins, of course.  It's right off a busy street so it doesn't really feel like the country BUT the short five minute drive to get there is amazing.  Bowen enjoyed his little ride with Princess.




Our crew enjoyed a nice cozy hot hayride.  haha! 


We met up again later that evening for dinner on the square before the McKinney Boyd Homecoming Game!  And please take a minute to see Ashby's pose.  I mean...she has some skills!  It was a great Friday.  Pumpkin patch, the square, and Friday night lights...absolutely perfect!

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Saturday-Tab's mom and step-dad were in town to watch Nixon's flag football game.  Afterwards we went to the square to eat lunch and do a little shopping.  We stumbled upon a few festivities happening and checked those out.

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On Monday evening, Bowen and Ashby went to a cute little pumpkin patch birthday party.  Here they are posing with the birthday girls baby sister.  I was afraid it was gonna be HOT, but the sun went down and the weather was perfect.

These sweet girls turned five and Bowen was excited to celebrate with them!

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I shared "A Little Bit of Everything" about these cuties on Tuesday.  You can see it here.

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We went to the fair on Tuesday and had the BEST time.  You can read all about it here!  Someone asked about my sweater...it's pretty thin so perfect for fall in Texas.  :)

If you can't tell...we're doing our best to FALL-HARD!  Pumpkin patch, football game, fair, and just more fun to be had!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a GREAT weekend!