Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hi!  Hi!  Hi!

Hello Weekend!

I'm joining my girls, Andrea and Narci, to share some of my Friday Favorites.

First up, I've told you guys I haven't been reading books lately.  I packed EIGHT books for China and read not even one of them.  I've been slacking in this department.  It's been a while since I've done a book review post, but I've been keeping notes on my phone (SINCE THE SPRING) and to be honest I've reached the point where I don't remember much about any of these.  Instead of giving them their own post, I thought I'd pack them inside a Friday Favorites' post and if a book REALLY stood out, I'll be sure to let you know.

I remember really liking the story, but because of all the different names it was a little hard for me to follow.


I had pegged this book as something completely different based on the cover, so I was pleasantly surprised about this one.  I was a fan!


LOVED IT!  This book helped me organize, purge, and give me house a good spring cleaning!


LOVED this one!  Full blown chick-lit and it was so good!


This one was all about Nia Vardalos' journey to adoption and motherhood.


I love a creepy book and this one did not disappoint.


In the creepy department, this one deserves a 10 on the scale....so scary!  I was haunted after reading it!  haha!  I'm not even kidding.


You know those book lists on Pinterest that say things like, "The 25 Books You'll Never Be Able to Put Down" or something similar?  Well, I got sucked into one of those lists and ordered several books including this one.  The romantic story line was so good, but the magic and witches part of the story was not my jam.  This is the first book in a series and I'll be passing on book number two.

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We must chat Big Brother.  I know lots of you are fans.  I'll try to keep it short and sweet but WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?!

These were mine (I'm writing this on Thursday so I've only watched one episode.)...
*I was giddy all day Wednesday.  WHAT is wrong with me?!  hahaha!
*I love a twist.  :)
*And instantly I want to be a Dominique (spelling??) because she loves Jesus.

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I put together a few little graphics with some goodies I've purchased over the last few months.






I shared my love of the Tucker + Tate line in this post and if you go there, lots of the kiddos' clothes are now marked down.  Some 40% off!  Or you can go here to see all the Tucker + Tate.  SO MANY MARKDOWNS!

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And because no Friday Favorites post would be complete without a picture of Miss Thing...
Here she is at the pool on Wednesday.  We were swimming and I got out for us to dry off....just a few minutes later she'd passed out.  She slept under the cabana for about an hour.  You better believe I told all my people we were staying put until that girl woke up.  I'm always holding a baby at the pool these days so I soaked up that hour!  Clearly, she was enjoying herself. And check out her TAN!

 #andourpoolneedsnewcushions

The boys did this for our extra pool bonus hours while I sat poolside with NOTHING in my hands but an iced tea.

I think that's all I have for today.  I hope you have the BEST weekend.  XO


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

 I'm joining MelShay, and Sheaffer for their What's Up Wednesday link-up!


What we're eating this week:

Monday:  These Steak and Wedge Burgers were on the menu.  You know my favorite thing about making burgers for dinner?  Not one person complains!  All my people love a burger!

Tuesday: Crockpot Enchilada Tacos...one word...EASY!!!  My favorite dinners to make are all easy!

Wednesday: Chicken Chipotle Fettuccine is up tonight!

Thursday:  LEFTOVER NIGHT!!!

Friday:  We're going OUT!


What I'm Reminiscing About:
My mama heart is still reminiscing about this day.  The day we got our girl.  As you can see, we've come a LONG way!  Britt's a super happy baby.  She loves her family.  She's a great eater and sleeper (except naps..she's not a fan...who needs to nap.  ha!).  Everyday we notice something she can now do and all five of us get excited about it.  To see our past Bringing Home Britt posts...



What I'm Loving:
All the summer fun we've been having.  This was a big trip to the grocery store complete with kiddos pushing kid carts and me forgetting my list.  Remember me telling you about that Super Mom moment I had at Costco?  Well, this trip would be the opposite of that.  hahaha!  As crazy as the grocery store run was...I LOVE having these people home with me.

Even though Britt's face doesn't show it, we've been loving hanging out with friends.  The Shulls came over for a cookout/swimming last weekend.  Again despite her look, Britt had fun and so did the other five.  :)




What We've Been Up To:
Summer sports...this is the first year my big kids have played a summer sport.  We've been having practices and games throughout the week.  I'm a bit tired from the shuffling, but Nixon is having a blast.  He can't get enough sports so it's perfect for him.  The verdict on Ebby Lee and her summer sport is still out.  ;)

And Miss Britt has been so stylish in all her new clothes.  

On Saturday it was rainy and just a bit yucky in the morning.  Tab suggested we take a little drive outside of town.  He remembered someone mentioning this great catfish place.  That's just what we did.  We took about an hour drive outside of town and found Stacy's Catfish.  (Growing up, I worked at a catfish restaurant on the lake so this place brought back so many memories!).

 Britt refused the fried catfish so she enjoyed a squeezie pouch of spinach, peas, and pears.  Sound delicious?

And because we couldn't get enough of the selfies while everyone finished their food.

Fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried okra, french fries...do you see the theme?  Definitely wasn't the healthiest of meals, but it was so tasty!  A little country dinner was just what we needed.




What I'm Dreading:
This is me.  All day.  Every day.




What I'm Working On:
Shay and I have been busy bees working at Mix and Match Travel.  We've been busy planning trips for lots of you.  (Cruises, Mexico, Disney World)  The 2018 pricing for Walt Disney World just released so if you're thinking of planning a trip in 2018, now is the time to reach out.  Please e-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.  We'd love to help plan a magical trip for your family.  




What I'm Excited About:
All the Fourth of July festivities!




What I'm watching/reading:
 This is me when I think about what comes on television TONIGHT!!!

WAHOO!!!

You guys know I'm a big fan of Big Brother.  Tonight is the premier and I can't WAIT to watch!

When it comes to reading, I've been such a slacker.  I never know when I'll have enough time to finish a book so I'm just not even starting.  My list of books to read is GROWING so I need to get on this.  Maybe tomorrow?  Big Brother is on tonight!  ;)




What I'm Listening To:
We're listening to all kinds of music.  If we're out back at the pool, then you better believe we have the speakers and music turned up!



What I'm Wearing:

I have three summer looks....
Look #1 Swimsuit and Coverup


Look #3 Church Wear  (My dress is here 40% off.)

That's pretty much what I'm sporting all summer long.  Sometimes I combine two of the looks...like Monday evening at Ebby Lee's game I looked like I'd just climbed out of the pool but I was wearing workout clothes.  haha!  That's what summer's all about.  Right?





What I'm Doing This Weekend:
Lots of this, but imagine four kids jumping and splashing around in the water too.




What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
We have some fun summer things planned but lots more lazy summer days and nights.  :)

See you on Friday for more Friday Favorites!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bringing Home Britt-Part 6

On Friday evening we arrived in Guangzho, for our last big stay before we headed home.

Big bed, little baby.  :)

Saturday morning was Britt's medical appointment.  Our guide strongly suggested just one parent take Britt and the rest of the group stay back.  So Tab and Britt headed to her appointment while the other kiddos and I stayed back at the hotel.

She did great at the appointment and they were back rather early.  We headed out for a little adventure.  We found this amazing park just a quick walk from our hotel.

Our hotel had one western restaurant...a delicious Italian restaurant close by.  On our walk there for lunch, we spotted this restaurant that had turtles swimming around in an aquarium out front.

The Italian spot was delicious!  And then it was a quick walk to a really cool park.

I don't remember the name of the park but it was HUGE!

It was a great spot to get out ALL THE ENERGY!

 There was a big section full of carnival rides.  The Slaughter kids were big fans!



 Bowen decided he'd look twelve on this day.  Ha!  Right?


We had a great afternoon strolling around the park.

We headed back to the hotel, I got showered for dinner, and we took a cab over to 1920, a German restaurant.  We stayed at the Marriott, which was about a five to ten minute cab ride over to The Garden Hotel (which I'd say is where most adoptive families stay...it was surrounded by much more western-things.)

Tab sat in front with the driver.  These bars were too funny.

Miss Britt was a big fan of the German restaurant.  And her mama was too.

Everyone wanted their picture with Britt.

We stuffed ourselves with pretzels, sausages, schnitzel, mashed potatoes, and (my personal favorite) sauerkraut.  YUMMY!

We rode the escalator a time or two before calling it a night.

Britt would wave like a crazy lady on this escalator so we did it over and over again.

Can you spot her little hand?  *Sorry for the picture overload, it was just sweet.

Two sisters all ready for bed.

Sunday morning was SHOPPING DAY!  Our plan was to do a little shopping at the Pearl Market.  Then head to Shamian Island for a little more shopping.  

Have I mentioned before I have a very sensitive nose?  It's the kind of thing Tab will make fun of because I'm crazy sensitive to smells.  Well, this pearl market was NOT the place to be sensitive to smells.  I can't even describe the smell AND it was incredibly warm inside which made the smells worse.  All that to say, we shopped as quickly as human possible and were ready for our next stop.

Our guide took a TON of pictures and eyes are closed in every single picture.  But this is our new normal for a bit so I kind of love this picture.  Pure chaos but completely blessed chaos.  :)

 Shamian Island is where all the adoptions used to take place in China so it's a special spot to visit.  And this is a photo op for all adopted kiddos.  Britt was so comfortable in the carrier so we decided to improvise.  :)  

 This area was gorgeous and very southern looking with the big trees.  We met a ton of adopted families.  One family in particular that lives just fifteen minutes away.  Super cool to see all kinds of American families growing their families this way.


 At this point, Bowen would put his arms around anyone who wanted a picture.  haha!

 We got some souvenirs, had lunch at Lucy's (a staple on the island), and then headed back to our hotel.

Britt took a little dip in the pool.  She liked it for about twelve seconds and then was over it.  I can't blame her.  The water was way too cold for me.

We preferred to sit pool side and watch.  (And I'm doing that thing where I over compensate smiling for the kiddo with me.  WHY do I do that?!)

The big kids and Tab swam while we snacked under the umbrella.

At this point in our trip we were SO ready to head back to Texas with our girl.  We'd had great attitudes about everything up until this point and we just hit a wall.  We were ready to be home!  As you can tell from the pictures, Britt was adjusting so well.  She ate what we gave her, slept (not consistently) at night, and napped everyday.  We were just all ready to sleep in our own beds, eat American food, and show Britt her new home.

I have one final China post and then our Welcome Home post to share.  I've gotten a ton of e-mails and messages about adoption.  My plan is to answer questions in a separate post.  If you have an adoption question, please e-mail me at alittlebitofeverything83@yahoo.com.  I've shared before that I want to keep some of Britt's story private, but at the same time I want to shout at the rooftops just how amazing adoption is.  This little girl has BLESSED us in so many ways!  Please send any questions and I'll be working on a Q and A Adoption post.

I'm trying to post more frequently on Instagram.  Please follow along with us at "slaughteren".

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Monday!