10 Things

Last week I did a fun little “10 Things About Me” post where I shared some random things about myself.  I thought it’d be fun to add to that, so today I’m sharing…

10 Things That Make Me Happy

#1  Games
I’m NOT talking about kickball or dodgeball or some athleticy-type sport.  I’m talking Battle of the Sexes, Catch Phrase, Uno, and Candy Land.  Growing up my family was always playing games and it really makes me happy.  In the picture above, that’s my crazy family playing some “Reindeer Games” at Christmas time.

#2  Fun Impromptu Family Time
Like sledding in the snow or late night swimming…those last minute unplanned moments with my family make me really happy.  When we first moved in to the new house, I messed up and we had no water on night #2.  Totally my fault!  It was about 8:30 p.m. when we realized this.  We could have driven to Tab’s parents for showers.  They live close, but we didn’t.  We decided a late-night swim in the pool for everyone at 9:00 would totally count.  I know.  I know.  It was kind of gross, but we had SO much fun late-night swimming as a family.

#3  Date Nights
With little kids date nights are just hard sometimes.  It’s tough finding time at all for just the two of us.  Couple that with the fact that babysitters and dinners out can get expensive, but it’s ALL worth it!  Date nights with this guy make me really happy!

#4  Being Organized
I’m a Type AB person.  Is that a thing?  I feel SO good when everything is organized and planned out (Like a Type A), but sometimes the other half of me (Type B) can’t get motivated to even figure out how to get organized.  Does that make any sense?  haha!  Having a pantry full of groceries, with a planned out menu, and an organized week in my planner makes me so happy.

#5  Seeing My Kiddos Do Something They Enjoy
I’m sure this one will begin to happen more and more when they discover things they really enjoy, but for now-Nixon is a big fan of tee-ball and Ebby Lee likes to dance.  Watching them doing these things, makes my mama heart happy.

#6  My Hobbies-Shopping, Reality TV, and Reading
I think many of us share a love of shopping.  It always makes me happy.  πŸ™‚  I’ve also shared my love of good reality tv.  I think many of us share that too!  Big Brother is getting good!!  I actually think I’m a big fan of Austin!!  ha!  He was REALLY funny last night!  And-I really enjoy a good book.  I don’t think I’ve ever shared this book on the blog before, but it’s probably my all-time favorite!  Same Kind of Different As Me-readers, check it out!!  It’s SO good!

#7  Fall Festivities
I’m a HUGE fan of summer.  It’s definitely my favorite holiday hands-down.  I love everything about it…the pool, late nights, lack of a schedule, popsicles, food on the grill, the beach, and I could go on and on.  But-the festivities that surround fall make me really happy.  We are big fans of the fair, football games, the pumpkin patch, and much more.

#8  A Clean House
I’m showing a picture of our old house, because our new one is still a hot mess!  The good news is the hardwood floors are all finished.  We moved in some furniture (not the furniture we plan on keeping but until we buy a few new pieces) and are beginning to see bits of the floor in the garage.  Hallelujah!!  But a clean house before bedtime makes me so happy.  If the sound of the dishwasher is heard, that makes it even better.  #noideawhy

#9  The Twinkling Lights and Sweet Friends
What is about twinkling lights at Christmas time that make everything better?  One of the saddest things about packing up all the Christmas decor is getting rid of those lights!  Plus-these fun girls always make me happy!

#10 YOU
Interacting through the blog world with all of you, makes me happy!  I love sharing life with you guys and hearing about what’s going on with you!  This blog world makes me happy!

What makes you happy???

Happy Monday, Ladies!!  XOXO

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  1. 7.13.15
    Kimm said:

    Love this !

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thanks, Kimm!

  2. 7.13.15
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Having friends that I can count on. Friends that know me so well that I don't have to finish my sentences most of the time. Friends that I can count on. Friends I can literally call 24/7. Friends that make me laugh. Friends that are there when I need to cry. Friends who love my kids. Friends who feed me. Friends who see me at my worst. Friends who pray for me. Friends like YOU. XO

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Love you, friend!

  3. 7.13.15
    thebusybrunette said:

    So much makes me happy. First – my family, of course! My dog. My friends. My students. I could go on and on. But I enjoyed reading your post today, and I totally understand about being an "AB" type person. I feel like that sometimes, too! πŸ™‚
    Have a great week!

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thanks so much for sharing!!! Glad you understood the AB thing. πŸ™‚

  4. 7.13.15
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Along the clean house lines….
    So the sound of the dishwasher makes you happy…vacuum lines make me happy. Like stupid happy. Empty laundry baskets also make me soooooooooooo happy…… but I think that's only happened like 3 times my whole life. πŸ˜‰

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Oh yes!!! That's a good one! An empty laundry basket!

  5. 7.13.15
    Anonymous said:

    So sweet! I love a clean house, a good book, and as piece of pie! πŸ™‚

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Me too!!!

  6. 7.13.15
    RobynsNestof5 said:

    That was a fun one! We have a lot in common πŸ˜‰

  7. 7.13.15
    Anonymous said:

    Reality TV is the best!!! The real housewives reel me in every time!! I love waking up to a clean house too. Makes the day start off on a good note!

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      It gets me too!!!

  8. 7.13.15
    E said:

    Thanks for sharing your happy list! So many good ones on there–it is important to focus on the positive, isn't it?

  9. 7.13.15
    Lisa @ Pork Chop and Possum said:

    Love this post! I am the same way with a clean house! It's just like that sigh of happiness knowing that you can go to bed and wake up to a clean house!

  10. 7.13.15
    Unknown said:

    I have to second you on "Same Kind of Different as Me". One of my favorite books ever, as well.

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Isn't that book so good???

  11. 7.13.15
    Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said:

    Great post!! A good cup of coffee, a good book and sunshine are just a few of the many things that make me happy!!

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Oh me too!!!

  12. 7.13.15
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    Love this! All of these are great! Being organized & a clean house always make me happy πŸ™‚ Impromptu time with those you love is probably my favorite from this list! The best memories sometimes come from things you never could have planned!

  13. 7.13.15
    Jessica Ruehl said:

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoy a lot of those same things!


  14. 7.13.15
    Anonymous said:

    I love this – thanks for sharing!

  15. 7.13.15
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    I'm with ya on all those things. I'm discovering that #8 is more important to me than I thought. When my house is cleaned, I'm a much happier person.:)

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Me too!!!!

  16. 7.13.15
    Naomi Carpenter said:

    Is it weird if all 10 of those things make me happy too?! haha πŸ™‚ Maybe I'm the only one in the dark, but what are "reindeer games"…they look fun πŸ™‚ haha.

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      No! They're cheesy games we do around Christmas so we call them "reindeer games". πŸ™‚

  17. 7.13.15
    Mandy said:

    AB person. I can so relate! It's definitely a thing! πŸ™‚

  18. 7.13.15
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    September – December makes me happy! College football, fall dΓ©cor, pumpkin patches, and crisp weather followed by Christmas music and dΓ©cor, twinkling lights, hot chocolate, and snuggling with my sweet family watching Christmas movies. Best 4 months of the entire year, hands down!

  19. 7.13.15
    Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said:

    I am with you on a clean house – even better if someone else cleans it! I hate clutter more than clean though, so as long as it is picked up I am okay with it. I love eating out, plans with friends and a busy calendar – life is better with people!

  20. 7.13.15
    Anonymous said:

    Summer = not a holiday.
    Summer = a season.
    Also, love reading your blog because you keep it real seem funny and down-to-earth.

    • 7.13.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Anonymous-I need you to start proofreading all my posts!! Thanks for clearing that up! πŸ™‚

    • 7.14.15
      Anonymous said:

      Erika, since you love Same Kind of Different As Me, you MUST read Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler! πŸ™‚ I read Same Kind of Different As Me based on your rec a few months ago and I loved it. I really think you'd enjoy this book, too!

  21. 7.13.15
    Karen said:

    I LOVE the sound of the dishwasher going at night!! There is nothing I like more than the silence of all the babies in bed with the whir of the dishwasher in the background. While I'm on the couch reading or watching BB w my wine glass of course!

  22. 7.14.15
    Sarah K said:

    Two of my favorites are also date nights and friends!!

  23. 7.14.15
    Unknown said:

    Oh Erika, our kindred spirits are just dancing right now! πŸ˜‰
    and I agree about austin-he's FUNNY! still a fan of Vanessa too…she's a smart cookie. and the twin twist is takin over!
    I'm off to catch up on tivo'd Bachelorette before the little darlings wake up. (and count down the days til pumpkin spice lattes come back πŸ™‚ ) enjoy your day!

  24. 7.14.15
    Jenny said:

    Haha!!! I'm a type AB as well, so I understand ya. And that book, I guess I'll have to give it another shot. I bought it a couple of years ago and had such a hard time with the cover. The texture was so hard to get past that I never started reading it. Maybe I'll have to buy it on my kindle instead.

  25. 7.15.15
    Shelby said:

    Erika!! I do believe we are soul sisters…this could be a post I wrote myself lol! I absolutely agree with all of your things! …I just wish I was more "type a" to get number 10 down on the blogging front πŸ˜‰ …but totally feel you on the "ab" thing πŸ˜‰ ~& I never realized until baby #3 how much a clean house really does make me happy!! I feel like a better mama too because I am not stressed with the mess!! Also! I had to lol at the dishwasher comment…SO true! ~especially when we are staying at the Lakehouse and the 25-year-old dishwasher is extra loud! =extra happy! πŸ˜‰ haha! I could go on & on! Thank you for sharing! This is my fav post yet!

  26. 7.15.15
    Breana said:

    I am totally an AB person too!!!! But maybe more BA if you can do that! Lol…