How We…Wednesday!

Hey, Hey Everyone!

I say this every month, but it’s really one of my favorite days of the month over here.  🙂  Today, Shay and I are sharing HOW WE…and we hope you’ll share HOW YOU…the plan is we’ll all learn a little something from each other.  Or at least have a REALLY good laugh.  We’re talking MOM FAILS today and let me tell you, I’ve been SAVING this one just for this post.

If you’ve missed any other HOW WE posts, this is what we’ve covered so far…

In January, we shared HOW WE…DO GOALS/RESOLUTIONS.

And last month we discussed HOW WE…TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES.

I’m not sure if you’d agree, but my mom self has changed a LOT after having four kiddos.  Things that used to bother me don’t anymore.  I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never spend weeks leading up to a kiddos’ birthday party making the perfect decorations.  I’m not gonna whip out a rainbow cake and icing it with homemade icing is completely out of the question.  I know my limits.  I’m safe and secure on this motherhood journey and there are some skills I just don’t possess.

Cue Valentine’s Day on the calendar.  🙂

And I’m not sure if I ever blogged it but the very first year Ebby Lee was in preschool, I asked Andrea to make a personalized valentine card for her to pass out to her friends.  It said something about “you being the only fish in the sea, Valentine”, and I snagged bags of Goldfish crackers on sale.  I attached the card to the bags of goldfish and it was CUTE!  My life is now a bit different and I don’t have time to put all that together for one kiddo-let alone four.

I’m just setting the stage for you guys. 🙂  Now, I take the kiddos to the store, let them pick out their box of valentines, and we address them one day after school.  Easy peasy!

This year, I kept seeing people talk about the amazing valentine boxes at Target.  Well, note to myself and everyone out there…those premade kits sell out EARLY!  Next year, we need to snag those on December 26th!  I took the kiddos to Target the week before Valentine’s Day in hopes of getting those premade kits AND some valentines.

We made it to the valentine section and IT WAS ALL PICKED OVER!  There was one.  ONE premade valentine box kit that I snagged for Ebby Lee.  But there was no way I could talk Nixon into it.  We circled the aisle approximately four times before I began nervous laughing while giving Nixon his options.  The premade kit with heart stickers Ebby Lee got, a really ugly white and gold box, or a red metal basket.  I’m laughing because I’m thinking about how far I’ve come on this motherhood journey.  Personalized cards with a big bag of Goldfish crackers to a metal bucket as an option.

We checked out the valentines and I THOUGHT they all threw a box in the cart.

Nixon’s special basket….we grabbed some stickers and that was the plan for him to make his special box.  {I should add that Nixon took it upon himself to ask Marla for help and with her help they turned this basket into a football field.}  My plan was to write, “NIXON”, with a black sharpie.

Monday, February 12th, I’m getting all the valentines laid out on the table so they can fill them out when I realize Ebby Lee doesn’t have any valentines.  She ends up telling me that she just forgot to get some that day at Target.  WHAT?!!

You guys that aisle was slim pickin’s days ago!!  As soon as Tab was home, Ebby Lee and I ran to Walgreens {super close to our house} in hopes of finding some cards that would work.

Here were her options…

Mickey and the Roaster Racers OR Paw Patrol

Look at her face.  hahahaha!

I should report after much digging and some help from a sales associate we found a girl option AND she snagged that box quickly!

We both learned something on the night of February 12th…no matter how much you’re laughing at your brother’s choices for valentine boxes, it’s important to remember to throw your own valentine cards in the cart AND from now on every year on December 26th, the Slaughters will begin gearing up for Valentine’s Day.

I should add-the valentine’s Bowen got from Target he loved so much he opened half of them up to play with the toy inside {without me knowing} AND he needed another pack before Valentine’s Day.  Sigh.  Lucky for him, I knew just where to find a pack of Paw Patrol valentines.  😉

Everything turned out just fine, but I was so close to not only one, but THREE major MOM FAILS with these crazy kiddos of mine.  Thankfully, Britt wasn’t passing any out this year!

If you’ve never read any of my Owning It posts, you should check them out here…I invite other bloggers to join me and share their crazy.  It’s always a good time!

My post here.
Amanda @ That Inspired Chick HERE.
You can read Megan’s @ Letting in the Light HERE.
You can read Kristin’s @Growing Up Gill HERE.
You can read Natasha’s @Hello Happiness HERE.
You can read Megan @The Butler’s Quarters HERE.
You can read Mel’s @ Larson Lingo HERE.
You can read Leigh’s @ Balancing By Faith HERE.
You can read Ashley’s @ The Vanilla Tulip HERE.
You can read Kathryn’s HERE.
You can read Elaine’s @ House of Hargove HERE.
You can read Sheaffer’s @ Sheaffer Told Me To HERE.
You can read Elise’s @ Cheers Y’all HERE.
You can read Andrea’s @ Momfessionals HERE.
You can read Kelly’s @ Kelly’s Korner HERE.
You can read Olivia’s @ Snyders Tell All HERE.
You can read Narci’s @ Grace and Love Blog HERE.
You can read Fancy Ashley’s HERE.
You can read Kelly’s @ Redhead on the Run HERE.
You can read Shay’s @ Mix and Match Mama HERE.

Next month we’re talking about SPRING CLEANING/ORGANIZING!  It’s just the motivation I need to get back on my decluttering game!  Hope you join us!

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  1. 3.14.18
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    One of the biggest blessings in my life is that Carter couldn't care less about his Valentine's cards. 🙂 The even bigger blessing? At Carter's school they make their Valentine's boxes at school. #SCORE

  2. 3.14.18
    Eileen said:

    Hysterical. I love this!

  3. 3.14.18
    Bethany @ Our 4 Sons Plus 1...Super Cute Girly Girl said:

    So funny! And we don't make special boxes for kiddos here…maybe that's a southern thing? Jealous! That sounds so neat! Also, Dollar Store carries Valentine's cards, which I did not know, until I was in a similar situation a few years back. Best discovery of my life, ha!

  4. 3.14.18
    Rachel said:

    You made it happen and that's what matters! haha I can't wait for more "Owning It" posts…love those!!

  5. 3.14.18
    Darcy said:

    PRICELESS! I'm in the same boat as you – why would we make something when we could buy it at the store? This also applies in my life to gardening, sewing, really anything home-maker-ish in general. A girl has to know her limits. 🙂

  6. 3.14.18
    Maryann said:

    Erika, this was fantastic! Love Ebby Lee's face 🙂 I like to think we'll remember these Mom Fails (with laughter) almost as much as all of the Mom Wins! They make great "remember when" moments!

  7. 3.14.18
    Foxy's Domestic Side said:

    OH man, we had something similar. We're at Target maybe 3 weeks before Valentine's day and I asked my son, are you passing out Valentine's this year? He said no, then guess what happens a week before Valentine's day? A note goes out with everyone's name for Valentine's…oops. Luckily a friend offered to help the kids make homemade valentines and did it really nice…phew! Good thing for crafty friends! She even bought all the stuff I needed because she knows I work and wouldn't have the time!

  8. 3.14.18
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    You know I have my own giant list of mom fails! One of my worst ones was showing up 24 hours late to the VBS Family Night at church one year… So. many. tears. You are an amazing mom though, friend! That Inspired Chick

  9. 3.15.18
    Ann Marie Tennison said:

    Oh the Mom fails!! I have so many-I find myself laughing alone…. bc the kids just stare at me. 🙂 Ohhhh and add lazy to this Mommas list! GIRL- AMAZON prime those valentines- then you wont have to leave your home. 🙂 I'm sitting here raising my hand! I clicked- file-print! and DONE. 🙂 Amazon- click- click! And then hand them to the kids to get ready! Love this post!!!!! Now… here to hoping we make it out of the house with all of our shoes on. Thats a whole notha' story! 🙂

  10. 3.15.18
    Sara F said:

    haha! This is too funny. Thankfully, my baby isn't going to need Valentine's for another few years, because it sounds like I might need that long to plan ahead.