Let Freedom Ring

Proud to be an American!!  The Slaughters had a fabulous weekend celebrating with friends and being thankful for our freedom!

We started the 4th off right with our town’s 4th of July parade.

 Our town is big-well over 125,000 people, but when you attend things like the downtown parade it just feels like a much smaller city.  Love that about our town!

I also love these ladies!  We met up with friends, the Dreffs, the Shulls, and the McAnallys to catch the parade and have a donut-thanks to the McAnally’s.  🙂

 The hubbies were half-being serious and half-making fun of us in this picture.  haha!

 I showed up “twinning” with this pretty girl.  🙂

Then the parade started!!

This crowd looks ready.  Don’t you think?

This was Bowen’s favorite part-the FIRETRUCK!!

This girl was all waves-all morning long.

 There’s not much better in two-year-old world than a parade with a firetruck, gorilla (yes, someone dressed up), AND a crazy horse.  Last night before bed, I asked Bowen what he wanted to do the next day and he said, “I wanna go back to the parade”.  Sorry, dude!  #gottawaituntilchristmas

The perfect way to start our morning.  We headed home to change into our swimsuits and then we were off to the pool.  They had some delicious brisket tacos for lunch.  Then we swam our little hearts out for hours.

Ebby Lee participated in the Hula Hoop contest.  If they had given out a prize for third place, home girl would have won something.  Two older girls outlasted her.  There’s always next year and she’s already been practicing.  ha!

Then all my wildest dreams came true and Bowen did this for two hours. A two-hour nap at the pool?  I’ll take it!

Ebby Lee did tons of cannonballs off the diving board while Nixon bounced in the bounce house.  (I took pictures but they all turned out crazy dark).

 Then the King of the Cannonball showed Ebby Lee his skills.  haha!  Right after Tab went a boy in the pool shouted, “I feel like I’m in a wave pool”!  haha!

 Great times with this guy!

We got home and bathed the kids before we went to watch the fireworks.  I put a kid show on while I was getting ready and I came in to find this.  Bowen covered himself in baby lotion.  He smelled DIVINE.

Then we all piled up in the car to meet friends again for the fireworks show.  I had so much fun that I took ZERO pictures.  The Slaughters had a fabulous Fourth!  We hope you did too! 

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  1. 7.6.15
    Anonymous said:

    We had such a great time with y'all! Love the Slaughters!! 🙂

  2. 7.6.15
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Such a fun day with your sweet family! I totally agree with you, I love our city's "small town" feel :). And listen, Ebby Lee can hula hoop AND cannonball!

  3. 7.6.15
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I bet Bowen's skin is silky smooth! Loved all the pics today!

  4. 7.6.15
    Brooke @ A Retherford Realization said:

    Those shorts! I need to know where they are from! The ones you and Narci both have on!

    • 7.7.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      J Crew Factory 🙂

  5. 7.6.15
    Dana said:

    Erika, you have such a beautiful family! Love reading your blog!

  6. 7.6.15
    josehilary said:

    Very sweet. Love reading your blog! You sure are blessed to have such an awesome "framily!"

  7. 7.6.15
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    The wave pool comment made me laugh out loud!!! Almost as much as the comment Mason threw out during fireworks 🙂 hahahaha We had so much fun with y'all this weekend!!!

  8. 7.6.15
    Charity said:

    I'm loving the twinning shorts! Saw them on Andrea's blog and hopped over here hoping you would mention where you got them from!

    • 7.7.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We got them from J Crew Factory. 🙂

  9. 7.6.15
    Unknown said:

    Where do you buy your v-necks?! I love the style of them!!

    • 7.7.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!! I buy them from all over-the red one is from Target.

  10. 7.6.15
    RobynsNestof5 said:

    Love seeing all your patriotism and fun!. Have a blessed day!

  11. 7.6.15
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    Looks like you all had a great weekend celebrating! That picture of Bowen covered in lotion is hilarious 🙂

  12. 7.6.15
    Katelyn Sloan said:

    Maybe Ebby lee can teach me! I need some help 😉 Sounds like such a fun weekend!! Happy Monday!!

  13. 7.6.15
    Melanie Smith said:

    I've never been able to hula hoop. No matter how hard I've tried.

  14. 7.6.15
    Jamie {the celebrating momma} said:

    so much fun in one weekend!! My favorite is the baby lotion. I would have been sniffing him all night. ha!

  15. 7.6.15
    Kimm said:

    Love him all covered in lotion! What a great weekend !

  16. 7.6.15
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    What a fun weekend! I love seeing all your pix…and the varying pix from your friends as they all show a different view of your freindship. Have a great week!

  17. 7.6.15
    Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said:

    What a fun 4th! That little boy's comment about Tab's cannonball made me laugh!!

  18. 7.6.15
    Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said:

    So fun!! My girlfriend had to change clothes after a cannonball bomb in the pool next to her — ask Tab to top that! 🙂

    • 7.7.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      That is hilarious!!!