Let’s Talk-Red, White, and Blue

Happy Monday!  Today, Andrea and I are chit chatting about all things RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

Every month we meet up here on the last Monday of the month and chit chat about things.  Here’s a list of the upcoming topics…

I used to be all about some holiday decorating but to be honest this new house (even though I’ve lived here a year-I’m still calling it new! ha!) has me busy focused on just everyday decorating.  And the updating.  Oh my!  My list overwhelms Tab.  🙂

Anyway, to change it up a bit today I’m sharing some RED, WHITE, and BLUE moments…

Red makes me think of being embarrassed because in only about 1.2 seconds my skin can go from flesh-toned to a bright shade of red.  I will NEVER forget this moment in sixth grade.  The entire class was sitting in their desks.  The teacher had just turned on a movie-something “science” related, I’m sure-you know to make it “school-approved”.
It looked JUST like this. 🙂
  I asked to go to the bathroom and had to walk in front of all the desks and tv to get to the door.  I somehow tripped on the television cord and remember FLYING up through the air, landing on my knees, hopping up, and running to the restroom.  Because of the tv, I knew EVERYONE had just saw it happen.  I’ll never forget that moment.

I kind of struggled with this one, because white-what real life story can go with that??  But I’m sharing a SCARY story.  White as a ghost…get it? 🙂

In 2012, we took a family beach trip (with Tab’s family) to Destin, Florida.  We stayed in a condo right on the beach.  Our condo was AMAZING.  Super nice!  It was very long…the door to the condo had nice long hallway before getting to the living room/kitchen area where everyone hung out.  And it had a door handle that you just needed to pull down and the door would pop right open.  I also had two very small children who thought elevators were super cool.

Me and my people-Nixon 2, Ebby Lee-3

We were in the condo getting ready for dinner and I remember asking where the kids were.  They’d been playing hide-and-seek so we thought they were hiding.  After looking in a super calm manner, we all started getting panicked.  They were NOT in the condo.  Then we remembered the ELEVATORS!  The condo building was small-only five floors, but the bottom floor opened to the parking garage! All the adults were running, screaming, and losing our minds to find the kids!  I remember my pregnant self running down the stairs crying as we searched.  Finally-after what seemed like FOREVER but was probably more like two minutes, I heard my brother-in-law yell up that he found them get off one of the elevators.  Hallelujah!!  I’m not sure I’ve ever been more scared in my life. 

Technically, I should probably share a sad story, but I can’t end on a negative note.  When I think blue, I also think relaxing and calm.  What’s better than a day at the spa or let’s be real-even an hour at the spa?  Right?

On our vacation last week, I scheduled a facial at the resort spa.  There’s not much better than a facial in my opinion.

AHHH!!!  Can’t you just hear the fountain sounds by looking at the picture?

I remember my first facial ever.  The aesthetician told me that she’d love for me to come in once a month for a facial.  Once a month?  Who has that kind of time?

This made me laugh!!!  So true, right?

The spa is amazing, but as a mom my favorite (and more realistic) way to relax is a bath at the end of the day.  When the kids are in bed, I grab a book and take a bath.  Works every time.  

What’s your favorite way to relax?  Tonight, will be a little Bachelorette with some snoring kids in the bedrooms.  #ihope

And if you have a story about losing your kids, please share!  It’ll make me feel WAY better about myself.

I hope you guys enjoyed my version of our Red, White, and Blue chat.  Thanks for stopping by! XOXO

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  1. 6.27.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Oh Erika! I'm laughing now at the Nixon story…but I know it wasn't funny at the time!

    • 6.27.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Now we all laugh about it but oh my goodness!!! Those two were a mess!!

  2. 6.27.16
    Unknown said:

    I lost my child when she was two at Macy's. All thoughts of crazy people snatching her were running through my brain. My grandmother found her in the handbag section with purses all over her. To this day, the mall is her happy place.

  3. 6.27.16
    Anonymous said:

    Oh my goodness!! It happens to all of us! I lost Jackson when he was three–so scary! Great stories, friend!! Xoxo

  4. 6.27.16
    Simply Stephens said:

    Can you please tell me what condo y'all stayed in? We are looking for one on the beach just as described!

  5. 6.27.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I think I just had a mini panic attack just thinking about how you must have felt. I lost Carter once in a TJ Maxx for like 7 seconds. He was hiding in a circular rack of clothes right in front of me and he answered like the second time I called him, but I promise you I was about to call 911. Longest 7 seconds of my life.

  6. 6.27.16
    Rachel dyan Hancock said:

    When my boys were little, I'd dress them exactly alike if we were going out like in crowds. My youngest has a tendency to wander off and so losing him was a huge fear of mine. I lost him at an amusement park. Thank goodness I had my older son so I could show exactly what he was wearing because I could hardly talk I was such a mess.

  7. 6.27.16
    Dustie Day said:

    Just happened to us on Saturday. We went to a 4th of July parade and the streets were packed with people. There were 5 adults and 4 kids. My 4 yr old boy was right with us and as we were setting up our chairs I look around and I said to my husband, where's Jackson? we look everywhere and he's no where. I went into panic mode where I become totally dumb and just don't know what to do. Thankfully my mom just started screaming his name. You hear from a distance, a little voice go "what?" Here he was following a guy that had a similar build to my husband….thought it was him. I just sobbed and sobbed when I saw him. Worst feeling ever.

  8. 6.27.16
    Foxy's Domestic Side said:

    OH my goodness, I can't even imagine…I had a mini panic attack reading your post! Love your take on the red, white and blue 🙂 I like sitting on the couch at the end of a long day after the kids are in bed and just watching midless TV with the hubby.

  9. 6.27.16
    Kristin Tate said:

    That e-card…on point! I love to relax by watching all of my favorite recorded shows after everyone is in bed then taking a long bath. This one is crazy but while everyone is Sunday napping, I love to go grocery shopping. I know, grocery shopping? But, yeah.

  10. 6.27.16
    Erin (No Bohns About It) said:

    Oh goodness! Kids are sneaky sneaky sneaky. And they move so fast! I lost my then 2 year old at Kohls once. I asked her to put a toy back on the shelf, which was right behind us. She did, but must have kept on walking down the aisle while I momentarily was turned toward the cart. All the sudden she was lost! They locked the gates real quick and we found her on the other side of the store maybe 2ish minutes later. Oh that panic! Makes you really feel for the mom whose little guy snuck into the gorilla cage at the zoo! Everyone was calling her a terrible mother and I'm thinking, yeah my little one could have easily attempted something like that!

  11. 6.27.16
    Angela Ellingson said:

    Honestly I've had a handful of experiences like that with my 3 and 5-year-olds over the years. Usually in a store. It's the scariest, out of body experience. We bought those animal backpacks with "leashes" on them when we went to Mall of America when they were 1 and 3. I felt kind of like a freak, but it was way better then loosing them in the crowd. Hugs Mama!

  12. 6.27.16
    Brooke said:

    I am laughing because I know the feeling! I was at the rodeo with my three girls. The oldest had just turned three and I had an eight month old in a stroller alongside my two year old. We were waiting in this long line to see the bunnies. Somehow when we got to the front, my two year old was gone. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is HUGE! I panicked, grabbed a volunteer in their rodeo vest and the entire convention center went on lock down to find my kid. Turns out she was around the corner coloring at a craft booth like it was no big deal. I quit taking them out of the house after that. Just kidding! I've probably lost them again, but this one was the most dramatic!

  13. 6.27.16
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    Haha…seeing that tv on the stand just brought back a huge flash! When I was first working at A&M I was an admin asst and was asked to move one of those from one classroom to another. I guess I wanted to make sure that never happened again because as I rolled one of the wheels hit the edge of the stage and there when the stand and the tv toppeling over into the classroom seats. Surprisingly the tv did not break! I picked that sucker up and went on my merry way without even checking to see if it still worked!

  14. 6.27.16
    Kara said:

    Omg! We lost Landry at disneyworld for like 12.2 seconds and I thought I was going to lose my mind! And your story about tripping cracked me up! I remember those tv's vividly.

  15. 6.28.16
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    Well girl you know my story about leaving Maddox in his stroller at preschool when I shared it on your Owning series. So embarrassing. B ran away from me in Sprouts and I lost him for like a minute. I had to get a couple of workers to help me find him. Worst feeling ever. At one point he saw me (and I saw him) and he laughed and ran away again (he was about 2). Clearly, I shouldn't take my kids in public 🙂 I'm with you on the red…my face gets super red when I get embarrassed.