Slaughter Updates

Hey Everyone!

I feel like it’s time for a little Slaughter update.  Just a quick way of keeping you in the loop of what’s going on with all six of us.  šŸ˜‰

As you can see from the picture, Britt has hit the stage where she’s into everything.  She loves going in the pantry, pulling out the broom, and carrying it around the house.  #herfavoritepasttime  We have her big palate repair check-up today actually where we’ll discuss anything and everything cleft palate related.  I remember getting the goal of twenty words for this appointment six months ago.  Just last night, Ebby Lee and I counted and we think she has more like twelve-if we get to count words like, “um”, and “oh”.  Do those count?  We were just referred to a new speech therapist who specializes in cleft lip/palate and we’ll see her tomorrow.  I have super high hopes for that appointment as well.  And the truth is, when I get stressed about how much ground we still have to cover it takes me all of two seconds to start being grateful for just how far we’ve come.  Her receptive language is AMAZING!  If you guys remember, she was just sitting when we got her eleven months ago.  Now she can JUMP {and actually get a little air}, climb up/down the steps, and she stepped up on a curb just yesterday all by herself.  She’s come so very far.  We’re super proud of her!

I cannot even believe that in just four short months Bowen Slaughter will be headed to kindergarten.  I feel like he’s right on the cusp of complete big boy, and that makes me want to sob my head off.   Bowen used to prefer hanging inside when Nixon was outside playing, but now he can hold his own in a game of Four Square like everyone else.  He has preschool graduation coming up soon.  And I just signed him up to play soccer this summer.  He’s been dying to play and we’ve had a hard time fitting ALL THE THINGS in for everyone.  It’s officially his turn and he couldn’t be happier about it all.  Meanwhile, I’m watching his beginner tee-ball game and oh, so glad there are no outs.  #see  #hesstilllittle  #right 

Nixon Slaughter is eight going on eighteen.  He has officially hit the age where he doesn’t want to be seen in public kissing his mom.  I never dreamed that day would come so soon {which is probably why I’m even sadder Bowen is growing up!  ha!}  Nixon’s second grade year has not been ideal.  His class is on their third teacher of the year.  Yes, third.  The first teacher got a new job in the district.  We were all so excited for her {but sad to see her go} and the second teacher resigned rather quickly.  So, he’s on his third and when you’re in second grade that can be tough.  But…he’s handled it like a champ.  He’s rolled with the punches, learned new expectations {yet, again}, and has shown us how resilient eight-year-olds really are.  {By the way, we love our school.  I’m not bashing it at all…just being honest about how this school year has been for Nix.  Things happen.  I totally get it, and I’m super proud of him.}  I must add-Nixon is still putty in his baby sister’s hands.  #sheknowshowtoworkhim

Ebby Lee is my little helper.  She keeps her room super clean {and for that I’m so thankful}, is always down to help tidy up a space, and is on top of her other responsibilities.  She tends to drive the boys crazy with her mother hen ways.  I’m secretly thankful she takes a turn and gives me a break in the pecking department.  šŸ˜‰  Last weekend the boys were out of town and we watched two girly movies {that were legit movies I wanted to watch}.  And in moments like that I’m reminded this whole growing up thing isn’t so bad after all.

Tab recently started a new job.  He stepped out of the insurance world and right into one of his client’s offices.  He’s loving the challenge of a new industry, getting to learn the tricks of a new trade, and meeting all kinds of new people.  The down side is he’s been traveling quite a bit to meet everyone plus had a few football outings as well which made for lots of nights away over the last couple months.  I think the majority of that is over other than some random trips here and there.  He’s also coaching one tough, undefeated tee-ball team {did I mention there are no outs?}, watching all the other sports, teaching Britty obnoxious things that only dads will teach, and managing to listen to me get in ALL THE WORDS at the end of the night.  šŸ˜‰

I, on the other hand, am doing my best to keep our house running smoothly, to have dinner on the table, to encourage everyone to use their manners, to teach Britty ALL THE WORDS, to send families on amazing vacations, to plan random date nights for us {happened just last week-WAHOO!}, to create new drills for third grade volleyball practice, to point all my people to Jesus, to love on those around me, and to share a little of my crazy with all of YOU.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you enjoyed our updates.  XO

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  1. 4.24.18
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Fun updates! Sounds like things are going great – hoping Britt's appointment goes well today, friend!

  2. 4.24.18
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    There have been so many changes in the Slaughter household lately, but you have kept things running like a BOSS! Good job, mama!! I'm praying for Britty's BIG appointment today!!!

  3. 4.24.18
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I loved this post! Prayers for Britt's appointment. And yes, she's made HUGE STRIDES. It's great that her receptive language is so awesome, that will help her expressive language along tremendously.

  4. 4.24.18
    Kelly S said:

    A mom's job is NEVER done…..but as a mom of 19 year old twins, I want to encourage you that every second you pour into your family is worth it (I know you know this already) It pays off…..and as I look back to the long and endless days of doing all the things for all the people…..I see how every small and big thing made an impact. Hang tough, and keep pressing on. You are very intentional and are doing a great job.

  5. 4.24.18
    Laura said:

    I feel for sweet Nixon. My son (now 9th grade) had two teachers in 1st grade and a whole host of substitutes. It was TOUGH.

  6. 4.24.18
    Anna said:

    You are an inspiring mom!

  7. 4.24.18
    Lee Family said:

    This was one of my favorite blog posts! Thank you for sharing. As a mama of 3 kids (with a 5 year old with serious speech issues -aka hours of therapy each week) it is a big job to run a family. A lot of coffee + Jesus keep things rolling šŸ™‚

  8. 4.24.18
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    Poor Nix!! That is hard! And you are killin' it, friend. Your family is so lucky to have you. You make it all look so easy too! And I'm over here Home Alone'ing my kid on his birthday. šŸ˜‰ hahaha That Inspired Chick

  9. 4.24.18
    Kara said:

    I enjoyed this post. Thanks for being honest about Nixon's struggle with so many change of teachers. It is refreshing to hear that with all the good I read in everyone's blog, you too have struggles.

    Hope all goes well with Britt's appointment today and the new therapist helps in a big way.

  10. 4.24.18
    clatk said:

    I saw your boys at the Texas Orange and White Spring game this weekend! I was hoping you had tagged along too šŸ˜‰. I had no idea they used actual refs for spring games; who knew it was so legit?!

  11. 4.24.18
    Audrey Chandlee said:

    These are my favorite kinds of blog posts. As a fellow mom of a kiddo with special medical challenges, I know what a huge deal those" big appointment" days are. And exhausting for the parents and child too. Good luck to you all- praying for all the good news that you want to hear!

  12. 4.24.18
    Simply Tish said:

    I almost spit out my coffee when I read that Tab manages to let you get in ALL THE WORDS at the end of the night! THAT IS SO ME! Praying for sweet Britt today! And for a little extra energy for all of us Mommas! Simply Tish

  13. 4.24.18
    Jenny + Andy said:

    I LOVE your comments about what you are doing, I think all Mom's can totally relate. On the daily in my head it doesn't seem like so much but when you say it that way , a Mom's work is never done!

  14. 4.24.18
    Julie Bradford said:

    I just love your blog and these updates are one of my favorites!!!

  15. 4.24.18
    Britt Hensley said:

    How sweet! Praying for ya, mama! Those job changes are challenging, and Iā€™m right there with you. Your babies are just precious!!

  16. 4.24.18
    9thand5th said:

    Super Mom! Love hearing the updates on your little family. Makes my heart smile. You've got this, Mama!!

  17. 4.24.18
    Darcy said:

    Oh man – it sounds like your little family is just doing GREAT!!! šŸ™‚ Congrats to your husband on the new job, and this might not be the same but I have a 2 year old that our doctors have been watching speech on and just this weekend out of the blue and with no coaching, he asked me to "Sit down with me mama". I mean, we still can't pronounce "bottle" or "brother" or "Paw Patrol" (the important things in a 2 year olds life, lol) but that phrase made me remember that they're just little, and time helps a lot of things. šŸ™‚ 12 words sounds like growth to me!

  18. 4.24.18
    Anonymous said:

    Hope her appointment went well today! šŸ™‚ xoxo

  19. 4.25.18
    Laura said:

    What a perfect post. It sure does sound like you are a pretty awesome wife and mom!! Hope the appointment went well and keep giving us updates!!

  20. 4.25.18
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    Definitely in the midst of a busy and blessed life! I have loved watching your kidos grow. Hope the appointment went well!