Year-In-Review 2016

I love taking a look back at our year and sharing it with you.

Nixon started basketball in our church’s Upward Basketball League (and I somehow missed the memo about wearing a t-shirt under your jersey!).  #oops

I set some goals for myself in 2016 and did my best to rock them.  My word for the year was “BETTER”.  I just wanted to be BETTER at all my roles….wife, mom, laundry-doer, you name it- my goal was to do it better than 2015.

And Ebby Lee, Kensington, and Molly hula hooped in the school talent show.  I thought my heart might burst. These girls were adorable and had the whole crowd cheering.

We put the finishing touches on our new dining room and checked that room of our list.  #anditfeltgood

The big kids celebrated the 100th Day of School…Ebby Lee by gluing one hundred pom poms to her shirt and Nixon by dressing like a one hundred year old man.  🙂

And we danced the night away at the elementary school valentine dance.  By “danced the night away”, I mean the girls, Smith, and Bowen danced while Nixon kept mentioning how awkward the whole thing was.  haha!  #hegetsitfromhismama

The first week of March we set sail with the Shull crew on a Disney cruise.

At the end of the month, Tab and I headed out to Park City, Utah, for a work trip.  I attempted to ski for the first time.  Attempted is the key word there.  🙂

We celebrated this sweet girl turning 7 with a fun painting party complete with all the paint, lots of sweet girly giggles, and all kinds of fun.

And just a few short days later, Nixon turned 6!  He’s my easy kid when it comes to parties and gifts.  He chose a bowling party with a few of his friends.

And Shay and I ended the month big with a girl’s trip to New York City!  It was everything a girl’s trip should be and more!

The kiddos spoiled me rotten on Mother’s Day.  Ebby Lee’s class pulled out all the stops making us mamas feel special with a cute little tea in their classroom.

We celebrated Memorial Day with a weekend full of friends and family.  A birthday party, a new baby, and a backyard party just to name a few.

The Slaughter family headed south to Mexico for a week of fun in the sun!  (And no cooking for me!)

A slew of our Missouri family came to visit.  We managed to fit in everything from water parks to Lego Land and everything in between.

We started our Independence Day with a hometown parade with lots of friends and ended it with lots of swimming and burgers on the grill.

And the big kids spent a week of tennis camp in the morning and afternoons by the pool.  🙂

We planned one last summer getaway to the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and we managed to never leave the resort once!  We wore bathing suits practically 24/7 and were never more than three steps away from the lazy river.  #itwasthelife

Marla hosted a football themed birthday party for Tab complete with tailgating food, football party favors, AND face tatoos!

These two kicked off the new school year in second and first grade!

And we completed another room…the POWDER BATHROOM and checked it off our list. (And I decided to share a toilet on this blog for the second time in 2016!)

We had new front doors installed and loved the way it transformed the front of our house.

The crazies and I headed to the Texas State Fair to watch Tab ref the Oklahoma/Texas game.  The fair is one of our favorite things to do all year long!

We were all a bit shocked when Tab made it on ESPN by accidentally tackling a player.  Oops!

And for the first time in years we all dressed up for Halloween.

We all celebrated and packed our bags when Tab got a football game in New York.  We joined him for a trip to the city AND a trip to West Point.

This guy managed to go from a toddler to a big FOUR year-old over night.  He had his first big friend party and loved it!

For Thanksgiving we headed straight to Missouri to spend all the time with family and friends.

And we ended the month shocked and so proud of Ebby Lee and Kensington for singing in our church’s Christmas performance.
We did our best to squeeze in as much Christmas fun as possible all month long.

Thank YOU for being a part of our year and for making it so special.  Here’s to a great 2017!  XOXO

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  1. 12.29.16
    Kjlb37 said:

    Love this post! You made so many fun memories in 2016. Looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store; )

    • 12.29.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!!

  2. 12.29.16
    Anonymous said:

    Love you powder room wallpapper! Where did you get it from?

    • 12.29.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I got it from Sherwin Williams. :). Thank you!

  3. 12.29.16
    Kimm said:

    Happy new year!!!

    • 12.29.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Happy New Year, Kimm!

  4. 12.29.16
    Ramona said:

    What a wonderful recap of events! I loved reminiscing with you. Happy New Year!

  5. 12.29.16
    Leslie said:

    2017 is going to be a great year!! Your 2016 was filled with all kinds of family fun, so it'll be hard to top! Happy New Year!

  6. 12.29.16
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Girl! Quite a fun year! Cheers to 2017!

  7. 12.29.16
    Sarah K said:

    What a fun year! Thanks for letting us tag along!

  8. 12.29.16
    Jenny said:

    What a fun year! Here's to 2017 being just as good!

  9. 12.29.16
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    What a great 2016 it has been for the Slaughters!! Can't wait to follow along and see what you all do in 2017!

  10. 12.29.16
    McFarland Family said:

    What a fun and exciting year!!! Here is to an even better 2017!!

  11. 12.29.16
    Mrs W said:

    So random question, did you ever find the other hermit crabs that you brought home from your Mexican vacation? 🙂 Happy New Year!

  12. 12.29.16
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Haha! Great question! We found only one that hadn't made it. 🙁

  13. 12.29.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    The Slaughters had an amazing 2016!!!!!!! Enjoyed the look back!

  14. 12.29.16
    Megan said:

    Such a fabulous 2016 for The Slaughter crew!!!

  15. 12.30.16
    mom26kids said:

    Fun year, fun post! Happy New Year

  16. 1.1.17
    Melissa said:

    Erika- could you please share what is the paint color you have in your dining room!thank you so much!