Life Lately.

A little life lately for your Thursday.

These two.  Such a big and mighty God made them sisters.

We made cookies together on Friday morning.  Think they had fun???

Madeley’s smile just kills me here!

After cookies, we went on a walk and blew bubbles…in our pajamas.

And then later that night, we had the big kids’ family Valentine’s dance at their school.  It was so much fun!!

I love doing life (and family Valentine’s dances!) with Erika!!

Nixon dancing with Madeley…

Nixon, Bowen and Kensington all fighting over who got to dance with her next.  She’s under there somewhere. #itshardbeingthepopularone

Valentine’s dance success!

On Saturday morning, Kensington and Smith had their final basketball games of the season.

And after basketball, we celebrated the season with pancakes at our favorite diner.

My four little loves.

Smith has been collecting quarters with the states printed on the back.  He now is only lacking seven!  Who knew that quarter collecting could be so much fun?!

And then I found this acrostic poem on my desk.  Sweet boy of mine.

Kensington sometimes helps Andrea and me teach Sunday school and she EXCELS at it!  We joke that our favorite Sundays are the ones where she’s there because she does such a good job with those kiddos!  Maybe I see a future teacher in our family???

We were waiting for our groceries at Walmart to be brought to the car.  Just a little one on one time makes me happy.

Speaking of Andrea, on Sunday night, we celebrated her birthday with our hubbies.  I love this girl so much!

And I love this girl so much too!  We played at the park on Monday after school.  Her face just makes me HAPPY!

There are so many things funny here: I told them to say “cheese” and Bowen’s hand immediately went to Madeley’s cheek BECAUSE HE CANNOT HELP HIMSELF.  It’s like an addiction.  Bowen Slaughter has a “touch Madeley’s cheeks” addiction.  It makes me laugh all the time!  And then in the background there…I’m pretty sure Smith is about to throw something at them….

Valentine’s Day morning with my loves.

 She loves playing with her Little People.  It’s so sweet to sit there and watch her play with those animals.

Kensington, Smith and Ashby all had Valentine’s Day parties at their schools on Tuesday.  I was in charge of the crazy hat station in Smith’s class.  Ha!

And we finished off our Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner for two…er…I mean six.  It was a special night with my favorite loves!

That’s life lately.


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  • Erika Slaughter February 16, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I’m only hoping by the time they’re teenagers Bowen will be able to practice more self-control than he exhibits now!! He just can’t say no to those cheeks! I’m pretty sure at one point at the valentine dance I was fighting somebody for Madeley. She is so popular. And I love doing valentine dances, baseball games, and everything in between with you too! XO

  • Ann February 16, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Your family is so precious and Madeley is beyond adorable. I read somewhere that the greatest gift we can give our children is the gift of each others’ friendships. Babies & toddlers deservedly need and get a lot of attention. How do your help your older kids to not feel (of course unintentionally) left out or forgotten?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 16, 2017 at 5:12 am

      By spending a lot of quality time with them when they’re home from school (and on the weekends) 🙂 .

    • Erin February 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      When my husband gets home from work or on the weekends, we do “dates” with the big kids. One on one. So I might stay home while he takes my oldest out to dinner. Or he stays home and I go hiking with one of the bigs. I also have a babysitter that comes once a week during nap time. She watches my sleeping littles for an hour while I have lunch at my big kids’ school.

  • Emma @ from my little pink couch February 16, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I agree with Bowen … Madeley’s cheeks are pretty cute!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog February 16, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Ahh, loved seeing pictures of everyone’s smiling faces! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Holly Hopkins February 16, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Madeleys Smile tho! So sweet. After recieving 75cm of snow two days ago we are having another blizzard here and 30cm More of snow…arg so I am super jealous that you guys are enjoying outside weather. I think we need to spend our winters in texas!!!

  • ELizabeth February 16, 2017 at 5:20 am

    So adorable – that Valentine’s Dance looked like a blast!

  • Sheaffer Sims February 16, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Okay. So you know I’ve witnessed Bowen’s addiction to Madeley’s cheeks firsthand. And I’ve gotta say, it’s so interesting (and adorable) to watch. He literally cannot NOT touch her cheeks. The force is strong! 🙂

  • Tara G. February 16, 2017 at 5:40 am

    1. That poem would look great framed in your office! 2. Madeley’s expressions need a hashtag – so full of cute personality! 🙂

  • jamie February 16, 2017 at 5:53 am

    i’m pretty sure i spy madeley’s hand hanging on for dear life in the “who’s dancing with her next” photo ?. have they ever messed up your order at wal-mart? our wal-mart doesn’t do pick-up but our meijer does. i just need to jump in a try it. but honestly, i just love shopping so much. well, alone. maybe i’ll make it a goal to try it in the next few weeks. funny random shopping story: i found the toothpaste we use on cleaeance. got it home and it was USED??!? tube squeezed and silver tab thing off the opening??!? who returns used toothpaste?

  • Sarah February 16, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Awwww Madeley is such a doll!!!! Too funny about Bowen hahaha!! Looks like life is full of fun over there!! 🙂 Hope you have a great day!!


  • Narci February 16, 2017 at 6:41 am

    What a great life lately! Seeing all these smiling faces is just the best! And, I just want to kiss Madeley’s cheeks every time I see her! I totally feel where Bowen is coming from! 😉

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life February 16, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Can you please share where you got that quarter holder from? I know my son would love one to put his quarters he’s been collecting too! Madeley’s smile is just perfect and that picture of all your kids on the bench after the games, ADORABLE!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 16, 2017 at 7:01 am


  • Kelly February 16, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Such a cute family! Could Smith be any more beautiful than in that picture with his sisters on the park bench! He’s just a beautiful boy! Psst don’t tell him I said that ?

  • Marti February 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

    My oldest daughter used to help me teach Sunday school and now she is a fourth grade teacher. 🙂

  • Anna February 16, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Your makeup is so simple, yet flawless!

  • Sarah February 16, 2017 at 8:07 am

    So sweet! Adore your little-big family and your life lately posts. Random question… Do you get all of your groceries at Walmart or only certain items? 🙂

  • Lisa February 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Random ques….What Sippycup do the girls use for their milk/water? I am always looking for a good one that doesn’t leak. Tks!!!

  • Hayli February 16, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Wish our Walmart or Kroger had pickup! Such sweet pictures of your beautiful family!

  • Dawn Scheurich February 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

    The acrostic poem… ?

  • Carli February 16, 2017 at 8:57 am

    random question, but one I have been meaning to ask for a while – how do you keep or get your teeth so white? Erika’s are also nice and white! I feel like no matter what whitening toothpaste, strips, etc I use mine never get to that celeb white sparkle like yours.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Crest White Strips 🙂

  • DonnaS February 16, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Smith’s poem was so sweet! You have such a beautiful family 🙂

  • Carly M February 16, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Oh my gosh, Madeley is just a gem….well all of them are. Hope Ashby doesn’t get jealous of Bowen’s attention 😉

    Do you get produce/meats from Walmart or just more basic pantry stuff?

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Chrystianne February 16, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Random question: What lipstick color did you have on at the dance? Looks like a nice neutral and I have been on the hunt for one. Thanks! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama February 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      It’s KimKW 🙂

  • Sarah February 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Ahhh where did you get your pink mixing bowls?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Williams-Sonoma 🙂

  • Alexis deZayas February 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Loving Smith’s poem for you! So sweet!!

  • Kathy Roe February 16, 2017 at 10:22 am

    It’s always fun seeing life through your eyes! You have such adorable kids and they are so lucky to have such a wonderful home life. Not all children are blessed with that.

  • Megan Butler February 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I think I’m with Bowen, I really want to touch Madeley’s cheeks too!!

  • Katherine February 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    That acrostic Smith wrote you is just about the sweetest thing ever! LOVE that!

  • Kim February 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Hi there! Random question…. Did you hear they’re making a sequel to Love Actually?!?!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Shut up?! No way!!

      • Kim February 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

        Yes! They are calling it a mini-sequel but yes!!! Can you believe it??

  • Michelle W February 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Shay. I was looking at an old post about your Eats book and was wondering where you found the cute black and white apron with the red tie. Those are my kitchen colors and would love to buy one.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 17, 2017 at 5:01 am

      Oh goodness, I’m not recalling this apron? I don’t wear aprons, so help me out and remind me!

  • Angela Ellingson February 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I feel like this is an exceptional life lately!! So much happy! Bowen’s obsession with baby cheeks is my favorite! I mean, you can’t really blame him, they’re the best! 😉

  • Michelle W February 17, 2017 at 6:27 am

    The apron, or maybe it’s a towel, is on your August 26th post. You made a photo collage of friends sharing Eats on IG. It’s in the bottom right picture. Happy Friday.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 17, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Oh! I have no idea where that’s from. My publisher included it in gift boxes for some of my friends. I bet they bought them in bulk wholesale somewhere. Sorry!

  • Marta February 17, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I love the pictures of you and your boy. As the only male among girls, I know it can’t be easy but you can tell he adores his sisters. Beautiful family.

  • Kelly February 17, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Love Smith’s acrostic! I hope you keep those memories somewhere special. I have a box with those types of things from my kiddos and now my grandchildren. Priceless to me.