Sleigh Bells Ring!

On Monday night, we met the Slaughters in Dallas for our second annual “framily” carriage ride through Highland Park.  We were so pumped!!  Yummy Mexican food, favorite friends, horses and a carriage…what more could you ask for?!

These two were so excited!

Love this guy.

We ate dinner before our ride.  Look at sweet Britt’s smile!!  She is just the cutest!  (Side note: I really think Smith might have been under the table here. Sigh.)

When your tummy is so full of Mexican food and you’re just plain happy.

A pic of the girls!

The Shull six!

These two.  How sweet are they?!  Next year, when they’re both in kinder, I’m going to miss hanging out with them during the day!


Madeley and Ya-Ya wanted a pic together (that’s what M calls Erika…it started as her trying to say Erika and now, I think she just prefers it 😉 ).

Tab and Smith had made a bet about where Nixon’s lost hat was…Smith won.  Tab had to do push-ups.  We should really write a parenting book.

Enjoying beautiful Highland Park before the carriage picked us up.  Instead of Where’s Waldo, it’s Where’s Ashby? Ha!

I love doing life with this girl right here!

We grabbed hot drinks and cookies before our carriage ride.  ‘Tis the season for that kind of fun!

Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cozy are we!

Two precious girls!

Waiting for our turn!  He was pumped too 🙂 .

Our crazy crew!

Britt got to meet a horse!  We were all having a moment with the horse.

Just about time to board!

And we’re on!  We had reservations for an hour long ride through the residential section of Highland Park.  It started sprinkling right when we got on, but thanks to the roof of the carriage, we were cozy under the blankets and didn’t get wet.

It did not disappoint!

We brought the selfie stick this time 😉 .

I love this crazy crew!  Please note Kensington’s face down there.  Ha!

Back into the shopping center we go!


And one last pic as we exited the carriage.  Madeley has me laughing!  She looks like she’s been put through the wringer in the after pic.  Hahaha!

This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  I hope we’re still doing it 30 years from now.  We love you Slaughter family!


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog December 21, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Such fun for the whole family!! So sweet, your photos ❤

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Sheaffer Sims December 21, 2017 at 5:07 am

    In the Where’s Ashby picture it took me a solid 2 minutes to find her!!! Great pics from a great night!

  • Ashleigh December 21, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Where are Kensington and Ebby Lee’s matching shirts from?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 21, 2017 at 5:29 am


  • Erika Slaughter December 21, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Oh my goodness!!! What was Bowen doing to Kensington’s face?? 🙈🙈🙈 I LOL’d when I saw that! We had a blast, friend! Best. Night. Ever!!!!!

  • Nicole December 21, 2017 at 6:10 am

    So fun!! Is that the grey Bp sweater in black?? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama December 21, 2017 at 6:48 am


  • Sarah December 21, 2017 at 6:39 am

    This looks SO fun!!! I love that you guys have these family friends and all the kids are roughly the same ages!! How special!! Hope you are enjoying your week!!

  • Narci Dreffs December 21, 2017 at 6:41 am

    What fun!! I am loving all the pics of everyone!! So cute!

  • Kathy December 21, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Love this! Great pics! I’d love to know where you got hour hat, thanks!

  • Brooke Richardson December 21, 2017 at 7:30 am

    These pics are so cute, like seriously all of them! I can’t believe Bowen and Ashby will be starting Kinder next year. 😭😭😭 Their pic together was precious!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams December 21, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Looks like an awesome tradition with the Slaughters! Love the picture of all the girls!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Kelly December 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Love a great family night!;).

  • Chrystianne Santos December 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Love the picture of all the girls where sweet Ashby has her arms around Britt. So precious!

  • Rebecca December 21, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Goodness these are the cutest! What a fun idea to do every year and enjoy the festivities!
    Rebecca @

  • Tammy December 21, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Looks like you all had a fabulous time ! I always enjoy seeing all the great photos 🙂

  • McKinsey December 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Hi Shay! Where do you find the Christmas necklaces for your girls?? I’m assuming it’s on Etsy but would love to know the exact shop! Thank you! 😊

    • Mix and Match Mama December 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      I bought these at a flea market. I know they’re on Etsy too though!!

  • Elspeth Mizner December 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Love your framily posts with the Slaughters!! What a fun night!! You are cramming in lots of Christmas

  • Dana December 21, 2017 at 8:14 am

    So fun!! A few thoughts:
    -We really miss the extravagance of Christmas in America. It is just so pretty!!
    -Britt looks like a baby doll in the picture of Ashby with her arms around her. So cute!
    -My girls and I watched the adorable video of Madeley talking last night and just about died from the cuteness. Today we watched a video of our 5 year-old when she was one and I couldn’t believe how I’ve already forgotten what her little raspy voice sounded like! You’re so good about taking pictures, but I hope you have lots of video, too! I sure wish I had taken more little movies of them when they were little!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick December 21, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Love these!! Y’all are the cutest little framily I know!! That Inspired Chick

  • Laci December 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Madeley in the very last pic has me cracking up!!

  • Alexis deZayas December 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

    My sister called me YaYa growing up because she couldn’t say my name 🙂 My family still calls me that!

  • Jennifer December 21, 2017 at 11:08 am

    looks like so much fun and such great memories! I would love to get my niece a jacket like Ashby’s or Madeleys- would you mind sharing where they are from? Did you order up a size or true to size? Thanks! Merry Christmas (=

    • Mix and Match Mama December 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Madeley’s is from Gap! And Ashby’s is from when we visited Park City, UT. True to size 🙂 .

  • Kimberly December 21, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Love Kensington and Ebby Lee’s matching shirts! So cute! My “little” girl is 14 now so she’s outgrown the cutesy holiday clothes and bows and such 😢
    What a fun opportunity the carriage rides are. I don’t think there’s anywhere around me that does something like that but I’m definitely going to look into it for next year!
    Have a great rest of the week!

  • Jennifer December 21, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Question…I feel like York kiddos rarely get sick. Do you give them vitamins or anything special? We would love to enjoy all of these awesome activities it just seems every winter someone in the house has the nasty winter crud 😂 I need some tips!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 21, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Ha! It’s probably the opposite (I forget to do all of that “healthy” stuff most of the time!). I would say that so far, we’ve lucked out because none of them have really been sick. Now that I say that, they’ll probably all get the flu 😉 .

  • Kelly Chen December 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Random (I was stalking your About page)…you need to update it to include TWO dogs!! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama December 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      You’re right!!

  • Sara December 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Bowen and Ashby’s friendship is so sweet. Not only did God know your family needed her, He knew that Bowen did too.

  • Whitney Pegram December 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    How fun!!! Hope y’all have an incredible Christmas!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life December 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    You all fit on a carriage?! How fun is that!!!

  • Brittany December 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I love both of your sweet families and this tradition y’all have makes my heart smile so big!! Merry Christmas Shulls and Slaughters 🙂

  • Angela Ellingson December 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Love!!! A private sleigh/carriage ride is on my list! Does your family still do a sleigh ride just yourselves as well?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

      This year, the lady in our town who does the carriage rides took the year off. Next year 🙂 .

  • Andrea McAnally December 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

    This was so sweet! Love how much fun y’all always have together!