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Enjoying Summer Time With Kids

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We were at the pool last week and a new family to the neighborhood was there. I watched them for awhile. It was mom, dad, grandparents, and 4 small kids probably ages 7 and under. They rolled in with huge floats and big bags and all the stuff that accompanies a trip to the pool with small kids. But what I noticed the most was the mom. She was miserable. She never once smiled or laughed. She yelled, she snapped, and she huffed. It hurt my heart to watch her and it broke my heart to watch her kids.

I get it. I was her a few years ago. It was like watching my past through a mirror. I remember those days clearly. I remember bringing 4 kids to the pool when they were all very young and only 1 could swim. I remember being in a constant state of panic trying to keep up with 4 kids and make sure nobody was drowning. I remember dreading days at the pool and being ready to leave 10 minutes after arriving. Oh, I remember. 

I wanted to tell her that it’s just a stage. That it gets better. That soon she will enjoy these days. What I didn’t want to tell her is what everyone always told me. “You’ll miss these days so enjoy them”. Because, no. I don’t miss those days. I don’t miss the sheer panic of those 30 seconds where you can’t see one of your kids in the pool. I don’t miss the huge bags and floats and stuff that you need to lug around. I don’t miss those things. 

Watching her made me realize how long ago those days were. I lounged on a pool chair with a new book on my Kindle sipping a watermelon lemonade while my kids swam and played. All of my kids can swim now and can swim well enough that I don’t need to be within arms reach of them. They also play together without fighting and genuinely enjoy each others company most of the time. I feel like I’ve graduated to a whole new stage of life. And I love it. I love it a lot. And it’s a great feeling to love your life. 

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Amazing Tuna Salad Wraps

I love tuna. I love it a lot. Unfortunately nobody else in my house shares my love of tuna. I routinely make tuna for myself- tuna melts, tuna subs, tuna on crackers, tuna salad….you get it. But I’ve never found a tuna salad recipe that everyone in my house would eat without whining and complaining. Until now. I made this once a couple of months ago and everyone ate it. Assuming it was a fluke I made it again just last week. Again, everyone ate it. So this is now my go to tuna salad recipe. 

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Ingredients:
1 can tuna of choice, drained and flaked
1/4 cup mayo
3 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp curry powder
3 Tbsp dijon mustard

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.
2. Cover and chill for at least an hour.
3. Lay spinach leaves down center of tortilla wraps and spoon tuna salad on top.
4. Roll tortilla firmly and wrap with plastic wrap.
5. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

I made tuna salad wraps but you can use this tuna salad recipe to make a tuna melt, or on crackers, or just a tuna sandwich. Anyway you want to serve it, you will love it! 

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5 Things Friday {6.23.17}

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Have I mentioned a time or twelve that I love summer? Because I really really love summer. I joked on Instagram earlier that most of my images will consist of the same scene- me sitting at the pool with a book while my kids swim. We had a very laid back relaxing week, which is exactly what summer should be in my opinion. 

1. My sister brought my adorable nephew over to swim and we had a blast. Well, most of us had a blast. Mason was less than pleased that he had to hang out around the steps to play because my nephew cannot swim yet and he’s over the weight limit for his puddle jumper. Ha! But it was a good time and I got to hang out with my sister and talk to an actual adult!

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2. There wasn’t anything specific that Matt wanted to do for Fathers Day this year. He didn’t want to go anywhere and he didn’t want any gifts. He really just wanted a relaxing day. So that’s what we did. We let him sleep in, then we spent hours at the pool, then lounged in the hot tub before Matt grilled delicious pork chops for dinner. Then we did more nighttime hot tub lounging with wine and binge watched Beachfront Bargain Hunt. Our dream is to one day live on the beach so this show is our jam. It was a great day.

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3. Tyler just started his very last month of Accutane! He had bloodwork done earlier in the week and saw his dermatologist a couple of days later. She is so pleased with his progress and he probably will not need to do another 6 month course. He is so ready to be done with this journey. He has a lot of scarring on his back so we’ll go back in 6 months to talk about how/when/if to do anything about it. I happened to catch him mid-yawn at the dermatologist office. Ha! He had a friend sleep over the night before and they played video games until 5am, then he had to leave for morning football at 7am so he got no sleep at all before his appointment. Then he had to go back for afternoon football practice. He was TIRED and CRANKY when he got home. Teenagers. 

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4. I don’t know why I make rules around here. I have a strict no dogs on the furniture policy and that includes the brand new outdoor furniture. Nobody listens. I find dogs on the furniture all the time now. Blatant disrespect. But they’re so cute, how do you say no and shoo them back to the floor? I just can’t do it. 

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5. I made the best 7 layer taco salad for dinner the other night. I’d been craving taco salad and I finally made one. It was delicious and I’ll be sharing the recipe soon because it is too good not to be shared. The kids, who normally grumble about why can’t I just make tacos without the salad part, ate every single bite! 

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We had a busy, fun week. I can’t believe we’re already done with week 2 of summer break. NOOOOOO! Slow down time, slow down! 

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He Said, She Said: A Sister Wife

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Setting the Scene: We are into week 2 of summer break and it’s been awesome. Matt’s been working long hours at work for the past few weeks so he’s usually gone before anyone else wakes up (except Tyler because he leaves at 7am for football) and he’s not been getting home until after 7. The following conversation took place one evening last week when he didn’t get home until almost 8pm.

He Said: So how’s summer break going?

She Said: Good. But I could use some help.

He Said: Help? Help with what?

She Said: Cleaning, cooking, laundry, driving your kids around.

He Said: So you need a cleaning service, laundry service, a chef, and a chauffeur?

She Said: Yes.

He Said: Too bad we haven’t hit the lotto yet. 

She Said: I’d settle for a sister wife.

He Said: A what?

She Said: You know, a sister wife. Someone to do all the boring crap that I don’t want to do.

He Said: And what would you do if she did all that?

She Said: Lounge by the pool, read in the hot tub, take naps.

He Said: Ahhhhhh. You want to be a trophy wife. 

She Said: Yes. Yes please. That’s exactly what I want to be.

He Said: Can I pick the sister wife?

She Said: No.

He Said: Well that seems unfair.

She Said: This isn’t about you. It’s my sister wife.

He Said: I’m not sure that’s how it works.

She Said: Well that’s how it works in this house.

The End.

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Delicious Turkey Bacon Ranch Cheddar Pinwheels

We’ve been spending most of our afternoons at the pool enjoying the cool water, laughter, and sunshine….and sunburn. The last thing I want to do is come home after 4 hours of relaxing and cook dinner. So I’ve been experimenting with some wraps that I can pre-make and have ready to go at dinner time. We’ve had some….let’s just call them losers in the popularity category. But this one was a winner. Everyone loved it. The other wraps I’ve tried used an entire 8oz block of cream cheese but that was too much for my family so I went a different route with this one. And it was amazing! If you’re family loves cream cheese then you can omit the sour cream and use the full 8oz block of cream cheese instead. You can leave these in wrap form or you can slice them into pinwheels. My kids love them as pinwheels but Matt and I ate them as wraps. 

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Ingredients:
4 burrito 10″ tortilla wraps
4 oz sour cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup bacon bits
1 pkt dry ranch dressing mix
2 Tbsp milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
12 slices of deli turkey

Directions:
1. Combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing mix, cheese, milk, and bacon bits until well mixed.
2. Spread evenly on each tortilla wrap.
3. Lay 3 slices of turkey down center of each wrap.
4. Gently roll each tortilla tightly and wrap with saran wrap.
5. Refrigerate for an hour before slicing.
6. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.

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I really should have made double this recipe because the kids devoured it! I’ve already added it to the menu plan for next week again. I’m going to keep experimenting and I’ll share any more wraps that are hits with my family! These would also make a fantastic appetizer for a party! I’m adding them to my list of yummy goodness for our football parties and tailgating at Tyler’s games this Fall!

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