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Normal, What’s That?

1 Jul

The past couple weeks have been nuts!!! There has been nothing normal about it. We have been on the go and travelled more miles than my tired tushy cares to think about. I figured I’d throw out a quick and dirty recap for you though.

In my last post that was, well, forever ago, I told you about my first out-of-town work trip. I went to Pickwick with my friend Angela. I was excited and nervous about my first trip without either of my boys and took this picture from our balcony the day we got there.

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Besides all the learning and the majorly long ride we had on the third day of the trip, we had a little time to take in the beautiful scenery that is Pickwick and the Tennessee River.

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Angela and I headed back around noon on Friday and made it home in time to see Bennett for a few hours before Chris and I hit the road for a town outside Indianapolis. We left at 2 am and by the time Chris took this picture, we had been on the road for nearly four hours.

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You know I had to take a picture of the stadium where the Colts play since my boy Peyton used to play there.

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We got to Indy just before 10 am, took about an hour to stretch our legs, and then hit the road for another seven or so hours before we got to my dad’s in Paris, TN. We woke up early Sunday to head home to our B. Why did we make this fast, but long trip? So we could replace an item that brings so much joy to our little family. If I show you this picture of B from Sunday afternoon, can you guess what it is?

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Yep, we got a new boat! No, I don’t like it as much as our last boat, but Chris is in love and I know he’s got big plans to make it everything I want it to be (mostly).

Chris had to leave Monday morning for Oklahoma City for work. I know he was slaving away and missed us terribly. Hold on, nope, nevermind. He was working in a ridiculously  cool mall and staying in a great hotel. If you follow him on Instagram, I’m sure you saw the pics of the pretty pool in his hotel and his fave new restaurant, Twin Peaks (in his words “like Hooters, but with better food”).

Well, my girls called with a great idea. They suggested we drive to Nashville for some fun in the sun and a little shopping. The Opryland Hotel gives teachers a discount and you’d think that means a funky room in the basement, but we had a great room with a beautiful view. If you’ve never been to the hotel, I would highly recommend it for your next trip to Nashville.

When we arrived on Tuesday, we went straight to Nashville Shores, which is a huge water park with fun stuff for people of all ages. Afterwards, we checked into the hotel, got cleaned up, and went to a restaurant in the resort for dinner. The food was amazing, but the atmosphere and scenery were unbeatable. Bennett was so confused by the abundant foliage and couldn’t understand that we were still in the building.

We got up Wednesday ready to explore the other sections of this 3,000 room resort. I just could not get over how incredible it was. My pictures don’t do it justice, especially since my camera died less than halfway through.

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We checked out of the hotel and headed over to the Opry Mills Mall. We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe and then spent hours upon hours shopping in many outlet stores and several stores I’ve only shopped online and in my dreams.

After this whirlwind trip to Nashville, Bennett and I passed the time until Chris got home Saturday night. Ahhhhhhh, now we are back together, in our house, back to normal…until mid-week when we hit the water to celebrate the 4th of July.

Hope you are enjoying your summer no matter how abnormal it may be:)

Jaime

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How To Save Your Sanity This Summer

6 Jun

I dream about my summer vacation all year long and think about how nice it will be to not have to drag myself out of bed every morning.  And then it gets here and I spend about a week at home working around the house and I’m over it.  I do like to sleep in a little later each day, but I start getting cabin fever pretty quickly.

This year I decided I was going to nip the cabin fever in the bud before I started to question my sanity. I looked around to find some fun stuff to do without spending a ton of money and thought I’d share what I’ve found so far.

Monday I took Bennett to story hour at our local library. It was completely free and included a snack and drink.  The kids listened to a story, got to see a real piece of construction equipment (which went with the book they read), and then broke into two teams to play a game. Here is a copy of the themes Munford Library will be following each week. image

Before we left the library, Bennett picked out a book to take home for the week. He chose The Lorax by Dr. Seuss because he loves the movie. So, the next day, we read the book, watched the movie, and then pulled out the paint and sketch paper to make our own Truffula trees.  He followed my lead and painted the whole thing by himself except the actual Lorax. He didn’t make it quite as far as I did, but he had a great time while we worked on them, so I think we’ll try to do some kind of activity with each book he checks out this summer.

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Our local movie theater has teamed up with several sponsors to offer a free movie on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this summer. They are also offering a child’s drink and popcorn for $3, which is much more manageable than normal prices.  We went this Wednesday and have already snagged tickets to next week’s show as well. Here is a copy of the schedule for the movies at Atoka’s Cineplanet 16.

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A friend reminded me about kidsbowlfree.com.  This program is offered across the country and offers registered kids two free games of bowling each day throughout the summer.  Shoe rental is not included, but only costs $2. You can also get a family pass for up to 4 adults for about $25. This allows each of the adults to play up to two free games per day with the children.  I think this is a steal!

Otherwise, I think our days will be filled with swimming with friends and play dates at the park.

Got any other summer sanity saving ideas? I’d love to hear them!

Jaime

A Taste of Something New

4 Jun

I was totally prepared to post my summer bucket list in Holly’s linkup, but, unfortunately, some things got in the way and I just couldn’t get to it. I will say that I’m already checking off a few things on my bucket list. I did take B to this summer’s first session of story hour at our local library.

Another thing on my bucket list is to try to cook at least one new recipe each week. During the school year, I hate cooking after I get home.  I try to sling something together just to get the job done.  One of my favorite things about summer is that I get my love of cooking back.  I thoroughly enjoy working away in the kitchen with a good adult beverage and some tunes blaring throughout the house.

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I decided to use my extra time this summer to find some yummy new recipes to add to my rotation once school gets started this fall. Of course, I immediately went to Pinterest. Here are the things I’ve tried so far.

The first thing I made is Bacon Ranch Potatoes. These were easy and went really well with  pepper stuffed bacon wrapped turkey that Chris was cooking in the picture above. I added some onion slices to the foil pouch as well and we loved the flavor. Next time I make these I will leave them in the oven for about an hour so that they’ll be good and tender.

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The next thing I tried was a hit. I used Oikos Plain Greek yogurt instead since it was on sale, but we’ve already gone through two batches of this awesome, healthier version of ranch veggie dip. Bennett and I have been devouring carrot sticks and sliced red bell pepper thanks to this concoction. I even added a small amount to a veggie packed breakfast scramble, which gave it a great flavor and creamier texture.

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I tried two more recipes tonight. The first is roasted Brussels sprouts. I didn’t follow this recipe to a T. I used frozen Brussels sprouts and garlic powder instead of onion powder because that’s what I had on hand. They were ok, but not something that will be a frequent flier in our kitchen.

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Our main dish ended up being really good though.  I used frozen uncooked shrimp instead of fresh, but otherwise followed the recipe. Bennett wasn’t a big fan of the shrimp, but I think the flavor was just a little too strong for him. Chris ate his weight in every shrimp that was left in the pan. He thought they were very similar to shrimp scampi. This was super simple to put together and will definitely show up on our table again.

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If you’d like to see more on these recipes or what I might be cooking up next, follow me on Pinterest.

I’ll keep you posted on my next ventures in the kitchen this summer. Do you have any suggestions for me to try?

Jaime