Life Update (and a recipe!)

The Millers are loving summer in Maine this year! With our oldest now 11 and youngest sprinting toward 5, I feel like this is the first year that we have been able to all enjoy the same things all day. In the past, someone needed a nap at some point, or was too young to ride a bike or swim or just be able to keep up. But every year, the spread feels a little smaller and summer feels a little less like work and lot more like fun – yay!

And now that we have four that want to go go go, I’m finding quickly that maintaining a blog in the summer with four busy kids is just not that easy!  Add to that the fact that I’m cracking down pretty hard on the technology rules. This means I’m following those rules too and just not on the computer that much! We are outside as much as possible, at the park, the beach, the pool, with friends, after dinner walks… We are just all around summering hard over here in the Miller house and I’m trying hard to be all in with the kids.

And we are reading this summer – including me! I’ve not picked up a book in nearly a year so I’m trying hard to be in the moment and enjoy all of the things they are enjoying. The blog is not going anywhere, but I’m going to be laid back about it – please stick around!!!

Overall, I’m just trying to be more of a yes mom this summer than a no, I have to pick up the house, or no, I need to write an article, or no, we can’t leave the house until I fold this laundry. It’s actually been as good for me as it has for them. And I know we are only a few weeks in so only time will tell how long I can keep up with them. But I’m trying!

Speaking of trying and all things summer, last night I tried something new and it was a total 6 for 6 hit with our family! About 1/2 of our family loves watermelon and the other 1/2 hates it. So I buy it rarely and when I do, it almost never gets finished. After days of begging people to eat some watermelon, I was about to give up and throw it out. Then I recalled a recipe for Agua Fresca and decided it was worth a shot. Spanish for “cool waters,” Aguas Fresca is a popular, non-alcoholic drink that combines fruit and ice – I tried the following recipe and it was fantastic! I’m firmly in the not liking watermelon camp at our house and even I loved it! It was so refreshing – we were grilling out and sipped on this while we waited for dinner.

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Strawberry and Watermelon Agua Fresca:

4 cups of seeded, cubed watermelon
1 cup strawberries
1/4 cup lemon juice
1-2 cups ice cubes

Blend until smooth. Serve immediately!

It’s really that easy. With watermelon already sliced in the fridge, this recipe came together in about a minute. While I’m not putting any pressure on myself to post as regularly as normal, I will definitely check in when I feel like I just have something I HAVE to share. This was one of those recipes I felt I had to share! Please let me know if you give it a try. I am certain it will be on repeat in our house for the rest of the summer!

*Recipe courtesy of Vitamix

**Could be amazing (and lethal) with a little vodka added to the mix!!! Careful if you try it, it will go down easy!

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