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Yesterday, May 20th, was Traci’s 30th Birthday!  And to celebrate Meg, Kelli and JPS threw a surprise dinner party :)  We were very honored to attend.  Everything was absolutely beautiful.  Good food, good friends, good memories and good laughs.

The beautiful table.  It looked like something out of a magazine!


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Lucy and Grandpa


The guest of honor + Rick.  I am just now realizing that they match…

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And here we have Reenie and Mick trying to communicate to someone over their technological devices.  iPhones??  Blackberries??  I don’t know.  And I forget who they were talking to (Col and Alyce??) – but it was funny.


Prater Iced Tea.  Nothing like it.


And there were babies.  Cute cute babies.


And here is Miss Drama Queen herself.  Sitting in the birthday chair.

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On the menu:
Spinach, Strawberry Avocado Salad
Caesar Salad
Steak with a Balsamic Glaze
Broiled Potatoes
Sister Somebodyother Rolls (Reenie thinks maybe Sister Schubert?)
Chocolate Cake

Sorry…all I got pictures of were the salads…

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Rick and Lucy on the trampoline.  Reenie, Michelle and I had our suspicions that, while Lucy loved the trampoline, Rick was using Lucy as an excuse to go jump on it.

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Birthday cake time.  One cake had a 3 on it, the other a 0.  And yes, there were 30 candles.

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And after cake, we all sat around telling Traci stories.  Some were reminiscent, others embarrassing, yet all were either hilarious or encouraging.  My favorite cannot be posted here. 🙂

Happy Birthday, T!  Thanks for being such a dear friend to so many of us!  We love you!!


The other night we had some very fun guests – Matt and Meg.  I made one of our favorite meals: Soft Grilled Chicken Tacos.  Cyndi sent me the recipe a while ago, and it quickly became a keeper.  I frequently rotate them into my meal plan.  The secret is in the homemade shells.  All you do is lightly fry flour tortillas in a little bit of canola oil until slightly crispy on the outside, still soft on the inside.  They are infinitely better than store-bought, and unbelievably easy.  They literally take about a minute per shell.

If you want the recipe, go here.  It’s from Cooking Light, but we kinda eliminate everything that makes in light 😉  The variations I make: I use chicken breast (not thighs), I use Habanero-Lime tortillas (from TJ), we use regular sour cream and cheese, we add all kinds of “fixins” with no regard for calories whatsoever.  And so you see, I cannot claim that my tacos are “light.”  I apologize.

Here are some chips I fried up as well, with hummus.


“Fixins”: Grilled chicken, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese and salsa.  It’s a pretty fantastic combination.

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And for dessert: broiled pineapple rings with vanilla ice cream.

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The best part was when Matt got ahold of Mike’s ID badge and figured out that it made a super fun toy.  Here you can see he has wrapped it around his head like a bandanna, yet with the picture ID still visible.


We had a great time hanging out with them.  It had been a while since we’d had them over, and it was good to catch up and hear all that God is doing in their lives.  Meg is one of my best friends, and she is also pregnant and due just a little over a month after me – August 21st.  Can’t wait to raise our kids together!  Even though there is pretty much no chance of either of them being normal, we are very excited for them to grow up together 🙂

Collective Reminiscings

The Smittys

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