Tuesday, December 03, 2019

November Captures

Autumn is always a big show-off. And I love it for that. November was a good month, and I took two (count 'em) TWO trips to Dublin, Ireland. The only times I picked up my camera this month were on those two trips... so I'm grateful. As much as the weather was what we expected (cold and rainy), it also had beautiful patches of sun and we really enjoyed our time... 

So, without further ado, some of the beauty of Ireland:







Friday, November 29, 2019

Take 369

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Happy Thanksgiving! We were so happy to be able to gather with family and friends around a table chock-full of food, very similar to the American tradition, but not on American soil. 
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This year we went with a dinner-time Thanksgiving dinner... which has never been my norm, but it was actually quite delightful to cook between 10:30 and 2... and then put my feet up for the afternoon parade (European time). That was quite delightful. (No 6 am wake-up to get everything in the oven in succession before a 1 pm dinner.) 
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We have a lot to be thankful for this year--and I've been reflecting on all of it as we close in on my maternity leave. We're so thankful for this third baby, our life in Hamburg, our family and friends, and so much more. Even on difficult days, it's hard not to have the good things directly in front of our noses.
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Did anyone else notice that one of the readings of the Catholic church this week was this one from Daniel? Nothing like a reminder that we will be noble and wise when we eat vegetarian and not from the rich table of the king during Thanksgiving week... LOL. I couldn't help but giggle loudly.
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To all of those die-hard sports fans who cannot help but watch every game--no matter how good or bad it looks... please enjoy this article. Sent to me by my husband and yes... I loved it.
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Brian came home last week from another trip to China--this one was only 6 days, thankfully. He got some wonderful tea on this trip and started to describe what a Chinese tea ceremony was like... by saying it was like, "sitting around a poker table". 

I about died.
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Speaking of dying... We did another classic Thanksgiving activity and saw a movie... Frozen 2. Without spoiling anything... I found the ballad to be... extremely hilarious and oh-so-amazing. Our kids enjoyed it, but I will say that it's PG for a reason--quite scary. In any case... 

Happy Black Friday! Hope your day is quiet and filled with delicious leftovers!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Take 368

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
Three cheers for my most amazing husband. On Thursday evening last week, he informed me that he had a babysitter lined up and reservations for us to have a date night out. The restaurant was called Hygge and yes, it was overflowing with raw wood, a fireplace right next to our table, and blankets and cozy seats. All amazing.

And I ate house-made pasta with a truffle cream sauce. #NoComplaints #TheCompanyWasEvenBetter
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I was astounded by this article because let's face it: This guy made a huge discovery... all because he was really good at detail work, proofreading and catching a mistake. Amazing. 
--- 3 ---
Have you read Little Women as an adult? I never read it as a child (but watched the 1990s movie approximately 1.7 million times), but was floored by some of the same things as the woman who helped create the new version. The March women were radical. And Marmee was absolutely an amazing, strong woman.
--- 4 ---
Looking for a breakfast treat this week that you can make in advance? Take my advice: make New York Crumb Cake on Tuesday and let it sit for 2 days. Thanksgiving morning it'll be perfect with coffee. I was "fine" with this after baked... but it blew my mind on day 3 with how moist and wonderful it was.
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In other baking news, I bought my first set of Silicone Cupcake Liners and so far, I'm really pleased. And yes, I did google "Tricks for washing silicone cupcake liners" and found a very basic and helpful youtube video. LOL. I'll get the hang of it... someday.
--- 6 ---
According to conventional office-shared wisdom, parents are required to offer a room to their child up to the age of 27 in Germany. Yeah. Go ahead and read that again. #SayWhat
--- 7 ---
Hopefully you're getting excited for American Thanksgiving! I know we are. Of course, as a third trimester pregnant woman, I definitely have not prepped this year like I have in years' past... but I'm looking forward to a good, juicy turkey. And the Macy's Day Parade, of course.

Happy Friday! 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Take 367

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
There are a lot of things that I've had a hard time with during this pregnancy... my brain being a major issue on more than a few occasions. I'd like to let you in on the fact that I, in my 4th month of pregnancy, cut a whole 100 Quick Take posts off of my count. That's right, in August, I was at Take 353... the very next week I had downgraded to 254 Takes. Yeah. Pregnancy Brain strikes again. 

I'm honestly torn a little on whether to fix it. LOL.
--- 2 ---
Last week, I got to go on retreat! It was absolutely wonderful to get away, take walks on a beautiful property, meet some lovely women, listen to good talks, spend time in prayer, and come home refreshed. It was good timing, too. I've got a whopping 4 weeks of work left before my maternity leave starts, and yes. I'm actually really physically tired these days and this Tuesday marks Trimester 3 for me, so I'm looking at my last 4 weeks of work like a mini-finish-line. (The other one being pushing the baby out... but ya know.)
--- 3 ---
I may be the only American in the history of the world to visit Ireland for the first time and drink not one beer. I think I need a t-shirt. LOL. (A maternity sized one?)

(For the record, I'm not opposed to a beer while pregnant... I just simply wasn't offered one. #Retreat)
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I absolutely loved to hear the disdain on the lips of the women of Ireland in regard to American bacon. Guys. The hatred was seeping. I can't wait to get some authentic Irish bacon on my next visit... because apparently I don't know a *thing* about proper bacon. 
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You know, we live really far away. Our community of friends is kind, but when you gear up to grow your family, it's easy to reminisce about the community surrounding you when you last birthed a baby... But let me tell you. My neighbors have been so unbelievably generous. I mean, look at this:
This is the pile of hand-me-downs that I got from friends was like the loaves and fishes--enough clothes to clothe our new baby for probably a year... plus 4 bags of clothes leftover! When I thanked one of the neighbors, her response was, "This is how it should always be." Amen.
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Want to have your mind blown? Check out this silverware organizer. Right?!
--- 7 ---
I just finished reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Great read!

Happy Friday!