Thursday, January 18, 2018

Take 280

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
I remember putting this coat in my "Next Size Up" box for my children... and thinking, "This coat is huge. Rowan will never be that big.
But here we are... my little German speaker.
--- 2 ---
We've been at less than 100% all week. One of us has stayed home every day... I was home Monday and Tuesday with G-man. And you know what? G learned to play Go Fish! He clearly has a passion for winning (and games!) and that makes me happy. I look forward to teaching him to play "Spit" (I know I know--it's a card game!!!).

(Rest assured. He already knows how to spit.)
--- 3 ---
We've been married almost six years, and a dream of mine was to have a living room without a TV. Call me a reader. Call me noise sensitive (because I totally am). Call me introverted... whatever you want. Our living room doesn't have a TV for the first time in our marriage... and I've read a lot this week! (Ok, also due to Take #2--I'll admit it.) 

And no. We didn't get rid of it. (I'm not that crazy. But props to you if you are!!) It's in another room that we now aptly call "The TV room". 
--- 4 ---
Given the reality of Take #2, it's been a long week. It's been a hard week. And I got more than my fair share of laughter from this little tag left over from a Christmas present:
[Just replace the uppity doll giggle button invitation with a bit more of a sarcastic tone after your child whines about the dinner option(S!)... and you'll get my laugher. I needed it. And this little tag saved my sanity in the past 3 days.]
--- 5 ---
I think I need to rein in the unattended use of chapstick in this home...
--- 6 ---
I don't want to gloat, but I do intend to honor. I was delivered this tray one Sunday afternoon in my bed... to be alone, to disappear, to enjoy. Brian, as we used to say in 1999, "You da bomb."
--- 7 ---
National Public Holidays are different here... We get Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Ascension Day (40 Days after Easter) off in Germany. Not too shabby! I'll take it. Especially the 4-day weekend for Easter! I always thought we should get 1 day for the fasting (Good Friday) and equal amounts off for the feasting (Easter Monday). 10 points for Germany.

Happy Friday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Our Dynamic Duo

...And no, I don't mean Brian and me. I mean my two kids under 4.

Yesterday was the third glorious morning in a row where our children let us sleep in... What gives, you ask? Well, the first morning, I found G crouched in a corner with his two stuffed dogs... and a bag of M&Ms.


Oh. That kind of sleep in morning.

The second morning, I found them both in the same corner... with the same bag of M&Ms.

Shame on me.

That night, I got wise. I put the bag behind the coffee maker on the kitchen counter...

The third morning, I found the kitchen stool in front of the coffee maker and the bag was empty. And my children both had dyed lips.

Well... I kid you not, the next day I found R in the back of our under-the-stairs pantry with a bag of marshmallows... and scissors. (Which I honestly hope George was the one to use... and I'm grateful that we have 20 fingers between the two of them.)

And yes. My load of laundry was started in the washer... for a second time... on an extra-long eco cycle that I never would've chosen... And Brian's chapstick from his dresser was in the play room... next to our child's pillow.

The long and short of it? A friendship (in crime?) is budding between these two... and Brian and I may have our work cut out for us! :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Take 279

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Do you know what a Berliner is? You should. It's a German donut. But, then you have to know what a Kinder Berliner is... it's a kids' donut! Click here and scroll to page two. It has Nutella in the center and teeny tiny MnM like candies all over the top. A donut of kid-heaven. Forget jimmies, yo. Kinder Berliners all the way for my kinder.
--- 2 ---
Speaking of my Kinder... I woke up this week at 2 in the morning and heard funny noises. I crept downstairs, wondering what it was I was hearing... and found both of my children coloring at the kitchen table. HAH. I regret not snapping a photo. I was too busy shooing everyone "BACK TO BED!" 
--- 3 ---
There are moments in our life with kids when I remember that they are learning at school... for 8.5 hours per day. That's a lot of time away at home for a 2 and almost-4 year old. For example, one day George emerged from upstairs totally dressed. I had no idea he knew how to do that. Cat was totally out of the bag. But, he also comes home with funny sayings, like:

"Hey Rowan! You have to roll like a cinnamon roll!" while doing a somersault on his bed. Love it.
--- 4 ---
I am 3/4 of the way through listening to The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp. I absolutely loved her first book and blogged a bit of my response to it a couple of years (!) ago. Well, I'm enjoying this other book of hers just as much. And it's so timely. I'm moved by her words like... "You love as much as you are willing to be inconvenienced." Oof. Teach me, Jesus. Teach this type-A-er how to let love creep in and to stop me from counting. Everything.
--- 5 ---
You know, I can tell how overwhelmed I am by how many New York Times daily briefing emails I archive without reading them. I began reading sometime in 2016 and I'll admit that it's been a total habit to keep plugging in, even if I'm not reading daily. But sometimes? I go crazy and archive about 8 NYT emails out of my inbox because I can't handle the inbox stress. #choosejoy 

Let's just say I chose joy today and archived a good number of emails...
--- 6 ---
When our first visitors from the other side of the pond came and battled so beautifully with jet lag, I found myself trying to remember which was easier--going East to Germany, or back West to the United States.

...I had a total moment of horror (hah!) when I realized I never went back. 
I crack myself up.
--- 7 ---
There are often funny moments when living in a country with a different native language than your own... And you know, I like to lean into those moments because so many of the moments are actually just frustrating. So, I give you: Saucenbinder Hell.

Yes, hell means Greek. :)

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Take 278

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
It's ok to be a day late and a dollar short, right?? Oh good. Thank you! It's Saturday. And you know what? I'm grateful the long week is over... and blogging today instead of yesterday is totally the result. Le sigh.
--- 2 ---
New Year's Eve came and went and it was lovely! Our good friends had us over and gave us their guest room, so we put the kids down and enjoyed our first experience of Swiss Raclette. (Yes, our children emerged from their room at 10 pm and got away with being up until 11 pm.) 

And yes. We paid for it the next night. But, fun was had by all! (And let the record show that it was my latest NYE of my life... 3 am!)
--- 3 ---
The amount of fireworks by each household across the horizon in Germany was quite impressive! And, the smoke was a sight to behold! Thankfully, our children did sleep through this part of the evening.
--- 4 ---
You know, we've had George's car seat for probably 3 years and Rowan's carseat for probably 2 years... and this may be my second time washing their carseat covers. Or first. Eeek. But, it's done! And I'm proud. (3 cheers for 9 days of vacation at home... no travel, no guests.)
--- 5 ---
We have a household issue. George is under the impression that the sink stopper is trash. I have found it in the trash from both of the bathrooms he uses on the regular. Don't worry, I gave him a talking to tonight. "This thing, G. It's not trash." haha. Parenthood surprises.
--- 6 ---
You know when you peel an orange, some of the white under belly of the peel sticks out on the orange? You could peel them... but mostly we eat them? Well, Rowan stared at me in awe one day and said, "You eat the spikies?!" After a bit of confusion, I responded, "Why yes. Yes I do." She clearly thought I was crazy. I informed her that they're completely edible. (As long as she doesn't require me to peel her "spikies", no skin off my nose. Go ahead and have a 3o minute activity with your clementine.)
--- 7 ---
Your kids may know about Star Wars, but my kids live in Germany, so they often refer to "Star Vaas" in regular conversation. :) #KitaLife