Friday, September 12, 2014

Take 116

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
I went to Colorado!
It was an absolute treat! I went to help out my sister Bethanne and her family.

This little guy arrived on August 15!
Jack Edwin Walter was six weeks early, and thankfully, is now home with his family.
--- 2 ---
Some quotes from Jack's siblings:
"Well, you are the newest relative to visit, so yes, you can get me breakfast.
"Lettuce wraps are for dinner? I'm just not that into lettuce."
"What else do you like on your turkey sandwich?" "Meat."
"Why is your car blue? Did your Dad paint it?"

To say the least, it was a fast 2.5 day visit, but oh-so-worth-it!
I enjoyed every minute of it!
--- 3 ---
Travel tips that I need to remember:
-Medicine bottles are perfect toys for infants on a plane.
-Eat meat. You'll get less nauseated on the plane.
-Disposable diapers. They leak. Almost every time they poop. (I love our Gdiapers!) 
-When traveling alone with an infant, I desired drive-thru rest stops. First time ever.
-Car rental companies aren't allowed to install your car seat. Add 20 minutes to travel.
-That flight attendant that just woke up your child with a loud, "Thank you!" will coo at your child 5 minutes later. Somehow, my heart wasn't softened by her sweetness.
--- 4 ---
The fall installment of the garden is in!
The basil, rosemary, cayenne peppers and some of the chard are still going.
I took 5 of my squares and planted 3 squares of spinach and 2 of lettuce.
--- 5 ---
Thanks to a generous coworker, I ate a klondike bar this week! 
It was the first one in a long while.
Hello teeny-tiny shrinking ice cream bar!
--- 6 ---
We rented our house out for the Notre Dame game this past weekend!
It was quite the week getting our house ready and packing me up to go to Colorado, 
but we survived!
Thank you, renters, for not breaking anything and for leaving us vodka.
You're the best.

However, I missed Camppatton being in South Bend.
Wishing I was the biggest fan who had run into you in South Bend. :)
--- 7 ---
Thirteen years ago, on September 11th
I wasn't aware of any major crisis until about lunchtime, 
when our school in Falls Church, VA could confidently locate the parents of each of our students, some of whom were working in the Pentagon.
What a terrible, horrific day. 

Thank you to my Uncle Patrick who was in NYC as a policeman on 9/11.
Thank you to all those who defend our freedom and serve us.
And Lord be with all of those who are suffering and who face terrible acts like these today.

 Thanks for hosting, Jen!

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Springs!

Happy Friday! 

George and I weathered a 3:30 am wake-up call yesterday, a 7:40 am flight out of Chicago and a lunch-time arrival to my sister's house! We enjoyed the 75 mph limit highways, the easy 5:30 am Chicago traffic, and we're rewarded even more with a fun visit to see the newest cousin of George! Jack is as sweet as you can imagine... The cutest, tiniest ever! 

May you enjoy 7 things today... Whatever they may be! ;)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Take 115

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Remember coffee klatsching? This week was full of it! 
And it's not even over, yet! I've been trying to get more of it in after a summer of a little extra work which equaled not a lot of seeing of other mamas.
TJ and George, checkin' each other out at Kids' Group last week.
--- 2 ---
Some sunscreen news that my Dad sent along to his beautifully freckled daughters.
The three redheads in this household use it a. lot.
In fact, I plan to buy three bottles at the end of season sales this week...
A bottle for the diaper bag, one for the house, one for the car... you know.
--- 3 ---
Football season starts tomorrow! 
(That's if you don't already consider it started. We've already watched a preseason game.)

Thanks to this being my 3rd year of a married football season, I've gotten wise(r).
All of the Notre Dame games are on our shared calendar.
I will not be surprised by 4 hour chunks of time every Saturday.
And this year, we have George to enjoy it with us! 
AND, I won't be studying for the Series 7!
--- 4 ---
We have an unbelievable crop of cayenne peppers from our garden this year.
So I asked Google... What does one does one do with all of them?
And then I realized we use ground cayenne pepper in our house all the time!

Now I just need to decide if grinding them in our coffee grinder is an option...
Umm, no. Spicy coffee, anyone?
Still trying to solve that one...
--- 5 ---
At the end of each work day, I've been putting our office mail into the UPS box.
It's a drive-through lane.
It's impossible for me to deposit anything into the box without getting out of my car.
So it ends up being this delicate balance between an open car door, an open UPS box door and my head... The last of which has been hit several times...

Why isn't the box closer to the curb??
--- 6 ---
We have a new restaurant in Granger!
Rocky River Tab and Table
I'm excited to try out a "Farm to Fork" restaurant in town.
 We don't have a lot of them... Anyone been there? Is it good?
--- 7 ---
Thanks, Kristin E. for this... 
It made my week!
(And I hadn't ever heard of Alice Babs!)

Thanks for hosting, Jen!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Month Seven

Things I love about George 
in the season of month seven:

-I tried to give you solid food... but I chickened out! (heh. Sorry.) You want food, but nursing is also working just fine. Your thunder thighs prove that I'm not starving you.
-Your "words" are "ba" and "ma". You don't really mean to say Mama... but you do. It's cute.
-Your lungs also work marvelously. You can out scream practically anyone!
-You became a world traveler this month! The airplane didn't bother your ears... 
and seemed to help in other departments... 
(Hello two dirty diapers... on the way there and the way home!)
-You started taking pacifiers this month, just in time for our plane rides. 
You now use them every time you go to bed.
-You had your first bath in the big tub (while sitting in the toddler tub). It was our first official "bath time" where you played with little squeeze toys and splashed around. 
I'm pretty sure we both enjoyed it! And you came out squeaky clean!
-You're almost crawling! You can get to that toy, but it takes you quite some time.