Friday, April 24, 2015

Take 145

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Brian's mericrest nectarine tree is flowering! We've had it in our yard for three years, now, and it's the first time we're getting flowers and (hopefully) FRUIT! So cool. It's a weird goal of mine to have everything in our yard be either edible or perennial. :) So far, we're well on our way to having that!
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A special thank you to my cousin, Colleen Z., who made the coolest stuffed animal, "Rumble Roar" for George. He regularly requests that it be carried downstairs from his bedroom so that we can play with him. :)
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My sister Melanie and I were chatting and used the phrase, "Screen Shot". Lucas, pretty confused, asked what a Scream Shot was... So... we did one:
(The resizing to fit the screen on this photo is terrifying. My apologies. I never intend to be that "larger than life" on this blog.) 
(Also, this is not a cheat on my photo challenge. Melanie took it and sent it to me.) :)
Feel free to share your scream shots below... We'll all enjoy it!
--- 4 ---
This week we had the honor of celebrating the life of Jeanne. And, I was again struck that wakes and funerals are events that are wonderful and worth making, particularly when you don't know the person very well. I walked away this week wanting to be a better woman, a better servant to the Lord and much more. How wonderful is that?
--- 5 ---
Thanks to our friends, we have a new-to-us pull-out sofa in our basement! It seems silly, but I get excited when things "fall into place" a little more. We've been graciously lent some furniture for our basement, but it has been on my mind that we do need to return it some day, and we'll want to replace it with something, and now we have something that will even improve our house renting in the fall for ND games! Perfection. (Oh, and we know where it came from... which is more than I can say for any Craigslisted sofa.)
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My joke is that George is our little vegetarian. He passes on most meats we offer him and is totally in love with beans. See Exhibit A:
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Brian and I had a lovely getaway weekend without George--for the first time! We spent a night in Chicago while George went to his favorite place--Marmie and Pop's house. We had a fantastic time, and got to spend an evening with Brian's cousin, David, and his wife Catherine. What a fabulous treat!
PS- when I'm sitting across the table from a fabulous couple, and can actually GET THEM in the frame with my camera due to my super-awesome new pancake lens, I can barely contain my excitement.
Heck yes.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

3 years, 2 months tardy

On February 18th, we celebrated three years of marriage! 





 What a wonderful life the Lord has give us in each other...
I'm so very grateful!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Take 144

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
You know how in movies the bad guy is always eating? Like in Oceans 11, Brad Pitt always has something going into his mouth--even if it's a lollipop? I've decided that that's not dissimilar from how I feel when pregnant.
Munch. Munch. Munch.
I snapped this photo at work while eating... 
I consider it the ugliest photo of the most beautiful food. :)
--- 2 ---
Speaking of eating, I've ended up a few times at work with soup for lunch and no spoon from home. When was the last time you ate soup with a plastic spoon
It's a special circle of Dante's Inferno. Seriously.
--- 3 ---
Slowly, spring is springing! We played a game of kubb in our backyard this week! And yes, our 6 year old neighbor asked us if we were playing a game last night because "we might've kept her up a little bit". :) It was fun! Thanks, Beth and Brian for the Christmas gift!
If you want to come over and play, let me know! I'm literally game.
--- 4 ---
We got a great opportunity to spend 24 hours at Beth and Brian's new lake property! They bought a sweet RV to stay in on the property. It was great! The weather was beyond perfect and George enjoyed it and did very well!

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In other exciting news, George went to the zoo this week--and got what was going on! He yelled and enjoyed each animal we saw... I almost handed them my entire bank account for a membership as I left the place... We had so much fun! Thanks to Liz for inviting us!
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My lens came! My lens came! Hip, Hip, Hooray!!! 
It's called the pancake lens, is wide angle, and let's me get a shot of most of my living room from the doorway... YES! (This is especially exciting when a 50mm is what you always have on your camera... which gets you... maybe the coffee table and yellow chair in the shot.)
--- 7 ---
Also, did you know it's still Easter? That's right--LONGER than Lent, baby!
It's a good thing, because I don't want to do all of my Easter projects for one Sunday... and I can space them out! Sugar cookies for the win.

Hopefully you didn't mind so many photos this week... Brian's photo challenge is going well!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An end...

I didn't really have a plan. My plan was... no plan. I read a blog post (can't remember where!) about how the best birth plan for a type A'er is... no plan. Remain flexible. And honestly, that was GREAT advice for me. I didn't have much of a birth plan for George, and actually, it went very well. (I never frustrated over a crumbling plan!)

I approached nursing with the same detachment. 6 months? That was a simple plan. Longer? Sure. If the pain ever subsided (I had responded in the beginning when everything was just... so painful.)

George hit a year, and I was pregnant... and tired. And, not surprisingly, his nursing became more painful as my body starting preparing to bring another life into our family.

So, I made the decision in my head to wean. And then, my heart kicked in! Weeellll... I'll wean slowly. Over a few weeks... Dropping one daily session per week. I had no idea at the beginning, when things were so painful, that I'd become attached to this part of my relationship with my child.

And then it happened. I haven't nursed in over a couple of weeks... And there's no turning back. And don't get me wrong, I'm happy for the break I'll get before baby #2 comes along in August...

But, I felt kind of like, "Hey! Where's the confetti? Where's the last session photo? How do I commemorate this?!" Seems silly, but I guess a year of nursing a baby will do that to you.

And I didn't even see it coming.
What a sweet thing.