Friday, February 27, 2015

Take 138

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Happy Birthday to Beth, my Mama-in-law!
 This wonderful woman is THE woman to have in your corner.
Believe me.
She's been in my corner for some time, now, and life is SO much better!
Just this month, she dropped off George to me, had swung by Once Upon a Child, picked up a bag full of PJs (which we desperately needed!) and a few outfits, went home and washed them all, and George came to me that afternoon in an unbelievably adorable new sweatsuit... She's just... The best!
--- 2 ---
Well... we went to DC!
And it was fabulous!
But, we barely made it there:

 But when we finally did... we had this to welcome us:

Alex and Jule (and Lucia!):
We love you.

And Nichole, Paul and Gus:
What fun to meet up for lunch! Thanks for braving the weather!
--- 3 ---
On our road trip, we discovered Giant Eagle Express.
Giant Eagle is the local grocery store in Pittsburgh, and they've created a 
gas station/Subway/Small grocery store concept that is genius.
Seriously, all of those things are possible in this little place and we were able to fill up, get sandwiches and buy string cheese and crackers for George! It was amazing. 
I won't mention how insanely unintuitive every process in that store was. It just filled our every need. 
--- 4 ---
We celebrated our third anniversary!
I love you, Brian!
...
So much so that I attempted to make his favorite... Corn Flake Crispy Treats...
Boy, is that a serious show of love for me! :) 
Handling all that stickiness and having to do it fast before it cools!
Let's just say... they turned hard as rock after they cooled.
Dang. Next time, love... I'll figure it out!
--- 5 ---
Speaking of spending our whole life together,
Sarah B. sent me this article on a village where everyone has dementia.
"An environment built around life rather than death". WOW!
And I might add... Amsterdam. Of course.
Mom, I'd LOVE to know what you think!
--- 6 ---
I guess it's not really a big enough project for my "Organized Home Challenge",
But I'm quite pleased with my first foray into cleaning with baking soda!
Before:
 After:
I realized that I should work to keep this kettle clean because it's an item I always keep out!
--- 7 ---
I'm in the market for activities for one year olds.
Yesterday I looked up some pinterest ideas and discovered the "Cut up pieces of fabric and shove them into a tissue box". Genius. George will love that! 
Wishing I had Auntie Leila's stash to run to!

Happy Friday!
Celebrate with me and my Mama!
Chemo is over!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Take 137

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
I'm moved by my Mama.
I'm so in awe of the way she's handled her diagnosis with breast cancer and the beginning of her treatment with chemo. She's an incredibly strong woman. I'm so proud of her.
In fact, I see Christ in her (Col 1:27).
--- 2 ---
Mama posted this morning about the anniversary of her first date with my Dad!
 Well, yesterday was the 4 year anniversary of my first date with Brian!
Brian and I went to lunch, a ND women's basketball game and then enjoyed a walk (in the semi-deep snow) around the lakes at Notre Dame. I admit to being... well... beyond excited.
I'm so grateful for my parents' marriage and my marriage!
 (I couldn't resist a dating photo... but this is not a photo of our first date.)
--- 3 ---
I'm a bit behind the times...
I just finished season two of Downton Abbey.

And mostly... I'm wondering who the heck Laura Linney is 
and why she introduces each episode.

Apparently... for no reason at all. Weird.
--- 4 ---
I'm often looking through available audio books on our library's website.
I find when I don't have time to read, I enjoy listening to something light during chores, etc.
This week I just came across The Birth Order Book.

My Mama gave me this book when I was... 11? Maybe? 
It totally shaped the way I saw the world.
And I think it was one of the reasons I ended up minoring in psychology.
I'm sorely tempted to read the updated edition... now that I'm married and a Mama!
--- 5 ---
Yesterday, I drove away from 53800 Generations Drive for the last time!
Our company has built a new building and we open on Monday!
I'm actually amused by how excited I am. :)
See that desk? It's moves up by motor and converts to a standing desk! 
Hip (my 9 month pregnant) Hip(s), Hooray!
--- 6 ---
My Aunt Mary Ann gifted me with a subscription to Cooks Magazine.
One of my favorite sections is where they give quick kitchen tips.
This time I learned that when you're working with dough, you can "wash" your hands first with flour, which dries out and removes sticky dough from your hands, instead of making it messier and stickier with water... Brilliant!
--- 7 ---
Thanks to Couch Baby #2, my dreams have become quite... extraordinary.
I've been trying to respond by praying for each person who might come across my dreams, under any circumstances... This week I prayed for a childhood friend who told me on her wedding day (in my dream) that she was... well, she couldn't tell me. (A spy.)

Happy Friday!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Take 136

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
I had a fun birthday dinner!
I may be kicking myself for not getting a photo of us with Michael and Gina, but it was a lovely dinner of appetizers and a fantastic bottle of wine at Bentwood Tavern in New Buffalo, MI. We recommend it! The restaurant itself had flare (which I appreciated), and we were able to linger and it felt like we were in our own home, relaxed and enjoying it.
The table was cozy, with a large white candle in the middle, the bottle of wine was dipped in red wax, which was actually quite beautiful, we dressed up and could see the marina on Lake Michigan lit up at night from our table... What a treat. Sigh. I like 30 already! 
(How's the explanation for a photo replacement? Not bad?) 
--- 2 ---
Brian got me the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook for my birthday!
Oh, Hooray!
I can't wait to dive in and make some recipes, in addition 
to swooning over all the beautiful photography. What a sweet gift!
Oh, and he got me more pyrex. Because a house needs to have 
sufficient amounts of pyrex for leftovers. Believe us! :) 
--- 3 ---
Believe it or not--ALL of the photos from our house's last listing on the internet are still available. It was very fun to scroll through these and admire all the work that Brian has done to make our home ours and simply beautiful over the past (almost) three years!
--- 4 ---
Speaking of beautiful, I realized that I never showed you one of Brian's brilliant projects in our home--a baby gate! He made it to match our already-existing banister, which means that when you walk into our front door, you're staring at something beautiful, and not something that is only functional. He's so wonderful.
--- 5 ---
Did you know George is walking? He is! He gets very excited as he toddles between furniture and occasionally bites the dust, but very much enjoys this new level of "freedom".
--- 6 ---
In other George news, I think he's a lefty!
It runs in my family and I'm kind of excited about the prospect :)
--- 7 ---
Also, it wasn't from Smitten Kitchen, but I made corn dogs this week.
This has been a long-time wish of mine... Because I LOVE corn dogs. I know. I know.
I can attest that they are best right out of the fryer... like. Awesome.
And they were easy! :)

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Take 135

7 Quick Takes Friday
  --- 1 ---
Thanks for all of your well wishes on our new addition!
I'm almost done with the first trimester and it's been extremely uneventful.
I'll take it!
Oh. And now that you know, I'll happily exhale...
and allow my (very! early! expanding!) belly to show.
--- 2 ---
I hate oatmeal.
This has always been the case.
BUT!
Apparently, baby #2 is in love with it, because 
I've eaten it every morning and actually enjoyed it. 
Of course, I share it with George, who every time I give him a bite of it looks at me like I'm the biggest traitor of his life, starts to mouth the oatmeal, and then happily swallow.
He'll keep going in for more, and with each new bite, he looks at me like I'm crazy. 
--- 3 ---
Something I regret is that after one year of washing gDiapers, I'm sad to say that I hate the smell of Shout. It reminds me... of... well... fecal matter.
--- 4 ---
I set a timer on my iPhone this week and Siri told me,
"A watched iPhone never boils."
This, I believe, is extremely true.
--- 5 ---
Brian and I have taken to our new Apple TV
But, much to my surprise, if my 2009 MacBook Pro is anywhere in the range of fire,
if we use the apple TV remote, my iTunes starts playing on my computer...
EVEN if my computer AND iTunes are both closed.
Crazy.
--- 6 ---
This week's task was refrigerator and freezer. 
I'm happy to say that I put a shoe box in my freezer and put all of our meat in it.
That will help with pulling it out (easily) to meal plan for the following week, 
and having my freezer actually manageable and transparent as to what's actually in there.
I'm quite pleased.
--- 7 ---
It's my golden birthday!
So, Yes! I'm 30. Wowzah.
One year ago today:
Cheers to life and a fun evening ahead with our dear friends!
(Us the night Brian and I got engaged)

Happy Friday!
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