Friday, June 24, 2016

Take 202

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
When you give George a sandwich or a burrito he sits there and stares at it, eventually asking for help getting it off the plate and into his hands. I can't figure out if this is just his way of wanting perfection (ie- not wanting it to fall apart during his attempt to pick it up). It cracks me up every time. Why? Because he gets it from me.
--- 2 ---
Brian and I have always enjoyed our different pasta preferences. Put spaghetti in front of him and he cuts the whole plate of it. This has certainly come in handy in serving the toddlers. Give him a box to cook, and he snaps all of it in half. Put a plate of pasta in front of me and I go get myself a large spoon so that I can properly twirl my spaghetti. Well, you couldn't imagine my shock and horror when Brian, to his delight, discovered Pre-Cracked pasta. Pot-Ready! Unreal, people. Unreal.
--- 3 ---
I had my first motherhood x-ray trip last week... George did something funny to his ankle on the "jumpoline" and we ended up getting 5 x-rays in one day! We go for our follow-up today, but I'm thankful this wasn't our first go at a broken bone in our family-especially right before our move-out-East-adventures!
I was impressed by how cooperative he was! (I think we may be ready for one-on-one "dates" with Mama and Papa... because I think he definitely enjoyed the attention!)
--- 4 ---
Thanks to my sister-in-law, I had an awesome massage yesterday. I'll admit to being a little sore today and hoping for a little ice, ibuprofen and stretching. It's amazing to me how when I'm laying on a massage table, smelling essential oils, listening to new age music (when does new age music get renamed to old??), I find myself thinking all sorts of things:
I'm going to change my whole life.
I'm buying these oils for my bathroom.
I hate my smart phone. I'm going to give it a coffin for while I'm at home.
I need to stop worrying and creating knots in my back and trust Jesus more.
Jesus, I trust in you.
Can I come back every month?

Needless to say: It. was. awesome. Go to Selah Spa. Ask for Tina. You won't regret it!

Also, I enjoyed the fact that their bathroom sink was a similar sink, but not-as-awesome to the ones my husband made for our first home:
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I told George this week that when we get to Harvard, he can ride a bus! This is possibly the best news he's received all summer. :) "And and and! Go to Harvard! And ride bus!" (Should I tell him we plan to sell the car? Meh.) 
--- 6 ---
Go check out the first natural public pool! Webber Natural Swimming Pool in Minneapolis. Crazy, no?
--- 7 ---
I left this one for last because I didn't want you to pick up and leave me prematurely... The final season of Downton Abbey is now on Amazon Prime. Go. G'ahead. If you're like me, you haven't seen it, so enjoy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Children's Songs

There is so much changing. Our lives are being unfolded in this temporary utopia of a life where we share space with our extended family in a small apartment before heading East. The yard is big, but the people love bigger. And that? That's what matters.

Before selling our home, we ceremoniously walked through each room as a family. I found myself overwhelmed, especially in rooms that were my favorite. It's hard to explain, but that kitchen is mine and I am that kitchen. Sound silly? Probably. But man, I feel it. May husband made it ours and our DNA is in the tile work and the smells of Easter cinnamon rolls, cumin, curry and the occasional pesto pizza... That's us.

As we shift and adjust, I may be verklempt, but with my children, I can sing. Photos of me in the moment of walking through our house would've been less than flattering. But this video? It captures us thanking the nursery that welcomed both of our children. There are a few unshared stills of us and my red nose... But I am eager to share us thanking the space we loved and lived in.


I'm so grateful.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Take 201

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Life in a one bedroom apartment for our interim time before heading to Cambridge has led to some apartment hacks... Or rather, they're hotel staples. Our coffee is in our bathroom. Because the babies are (sleeping) in the living room/dining room/kitchen... I could absolutely kiss the makers of our Krups coffee maker because anytime I need to unplug it so that my hair dryer can get plugged in, the clock doesn't get reset. Apparently, it has enough "juice" to continue on (with it's set timer!) while it gets momentarily unplugged and plugged back in. So. Awesome. (And no, it wasn't $150 when we bought ours!)
--- 2 ---
My job search continues. It's as fun as it sounds... One funny effect of job searching is that I assess my current work based on its value for future interviews... "Will this fit into an example of a time where I proposed change in my work place?" "Does this qualify as an example of a time where I handled conflict well and reasonably between multiple parties?" Behavioral assessment interviews: Here I come.
--- 3 ---
I went to the dentist this week and had zero cavities! Donuts all around! Cheers!
--- 4 ---
Speaking of the dentist, I was inspired to time how long I brush for and to say the least... it wasn't the recommended 2-3 minutes. I've been trying it and it reminds me of how slow 25 mph feels in a school zone.
--- 5 ---
Aldi has an assorted cracker box with a section of crackers with pepper. They're gross. It literally burns your mouth and adds nothing to the cheese and cracker experience. I'll have to stick to one cracker type in order to avoid them.
--- 6 ---
Last night at dinner, Rowan crawled out of the room and eventually started whining... Brian went to go pick her up and LO! She was no where to be found... Because she had climbed up a whole flight of stairs! Seriously, girl? You amazing. (And we're lucky your first stair adventure was so successful!)
--- 7 ---
I haven't been baking. I've discovered that I don't really want to create the extra dishes when we're dishwasher-less... and I haven't. And you know? I kind of miss it. So, I think it's worth it. Maybe tomorrow I'll make some bread. Celebrate Friday with carbs! Or maybe we'll just make ice cream in our awesome maker. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

You might recall that I began this project in the Fall of 2015. I learned a few things, pitched a few things and was happy to continue with the Winter of 2015. I'd like to admit that the Spring of 2016 could be most aptly be named, "The Cheating Capsule Wardrobe Season". I discovered that as the term postpartum became a little more distant, I was able to fit into some dresses... and boy, did I deviate from the capsule! (Note photo in center at the bottom.) It was lovely to deviate and lovely to fit into old favorites. But, in any case, the capsule of clothing was still there, ready to fall back on and I still found it helpful. So, without further ado, I give you:

Mary's Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2016

Ann Taylor Loft Pink shirt
Light blue ruffle shirt
Amazon Periwinkle and white striped shirt
ATLoft Green knit shirt
Mauve button down

Kohl's Turquoise dress w/ flower
Linen dress pants
ATLoft Pink floral skirt
(Amazon) Blue skirt
ATLoft Jeans


I am still very much enjoying this way of thinking about clothing. Most notably, I don't keep "extra" items to keep me "safe" in the wardrobe department if they are old, tired, or items in which I don't feel pretty. I find that liking the clothes I'm in (or knowing my husband likes the clothes I'm in) translates to all sorts of confidence. That's a win! And on to summer!