Saturday, February 22, 2020

Take 380

7 Quick Takes Friday
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We did it! Clancy Walter has arrived and boy are we grateful! The snuggles are never-ending... (just like the nursing). He's a dream baby.
Yes, I'll get around to the birth story... but not today. I'm still nursing every 90 minutes. #Busy Oh, and he's our darkest haired baby, yet!
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My Mama is here! She has already done an amazing job of getting our household chores up-to-date and the kids are all over-the-moon to have her here--just like us!


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We celebrated our anniversary this week! Of course, being so freshly postpartum, our anniversary was so lucky to be celebrated all day together... Brian left the best gift of the summary of each year of our marriage... and I can't tell you how grateful I am for the reminder of the adventure that each of these years has brought to us... Brian, I'm so happy to be in this with you! You're the most amazing husband.
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It seems unfair to move to such mundane items... but that is the nature of this blog, no? Random. That's what we do here. 
Random... like beef chips. Vegan beef chips.
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Random... like did you know the real estate agent in The Office that Michael briefly dated is his wife in real life? Say what??
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The last to-do list items that I accomplished the evening before the baby came at 2 am was to patch a hole in my sweater and resew a button on a pair of pants... Thanks, Anne, for sharing this article. I think it's a bit severe, but I enjoyed the encouragement to continue "making do" with whatever we have--even if it takes a little work.
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Do you have one of these corner kitchen cabinets? Impossible to fill without losing things in the back? I spent a whole afternoon researching how to do this cabinet of ours better... It was filled with all of my baking items... with the spicy red dots always lost in the back... 

The results of my research? Remove those shelves and buy better ones that pull all the way out... like these. Not exactly the "help" I was looking for. But then, I realized I should actually just fill those cabinets with random baking dishes that I use 3x per year... and all the regular baking supplies were moved to a regular, extra-deep pull out drawer... and it was life-changing! 
It's not pretty... but nothing is lost and everything is reachable. #success

Happy postpartum "Friday"! ...ie: Happy Saturday.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Take 379

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I'm 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Our in utero champ has been estimated at 8 pounds with my last ultrasound this morning... But alas, that measurement is still IN utero... so I didn't get out of another 7 quick takes... Shucks! hah. 
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It's a funny thing being full term. You wait, you try to keep busy... and everything starts to feel like a "possible last". I have committed to not missing my daily naps and eating food that I love with every meal I can still prepare myself. I'm sitting down for lunch right now eating pasta carbonara... Yes, please, bacon.
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Maria came for a visit! I couldn't have paid Hamburg to show off a better side what with all that sunshine and mild 40s weather... It was a huge treat to have her here and learn about her work in Uganda
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I got a gift of Tony's chocolate this week... it was yummy! Tiny bits of pretzel inside... but I had such a laugh imagining what it would be like to try to have any children share this chocolate bar without fights of unfairness breaking out...
I mean... no two pieces are equal! Saints preserve us.
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I've been a little slow with reading at the start of 2020... I'm currently chipping away at The Cricket in Times Square with the kids at night, but my sister (thank you!) just sent birthday presents of books... one of which is Sorry I'm late I didn't want to come. As a closet-introvert who much prefers books and wine for a relaxing/fun evening... I'm excited to read it!
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I don't know where you mine your parenting advice from... and certainly it shouldn't be from here... but after several months of applying this to my own situation, I thought I should share: there's a big difference between defiance and childishness. If I ask for everyone to go upstairs... and they all go up pretending to be dogs, barking wildly and crawling on all fours... but they're still going upstairs... well... anyways. You get the idea. This has saved me quite a few bedtime blowups at my kids... so I thought I'd share. LOL.
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Feel free to start placing bets on when this baby is coming... you at least know we've cleared the 8 pound mark! Here's hoping we have news to share soon! 

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Take 378

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Another birthday... another cake
Grey was a new palette to work with... I've never purchased black food dye before, but it worked out alright!
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In other news, I'm officially 35 and I'm a big fan of making a big cake and having leftovers for my birthday (4 days later). This is really the best. 

Thank you for all your birthday wishes! I really lived up my maternity leave day by not having a baby, taking 2 separate naps, and going on a lunch date with my husband. I even ate onion rings. Talk about the perfect day!
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What is with all of those "Make a cake" professional baker videos where they spray simple syrup in the layers of cake??? Here are the details... seems to me like those professionals made a not-great-cake and are trying to fix it... how... unprofessional?
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In other baking news... YOU GUYS. An actual box of baking soda in Deutschland!!!! SAY WHAT?!
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I've been not doing a weekly menu planning routine for a month, now... And I have never in my whole marriage run out of so many groceries... or had so little of an idea of whether I'm staying in budget... LOL. It's been a fun experiment, but it's been pretty far from an organized kitchen supply month. 

Ooooon the other hand, I kind of love shopping for 1 or 2 bags of groceries. The physical work of bagging my own groceries (a German norm) is much decreased... and I love that.
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I saw an advertisement on Instagram this week for cleaning products that are sold in tablets that you drop into a water bottle... #Green #Smart. Check it out.
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Have any of you seen The Great Hack on Netflix, yet? Goodness gracious it's sobering. All that online data. All those ignored "I accept" messages. A market that is more valuable than oil. Your data. Your face. Your information. ACK. 

Sincerely, a blogger from a totally public page. LOL. Time to be critical thinkers. Especially those of us with children. 

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Take 377

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Another week in the life of a woman growing wider and nesting. Am I boring you, yet? This week's episode is absolutely not Marie Kondo approved. I literally reorganized my junk drawer in our kitchen. Marie would've said something along the lines of thank it and throw it away... but alas... my name is still Mary, not Marie.
And yes. I know it will only last a week. :)
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This week, I discovered that musicians in Germany play the chord of H. Did you have any idea??
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The "January blues" have hit the social media jokes... but in our house that means we are just getting to birthday season... that's right... 2 coming up and one more in the works. We're not wallowing, here, we're gettin' ready to party! ;) Bad weather and all.
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I've learned that the best way to prep for a birthday cake that's at all intricate is to make the cake early. So, today I made our favorite chocolate sheet cake and no, I can't freeze it (Ahem Europe... not enough space), but it's in the fridge and tomorrow is frosting day and the next day is decorating day. That's right. 3 days to make a cake. haha. Now we know I'm crazy.
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Reading anything good lately? I'm making my way through One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, again... (Well, the first time was the audio book version.) It's an easy read and a great reminder to see the good in what we've been given... and even to give thanks during trials. I thought it would be a good thing to kick off 2020, and I'm glad I'm doing it. 
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I succeeded in totally filling our freezer with one lasagna and 4 other defrostable/crockpot meals... which left me not exactly in the mood to cook dinner tonight. I splurged a 4 euro bag of combined fries and fish sticks... and you know what? I kinda liked it. And most importantly? I didn't actually cook. and no one complained. #FridayatitsBest #JustAddKetchup
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The Super Bowl is always a difficult thing for a European calendar... It starts at 12:30 am... on a Monday. So, I've thought about it and the only way I'll be tuning in will be the baby's synchronized arrival... Wanna watch the Super Bowl, kiddo??

Happy Friday!