Friday, May 17, 2019

Take 342

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I've been sharing on my Insta-accounts about my gardening adventures... Read: Some of it is failing. Majorly. But I saw this article this morning and couldn't help but share:

Millenials and Houseplants
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Speaking of plants, we haven't invested in our own lilac bush quite yet... but I'm totally in love with lilacs. This translates to my walks looking more like that crazy lady going through the neighborhood jealously smelling everyone else's lilac bushes. I'm a sight to behold. 
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We have this new routine after school... I pick up the kids and G likes to climb the tree near the parking lot. I say yes some days and spend 7 full minutes throwing away all the trash in my car. This week I even picked up the floor mats and shook them out. Haha. Again, I'm a sight to behold. 
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I drove the kids to school this week and enjoyed a Mary Poppins themed Spotify station... and then when I got to work, I unabashedly turned it back on for myself. Because a spoon full of sugar makes the work day go by...
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Have you heard of this LA spa with baby-sitters on staff? Yup. You heard that right. Stop by with the kids... and get spa treatment. If it hasn't been franchised yet, it should be.
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German phrase of the week: "Man soll den tag nicht vor dem Abend loben." This translates to something like Man should not praise the day until it's over. Or, don't count your chickens before they're hatched. LOL. I love learning phrases in a new language. 

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Ok. I'm not in the habit of sharing weird photos of myself... but I have been doing physical therapy exercises for my hands, back and neck for 170 days. (23 minutes per day) I've skipped roughly 5 days over that time... and I can do this for the first time in years:
Yes. There were 5 outtakes for this shot trying to get this hands-clasped-and-lifted-up-behind-me stretch to make visual sense in a photo... without success. You're welcome for no bloopers. I've been in more pain for the last week and I'm curious as to whether or not after 6 months I actually just reached a new level of muscles that haven't been stretched in 10 years. If so, bring on the pain so I can see new levels of success. Side note: my carpal tunnel has improved dramatically in this time. Hooray!

Happy Friday!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Take 341

7 Quick Takes Friday
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We celebrated Brian's birthday by attending the Hamburg Taco Festival... SUCH a good idea. (His idea. of course. because he's that cool.) 
For the German culture that very rarely serves tacos, I must say that the displays of cilantro made me drool. Cilantro is SO HARD to find here and it was at the festival in copious amounts. As I said: Drool.
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In the most unbelievable display of birthday honoring, Rowan sweetly honored Brian for snuggling with her and loving her...

And then Tottenham made it into the Champions League.

It's cruel to even put those two side-by-side... because well cruel. But both were amazing birthday gifts for my awesome husband.
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How do you like to celebrate Mother's Day? I just treated myself to a mall trip alone on my free Friday. #MomDay 
2 pairs of shoes and 2 shirts. For me, that's a major win. 
Nevermind the fact that I basically purchased the same shoes I owned about 5 years ago for the second time... #OldDogOldTricks #Toms
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If you have access to "Street Food" on Netflix, please please please treat yourself to the episode on Japan. The featured chef on this episode was so captivating. I wanted to get on a plane immediately and watch him cook. So cool.

Side note: I haven't watched another episode of this show, yet, because I'm afraid nothing will live up to that chef's awesomeness.
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If you've heard Jason Mraz's "I won't give up", I totally thought I was listening to Rascal Flatts. So weird.
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I don't know if you watched Prince Harry talking about the birth of his first son, but if you didn't: go ahead. It's 1.5 minutes. My favorite part? "Beyond comprehension." Women and childbirth is an amazing experience. Whether you're a prince or not. 

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I'm mourning.
Are you crying? Are you angry? Goodness gracious, can't we change something? 

Sunday, May 05, 2019

April Captures

Good morning! Spring is here and oh-so-welcome! In all honesty, April was practically like a Hamburg summer and so far May has been... fully Spring. Cold. Rain. A little less photogenic. But I guess we're only 5 days in. ;)

Here's some beauty for you! Hoping your May is filled with joy and camera fun... you know, if you like that sort of thing... like me.



This flower is called the crown imperial fritillaria.
Isn't she beautiful??

 Still one of my favorite bushes since I owned one in South Bend...
The beautiful Spirea.

 L√ľneburg with Nick while he was here... 
One of my favorite small towns we've been to.


 Sharing these duck photos is a little cheating... Taken March 29... However.
This duck photo above is the best quality duck photo I've ever taken. Unedited.
Perfect colors. In crisp focus. He was such a showoff.

And this photo? Fighting duck photos are my new favorite:

Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 03, 2019

Take 340

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Ah April. Remember how I was doing monthly resolutions? This month I focused on not yelling. I don't yell in all areas of my life... mostly just motherhood. So, I read a few articles and I think I made real progress this month. 

I'm not positive that trying to be extra patient hasn't led to a bit more giving in when I shouldn't... but we're all just trying to survive, right?
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I did learn one thing during this April resolution. Screen time. I worked on screen time in March and definitely saw that screen time when kids were around led to decreased patience... and more yelling.
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Guys. How will we gear up in the next 8 years to feed teenagers? I'm already nervous about my children's capability to eat all day long and eat as much as Brian or I can eat during a meal. Let's just say this: I believe I will need to totally revamp my method for stocking and shopping. Hollow legs. 
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I realized this week that I have this lofty goal of doing laundry on Saturday. Only Saturday. Somewhere around Tuesday I give in. Then Thursday rolls around. Even after revamping and building up our wardrobes... too many stains. And then I realized... It's kind of a ridiculous goal. And this is just my life. Bring on the loads of laundry. 
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We found a nest in our garden shed... Isn't it beautiful? 
Brian skillfully removed it and 10 days later she's busy again... starting from scratch... in the exact same spot. Isn't nature crazy?
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Today's post is later in the day... want to know why? I worked today. Swapped days and took yesterday off and worked on a Friday. Final verdict? I love Fridays off. Hoping not to have to switch to a different day very often. 3-day weekends are the best.

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend? We hope to find a way... all the way in Germany! 


Happy Friday!