Friday, June 23, 2017

Take 251

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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Dear Florida, I'm totally taken with your alligators. I'm currently on a kick of watching at all times for alligators. From inside. Through windows. With my toddlers in plain sight. Inside.
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The other thing about Florida is watching the weather. The storms roll in quickly and there are no warning sprinkles... it just POURS. And the clouds are SO puffy!
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On our flight to Florida, we juggled our toddlers and all the fun that that entails. Somehow... I managed to share ear buds with Brian and watch (mostly) the new Beauty and Beast. You want to know the kicker? I didn't see the last 10 minutes because we landed. I have no idea how handsome the Beast became or how it ended... Hah. Torture. But not as torturous as a 22 month old lap infant toddler.
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Vanilla Ice is doing remodeling projects on DIYHD?!? What has the world come to?! (Can you tell I'm on vacation??)
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Rowan discovered that she likes cats this week. Thanks, Aunt Katie, for being a highlight of her life! :) We had such a lovely time chilling with you and your kiddos!
Sorry, Charlie. No way.
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Brian and I had the chance to dress up and act fancy at the Archbishop's Gala in Detroit last week. My brother-in-law works very hard on this event, and it was a pleasure to see the result of his hard work! We ended up running into someone here in Florida whose parents were also at the event--and the kudos and raving made it all the way to Florida. Nice job, Edmundo!
This is a photo of the wonderful folks at our table (minus Edmundo, who was working hard!). It was a fun evening with wonderful people.
(Thanks for the photo, Deana! What an absolute treat it was to see you!!)
Also, if you want to spend a fun 7 minutes... Click here!
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It was a treat to get my hair done! I am so incapable of doing my own hair that my two styles are down and ponytail. I know, 32 years old and incapable. It's kind of embarrassing. However, when I removed sixty-six bobby pins from my hair that night, I felt a little less guilty about my inability to do my own updo. I mean... that's complicated.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

April & May Captures

True to my promise, I have had way too much fun enjoying my new 135 mm canon lens. All the hoorays! Seriously, though, this lens hasn't even seen Europe, yet. All the awesome is coming!

Because this is catch-up... Here are a few photos from both Boston and a highlight of Florida:

Historic Boson:
  Irresistible lilacs! I always stop and smell the lilacs. Forget the roses.
 Spring in Boston
 Our parish while in Cambridge: St. Paul's Parish. 
 Harvard Arboretum 
Last, but not least, my new love for Florida clouds. I could watch the weather here all day, every day!
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Take 250

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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Dear family, thanks for all of the lovely quality time we had with you this week! Thanks for feeding us, raising a glass with us, and sharing your life. This past week was a real treat to connect with you. We're so loved and we really do hope you all visit us in Germany. Here was one sweet moment with Brian and his Grammy.
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We drove by our old McKinley Avenue home last week in South Bend. I think I can honestly say that I don't miss it... but you know what? The new owners are doing a good job. It looks good. Flowers in the front yard and all. I'm proud of our nice, blue former home.
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We went out to dinner at a restaurant where there was a large print on the wall of goats. "Look at those, George! They're goats!" 

"But I call them camels."
Ok. Fine. Good luck in Germany, kiddo. I'll be waiting to love you up when immersion preschool in German commences.
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We're driving along this week and George sees a motorcyclist without a helmet. We chat about how that's too bad and how it's not safe. Then, we saw another one. George proceeds to request that we pray for him and then leads all four of us in a prayer of protection over him. "Jesus God. Let him be safe and wear a helmet..." etc. etc. "AMEN!"
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Gina and Michael. We love you. And your kids. Your children taught our children how fun it is to climb on the roof of a minivan. Their lives are forever enriched! We'll miss you in Germany.
The kids found a bug. And Reid put it in my face with delight... just so lightly squeezed between his fingers. Oh, and we never did find Vanu, the imaginary Lion. We'll have to come back.
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We celebrated Brian Sr's birthday this past weekend and got to eat Rise 'n' Roll donuts. Dang. I missed those! So. Good. 
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When I started my vacation, I had been working hard to get naps in. I've gone at least 4 days without one at this point, and I'm reminding myself (and becoming accountable to you) that it's time to get busy with rest, again! :) Hah. Vacation is hard, yo. Of course, we all slept in until 8:45 a.m. yesterday, so apparently rest is a serious priority.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Take 249

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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We are on vacation. Like we mean it. Because I mean it. We arrived in Indiana and George said, "This is where the tractors live!" That's right. And don't you forget it! He also said, after our flight from Boston, "That was an awesome flight!" And yes. He screamed it... because he's working on his inside voice. hah.
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We flew away from Boston in some terrible weather... Graduation in Cambridge was terrible weather. However, the day after graduation was diiiivine.
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Dear Indiana, Thank you for your sunshine. I cannot believe how amazing it is to have SUN in my FACE. I have been waiting so long in the 40 degree rain in Cambridge for this moment. Thank you, Indiana. Thank you, Jesus.
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I got new glasses! Thanks for helping me pick them out, Brian. 
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If you live in Boston, go to the Children's Museum. We went with Brian, Beth and Mairin and we had a grand time!
Cooking with Marmie and Pops!
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Thank you, Netflix, for allowing me to skip the intro to my shows. What a genius idea!
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Thank you to Andrea and Aaron, who recommended these travel beauties: travel transponders. We put our kids into their car seats and rolled them through the airports. With four more flights in the next five weeks, they're my new favorites.