Friday, April 12, 2019

Take 338

7 Quick Takes Friday
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We've been really lucky with the number of guests and family we've had come through Hamburg. Last weekend we had Nick stay with us, just a few weeks after his brother Bobby was here. Our kids are in heaven! They love it when you come. So you know, don't forget that you're invited! :)
We also don't mind the excuse to play tourist with you!
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Thanks to Nick's visit, we learned that bananas are a type of berry. Say what?! Yes. It's true.  And strawberries are not a berry. 
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Brian was an absolute hero and found a gas grill on eBay last weekend... making last weekend and all future summer weekends that much more awesome. We realized it's been 3 years since we owned a grill. Three years! Given how much Brian loves to grill, this is absolutely shocking. We're so happy to get back in the groove.
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We got to savor unbelievable treats from Spain, thanks to Nick. Guys. This is our happy place:
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I came to a sudden realization that I could take my normal bread recipes and make them into rolls instead of loaves.
Loved it.
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Here's how our seeds are doing:
Lookin' pretty happy! Now I'm just realizing that I have absolutely not enough actual garden to put these puppies into. I crack myself up.

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Well, I have no *real* plan for how to prep for Holy Week... which starts this weekend. You can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be coloring eggs, drawing crosses, and googling a few blog posts for more ideas. ;)

...But, to that end, I won't see you next Friday, but I'll look forward to seeing you for Easter!

Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

March Captures

Good morning!

So, I know this is "March" Captures... but I completely failed to show any of my photos from my 24 hours in KĂžbenhaven... and it's just so dreamy there... even when it was February!




Continuing on with a travel theme... Here's a few captures from the beauty of our family vacation in Lanzarote, Spain in the Canary Islands:



Here are amazing creatures that we found that we think were jelly fish. 
They moved in such a crazy way!



Last, but not least, spring is in full swing and you can bet your bottom dollar that it's too easy to take my camera absolutely everywhere... Swoon.




Hoping your weekend has been a lovely one!

Friday, April 05, 2019

Take 337

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Remember that cute clock from last week? Well, we had our spring forward time change on Sunday last week... and yes, I forgot that battery operated clocks need to be changed manually... And Monday morning at work? That's when I noticed. It also happened to be a big day at work that we've prepared for for about a year... and it just happened to be the day where I would wake up 1 hour late. *eyeroll*.
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I was watching the Pastry series of Chef’s Table when I realized that this activity makes the Lenten fast more acute... especially watching cannoli being made in Sicily. This episode had me drooling. I look forward to celebrating the resurrection in heaven, where there will most certainly be Sicilian Cannoli.
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Brian and I were discussing all of the posts out there that are focused on how to fly with babies and toddlers... and Yes, there's some great advice out there. Believe me--we've benefited from it! But, we both agreed that the best way to get better at flying with kids was simply... to fly more. 
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Are you prepping for Easter? Maybe you want a candle like this? 
Or, maybe you don't. Like me.
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I didn't realize that unicorns were such a big deal, but we have a full-on obsession here in this house... I enjoyed this set of drawings that came home last week:
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Do you ever eye your hand towels and wonder, "Did they wash their hands at all before wiping their hands on that towel??" Is that just me?? I hope not! LOL.

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Guys. Last but not least: I finally saw it. The advertisement where a bank offers to put your credit card in your arm. The company "ING" had an ad on Instagram where a woman paid for her coffee by a man scanning her wrist... But now I can't find it. April Fools?? Who knows.

Happy Friday!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Take 336

7 Quick Takes Friday
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March is drawing to a close! My one-month-resolutions (January: food/alcohol, February: exercise/flossing) continued this month with screen time. (Inspired in part by this article.) I wanted to decrease screen time and see what it felt like. First thing I did: bought a clock. 
I removed my bed-side charging station from my room and replaced it with this cute thang. (And yes, I stopped scrolling social media while in bed. Win.)

The second thing I did: removed the Facebook app. I left myself signed in on my Safari app so I can see it if I want, but honestly it's so clunky that I don't prefer to use it. So, Facebook has become an end-of-the-day, on-my-computer activity. 

In all honesty, I just scraped the surface on this topic. I'm working on using my Apple Watch more so that I don't open my phone and then get sucked into social media just because it's possible. I think the next step is deciding to simply airplane mode between after school and the kids' bedtime. It's the hardest time to not "check in" because I've been at work all day, but it's also the best time of day to create family culture. Anyways. Keeping my goals going! 

Have something you want to work on? Join me for April! :)
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One thing I also did this month on this front was use my 5th Generation iPod from 2007 instead of my phone for music while I'm at work. It's less tempting to do other things with it because... it doesn't do anything but play music. (Thanks, Dad! The Christmas gift that keeps on truckin'!)

(In 2016, I shared that I was still using it. This thing is 12 years old. For technology, I feel like I should just continue to honor it every few years. Way to go, little buddy! And no. I don't "sync" it to my computer. I'm afraid a 2017 computer would explode it. hahaha.)
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Spring is here! One of my favorite things is that I usually open the window in our bathroom when I blow-dry my hair in the morning... and right now? It's like turning on a chorus of birds singing. What a morning delight. 
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Speaking of Spring, I learned a new German saying this week: "There is no rain, only wet air." Thanks to my neighbor, Nicole, for the good laugh. We've had our fair share of it--but today? It's SUNNY! Yippee!
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When I think back on this season many years from now... This is what I want to remember:

Pants too short, kids overly happy, riding through mud puddles, and yes: sweet children's rain boots. (Ok. Ok. And some kids' ratty winter boots.)
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Yesterday was opening day for Baseball and I swooned as my husband talked George through calling a "Strike" or a "Ball" on each pitch. We continue to be an anomaly in Germany with our baseball bats and pitches, but I say let's keep on keepin' on. (How 'bout them Yanks?) :)

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Last weekend I ended up working on a Friday and had a normal 2-day weekend. Let's just say that even after vacation, I was still surprised by how short it felt. So today? I'm soaking up my alone day. Mmm Mmm good! (Did I mention it's sunny?!)

Happy Friday!