Friday, August 17, 2018

Take 308

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Last week I boasted about how we all did so well transitioning to school... Let's just say I'm crossing the Thursday night finish line a little haggard after week 2... I got a little sick this week, though thankfully I kicked it quickly thanks to Brian being the most amazing husband/papa and letting me simply go to bed. #TeamWork #FinishLine #ToddlersNeedSleep
--- 2 ---
At what point do you stop saying "Toddlers"? I mean, my kids will be toddlers forever, right?! They're officially 3 and 4... and almost 100% potty trained. And the bibs are gone. 

Oh my. So very nice to be done with some things... But also bittersweet. 

Oh. And by the way, I sleep. all night. long. Ok, sometimes just sweet.
--- 3 ---
Aretha Franklin. Legend. Amazing. God rest her soul. I look forward to someday getting to sing with her. That's a hope and a dream right there. 
--- 4 ---
I went ahead and gave my email address out for a resource of literacy with kids... And then they sent me 6 emails in 7 days. Please don't overwhelm me. Seriously. I was interested--not devoted for life. Woo slowly, people. Woo, slowly.

And that's 6th email? I unsubscribed. Too much. 
--- 5 ---
My sisters are 7, 9, and 10 years older than me. This provided for me the most amazing childhood. I enjoyed MacGyver, Mall Madness, big bangs, baked jewelry, Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?, and all sorts of other 80's bliss... 

However, all of this "1980's experience" didn't save me from that moment when my sister said, "Calgon take me away"... I still had no idea what she was talking about. "What's Calgon, I said?" 
--- 6 ---
We had a really nice celebration of Rowan's birthday! She doesn't love the extra attention, but when confetti cake, bubbles and friends were presented... she did juuuust fine. :)
--- 7 ---
Does anyone follow anything fashion oriented on Instagram? I'm all ears for your recommendations. :) I did a little Pinterest search today on fall fashion... and let's just say... Maybe Insta is better? Lol. 

Happy Friday!

Monday, August 13, 2018

July Captures

July's photo set is the Denmark edition... and it doesn't disappoint! This country is seriously beautiful. We stayed in one place for 4 nights and it was continually wowing me. That's impressive. It's also so very close to Germany, but feels lightyears away... which is actually a perk. Oh, and English. Love that. It was a lovely family getaway!

Enjoy!










Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Take 307

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Brian and I saw Justin Timberlake in concert! We purchased these tickets not knowing if we'd sign up for another year in Germany, so it was particularly sweet to be able to take advantage of them!
PS- That man can dance. For a long time. He is 4 years older than me and I was exhausted from doing only my less energetic version of dancing in my seat... 2/3 of the way through the concert. Hah.
--- 2 ---
We saw the most amazing thing at the concert: A Pretzel Man. That's right. HUGE soft pretzels being carried around in a MASSIVE basket lined with a blue checkered linen... by a man... with a lit-up sign. It was so amazing. 
And such a good idea--I mean who doesn't want a soft pretzel to go with their beer??
--- 3 ---
Brian and I had a hard time deciding what to get Rowan for her birthday... Until the play kitchen idea came about. I was absolutely in love with mine as a child, so I looked around eBay until I found one we liked and got it. 

About 24 hours later, Rowan says confidently (and totally out of the blue), "For my B0ithday,  I'm going to get a new Tichen!" 

..."Oh really?" 

"Yup!" she says confidently... and then walks away. That girl is sometimes frustratingly right.
--- 4 ---
So when she woke up on her birthday and there was a kitchen, she paid hardly any attention to it and spent 20 minutes admiring and playing with the helium balloons. Hah! 

Don't worry--within a couple of hours she was serving me fresh coffee from her kitchen. #Success
--- 5 ---
For those of you who own this type of Cuisinart... Do you put the parts in the dishwasher?? So tired of hand washing this when I'm making pesto 3x per week with our abundant basil.
--- 6 ---
We finally did it--we upgraded and I finally purchased a corner shower organizer. You know, tension rod with shelving for your soap. Brian commented (and I agree), "It's like we're not in college anymore." 

#33yearsoldandYES
--- 7 ---
It was my first Friday off! 
✓ Weekly Grocery Shopping
✓ Birthday Party Prep
✓ Made a Cake
✓ Made Pesto
✓ Bought a new egg pan
✓ Finished my Audio Book ("A Man Called Ove" -- SO GOOD.)
✓ Two Loads of Laundry
✓ Got cash at the bank
✓ Picked up a prescription

...All without kids!!

Happy Friday!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Take 306

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
I was planning to blog yesterday... You know. on Friday. But my day didn't go as planned... and then when the baby-sitter arrived and I had totally forgotten that we had a baby-sitter... We went out on a date! Hooray for un-expected (because you're overwhelmed and forget about) date nights! We enjoyed a dinner alone, a walk, and then we picked dahlias from a pick-your-own bouquet at an open field... Simply delightful.
--- 2 ---
The kids went back to school this week! I braced myself for what we've experienced in the past: very rough re-entry as they acclimate again to more German and no quiet time. They were little puddles of exhaustion after any break from Kita in the past year...

And then? This week? They were fine. Full of energy. No sleeping in the car. Nothing. What is this?!
I guess:
Well adjusted children.
--- 3 ---
Speaking of simple solutions... I had an "Aha!" moment last week. You see, our monthly budgets "roll over" on the 1st of the month. But in Germany, we get paid once per month around the 27th. So every month I get paid and spend 3-4 days in agony, trying not to spend any more of the budgets until it "rolls over" on the 1st, even after all the paycheck has arrived. Until I realized...

My budget should roll over WITH the paycheck. Who cares when the 1st of August is?! 
NOT ME. #Freedom
--- 4 ---
I aided George's newly picked-out venus fly trap plant this week. I literally picked it up and pursued a fly in the window... AND IT CAUGHT IT. Seriously, I feel like I've seen it all.

Here it is... RIGHT there. And yes... It does try to resist and makes a rattle noise while it's dying.
Did you know that they're native to South and North Carolina?! Crazy.
--- 5 ---
I bought chacos in spring of last year. A fabulous purchase and I haven't been disappointed. Perfect for hot days and I even wore them into the Baltic Sea... feeling all sporty (which I'm not).

I wanted to tell you that I've always had trouble getting my toe into them. Too tight. All the squeezing and wincing. Leaning over to shimmy my big toe into a too small space. Once they were on--they were ok. But getting them on was a pain. 

It took me 16 months to adjust the straps. Yes. They adjust. Yes. I knew that they could. I just never got around to it. 16 months later and I'm all, "Wow! They fit!!" *Facepalm* [It took literally 2 minutes.] 
--- 6 ---
Our new teachers arrived this week! We are quickly gearing up for a new year, with more students, and almost double the faculty and staff this year!
--- 7 ---
Starting with this new year, I'm shifting to 4 days of work per week... taking off every Friday! I have dreams that go for miles of what I want to do with my Fridays off... like learn more German, print our family photo books from the past two years, exercise, go to Mass alone, grocery shop, organize my house, read books, plan birthday parties... as I said... MILES. 

Have I mentioned that my kids will be in school on every Friday when I have off???

SMILES FOR MILES.

Happy Friday! Saturday!