Friday, May 18, 2018

Take 295

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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You guys. Malta. I'll have to do a separate post over at my European world wide web home (CouchvonRot), but here's a little drool-worthy happiness:
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I read the readings from the Bible before church this Sunday... You know, mostly for me since everything is in German... We read 1 John 4:7-10 and George responded...

Jesus is so nice. He changes my world.” 
Amen.
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Meanwhile, while I was gone in Malta, Brian called to tell me that Jesus (George) was in our coffee table (an old chest) and Mary (Rowan) was watching over him. These are serious small wins for me in the catechesis realm. hah. I want to work harder at catechesis, but I'll take any win I can get!
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Do you ever "Fine [Your] Friend" on the Apple App and find your friend drowning in water? Maybe it's all the canals and water in Hamburg, but I regularly "Find Brian" and worry that I've "Found my drowning friend".
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Do you share your "Activity" rings with anyone for your Apple Watch? I've enjoyed this, but I have to say that the sarcastic/negative/competitive responses always annoy me... You click, "Reply" when your friend finishes a workout and it suggests responses like, "That's all you got?" Thanks, friends, for never responding with that particular one to me! haha. 

Because YES. That IS all I've got. Thankyouverymuch.
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You know what the saddest thing is? Ok, maybe not THE SADDEST, but dang if spirea bushes trimmed into squares isn't the worst idea. Ever. Look at how beautiful they are when they aren't trimmed! Floating confetti! Swoon!
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This week was a big week at work--I did some major events management planning and I'm very happy to have that event behind us! Three cheers for blogging with popcorn and Paw Patrol with my team Couch! ... Yes. on a couch.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Take 294

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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We have been deep in the trenches of bedtime battles. I mean deep. But this week, I opened the bedroom door and found my little girl asleep in her tiny toddler bed... she had taken off her pajama shirt, proudly wearing rain boots which peeked out from Aunt Peggy's crocheted blanket, loosely covering her. The light from the long day peered in through our room-almost-darkening shades and the nuk was barely held in her mouth through her deep, long breaths. I hope I never forget that Rowan. Even in the midst of the most frustrating battles.

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I don't know if your toddlers play pranks on you... But I stared down at my bathroom scale this morning and it read "60 pounds" before I even stepped on the scale! Now all I have to do is plan my next prank on them... hmm...
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If you haven't seen it yet, please go see Scenes Unseen: Summer of '78. I love photography.
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#SiriStruggles #ToddlerSiriStruggles #SaySomethingJustinTimberlake #Tottenham
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Does anyone know what this beautiful flower is? It looks to be coming from the ground cover plant underneath it. Each flower is smaller than a dime... so pretty! 
Oh, and they are no more than 6 inches high.
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Brian and I got to go on a date night last night! Three cheers for having a baby-sitter in the neighborhood. That's my new favorite... right behind date night! We had a lovely dinner and took a walk at our nearby park... And everything and everyone was flauntin' their stuff at the park... especially this guy, who turned toward the sun and showed me his good side.
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Have you ever seen new growth on a holly bush? WOW! So beautiful. 
I have for sure never seen this before. Love.

Happy Friday!

PS- I'm out of town next week... and won't be blogging! 
Tune into Instagram for my travels to Malta! Hip Hip! Hooray!!

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Captures

As I reviewed March's captures, I can't help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for the change in seasons... As my neighbor said this evening, "It was a long winter." In Germany, we say, "Genau". (Translates to exactly and is used all the time in conversation.) The sun is more than welcome and even today had a long stretch of dark rainy weather, but the evening was still divinely sunny. I hope your world is also warming up and showing off green!










Saturday, April 28, 2018

Take 293

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Meg visited us! We spent a lovely weekend with Meghan and her friend, Gina. It was a lovely time and we all--especially the kiddos--hated to see her go... Thanks for including us in your trip to Europe! We're so lucky!

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I don't know if your car rides are peaceful, loud, filled with audiobooks, or otherwise... But I often enjoy a good belting of "Say Something" (Justin Timberlake) by George. And yes, this kid sings with passion. I love it.
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My kids are 2.5 and 4. But, for the first half hour of the day, I feel like I have two 16 year olds ("Noooo, I don't wanna get out of bed!") and then after school I have two 6 month olds ("Cry!!!" -- over everything). Occasionally, I sit at dinner with two 40 year olds ("Mama, how was your day?"). Parenting is a wild adventure... 
--- 4 ---
Guys. The German Mary Poppins does NOT say Supercalifragilistic the way we do?! Say What?!
--- 5 ---
I was enjoying some This Is Us this week... when there was a random line that referred to toe socks. I enjoyed a hearty laugh as I remembered my 14 year old self trying so desperately to love the new fashion trend of toe socks... Only to realize my OCD self could absolutely NOT handle fabric between my toes. #AlltheLaughter
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I just have to share--when we went to Italy, we're trudging through the airport and I saw the masseuse that I referenced at the end of this post. Dang--I was tempted to get another massage. haha. "There's your guy" Brian said, with a smile. Chuckle. [Nuh uh. Brian's my guy. Just for the record.]
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My blogger interface has been in German since I arrived... That's 9 months now. (wow!) Blogger is owned by Google and I tried to change this in my settings many, many times. But, I never succeeded. Thankfully, I've been blogging so long that I had memorized all of the buttons... Then, this week, VOILA! English. It's like there was a glitch in the system and they finally figured it out... and fixed it. 9 months later, though... and now I kind of miss it--hah! 


Happy Friday!