Friday, August 23, 2019

Take 256

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
Well, that week just disappeared. On Monday, I nonchalantly arrived for surgery. A surgery I deemed "Minor" and said I'd probably be back to work the next day. Boy, was I wrong. I confidently allowed myself to be discharged and went downstairs alone in the hospital for my pick-up to go home, and mid-elevator ride, the local anesthesia wore off. 

Let's just say I've been trying to manage pain all week... and working hard to keep my foot elevated. I've seen improvement every day, but I had no idea that it would eat up a week of my life. All because of a stupid toenail. LOL. 

If you haven't thanked your big toe yet today for serving you, g'ahead and knock yourself out.
--- 2 ---
So, I'll admit that for the first few days, I watched TV. A lot. And I've now got "favorite" shows for different purposes... And my favorite show to fall asleep to? Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I love to fall asleep to people cleaning and organizing, turns out. It's also a little bit ironic to lay in bed for 5 days, barely able to get to a bathroom, and sit in bed thinking about how dirty and disorganized your house is getting... while you watch other people get inspired... 
--- 3 ---
8 years ago this past Monday, Brian and I drove to a surprise date location and when I saw BOATS, I thought to myself, "If he's not proposing here, what other stops could he pull?" But, I immediately decided to simply enjoy the day and not worry about it... and yes. He did propose on this awesome boat and I said yes. And I'm SO grateful for that!
Thanks for the engagement photos, Melanie Reyes Photography :)
--- 4 ---
This article in the NYT on SmittenKitchen has already circulated, but if you haven't taken a peek, go for it! She's one of my favorite sources for recipes... and this weekend, I'll be whipping up her Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake for Rowan's birthday... because it's my favorite. haha. I just re-read that and realized how selfish it sounded. #MomLife
--- 5 ---
During my many TV hours this week, I saw a commercial of a woman shaving her legs... while wearing nylons. And the nylons didn't tear. I was so impressed. LOL.
--- 6 ---
I don't know what helps you remember to get your haircut, but I was doing our family budgeting and discovered it had been 9 months since I had one... so I decided to get a haircut. Nothing major, but the introduction of layers to help things feel light and more of a frame around my face feels nice. 
--- 7 ---
It's still 31 days until Autumn actually arrives... but American football starts sooner than that... and today I heard a leaf blower. So, get excited y'all. Bring on the soups, sweaters, pumpkin bread and crunchy leaves.

Happy Friday! 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Take 255

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
The news went live yesterday--our third baby is on the way! 
I'm due in February and can finally share with you what I've actually been thinking about for... months: Pregnancy! LOL. Don't worry, I'll try not to bore you.
--- 2 ---
But remember those monthly resolutions

January: No alcohol and pescatarian eating 
February: Exercise & Flossing
March: Cut down on screen time
April: Tried to stop yelling at my kiddos.
May: A total Flop. Didn't really do anything.
June: Also a flop. But also, no alcohol. #Pregnant
July: Survived 13 days with Brian in China. While pregnant. Calling that a win.

So, I'm here to say that now that I'm done with that more-than-awful first trimester, I'd like to read the book Better Than Before that two people have recommended to me. But at the very least, I resolve to keep growing a baby and resolve again to start whispering with my kids when I'm frustrated.
--- 3 ---
We had to say goodbye to neighbors this week. I'd call it bittersweet... but it was mostly bitter. We've really had such luck in our neighborhood with great neighbors and we're VERY lucky to know that the folks moving in next door are friends of ours and that is another huge blessing.
--- 4 ---
Grasshoppers have arrived! I walked out of work this week and the sound of a chorus of grasshoppers rang in my ear... and I immediately felt like I was inside of Little House on the Prairie. At which point I vowed to read that to my kids soon.
--- 5 ---
I'm trying not to be too bothered by it... but I'm tired. A good day at work is simply draining these days. And you can tell - the dishes, the bathrooms, the flow of laundry... So now I need to revisit all of those blog posts that used to inspire me when I had two babies in the house... the whole "pick a room, clean it, then watch your  movie in it" or the "babies don't keep, but the chores will always be there" anthem or the "sleep now... the baby is in your belly" talk. LOL. I need all the motivational talks for laziness. STAT.
--- 6 ---
Sorry, Patrick and Emma. I totally purchased chocolates for your visit... then forgot to serve them. #HappyFridaytoME
--- 7 ---
I made my first recipe in our new cast iron pan! I made Chicken Pot Pie. I loved that there were so few dishes, but I guess I realized later that I cheated. Yes. I boiled a chicken on Sunday. Then I shred the chicken later. And yes, I had a frozen pie crust in my freezer ready to thaw and roll out... but in any case... It was delish. 

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

July Captures

Summer! July was our month for summer. It was sprinkled with short trips to Denmark and Malta with a lot of fun family time at home in the middle. The weather was so-so, but we all seemed to do just fine. My camera didn't get a whole lot of use, but I still captured a few things nonetheless... Of course, we're back in to school time, now, so it's a good reminder to pick it up when the fancy strikes... 

Have a great week!

Denmark:




Malta:

Back home in Hamburg:

Friday, August 09, 2019

Take 254

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
School starts on Monday! I mean, I'm not the student. But the students are coming! I'm feeling a little unprepared, but this is happening. Summers... they have a way of slipping away, no? (But the temperatures are dropping...)
--- 2 ---
I could, however, tell that this summer was slipping away this week when Facebook showed me an ad for Dirndls... Oktoberfest, which of course starts September, is comin' like a freight train... But who are we kidding? We just want Notre Dame football to start.
--- 3 ---
This week we celebrated a birthday and as a Mama, I always like to go back and look at the beginning. #Nostalgic
--- 4 ---
Also, thanks to the Kita, we discovered the kid/funny version of Happy Birthday:

Happy Birthday to you!
Marmelade im Schuh! (Marmelade in (your) shoe)
Aprikose in der Hose, (Apricots in (your) pants)
Und eine Bratwurst dazu! (And a bratwurst!)

All the giggles.
--- 5 ---
Honest question: You open the dishwasher. You empty it all. A day or two later, it's full again. You go to put the soap in... and you find the tablet never released with the last run. What's the honest response to this situation?! Blog about it, right?
--- 6 ---
I rediscovered my Mom's awesome sensitive skin tip: Cover costume earring posts with clear nail polish. Most cheap earrings make my ears itch... but yesterday, I got through a whole day without any problems.
--- 7 ---
We've been in Germany now for 25 months... and I finally found real salsa. I'm telling you. Label is translated to German... and it's from MEXICO. Oh my gosh. I just sat down and ate an awesome amount of chips & salsa... with no regrets. So good. And yes, I bought 4 jars.

Happy Friday!