Friday, May 22, 2015

Take 149

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Well, here I am reporting from 1 week since George's sickness began. Whew. What a week that poor kid has had! It reminded me of Auntie Leila's post on common sense care of your sick child. FYI, George was capable of lounging this week. That's always amazing/scary.
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I got to host our Non Book Club this month, and tried Erin Scott's Ruby Red Grapefruit Fizz
(Thanks for the photo, Tess!)
It was very fun! Though, I'll admit it was a bit too acidic for me.
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In other thoughts from Design Sponge (the blog the drink recipe came from), I enjoyed looking at this house tour because... well, I'm slightly addicted to house plants (and always trying to keep it under control). I did enjoy scrolling through the photos, but will admit that caring for that many plants (watering, repotting yearly, pruning, etc) MUST be a full time job!
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This week, George took the Lawry's and snuck it in the dishwasher...
And then I ran the dishwasher:
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When I was pregnant with George, I counted everything. And I mean everything. I counted ounces of water consumed each day, number of kicks towards the end of the third trimester, number of days before my due date (forget weeks!) and well... Frankly, I'm not counting this time. I could probably be drinking more water, I know I'm in my third trimester and... this baby seems to be more active than George, so I'm not worried. 


This time around? I'm determined to get better In-the-hospital-and-just-born-photos. 
(Though I do so love this one!)
I had fun searching Pinterest for "Newborn Hospital Photos" and am determined to actually pull out my camera this time around... Or beg Brian to. hah. :) 
(And, I think having a pancake lens will very much help!)
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For your enjoyment:
So Pleased!

So Stuck!!
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This was George and I last year, cheering on Papa at the Trinity School at Greenlawn Alumni Games:
 If you're in South Bend, we hope to see you this year at the games!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Tonight, the music is off. 

I do have a way of keeping my Pandora streaming... all... day... long. I make sure to flip to Raffi occasionally because I know George enjoys it. But tonight, I'm done.

There's tired, and then there's... mental tired. Turning off the noise and turning up the moments of silence because I'm starting to realize how few and far between they are these days. Don't get me wrong, often the noise is full of giggles and "Uh oh!"s and Dr. Seuss and ... well, you get the idea. But sometimes, at the end of the day... I eat up some of my photo images in the deep, deep silence... 

And it's quite lovely...


Friday, May 15, 2015

Take 148

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Happy Mother's Day to all you Mamas... We had a great one here! We took a field trip to Varner's Greenhouse and filled our raised beds with peppers and basil!! Oh, the anticipation! (They have cages of birds at Varner's... so strange. And yet, appreciated.)
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In other exciting news, my phone took a dive into the toilet this weekend... I found George playing in the toilet, and in my haste to resolve the (gross) situation, I dropped my phone right in. Would you believe it survived? The screen flickers occasionally... but it's totally functional. For the win.
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This week, I made Smitten Kitchen meatloaves. I'm so grateful to Brian who bought me her cookbook for my birthday! I would like to tip my hat to Deb, who thanks be to God decided that meat loaf doesn't need to be a loaf. It's forever changed my view of this dinner.
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Speaking of the kitchen, George is capable of putting all the tupperware into the drawer from the dishwasher. It's pretty weird seeing my son participate in a chore. Maybe he's breaking things down into "Fun-Sized" chores, too? 
(Credit goes to Mae for that spectacular title of Fun-Sized.)
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Many of you have professed your adoration of a photo I posted of George in his new car... But I simply can't deprive you of the actual footage of this new toy:
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I bought this. It smells exactly like play dough. Total bummer for this pregnant woman who is sensitive to all smells.
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I was really hoping to spend a lot of time at the pool this summer before baby #2 arrives. Do you think we can handle it?

 Which basically reminds me of last year...
 Oh. And this:
Come on baby, you know you love it!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Something is better than nothing!

I absolutely adored this post by Nell at Whole Parenting. Her intro could've actually have been a personal email to me... with all my lists and notes about all the things I want cleaned, organized and taken care of in my home... (Just ask Brian!)

BUT! As I'm less than a week away from trimester numero tres and generally... tired, I'm learning a bit of something about rebuking my own perfectionism. You see, for me, it's not worth doing a chore unless I can check it off the list. And it doesn't come off the list until it's entirely done. There's a problem here, though... I'll refuse to sweep the floor if I don't have the time or energy to swiffer it. (No, I didn't say mop or wash with a rag. I'm already improving!) I won't sweep the living room if I don't have time to sweep the dining room... And this is all because I've chosen "Sweep the First Floor" and "Clean the Upstairs Bathroom" as whole items on my checklist...


Well, third trimester me is seeing the light. I've divided my chores into more sizable chunks. And yes, I'll still mark them off the list... But, I'm learning that cleaning the toilet is way better than doing nothing for the bathroom. Oh, and changing the sheets? It's going on the list. Because I want credit for when it's done!

Cheers to making life work... in every season!