Friday, February 23, 2018

Take 285

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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So we have this new sofa with approximately 50 12 pillows. Well, I told George that he needed to tidy the sofa in order to move on to the next thing--and boy. He did it. All 50 pillows neatly in the row... and then he lined up the three blankets in front of those pillows. This kid. Totally related to me. Hah.
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In other news, this same wonderful child has figured out that he is fully capable to pull out the stool and do whatever he wants when I'm not around... Like get milk out of the fridge and pour it. I'm so proud. And horrified. I'm hoping those are normal reactions to your child's growing independence.
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What do you do in the tough moments? The ones where you ask them to pick up all the pillows and 20 minutes later they're building legos in the mess? Ugh. I've still got tons to learn in the world of motherhood, but dang. If it doesn't help me to pull out the camera and see the kids I love in the lens. You know... after I enforce the cleaning. And apologizing for not listening... Of course.
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I attended my first First Aid course since I was in college. That's right. I didn't do it when I had my babies, and I've always been slightly worried about it. BUT, it's done! And hopefully I never have to use it. One thing I learned: injuring someone in an emergency is way better than seizing in fear and letting them lose the chance to live. So yes, if the motorcyclist needs CPR, you will have to remove their helmet. Yup. You might injure their neck. But better that than ... Anyways. Let's keep it real living chipper happy. Oh whatever. Happy Lent.
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I did love Mostly Martha, which includes this song on its soundtrack... But man. I love this song:


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If you have a minute, read this one on self care. So good. And as a 33 year old woman, I think it's really worth the reflection. I'm currently reflecting on it. What kind of life can I create so that I don't need to regularly escape it? Setting up your routines and habits for success... #Goals
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So, today I'm home with a sick child. And you know what? I deep cleaned the kitchen. And you know what else? Now I'm going to take a nap while he does. Because I'm in it for the long game. And family time tomorrow. I am trying to choose to not burn out. Fingers crossed.

Happy Friday!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Take 284

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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Well, Lent has begun! I kicked it off by showing up on time for a service that was published incorrectly in a bulletin... And no, I wasn't at church on Sunday to hear the announcement that it was changed to two hours later. (Even if I was, I wouldn't have understood the announcement... in German.) #CheerstoLent! #Noashes 
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But! Here we are again, pulling out our favorite meatless meals. Our family likes clam chowder with bread, black beans and rice, lentil soup, cassoulet without sausage, Smitten Kitchen's kidney bean curry with naan, and today will feature homemade pesto pizza (homemade dough--not homemade pesto this time) with sautéed peppers and onion. Please share your favorites with me! I'd be more than happy to add more "Family Favorites" to my bamboo recipe box!
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I've got the usual Lenten observances in my mind (see #2)... and of course sweets... because I find Easter to be way more joyful when I've gone without sweets for 40 days. But you know what? I also feel like wiping down my dining room table and sweeping my kitchen floor daily (or nearly) should be added. I mean really. It's getting embarrassing. 
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I haven't actually watched much of the Olympics this year so far... but we did spend some time as a family watching ice skating this weekend. I realized that I'm officially old enough to where it's not just the crazy tricks that make me clutch my back in realization that any movement like that might kill me... it was simply the throwing back of the head by the female skater that made me clutch my neck... How can her head and neck show such flare with such reckless abandon?! I'd have a crick in my neck for DAYS after that! Or, let's be honest, I'd be seeing a PT!
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There's a German phrase I learned this week, "Was du nicht I'm kopf hast, hast du in dien beinen." This means something along the lines of, "What you forget with your head, you must remember with your legs." Ex: Forgot your keys? Walk and go get them. 

Love it.
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It's true that we haven't gotten a lot of snow here. I haven't needed my snow boots much, though I have used them. However, my kids have loved even the small inches we've gotten:
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Did I tell you we have Justin Timberlake concert tickets?! No? We have Justin Timberlake concert tickets! In Hamburg!! Eeeek!! #ManoftheWoods #AlltheExcitement

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Take 283

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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Thank you to my dear husband who gave me a fabulous night out for my birthday! Also included in the celebration was time alone and away. It was luxurious and I'm so grateful. I'm 33 and so amazed by the life around me. I never imaged my children would cheer for Notre Dame or speak German... and yet! Here we are. Living the full life. 

Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame...
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I walked by a [closed] local coffee shop in Hamburg this past weekend and saw a CAT sitting on the table. That animal had it's rear end on the same surface I'd place my coffee mug. GAG. lol.
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In other news, I'd like to commend Germany for doing fresh flowers so well.
People are always carrying around fresh flowers. There are Blume shops in all the malls. Cafes always have vases on the tables. It's so awesome. And you know what? With the winter being so dark and rainy, here... It totally makes sense! Bring in the kind of sunshine!
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One of my baking pet-peeves in Germany is that butter is in grams. That's right, a block of butter is neither a half cup or a cup. So when you plop that stick of butter in your bowl, thank your lucky stars that you're not shoving it into a measuring cup, hoping there aren't any "air bubbles" to ruin your baked good due to incorrect butter amounts...

But then? My Grandma Ginger reminded me of the "water method" of measuring... If you need a half cup of butter, fill a one cup measure with half cup of water and then add cold butter until the water reaches the top. Genius. I had totally forgotten this method and am now very grateful. Thanks, Grandma! 
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Speaking of baking... What do you bake for Fat Tuesday? Here's the thing: No leftovers. Sure, I could bake a king cake for two kids under 5 and two adults... And then stare at it on Ash Wednesday? No thanks. 

Crepes? What do you do for Fat Tuesday?
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We waited months to see a pediatrician who came highly recommended by friends... And I'm so glad we did. A doctor who can make a physical assessment feel like 45 minutes of playtime with a cool guy is just amazing. 

Oh and don't worry--George can stand on one leg for 5 seconds. And isn't color blind.
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Here is what German happiness looks like, by the way. 55 cents for this:

Happy Friday!

Friday, February 02, 2018

Take 282

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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The Super Bowl airs here at midnight. Umm.... Say what?! Nope Nope Nope. I think I'll miss watching it, but not enough to be crazy enough to stay up until 4 in the morning... Eating Nachos. 
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't usually win, but I love playing Boggle with Friends with you, family. Can't stop won't stop. I'm getting smarter, right? Ok. Probably not.
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Speaking of games... I admit to downloading Tetris this month on my phone. I've played probably two games per day... and it suddenly occurred to me: I love this game for all the same reasons as I love to organize (and empty) our fridge, and pack our trunk for a road trip, and and and... #TypeAtotheMax
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Guys. We had sunshine yesterday. And George got in the car to go home, and spotted the sun in the sky and yelled, "WHOA!!!!!" It made me want to cry/laugh. Is it summer, yet?
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In other sunshine news, I've successfully killed half of my succulents that I purchased a couple of months ago... And I think I might need to just face the music that there's not enough sun to keep 'em alive & kickin' here in Germany. Boo to the serious hoo.
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Laundry: If I do "all" of it on the weekend, we can make it to Thursday before we need to run a mid-week load. If I don't do "all" of it on the weekend (half maybe?), I somehow find a reason to run one load of laundry every day of the week. Isn't this a math problem that doesn't compute?! Does anyone else experience this?! Drives me nuts. (And yes, I've done laundry every day this week. Hah!) But really--we're not a huge family. 2 kids! 2 adults! 
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This week I had a dream where I was eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I mean, in all honesty, I prefer Life cereal... But I have had neither of these cereals in years. What does this say about me?!?! 

Happy Friday!