Friday, December 06, 2019

Take 370

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Reporting back from real life after a lovely week of vacation in Ireland. We met Brian, Beth, and Mairin and enjoyed a week of slow-paced life and Thanksgiving together. So thankful!
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And now? Happy Advent! St. Nikolaus has visited both our home and the kids' school today. The advent wreath was sloppily put together by this pregnant lady and no one even cares about it's instability. We got a tree and put lights on it, which was plenty of activity for one weekend thank-you-very-much. 
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We could not even contain our laughter as we kicked-off the first week of Advent with our kids getting to enjoy Children's Liturgy... (not a weekly occurrence)... where they were taught about St. Barbara... Seriously though... check it out. Authenticity of her story questioned. She was locked in a tower by her father. Attempted to be killed by her father when she declared herself Christian. Eventually beheaded by her father. Who was then struck by lightening. Oh my. Happy first week of Advent... where Advent wasn't even discussed.

#ConfusedParentsinGermany
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Anywho. Moving along. We just passed my one year anniversary of beginning physical therapy for my carpal tunnel. I'm 30 weeks pregnant and having zero carpal tunnel pain which is a complete miracle. I cannot tell you how grateful I am. My last two pregnancies were carpal tunnel nightmares.
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As we approach Christmas, I wanted to reshare the most famous kids' Christmas song here: Weihnachtsbäkerei This song is sung far and wide... and in every corner of our house.
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Are you planning to carol this year? Sing with friends? Check out our friend Jeremy's awesome site with easy-to-access lyrics. Nice job, Jeremy!  
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Hoping you're off to a fun weekend! I'm grateful for the weekend's arrival and counting down to my last two weeks of work before my maternity leave... for 13 months. #Who'scounting #IAM 

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

November Captures

Autumn is always a big show-off. And I love it for that. November was a good month, and I took two (count 'em) TWO trips to Dublin, Ireland. The only times I picked up my camera this month were on those two trips... so I'm grateful. As much as the weather was what we expected (cold and rainy), it also had beautiful patches of sun and we really enjoyed our time... 

So, without further ado, some of the beauty of Ireland:







Friday, November 29, 2019

Take 369

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Happy Thanksgiving! We were so happy to be able to gather with family and friends around a table chock-full of food, very similar to the American tradition, but not on American soil. 
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This year we went with a dinner-time Thanksgiving dinner... which has never been my norm, but it was actually quite delightful to cook between 10:30 and 2... and then put my feet up for the afternoon parade (European time). That was quite delightful. (No 6 am wake-up to get everything in the oven in succession before a 1 pm dinner.) 
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We have a lot to be thankful for this year--and I've been reflecting on all of it as we close in on my maternity leave. We're so thankful for this third baby, our life in Hamburg, our family and friends, and so much more. Even on difficult days, it's hard not to have the good things directly in front of our noses.
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Did anyone else notice that one of the readings of the Catholic church this week was this one from Daniel? Nothing like a reminder that we will be noble and wise when we eat vegetarian and not from the rich table of the king during Thanksgiving week... LOL. I couldn't help but giggle loudly.
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To all of those die-hard sports fans who cannot help but watch every game--no matter how good or bad it looks... please enjoy this article. Sent to me by my husband and yes... I loved it.
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Brian came home last week from another trip to China--this one was only 6 days, thankfully. He got some wonderful tea on this trip and started to describe what a Chinese tea ceremony was like... by saying it was like, "sitting around a poker table". 

I about died.
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Speaking of dying... We did another classic Thanksgiving activity and saw a movie... Frozen 2. Without spoiling anything... I found the ballad to be... extremely hilarious and oh-so-amazing. Our kids enjoyed it, but I will say that it's PG for a reason--quite scary. In any case... 

Happy Black Friday! Hope your day is quiet and filled with delicious leftovers!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Take 368

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Three cheers for my most amazing husband. On Thursday evening last week, he informed me that he had a babysitter lined up and reservations for us to have a date night out. The restaurant was called Hygge and yes, it was overflowing with raw wood, a fireplace right next to our table, and blankets and cozy seats. All amazing.

And I ate house-made pasta with a truffle cream sauce. #NoComplaints #TheCompanyWasEvenBetter
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I was astounded by this article because let's face it: This guy made a huge discovery... all because he was really good at detail work, proofreading and catching a mistake. Amazing. 
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Have you read Little Women as an adult? I never read it as a child (but watched the 1990s movie approximately 1.7 million times), but was floored by some of the same things as the woman who helped create the new version. The March women were radical. And Marmee was absolutely an amazing, strong woman.
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Looking for a breakfast treat this week that you can make in advance? Take my advice: make New York Crumb Cake on Tuesday and let it sit for 2 days. Thanksgiving morning it'll be perfect with coffee. I was "fine" with this after baked... but it blew my mind on day 3 with how moist and wonderful it was.
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In other baking news, I bought my first set of Silicone Cupcake Liners and so far, I'm really pleased. And yes, I did google "Tricks for washing silicone cupcake liners" and found a very basic and helpful youtube video. LOL. I'll get the hang of it... someday.
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According to conventional office-shared wisdom, parents are required to offer a room to their child up to the age of 27 in Germany. Yeah. Go ahead and read that again. #SayWhat
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Hopefully you're getting excited for American Thanksgiving! I know we are. Of course, as a third trimester pregnant woman, I definitely have not prepped this year like I have in years' past... but I'm looking forward to a good, juicy turkey. And the Macy's Day Parade, of course.

Happy Friday!