Friday, October 19, 2018

Take 316

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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Love houseplants, too? Don't miss this article. It was a fun read... Where I was mostly reminded that actually... plants just die sometimes. #ThankYou
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When I moved to Germany, our amazingly huge cookie sheets didn't fit in our chic-sized European oven. Well, we had a Pampered Chef Stone--two of them, actually--that made me trigger the frugal we-don't-need-to-buy-something-new response... But then new cookie sheets stared me down at Lidl this week. I purchased 2, giddily unwrapped them... And then I discovered that they are adjustable in size

Blew. My. Mind.
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This Sunday, as we sat around for a lazy morning, Rowan informed us of the name of her baby doll. The first time she's ever named anything in our home. We've never named a stuffed animal, a baby, anything. And then she lays it on us:

Her name is Dino Rex. 
Lol.

(I feel obliged to disclose that the baby's name changed to Carlotta 10 minutes later... but the moment was too good not to share.)
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Speaking of Rowan's doll--did you know that her baby's hat is attached to her outfit?! Like those mittens when we were little that were strung together to each other and then through the coat? Oh my, the genius is too much. 
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You know how your bank is all, "Our website will be under construction at 2 in the morning." And you're all, "Who on earth cares about that?!" Then you move 6 time zones away... and you think, "Uh, ME. I do."
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We've been married 6.5 years-- 4.5 years in South Bend, 1 year in Boston and now over a year in South Bend. It occurred to me recently that there really shouldn't be anything left from Kroger (our South Bend grocery store). I got the guts to get rid of Kroger spices. And was embarrassed when I found Kroger dental floss.

#RealLife
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How do you learn about history? There are so many adults I know who ... just know it. Maybe they are the kind of people who remember books 2 days after reading them... but I marvel... because I can't even do that. 

So, how do us non-history-knowing, non-historian-learning-type folks learn history? I've been chewing on this and I'll tell ya--visiting Berlin was amazing. Brian and I chatted about Berlin's history on our car ride there and I supplemented it with Google Maps and Wikipedia... and man. I learned so much! And then I got to see the sights. So cool.

Happy Friday!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Take 315

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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We're back from vacation... We enjoyed our time immensely with Marmie and Pops, and then my cousin Kelly and her boyfriend, Nick, visited, too! A soaking up of family time that was more than welcome!
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By the way, I don't know what it's like when you host for 4 nights, leave for 3 nights to stay somewhere else, and then come back to 3 nights of new guests... Let's just say I'm happy that Kelly loves us, because our house was... ahem. Not in hosting shape. (AND it's very worth it!!!)

I laughed as my first night off of vacation I literally spent almost 2 hours moving items around the house:

Cookbook in Kitchen to Living Room Shelf
Shoe in Living Room to Entryway
Sock in Entryway to Grey Basket to go upstairs to laundry
Batman on stairs into Grey Basket to go upstairs to Playroom
Glasses all over the house to the Dishwasher
Receipt under sofa to the trash
Glass Recycle is full and needs to go to the neighborhood drop-off point
... You get the idea. It's like a mass migration of small items around the house... For hours. (And no, those 2 hours didn't include any actual cleaning.)
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We went to Berlin
One of the closest bigger cities in Germany to Hamburg and it took us over a year to get there. I think it'd be fun to go back for a getaway without kids. We had a lovely time, but found ourselves really grateful that we get to live in and around the beauty of Hamburg. It's really a gorgeous city. Come visit.
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It seems a small thing, but it was another tick in time for us as parents: George went to Children's Liturgy at church. Alone. Uninterested in being accompanied. Gone the whole time (because in Germany they stay even through communion). Leaving us with one child. If the sermon was in English, I totally would've heard it. Lol.

[He was so proud of himself. And I was beaming, too.] 
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Speaking of George growing up, I left for work early this week and wrote him a note near his snack for tennis, "Have fun at tennis, George!" Brian then reminded me that he doesn't have tennis this week. 

Oh. Tell him it says, "Have fun at school, George!" Then I chuckled.

Hopefully he comes out alright.
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How do you feel about PB&J? As I toasted bread for PB&Js for dinner this week, I realized that it was presumptuous of me to assume that they wanted their bread toasted. Then I realized that I don't think I've ever not toasted their PB&J. 

GASP! 

I am completely opinionated on when a plain PB&J is right and when a toasted PB&J is right. The mood has to be perfect for one or the other. Oh, and if it's not toasted, the type of bread matters immensely. And then there's creamy or crunch! Oh Lord.ie..

Wow. I'm opinionated. Good thing I don't allow my kids to be that opinionated.
Until they're ready to make their own PB&J. :)
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This last Take is hosted by my buddy, 

GEORGE

who just typed out his own name on my computer for the first time in his life. With no help.
#Rockonwithyourbadselfson

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

September Captures

Good morning! Reporting from vacation happiness! Here are a few captures from last month--and no, you didn't miss August. I missed August. (I'd apologize--but life is life! We had a good month, and I didn't take many photos.) 

I've been absolutely loving the shift in the weather and the color that has begun shifting and popping in the foliage. We've beefed up our sweatshirt stash and we're ready! 






I wish you a great rest of your week! You won't hear from me on Friday--because you know--vacation and all. I'll see you next week! Cheers!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Take 314

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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My mother believes firmly in a tissue box for every room of the house. And yes. She has the organizational skill to make that actually happen. In our house, we get pretty darn close to every room... but not quite. I'm dumbfounded because I buy 3 tissue boxes almost every week... and that seems to be the right "stocking rate" for us. (1 Kleenex box = ~2 Lidl tissue boxes)... But still! I'm amazed. #runnynosesforever
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A sweet neighbor gave Rowan a kids' version of "Bug" Dominoes. I literally couldn't believe my eyes when I tee'd up the game, participated two times, and then...

They played a game... WITHOUT ME. (Sure, I had to referee a couple of times...) But guys! Games! For them! Love it.  
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I did make a version of these muffins this week and Brian like them--so maybe they'll go in my recipe box! I did, however, begin to confirm in my mind that purgatory will probably include cleaning muffin tins... from over-baked muffins... with no paper liners.
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This week, I wrapped a birthday present for George's friend in the parking lot of the Kita (preschool), before taking him to the party. If motherhood had badges, I feel like this would be one. Can I get a badge for that?! *Fist Bump*
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Speaking of Mom-Life... This week, the kids asked (as they always do), "What do you have?!" when I come to get them from the Kita. What they mean is, "What's today's snack!?" which I always bring in the car because I like life peaceful. I said, "Bananas!" and then I played them this... because life is always about education, amIright?! Yup. They liked it.
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I don't know if you live internationally, have formerly lived internationally, or like to use international recipes... But this is the website for you! Conversions! So awesome.
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Finally, I give you a good laugh. I needed one this morning and the NYTimes came to the rescue. Please... come laugh with me. 

Happy Friday!