Friday, July 13, 2018

Take 303

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
I know that there will be lots of milestones in our future with our children. Two weeks ago, George began buckling himself into his carseat. 
#WIN
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I was enjoying a little random searching on Instagram this week and watched a quick advertisement video of a woman giving instructions on how to add fake freckles to your make-up routine... literally adding dots and then adding some more color to make them look natural. I feel kind of like I've seen it all... even though I know I haven't seen it all.

[By the way, this was 2 weeks after I watched a professional photographer erase my children's freckles on a passport photo... while I watched in horror.]
--- 3 ---
Hey writers--can you relate? Have you ever had this drink??
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I'm pretty excited about this upcoming phase of life! We're so close to being able to do this regularly... 
HOWEVER. Hopefully it won't be like our hair bow phase. What was that phase like? Well... It didn't exist. :)
--- 5 ---
Hey Grandmommy! I went into a closet this week and found the birthday gift you sent to me! Oops! It's been perfect timing and the kids and I have really enjoyed the adult coloring book you sent me! I bought new markers and we've all been really happy working together! :) Thank you! 
--- 6 ---
Tomorrow is this crazy couple's anniversary! Mom and Dad--thanks for getting married! 
Best wishes to many, many more!
--- 7 ---
Today my blog is posted a little later... but I can't complain about where I get to write from:

Happy Friday!

Friday, July 06, 2018

Take 302

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Guys. Thanks to an upcoming date with my Love, I needed clothing. I just went to the mall exactly 1.75 hours before it closed. And yes, I bought a dress, 2 pairs of shoes, and an ice cream.

I win. 
--- 2 ---
You know that terrifying moment when you open your ice cream and they're advertising on the inside of your ice cream container for their lactose free ice cream line and you think, "OH NO! Did I buy ice cream without MILK?! What a nightmare!!" 
Oh. Just me? 
Pass the dairy.
--- 3 ---
Speaking of dessert, I made this pound cake this week... and it was good. But mostly? I whipped 8 egg whites at once. That was an unbelievable moment. 8. Egg whites. It almost overflowed the edge of my kitchen aid. Amazing. Also, who was the first person to think about whipping egg whites? I don't know--but you're amazing.
--- 4 ---
At what point do you think it's appropriate to tell your daughter that we've purchased tickets to be a at a Justin Timberlake concert for our daughter's 3rd birthday

Asking for a friend.
--- 5 ---
Speaking of Rowan's birthday, I asked Rowan what kind of cake she wanted. She gave me some Mom-Win answer like "PINK!" and then George threw me under the bus and said, "Rowan! Don't you want a SKYE Paw Patrol cake?!" 

YES! She yelled. She does!

...
I'll keep you posted on that. I'm still hoping George offered to make it, though.
--- 6 ---
This week we were driving to school and the kids said, "I can't hear it!" which translates to, "Turn it up!" And then they said, "I like it!" And I said...


That's Elton John.
--- 7 ---
Today is my last day of work for 2 weeks! The kids are required to take 3 consecutive weeks off from the Kita and Brian and I started tallying my vacation days for the year... and I can take two weeks off with them! We didn't really confirm this plan before a few weeks ago, which means it feels extra special because I haven't been counting on it since January. This is one of the perks of not being in the US with two weeks of holiday to space out over the whole year... I get to treat the next two weeks and a day like an actual summer with my kids... and since we only get 18 summers with each them... BRING IT. I'm so excited!

Brian shared this article with me--and I'm going for it. Playtime. Downtime. Family Time.

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Take 301

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Hello! Welcome to the end of another week. Can you even believe it? I'm writing this on Thursday night and tomorrow morning we go to the government office to apply for new work and residence permits... It's been a long week. BUT!

I actually went to our file cabinet and compiled all of our necessary paperwork for that appointment in 5 minutes.

I'm killin' it.

Update: It's Friday and I made two mistakes for this appointment... but don't worry--they were merciful and I only came away with one to do list item: new passport photos of our kids. Honestly, I love when we do that. They're always so hilariously cute.
--- 2 ---
Where do you keep all of your produce?  I finally gave in and put our book shelf in our kitchen... and took all the books off. It now houses our computer charging station, my big girl camera, and all that produce. When the produce starts to get "old", I move it to the fridge. I'm pretty happy with the new arrangement.
--- 3 ---
Have you been watching the World Cup? We have a little bit... but you know what? I can't believe McDonald's delivers. That's one of the main things I've caught from the advertisements.

And my mind is blown. What the heck is a 10 minute old Big Mac like? 
#Uncertainty
--- 4 ---
When Brian and I got married, we had a guest book at our reception. That book has since become our house guest book... which is sweet. At our wedding reception, we had two pens for the guestbook, both shaped like baseball bats... One Yankees and One Cubs. 

Over time they've stopped working, but George has always loved the idea of a baseball bat pen. However, the disfunction finally got to him and he told me, "We have to throw it away!" and I found myself yelling on the inside, "IT'S A MOMENTO!!!" from our wedding! 

And I had to laugh at myself. Here I am. All attached to a stupid baseball bat pen.

No. It's not gone, yet. (It's a momento!)
--- 5 ---
Have you ever had a balcony garden? This is my first, and I have to admit... there's an unspoken truth, and that's: DIRT. The reality is that if you have a garden on the balcony, you'll most certainly get dirt on your balcony... and there's no where to sweep it to! Awkward.
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Rowan got her first real delivery of hand-me-downs... from the most generous friends of ours. Our life has been jet-set enough that we haven't been around anyone that was just bigger than her size... But she put on this sweet dress from a friend and I almost choked she looked so old! (And cute, of course.)
--- 7 ---
Today is my Grandma Ginger's Birthday! So happy to have such a wonderful Grandma who has been so much a part of my life and now my own family's life. Gigi, We love you! And we miss seeing you as much as we could when we lived in Boston!! 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June Captures

Hello! As I mentioned last month, June has been a fun month, and it all started with my parents' visit! So, we did more sightseeing than usual and took some holiday time. All of that is a recipe for more photography fun for me! (Thanks to Brian, especially, and my parents, who help with the kids so that I can focus on photography for some of our day trips! :)

Luneberg, Germany

 (This building, above, was built in the 1500s. Yup.)


Schwerin Schloss, Germany




Hamburg, Germany


I hope you have some fun July plans ahead! I'll be taking some time off with our kids and hoping for another fun photography post at the end of July!