Friday, May 19, 2017

Take 246

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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My parents were in town! And what a treat it was!
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We took them to the Harvard Museum of Natural History... where Virginia informed me that George has labeled these guys:
Papa, Mama, Virginia, George and Rowan.
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My parents came for Mother's Day weekend... which made it particularly sweet. You know what else was way more than particularly sweet??? My parents took an entire week's worth of laundry and hauled it out the front door to a laundry service. While we enjoyed a museum, someone else washed, dried and folded ALL. OF. IT. Thanks, Mom and Dad! What a gift!
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Can you believe this tiny tulip?!?!
Me neither. It was about 3" tall. 
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Why is it that 30 people can be scorching on a bus in hot weather and no one will open a window? I'm pretty sure we covered this topic in Psych in college. It drives me bonkers. Everyone acts like they don't care and/or they're helpless. "Please! I'm not close enough to open the window above your head... please! open. it."
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We're trying to move on from George taking naps... Because Mama likes to have more than 9:45-9:55 p.m. to herself every night. Wow. Will this on-again-off-again phase ever end? Yes. Yes, I trust it will. But dang. If that kid naps, I practically have to beg him to go to bed so that I can, too!
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Hopefully you heard our newssaw my new blog and started following my new Instagram! :)  Today is my third to last day of work in Boston...

But, who's counting?
Oh.
ME.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Take 245

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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I was chopping kale last week with George for quiche. He asked to taste raw kale, so I gave him a bite... "Mmm! It's good!" He said. "What did you PUT in this?!" Then he threw back his head in a chuckle. Crazy kid.
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Speaking of G-man. How do you get your kid to stop asking questions during movies?! Share. Pretty please with a cherry on top.
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Rowan officially yells, "NIGHT!!!!" about 40 times from her crib every night. She's hoping for a response. Every. Time.
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I've started watching "The Crown" on Netflix. So basically that means I sit in front of my computer on Wikipedia and Google the whole time wondering if everything is true. And whether or not Queen Elizabeth has watched "herself", yet. 
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Our life has been filled with Tottenham for years, now. Brian's team: the Hot Spurs. And you know what? This article is fantastic. I can relate.
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I believe in the 1 p.m. coffee. It doesn't matter what I do on the sleep front. I fall asleep at my desk every day at 1 p.m. And that Diet Coke? It doesn't do anything. It's the coffee. Sigh. I've tried to give it up several times. I just. can't.
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This week Grandma Gigi asked if I was a "Strap Hanger". You know what that is? The folks on the bus in the morning who don't get a seat... they have to hold on to the strap. Why, yes. Yes, I am.

Friday, May 05, 2017

TWELVE years.

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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I'd like to interrupt our usual 7 quick takes for a staggering statistic: I've been blogging for TWELVE years. I said it last year and I'll say it again: Thanks for being here. I feel like growing into my own writing and blogging self has been a smooth transition and has grown with me over time. And, I'm forever grateful for you being here with me.
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And Dad--this post is dedicated to you. Thanks for editing. Without you, I would have a typo a week. With you? I'm a better writer. Thanks, my double MFA friend.
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Twelve years ago, I started to blog when I embarked on a summer with three trips: a mission trip, a fun trip (to Italy!) and a family trip (to Holden Beach). It was a big summer and I was ready for it. Did you know, it would be the second time I would meet my future husband?
And yes. I found a way to capture a photo of Theresee him. Sorry, Theresee. I do love you, too. But seriously. Look at that eyebrow. I love that look. And I get to see it SO much more these days. Swoon.
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The next summer, I would find more reasons to take photos of our mission work Brian
Ok ok. I took a ton of photos of our work, too, I just giggle when I look at all the opportunities I took to take photos of him.
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Apparently, I was in the mood for an "I'm married to the awesomest man" post. I hope you can take it! [I mean, the guy finishes his Masters at Harvard this week. It's hard not to gush.] And you know, in 2007, I think I knew "we" were coming. Here's Brian playing music with Rus, our good friend who would stand with us at our wedding 5 years later. How awesome.
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All of that seems a lifetime ago. It was a blog name ago (SealeofRed--Yes, my maiden name). And I'm so grateful to have found Brian... 
This Monday is his birthday, and the anniversary of our first non-casual date. It was an all day, church-going, steak-eating, Cubbies cheering day... And dang. It was fun.
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Again, thank you. Thanks for being on this ride. And thanks for letting me interrupt our usual Friday ridiculousness. Don't worry--I'll be ready next week with quotes from the littles and other things...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Take 244

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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It's the last week of classes for Brian! Say what?! I know, right. Brian: Killing it at Harvard. In honor of this final day of classes, here's a fun video featuring so many new and wonderful friends we've been blessed with this past year:
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This Sunday at church, George turned around in the pew, sized up our diaper bag, and then stuck his head in to find something... All the way in. Just like Mary Poppins
All the giggles.
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Virginia introduced an entirely new concept in our house:

"The kitchen is closed."

She said that to our kids and now G occasionally asks, "Is the kitchen open?" and I want to kiss him for not assuming he can have food at any hour. Plus, it's ridiculously cute.
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Rowan is talking. It seems like everyday a new garbled sound is deciphered into something we realize she's trying to say to us. She loves to drink, "Mudt" (Milk). Last night she watched an "Oby" (Movie). Despite these almost unintelligible words, she can--clear as day--say, "Ooooh yeah!" in the right upbeat, "Isn't that awesome?!" tone. It's so impressive and completely hilarious.
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Looking for a vegan recipe that packs a punch? We enjoyed this dinner this week. (Be warned, that garlic sauce... it packs a punch.) We loved this recipe! 
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I had a banner (not sarcastic) week in shoe shopping. I landed these boots for $100 and these sandals for $70. 
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Brian and I went to a restaurant this past weekend that had an actual changing table in the women's room. It was awesome. (Not sad that we didn't have kids with us, though. I wouldn't go that far.)

Happy Friday!

Oh, and you wanted a photo? Sure.
This girl. And that hair.