Friday, November 17, 2017

Take 272

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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My kiddos watched Cinderella for the first time this week, thanks to Netflix. Isn't it funny how monumental I feel like that moment should've been? I mean, they liked it... but... there was no confetti as Cinderella danced with the Prince. 
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Dogwood Photography Challenge. I have been participating for 32 weeks of this photography challenge... and at about week 9, I got it in my head that it was Dogwoodcreek, which it's not. I had to go back and fix roughly 22 hashtags that connected my photos to... nothing. Because #dogwoodcreek doesn't exist. At least not on Instagram.
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Pope Clement VIII said regarding coffee in the 1800s, "This devil's drink is delicious. We should cheat the devil by baptizing it." Amen, brother. Thanks, Mama, for sending that along.
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At the checkout line in Germany, I saw teeny tiny Nutellas -- about 2" tall or  so. Seriously cute.

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Thanksgiving Prep! I don't know about you, but when I plan Thanksgiving, I pop on over to SmittenKitchen and day dream about my whole meal coming from her fabulous website. What's in your freezer? We have 10 c. of chopped German sourdough bread (stuffing), homemade cranberry sauce, roasted pumpkin waiting to become pumpkin pie, and "home brewed" chicken stock for our stuffing and green bean casserole recipes.
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As we approach the holidays, I saw this advertisement from dkhw.de on Facebook in Germany (in German, but translated):

Dear Mom, dear dad,
If we look at the photo album together in 15 years, then I'm sure I can laugh with you. But have you ever thought about me wanting to choose who I'm going to look at in the photo album? Just like you, I also have a right to decide what happens to photos of me.
Please share this post and help protect the privacy of children. 
Because children have rights too.
#ErstDenkenDannPosten
#FirstThinkThenPost

It's a nice reminder to check your privacy settings as we get ready to take photos of all of the beautiful children in our lives! :)
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Give Thanks this week... and wash yo' kitchen towels... 'cause you goin' to need 'em. 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Take 271

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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People. We moved to Germany on July 12, 2017. My last Diet Coke was at least one week prior to that date. #SayWhat?! #Withdrawal Okok... I have had a million coffees... so you know. It evens out.
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I discovered this week that our bathroom sink at work has no hot water connection. None. All Winter. All cold. No sun. No warmth. Anyways. I'll stop being dramatic. But cold water, yo.
--- 3 ---
This week, I encountered this beer opener hammer:
Not that I have any need for a hammer. Hah.
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Brian and I often feel like we're gambling or rolling the dice when we Google Translate the latest sickness memo posted at school. We turned to each other and died laughing when Brian translated the most recent one: Gastro-Intestinal. I mean, you gotta laugh... so you don't cry... Because sick memos at school are like looking into your future...
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On the way home from school this week, Rowan was being particularly loud and George asked her to be quiet. Naturally, she refused... so I tried the "logical language and talk about it" approach, saying slowly and clearly, "Rowan, we're all trying to coexist in a tight space, so the considerate thing to do is—" But I never  finished because George finished the sentence by yelling, "BE QUIET!"
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I was shocked to find out this week that Google Chrome outpaced Firefox by a mile for the browsers you are using to read my blog... I mean, I'm on Safari, but I felt so dated! I remember when everyone had Firefox! 
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Did you see NYT's how to cook Thanksgiving in 8 hours in one oven and on four burners?! I DID! And I want you to see it, too! Also, Thanksgiving will be cooked in one oven with four burners here in Germany... and if I forget any ingredients... we're a 5 minute walk to Lidl. Which will be OPEN. WIN. (Also: it's all about the oven temp. Pick one and stick to recipes that work at that temperature. Genius.)

Friday, November 03, 2017

Take 270

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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My children are pretty serious about inviting their stuffed animals to meals with us... and for breakfast, I typically oblige. They plop their stuffed friends in front of them and enjoy their breakfast. It's really kind of sweet.
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We had daylight savings last week. An hour set back... And prior to now, I have always shifted our clock 15 minutes at a time for 4 days to prepare. This year? Overwhelmed and in a new country. So? No prep. Nothing. We actually spent more than half of Sunday unaware that our cell phones had already switched us an hour back... And I'll be.

Everyone was JUUUST fine. Hah. We even made it to church on time! I had to check the microwave to make sure that it had actually happened!
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Brian took the kids to play in the playroom this week while I cooked dinner. They also wanted to cook, so they set him up with their Curious George dinnerware and got him all ready to eat dinner.

Then, they swung a (retired to the playroom) headlamp around his neck. "What's this for?" Brian asked.

"It's a camera. It's for taking pictures of your food."
#FoodieKids
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George gave me his "Let's talk about my day" moment before I kissed him goodnight. Leaning over, he said confidently, "Today, I played with Jan! And I spoke Deutsche at him." This kid cracks me up. And you know what? He's totally learning German.
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I've never been much of a fan of Halloween... at least the way it's celebrated in America... (which was never how my parents celebrated it--bring on the angel wings and Bible characters...) But, I did enjoy our afternoon activities this year when Rowan declared, "Trick or cake!!" to our neighbors and exclaimed "MICKEY MOUSE!!!" when Papa completed George's Batman mask. All the laughter.
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I'm back to the PT with neck, shoulder and carpel tunnel pain. Nothing surprising there... but I am dying to ask you... Have you ever figured out how to do dishes without getting your shoulders tight and out of whack?! It occurred to me this week that that particular activity is terrible for my shoulders.
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Did you know that the privilege of sending a GIF to create humor and laughter within your apple messaging is country specific?!?! That's right. Germany does not have the Apple GIF capabilities and after 4 months here, I finally noticed. I kind of miss the opportunity for a little Full House eyeroll with subtext inserted here.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Captures

We've reached the end of another month and here are some photos for you! Hopefully it's not too cold where you are as you venture out for trick-or-treating! It's becoming more common in Germany to trick-or-treat, but we only got one set of visitors--and they recited poetry! (Something about how they are the three ghosts sent to us... and thank you for the treats, you will not be bitten by a vampire tonight... You know. Nice things like that.) Oh, and everyone in Germany has off today! It's been 500 years since Martin Luther posted his proposals on the church door. :)

I love how German this scene is below... The roses. The cleanliness. The straight lines. And the curtains. And of course recycling! This is a slice of our life... but it's not our door. Hah.

Here are some captures from our Sunday Funday in L├╝beck...






Happy Halloween! Happy 500th Anniversary of Reformation Day! :)