Saturday, March 14, 2020

Take 382

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Hello! I wasn't really planning on leading with this, but it seems like the biggest news now that it's official... our schools are closed. Probably yours are, too... but I'm looking at a base of 5 weeks with all of my kids home and... it feels like I just got a letter in the mail informing me of my newly landed position of being a preschool teacher. LOL. 

Yes. I'm praying all of us stay healthy and happy.

And yes. I'll be making a master list of responses to, "What should I do now?!" Forget toilet paper. I need glue sticks and playdoh.  
And for us, the key will definitely be to get. out. side.
--- 2 ---
A friend (Hi, Christine!) asked about my experience of Aldi vs. Lidl in Germany. I know they're both in the States, and my Mom reports that Aldi is quite different here than in the US. My experience of Aldi and Lidl is that they're essentially the same thing... or more accurately, the same methodology. However, I do experience their sale items and special offerings are quite different. Aldi seems to have some sort of agreement with Trader Joes, because you can get TJ's Mac'n'Cheese, brownies, and other small items occasionally there. 

For me, I go to Lidl because it's closest to my home, but I enjoy visiting the other budget stores (Aldi & Penny) to peruse their specialty/sales items because that offers variety. Oh, and there's Netto. I've actually never set foot in a Netto, but maybe now I'll have to... you know, for the sake of my readers. :)
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Speaking of grocery shopping, remember how I'm doing all my grocery shopping on foot? Well, my Mom came and deep cleaned our old, battered and bruised double stroller... our frugal way of surviving a few months until we're in the heavy-duty umbrella stroller stage... because high quality infant strollers are... crazy. and expensive. People. We used this stroller before her cleaning and I felt like *that Mom* with a new baby in a ridiculous get-up... and now... I don't feel like that so much. :) 

Thanks, Mama! 
--- 4 ---
I don't know if you've seen it, but I enjoyed the first episode and a half of Babies on Netflix. I learned that research being done on breastmilk is showing patterns that mothers make milk more milk when they have daughters and that it's richer in calcium because the daughters will reach adulthood faster than boys and will need it for their bone growth. So fascinating. So much work in the world being done on all sorts of fronts! It's so cool.
--- 5 ---
I'm working on our mountain of new-American-human-living-abroad paperwork and I'm happy to report that taking a passport photo of a 3.5 week old infant is juuuust as difficult as it sounds... Eyes open. Head looking forward. No facial expressions. I was laughing so much at the ridiculousness of it all. 
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This video is fun--and happy belated international women's day...  But I really wanted to share it with you because it reminded me of how much periphery stuff you learn when living abroad. I'm familiar with almost all of these German names since living here and it's fun to hear them all spoken. Many of which I'd never heard of prior to moving here. Pretty fun.
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I'm not sure how you're doing, if you're sick, quarantined, or a new preschool or homeschool teacher like me, but I thought it would be a good moment to share a quote I heard from The Moth this week:

The grass is greener where you water it.

So, go water your grass. I'm watering mine... and thanking God for the extra time to bond, play playdoh, and generally create kid-magic... because I'm determined to do just that! Oh, and it's just in time during my maternity leave--so we have new relationships to form, too! It's perfect.

Happy Saturday!

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