Thursday, October 4, 2012

7 Quick Takes, Volume 16:

Thanks to Jen for hosting! These are going to be very quick, because I definitely should be in bed right now. But I'm not. So here we go!

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I'm starting to realize just how much caffeine I consume on a daily basis. Seriously. It's scary. And I still feel like I need more - especially today. Well, not right now, but earlier. You know what I mean. Mostly because of this last paragraph, I'm sure of it. I'm going to cut back, starting soon. Or, at least I will try to balance it with water. I found my water bottle at work today, which should be helpful. On that note, I forgot to mention today that I'm extremely thankful for coffee. I love the taste, the aroma, the caffeination...need I say more? I'm so, so thankful for coffee. I'd love a cup right now. But hey. It's late. I don't really need to be up all night...

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I got to make dinner this week for a family in our twins club who recently had babies, and I remembered to take a picture! I love cooking for people, and it's great to be able to help someone out by bringing food, all ready to go. I was inspired by Kathryn's post on how to take a meal to a friend, and so I brought along cold cereal too (I don't know that I ate much else after Erin and Emily were born, other than food people brought for us, so it seemed appropriate). I made them the awesome Tex-Mex casserole from Tuesday's post and frosted brownies (the bonus "recipe" at the bottom of the post). Try it out! Easy and delicious!

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I'm overwhelmingly grateful, also, for the gift of my baby daughters. I just finished nursing them and they are so tiny and precious. I love snuggling with them.

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According to my phone, it got down to 33 one morning this week. It's really starting to feel like fall! I need to make a fall bucket list before I look at the date and realize it's time to start our Christmas shopping. I also need to take some fall leaves pictures before the rains start...

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Speaking of Christmas shopping, I really need to do a more organized job this year. I always say I want to make presents, but I never end up finding the time (or is it making the time?) Tell me, lovely readers, is Pinterest helpful here? Don't get me wrong, I love me some Pinterest, but I don't want to waste time looking for gift ideas and then end up spending more to make them than they're worth.

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I really need to make a schedule for myself. Well, not really a schedule, per se. I need a checklist, I think. Something to remind me of all the things I need to get done every day and every week. I know I had planned to make one pre-babies, but I don't think it ever happened. Sigh. I need a checklist for my checklist....but really. I could get more done, I just don't remember it needs doing until I am too tired or too busy to do it. Like right now. For some reason, sitting at the kitchen table writing this made me remember that I have library books to return and a birthday present to shop for. Don't ask how these things are connected. They just must be, somehow. Am I the only one who is constantly forgetting things? There's got to be an app for that....seriously. I have an Android. Hit me, dear readers!

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Last but certainly not least, we have a roller and a bow-wearer at our house as of this week! Emily is rolling all over the place, and tries to crawl when she is on her tummy. She has gone from wailing her way through tummy time - of any kind - to flipping over to seal position willingly and happily playing for several minutes at a time. She is also scooting by herself, which is really unnerving for me since I'm not done babyproofing. We'll be finishing this weekend.
Erin, not to be outdone by her sister, has enough hair to hold a clip-in bow! I can pull a little tuft straight up and it holds the clip pretty well. In fact, since I did it after she got out of her bath last night, she has a little Kewpie doll-style curl that sticks straight up, bow or no bow. It's adorable. I love it. Emily isn't quite there yet, but I'm sure she will be soon.
Which reminds me, it's time to start looking for Christmas outfits! Any input here is totally welcome (really, all of your input is welcomed with open arms all the time!) but this is something I really know nothing about. What do little babies wear for Christmas Mass? Emily and Erin will be 6 months old the week before Christmas (on my birthday, actually!) so they are still very little.

Yes. I had to.

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  1. I don't find it helpful to search pinterest specifically for present ideas. What I do like to do is browse pintetest and various blogs all year long just for fun. When I come across something that I think would be a good present idea I write it on a list I keep going all year. I usually get more serious about planning starting as early as July. That way I'm not spending all my money last minute and am more likely to find things for a good price, I have the time to actually make stuff, and I'm not in a rush and stressed out.

    1. I like the idea of a list! I'm really trying to avoid the stressed out rush. i always seem to get sick around Christmas so I need to take that into account too - it's really hard to get everything done when you feel terrible, and it takes all the fun out of it!

  2. I keep sticky notes on my fridge. One side is TO DO side, one side is the Completed side. During the day, as I move them over, I feel accomplished, even if it is just unloading the dishwasher. Some are short term, like take back the library books, others are longer, like finish the cross stitch ornament for my niece. But it helps for when I have that ten minutes of time and glance up there to see what needs doing. Good luck!

    1. That is a really awesome idea! I am very visual when it comes to remembering things so that could work very well. Thank you!!

  3. You are in a twins club? Oh that is too cute!!

    Here's a link to 100 homemade Christmas gift ideas:

    1. Thank you! I'm so excited to read through these on my breaks today. The twins club is wonderful, I've met so many nice people so far! There are play dates for different ages and everything.

    2. I've met the happy housewife IN REAL LIFE she knows her stuff! She used to live in my area and was in our local bloggers group :)

  4. Ohh your twins are getting so big! My aunt (who also has twins) is in a twins club too, and they have birthday parties all the time and invite the whole club and it's so adorable!
    I write to-do lists in my planner (yes I still use a paper planner because I like it better than my phone), and that's been super helpful for me!

    1. I think I still have a paper planner, somewhere! I always buy one, kind of out of habit. Maybe that would help, at least for on the go list making!
      I am so excited for planning their birthday parties! I will need to limit Pinterest prior to next June so I don't go overboard, haha. The pictures from your aunt's club's parties must be sooo cute!

  5. Love the Twin Club idea! Have fun with your little roller :)
    I'm a big fan of elf ears at all seriousness, though, we've just put our little lady in cute red or green dresses, headbands, and tights. You can get the tights with fake 'shoes' on the bottom so you don't have to worry about shoes falling off!

  6. I'm so happy the meal tips helped. But, you sound like a master cook! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. wish we had a twins club...and wish our twins gave me more time to cook! :)

  8. I miss that time nursing my little ones it is so special!! Glad you are loving it up! I love Pinterest for finding DIY Ideas, you just have to discipline yourself not to get distracted from your original goal :) Stopping over from the GFC Blog Hop, now a new follower! Have a great week!

    Mama Of Many Blessings