Life Lately

Hi! It’s been a while since I last blogged. Life has been full lately, and in the very best way. It’s now December, which blows my mind a little bit. I’m pretty sure it was just August yesterday, right? I’m not complaining, though, because I love Christmastime and all the joy it brings.

The icing on the cake–or gingerbread cookie?–is the warm weather Pittsburgh has been experiencing lately. We haven’t had snow yet, but I think we may actually get some tonight.


Plus, when the morning sky looks like this, how can I not be thankful for every moment of my life?

So, life lately. I think I’ll share a bullet-point style list and some pictures to go along with it. Does that sound good?

Recent happenings:
-I took Hannah’s senior pictures. Loved every second of it.
-Jimmy and I are still trucking along with our closet room renovations.
-We had family visit from NY. This prompted a thorough house cleaning 😉
-Jimmy and I watched Hannah swim in a meet near our house. She did great!
-We hosted Thanksgiving. Nine people in a 900 square foot house requires lots of logistics.
-I have started to decorate for Christmas. We actually bought a tree this year, haha.
-Jimmy and I watched The Nativity. It was truly amazing.
-I had a fun time Christmas shopping with my sister-in-law and father-in-law’s girlfriend. We went to Charming Charlie, which is such a fun store.
-Jimmy and I got Christmas pictures taken. I will share them soon 🙂

I think that’s everything?! How about some pictures?

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One of Hannah’s senior pictures. I took it in my parent’s backyard. It was tricky to figure out places in their yard that I could photograph Hannah and not have another house in the background, but we made it work and had a blast in the process.

Hannah Swim Meet

Hannah swimming at her meet! I actually got in trouble for taking pictures “on deck” (where the swimmers stand) and promptly got moved to the stands. Whoops. I forgot that I’m not a swimmer anymore, thus I’m not allowed to be on deck. I still got a few good shots though ;).


I purchased a wood burning kit from Jo-Ann Fabrics a few months ago. I decided to make a Christmas tree and add our last name on the stump in the kit. When I started, I was just awful at wood burning. I don’t know why?! Needless to say, Jimmy saved the day and finished for me. Thanks, Jimmy!


Thanksgiving was spectacular. We had a warm day and great company. We hosted my father-in-law, Jimmy’s siblings, my father-in-law’s girlfriend and her son, Jimmy’s grandpa, and my sister-in-law’s boyfriend. It was nice to just kick back after the meal and chat over pumpkin pie and coffee. By the end of the night, Jimmy and I were exhausted. We plopped on the couch and watched Ratatouille, which was random and perfect. I had to work on Black Friday, which was a bummer since Jimmy didn’t have to. I changed my attitude pretty fast when I remembered how blessed I am to have a job and how much I enjoy it!


Our first Christmas tree is up and decorated! We got it for a great price at Pool City. We were prepared to spend a bit on a nice tree that would last us for years and picked this one out. The worker in the store said he had this same tree, except that it was last year’s, in the back of the store all opened up and put together. He gave us last year’s tree (I’m thinking it was the store model?) for $50. Score! We got our ornaments and tree skirt from Target. I made some decorations, but our mantle is looking a bit sparse. Maybe I’ll share pictures soon?

Alright, this post is getting pretty long and I need to get ready for work. Hope everyone is doing well!

How was your Thanksgiving?
Are you excited for Christmas?


  1. First off, it is so funny you bought a Christmas tree from a store called Pool City. We have pool stores here but this time of the year… I think they are still selling pool stuff… because it’s hot here. Great price for the tree and hooray for not having to put it together either. It is a beautiful tree and your whole home looks nice and cozy even if it is small. The pictures of Hannah turned out great and I love the sky picture too.

    Be careful with the snow!

    1. Yes, Pool City for a Christmas tree, haha! I didn’t see any pools out, but I did see quite a few hot tobs and saunas interspersed with the Christmas trees. I was talking to Jimmy and said “We saved a bit on this tree, so we should get a hot tub, right?” ha. Maybe someday. Then we can sit in the hot tub when it’s 25* out in December… ugh.

      Thank you for the compliments on the tree and our home and Hannah!! She’s one of my favorite photo subjects because she just goes with whatever crazyness I impose upon her 😉

      It didn’t end up snow the other night! I was so surprised. Honestly, it’s super weird we haven’t had snow yet! I’m wondering if we are going to have a CRAZY winter to make up for this mild fall–eek!!

    1. Isn’t it super neat?! It was less than $25 at Joann’s, and with a coupon, it was super cheap–so well worth it. Especially when I could just get Jimmy to do the work for me, haha. Thanks for the compliments on our tree and Han! I passed along your compliment to her and she got the biggest smile!

  2. Hannah is so beautiful! She takes after you 🙂 How was making all of Thanksgiving? You did it last year right? Jimmy did a great job on the wood burning.
    My holiday was fun and I spent time with friends and family (I made sweet potato cheesecake bars!) I cannot wait till Christmas! I have been playing carols in the running store all this week. I want to make Christmas cookies soon 🙂

    1. Aww, shucks! Thank you, Ellie! I passed along your compliment to Hannah and she got the biggest grin on her face and said thank you!

      Making Thanksgiving wasn’t too bad! This was my third year hosting, so I felt 10,000x less stressed than the first and second times. I suppose it gets better each year?! The only mishap was dry stuffing, but everyone covered it in gravy and was good to go!

      I think I saw your sweet potato cheesecake bars on Snapchat and I was drooling. They looked SO good!! I can’t wait to see any Christmas cookies you make, too. Yay for Christmas music! Love this time of year 🙂

  3. I always enjoy seeing your updates Allie! I’m glad everything is going well for you. We cooked our first turkey for Thanksgiving which was really fun. Then other then that, just getting ready for the Holidays!

    1. Thanks, Hollie!! I loved reading your Thanksgiving post! I’m so happy it went well for you and your turkey looked amazing, especially with bacon on top! Such a good idea 🙂

    1. Isn’t it so neat?! I’m glad Jimmy ended up doing it because I totally would have ruined it, haha. Thanks for the compliment on our tree! I’m so happy we finally got it up! I bet you and Jim are crazy excited for Christmas with sweet little Annabelle Grace! So exciting for you and your family 🙂

  4. I’m glad to hear you had a lovely Thanksgiving. And I can’t believe Christmas is only a few weeks away! I’m looking forward to spending time with family, relaxing and having a nice long break from work — I get to take 10 days off from the office. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Grace! It really was a lovely Thanksgiving! I’m sad it’s over now, but I’m definitely looking forward to Christmas. I really can’t believe how fast it’s coming, either. I feel like once the calendar hits December, time just speeds up!

      I’m so glad you get 10 days off from the office and that you can just relax and be with your family!! Enjoy 🙂

  5. The tree is sooooo cute! 🙂 I can tell you did an amazing job with your sister’s photo shoot! AND wow, Jimmy really is good at woodburning. The end result is beautiful!!

  6. You’re so brave for hosting Thanksgiving! Robby and I have been married 6 years and I’ve yet to offer! My family is huge so the thought alone is terrifying lol. One day…
    Also love the wood burning kit! And your pretty tree! Yay Christmas things!

  7. Wow! Jimmy did a great job on the wood burning! Though after seeing those penguin cookies you made, I have trouble believing that you wouldn’t do an equally amazing job with the wood burning! You guys are just so crafty. 🙂

    That’s a great tree for only $50!! What a great deal! And hooray for all things holiday and celebrating with family! 🙂

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