Celebrations and Surprises

We had quite the celebratory weekend in the Zottola household. Jimmy and I celebrated five years of marriage and my 27th birthday on Friday and Father’s Day on Sunday.

Husband and wife smiling at Pittsburgh Zoo with baby girl in Infantino baby carrier

Jimmy surprised me on Friday by taking off work and going to the Pittsburgh Zoo with Sadie and me! It was a ton of fun to spend the day together as a family and show Sadie all the work her dad did at the zoo! She was really into the cheetahs and enjoyed the aquarium a lot, too!

That evening, my parents came over and we all walked to our neighborhood’s park for a concert and food truck night. It was such a gorgeous evening and so lovely just spending time together. We walked around the park and pushed Sadie in the swing and I kept thinking this is the best. God is so good. 

Grandparents holdin baby girl

The surprises continued on Saturday when Jimmy’s mom came over and we walked to the park with her and Sadie. When we got back to the house, my parents, siblings, and their spouses and babies were all standing in our kitchen saying surprise!

Jimmy planned the sweetest surprise birthday cookout for me with our family and I’m tearing up just thinking about how loved I felt. It was the sweetest evening enjoying each other’s company, playing with the babies, and enjoying lots of great food.

Mother and baby girl smiling in grass

Guys sitting at picnic table

Saturday was the first night we had all “the girls” (my siblings’ daughters + Sadie) together and it was as exciting as I thought it would be! I have a feeling they’re all going to be best buds as they grow up 🙂

Baby with newborns

On Sunday, we went to church and had a low key day at home together. Jimmy’s request for Father’s Day was to take a nap, so we made that happen for him! In the evening, we went back to church and stayed after for a Father’s Day fellowship.

We went to bed last night talking about what a great weekend we had and how thankful we are that God has blessed us with our families and each other ❤

Have you ever been to a surprise party?



  1. So so fun!! Happy birthday, my friend! I love that he surprised you with this party. What a sweet husband! Glad you guys had such pretty weather and had fun at the zoo as well! 🙂

  2. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful weekend. Jimmy definitely spoiled you for your birthday and it was so well deserved.

  3. We certainly did have a busy and full weekend!! I loved every minute of it! After we left your house I said to Dad “don’t ever have a surprise party for me” 🤣 I would prob go into shock— plus I hate having attention on myself!!
    I’m so glad you had a good time (my stomach still hurts from laughing)

  4. Awwww, this is SO great! Happy, happy birthday! (Our birthdays are close together, as mine was on the 11th)! 🙂 And I love that your weekend was so special. Nate planned a surprise birthday party for me when I turned 30, and I just LOVED it so much. 🙂

  5. Happy Anniversary to you and Jimmy, Allie! And happy birthday to youuuu!! ❤ Ok what a stinkin’ sweet surprise set up by Jiimmy!! So so awesome. Thank you for sharing – this whole post just warmed my heart tons and tons!

  6. How fun!! Happy birthday! It sounds like such a great weekend. Oh and happy anniversary!! I love that you guys are celebrating five years of marriage, that’s so great!! ❤

  7. Happy belated birthday & anniversary, Allie! That was so sweet of Jimmy to surprise you by taking the day off & bringing you to the zoo & oh my gosh. A surprise party too?! Sounds like such a blast. LOVE the photo of all the babies. ♡

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