Life Lately

I feel like I haven’t posted about my life lately in a while. So, here we are!

Mom and baby girl smiling

I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my post about losing Lola. It meant so much to me. We’re doing okay. I knew I would be sad when she passed, but I didn’t know I would feel this sad.

It’s like there’s a hole in our lives without her. I keep finding her fur around the house, or will accidentally think “I should walk the dogs” and then realize she’s gone.Β We are moving forward and just doing our best. Losing Lola definitely inspired me to be present and love on our little family as much as possible each and every day. ❀

Mother and daughter in matching coats

Speaking of our family, Sadie girl is doing well! I feel like she is growing and changing by the minute. She is starting to say a few words (with meaning!) like ball, uh oh, mama, and dada. She also ran for the first time the other night (send help!), loves to dance, and is doing really, really well with her eating and swallowing.

She’s just a little ball of fun, curiosity, determination, and joy. We’ve had family members babysit her a few times over the past couple of months and she has done great. It’s really nice to have a break every now and then πŸ™‚

I recently found a sled on Craigslist and scooped that puppy up for winter. Jimmy and I are hoping to pull her around in our neighborhood, yard, or on local trails this winter!

Baby girl sitting in LL Bean sled

Jimmy and I have been working on a big project now that summer is over and fall is in full swing. We’re renovating our kitchen! Jimmy has been wanting to do this project since we moved in, but I’ve always been resistant because I know how much work it will be, how long it takes, and how torn apart the kitchen will be.

I finally decided (you know, once we had a 13-month-old…) that it would be worth it in the end and dove in, starting with our cabinets. I’ve been removing hinges, puttying wood, and sanding my little heart out while Jimmy paints.

Gray kitchen cabinets

We’re going with a gray, yellow, and white color scheme, with black hardware. Can’t wait to see how it all looks. And I can’t wait until it’s all done because our kitchen is a disaster zone πŸ˜‰

When I’m not getting my hands dirty with kitchen projects you can find me reading or crafting (wood burning has been my jam lately). I read The Sound of Gravel (<– affiliate link) and could. not. put. it. down. I also just finished a memoir about midwiferyΒ (<– affiliate link).

It is well with my soul wood sign

One of my latest wood burning projects!

I think that’s about it for life lately. Missing Lola, enjoying our little family, reading, crafting, and working hard around the house!

Tell me about your life lately!



  1. Wow, Sadie is getting so big! The pictures are super cute. 😊

    My life lately has been filled with work. I’ve been so tired at the end of each day that I haven’t had much energy for other things. I did try out some new recipes recently though, and I really want to try making teriyaki tofu. I had some at a Japanese restaurant and it was delicious!

    1. She really is! She looks so much older lately. Less like a baby and more like a toddler. It’s sad to see her grow up right before my eyes, but also really fun to see the little person she’s becoming!

      I hope you’ve been able to get some rest from all your work lately! What recipes have you tried?! Did you get a chance to make teriyaki tofu?! That sounds great!

      1. I made a Korean stew with kimchi and tofu, and a sweet potato curry with tamarind paste. I’ve been enjoying spicy Asian food recently. It’s good for the cold weather! I haven’t managed to get the ingredients for teriyaki tofu yet, but they’re on my list!

        I can imagine that you feel nostalgic for Sadie’s baby days sometimes. But you’re right, it’s so fun to see little ones developing their personalities.

  2. Your wood burning project is incredible! You are so talented! I’m excited to see your kitchen once it all comes together! πŸ™‚ And friend, my heart goes out to you with Lola. I know this has to be such a huge adjustment. ❀

    1. Thanks so much, Rach! I have been having a blast getting creative with wood burning lately πŸ™‚

      I can’t wait to show how the kitchen looks when it’s done!

      Thank you so, so much for the card about Lola. You are the sweetest ❀

  3. Eek! Kitchen project! Such a hassle but so worth it in the long run. Especially since you are such a baker and spend so much time in your kitchen. Can’t wait to see it.

    Also that sled! What a find. That is really, really fun!

    1. It is going to be quite the long haul, but like you said… worth it in the long run! I can’t wait to share updates and pictures!

      We got snow today, so I’m hoping we can pull out the sled when Jimmy gets home from work πŸ™‚

  4. How fun that you are renovating your kitchen!! Can’t wait to see the results, and I’m sure you can’t wait to have it back in working order!! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow!! Can’t believe how big Sadie is now. The sled is so cute!! I hope she has the best time going down it for the first time. The kitchen is going to look so nice, too. 😊 Thanks for popping in & updating us, Allie!

    1. I can’t believe it either, Hunida! It’s like she was a little seven pound newborn and then I blinked and now I have a toddler living in our house. It’s wild how fast babies grow right before your eyes!

      The sled was a hit with Sader Tot!! I think I enjoyed pulling her in it and seeing her reaction as much as she enjoyed riding in it πŸ™‚

      1. It really is crazy how fast they grow in their first two years!! She is just getting cuter & cuter, though. ❀ So happy you guys had fun with the sled!!

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