Our Dog’s Sweet Tooth + Swimming + Best Way to Wake Up

Temperatures have been in the 90s here in Pittsburgh lately, so Sadie and I took a dip in our neighbor’s pool yesterday.

Toddler in life jacket by pool Mom and daughter ready to go swimming

We have been very blessed with wonderful neighbors. They help us with Malcolm when we go out of town, let us go swimming in their pool, and have become cherished friends to us over the past six years.

Swimming with Sadie totally had me missing swimming on the swim team. I swam competitively from middle school through a bit of college, was a lifeguard, and taught swim lessons. It’s funny, though, that I don’t feel like I can teach Sadie to swim and would rather sign her up for lessons?!

Have I ever mentioned that Niva has a major sweet tooth? She has consumed sticks of butter, bags of chocolate chips, dozens of cookies, and last night she had a new first…

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix

Yup, she ate a box of brownie mix in the middle of the night. That was a fun time at 2:00 am with Jimmy, cleaning up brownie mix and watching Niva have a major case of the zoomies from all the sugar.

Today will be spent mopping the floors and deep cleaning the puke off our couch. And wishing I had those brownies, because man do they look good!

Just the other day I had to laugh because we had cookies cooling in our bedroom with the door shut because we can’t cool them in our kitchen. Nowhere (including on top of the refrigerator) is safe from our Cookie Monster husky!

Cowboy cookies cooling

While I was at the grocery store buying the aforementioned brownie mix, Jimmy was home with Sadie when she woke up from a late nap. I checked on her on our baby monitor and found the scene below.

Dad in crib with baby

I think Sadie thought that was the coolest way to wake up from a nap 🙂

Do you enjoy swimming?



  1. Wow, I forgot that you used to swim competitively! I think you used to blog a bit about that, back in the day. 🙂
    Our neighbors recently invited us to come swim in their pool, and I’m excited to take advantage of that sometime soon!!
    And that last pic is SO cute!

    1. You’re right! I used to blog a bit about swimming back in the day when I was doing it consistently!

      Yay for swimming at your neighbors!

      When I was taking that picture I was already thinking about how cute it was, haha!

  2. Oh wow, I’m glad Niva was okay as chocolate is seriously poisonous to dogs!

    They look like delicious cookies. Are they chocolate chip? I’m planning to make oatmeal raisin cookies for my niece’s birthday this weekend.

    It must be so nice to have a pool next door. I should go swimming more often!

    1. I am so glad, too! I am always nervous when dogs get into those “no-no” type foods like chocolate!

      The cookies were cowboy cookies, which I made with chocolate chips, corn flakes, and oatmeal 🙂

      It is wonderful to have a pool next door! Swimming is always one of those things I think I should do more often!

  3. Aww, Jimmy is such a fun Daddy! ❤

    Also, I still think of you as a swimmer! Isn't that funny? I think it's because that was such a huge part of your life when we first met (and for years after). I think you are definitely capable of teaching Sadie to swim! YouTube has lots of great tutorials! And you already know the basics. But I also understand if you would prefer just to be the Mama and not the teacher in this instance. It's a big skill to learn!

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