The Time Between

We’re in the week between Christmas and New Year’s and it’s always a happy haze of playing, organizing, and planning for the year ahead.

Monday was a fairly normal day around the Zottola Zoo. Jimmy worked, I worked, homeschooled Sadie, and us girls went on a coffee and cake pop date πŸ™‚

Mom and toddler with Starbucks

Toddler sitting in back of car with milk

We may not be able to go in coffee shops to hang out, but we can still have special time together in the parking lot. These little moments are my favorite ❀

I started a new Bible study on the book of Hebrews and it’s proving to be very enlightening. Hebrews is one of those books that’s deep and sometimes hard for me to grasp everything going on in it, so I’m excited to be learning more.

I met the author of the study when he visited our church for a revival, so it’s kind of neat to know a bit of his personality and see it come through in his writing.

Hebrews Bible study book and commentary by Jason Cole

Sadie and I have been doing lots of playing so far this week. She was gifted some really fun toys for Christmas. Not going to lie, I’m having just as much fun as her with all the toys πŸ˜‰

Homeschool has been happening this week because some sense of normalcy is nice! Yesterday Sadie learned about the letter “J” and painted a jaguar.

Abeka homeschool

Another thing that’s been happening this week for me is learning about essential oils. Ever since the melatonin incident, I’ve been so thankful that what she and Niva got into was a natural product and not something super dangerous.

I want to try and have all of our household products (like cleaning, medication, laundry, etc.) be as non-toxic as possible, so I’m working on learning more about essential oils and the role they can play in that!

Also of note: I ordered my 2021 planner and got it in the mail yesterday! Does anyone else just love a fresh new planner? This will be my second year using this planner. I really like that it has a pocket, tear-out shopping lists, and budgeting pages.

How do you feel about the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day?



  1. I wish I had a more positive attitude about the week between Christmas and New Years~ I always feel sad, and I just don’t want the season to end. Crazy, I know. With the pandemic closing so many things down, it’s difficult for me to be self motivated and begin β€˜new’ things, when I just want the old normalcy back. Ok, enough of being a total downer- your blog made me realize that I need to just be patient and love the time I’m in, and thank God for the blessed life that I am living. Thank you for the adorable pics of you and Sadie ~ they ALWAYS make me extremely happy. Love you

  2. I too love a fresh planner! I have mine right beside me right now. πŸ™‚

    I understand what you mean about how much fun you BOTH have playing with all the new things, haha!

    I look forward to hearing more about what you learn about essential oils and nontoxic household products! I hope you’ll share more about that. πŸ™‚

    1. Yessss! So glad you can relate! What brand of planner do you use?!

      Also, I’m happy I’m not the only one who not-so-secretly loves playing with their child’s toys.

      I can’t wait to share more about oils and household products πŸ™‚ I have been having so much fun researching and learning!

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