How Are You?

How is everyone doing? I hope this post finds you healthy and happy. We’re doing just fine over here in the Zottola household. We are healthy, we have food, a roof over our heads, and we’ve been able to connect with our families and church family via technology. God. is. good.

I’m just popping in to share some photos and thoughts from our life lately. 

Melissa and Doug Reusable stickers

Some fun activities we’ve been doing while hanging out at home with Sadie girl:

  • Playing with play dough
  • Using re-usable stickers
  • Coloring and drawing
  • Baking and cooking
  • Taking walks around the neighborhood
  • Reading books
  • Chasing each other around the house (though this probably should stop because Sadie fell yesterday and almost bit through her lip… it was quite the bloody mess!!)
  • Playing with toys
  • Watching sign language videos
  • Filming vlogs
  • FaceTiming with friends and family

I baked double chocolate cookies with a bar of Lindt dark chocolate and they have been such a treat. I based the recipe off of this one. Also lots of sourdough action happening around here.

Baking with Lindt chocolate

Sourdough bread in dutch oven

We’ve been staying positive and praying a lot. Like many others, Jimmy is currently out of work. We are making the best of it by trusting that God will take care of the situation, giving thanks for our health, and enjoying the extra time together as a family ❤

Sadie is always a source of joy for us, but especially so lately! She’s just so innocent and sweet and a huge blessing in our lives. Seeing her smile just lights up my day. 

Father and daughter playing in teepee

Mom and daughter drawing on easel by Melissa and Doug

Last but not least, vlogging has been a fun distraction and a way to document this unique time in our lives. I’ve never vlogged on a Sunday before, so it was a fun little project while we hung out at home this weekend!


How are you doing?

Sadie’s First Bee Day Party

Now that it’s been six months since Sadie’s first birthday party, it’s about time I blogged about it!

First birthday

My parents graciously offered up their house for Sadie’s party and they really helped make the day so special! We celebrated her big day in late September, the weekend after she turned one, and couldn’t have asked for better weather or company!

I thought it would be fun to have a bee-themed party, so we took that and ran with it, haha. We called it her “bee day party” and even found these adorable invitations. My sister lent us a bumble bee dress her daughter had been given (I called it a hand-me-up since Sadie is older than Caroline, lol) and I had an absolute blast making cupcakes and treats.

Bee cupcakes

Bee themed chocolate covered pretzels

My mom and dad full-out spoiled Sadie by having a bounce house and games at her party! It was truly so much fun for the kids and adults. There’s just something about bounce houses, you know?

We grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs and had all sorts of picnic-y sides like pasta salad and chips.

Bounce house and skee ball

We invited our families and church family and just spent a few hours enjoying everyone’s company, agreeing on how fast Sadie’s first year went, and watched her eat cake and open gifts.

It was such a special day that I’m going to cherish forever. Writing this post has me smiling all over again when I think about what an amazing day it was ❤

Baby with stuffed bumble bee

First birthday

Mom and baby at first birthday party

Baby at first birthday eating cake

Bee themed first birthday cupcakes and chocolate covered pretzels

Family photo with bounce house