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Pumpkins, Pet Sitting, and Puppies

Hi and happy Friday! I’ve wanted to blog all week, but my schedule was jam-packed. I really missed this space!

I have a little chunk of time to blog this morning before I pet sit and do some baking for a birthday party, though. Hopefully Mavis, Malcolm, and Lola behave so I can write this in a reasonable amount of time 😉

The title of the post starts with pumpkins, so that’s what I’m going to start with! Jimmy and I packed up Lola and Mavis last Saturday and headed to my sister and her husband’s house for the day. They wanted to take us to a local farm to pick pumpkins!

Cocker spaniel and golden retriever puppy in wagon with pumpkin

While we don’t celebrate Halloween, we do celebrate fall, and it just seemed quintessentially fall-ish to pick pumpkins!

We also took the dogs on a walk, cooked dinner together, and relaxed. I hadn’t been to Hannah’s house since the day of her bridal shower, so It was fun to see how she and Josh have made it their own with decor and personal touches.

Rustic country kitchen decor Pioneer Woman and Fiestaware

As for pet sitting, it has been busy and so rewarding. I have especially loved bringing Mavis along for all of my visits. She’s my little working buddy, and all of my clients like that their dogs get some social interaction. Definitely a win-win situation!

Dogs sitting together Havanese and cocker spaniel puppies

As for the puppies in the title of this post, I’ve been hanging out with a lot of pups lately. I’d say about half of the animals I pet sit right now are puppies. It keeps me on my toes since puppies like to explore the world with their mouths, and find plenty of ways to get into trouble, haha.

Jimmy and I also had our friends from church over recently and they brought their puppy along to meet Mavis and Lola and it was adorable seeing them play together. Our friends’ puppy is a gorgeous beagle-husky mix!

Beagle Husky mix with blue eyes

I’ve also been doing some baking this week! My cousin is having a birthday party tonight and I’m making him a Lego cake.

I did a practice run earlier this week to get a feel for how I want to do everything. The practice cake could definitely use some work, but I was putting the finishing touches on it close to 10 pm on Tuesday night and just wanted to go to bed, ha.

Lego Cake

I’m making the actual cake today, so hopefully all goes well!! It’s going to be a mix of chocolate and vanilla cake layers with vanilla frosting. I’ll let you guys know how it turns out 🙂

Speaking of my cousin, he spent the day with me on Wednesday and we had such a lovely day together! We spent the day pet sitting and making some Lego treats. We even filmed a vlog together!

What have you been up to lately?!

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Cupcakes and Bribes

Kind of a weird title for a blog post, huh?! I was looking through the pictures on my phone and thinking about what I wanted to write about and it basically came down to cupcakes and bribes, haha.

On Friday, Jimmy and I attended our cousin Leia’s first birthday party. It was such a sweet evening with family and friends!

Baby eating cupcakeBaby opening giftsPrincess Leia Chalk Drawing

Since Leia’s name is well, Leia, her mom and dad did a Princess Leia theme for the party. Guess who got to make Princess Leia cupcakes 🙂

Princess Leia CupcakeVanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream

I also made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and strawberry and vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream! It was fun to pipe rosettes again since I was so focused on them for my sister’s bridal shower a few months ago.

As for the bribing I mentioned, Jimmy and I were driving into church this morning and I looked down at my lap and had to laugh.

Candy and teaching materials

Jimmy and I have been teaching the preschool-aged kids on Sunday mornings this month and I usually reward (aka bribe) them with food if they listen to the lesson, answer questions correctly, and generally behave. Today’s treats were M&Ms and mini Oreos!

Well, I am off to take Lola on a quick walk, and then Jimmy and I are headed into evening church! Bye until next time 🙂