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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?

Currently: March 2020

Happy March! I’ve been waiting to say this for a few months: spring officially begins this month! I’ve started to see the stems of daffodils peeking out of our neighbor’s grass and have been hearing birds chirping in the morning. Love it.

Baby and chocolate lab

Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month. Also, this post has a few affiliate links!

Current book The book of Job, Brain on Fire, and this isn’t quite a book, but I bought a guided prayer journal and really find it beneficial in organizing my thoughts and prayer life.

Current excitement I’m going to start some seeds for our garden this month! We usually buy seedlings in May and transplant them straight into our garden, but there’s a few less common vegetables that I want to plant this year that we don’t usually see seedlings for in May.

Current food Cinnamon rolls made from pancake mix. Working on perfecting the recipe, though Jimmy will tell you they’re perfect as-is, haha. I just want them to look prettier 🙂

Cinnamon rolls made from pancake mix

Current prayer For everyone impacted by the tornado in Nashville, TN.

Currently looking forward to Sadie feeling better! She has a double ear infection that didn’t respond at all to 10 days of antibiotics, so we’re on another 10 days of stronger antibiotics. If those don’t work, we have to move on to a series of shots. I just feel so helpless seeing her cry and pull on her ears. She’s so off balance and keeps falling, which makes her cry more. Poor baby girl.

Current project I spruced up Sadie’s changing area with her own little garden 🙂

Succulent nursery

Current beauty product I’m at it again with considering dental products as beauty products, but I am loving AP 24 Whitening Toothpaste. I actually used this growing up (my parents have been Nuskin consultants for probably 20+ years!) and was surprised to randomly hear it has a cult-like following in the beauty world lately, so I ordered a tube and was instantly brought back to my childhood, haha.

Current fun Family coffee dates and silly pictures!

Family in Starbucks with baby

Current drink Pretty much any coffee from Starbucks, but especially the Veranda blend.

Current baked good Mini cherry pies. Jimmy had a craving for cherry pie, but our pie pan was being occupied by the above cinnamon rolls, so I improvised and made individual little pies.

Mini cherry pies

Current blessing the Bible study I’ve been doing with a few other women at my church on Wednesday nights. My sister has been leading it has been very enriching.

Current cuteness Sadie has been drawing little scribbles on paper, so I hung her first piece of art on our fridge 🙂

Toddlers drawing hanging on fridge

What’s currently going on in your life?!