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Life Lately

Hey! So, life lately. It has been filled to the brim with all sorts of stuff. I feel a bit all over the place, actually, but that’s nothing new around here 😉

Life

us

See that picture? We look happy right? We’ve both been sick.

It started with Jimmy getting a bad cold, then I caught it and I’m pretty sure I have a sinus infection. I’m trying to wait to see if it will get better on its own, but I think a trip to MedExpress is in order very soon.

Work

working

My new job working for my family’s real estate brokerage has been great! The fact that I get to have business meetings with my dad at my house is awesome. I feel so, so blessed.

I’ve been getting used to my new role, so I haven’t had too much time to blog or work on my book. Hopefully as I settle into a good groove I will get back on a more normal writing schedule!

Baking

Chocolate rosette cake with chocolate buttercream

After months of deliberation, testing, and practice… I’m not making a cake for my sister’s bridal shower. My mom told me the total guest count, and it’s over 70.

I don’t think I’m confident or skilled enough to make a cake for 70 people and transport it 45 minutes from my house, soo I decided on cupcakes. I think baking, frosting, and transporting cupcakes will be less nerve wracking than a giant cake. Now, I have about a week to practice cupcakes. Full speed ahead!

I’m still making cookies as the favors, though, and those have been quite fun to test out!

Sugar cookies with royal icing

Animals

Walking lola

Why yes, animals totally get their own category in my blog posts 😉

Lola and Malcolm are doing great and I catch them cuddling together almost every day now! It has been so nice to have warm weather here in Pittsburgh. I cherish my walks with Lola and try to squeeze them in as much as I can.

Also, I bought new shoes for the first time in over a year. Does anyone else put off buying shoes? I feel like they’re just so expensive these days.

Last but not least, I have to share the cutest picture ever.

Hannah holding a baby goat

Hannah holding a baby goat! Seriously… look at the goat’s arm all tucked into Hannah! Han’s fiancĂ©, Josh, has a goat who had babies and they’re so adorable 🙂

Tell me about your life lately!

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Valentine’s Day Festivities

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!

My favorite kind of chocolate!

I enjoyed time with my favorite kind of chocolate on V-Day, chocolate lab!

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. I think because it was always a special day for me as a child. I can remember decorating my Valentine’s Box for school each year, picking out specific Valentines for everyone in my class (they pretty much always had dogs on them!), and my mom always giving me a small gift like a stuffed animal or chocolates to celebrate.

This Valentine’s Day was lovely, and I feel blessed that I was able to spend time with Jimmy in the evening! He surprised me with the sweetest gift–he called me after work to inform me that he was making dinner for us. This was a big deal because Jimmy had never cooked for us before!

He went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients and told me that he didn’t trust himself to cook everything. I offered to be his sous chef, and we had such a nice time in the kitchen together.

linguine-with-shrimp-scampi

Jimmy’s menu included:

Impressive, right?! The menu was very gourmet and everything tasted absolutely delicious. The best part was that Jimmy had planned everything out and thought of such a special dinner.

valentines-dinner

On the work side of things, the family I work for had me bake cupcakes and assemble treat bags for their kids’ Valentine’s Day parties at school. It’s really fun for me to feel like a part of a family with little ones. I think kids just make holidays extra special.

valentines-treat-collage

I have to share some pictures from my parents, too! They ran a Valentine’s Day 5k together, which I thought was adorable. They finished in 32:00 minutes, which I think is quite impressive. Go mom and dad!

valentines-5k

Lastly, my sister and her fiancĂ© received some great news on Valentine’s Day. The offer they put on a house was accepted! Congrats on becoming homeowners Hannah and Josh! They’ll move in after their wedding in June! I can’t wait to see their home in person 🙂

Tell me about your Valentine’s Day!

Past Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Valentine’s Day 2016
Valentine’s Day 2014
Valentine’s Day 2013
Valentine’s Day 2012
Valentine’s Day 2011