Birthday

Currently: October 2020

Welcome to October! I’m not sure how it’s fall and the tenth month of 2020, but here we are. Also, want to hear something crazy? This month marks ten years of blogging for me. 

Carnegie Library

Here’s a look at what’s currently going on in my life this month! 

Current book Still working my way through Midnight Sun and Sadie has been enjoying the Gerda Muller Seasons Collection that my blogging friend Grace gave her for her birthday! Thank you, Grace 🙂

Current excitement Celebrating Sadie’s birthday with our families. We’re having a little get-together with immediate family tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to it!

Current joy The everyday moments of life. Going to the library with Sadie, taking Niva on a walk, snuggling with Malcolm on the couch, sitting next to Jimmy at church. Such blessings!

Toddler at Carnegie Library

Current indulgence Taking a nap while Sadie is napping. It doesn’t happen often, maybe once a week, but it’s always refreshing to get in a power nap every once in a while 🙂

Current food Butternut squash soup. I’ve been using this recipe for years and love how simple it is.

Current feelings Sad our garden is on its last leg but excited for this season and the upcoming holidays. 

Current cuteness Niva sleeping in our backyard. The weather has been cooling off here in Pittsburgh and she is loving it. 

Siberian husky sleeping in yard

Current baked good I’m really wanting to pick up some molasses so I can bake these or just some good ‘ol ginger snaps. 

Current beauty product This leave-in conditioner has been making my hair so soft. 

Current drink I usually buy Sadie Juicy Juice in the fruit punch flavor at the store and always steal some from her because it’s so good. Also loving this coffee, as always. 

Current laugh I was at the grocery store the other day while Sadie was napping and checked on her via our baby monitor and found this adorable scene. 

Dad sitting in baby's crib

Current craving A trip with Jimmy. We haven’t gone on a trip just the two of us since before Sadie was born and I’ve been dreaming of a little one-night getaway!

Current goal As always, going through our belongings and donating what we no longer use and then organizing what is left over. 

Current confession I’ve been looking at Christmas decorations. I may or may not have picked up a few holiday-esque things at Dollar Tree the other day. Are you a “it’s too early to think of Christmas” person or a “yay! Christmas!” person?

Current blessing This may sound weird, but the joy of passion. Just being creative and having ideas and doing things is such a blessing, you know?

Tell me something current in your life!

Celebrations and Surprises

We had quite the celebratory weekend in the Zottola household. Jimmy and I celebrated five years of marriage and my 27th birthday on Friday and Father’s Day on Sunday.

Husband and wife smiling at Pittsburgh Zoo with baby girl in Infantino baby carrier

Jimmy surprised me on Friday by taking off work and going to the Pittsburgh Zoo with Sadie and me! It was a ton of fun to spend the day together as a family and show Sadie all the work her dad did at the zoo! She was really into the cheetahs and enjoyed the aquarium a lot, too!

That evening, my parents came over and we all walked to our neighborhood’s park for a concert and food truck night. It was such a gorgeous evening and so lovely just spending time together. We walked around the park and pushed Sadie in the swing and I kept thinking this is the best. God is so good. 

Grandparents holdin baby girl

The surprises continued on Saturday when Jimmy’s mom came over and we walked to the park with her and Sadie. When we got back to the house, my parents, siblings, and their spouses and babies were all standing in our kitchen saying surprise!

Jimmy planned the sweetest surprise birthday cookout for me with our family and I’m tearing up just thinking about how loved I felt. It was the sweetest evening enjoying each other’s company, playing with the babies, and enjoying lots of great food.

Mother and baby girl smiling in grass

Guys sitting at picnic table

Saturday was the first night we had all “the girls” (my siblings’ daughters + Sadie) together and it was as exciting as I thought it would be! I have a feeling they’re all going to be best buds as they grow up 🙂

Baby with newborns

On Sunday, we went to church and had a low key day at home together. Jimmy’s request for Father’s Day was to take a nap, so we made that happen for him! In the evening, we went back to church and stayed after for a Father’s Day fellowship.

We went to bed last night talking about what a great weekend we had and how thankful we are that God has blessed us with our families and each other ❤

Have you ever been to a surprise party?