Chocolate lab

Independence Day, first harvest, and other fun things

Happy Independence Day! I feel incredibly blessed to live in the United States of America. Sometimes I think about this country and just smile. It’s an amazing place to be. Americans have been blessed with so much freedom and so many opportunities. I never want to take this country for granted.

Fourth of July

Jimmy, Lola, and I will be marching in a parade with our church this morning. In the evening, we plan on watching fireworks.

Was anyone else deathly afraid of fireworks when they were little? Any time my family would watch fireworks, I would cover my ears, close my eyes, and be seriously freaked out. I’m glad things have changed, haha.

Jimmy and I harvested the first vegetables from our garden last week! Two zucchini and a cucumber. I’m making zucchini boats for dinner this week and plan on using the cucumber in salads. We’re way behind on weeding, so I’m hoping to squeeze in some garden time this week.

I have a thing for coffee mugs. I always gravitate towards them in stores. Before I went to Savannah, I bought Jimmy this mug and filled it with candy and notes for each day I was gone as a little care package. Once I got back to Pittsburgh you better believe I snatched his mug, even though it says “mine” and I gave it to him. I’m such a nice wife 😉

Coffee Mug

Whenever I walk Lola in the summer, we usually walk past this one house that has a ton of tiger lilies. The flowers poke through the fence, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I finally gathered up the courage to creepily stop and take a picture so I could share it with you guys.

Tiger Lily Fence

I wish you could see it in person because it’s just stunning.

Last but not least, I have to share a picture of my favorite chocolate lab, Haley. A post isn’t complete on my blog without a dog picture, right?

Pet Sitting

She’s such a sweet, happy girl!

Are you celebrating Independence Day?

Do you have a favorite coffee (or tea) mug?

Five Snapshots

My little sister went to her senior prom recently and she looked beautiful! I can’t believe how fast she’s growing up. How cute are her cowboy boots?! Also, her boyfriend is very sweet and good to her. I love Hannah so, so much.

Prom 3

Cat tail or raccoon tail? I was pet sitting two cats recently and had to snap a picture of the one cat’s tail because it reminded me of a raccoon. I want to adopt a cat. Jimmy, if you’re reading this… can we get a cat?! 😉


My cousin’s baby shower is this weekend and I got her receiving blankets, onesies, and a lamb toy. I was showing Jimmy the onesies and was like “Look how tiny! A little person fits in these! Can you believe it?!” haha. Also, I had a dream recently that I was pregnant with twin boys.


I think I post a picture of Haley almost every time I blog? I just love her. Jimmy told me he wants to get a lab puppy. I wonder what Lola would think?!


Jimmy made this sign for a local park. I believe a clock was added to it after it was completely finished. I want to go see it in person soon!

Penn Park

What would five snapshots of your life lately look like?