Four Thoughts

Hey hey and happy Wednesday! Sadie is currently taking a nap and I have a pile of laundry sitting next to me, but I’d much rather blog. So here I am ๐Ÿ™‚

Just sharing a few thoughts and snapshots from the past week or so!

1. Sarris Candy

Sarris Candy Canonsburg, PASarris Candy Chocolates

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but Jimmy and I live pretty close to a famous candy store called Sarris Candies. It’s fairly well known in America and I don’t know what it is, but their chocolate is some of the best I’ve ever had–it’s so smooth and creamy.

We decided to get out last night and take Sadie on her first trip to Sarris! The store has tons of candy, stuffed animals, and holiday displays. It’s safe to say that Sadie enjoyed all there was to see and mom and dad got stocked up on chocolate!

2. Bowling

Guys bowling with baby girlSisters hugging

Jimmy, Sadie, and I went bowling with our church over the weekend. I actually bowled better than I thought I would (I got a strike and a few spares!) and had fun catching up with family and friends. There’s just nothing like having fun with our church family!

3. Meal Prep

SandwichesEgg and hash brown casserole

Another thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned here on the blog is how I do meal prep for Jimmy’s breakfast and lunches! Basically, I have a rotation of breakfast recipes I make and freeze for him. I also make a week or two of sandwiches in advance and freeze them.

I used to make his lunches each night and he would have a bagel for breakfast, but we started getting a bit more streamlined around the time Sadie arrived and it has been making our lives so much easier! Would anyone be interested in a full post on my method and the recipes we like to use?!

4. Making friends with problems

I was recently reading a devotion about treating persistent problems as something God can fit into a pattern for good (Romans 8:28) if we love, trust, and walk with Him through them.

Basically, problems can become a stumbling block and cause self pity, or we can see them as something that is transforming us into the person God wants us to be. The key is that we get to choose to make friends with difficulty and even learn to thank God for it or react with anger and distrust. It really resonated with me so I thought I’d share!

Well, I better get going because Sadie just woke up! Looks like the laundry will have to wait until later ๐Ÿ˜‰

Snapshots and Thoughts

Hey hey! Dropping in today to share some photos and thoughts. How is January going for everyone? I can’t believe we’re already over halfway through the month.

Shoveling snow in January in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh got snow! Jimmy was up and shoveling early on a Sunday morning. What a stud โค

Things that have been going on for me this month:
-Had my sixth iron infusion
-Lots of reading (finished this book and just started this one)
-Finally got my hair cut! Pictures coming soon once I figure out how to style it, haha.
-Hanging out with Sadie, Jimmy, the pets, and our families!
-Beginning to plan Hannah’s baby shower–I think I’m making cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚
-Ordered this for Sadie and we’re going to try to use it to get her to sleep in her crib soon if we’re brave, lol.

How about some pictures and more thoughts?!

Baby and cocker spaniel playing together

Sadie is becoming more and more interactive with the pets! She smiles so hard every time she sees Mavis. Both Mavis and Malcolm are great with her; Malcolm has nibbled her a few times, but nothing that has made her cry.

Mavis just adores Sadie and really seems to enjoy her attention. I have a few video clips I’ll have to post! As for Lola + Sadie… Lola just doesn’t care about her, haha.

Girl in Ford Raptor truck with cocker spaniel and black lab

Speaking of the pets, I managed to bring Lola, Mavis, and Sadie to and from the groomer without it being too much of a fiasco!

Lola almost stepped on Sadie and Mavis peed on the front seat, but we survived!

Baby on play mat with Dunkin Donuts coffee

I totally treated myself to some Dunkin’ coffee after dropping the girls off at the groomer ๐Ÿ˜‰

Baby girl in hat sitting on grandfather's lap

My father and mother-in-law babysat Sadie for a few hours the other night and it was amazing for all of us! Jimmy and I didn’t even know what to do with ourselves without our little gal, lol.

We are so incredibly thankful for our families’ help with and love for Sadie.

Girl getting IV iron infusion

My sixth iron infusion is in the books! I’ve got two more to go and then blood work in May to check my hemoglobin levels and then reassess if I need any more infusions from there.

Three generations of women

Sadie and I slept over my parents’ house earlier this month, which was so much fun! Us gals went shopping, went to lunch (my second time out to eat since Sadie was born and it was such a treat!), and relaxed with the pups.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate

This chocolate is delicious. What’s your favorite brand and type of chocolate?

What would snapshots from your life right now look like?