christmas

The Time Between

We’re in the week between Christmas and New Year’s and it’s always a happy haze of playing, organizing, and planning for the year ahead.

Monday was a fairly normal day around the Zottola Zoo. Jimmy worked, I worked, homeschooled Sadie, and us girls went on a coffee and cake pop date 🙂

Mom and toddler with Starbucks

Toddler sitting in back of car with milk

We may not be able to go in coffee shops to hang out, but we can still have special time together in the parking lot. These little moments are my favorite ❤

I started a new Bible study on the book of Hebrews and it’s proving to be very enlightening. Hebrews is one of those books that’s deep and sometimes hard for me to grasp everything going on in it, so I’m excited to be learning more.

I met the author of the study when he visited our church for a revival, so it’s kind of neat to know a bit of his personality and see it come through in his writing.

Hebrews Bible study book and commentary by Jason Cole

Sadie and I have been doing lots of playing so far this week. She was gifted some really fun toys for Christmas. Not going to lie, I’m having just as much fun as her with all the toys 😉

Homeschool has been happening this week because some sense of normalcy is nice! Yesterday Sadie learned about the letter “J” and painted a jaguar.

Abeka homeschool

Another thing that’s been happening this week for me is learning about essential oils. Ever since the melatonin incident, I’ve been so thankful that what she and Niva got into was a natural product and not something super dangerous.

I want to try and have all of our household products (like cleaning, medication, laundry, etc.) be as non-toxic as possible, so I’m working on learning more about essential oils and the role they can play in that!

Also of note: I ordered my 2021 planner and got it in the mail yesterday! Does anyone else just love a fresh new planner? This will be my second year using this planner. I really like that it has a pocket, tear-out shopping lists, and budgeting pages.

How do you feel about the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day?

Toddler kissing dad on the cheek

Our Christmas 2020

Another wonderful Christmas is in the books! We spent a few days celebrating the birth of Jesus, spending time with our families, and relaxing. We even managed to film a vlog!

The festivities started on the 23rd when I get a surprise visit from Mavis and her sweet owner! I may or may not have shed a few tears of happiness at the opportunity to give her a hug and pet her soft fur again.

That evening, we had our monthly family night. We built a gingerbread village together and baked cookies for our neighbors.

Gingerbread village

On the 24th, I started the day off bright and early with a warm mug of coffee and my Bible ❤

Bible and coffee

My parents came over in the afternoon to hang out and exchange gifts with us. They gave Sadie a power wheel!

To say she was surprised and overjoyed would be an understatement. It was raining outside, but she didn’t mind one bit. Girl did not want to get off her new “beep beep,” as she calls it. I may or may not have driven it, too 😉

Mom and daughter in Power Wheel

We all relaxed and played the day away! Sadie was soaking up all the attention from my parents and I was able to quickly cut Jimmy’s hair while she was occupied, lol.

Grandpa coloring with granddaughter on the floor

In the evening, we went to the Christmas Eve service at church. I didn’t see much of it (#toddlerlife) but what I did experience of it was beautiful and very special ❤

Afterwards, Jimmy’s siblings and my in-laws came over to have snacks and exchange gifts. We had such a fun time watching Sadie play with her new toys, sharing food, and staying warm inside while it began to snow!

Aunt and niece playing with play doh

Christmas morning found me up early again with my Bible and coffee. We woke up to a couple of inches of snow with more falling throughout the day. Our little family exchanged gifts and hung out for the day.

It was so relaxing to just spend time with each other.

Mom and daughter selfieToddler reading on her bedToddler kissing dad on the cheekMom and toddler coloring on the floorToddler on Radio Flyer scooterDad and daughter with Power WheelSiberian Husky sleeping on couch

Jimmy and Sadie spent some time outside and I prepped a fruit salad to bring to my sister-in-law’s house for dinner. We braved the snowy roads and enjoyed breakfast for dinner with Jimmy’s family.

We spent more time enjoying each others company and playing with Sader Tot.

Fruit saladPlaying with Paw Patrol True Metal truck

We headed home and snuggled before hitting the hay. What a blessed Christmas! We are so thankful to God for the ultimate gift of His Son ❤

Tell me about your Christmas!