Family

Celebrating Our Boys

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Now that it’s Wednesday as I finally type up this post, I’m here to discuss ours 🙂

Jimmy turned 28 on Saturday! My sister’s husband, Josh, turned 21 on Friday, so Hannah and I hosted a cookout at her house for our birthday boys.

Guys in matching outfit

Yes, they planned to wear the same outfit, LOL.

The preparations started on Friday with some baking! I made cherry cheesecake and red velvet cupcakes, as requested by Jimmy and Josh. On Saturday morning, I took Jimmy’s truck to the car wash as a little birthday treat since he loves having a clean vehicle.

Red velvet cupcakes with rosettes

Funny story about the cupcakes… we got to Hannah and Josh’s house and someone set the cupcakes on a grill, which was then moved, and the cupcakes fell off the grill! Thankfully, they were in my handy dandy cupcake containers and survived the fall. They just ended up looking a little ugly 😉

For the frosting, I combined vanilla buttercream and cream cheese frosting and Jimmy literally said it was the best frosting he ever had. Too funny, because I only did that due to the fact that I didn’t have enough cream cheese to make a full batch of cream cheese frosting!

Birthday boys with cupcakes and cheesecake

The party was such a fun time! We had our families over and grilled chicken, burgers, and hot dogs. We talked, relaxed, the boys opened gifts, and we played kan jam.

Oh, and no get together with our families is complete without dogs, right? We had four dogs at Hannah’s house, and to say Mavis was tuckered out by the end of the day would be a total understatement.

Girls holding golden retriever and cocker spanielGroup selfie

It was so nice to have our families together for the afternoon. Hannah’s in-laws, my father-in-law and his wife, and my parents go to our church, so we all see each other every week, but there’s nothing like sitting down to a meal together and just hanging out, you know?

Also, can you see how adorably Hannah and Josh’s house is decorated in some of these pictures? Hannah has done such a wonderful job with that. I think I need her to give me some pointers because Jimmy and I have been in our house almost four years and we still have some bare walls 😉

Family against brick wallGuys and golden retriever and cocker spanielCouple smiling against brick wallGirls cutting onionsYoung couple against brick wallGuys at a cookout

It was a great day and I hope our boys went to bed Saturday night feeling loved, happy, and appreciated for the amazing men they are!

The rest of the weekend was just as lovely as Saturday. Sunday was spent at church and Monday was our big garden planting day! I will be back to detail that exciting endeavor soon 🙂

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Baby Zottola is a…

Jimmy and I had our anatomy scan on May 1st, when we hit the 20 week mark and it was just amazing and such a blessing to see our baby again. What was even more of a blessing, was finding out that baby is growing and healthy!

20 week anatomy scan ultrasound to find out gender

The anatomy scan went well, and was longer than we expected because baby was moving and grooving the whole time and giving the technician trouble getting all the measurements and pictures that were needed, haha. We were able to see the heart beating, the spine, fingers, toes, little lips, and even a yawn! I can’t wait to see those sweet yawns in person.

At the very end of the scan the technician let us know we are having a baby girl! We are so excited to welcome a daughter in September and cannot wait to meet her!

How about a little pregnancy update?

I’m now 21 weeks and so happy to report that I’m feeling much better than I did during the first trimester! I’ve been having some minor heartburn and calf cramps, but those have been the only struggles, thankfully!

Baby girl kicks a lot, especially right before bed. Jimmy and I love sitting on the couch together just feeling her move around and karate chop inside me. Seeing Jimmy’s eyes light up when he has his hands on my belly and feels those kicks is a memory I want to cherish forever. Our families have also been able to see and feel baby girl kick, which is super fun for us all to experience!

We’ve been having monthly midwife appointments, which have been going well. My favorite part is hearing her heartbeat with the doppler.

We haven’t decided on a name, but have one that Jimmy chose that we both like and sometimes call her already. We have a few other contenders, but we have a while to figure that out. We may even decide on a name when we meet her and see what she’s like. Who knows!

We haven’t bought anything, registered anywhere, or done any planning in terms of a nursery, but I’m sure we will start working on that soon. If any moms (or dads!) have suggestions for baby items you think are absolute must-haves, let me know! We’re pretty clueless 😉

I think that’s about it for the update. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. To sum it up as I did in my last post, we’re feeling so incredibly thankful, blessed, and loved. God has been very good to us. ❤