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Progress and Cowboy Cookies

I brought my laptop outside with Sadie and Niva so I could get some real estate work done while they played in the yard and I had to laugh when I saw:

  • Sadie sitting in our fire pit (again!) with our grill brush and a bucket of sidewalk chalk
  • Niva chewing apart Sadie’s baby doll

Sometimes it takes a dirty toddler and chewed up baby doll to get some work done. Just another day at the Zottola Zoo!

Husky and toddler laying on bed

These two keep me on my toes!

We’ve been making progress on a few things around the house! Our little back porch renovation is coming along nicely thanks to Jimmy’s welding and design skills. Here’s what it looked like in May…

Back porch with steel columns and porch swing

Here’s what it looks like now…

Back porch with black steel columns and black steel mesh railings

That back storm door is on its last leg! Jimmy accidentally broke one pane of glass because of Lola’s antics and Niva cracked the top one by jumping on it. 

The garden is also growing well. I feel like every time I look at it, something has changed and grown. One of my favorite parts of each day is walking out to the garden to see what’s new.

Yesterday I noticed we have a few strawberries coming in! 

Strawberry plant in garden with ripe strawberries

Jimmy also made some mesh panels for our tomato plants.

Mesh panels for tomato plants

I had to laugh when I thanked him for making the panels and he was like “Oh, those were no big deal! I just whipped those up in a few minutes after work.” I told him I was pretty sure I wouldn’t even know where to start with making those.

He claimed I was the real mastermind because I baked cowboy cookies. I pretty much said the same thing he did about the mesh panels… they were no big deal to whip up. 

Cowboy cookie dough with chocolate chips and cornflakes

Cowboy cookies

Our conversation got me thinking about how God makes each human being so unique. He blessed Jimmy with the ability to work with steel with ease and enjoyment and He wired me with a need to test cookie dough 😉 

Do you have interests and talents that are totally different from your family?

Have you made progress with any projects lately?

Ignored Chores, Sam’s Club, and a Memory Verse

Do you ever ignore certain household tasks? I’m super good at ignoring a few like washing our curtains, windows, and baseboards. I’ve been trying to tackle these ignored chores lately and it feels great! 

Laundry in laundry basket

Our living room curtains are freshly washed, but I’m blogging instead of hanging them up, so there’s that. My excuse for not hanging them yet is that I’m enjoying all the sunlight that’s coming into the room 😉

I went to Sam’s Club to get our groceries last night, and that was fun. Jimmy put Sadie to bed for me, so it was a nice break to shop by myself! I don’t usually go there for groceries, so I thought it would be fun to share a few items I stocked up on. 

Sam's Club Groceries

  • 18 Pasture-Raised Eggs – $5.98
  • Seasoned Croutons – $4.98
  • Orange Juice – $4.98
  • 12 Pack Baby Food Pouches – $12.98
  • 4lbs Honeycrisp Apples – $9.98
  • Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix – $11.88
  • Spring Mix Lettuce – $4.48
  • Half & Half – $1.64
  • Mash-Up Coffee Beans – $14.98

Every time I check out at Sam’s Club, I’m always shocked at the price, but then I remember everything is like twice the size of what I normally buy. It’s definitely worth it to buy food you eat a lot of in bulk! 

After shopping at Sam’s Club, I went across the street to Walmart to fill in any gaps and I came out with this little gem.

Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolatey Dreams Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is my weakness in life. I’ll try any brand and any flavor. I love it all. Jimmy even put a jar of peanut butter in my stocking for Christmas last year. He knows the key to my heart.

My other weakness? Books for Sadie. I have such a long list of books I want to read with her and I cannot wait until our libraries open up again! I’ve been itching to read her some new books, so I caved and ordered a few off of Amazon. 

Romans 12:11-12 Memory Verse

Our family memory verse for the month of June is Romans 12:11-12. Such a good one! I printed the verse a few times on a piece of paper and have it taped all over the house so we keep it in front of us and practice every time we see it. 

Okay, off to hang those curtains!

Do you ignore certain household tasks?

Buying in bulk: yay or nay?