Our Thanksgiving 2019

Hi! I hope everyone who celebrated had a lovely Thanksgiving! Ours was a bit different this year… we were all a bit sick, but it was no less special, memorable, and fun!

Challah bread

I spent the day before Thanksgiving fulfilling challah orders and even managed to bake one for us to bring to Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house! I made two loaves of cinnamon raisin, one loaf of cheddar jalapeño, and one with sun-dried tomato and feta. Man do I love baking.

Sadie had been sick earlier in the week with a fever, and then Jimmy and I caught a cold mid-week, and Sadie woke up with it on Thanksgiving. We visited my in-laws and Sadie had a ball running all around their house.

Toddler and grandma on Thanksgiving

Her little outfit says “thankful for today” and it was given to us from our friends from church Miss Laura and Mr. Dave at Sadie’s baby shower and I’ve literally been dreaming of her wearing it since that day in July 2018!

It was as adorable on her as I thought it would be!

Baby girl with thanksgiving outfit

Sadie played her little heart out and then we drove across Pittsburgh to my parents’ house and she took a turn for the worse with her cold. She had a runny nose in the morning, but by the evening she was pitiful and the most sick I’ve seen her since stomach flu 2k19 hit our house in February.

She was sneezing and coughing and crying and lethargic and it was so, so pitiful. I knew she didn’t feel good when she fell asleep on my mom’s chest on the couch. She usually climbs all over couches and doesn’t ever sit still. Poor girl.

Baby sleeping on grandma

We all enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner compliments of my parents. Afterwards we all just hung out and tried to keep Sadie girl comfortable. My parents had the same cold, so we were all sick together. It was kinda nice not having to worry about passing on our germs, lol!

Sadie had a fitful night of sleep and woke up feeling about the same on Friday so we laid low for the day. Our big Black Friday purchase was a humidifier because we called Sadie’s pediatrician and they recommended one to help with her cough.

Our Thanksgiving was great, though. We were blessed enough to all wake up with a roof over our heads, families to visit, a God who loves us, and a meal on the table. What more could we want!

Tell me about your Thanksgiving!

On The Side

Whew, life has been busy lately! Remember how I mentioned I’ve been getting orders for challah? I’ve gotten a few more and I’ve been having so. much. fun.


I’ve even experimented with new flavors like cinnamon raisin, cheddar jalapeno, and feta and sun-dried tomato. I have about a million more ideas floating around my head. I’m also hoping to make my first sourdough starter soon 🙂

Ready to hear about another super random side job I’ve gotten into? Sampling demos! I got hired by a company that sends people to stores like Wamart, Target, and local grocery stores to hand out samples for companies like Starbucks, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Chex Cereal, and more.

StarbucksStacy's Pita Chips

I know it’s totally random, and maybe a little goofy, but I seriously have a blast handing out samples and talking to customers!

Since I spend most of my days with an almost 14-month-old, it’s fun to talk to adults for a few hours, even if it’s just to ask if they want to try Starbucks Holiday Blend or Stacy’s Pita Thins! Plus, it’s nice to make a few extra bucks on the side.

Other fun things of note lately:
-Sadie is now using sign language! Thanks to everyone who told me to stick with it. The first time she signed “more” I got so excited! We’ve been enjoying this book on sign language (<–affiliate link) since she was a newborn, and I guess it has really helped!
-Jimmy and I are still trucking along with our kitchen renovation! We painted our back kitchen door yellow over the weekend and I love it.
-All the pets and Sadie love climbing on me when I sit on the couch and it’s so sweet!

Cat and baby on mom

Okay, one last fun thing of note. Sadie’s hair is long enough for pig tails! Never mind the fact that it took me about ten minutes to put them in her hair while she ran around the house 😉

Baby with pigtails

Do you do anything “on the side?”