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Life Lately

Hi! It’s been a while since I last blogged. Life has been full lately, and in the very best way. It’s now December, which blows my mind a little bit. I’m pretty sure it was just August yesterday, right? I’m not complaining, though, because I love Christmastime and all the joy it brings.

The icing on the cake–or gingerbread cookie?–is the warm weather Pittsburgh has been experiencing lately. We haven’t had snow yet, but I think we may actually get some tonight.


Plus, when the morning sky looks like this, how can I not be thankful for every moment of my life?

So, life lately. I think I’ll share a bullet-point style list and some pictures to go along with it. Does that sound good?

Recent happenings:
-I took Hannah’s senior pictures. Loved every second of it.
-Jimmy and I are still trucking along with our closet room renovations.
-We had family visit from NY. This prompted a thorough house cleaning 😉
-Jimmy and I watched Hannah swim in a meet near our house. She did great!
-We hosted Thanksgiving. Nine people in a 900 square foot house requires lots of logistics.
-I have started to decorate for Christmas. We actually bought a tree this year, haha.
-Jimmy and I watched The Nativity. It was truly amazing.
-I had a fun time Christmas shopping with my sister-in-law and father-in-law’s girlfriend. We went to Charming Charlie, which is such a fun store.
-Jimmy and I got Christmas pictures taken. I will share them soon 🙂

I think that’s everything?! How about some pictures?

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One of Hannah’s senior pictures. I took it in my parent’s backyard. It was tricky to figure out places in their yard that I could photograph Hannah and not have another house in the background, but we made it work and had a blast in the process.

Hannah Swim Meet

Hannah swimming at her meet! I actually got in trouble for taking pictures “on deck” (where the swimmers stand) and promptly got moved to the stands. Whoops. I forgot that I’m not a swimmer anymore, thus I’m not allowed to be on deck. I still got a few good shots though ;).


I purchased a wood burning kit from Jo-Ann Fabrics a few months ago. I decided to make a Christmas tree and add our last name on the stump in the kit. When I started, I was just awful at wood burning. I don’t know why?! Needless to say, Jimmy saved the day and finished for me. Thanks, Jimmy!


Thanksgiving was spectacular. We had a warm day and great company. We hosted my father-in-law, Jimmy’s siblings, my father-in-law’s girlfriend and her son, Jimmy’s grandpa, and my sister-in-law’s boyfriend. It was nice to just kick back after the meal and chat over pumpkin pie and coffee. By the end of the night, Jimmy and I were exhausted. We plopped on the couch and watched Ratatouille, which was random and perfect. I had to work on Black Friday, which was a bummer since Jimmy didn’t have to. I changed my attitude pretty fast when I remembered how blessed I am to have a job and how much I enjoy it!


Our first Christmas tree is up and decorated! We got it for a great price at Pool City. We were prepared to spend a bit on a nice tree that would last us for years and picked this one out. The worker in the store said he had this same tree, except that it was last year’s, in the back of the store all opened up and put together. He gave us last year’s tree (I’m thinking it was the store model?) for $50. Score! We got our ornaments and tree skirt from Target. I made some decorations, but our mantle is looking a bit sparse. Maybe I’ll share pictures soon?

Alright, this post is getting pretty long and I need to get ready for work. Hope everyone is doing well!

How was your Thanksgiving?
Are you excited for Christmas?


Really Random + 2 Updates

This post is just straight up randomness. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

IMG_4598See my stomach? That, my friend, is a FOOD BABY. In fact, it’s a Chinese buffet food baby. Possibly the best kind of food baby.

IMG_4599A rock with a smiley face on it in Jimmy’s cup holder? That came from a friend at church. We have too much fun doing weird things. You probably don’t want to know that I sent a video of the rock “dancing” to music to that same friend. I need a life.

sciencecenterJimmy and I visited the Carnegie Science Center this weekend because it was the annual train weekend. Jimmy is really into trains, and I’m really into Jimmy. If he likes trains, I’ll make an effort to enjoy his hobby too 🙂. We also walked aboard a submarine, which was super cool!

IMG_4625My dad is awesome. He went away on a business trip to New York and brought me back two very awesome gifts: maple syrup and blueberry pancake mix. Maybe he wants me to make pancakes for dinner soon? Maybe he just knows how much I love pancakes and maple syrup. Either way, he made my day.

Two Updates:

1. I still don’t have my truck back since the accident. It’s in the repair shop, so hopefully I will get it back this week.

Obligatory photo of my truck in its "golden days" lolz.

Obligatory photo of my truck in its “golden days” lolz.

2. This is hard to admit, but I have been having some tummy troubles again since my stomach infection this summer. The symptoms aren’t as severe as they were before, but I called my doctor and I’m going to get re-tested for the bacteria. I’m praying I don’t have the infection again because that was rough!


That is all of my randomness and updates for now.

Bible verse of the day: Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.” John 10:7