Sunday Coffee Date

Time for another Sunday Coffee Date post! Grab a cup of your favorite coffee (or tea!) and join me for a chat 🙂

Nespresso coffee in blue coffee mug

If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you that I saved up for months and bought a Nespresso coffee machine and I feel like my life is officially changed. Is that dramatic? Yes. Is it true? Maybe!

We’ve always had a regular drip coffee maker along with a Keurig for those times when we just want one cup. I saw a review of Nespresso vs. Keurig on YouTube and it sparked my interest because Nespresso came out as the clear winner. Then I started researching like crazy. Then my sister-in-law got a Nespresso and raved about it.

Nespresso coffee crema in blue coffee mug

The coffee is so smooth and I’ve been having a lot of fun trying out different roasts and varieties. So, coffee party at the Zottola Zoo this week, okay? You’re invited 🤓

If we were having coffee right now… I would mention that Sadie was totally cool with bugs until recently. She would dig in the garden and ask for me to find bugs for her to hold. Then one morning a centipede-type bug crawled towards her and “cornered” her against a wall in our house and she had the hardest time getting over it.

We talked about it a lot so she could process it, and then we went outside a few days later and a bee flew by her ear and she suddenly became terrified of bees, like to the point that she would ask to go inside because she thought she saw a bee. Needless to say, we’ve been reading some books about bugs and bees and that has been helpful. If any fellow parents have advice, I’m all ears!

If we were having coffee right now… I would ask what your favorite room in your house is. I think mine is our bedroom. It’s just simple and calm. It’s my favorite place to lock myself when Jimmy gets home from work and I’ve had a long day with the pets and Sadie 😬

Bedroom with shiplap bed and gray bedding with hummingbird art prints

When Malcolm (our cat) first shredded that bench in front of our bed I wanted to cry. Or scream. Or scream-cry. And then Niva chewed the legs. Now I smile every time I see it. It’s like hey, we live here. Our cat scratches this bench. Our toddler climbs inside it. Our dog chews on it. We’re so blessed to have this crazy life and if some stuff gets destroyed in the process, that’s okay. It’s just stuff 🤷‍♀️

If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you that my nephew is growing and doing well and just so precious. There’s nothing like snuggling a newborn baby.

Girl holding newborn baby boy

If we were having coffee right now… I would show you a funny conversation between Jimmy and myself (I feel like that’s the only way we get to talk lately since we’ve been so busy 😂).

Our church has a stage at the front of the sanctuary and Sadie thinks it’s the coolest thing to run onto the stage any chance she gets. We’re having a seminar on dinosaurs and Creation at our church this week (if you’re local and want to come, send me an email!!) and Jimmy was at our church yesterday setting up the displays and sent me this text.

Funny text message about dinosaurs

I’ll be able to tell you if she was fascinated or freaked out by the end of the day today, haha.

What would you want to talk about if we were having coffee?

Do you have a favorite room in your house?

Six Thoughts on Saturday: A Diagnosis, Books, and Newborn Snuggles

Hello and happy Saturday! What do you have going on today? We’re going to be working on our back patio renovation project with my sister and brother-in-law. Can’t wait to see them!

I’ve got six things on my mind today.

1. Affordable Books. Our library is still closed due to COVID and we’ve been re-reading all our books, going to our neighborhood Little Free Library, and “splurging” on books under $4.

Mouse Paint book by Ellen Still Walsh to teach colors to children

Three we’ve recently been into around the Zottola household are Mouse Paint, Biscuit Loves the Park, and The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. Mouse Paint has been perfect for teaching Sadie colors and it’s adorable. What are you currently reading?

2. Gardening. Our sad little cucumber plants gave us another cucumber! Oh, and we’ve been harvesting lots of squash and a few cherry tomatoes.

Squash, cucumber, and tomatoes from vegetable garden

3. Park Days. We attended our church’s weekly Youth Summer Days at a local park on Friday and had a blast with our church family. I brought Niva along and she soaked up all the attention she could get from the kids.

Toddler and Siberian Husky at park

4. Meeting Isaiah. Our friends from church had their second baby on Monday and brought him to the Youth Summer Days on Friday. I soaked in all the newborn snuggles I could get with sweet Isaiah ❤

I totally forgot just how tiny newborns are. It’s wild! I loved studying his little toes, feet, fingers, and eyes when he opened them up for a second!

Newborn baby

5. Cousin Sleepover. My sister offered to take Sadie home with her after the Youth Summer Days so her daughter and Sadie could have a little impromptu cousin sleepover! I didn’t have anything packed, but it was no biggie because Sadie and Caroline are so close in age that they can share clothes and diapers. I absolutely love being in the same stage of life as my sister!

The girls fell asleep on the drive home and Hannah sent me this snapshot once she arrived at her house and it melted my heart.

Toddlers sleeping in carseats

6. Sadie’s Eye. About a month ago, I noticed Sadie’s left eye looked glazed over and teary all the time. It didn’t seem like a big deal because it wasn’t bothering her, but it just didn’t seem right. I called our ophthalmologist and brought her in on Thursday to have it looked at.

I feel like I could write a whole post on getting a toddler to cooperate during an eye exam (LOL), but I digress. She was diagnosed with a nasolacrimal duct obstruction. We have to massage her eye each day and try to put antibiotic drops in her eye to prevent infection. If that doesn’t get rid of the obstruction, we’ll have to do something a bit more invasive, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

In the meantime, does anyone have tips for putting eyedrops in a toddler’s eye?!