NLDO

Sleep Eating, Movie Night, and Floor Picnics

Sadie had her ophthalmologist appointment earlier this week to check on her nasolacrimal duct obstruction and we found out she doesn’t have to have surgery on her eye! Thank you so much to everyone that prayed for her eye to heal. The blockage in her tear duct is slowly clearing up! 

She was such a champ at the appointment–during the eye exam, eye drops to dilate her pupils, and then another set of eye drops to better see inside her eyes. As a reward, I stopped at Dunkin’ on our way home and bought her a couple of munchkins. She must have been so worn out from the excitement of the day that she literally fell asleep while eating, haha.

Toddler falling asleep while eating

We also had a little picnic on the kitchen floor the other day. I was making lunch and she was playing with her dollhouse so happily on the floor nearby so I just brought our lunches onto the ground and we played and ate together.

The little moments are just the best ❤

Mom and daughter picnic on the floor

We also had our first family movie night this week! We pushed our couches together, ate snacks, cuddled under blankets, and watched Cars. Kids movies are my favorite 🙂

Sadie was pretty into the movie. I wasn’t sure how long it would keep her attention, but she watched a decent amount. I fell asleep near the end and she and Jimmy were just standing over me and giggling once the movie was over, LOL. 

Family movie night watching CarsMom and daughter watching a movie together

It’s Friday as I type up this post and man am I ready for the weekend. We have had a crazy past couple of days. Niva jumped our fence and went on a little joy ride run around the neighborhood on Wednesday and the person that found her tried to keep her. It has been quite the nightmare and we unfortunately had to have the police involved. Ugh. 

Thankfully Niva is safe at home now, but is limping and has torn up paws. We don’t know where she went or what happened, but she’s definitely spooked. Poor thing. She’s been getting tons of cuddles and laying low the past few days! In fact, she’s laying on Sadie’s trampoline as I type!

Husky laying on trampoline

Tell me about your week!

Toddler girl wearing romper and rain boots by garden

Much Needed + Trash

Jimmy and I went on our first date since the onset of COVID restrictions! Whew did we need that time alone. My mother-in-law graciously watched Sadie for a few hours on Friday night while we went out to eat and walked around a few stores.

Toddler with rubber band bracelets

Sader Tot had a blast with her Grandma!

Of course with mostly came home with toys for Sadie (this animal set has been a big hit, as have these puffy stickers), but Jimmy also picked up spirograph and has been having a blast unwinding with it at night and reliving childhood memories. 

On Saturday we picked up trash! Our church gathered together and headed to a local park with a bike trail and picked up litter. 

Group of people picking up litter on trail

I was thinking that we have so much fun with our church family that it doesn’t really matter what we’re doing together.

Sometimes there are hard things, hard work, and hard times, but fellowshipping with our family in Christ makes it all so much better. It’s such a blessing to have a community of believers to spend time with and share our joys, hardships, and everyday life. There’s just nothing like it. 

Other happenings around the Zottola house lately:

  • I planted more mums to spruce up our front porch and literally every time I see them I smile.
  • We filmed another vlog and my favorite part is Sadie helping me plant the mums. 
  • We are on week two of homeschooling and loving it so far. 
  • Our garden is slowing down big time, with mostly tomatoes and peppers growing at this point (sad!). 

How about a few photos?

Mom and toddler smiling

Sadie is going to be two-years-old soon. She is growing and changing so much lately. I can’t wait to share her two year update.

Also, if you could say a prayer for her eye to heal, that would be so, so appreciated! I mentioned that she has a nasolacrimal duct obstruction and that we were trying eye drops for about a month before doing anything invasive.

Her eye hasn’t had any progress so we will be talking to her doctor at her yearly checkup later this month. I know the procedure to unblock the duct isn’t too bad, but who is excited for their child to go through that, you know? I watched a video of the procedure and totally shouldn’t have, LOL.

Purple and orange mums in a black planter

Here’s a look the mums I planted. It’s just a planter filled with happiness for me, haha. 

Toddler girl wearing romper and rain boots by garden

My little garden helper ❤

When we went to clean up litter on the bike trail on Saturday we brought Sadie’s trike along and she was so happy to be pushed around and stayed in it almost the whole time (<– miracle).

I totally thought it would be a disaster to bring a toddler to clean up litter, but she surprised and impressed me! 

Toddler girl riding Radio Flyer tricycle

Last but not least, our Niva girl has been loving the cooler weather lately. She stays outside longer when it’s below 60 degrees and just lays in the yard. It’s adorable and I’m excited to see how she likes the snow this winter.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but she truly is great with Sadie and we are so incredibly thankful for that. Case in point, Sadie put Niva “night night” by piling her with pillows and a blanket and she just laid there like “okay, sure!” haha. 

Siberian husky with pillows and blankets

Alright, I am signing off here. We’ve got a busy day ahead. Sadie is going to be learning the color yellow today, I’ve got real estate work and some cooking to do, and I’m taking Sadie to her first chiropractor appointment (outside the womb, lol) this evening! 

What are your plans for the day?