Pittsburgh zoo

Thoughts and Pictures

I should be working right now, but I just really want to blog. This week has been b-u-s-y. Jimmy is wrapping up a big work project at the Pittsburgh Zoo and I’ve been pet sitting, baking for Hannah’s bridal shower, and working.

Jimmy at the Pittsburgh Zoo Zip line

Jimmy working on the zip line at the Pittsburgh Zoo!

I was thinking about balance the other day. When I have a lot on my plate, I just don’t think balance is realistic. What’s more important about that thought is that I need to accept it. This week has been busy, and I probably won’t get everything done that I want to, and that’s okay. That’s life!

I was also thinking, how do parents juggle everything? I think I’m busy with my regular life, and then I see parents take care of their children, work, and do other things and I’m like… how?! It’s amazing.

Cooked and sliced ham

Our Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter) was low key and lovely this year.

I had to pet sit, so Jimmy and I went to church in the AM and PM as usual, I cooked a fresh ham (from my uncle who raises pigs), and we had a pretty relaxed day together. It was nice not to have too much hustle and bustle so we could reflect on the great sacrifice Christ made.

Dogwood tree

We have two dogwood trees in our yard and they’re in full bloom! I can’t believe how gorgeous they are. To take the above picture, I got on Jimmy’s shoulders. I’m sure our neighbors thought that was interesting 😉

The arrival of spring is so refreshing. It also means allergy season for poor Jimmy. I think we’re going to go to a local farm this evening to buy honey. We read that local honey can help with allergies, so we’re going to give it a try!

purple rosette vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream

Only a few more days until Hannah’s bridal shower! I can’t wait. I think it’s going to be a really special day for her and a lot of fun all around. I’m going to be a little sad when I don’t have to practice making elaborate cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for the big day though, haha.

My aunt and cousins from New York are staying with my parents, and it’s so nice to see them. My cousin brought her daughter, Macie to church last night and I played with her for a solid half hour after the service. At 10 months, she’s at a really fun development stage. It’s so neat to watch her discover everything around her. I had her feel Jimmy’s beard with her hand and she was cracking up!

peach whisper paint sample by Valspar

Last but not least, I finally painted a new paint sample in our office. I like it a lot better than the last one, so I think this is it! It’s called Peach Whisper. The sample has been on the wall for like two weeks now… I just need to find the time to actually paint 🙂

Speaking of time, I really should start work!

Tell me something you’ve been thinking about lately!

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Spring Fun To-Do List

Spring is in full swing and I am loving it! I created a little spring to-do list of fun things I’d like to do this season.

Go on a picnic

Jimmy and I have a wonderful little park in our neighborhood. I’d love to pack up a meal and hang out at the park one afternoon or evening!

Visit the zoo

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but Jimmy is creating a zip line for the Pittsburgh Zoo! He creates some pretty cool things at work each day, and I really want to go on the zip line he’s working on once it’s done.

Paint something

I’ve been wanting to restore an old bookshelf Jimmy and I have in our living room. I’ve literally had paint all ready to go for this project for over a year. What am I doing?! I need to do this! I’d also like to paint our office.

Donate clothing

I have some clothes all ready to be donated. I just need to stop by the donation center and drop them off!

Practice photography

I’m hoping to get out on a nearby trail during golden hour and practice my nature photography. The trail near our house is so lush, and has some streams and ponds near it that I really want to capture.

What do you want to do during this season?