summer

Be Our Guest

Sadie and I were delighted to be invited as guests on our cousin’s swimming pool membership today.

Toddler in swimming pool

We met up with their family, my sister and her daughter, and my mom for an afternoon of fun in the sun. We had such a nice time talking, relaxing, and playing with the kids.

Sadie ended up liking the adult pool and was jumping into my arms. She made my retired swimmer heart happy πŸ˜‰

Mom and toddler swimming

While we were out, we had a house guest! The pool was located about an hour from our house and I knew we would be gone for most of the afternoon, so I had a dog walker come and take Niva on a little jaunt while we were out.

I think Niva enjoyed her walk and got nice and tired out because she didn’t eat any brownie mix while we were gone πŸ˜‰

Black and white Siberian Husky

Other things of note:

  • We filmed another vlog yesterday! My favorite part is Sadie and Niva running around while I try and explain how to cook breakfast casseroles.
  • Jimmy sent me the photo below and it melted my heart. He took Sadie to work with him on Saturday for a little and she brought one of her toy dogs and accidentally left it there. He said he found it on Monday morning and it made his day πŸ™‚

Toy dog on desk

Tell me about your day!

Have you ever found something totally random on your desk? —> I have a Paw Patrol sticker book sitting on mine at the moment, lol.

Four Monday Thoughts: Goats, Gardening, Reading, and Matching

It’s the first Monday in August. It feels like a fresh slate for the last full month of summer! Some goals I have for this month:

-Choose a book, topic, or person for my personal Bible study time
-Go on a picnic as a family or go to the Pittsburgh Zoo
-Go through Sadie’s homeschool items + plan when we will start
-Organize our linen closet and bathroom vanity
-Use the sewing machine Jimmy’s aunt gave me

Okay, onto four things I’m thinking about today.

1. Gardening. I’ve been loving not having to buy much produce at the store lately. Our garden is a squash growing machine at the moment, so I roasted a big batch of zucchini and tomatoes yesterday.

Zucchini and tomatoes to bake in oven from vegetable garden

I just slice everything up, coat it in olive oil and spices, and roast at 400 degrees until it’s browned and cooked through.

2. Fun for Sadie. While I was cooking yesterday afternoon, Sadie spent time at my aunt and uncle’s house! They have goats, cows, pigs, chickens, and all sorts of animals, plus lots of land to run around on. I’d love to have a few farm animals and land one day, too.

Kids petting goats

I’m hoping all that excitement and fun she had yesterday leads to her sleeping in this morning πŸ˜‰

3. Matching. I tried to match with Sadie on Sunday morning for church. We went with the yellow dress theme, lol. Yellow is my absolute favorite color. It’s just so happy and bright πŸ™‚

Mom and toddler wearing yellow dresses

4. Reading. I just finished up The Story of My Life by Helen Keller and was so impressed. I was always awed by how she overcame incredible limitations as she grew up, but was even more wowed that she wrote that book in her 20s, was so tenacious, curious, hard working, and had zero self-pity. Up next, I’m going to be reading this memoir.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

Would you rather live in a rural area or city?

What’s your favorite color?