Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Jimmy and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a little bit early this year! First, over the weekend we exchanged gifts and cooked a special dinner.

Guys, I’m so spoiled. Jimmy is making a new bed for our bedroom! Here’s the inspiration (from Pinterest).

Here’s what Jimmy has done so far!

Steel bed frame

This husband of mine continues to amaze me every day. Not only is he talented and hard working, but he’s incredibly sweet. My phone’s battery has been on its last leg lately, so we went to the Apple store together on Saturday to get a replacement. The battery replacement went well, but my camera didn’t work after we got my phone back.

I had to pet sit on Sunday afternoon, so Jimmy took my phone to the Apple store to have it fixed (Apple ended up giving me a new phone because they couldn’t fix it!) and he filled my truck’s gas tank. Love him.

We made steak and scallops for our special dinner on Saturday and bought Fairlife chocolate milk to go with our meal. We’re totally adults, I promise 😉

Jimmy also spoiled me by saying he wanted to take me to my favorite local Chinese restaurant on Monday night. I ended up feeling really awful and flu-ish on Monday, so we had our food delivered and it was so delicious!

Sushi and General Tso's Chicken with fortune cookies, rice, soy sauce, and chopsticks from Osaka Pittsburgh

Jimmy had the General Tso’s chicken and I ordered a variety of sushi and sashimi. Want to know what happens when you eat dinner and your cat has no boundaries?

Black cat trying to eat sushiBlack cat with sushi

Yeah, Malcolm sits on our table while we eat dinner every single night. It’s probably (okay, definitely…) totally unsanitary but we can’t stop him. Malcolm gets what he wants or we get scratched/bit. We are owned by our cat, LOL.

I made Valentine’s Day dog biscuits in the shape of hearts and bones for all my clients and had pictures printed of their pups as little gifts to give out this week. I used my tried and true honey cinnamon dog biscuit recipe and the clients who have received their gifts said their dogs love the treats. Yay!

Speaking of dogs, want to hear a gross/funny story? Mavis pooped on mine and Jimmy’s bed one evening last week (ugh) and I picked up the poop with a paper towel and wasn’t even thinking when I flushed it down the toilet. I totally forgot paper towels can’t be flushed down the toilet and ours immediately clogged.

Of course, we didn’t have a plunger and it was like 10:00 PM so we went to bed with a toilet clogged with dog poop and paper towels and Jimmy had to get up at 5:00 the next morning to run out and buy a plunger. It wasn’t funny at the time, but now we laugh every time we think about it 😉

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Past Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Visiting Phipps Conservatory in 2011 (we waited to celebrate until April when it was warm, haha)
Visiting The National Aviary in 2012
Bowling + Jimmy baked for me in 2013
Jimmy baked for me again in 2014 (see what I mean about being spoiled?!)
No idea what we did in 2015 (I only blogged once that month–waaa!)
Judged a speech competition in 2016
Cooked a special dinner together in 2017


All sorts of celebrations have been happening around the Zottola household lately! Jimmy and I had our anniversary, I turned 25-years-old, and we had a Father’s Day cookout.

Our anniversary and my birthday (yeah, we were married on my birthday!) fell on a Wednesday this year. My dad took me out to lunch at Osaka, which is a Sushi and Chinese restaurant. It was our first time there, and we throughly enjoyed it! What I loved the most, though, was sharing a meal with my dad 🙂

Sushi restaurant meal

I’m pretty sure we’re the only ones in our family who like sashimi and sushi, so we always enjoy chowing on some raw fish together!

On Friday, Jimmy and I took the day off work and celebrated our anniversary! I had to pet sit, but we made the best of it and took one of the dogs out on a trail walk with us in the morning. Then we got coffee at Dunkin Donuts, shopped for my anniversary gift from Jimmy, and enjoyed lunch at Cracker Barrel!

Trail walk with chocolate lab

The trail was so peaceful first thing in the morning!

Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Jimmy was so sweet and thoughtful with my anniversary gift. He told me to pick out a bistro table for our front porch! I had been wanting a little bistro set for a long time, and I thought it was so nice that Jimmy remembered that and let me pick it out!

We bought the table from Lowe’s, and the chairs from Target. We had dinner on the bistro set that evening, and I had coffee and read my Bible on it the next morning. I love it! Thank you, Jimmy! And in case anyone was wondering, I bought him the PlayStation 4 gaming console for his gift, haha.

Blue Bistro Table

The book on top of the pile is this one, the second one is Cherish by Gary Thomas, the third is my journal, and the fourth is my Bible!

On Saturday evening, we had our families over to celebrate Father’s Day. We grilled shish kebabs, lit sparklers, and celebrated our dads. Their gift? Us kids are taking them go karting soon!

Grilling shish kebabsSparklers

So, yeah, lots of fun celebrations lately! Reflecting on all of them makes me feel so happy, blessed, and loved. I’m beyond thankful for the people God has placed in my life and the fact that I get to celebrate with them!

How was your weekend?