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Couple sitting by bonfire

Weekend Fun at The Zottola House

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Husky laying with child

Jimmy and I were able to sneak in a date night on Friday while my mother-in-law watched Sadie. It was so nice to spend some alone time with Jimmy! We went to a local pool and spa store to look at hot tubs. We’ve been wanting one ever since we stayed at my parents’ beach house last month and went in their hot tub daily.

Time will tell if we actually get one because we are going to be spending a good chunk of money here soon on a fence extension to keep our Houdini dog from escaping, lol.

On Saturday, Jimmy went to a work day at our church and Sadie and I did some cleaning and organizing around the house. She’s been getting into our snack drawer lately and running around with crackers while Niva chases her and it’s just a constant mess. I put all the snacks up high and hopefully it saves me from cleaning cracker crumbs 24/7 😉

I also filmed a vlog on Saturday because I realized I’ve rarely documented a Saturday at the Zottola household. In the evening, we had a bonfire!

Family sitting around bonfire

Couple sitting by bonfire

Remember how I said I was really excited to decorate for Christmas? Well, I made a pom pom garland. I had some twine laying around the house and I used a hot glue gun to glue pom poms I bought at Dollar Tree to the twine.

Simple and easy! I promise I won’t hang it up until November 🙂

White pom pom garland with twine for Christmas DIY

Well, I better get going and start my Monday. I hear Sadie stirring in her crib as I type up this post.

I’ll leave you with a funny occurrence that happened yesterday while we were at church…

There’s a family on our street that has a siberian husky that looks just like Niva. The dog escaped and was running around the neighborhood and a woman a few doors down from us thought she was Niva so she was throwing bologna into our yard to lure her in and even got her into our fence. Our next-door neighbor had to break the news to her her that the dog wasn’t Niva, lol. We have been blessed with some amazing neighbors!

Toddlers sitting in a box watching TV

Family Lowes Trips, Sickness, and a Sleepover

I’m pretty sure Lowes is our family’s happy place in terms of stores. Jimmy dreads when I drag him into Hobby Lobby and I’d rather not visit the car parts store, but Lowes? We can do Lowes.

Sadie loves the car shopping carts, Niva gets attention from shoppers and treats from cashiers, and Jimmy and I enjoy dreaming of home projects while we wander the aisles.

Dog at Lowes

No car shopping cart this time, but Sadie was still a happy camper and kept saying “Hey!” to people in the aisles.

I am definitely a big fan of the garden area, while Jimmy prefers gazing longingly at the power tools. Niva likes the checkout because of the aforementioned treats 😉 Do you enjoy home improvement stores or are they totally boring to you?

Sadie and I caught a cold over the weekend and the poor gal had fever after fever. We gave her some of this medicine and let her watch more television than we normally do, mostly to keep her resting instead of running all over the place like usual.

We missed church on Sunday morning and my dad texted me this photo.

Cufflink made from ship

It was so sweet that he was checking in on us and I was super happy to see him wearing the cufflinks I bought him for Father’s Day a few years ago. They have a cool story behind them.

My dad served in the U.S. Navy and lived and worked on a nuclear submarine, the USS Bergall. I found cufflinks (in this Etsy shop) made from maple off of the submarine he was on and he was so happy to have a piece of his history to be able to wear.

This post is just full of random tangents, so onto the next one! Sadie, Niva, and I joined my sister, her dog, and daughter for a little sleepover at my parents’ house and it was the best kind of chaos.

Husky on bunk bed with toddlers

Toddlers sitting in a box watching TV

Two toddlers, four adults, and four dogs all in one house is so much fun. Seeing Sadie and Caroline spending time together is precious and it’s also nice that they entertain each other.

I’m was able to sneak in a bit of real estate work (and blogging!) while they played the day away. The fact that our sleepover tired Niva out is just icing on the cake 😉

Husky sleeping on couch

Are there any stores that your whole family enjoys going to?