Coffee

Spring, Hamburger Cakes, and Morning Routines

It’s finally beginning to warm up here in Pittsburgh! Last Saturday, it snowed. This Saturday, I think it hit 80 degrees! It sure was nice to see the sun shining and go outside without gloves and a hoodie on, lol. 

Toddler eating popsicle

Sadie has been enjoying lots of popsicles and loves wandering around the yard. We’re hoping to plant our garden this week and I’m going to be baking a hamburger cake! If you remember this cake, you’ve officially read my blog for nine years! Jimmy and my brother-in-law requested I bake it for their birthdays, which are just a day apart 🙂

Something I’ve been doing lately to celebrate the spring weather is taking my watercolors outside and spending some time painting while Sadie plays in the yard. 

Watercolor Orange

Someone who isn’t into the warmer weather lately is Niva. She definitely gets tired out quickly in the heat!

I’ve been making sure Sadie and I walk her first thing in the morning, and then as a family we try to walk her around dinnertime when it cools off again. 

Siberian husky sleeping

Speaking of Niva, she and Malcolm are so excited to eat breakfast each morning that they make quite the ruckus when Jimmy and I get up. Our bedroom is right across from Sadie’s and they’re usually so loud that they wake Sadie up, so we decided to try a little experiment. 

We like to have a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but that usually gets hampered by the pets waking Sadie up and us tending to her and feeding them. So, I had the idea to make a little coffee bar in our bedroom so we could have our mugs of coffee in peace and not wake Sadie up at 5:00 am!

Bedroom coffee bar

The verdict? It worked! We had coffee in peace and quiet and didn’t even have to leave our room. Most importantly, we didn’t wake Sadie up, lol. I don’t know if we’ll keep doing it, but it was nice to just sit in bed with a cup of coffee, pray, and stare out the window as the birds chirped! 

Do you have a morning routine?

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Mother’s Day 2020

We had a lovely Mother’s Day in the Zottola household!

Succulents in decorative pot and yellow tulips

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law gifted me succulents and beautiful yellow tulips!

It started with Jimmy bringing everyone into bed to wake me up. Having Jimmy, Sadie, Malcolm, and Niva all piled into bed is one of my favorite ways to wake up. It’s total chaos, but the best kind.

We had church online, and then Jimmy ordered us Starbucks coffee and it was glorious! I had a tall blonde roast with cream and he had a cafe misto. 

I got to do some of my most favorite things:

  • Watercoloring
  • Worked on our garden
  • Took a family walk around our neighborhood

Watercoloring and Starbucks coffee

We also got the grass cut and weed whacked while Sadie was napping, and then finished out the day with the evening church service online.

Afterwards, I did a bit of real estate work while Jimmy worked on our dryer.

Broken dryer

I turned it on the other day and heard a loud noise + saw a flash. We turned it on and it seemed like it was working, but we quickly figured out it wasn’t actually drying anything because the heating element broke. Hopefully we’ll get it back in working order soon 🙂

How was your Mother’s Day?