Pittsburgh

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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Currently: March 2019

We’re somehow about halfway through March right now. I feel like we were just ringing in the new year! Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month.

Current books I’ve started reading this book as I prepare to co-lead a mom’s group at our church. Sadie has been enjoying this book about Genesis as well as learning sign language from this book, and she adores pulling down the felt flaps in this farm-themed book!

Current excitement My sister’s baby shower is on Saturday! She’s due in two months and I cannot wait to meet baby Caroline 🙂

Current joy Sadie. She’s sweet as can be and becoming more and more interactive each day.

Baby girl wearing sparkly cat ears from Old Navy

Current beauty product Does a towel count as a beauty product?! This reusable makeup remover towel is so neat–it removes makeup with just water!

Current food Edamame spaghetti. I found it at Aldi for a good price, so I figured we’d give it a whirl. Random, but delicious.

Current laugh I recently hung out with my mom and drove her truck. I parked and grabbed my water bottle (still loving the water bottle from this post, FYI!), only to discover that I took her cup holder along with me. The best part was that I didn’t realize I had the cup holder until I was about 50 feet away from the truck, lol.

Flamingo pink hydroflask water bottle

Current baked good Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies.

Current indulgence Blogging when I should be doing household chores 😉

Current drink Jimmy and I recently tried the new Cloud Macchiato from Starbucks and it was excellent! Also loving Newman’s Own k-cups and coffee in general, as always!

Coffee and Dairy Pure half and half in a Mommy mug

Current goal To organize and sort through all of Sadie’s clothes.

Current craving Spring weather and a date night with Jimmy!

Current cuteness Mavis and Sadie. They’re best buds ❤

Cocker spaniel cuddling with baby girl

Current blessing Daylight savings time. I am so enjoying the extra daylight hours!

Current obsession Researching chicken keeping. I really don’t need any more living things to take care of but I’ve always wanted to have chickens. I keep telling myself “Don’t do it, Allie” and yet I find myself looking up more and more info…

Current fun Pittsburgh experienced some semi-warm weather over the weekend, so Jimmy and I took Mavis and Sadie for a walk on a local trail. We also went to the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show, which was a blast!

Dad with cocker spaniel and baby on trail with jogging stroller

Tell me something current in your life!