Spring

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?

P.S. Our latest vlog is here

Our Garden 2019: Square One

Now that it’s May, it’s officially gardening season for us! Jimmy and I generally plant around Memorial Day because we’ve found that we aren’t in any danger of frost by that point. While we still have a few weeks until our big planting day, we have plenty of prep work to keep us busy.

We kind of failed at gardening last summer because we ended up becoming busy with a few pregnancy complications and some of our plants got munched on by deer and rabbits.

We didn’t even tear down our plants from last year, so we’re truly at square one. Here’s what the garden looked like earlier this week…

Vegetable garden plot with wood and steel fencing

I decided enough was enough and brought my new gardening buddy out with me to do some work!

Sadie tolerated hanging out in her ball out pretty well! Soon enough she’ll be crawling around in the dirt right along with me 😉

Baby infantino ball pit and activity gym by garden

I pulled out all the old plants, did some weeding, moved the stepping stones, and removed the tomato and green bean stakes on Wednesday afternoon.

My parents babysat Sadie on Saturday evening (thanks, mom and dad!) so I got back to work by finishing weeding and pulling up the landscaping fabric and metal clips that held it down.

Here’s what the garden looks like now!

Vegetable garden plot with wood and steel base ready to be tilled

We have just a few items to cross off of our to do list before we can plant:

  • Till the plot
  • Lay down fresh landscaping fabric
  • Finish building the fence? (I added a question mark because I’m not sure if this will happen, haha)

I can’t say it enough: I am so excited for this season. Our little garden is my happy place and I’m really looking forward to gardening and all the joy it brings this year!

Do you like to garden?