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

Documenting This Time

I don’t know if you feel this way, but I constantly feel acutely aware that we’re living in the middle of a huge, history-changing time right now.

I feel it when I go to the grocery store and everyone is required to wear a mask. I feel it on Sunday mornings, when we’re gathered around the TV to watch the services instead of with our church family at the physical building. I feel in the mornings, when Jimmy is home with us when he’s usually at work. I feel it in the afternoons when we walk Niva and there’s a lot more people outside at 2:00pm than normal.

Family walking Siberian husky

I feel it when I’m out doing an Instacart order, trying to bring in extra income because we haven’t received Jimmy’s unemployment checks yet. I feel it when I talk on the phone with family and friends instead of being with them in person.

It’s a strange time, with a lot of unknowns. The quarantine hasn’t been all bad for our family, and for that we are incredibly thankful. We’ve spent a lot of time together, remained healthy, adopted a wonderful dog, and I’ve been able to work. Most importantly, though, we’ve learned to lean on and trust in God even more. 

He has taken care of and blessed us through this crazy time like we could never have imagined. I’ve felt my relationship with God deepen in a way that it wouldn’t have if we didn’t experience financial fears when Jimmy was laid off, a worldwide pandemic, and not being able to be surrounded by our church family during such a tough period of time.

Coffee and bible with toddler

I’m praying that we’ll be able to look back on this time as just that–a time in history. With that in mind, I’ve been working on documenting our daily life with lots of pictures and a few vlogs.

So, that’s what I’m sharing today. Some pictures of our everyday life, along with two (!) vlogs from this week, which can be found here and here.

Husky and baby in carrier on walk

Lots and lots of walks have been happening and we all love them. 

Dad and toddler on couch

Jimmy got some work done with his assistant. 

Black cat riding in the car

We took Malcolm on a joy ride!

Instacart lanyard

My Instacart lanyard feels like an extra body part lately, lol. So thankful for this work!

Toddle and husky on crib rails

These two are always up to something!

Baby eating popsicle

Popsicles have been wonderful for teething pain. Sadie’s canines have been coming in and it has been a doozy for everyone. 

Cat and husky

Malcolm and Niva kept me company while I painted my toenails. 

Toddler with pigtails

Sadie hardly ever leaves her hair in pigtails, but it’s adorable when she does. 

Biscuit I can read book

I’m pretty sure I’ve read this book 876 times in the past week or so 😉

Cooking with toddler helping

I’ve started to have Sadie help me cook and she absolutely loves it! It’s definitely not faster or easier to have her help, but just watching her discover things in the kitchen is 100% worth it. 

Husky sunbathing

Sunny weather calls for Bible time on the porch swing while Niva sunbathes!

Does your daily life look totally different than it did a few months ago?