Easter Weekend

Our weekend kicked off with our first dog training session on Friday evening. We spent two and a half very productive hours with Katie, our trainer, getting the low-down on how to be better puppy parents. So far we love Katie’s suggestions! We worked on walking nicer on-leash {yes, mother, with loads of treats!}, jumping up on people {or rather NOT jumping up on people!}, honing distracted Jackson back into us on walks, drying off Jackson’s paws, and a few other things. Alex and I are both extremely thankful that we’re able to have a one-on-one training experience.

Sleepy dog after his long training session

Sleepy dog after his long training session

In preparation for our Europe trip I dropped Jackson off on Saturday with the family who we’re hoping will watch him while we’re gone just to do a test-run/playdate for a couple hours. While Jackson was playing with his new dog friends I ran into Woodinville to do some errands. Unfortunately for me I did not time my stops well at all and ended up getting caught in a downpour about 2 minutes into my trip to Molbak’s Nursery. Oops! I was still successful in getting most of the plants I had intended on.

Jackson's first selfie!

Jackson’s first selfie!

I didn’t end up planting anything until Sunday, but here are some photos:

This dirt-filled area was once covered with a couple small shrubs and ground cover. Then we got a dog.

This dirt-filled area was once covered with a couple small shrubs and ground cover. Then we got a dog.

This is the area my mom helped me plant last spring. I thought most of it died but all of it except the fuschia came back this year. I will replace the fuschia and get some plants that droop over the retaining wall hopefully soon. For now, I replenished our supply of catnip for Henry and his friends.

This is the area my mom helped me plant last spring. I thought most of it died but all of it except the fuschia came back this year. I will replace the fuschia and get some plants that droop over the retaining wall hopefully soon. For now, I replenished our supply of catnip for Henry and his friends. And yes, I do realize how terrible our yard looks!

 

The front of our house. I have never done multiple flowers in containers before so I was pretty proud of how my first round went

The front of our house. I have never done multiple flowers in containers before so I was pretty proud of how my first round went.

Let's see how long I can keep herbs alive for!

Let’s see how long I can keep herbs alive for! My friend Carrie made me this adorable planter that says “Ali’s Herbs” for my birthday a few years ago.

Alex had a pretty tall order while Jackson and I were out for the better half of the day. He was tasked with cleaning and re-painting our front porch. This item has been on our to-do list since probably the first year we have lived in our house. We have pushed it off for far too long and it feels AMAZING to have this finally checked off the list!

The edge/right where you first step up onto the porch has been slowly chipping away since we moved into our house almost four years ago.

The edge/right where you first step up onto the porch has been slowly chipping away since we moved into our house almost four years ago.

Our hard work and the torrential downpour made both of us quite sleepy so we indulged in a mid-day nap on Saturday afternoon! It was one of the highlights of the weekend.

Ahhh nice smooth paint!

Ahhh nice smooth paint!

We capped off the day by heading over to our friends’ Ryan and Mary’s house for a bit. Ryan’s parents were visiting from Kansas City and we wanted a chance to meet them while they were in town.

Sunday did not go at all as we had expected. We woke up and took Jackson for a walk just like any other day. When we got back I set off to the kitchen to make eggs Benedict, one of my favorite Easter meals.

Round two: success!

Round two: success!

 

I rarely make eggs Benedict because, while delicious, it is grossly fattening and quite tricky to make. The very first time I made hollandaise sauce from scratch I think it took three or four tries to get it right. It is just such a finicky recipe! This time the hollandaise turned out perfectly on the first time but then I kept it warm over too-hot water and it separated beyond the point of pulling it back together. Somewhere in there I got stressed out and threw all of the eggshells into the sink, which of course clogged the drain.

Jackson is such a helper!

Jackson is such a helper!

 

Here we were with a full dishwasher, every pot in our house full of eggy goop and on top of the stove, elbows deep into hollandaise sauce and the damn sink goes out of commission. First world problems right here. Long story short, eggs Benedict round two was a success, and after the fourth or fifth trip to Lowe’s we ended up having a sink that works and doesn’t leak by Monday evening.

He makes a great boss!

He makes a great boss! {Jackson, that is}

Because of the kitchen sink fiasco we were extremely late to our Easter brunch and we arrived empty handed {unless you count a bag of raw green beans!} to the feast at the Buffingtons. We had a wonderful time nonetheless! It was a great way to spend the holiday with a group of people whom we enjoy spending time with.

Patrick's special easter egg fruit pizza!

Patrick’s special easter egg fruit pizza!

As always, our weekend went by way too fast, but it was full of friends and getting things done around the house. We have a fairly low-key week to look forward to, though.