Monday, September 22

Pittsburgh in a Day

It was a whirlwind trip to my favorite city this past weekend- but oh, was it a good one.  I'm so thankful for a last minute gift of Pitt football tickets from a coworker, which made this trip reality.  In fact, these tickets gave us about 12 hours to plan and execute a day trip with a carsick-prone toddler and a 31 week pregnant momma, which turned out to be just perfect.  Unlike most of our other trips anywhere, I didn't have the chance to plan anything.  Though I felt bad for missing out on seeing some friends, we still managed to accomplish most of my annual Pittsburgh bucket list, squeezing in a few hours with my sister and nephew during the game as well!  (Though we really should have known a college football game was not going to be as fun for a 3year old and 6 month old as it was for us.  Molly repeatedly told me her first football game was "too loud" and asked "can we sit in the car for a little bit, mommy?!", while Ethan was startled each time the crowd cheered :/   Lesson- learned.)

We left early in the morning Saturday, and ended up just a bit behind schedule after a quick trip to Starbucks to dull the motion sickness and energize Daddy.  Turns out, that stop was really just what we needed!

We ended up at Heinz Stadium just in time for the game, and got the perfect seats- just barely in the shade!  And we even caught a good game (as Jesse tells me), with good views of offense/defensive formations (in the meantime, I was still thankful for the shade).

After the game, we routed up to Mt. Washington to show Molly the views of the city.  She is fearless, and just loved it.  We're really thankful to the library, too, for letting us use their potty in a pinch ;)

Still without a nap, we headed to Southside to see if a quick dinner would be possible, and sure enough, that girl held strong through dinner (we love the Cheesecake Factory), and even seemed excited to stop in Oakland on our way home to check out my Alma Mater.  I had a (pregnancy-to-blame) minute of emotion as she oo-ed and aww-ed at the Cathedral of Learning on Pitt's campus.  This girl is going to be a college student one day- how crazy is that?!!  So I purposely shot a picture of her entering the Cathedral- maybe we can compare it to her 18 year old self someday (not that I'm going to force her to go to a specific college on anything)?!

But of course, the Panther was a hit for the vivacious and sleep deprived 3 year old, who was later inappropriately telling it to "giddy up, boy"!  (We left shortly thereafter. )

And we made it home by dark that night.  Phew.

I'm so thankful to God for birthdays- another healthy year with this family.  I really can't ask for much else.  It's the last birthday of my twenties, so I know it's going to be a good one ;)

Tuesday, September 2

Birthday Round Up


She's three!  We had her party over the weekend, and though it rained through most of it, we really had the best day.  The theme of this girl's party must've been cake and horses, though I didn't know it before!  Of course, I knew the cake had to be special.  She is a renowned cake lover, after all.   And that cake was a work of art.  Seven layers complete with confetti cake, birthday cake ice cream, and homemade vanilla buttercream.  I'm not sure we've loved any cake more.   It was so huge, but we had not a single slice leftover.  Bittersweet, I suppose ;) 

My mom brought along a few bottles of silly string for the birthday song.  Molly was initially disgusted, but later appreciative of NeeNee's humor.  Jesse immediately nominated her for porch cleaning.

She's been telling us all summer, after our horseback trail ride, she wants to "ride a horsey all by myself".  So we planned to take her and let her ride for her birthday.  Little did we know, she had been telling her Grandmas about this horse-riding dream of hers, as well.  The theme of her gifts was obvious.  She got a pair of cowboy boots (check that reaction), a barbie and horse companion, and a set of horse bed sheets (which she is napping in right now).   I didn't realize how much the girl loved horses- how ridiculous!   Today, she told her Daddy that next year, she wants a REAL horse.  Yikes.

We've got another ice cream gathering planned for tonight -her actual birthday, and I'm sure she'll love it.  The girl has been loved on so much these past few days.    I'm so thankful for all the sweet messages and wishes for Molly's birthday.   We can't believe we have a 3 year old!

Friday, August 29


My sweet Molly.  I'm finding it so hard to believe that in just a few days, you'll be three.  Three!  No longer a toddler, now a preschooler.  We've whisked through these stages and days, and I hope you know this:  that in the midst of all the chaos,  in all the drop-offs at the babysitters,  the hurried car rides to church,  the grocery store trips,  the time-outs.  In all of these mundane moments, my love for you grows and grows. 

The joy you bring to Daddy and I is unmeasurable, and quite honestly something we could never have imagined.   We hope so much for you, my girl.   That you'll always know God's unending love for you.   That you take advantage of the opportunities this great country can offer you, because we know that you're capable of just about anything.   We pray your innocence lasts as long as it possibly can.  That you'll find happiness in whatever you do, in every single day.  That no matter what, you won't forget that we're here, and we will always be here.

Three.   This day is happy for all of us, because we're just so proud of you, and so excited for what's to come in your life.
And your Mommy is working so hard on the perfect birthday cake, because Lord knows- it's the most important part of a birthday ;)

Happy Third Birthday, our sweet girl.