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Trip Home

September 4th, 2007

Steve has restored my archives…I still have to go back and clean things up a bit (formatting got really screwy so please excuse that – I’m not going back through 1000 posts to fix that) but I am so happy they are back!!! Thanks honey.

The first photo I took on our trip was for the moms out there. We stopped at Sheetz for gas and some food. Most moms have faced the bathroom dilemma. You go into a public bathroom to use the facilities. Do you juggle your baby while trying to do your business (getting your pants on and off can be difficult one handed) or do you put them on the disgusting floor? Most of us do the baby juggle rather than risking the scary floor. But Sheetz has solved this for us – I heart Sheetz (very sad that we don’t have them in TN) for many reasons but this might be the best reason yet:

You know you are a dedicated blogger when not only do you devote a paragraph to public toilets but you take a photo in one so you can post it for others to see. I got some seriously weird looks from the other women in the restroom that night.


The drive home is just too long with a child. Mapquest estimates 9 hours. Somehow that turns into 11+ with Sabrina. We hit town at 3am (kudos to the Holiday Inn which didn’t charge us for the first night since we arrived so late). Sabrina had been sleeping on and off in the car and decided that she wasn’t interested in sleeping until 4:30am.

It was a gorgeous weekend in the burgh! The weather was perfect – 78, sunny, no humidity. It was wonderful seeing the family. Sabrina had a grand time being the center of attention all weekend. Steve and I saw a movie. I giggled like a little girl with my tub o’ popcorn and gallon o’ diet pepsi in the dark theater (Bourne Ultimatum…2 thumbs up). Sunday morning we went to my favorite brunch place which of course made me very happy. (I have archives now! I can link to things I’ve talked about before!) We wandered around The Strip a bit and then headed back to Steve’s parent’s house for Sabrina’s birthday party. It was a wonderful weekend. The weather and being with family and being able to go out on dates reminded us why we were so sad to leave the burgh. That and the fact that they don’t broadcast Steeler’s games in Nashville.

Sabrina was excited to learn the Holiday Inn didn’t charge us for Friday night:


Pap-pap couldn’t wait to get his hands on the girl


Thanks to Aunt Lulu and Uncle Pat for watching Sabrina Saturday night so we could see a movie



I got to wander around my favorite shop in the strip district – Roxanne’s Dried Flowers. It smells heavenly and they put together the most amazing wreaths and arrangements. I could drop serious cash in there…if I had serious cash. Normally a dried flower shop wouldn’t trip my trigger but something about this place just draws me in.


My happy little family – 27 attempts and I don’t think we were all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time in any of them.


The cutest birthday box I’ve ever seen (my mother in law tells me Hallmark just came out with a whole line of these cute things)


Grandma and Aunt Lulu helping Sabrina open her loot


It somehow took even longer to get home than it did to get to Pittsburgh. We met up with Grandma Freida and cousin Ricky for lunch on our way through Ohio. Unfortunately, my memory stick was full and battery was dead so I didn’t get any photos.

So that is what I did on my summer vacation.

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34 Responses to “Trip Home”

  1. Kerri Says:

    Can’t imagine a 9 or 11 hour car ride with a babe. Glad you survived and had a good time.

    Kerri and Ruby

  2. DQ Says:

    Look at her pointing in the second photo. Is like she’s saying “Right see that? That’s a camera, now we smile for it. . .”

  3. Kim Says:

    They have those seat things in some of our Wal-Marts here. I about jumped up and down when I saw the first one. (and I didn’t even have Alex with me to give it a try) It’s worse now that he’s mobile. I can’t wait to try one of them out. (and I’m sure that Alex will hate it!)

    And yes, it’s amazing how much longer a car ride takes with a toddler!!!

  4. jenny_boise Says:

    I love the family picture. Great to see you all together :)

    I have a fun “dessert sushi” on my blog today… thought it might be right up your alley. You could take it to one of the groups you’ve joined… I makes a great conversation piece. -Jenny

  5. Trace Says:

    It looks like you had a great trip! And yes, this weekend was gorgeous in PA.

  6. Lori Says:

    What a great trip!!! Kudos to any public establishment who thinks of the little ones and puts one of those glorious seats in the bathroom!!!

  7. Alleen Says:

    Oh man…. why don’t they have those seats here???????

    Looks like an awesome weekend!!

  8. Tera Says:

    Love those seats!

    Great pics! Glad that dress still fits. : )

    God bless. : )

  9. Kerry Says:

    Okay, whoever invented that seat is a freakin’ GENIUS…and probably a mother. Why don’t they have those everywhere?

  10. Bobbi Says:

    We have one store that has one of those seats in it. Totally the best invention ever. They need to be in every public restroom!!

    Long car ride–glad you ALL survived.

  11. Maggie Says:

    Happy birthday, Sabrina!

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