Saturday, December 6, 2008


Jake & Kristi on the Duquesne Incline
Jake and Kristi came to visit and asked us to be in their wedding - of course we said yes (and I cried). We ate too much, stayed up too late, indulged in some shopping, rocked at Guitar Hero (kind of), and went site seeing. I can't wait to see them again in a few short weeks! Next year we are thinking meeting somewhere WARMER for Thanksgiving - or going to Wisconsin.

View of the Duquesne Incline with snow on it - we ordered snow for Jake and Kristi to help welcome them to Pittsburgh.

Heinz Field from the Incline

Heinz Field sign as we drove to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

Goofing around at home with my hot husband

Thanksgiving was absolutely amazing! I am still recovering from too much wine, Wii, shopping and fun. Oh yea - and going back to work after a four day weekend to some kids that are a little off schedule.
And then it hit me this week - my first bout of homesickness. My Grandmother fell and broke her other hip (her first hip being broke two years ago) and then my best friend, Mary, had her precious baby boy, Cade Dawson Baker, on Thursday, December 4th and I wasn't there. It was the first time that I have missed a birth of one of her children. It really hit me as I heard my Mom tell me how sweet he was and she got to hold him. Pictures just aren't the same as holding a precious baby in your arms and breathing in the sweet smell and nomming on a baby's cheeks. Okay - enough of that.
I am blessed that we will be back in Texas next week and I can hold Cade and the girls. I will get to celebrate Christmas with my family and enjoy time with my friends. It is just an adjustment. I do love being in Pennsylvania and God has brought us here and I adore my new friends, my work, and the closeness it has brought to our marriage - having this adventure together.
I miss my Iowa friends and family too - friends having babies, birthdays, etc. and not being able to be there just well - sucks.
Enough boo hooing - I know this is part of growing up and being an adult, but it is hard sometimes. Luckily, I have an incredible husband, cell phones, internet, and two gorgeous dogs to help me. For that, and so much more, I am incredibly thankful!

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