Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pennsylvania Cousins ...

On our way back from D.C. (slight detour?), we headed to Pittsburgh to visit Kevin's sister Shannon and her family. The kids were thrilled to see their cousins.

We stopped off the Pennsylvania Turnpike to get everyone a favorite drink (read: we get Starbucks and the kids get the most sugary, probably dyed blue, drink they can find.) We noticed that it was a turn-off point to see the field where Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001. This trip just turned out to be educational at every turn!

After visiting the Schrages' church, we headed to downtown Pennsylvania and visited The Strip, which is an area with a bunch of shops and international marketplaces. It has a really fun flavor. Especially when it involves doughnuts! Here we are at a doughnut shop on The Strip that sells unique flavors of doughnuts.

Sophia couldn't agree more: doughnuts are amazing!

Someday you can have doughnuts, too. Okay, Max? Right now, there's only milk for you. Max is at a really fun age right now.

One of our favorite places on The Strip was the Italian grocery store. I bought some syrups for coffee and lattes.

The meat market was also fun.

A perfectly crafted mocha appeals to so many senses.

Jeff bought the kids a chocolate egg with a toy hidden inside, something he remembers enjoying as a kid when he lived in England.

Next we went to a park where the Ohio River formed. It was surrounded by water and very scenic. We enjoyed all the pretty blossoms.


I took this picture to show how independent Sophia is. The other three girls played together a lot but Sophia just likes to do her own thing!

The last stop of the day was riding The Inclines to the top of the hills above the city. We had dinner first so we could see the city at night.

Waiting for our ride ...


The view was spectacular! How fun!

On Monday, we packed up to go and enjoyed a final breakfast with Shannon, Jeff, Samantha and Max. And there was some very expensive maple syrup involved (a long story!).

We had a great time in Pennsylvania. It was a whirlwind trip, with lots of stuff crammed in, but lots of good memories.

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