Friday, October 02, 2009

Pittsburgh Family Reunion

We took a trip to Pittsburgh last weekend to attend a family reunion. We got to see my family again, and Jamie got to meet them.

Outside of the reunion itself, we spent some time with my mother. Jamie got to play with my childhood xylophone.

We met up with my father at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. Jamie got to have a look around. He likes fish tanks quite a bit.

In appreciation and reciprocation, Jamie took Meg to a local yarn store in Squirrel Hill.

On our way back from Pittsburgh, we spend a half day in Cleveland seeing some of the more interesting sights. For us, this included a visit with some friends, a lunchtime visit to the West Side Market and a trip to Knitgrrl's studio.

The market was simply amazing.

We spent an hour wandering around all of the nooks and crannies, buying whatever we thought would last in the car without a cooler (Drat! You should always travel with a cooler!)

We ended up buying some pierogies, two loaves of bread, some cured sausage, salami, and lunch (we both got the chicken schwarma sandwich while Jamie napped on Meg).

We shared a strawberry and Nutella crepe for dessert. Fantastic!

Knitgrrl's studio promised to be devilishly difficult to find, just as the website warned! It is located in a half-converted industrial building on the west side of town. I walked up the front stairs, and one of the locals asked me who I was looking for. When I told him, he said, "Oh, you'll never find it. Let me show you where it is." He was right. We went around two corners, through a door I never would have guessed to open, and down this hallway:

See that blue door way down on the right? That's it.

Anyways, it was fun to talk with Shannon. She's been a supporter of KnitML since she found out about it a year ago. Jamie was immediately taken with the toddler-sized spinning wheel on the floor.

After we took this picture, we realized how quickly Jamie has grown. Both his little lumberjack flannel and his frog pants are noticeably too short. When did that happen?

Anyways, it was a good trip. The drive to Pittsburgh so much easier than last year, for many reasons, but mostly it was because Jamie was a bit older and could appreciate a good car ride. The bad part, however, was the inexplicable vomiting that started during the last leg of the trip. Fortunately, the upholstery of carseats come off and can be thrown directly into the washing machine. Clearly, this has happened to many babies in the world before Jamie.

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