Thursday, January 22, 2009


Tannon and I went to Pittsburgh over the long weekend to check things out. It was FAREEZING! I have never felt anything like that. Whenever I'd walk out of the hotel to go outside, there would be a small gust of wind and it would literally take my breath away. Apparently, we went on the coldest weekend of the year. I never got an actual coldest temperature, but it was in the negatives in the middle of the day.

When Tannon and I got to the Pittsburgh airport, we went to the car rental and the lady told Tannon she could get him a Mustang with no additional charge. He was really excited, to say the least. This was the first time in Newland history that he told me I wouldn't be driving this whole trip. I should have gotten that in writing because it didn't take him long to get super frustrated driving in a foreign city. The car was terrible in snow, though. It snowed while we were there, and although it didn't snow very much, it was so COLD that the roads would just turn into ice, immediately. There weren't any plows and they don't salt the roads, either. It doesn't help that there are tons of Hills there. The dang Mustang slid off the road and we got stuck trying to go up a tiny hill.

The people in Pittsburgh are SUPER friendly! When we were stuck, the first car to drive by pulled over and told us there were more hills ahead and that we shouldn't go that way. He asked where we were trying to go and we told him the name of our hotel. Once we got our car unstuck, the nice man told us to follow him and he helped us get back to our hotel a better way. He, of course, made us say "Go Steelers" before he helped us. :-) He thought we were in town from Balitmore cheering for the Ravens.

EVERYONE there are huge Steelers fans! It was so much fun to be there during the big game. We were invited to a party to watch the game and eat some great food. It was so much fun to be there and watch the game and meet awesome people. Thanks so much, James, for inviting us!

At half time, we went to our friend Matty's house (he lives in Pittsburgh) and watched the rest of the game. He lives on this huge hill and has an AMAZING view of the city.

This picture doesn't even do the view justice. It was beautiful looking down from his deck. It was sweet because when the Steelers won, there were fireworks going off and it was so great to be able to watch them go off over the city.

This is the only picture I got of the fireworks, and it bugs me! Just imagine the previous picture with fireworks over all of those buildings. It was sweet.

When we were driving home, there were people EVERYWHERE hooting and hollering. People would run up to my car and give me high fives. It was awesome. We can't wait for the Super Bowl this year. Go Steelers!

We were able to find 2 houses that we really like. We are just waiting to hear back from our first choice to see if they will be moving for sure. We should find out in about a week. Overall, the trip was a success and we had a blast.

We were sad to come home, but excited to get into positive degree weather! I won't be complaining about how cold Utah is for a while.

And of course, our trip wouldn't be complete without an intense game of Sudoku!


Cami said...

Oh my gosh, I had no idea you guys went over the weekend. Looks like you had a great time! I love that first pic of you two, it's adorable. So you guys are going to be buying a home? That's awesome! I can't wait to see pics of the place you'll be living.

Micah Rae said...

That is Hilarious....I love you two... you are fun! Lets get together soon so I can get my fix before you go away!
Love You


caitlin and brinton said...

I love that pic of you and Tannon, it's super cute! It's so funny you ran into Matty! And his view is so awesome!! We'll have to visit him when we visit you two which will hopefully be often, and not in the winter :) Glad you had fun, but wish you hadn't gotten stuck in the snow!

Ali said...

wait are you guys moving to Pittsburg for sure???

Hope you are having a good 09. sorry i missed you over the break!


Maren said...

Yay! I'm glad you had fun. I can't believe how much snow they have up there. We have zero snow and haven't had any thing whole winter. I'm so excited you guys are moving. I can't wait!!!

Ashley said...

First, this post gave me major anxiety. I want to move close to you!!!! Blah. Second, you look so cute in that first picture. Third, on second thought, maybe I don't like you enough to live in negative degree weather ;) Glad you guys had a good trip. Let's get together next week for lunch. Call me.

Love you.

The Marx Family said...

I'm so excitied for you guys. You are going to love the east!! It is such a fun, exciting place to live. Looking at your places makes me miss DC.

Mike and Kim said...

That is so great for you guys! Wow, I can't believe how cold it was there. We have pretty crazy weather here too. When you go places that are humid, the winters are FREEZING. The wind just bites you. You can't explain it until you feel it. I hope you guys find a place that you like. Good luck with everything!

Haley Henderson said...

It sounds like you all had so much fun. I'm excited for you guys! Good luck on the house. What an adventure you will have!!

dave, catie, and baby b. said...

aww...i'm not gonna lie, i was secretly hoping you'd hate it and then decide not to move.

catie p.

Kristy and Dave said...

Go Steelers?! No way, you've got to be kidding. GO CARDINALS!!!

Valerie Hall said...

I was so sad to hear you guys were going to Pittsburgh after Mike decided to stay with Midwestern!!! I know you guys will love it! Moving to a new place is hard but you will be so glad you did it after a while. Now Mike and I don't know if we will ever make it back home, even though we still love it there! I hope we can visit you guys before you take off. We miss you guys!

Shaylynn... a girl, a story, a blog said...

Welcome to the humidity filled cold air of Pennsylvnia love! The only way you can get warm sometimes is to take a bath, i wish it weren't true but it is>:) Chilled to the bone, that's the way i describe it.

CHELSEY said...

Cute picture! I'm out of it & haven't been checkin your blog lately...anyway how fun! I'm super excited for y'all! AND I can't wait to come visit you!