Monday, August 9, 2010

don't blink

i can't wrap my head around the fact that we've called this place home for a year.
a year!

things i love about pittsburgh: (in no particular order)

1. my friends. i really can't stand the thought of me not having them so close for the rest of my life.
2. it's beautiful here. the trees, green-ness (i like to make up my own words), bridges, old buildings, grey skies, sky-scrapers, stadiums. it's all so, so lovely. just kidding about the grey skies part.
3. my new-found hobbies. i had to get kind of creative once i moved here (i know, heaven forbid). i have found new things that i enjoy doing that i don't think i otherwise would have even attempted.
4. my calling. why does nursery have such a bad rep? i love it. those kids make me smile.
5. cinemas in the park. each week, local participating parks play a family-friendly movie outside for free.

6. the restaurants. i think we could go out to different places every day for the next three years and still be discovering new, fun places to eat.
7. the wildlife. we see squirrels, chipmunks, deer, & groundhogs all over in our yard and i love it. two days in a row, i saw the same deer 'family' - a mom and her two babies. so darling!

8. the rivers. i could have just lumped this into #2, but i feel they deserve their own number. pittsburgh is nestled in-between two rivers that form the Ohio river. one of our favorite things to do is ride our bikes along the 'trails' by the river.

9. i love that there are lots of fun places within a relatively short drive. since living here, we have visited columbus, washington d.c., erie, & west virginia. there are a lot of places on our bucket list that i'm excited for.
10. the thunderstorms. they are second to none.
11. the library system.
12. oh and we can't forget about our Steelers. i have never seen a place so obsessed with their sports team(s). this house is even painted with Steeler pride.


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

steeler pride...that is hilarious.

pittsburgh sounds so great!
i wouldn't even mind the gray skies either! i bet it's phenomenal in the fall!

has it already been a year? nuts.

Richins Family said...

It's going to keep flying :) I'm glad that you love the 'burgh. Meeeeee too. Soak it up. You'll be 3rd years before you know it!

Laurel said...

I love your list. I am with you in that friends is #1. I hate thinking about everyone separating one day. Love the house (from Black Street?) that you included at the end.

caitlin and brinton said...

Glad you love it but we want you back.

Cami said...

I know, I can't believe it's been a year. I was just thinking about that the other day. I'm so glad you love it there, but I agree with Caitlin, we want you guys back here!

Sarah Keith said...

I am so glad you are here and are such an amazing nursery leader and I love you!

Mike and Kim said...

McCall I was the Nursery leader in our ward in Kansas for 9 months. At first I was so nervous about it and very overwhelmed. But, I started to love it and the kids just melt your heart. I'm glad you are enjoying it there!

Liz said...

I WISH I was the nursery leader! You have no idea how much I envy nursery leaders. It's the perfect calling: minimum prep-work, and you don't have to interact with the other adults. Sounds wonderful!

Jess said...

Tally loves you guys as the nursery leaders! It's funny, I am in Utah right now and I was just talking to Matthew about how the sky is so much bluer here.

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

Its funny how there are always things to fall in love with, anywhere we go. Given the correct dosage or time & experience all things to indeed get better.

RIGHT?!? Hopefully.

Caleb and Marci said...

I knew you could be happy wherever you end up, you are just happy people. And hurray for moving new places and loving it, you are part of what made Utah great for me.

Chris & Missy said...

Morgan is in K-town. Nothing beats that. Just kidding. I actually love Pittsburgh and need to get back there. I love it there in the fall.

Ashley said...

I can't believe you've been there a year either! One more year and we'll be a few hours apart! Yay! Can't wait.

Cheryl Harris said...

It was so good for me to read this post!! I need to have an attitude adjustment about Pittsburgh. You're right. It has lots of wonderful things about it. I've just been focusing on the negative.

You guys still going to Erie tomorrow? We're having second thoughts....if you don't and we don't we should do something together.

Kelley & Manny said...

And you thought you wouldn't like Miss you!