Wednesday, October 13, 2010

utah nerds visit pittsburgh

i'm trying to decide whether having family come visit is worth it. the anticipation of them coming is so exciting. and while they are here i have SO much fun. but then they leave. and i get depressed. and it's all i can do to try and keep my eyes dry the day they drop me off at work and head to the airport. it's awful. and then i get a text from my sister saying that my niece just said, "miss woggy". ugh.

{truth be told, i mostly only get like this when it's my niece who visits}

but let me reminisce a bit and re-live the fun we had while they were here.

day 1: dad, missy {sister} & morgan {2 y.o. niece} arrive at my work in their rental car to pick me up. missy calls me on my phone and says, "we are here... parked outside the door in a red minivan". i had to laugh at the thought of them renting a red minivan. i walk out of my building and walk straight toward the red minvan. i was jumping out of my skin to see my darling niece. as i walk up to the red minivan, i notice one of two things: either my dad has gained a LOT of weight since i last saw him, or this is the wrong red minivan. as i look around, i notice a blue car behind the minivan with two sets of shoulder's in the fronts seats shaking up and down from laughter.

those two think they are so funny.

anyway. i won't bore you with all the details of the visit, just the highlights .

my darling sister gave me a wallet that i'm obsessed with. i love owls and i have a minor obsession with the beatles, so this gift was perfect. she is so thoughtful.

morgan went bowling for her first time. we had a blast. i learned that morgan has some wicked break-dance moves. i have no idea where she gets her weird-ness from.

have i ever told you that i love fall? well, i do. while they were here we were able to squeeze in some fun fall festivities. we went to soergel orchards where morgan had a blast. she rode the train, went through a corn maze, painted a pumpkin, painted a frisbee, won a fake ice cream cone & much more.

morgan came to church with tannon & i while missy & dad ...... who knows what.

our friends were so generous to take us out on their boat and give us a tour of the city. i love pittsburgh.

i was able to take tuesday off of work at the last minute. i am SO glad i did because this was my favorite day of their entire stay. we started our day off with a ridiculous breakfast at deluca's. afterward, we drove about an hour and a half to go see frank lloyd wright's "falling water". this house was amazing and to think of it being built in the '30s just blows my mind.

then, we were able to visit ohiopyle state park. i fell in love with this place. we walked around, took some pictures, enjoyed the amazing weather, sat by the river and indulged in some ice cream. i can't wait to go back. the pictures don't even do this place justice.

i think the entire goal of my dad's pittsburgh stay was to order a calzone at big jim's. the thing is monstrous. here he is in all his glory. tannon & i will be eating the leftovers of this bad boy for weeks.

okay so their visits are totally worth it.


NJ said...

Oh my goodness that calzone is out of control!! (I have obviously never been to Big Jim's.) Looks like an awesome visit. What a cute niece you have!!

Nick and Jessi said...

Your pictures are always so gorgeous. I'm having photog envy. But I did sign up for the class you blogged about earlier so maybe my pics will get better. Hope everything is great in Pittsburg. You guys look like you are having a wonderful time, but I still miss seeing you across the street and always will. :)

caitlin and brinton said...

Wow - great photos McCall. Their trip looks like SO.MUCH.FUN. Morgie is sooooo cute - I just love her. I love all your family, they are wonderful. I hope they come visit again soon! Can we go visit that house when B and I come?? :)

Andrea said...

I miss the East Coast. Well I miss Fall in the East. Its just not the same here. What a fun trip!

Ashley said...

Awwww. So fun! I wish my family would come visit us here :( Morgan is getting so big!

Steve and Ashley Clawson said...

I love the pictures! And Morgan gets cuter every time you post pic's of her! What a doll! I'm so glad you got to have some family time!

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos!! Glad to see you had such a nice time with your family.

Mike and Kim said...

That is so exciting! It sure is beautiful back there and your niece is so adorable. Hope you guys are doing well!

Micah Rae said...

We want to come visit!!! We will have fun, and you prob wont cry when we leave! What Camera do you have?

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

I love this.

Olivia reaches for me, its my favorite thing about her now.

Babies, not even our own, right?

Love you.

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

your bowling pics are awesome in every way!

that calzone is making me sooo hungry!

that big yellow tree is making me so happy!

so what about this wedding?
did you get my email reply?
i never heard back and just
wanted to make sure.

hope all is well!

Cami said...

I somehow missed this post. But that looks like sooo much fun! I love that wallet, and as always, your pictures are gorgeous!

Oh, and you guys looked like you had the funnest time bowling! I wish I could have seen you all break dancing and jumping around, hehe.

Jesse said...

McCall.... you and your family are so absolutely darling.... I love your photography. I miss you. :)

Laurel said...

Sounds like it was such a great trip. Sad I didn't get to see Morgan. She is so cute and the picture of her bowling is my favorite. Glad you could have some visitors.

Lacey Jay said...

what a fun visit.. i totally know what you mean, when i lived in cali family visit were bitter sweet, but so worth it:)

denise said...

Your photos brought back such sweet memories! My husband and I spent the first few years of our married life in Pittsburgh. Sometimes I just miss those days. Now that we're back to the other side of the country, I miss the beautiful fall colors, and the bridges, and tiramisu at Joe Mama's, and the Big O fries, and the crazy football fans. The list could go on.

Eat 'n Park, however, uh...not so much.