Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Luck of the Irish and an AMAZING "Spring Break"

As my sister says, every white person in America claims to be Irish. Well, it's safe to say that this is true. We also have Irish in us :) Happy St. Patrick's Day to all...Irish or not! The main purpose of this post is really to update everyone on the AMAZING weekend I had with some of the best people I know. Granted, if a few others had been here it would have been even crazier, but I don't know if JP and Matt could have handled us then. To start things off, I want to post a very special picture

I know it's super creepy, but Char and Anne we wish you were here! Haha! Charlotte, my Norwegian seester, left us some pictures on Facebook letting us know that she felt left out. It definitely made my day. Too bad you're so stinking far away CharChar!

Anyway, this picture above is from Saturday morning when we went to the Strip downtown! JP and I are big fans of going to the Strip on a Saturday morning. This Saturday was different though because we're used to seeing Steelers stuff EVERYWHERE! Well, this week everything was GREEN for St. Patrick's Day! Take a look:

Did I mention that Matt grew a green beard over night then shaved it before we took the next picture :) From left to right it's me, Matt, Emily, JP and Julie! While at the strip we shopped around at the unique stores, ate breakfast at DeLuca's (as seen on the Food Network) and bought some yummy pastries for later that day! After the strip, we headed over to Swickley Village and walked up and down the street, had some coffee and went into some very unique stores. We even went into an old fashion candy shop! They had every type of candy you could ever think of and Julie got some pretty neat things. I forgot to take a picture though :( JP and I did find a place in the Village where you can paint your own pottery, so we plan on doing that one weekend in the near future!

Then we went home to play with Maggie and wait until it was time to pick up Kate! Once Kate arrive in Pittsburgh, we went to dinner at Primanti Brothers where we had the meanest waitress alive. She was obviously not having a good day or something. Emily order a Diet Coke and the waitress looked at her with a funny face and said, "Psycho?" Why would my sister order a psycho? I got annoyed and sternly repeated that Emily wanted a DIET COKE! Don't mess with my baby sister...The food was delish though! Everyone enjoyed Pittsburgh's finest sandwiches.

After dinner we went home and played on my Mac while Matt and JP played the Kinect and Xbox. You can see some of our Mac pictures in my previous post.

On Sunday, we headed back downtown to ride the inclines. We took the Duquesne Incline up Mount Washington, walked 3/4 of a mile along the top of the mountain and then rode the Monongahela Incline down to Station Square. Then we had a super yummy Italian lunch at Bucca di Beppo! Here are some picture of the adventure:

The girls are ready to go up! Well, except for Kate who is deathly afraid of heights! She did it though :)

My boys

Timmer kids minus Ben

On the way up!

Amazing view

I love my hubby



I love my bestie!

Me and my baby brother

Julie and me! Another even better view of the skyline


Bestest seester in the whole wide world. Kate wouldn't come out on this view deck because it was more of a ledge so we couldn't get a seester picture. It's okay though! Kate did a great job on top of the mountain considering her fear!

Riding the Monongahela down!

The other side of the car! Oh and at this point, Matt has told us that he will not be smiling for any more pictures :)

We hung around the house playing with Maggie for the rest of the day. Kate, Julie and I did venture off to the Mall in Robinson for a little while though!When we got home, we watched selection Sunday for NCAA March Madness and then I made dinner for everyone!

On Monday, we went out to the outlet mall in Washington, PA. We all got some cute things and the girls loved the fact that clothing is tax free in Pennsylvania! Matt wasn't too thrilled about shopping, but he did get some new shoes from the Nike store and he posed for a few pictures!

Despite the looks on his face, I actually did NOT ask him to get on any of these. He did this on his own free will :)

Unfortunately, I had to work the remainder of their trip here, but at least I got to show them what I know about Pittsburgh so far. I had so much fun having them here and I can't wait for them to come back. It was wonderful having people I know to spend time with. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did! Now it's time for me to get back to work! I have some pictures from my phone that I still need to upload so I'll put those up next!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,
Amy, JP and Maggie

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