Monday, January 20, 2014

Since We've Been Back...

A few updates of life back in Pittsburgh so far...

...We moved into a cute little rental house (with this great view out back!)...
You might be thinking, 'Wait, don't you own a house in Pittsburgh?!'
Yes, we do!  But when we moved to California,
we rented our house out to a sweet family and their lease doesn't end until July 1st.
Since we ended up moving back to Pittsburgh sooner than planned,
we are renting a cute little house a few neighborhoods away until we can move back into our home.

...I got a new job (and get to work next to this beauty)!...
While Brett went right back to the company that he worked for before we moved to California
(which he also worked for remotely from California),
I was looking for something new.  And I found it!
I hopefully start this week or the beginning of next.

...We've been spending a lot of time with family and friends...
It is so so nice to be home and able to see everyone!

...We visited Phipps Conservatory for their special holiday exhibits...
This is a yearly tradition and I'm so glad we made it home in time to continue on this year!

...We made a trip downtown to the Strip District...
This is one of our favorite spots in Pittsburgh and we couldn't wait to go again!
Fresh produce and fish, varieties of authentic foods, and tons of true friendly Pittsburghers.

...We had lunch at Primanti Brothers...
You can't go too long in Pittsburgh before stopping in for a famous fries & coleslaw sandwich!

...We also couldn't wait to get down to Fathead's...
One of our most favorite brewpubs in Pittsburgh!  Headwiches & awesome beers, yes please!

...We did our first hike of 2014...
We love Mingo Creek Park!

...I had a girls day downtown with my mom and sister...
We had lunch by the river, visited the Mattress Factory Museum, and stumbled upon "Randyland".
(More on that later...)

...And we just celebrated our 8 year anniversary of being together...
See, there's always a reason to bake cookies. :)

We are really happy to be home.  Everything just feels right about being back in Pittsburgh.  It really is where we belong.  We had the time of our lives living in California for a while and wouldn't trade those experiences and memories for the world.  But now it's onto the next adventure.  Let's see what 2014 has in store for us! :)

Cheers friends and happiest new year!*


  1. Headwiches??? Oh my gosh, yes please!!! If you don't mind me asking, why did you move back home? Rion and I just moved out to Montana and we're planning on moving back to North Carolina in the summer. Two cross-country moves in one year, haha! Keeps it exciting, right? There's just something sweet about being "home." Technically I'm from NJ, but the Southern Appalachias have definitely become my home.

    1. Yeah, we had a blast living in California, but it just wasn't for us. We are east coast people through and through. The cultures are verrrry different between the coasts and we just couldn't picture ourselves calling the west coast home. Too many people, no sense of community, too much traffic, etc etc etc. The east coast is where we belong!

  2. how awesome! ...and THAT SANDWICH! oh man oh man. looked phenomenal. pittsburg looks so great!


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