Visit to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA - Events of Thursday, August 7 to Sunday, August 10, 2014
We're planning to take the motor home to Pittsburgh at the end of the summer to stay in Lora and J. Michael's driveway for a week or so for our annual doctor appointments before heading south. However, we just couldn't wait that long to see Lydia again, so we left the motor home in Berlin and drove to the Pittsburgh area in the car to stay in Lora and J. Michael's spare bedroom for a couple of days to get a Lydia fix. We got a relatively early start on Thursday morning and stopped by the bakery at Der Dutchman to pick up some cream sticks and other treats to take along. We got to Lora and J. Michael's house around 11:00.
My, how Lydia has changed! She has gotten bigger in only a couple of weeks since we saw her last.
Lydia is such a good baby. In our last post, we mentioned it's hard to have a routine with a newborn, but Lydia is an exception. She goes about 4 hours between feedings - sometimes a little less during the day, and sometimes a little more at night. During her awake times between feedings and naps, she hardly ever raises a fuss. She is so good, we all decided to go out for dinner on Thursday evening. Lydia, who was fed right before we left, pretty much slept the whole time.
Lora and J. Michael found a new Mexican restaurant nearby they wanted to introduce us to. Don Jose Mexican Restaurant is located in a small strip mall adjacent to Robinson Town Center in Robinson Township west of Pittsburgh. They have a very extensive menu with dinners ranging in price from about $8 to $14. They have all the usual Mexican dishes plus some that have a bit of a different twist.
We started off with the traditional corn chips and salsa. The corn chips were good (they could have been a little crisper), and the salsa was excellent. It was nice and thick with just a little bit of a kick.
We both had a Special Texas dinner, which consists of a chimichanga (choice of chicken or beef - we both had chicken) and a chicken quesadilla. The chicken in the chimis had so much flavor! The chimis were smothered in a rich, creamy, cheese sauce. In addition to the chicken, the quesadillas had refried beans and the some of same cheese sauce on the inside. The tortillas on both the chimis and quesadillas were deliciously crunchy. Yum!
After Lydia had breakfast on Friday morning, she had play time on her Baby Einstein mat. Baby Einstein makes toys for infants and toddlers that are designed to stimulate with color, shape, movement, music and rhythm. Paul had a good time snapping pictures of Lydia as she watched the lights and listened to the music played by one of the toys beside her on the mat.
After a while, Lydia's eyelids started to get heavy.
Then she was done. It was like she suddenly said, "Grandpap, stop with the pictures already and leave me alone. I'm ready for a nap." Then she turned her head as if to say, "Talk to the hand, the face ain't listenin'."
After lunch on Friday, the girls (all three of them) went shopping. They came back with several new outfits for Lydia. Margery reports it is so much fun clothes shopping for a little girl!
Paul had a couple of pieces of wood he wanted to cut to make a new napkin holder for the motor home, so he got out his old table saw from where it is being stored in Lora and J. Michael's garage while the girls were gone. He took the pieces he cut back to Berlin to sand and assemble later.
On Saturday morning, Margery got to feed Lydia. Freeway watched Lydia, and Lydia watched Freeway.
After lunch on Saturday, we took time for some family photos before saying our good-byes.
It was only about a two-hour drive back to the motor home on Saturday, and we were unpacked in plenty of time for supper. We hung around and relaxed the rest of the weekend. It was fun to be able to spend a couple of days with Lydia to watch her and just be with her.