Life Lately

Hi Friends! Happy October. Temps in Pittsburgh are supposed to be in the 80s today so it’s not too Fall-like at the moment. But I’m not complaining! I sent the kids to school in shorts, t-shirts and sandals today. Temps will be dipping soon enough.

So I thought I’d play catch up and tell yinz guys a little about what we’ve been up to lately. Let’s get started.

Nemacolin Woodlands

So if you’re not local, you may not know about this little gem in Western PA. Nemacolin Woodlands is an upscale resort in the Laurel Highlands. They have a championship golf course, a spa, a casino and some pretty high end restaurants.

Jerry had a work conference at the resort a couple of weekends ago and we thought it would be a great time to celebrate our 6 year anniversary!

So we left the kiddos with some very capable grandparents and headed to the mountains on Friday afternoon. Jerry told me that he would be working most of Friday and some of Saturday morning so I’d be on my own. And would that be OK? Um, really?

It was a beautiful day and I lounged around the (adult) pool, read a book and ate my weight in guacamole.

And went to sleep at 8:30. It was glorious.

He had to work a couple hours on Saturday and then he was free to take off. We had a lovely breakfast and then hiked around the property.

They have a piece of the Berlin Wall. Very cool.

Downtown Pittsburgh

We left Nemacolin and headed back to Pittsburgh. We were continuing our anniversary weekend with a night downtown! Considering we used to live in the city, this shouldn’t be so thrilling. But 3 years and two kids later, it was fun to explore our hometown with new eyes.

We finally got to eat at Tako! I’ve been wanting to check out this place forever (tacos are my love language) but every time we get a free night, the only reservations they have are for 10:30. Which is 2 hours past my bed time.

So these might be the worst pictures you’ll ever see on the blog. And will not do this place justice. The restaurant is really dark though (and loud!) so getting a good photo was pretty difficult.

They make their own tortillas right in front of you. Crazy good. And the queso fundido was off the charts. gooey cheese with house made chorizo sausage. Topped with scallions, cilantro and shishito peppers. oh em gee.

We had the Korean (short rib), Baja (crispy fish) and Al Pastor. There are two per order and I tried to shovel that last taco in, but I only had a bite. I was too full. The Korean was the standout for me. So much flavor!

Living Treasures

We continue to put our season pass to good use. I asked Fynn last weekend “Do you want to go to the pumpkin patch or to see the animals?” She didn’t hesitate. “AMOLES!” Girlfriend is obsessed with them now.

Greyson is also a fan but still prefers to push the stroller around.

It was a beautiful Sunday, on the cooler side and all of the animals were out.

Including the new baby giraffe!! Calvin was just born on August 27th

We fed the Amoles…ahem Animals

And rode the ponies…

Big fans of the ponies.

We plan on trying out the other location next!

So far, Fall has been treating us pretty well. We still have a lot of activities to cross off our bucket list and I promise to document them on this little blog! Happy Fall, Y’all Yinz!

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