Thursday, December 20, 2012

Inlaws on Ice!

We took 'da burgh' by storm!

When Mark's siblings get together, you never know what will happen.  When there is a crisis, they band together and rise to the challenge, but when it's playtime...look out!

Our niece, Tori, wanted to go ice skating but sadly, Tori got hit during a basketball game and has a concussion, so she wasn't able to join us.  Maybe next time, Tori!

It's always exciting to go to Pittsburgh during the holidays, everything is decorated and looks so pretty!

Andy seemed happy to be there...

PPG Plaza is all set up for holidays. 

Santa is coming!




 
Everyone was there when we got there.  We were late (grrrr) because Andy had to stop at the cycle shop and buy a motorcycle helmet.
 


There was already a line to get in, but I made the most of the wait by warming up,   I practiced my pirouettes and other French sounding things while I waited...
 

 
I hate to admit it, but it really didn't help...
Well, it MIGHT have if I could let go of the hand rail...
 
~sigh~
But I never did...
 
The rest of the family?
 
My niece, Kayla, thought all she had to do was look pretty...
 
 
Or tease poor Tyler...
 
 
Kevin and Chelsea started out slowly...
 
 
And stopped to pose for the camera.  Aren't they cute?
 
 
 
Grandma Marsha was the first to go down, but out of respect, or because I was laughing so hard, there are no photos of this event..


 
I will say, those cute guys with the yellow shirts are quick to rescue grandmothers in distress!
 
Mike and Tyler found a new way to get in trouble, they ducked under Kevin and Chelsea's hands as they skated...
 
 
 
Ashley and I watched very carefully...
 
 
For photo opportunities!
 
 
Whew!  There were quite a few, this family is very photogenic!
Donna kept watch from the left side of the rink...
 
Mike strikes a pose!  He's down the equivalent of several bags of sugar and a few bags of flour...
doesn't he look great?

 
 
 
 After well all got tired, we sat down to plan our next move...
 


 
 
 And took a picture of our reflection...
 
 
 
And some tall buildings...
 
 
 
Finally we headed off towards Macy's but instead we ended up at
 
(this is how it looks in spring - I didn't take any pictures of this part of our day, I was too busy eating the delicious cookies Ashley baked and brought,)
 
We went to see the Pittsburgh Creche, which was beautiful!
 
 
 
 
After that, we discovered that Ashley and Kayla had never done something EVERYONE who grew up in the area has done over and over,,,so off we went...
 
Where?  Well, you'll have to come back tomorrow to find out.  I'm tired of typing and have tons of things to get done...
 
Hey, stay safe, stay warm and be a blessing to someone!
 
Love,
Jan
 

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NanaDiana said...

Hey Jan! Thanks for finding me- I backlinked to find you and I will sign up as your newest follower. I was born and raised in PA but way North of you....close to the NY state border-close to Binghamton, NY. Nice to meet you- you seem about as crazy as I am so we should get along fine! Hugs- Diana