Back at the end of March and beginning of April, we had three back-to-back weeks of visits with family/friends – the first two were visits here, and then the first week of April we went on our home-finding trip in Raleigh. I didn’t have time to re-cap those weekends, but just wanted to put a few pictures up here…

First my parents came up for my and Jon’s birthdays (which are one day apart!). They got here on my birthday and we did some thrift store shopping, walked around Sewickley, and then had our birthday dinner at Hofbrauhaus, a German restaurant in South Side. The next day we went to the Strip District, Market Square, and then up to Mt. Washington for the famous view of downtown. It was sadly still very cold that weekend, as you can see from our winter coats, which I’m SO glad are out of my closet now!

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(haha, self-timer pic!)

The next weekend, our super awesome friends Crystal and Jason came up to see us! We did a lot of the same things as with my parents, like the Strip District and Mt. Washington, although we stopped for a whiskey tasting at the Strip and took the incline up to the top of Mt. Washington this time (mostly so Crystal could conquer her fear of riding it). We took a tour of Ikea, which is right down the road from us, shopped in Shadyside, walked around the Point, and had dinner at Hofbrauhaus (again)!

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Just half a week later we were down in Raleigh for our home-finding trip and a bridal shower I helped throw. We had a list of like 15ish places we were hoping to see in two days – it was crazy! We only ended up seeing about half of those places, and it was still really hard to decide which one we wanted to commit to. It’s kind-of funny how it worked out – we ended up choosing the one place we had already considered. Jon found it online last Christmas and we drove there when we were in town for New Year’s. We were hoping we’d find better options closer to central Raleigh, but this place ended up being the best fit overall.

We settled on this place the morning of my friend Emily’s bridal shower. I think we were still saying “Are you sure?” in the car on the drive to the shower. It felt like a lot of pressure to decide where to live (even for just a year) after looking for only two days, when we know the city and have a lot of preferences. But at that point we also felt the pressure of losing the options we had if we didn’t claim something while we were in town. So while I was setting up for the shower, Jon signed the paperwork for the apartment!

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The shower was so, so fun! (Me and the beautiful bride, Emily, above.)

We stayed at Jon’s sister’s when we were in town, so we got some good time with little Lucas, and Jon’s parents came in for the weekend, too! We tried so hard to get a family picture with the self-timer with Lucas looking AND smiling, but both things just didn’t happen…

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still pretty cute though 🙂

That’s all for now, more news on the move to come!

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