Monday, June 8, 2015
What we did in May.
After Lauren's birthday weekend, May continued to be a busy month. The next weekend we went to Phipps Conservatory's May Market to browse the plants, flowers and other horticultural items sold by local vendors.
On the way over to Phipps, I had to get a photo of our very own "locks of love" display on the Schenley Park Bridge. They've been doing this in Europe for years, but Pittsburgh is always about 3-5 years behind trend.
For Mother's Day, we went to see the Pirates play. Baseball has always been my favorite sport, but I've become a little obsessed with it lately. I've either watched or listened to almost every Pirates game this season and already have tickets lined up for several games this summer. Anyway, it was an incredibly hot 90 degrees that day, which made it impossible to sit comfortably in our seats. We ended up standing underneath the stands in right field for the majority of the game, but it didn't really matter because the Pirates won and I got a free tote bag just for giving birth to Lauren.
After showing her the trailer for The Birds, Mark convinced Lauren to go see the full movie at the Row House Cinema, a new single screen theater in the hipster Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. There is nothing more terrifying than having to listen to the children of the Bodega Bay School sing what Mark calls, "the song you hear before the birds peck your eyes out as you're left kicking and screaming helplessly on the street."
When I came home from work on May 21st, I was surprised to see Lauren's photo on the cover of our local newspaper! Her GATE class was being featured for their project where they built a simulated lunar colony out of duct tape, plastic and fans. Alison, the girl next to Lauren, is also in my Girl Scout troop. You can read more about the project here.
Speaking of Girl Scouts, our troop earned their Bronze Award, the highest award you can earn as a Girl Scout Junior. For their service project, girls collected donations of comfort items such as toiletries, socks and towels and assembled care bags to give to children in foster care.
For the second year in a row, we attended our local Memorial Day ceremony. Our area Girl Scouts strewed petals to honor and remember those who served.
Lastly, after seeing giant stuffed donuts given out as prizes at Kennywood's impossible to win games, Lauren decided that she would just make her own and give them to her friends. She did most of the work herself, and they turned out awesome!