Grandma Turns 90

Three flights. Thirty-six hours. Ninety years old.

Last weekend my aunt, uncle, and I flew into Pittsburgh to surprise one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world – my grandma.  And boy was she so so surprised!  Thinking she was going to the Montour musical that evening, which actually doesn’t start until next weekend, she claimed she wasn’t ‘dressed’ for dinner once we told her the plans.  She mumbled this through the tears and crying.  Grandma always has to look the most presentable.   With that being said, I think this blog post could best be told through pictures.  Enjoy 🙂

red-eye from LAX                                                 landing in the burgh
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#sergesselfiestick                                              bros – Michael’s man bun not pictured
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delicious dinner from Alla Famiglia
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Happy 90th, grandma! You are one of the flirtiest and most kind-hearted people I know! I am so glad I was able to fly home to celebrate this milestone. Until next time!
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Welcome to my blog, californyinz!  This has been a long time coming, so I am very excited it is finally up and running and even more excited you are here reading!

Why californyinz?  Having vacationed to the City of Angels since I was baby Serge, now a resident of the state (almost four years!), and having been born and raised in the Steel City, both California and Pittsburgh have always held and will continue to hold special places in my heart.  I wanted a creative way to combine these two loves of mine through writing and knew a blog was just the thing!

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What makes this blog different from other lifestyle blogs?  This blog stems from experiences with my friends and family.  Without them, it would be one lonely girl going to the GRAMMYs, Vegas, a Lakers game, the beach, or wherever else alone.  Who wants to read about that? Because of yinz, I have enough stories to curate some pretty epic content for californyinz, so you can expect some personal shout outs!

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