Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

August 1, 2017

Pittsburgh for the 4th

We celebrated Independence Day in Pittsburgh this year with Curtis' mom, dad, and his youngest sister Heather.  Here we are in the Pittsburgh Zoo with this lovely giraffe who gave us quite a story to share (but not appropriate for this blog).  
Anna and Kate received lots of compliments on their matching dresses at the zoo.  (Thank you to Grandma and Grandad for them!)
In addition to the zoo, we also went to Jump Zone!  This was Anna and Kate's favorite place back in December when we last visited.  It was such a nice day that we had the whole place to ourselves.  Look how tiny Kate is compared to Batman!
We enjoyed some down time just hanging out at Grammy and Papa's house.  Aunt Heather introduced them to Snapchat:

They also baked delicious brownies together!
We went to this cool spaceship shaped toy store, where Grammy and Papa gifted our kids the fun game of Trouble, which we played later in the day.  They also gave them some special rings.  Kate chose this huge blue ring that she lost within the first day.  Thankfully, we found it after a lot of searching.  She is excellent at hiding things!
Anna chose a mood ring!  It was fun to determine what everyone's emotions were based on the color that the ring would change when they would wear it.
One of their favorite parts of the whole trip was definitely the sparklers!  Kate and Anna would talk about it every day for a couple of weeks after we left.
 We made lots of sweet memories with Grammy, Papa, and Aunt Heather.  If only Aunt Megan and Jonas could have been there also!
 One of our final outings was going to this special Dairy Queen together, a McDaniel family tradition.  I thought this picture of Grammy and Anna depicted it well!
You wouldn't know it, but Grammy has Stage IV metastasized breast cancer.  We were glad we had the opportunity to spend time with her before she started a new immunotherapy trial.  We're currently praying that God would use this as a way to heal her.

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