This past weekend Andy and I headed for St. George to visit MamaJo and Mel.
We were meeting Jessi and the family there as well to help celebrate Mom's birthday.
Once everyone arrived and got settled we headed out for a big birthday dinner. (And I mean big. The portions were huge at this place!)
Mom picked the Black Bear Diner for dinner.
Here is everyone gathered around the table.
I think everyone ate more than their fill of food, and then the staff of the Black Bear came out singing for the birthday girl!
After dinner we headed back to Mom's place for presents and cake.
Mom opening her present from all of us:
I think Mom enjoyed snuggling with the kids more than anything that night.
MamaJo & Allie:
Grandma and all the kids:
After a bit it was time for cake! Mom had requested a carrot cake for the occasion and Andy provided one of his best!
The next day dawned bright and sunny. We didn't know how long that would last since there was rain in the forecast, so we headed out to the Saturday Market at Tuacahn.
There were a bunch of vendors set up selling the wares and we enjoyed walking through the booths and enjoying the scenery.
Jessi and the kids hiking the stairs up to the gift shop and amphitheater:
Me and Mom relaxing for a bit:
One of the best things about Tuacahn is definitely the landscape surrounding it! I love the red rock!
After we finished spending our money at the Market, we headed into downtown St. George to check out the new Children's Museum.
It was a great place for the kids to run amok, and it was practically free to get in! All they asked was for a dollar donation from each person.
The kids had a blast checking out all the different rooms.
While the kids played for a good long time, Andy, Mom and I went wandering around a couple of consignment stores that were close by. It was great!
There was also a Carousel in the city park by the Children's Museum, so of course the kids had to ride it.
After all the fun in the park, which included the kids getting slightly moistened at the splash pad, we headed down to Five Guys for some lunch. Then, since the kids had been begging the whole time, we headed up to the Washington Rec Center to let them have some swimming time. We had planned for them to swim in the hotel pool, but the weather had started to turn chilly and rainy by then. Thank goodness for the indoor pool!
Josh happy to be in the pool:
Allie all bundled up after getting out for a bit:
Claire just chillin':
We then headed back to the hotel room to get the kids all cleaned up. We had a couple of pillow fights, and then it was time to meet back up with Mom and Mel for some dinner.
We had some yummy food at the Pizza Factory.
And topped it off with treats at the Sweet Tooth Fairy.
It was a great time spent with the family!
The next morning was Sunday, so it was time to head home. Andy and I decided to get some breakfast before we hit the road. We chose to go to a new restaurant in town called Geroge's. It was awesome! I enjoyed it very much and the atmosphere was great. It will be one of our go-to spots in St. George from now on!
It was a great weekend. It was so nice to get away for a little while and it was especially good to see all my family. We had a wonderful time with everyone!
So, we've gone and told the world that we are having a Baby Bird.
We told the immediate family that we could in person, and the others over the phone. Then we went out and posted the above picture on Facebook. We have had really good responses from people, and it seems like everyone is generally excited for us.
Now if we could just get over all our nervousness and get really excited too. I mean, we are somewhat excited, but we need to get REALLY excited.
I know I am feeling a little more on the way there now that the news is out.
As for updates of the situation; I am still feeling relatively good. I was never really hit with bad morning sickness. I am just feeling fat. I must say that I am glad that people know now so I don't have to worry about them thinking I've let myself go. I'm sleeping well enough now, but it still seems like I am always tired. I guess that just comes with the territory.
Andy and I have started working on the nursery. We have picked out paint colors and have decided to put beadboard on the walls. Andy also spent the day yesterday putting trim on our bookcases in there to make them look nicer. We definitely have a ways to go on the room, but at least we feel like something is getting done.
Last Wednesday Andy and I were invited to enjoy a Jazz Game through Andy's company. The travel agency that they work with owns a Jazz suite box, and we were able to score a couple of tickets for it. It was kind of last minute, but we just couldn't turn down the opportunity.
Andy and I had not been in a suite for a Jazz game before, so it was pretty fun. They provided dinner and drinks for everyone, along with ice cream for dessert.
We were able to sit a little lower than we usually do for Jazz games, so that was great too!
It was a fun night even though the Jazz lost. (But that's what this season is all about.)
I hope we get to have this opportunity again! It was a blast!
Hi Everyone! My name is Traci and I have been married to Andy for over 10 years. We have two adorable children Abby and Ruggles, (although they are a bit on the furry side). I love photography and the outdoors, along with reading, movies and the occasional video game. I hope to share a lot with you through this blog....