Sunday, January 20, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday to our first baby!

Three years ago today we became a family of three. Of course today, in 2013 we are a family of four but January 20, 2010, three years ago, will forever be the day we became three. Today we celebarte the 3rd Birthday of our first baby. Where has all of the time gone?

Janaury 20, 2010, 7lbs, 15 ozs and 21 1/2 inches long.

Jake and I brought Clayton Jacob Cecil into the world during a really wet and windy storm that blew outside, after many hours of labor, after many cups of cranberry juice and sprite - the Enloe Hospital cocktail of choice for laboring mommies and many sleepless hours  for daddy on the really uncomfortable couch they claim a person can sleep on in a hospital room.

One year later with family and friends we celebrated his first birthday with cake, balloons and presents. Love those cheeks!
Can you see a theme? We love Disney at our birthday parties. Here is Clayton as a 2 year old and soon to be a big brother. Present and Big Brother covering mommy's belly with soon to arrive baby brother.
Christmas Morning 2012
Happy 3rd Birthday to our first baby and Dalton's big brother Clayton Jacob!
Love you forever,
Daddy, Mommy and Dalton

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Work and Play in Nashville!

Sometimes there are benefits to my job and this last weekend was one of them. A trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting. Not so exciting until I tell you it was in Nashville, TN. Neither Jake or myself had ever been to Nashville so when I learned that Butte County Farm Bureau was going to be recognized for our Agribee program, I knew Jake would have to go. To be honest, Jake is not a fan of Farm Bureau events that have "meeting" in the title, especially when I have to work. He becomes an instant assistant even if he doesn't want too. For the record he is great at it and I appreciate his help and support of my career.
Only four days in Nashville, and two of them I had to work so what do we do? The weather was cold but we did manage three places and they were fun!
First things first, a celebratory beer at the airport after we left the kids with Ava and Avo (grandma and grandpa for those that don't speak Portuguese) and realized this would be our first adults only trip since December 2011. Oddly enough, that was a Farm Bureau meeting too.
Do you watch American Pickers on television? Jake does and on his list to do was a visit to their Nashville store at the historic Marathon Building.

The store was small but they had probably the best band we heard while we were in Nashville playing for the customers. Lots of really expensive antiques but there was more t-shits, hats and Antique Archeology swag than anything else. Oh well, we can antique shop later. They did get my money and everyone got a piece of logo'd swag.

Handsome isn't he?!

Door as a sign? Love it!

Such a cool building. I wish they would build things like this now.

Another perk of Nashville was getting to see my social media sister Katie from This is probably the most horrible picture of me, Katie always looks fabulous. I made it smaller, made it black and white and adjusted a few other things in Lightroom to get this. Not our best photo but it was the cell phone, it was REALLY dark in the restaurant, and the flash was not gentle on me. Nonetheless I loved getting to spend time with Katie. We just wish Nathan would have made the trip too. Next time. Who knows, maybe North Dakota is in our vacation future?

So I'm sure these people will not appreciate me posting their license plate on my blog but look how cool! Those folks from Tennessee love their Agriculture so much they have license plates. This reminds me that we will soon see something similar in California. I can't wait!

Back to seeing the sites. This is probably a picture I was not supposed to take. Inside the dressing room at the famous Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music.

Love the glass windows at the Ryman.

During December and January the Ryman is home to the weekly Grand Ole Opry Show.

Such an intimate venue. Loved being able to see this history.

Again so handsome!
The other highlight of the trip was seeing a show at the new Grand Ole Opry House. AWESOME! Lots of music, laughs, dancing and Phil Vasser as the headline. However song writers Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman  were my favorite. These two guys have written some BIG songs. Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying and Jodee Messina's Heads Carolina. I knew all the words. I am sure my husband was unimpressed with my singing through the entire show.
Courtesy California Farm Bureau Federation

So I said we were there for work. What was I doing? Promoting the Butte County Farm Bureau's Agribee, a spell and define bee with all the words related to agriculture and nutrition. We won the opportunity from the American Farm Bureau to participate in this meeting. It was lots of fun and our program was the highlight of the event (in my opinion of course.) Other guy in the picture? Butte County Farm Bureau President and our really good friend Stacy Gore.
There were other pictures but I'm not sure where they are now. Maybe another post. Who knows? Nashville was fun and Jake and I can't wait to go back and take the boys too! There was so much we didn't see. Have you been to Nashville? What was your favorite part?
Thanks for reading! ~ mrs. c 


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