Visiting The National Aviary and Build-A-Bear

Jimmy took the day off of work on Friday because we planned a family day! We started the day off with coffee and then visited the National Aviary.

We really hyped up this outing to Sadie all week and by Friday morning she kept saying “The birds!” on repeat, except it came out as “Da bwirds,” which was adorable.

Family with masks onDad holding toddler at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

We walked past the flying foxes (aka the largest species of bats) and I was shocked at how large they are. If you aren’t weirded out by bats, Google pictures of flying foxes. One of the workers told us they’re really friendly, which made me a little less afraid of them, lol.

Sadie’s favorite birds were the flamingos and owls. I liked listening to the canaries, and Jimmy thought the toucans were cool. It totally amazes me that God not only made birds, but so many different varieties of birds, all with such unique features and needs. I think seeing so many in one place had me like “Whoa, God is really creative.”

Toddler at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PAToddler at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA

The National Aviary is such a neat place. I think what I love the most is that each exhibit mimics the bird’s natural habitat. Going to see the macaws didn’t feel like we were looking at parrots in a cage; it felt like we entered a lush, warm tropical rainforest and just so happened to stumble upon some beautiful macaws.

It’s a totally immersive experience, which makes it easy to forget you’re in the middle of a bustling city.

National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA

Last time we visited the Aviary with Sadie, she was only a few months old. We took a picture by the condors and decided to recreate it two years later.

Mom and baby with condor ay National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PAMom and child with condor at National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA

After our exciting morning out, we went home and hung out while Sadie napped. Once she was awake in the late afternoon, we headed to Build-A-Bear! She received a gift card for Christmas, so we figured our family day was the perfect day to use it.

I had never actually been through the Build-A-Bear process, but it’s really cute! It involves picking a character or animal to stuff (Sadie was so confused by deflated-looking animal shapes before they were stuffed, haha), putting a heart in it, and optional things like adding sounds, scents, clothing, and accessories.

Toddler at Build-A-Bear making a Skye from Paw Patrol

Sadie picked her favorite Paw Patrol character, Skye. She totally decked her out with a pink dress, collar, leash, and pup pack. I liked that it was an experience and she was able to bring something home to remember the outing.

She thought she was pretty cool walking out of the mall with Skye in her new “home.” 😎

Father and daughter walking at mall with Build-A-Bear box in Pittsburgh, PA

All in all, it was a great day! We usually do a family night each month, but having a whole day together every once in a while is very special 🥰

Another Day, Another…

Another day, another car picnic in the Starbucks parking lot with Sadie girl.

Toddler in back of car

This time she had vanilla milk and Nutri-grain bars. I had my usual blonde roast with cream 🙂

Another day, another quote from the Bible study book I’m working my way through on the topic of contentment.

Quote on contentment by Patsy Clairmont

The fact that we should accept and expect deserts in our spiritual journey as surely as we do joy really hit home for me. When we don’t expect life to be perfect all the time, we’re less likely to experience “whiplash” every time we’re going through a challenging situation.

Another day, another craft.

Thanksgiving turkey headband craft for toddler

We worked on a turkey headband during homeschool the day before Thanksgiving and talked about birds!

Funny side note: when I ask Sadie what noise an owl makes, she say “awooo, awooo” and it sounds like a wolf howl. That also reminds me that anytime she sees a picture of a wolf she says “Na Na” which is what she calls Niva, lol.

Another day, another visit to see Jimmy at work.

Toddler at work desk

We feel so, so blessed that we’re able to pop in and see him (and my father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and cousin) anytime. It definitely breaks up the day and Sadie likes to talk on the intercom.

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