Monday, September 19, 2016

Amelia is 5 months!

Dearest Amelia,

Sweet girl, I love you so. You have brought us so much joy! I cannot imagine life without you.

You are 5 months! You are rolling so much we can't leave you near anything dangerous. And you move a lot while sleeping.  

You're sleeping better and you love sleeping on your tummy! And you've even been moved to your room. That was hard for me. I missed (and miss) your sweet snuggles in bed, but this is better for our family. I still keep the pack n play in our room and sometimes you end up in bed with us, but it seems you're making progress.

Off we go upstairs =(

Cheeks and lips.

We haven't started solids yet, but I think you're ready! You eye our food and will grab anything in our hands. Maybe we will try some before 6 months! Who knows...

No one makes you laugh quite like Oliver. You light up when you see him and it warms this mama's heart. I pray you two are close and watch out for each other.

You have another bottom tooth! It has really changed your smile and you are just so stinkin' cute!! You're doing well on the road with strangers, whether it's in the nursery or just being held. But, you'll let us know when you need Mama.

I mean...

When I hold you, you've started grabbing my neck and hair. It's adorable. Unless you pull my hair, then ouch. :)

You're taking a bottle!!!! I gave up for a little while then tried again and you rocked it! Good job, Sister Girl.

You still don't take a paci. I still try some, because it sure would help in the car, but no success. You sUck on your fingers and thumb, though. And while I'm not sure how I feel about that, if it soothes you at do you.

A train ride with the family and Thomas!

Amelia, you are the best, most snuggly, beautiful, sweet girl EVER. I thank God for you daily.  I am honored to me your mama.

May the stars always align for you...

Friday, September 9, 2016

July 4th, Zoo, Ice Cream

In July, we spent time with Trent's family in Amarillo.  Amelia got to meet people for the first time, which I failed to capture through pictures.  But, here are some pictures I did get... 

Oliver's first zoo experience.  The Amarillo zoo is small but it was a great intro.  And it was great weather...almost cool!  (Anyone ready for fall like me??)

Oliver's cousin, Wiley met us.  

Wiley didn't drive, lol.  Her mom, Kimberly (Trent's sister) did.  Honey Lue also came but she was hiding, I guess.  Ha!  

Oliver had his first ice cream cone!  What a treat.  He chose pink ice cream with sprinkles, as one does.

O and PawPaw.

Can't believe he ever fit in this!

Miss Thing standing on the counter.

Breakfast with a view.

At least she got a nap.

July 4th brought more family to town and Mama Pat was excited to meet Amelia!

Some movie time with GiGi to break up the day.

Monk, family of 4 in our red, white, and blue.

I mean...

Don't be jealous of my super fancy towel backdrop. #nailedit  

My babies.

 Trent had a lot of stuff in storage, including a piano, so we rented a Uhaul and drove home.  

I had the kids in the van.  I was nervous, as I don't drive often, but we took our time, took two days, and made it home safely.

It was a great time...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Camp -- (and Oliver's first crush.)

In June, we did a week long camp at Lake of the Ozarks at Windermere. We were invited to lead all the worship for the week for the youth from FBC Van Buren.  You guys...I had some feels. I remember my days at church camp and the seeds planted while there.  It was a delight to lead these kids in song.  

PLUS, we had a drummer and a base player.  What a change from our normal set-up!  So much fun.  (They are brothers and we could be their parents, had we gotten started very early in life.  Made us feel old but also thinking how we'd love for our kids to be so smart, talented, funny, and well-adjusted.  And Jesus-loving, of course.) 

That meant I got to stand up (with my shaker and tambourine) and sing.  It was different, but I liked it!  However, beating the tambourine on my leg for 5 days resulted in some bruises.   Yowza. 

We were told childcare would be no problem.  There would be lots of college kids there to help.  That was the truth!!  These kids were so helpful and Oliver had a blast.

Faith and Emily.  Emily taught Oliver about the Snapchat puppy faces.  Ha!

This is Faith.  Faith said she "doesn't do children."  Faith likes old people.  Oliver liked Faith.  Oliver didn't want to leave Faith's side.  Oliver cried for Faith.  Faith was amazing with Oliver.  I said "Faith you do do children."  Faith was Oliver's first crush.  

Anji.  She was amazing with Amelia.  She has two grown kids and we talked about the future grandkids she'll be wonderful with.  We also talked about Fixer Upper and old things =)

Emily and Faith again!  And India on the left.  India played water guns with O.

In between morning and evening sessions is when we'd go over songs.  Oliver wanted to try singing.  Pretty much ADORABLE.  He chose a Thomas song. 

An open gym?  Lots of room for cars and trains.  Also, Oliver would walk around the camp and say, "Hi, kids!  Here I am!"  Oh my, child.  

There was an open classroom that we kind of dumped all our kid stuff.  And kids.  Ha!  They were able to stay in there and play/sleep/poop.  

"Can you tell Emily bye and thank you?"

Sums it up.  Also, white pants.  Why on earth?  Well, because they're cute.  But, you'll get pooped on.

One day, we found a restaurant on the lake and ate lunch there.  It was a nice break from camp food and hotel room picnics.

Naps before the evening session!

Oliver and I wrote thank you notes to all the baby watchers.  He put on the stickers and helped sign his name.  

Amelia did great!  Fussy at times, but luckily, we were only singing for about 20 minutes.

The last morning.  Trent just did a couple acoustic worship songs.  So, we sat in the back.  Oliver did some puzzle apps.  

All the staff and kids and volunteers.  What a group!  What a week!

We had a great time.  Early mornings and long nights, but we all make it!  We'll be seeing these guys again in October and are looking forward to that.  

(Also, after having a band for a week, it felt strange to get back to just the two of us!)