Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Georgia, Oh Georgia

So, after Florida, we made our way up and over to St. Mary's, GA.  We sang special music at Ignite Church.  We played there last year (almost to the day) and I was pregnant and didn't know it.  And now we had this nugget.  CRAZY.

We did a concert that night and a lovely attendee (is that the word?) got this shot.  
We enjoyed our time with those guys and always feel honored to be invited back.

A day off meant another beach day.  We went to Fernandina Beach, FL (a quick 20 mile drive), which is one of our favorites.  

*heart eyes*
Unfortunately, rain/thunder/etc. came and we left after only about 30 minutes.  Bummer.  

We got back to our guest house and let the boy play in his diaper outside because classy.  And because sandy.

He asked me to hold him and YES.  Always yes.  

Sister girl getting some work done.  (Can't believe she's crawling now!!)

We had a chance to hang around historic St. Mary's.  We walked, enjoyed the playground, and had lunch.

That night, we had a show at Lighthouse FM at The Rock.  We love these people!!!  Also, sound check success. 

Oliver got to hang out and watch YouTube and play with cars.  He also got a cupcake, so, 
L I V I N.

I nursed Amelia right before we played and she had an epic blowout.  You can't see it in the picture, but there is sure enough a giant wet spot on my pants from me wiping up ALL THE POOP.  

The Rock is broadcast live on the air.  Towards the end, Trent asked how much longer we had.  Vickie basically said that Amelia is crying and all the mamas have tried all they know.  So, that's when I got up and rushed to her. 

I got her, walked outside and Sister was asleep in seconds.  All that crying was hard work!

We left the next day to meet up with my family in the Destin area, so stay tuned.  Until then, enjoy baby rolls. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Amelia is 6 months!!!

Dearest Amelia,

My, oh my.  We've made it 6 months.  Your HALF birthday!  It has flown by and, as time does, it will continue to do so.  I love you and am so proud of the sweet little girl you are!  

You are:
20.24 lbs
27 3/4 in

You started chewing on your toes, just like your brother did about this age.  You've also started playing a little shy game.  Daddy will look at you and you'll smile and bury your head.  Pretty adorable!

We left Oliver with Grammie and you came with us on a little trip.  It was so nice to spend time with just you!  

Your nicknames are still Little and Sister Girl.  And Oliver isn't calling you Mena anymore, which is kind of sad.  He also doesn't like certain people holding you.  He'll say, "Mommy, please hold Melia."  

You had some avocado at Grammie's and you seemed to like it!  Now that you're officially 6 months, we'll start giving you more and more "real" food.  Can't wait to see what you like!

You're actually a really good napper, already two long ones a day, usually.  We'll still working on getting you to sleep longer at night, but I sure love our time in those wee hours.  (You sleep just like Oliver did/does.)

You'll pretty much let anyone hold you!  And nurseries and childcare at shows are going well.  You're simply amazing, baby girl.  

YOU TOOK A PACI.  For about a day.  So, that was neat =)

"Just showing off my muscles, Mama!"

You're babbling and sometimes it sounds like MAMA!  You've also started throwing a fit if we take something away from you.  Ha!

This is how you like to do life.  Just look how yummy you are!  

In time, baby girl.

See?  Also, hotels usually mean you end up in our bed.  I do like it, but you're a wild woman and usually hit me and/or scratch me.  

 You are very difficult to change.  You are on a mission to get to where you need to be.

You're army crawling!!!  I can't believe it!  Oliver thinks it's awesome and so do we.  Although, too soon!!!

And you're starting to pick your knees up under you.  

Sweet girl.  I am overwhelmed with love for you.  We have quite the bond and I hope you always feel at home with me.  I love you THIS big and it gives you a hug.  And a kiss.  

May the stars always align for you.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gosh, I love Florida (and the people in it)

Back in July, we went to Florida for some beach time and a couple shows.  Nashville to the Clearwater area is a little long for us these days (what, with the kids and all) so we split it up.  

Lazy travel days!  

We made it to Largo, FL, unloaded, visited with our friends (hi, Dawkin clan!) and made our way to Clearwater beach the next morning.

Waiting for Daddy to get our spot set up!

Bathing beauty.  We invested in a canopy, which was a life saver.  

Oliver played so hard!  He and Trent were in and out of the waves all day.  Amelia and I stayed covered and we still got sun.

Beach playground for the next day.  Bummer the slide wasn't slideable (is that a word?) due to a kid leaving poop on it.  

We still had fun, though.  =)

We had a Q & A during The Feast at Smileys on Indian Rocks Church's campus.  It was great to share our stories of divorce and finding each other through those tough times.  Then we sang some songs, duh.

One night, Mama Madeline (our host every time we go down that way) watched O so we could have a date.  We ate some seafood, enjoyed the steel drums being played, and watched the sun set.  

Here's a better view of our set up.  

 He wanted to be buried! And y'all.  Beaching it with 2 kids was so hard.  It was fun, don't get me wrong.  But so much work.  I was basically stranded under the canopy, holding/bouncing Amelia, and nursing while being sweaty/sunscreened/sandy.  And Trent had to do the whole set up and tear down.  Then there's the whole showering, changing the diapers and clothes of the kids.  Exhausting.   

I remember seeing this sign when I was pregnant the first time when I didn't know if it was a boy or girl.  Full circle.  =)

Lastly, we played at Smileys again later in the week.  Amelia cried the whole time, so that was no good.  But, we had fun.

We left and made our way to St. Marys, GA for some more shows.  

**Stretches are very important while on the road**