The tour started in Sugar Land, then went to Waco, and then to Gatesville. All cities in TX and you can read about those shows here.
We had a bulk of the tour in Arkansas and it was nice to be in the same hotel room for the 5 nights we were there. It's just waaaaay easier.
The day before we left, Trent and I (and some other family in Salado) were sick. We were so relieved to not have to cancel any shows. Also, taking care of a tiny when both parents are sick? No fun. Thank God Oliver didn't get it.
This is what he does in hotels. Every time.
Just keepin' it classy.
We got to town on a Saturday night and were able to sound check for our performance Sunday AM. Again, always glad to do that! We played at Bethlehem Free Will, where we've been before, and had a wonderful time. Everyone was dressed festive, the sanctuary was beautiful, and people were as friendly as ever.
When we dropped O off at the nursery so we could make sure the sound was okay, he was screaming. We could hear him from the stage, but then it stopped. A sweet elder in the church went and got him and was walking around with him and Oliver was as happy as can be. He's a social butterfly, I guess.
That night, we played for the youth at Heritage UMC and Oliver caught a nap on the way.
They had a Christmas party and then we did a little show for them. And I must say, they were pretty well behaved considering it was Christmas, school was almost out, and they were hopped up on candy and soda.
Oliver was pleased as punch to just sit on the pool table all night and hang out with our friend, Heather.
That night, once the boy was asleep, we watched TV and munched on some fabulous mint-chocolate chip cookies a friend gave us that morning at church.
We had Monday off, so there was a lot of Food Network, pajama wearing, and resting.
And Bible reading, of course.
We went out to eat for dinner and had to take a selfie in front of the restaurant's pretty tree. (I miss Christmas…)
Sweet boy fell asleep nursing, which never happens and he doesn't cuddle, so I soaked it up.
Tuesday, we played for the Van Buren Police Department's Christmas Party. It was in the youth room at Heritage, so we didn't have to get all set up…it was still there from Sunday. Yay!
Heather watched him again (we love you, Heather!). This time, Oliver played with basketballs.
Wednesday, (of course, it's been so long ago this whole blog could be waaaaaay off on what happened when, but y'all don't know that and it really doesn't matter.) we went to the mall to break up the day and get some shopping done. Mister Man loved the car stroller.
And I loved this photo op.
We got him some new gloves! He wasn't sure about them…and still isn't.
Later that night was our last show in Arkansas at 43 AOG. This church was the first church where I played percussion. Then we went back when Oliver was in my tummy. Then a couple months ago, we had to cancel a show due to the 6 hour traffic jam we were in. So it was GREAT to be back and not have to cancel =)
Oliver ate dinner in the sanctuary.
And we sported our Christmas shirts.
This little boy wanted Trent to sign his guitar. Such a sweetheart!
We went back to Salado to celebrate Oliver's birthday and my family Christmas before heading to Fort Worth for the last show of the tour.
The boy loves his hotel play time.
Trent and his new cutie patootie travel pants. And yes, Oliver wore pjs to dinner. I would too, if I could. Related: the brisket tacos at Saltgrass are amazing.
Our last show was at Hulen Street Church, which was also our last show in 2012! It was wonderful to see familiar faces.
Baby TOMS. They might just be the ticket to world peace.
We played both services and some of my family even came to one!
We left right after church to drive to Amarillo. It's only a 5 hour drive, or so, but it seemed to take FOREVER.
After taking 2013 off to have a baby, it was nice to do another Christmas tour. It's my favorite time of year, filled with joy and beautiful music, and it always goes by way too fast.