Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain...

I'm talking Oklahoma, people.  The state, not the song or musical.  But I thought it was a clever title.  

I do what I can.

After Salado, we made our way to Sand Springs, OK to share music and lead worship at Broadway Baptist.  The last time we were there, I was pregnant with Oliver!  We had stayed in contact with some folks, so it was great to be back and see some familiar faces.  (And new ones, too.)

*diaper change on the van floor*

Some lovin' going on after check in.  Don't worry!  I was watching her face and making sure she could breathe.  =)

Oliver tried on my heels.  Haha!

O was down, so we relaxed...

And had banana pudding. 

Sunday morning before heading to the church.  It was Father's Day!

Broadway had just finished VBS and they still had the decorations up.  Oliver LOVED it.  Plus, it was the same VBS Elliot and Griffin did so we knew some of the songs.  

It was also his half birthday.  

This is sound check norm.

The morning sun coming through church windows. I mean...GAH.  So pretty.

***Off we went to a week long church camp in Missouri.  I'll blog about that later***

Nursing stop meant Oliver got to check out some gravel and machinery.  He was pumped.  

He was also fussy.  Good times.

After the camp (that I'll blog about later), we went to Poteau, OK to play at Cross Community Church.  We did a show there on our Christmas tour and they wanted us back.  Yay!  That's always a good thing.

They put us up in a cabin in the woods and it was fantastic!  


#fussybaby and Daddy with a hairdryer to calm her down

The cabin owners have kids, so the cabin had toys!  We Trent cooked each meal and we just relaxed and rested.    

The porch was amazing and Trent and I sat out there the first night.  Until I saw a snake climbing up the post.  Nope.  I'm out.  

Sunday morning was an early one.  The church has three services, so sound check was at 7:00 AM which meant we left the cabin at 6:30.  This boy is a trooper.  Yes he gets fussy and grumpy and tired, but don't we all?  He loves going to different nurseries and handles longs days better than I do sometimes.

The morning went well.  People loved what we shared and that always feels good.  I had to go rescue Amelia from a crying episode, though.  I just nursed her to calm her.  Then she spit up on me.  Then she pooped.  Then I dropped her off at the nursery.  Then I heard Oliver fussing, so I had to talk to him.  He wasn't respectful so I got to do the whole time-out song and dance in the hallway.  All while the clock was counting down to the next service.  I made it back to the stage with about 30 seconds to spare.  Whew!  

After church was over, the pastor's wife came by to meet Amelia and tell me, "I don't know how you do it."  Which I thought was hilarious because she has toddler twins and a 6 month old.  I said, "are you kidding?!?  I don't know how you do it!"  And then I realized that's motherhood.  None of us know how any of us do it.  

We don't know the story, but the cabin had an old piano in the woods.  We loved it.  

The next morning, Amelia and I waited for the boys to get up before we made our way to Amarillo.  

And then I went to the bathroom to put my hair up and there was a tic on my neck.  Eww.  I know that's what happens in the woods, but nope.  I'm out.  

We had great shows and met great people in Oklahoma!  Excited to go back.  Whenever that may be.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


After we left Arkansas, we made our way to Salado to see my people.  Amelia met my family for the first time (she had already met Grammie, of course) and it was lovely to see her with everyone!  

Oliver spent the days playing outside, swimming, eating popsicles, going to a playground, and skipping naps.  He ADORED playing with Elliot and Griffin and those two were so sweet with him.  Caleb and Noah aren't pictured because I think they were still in school?  I can't remember, lol.  

We also watched E and G perform at their VBS.  We had to leave early because TODDLER and BABY so not much photography there, either.  

And Trent and I went to storage with Paads to get my stuff that my parents don't want to store for me anymore.  

Anyway, enjoy the oh so fancy pictures.     

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Amelia is 4 months!!!

Dearest Amelia,

My, oh my.  Time is not slowing down.  In fact, it seems to speed up when you have kids.  This month brought lots of growth and changes!

You are:
17 lbs, 10 oz
26.5 in.

You are a smiley girl...until night time.  Then you get super fussy and wake up when we put you down.  Like, every time.  So, I end up holding you which might be contributing to the issue, but I really don't care.

Babies don't keep, as they say, so I'm soaking it up!

You enjoyed lots of beach time this month.  Sleeping and nursing in the shade.  We even put your toes in for about 2 seconds.  Then we headed back to the shade!  And you STILL got sun.  Oops.  

You have fussed and cried pretty much every time you've been away from us during a show or worship.  Oliver went through this, too, and now he loves the nursery.  When I pick you up when we're finished, after you've been crying forever, you melt into my arms and fall asleep.

The drool has started!!!  You're chewing on hands and toys and there's even a tooth coming in on bottom!  I cannot believe this.  It's too soon!   


You've started rolling!  Again, too soon.  It seems you have things to do and simply refuse to stay in the baby stage.  You do you, girl.  Rolling means you've started sleeping on your stomach.  (That is, when you do sleep.)  But, you start out on your side and seem to like that better.  

My girl.

Bumbo time!  You love being able to see around you.  Oliver thinks it's pretty cool, too, and likes to sit in it as well.

You got to go with me to hear Daddy at a writers' round.  People loved you.

About the sleeping... you've been in bed with us.  While I love having you close, we cannot do this, sister.  But sometimes, it's the only way I get any sleep.  And you like having a hand on me.  You're officially unswaddled and still don't take a paci or bottle.

Oliver loves you to pieces and calls you his baby.  I just know he'll watch over you and look out for you when y'all are bigger.  And you've even started recognizing him and laughing at him.  He LOVES it.

"Mommy, we're supermans!"

I don't let you actually watch any TV *yet* but you've started looking while O is watching.  It's only a matter of time, ha!!!

Road babies.

You stick your tongue out when you smile and it's adorable.  Also, the car is not your favorite.  But, you'll get there, too!  And you added Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, and Illinois to your states.  Your total at 4 months is 10 states!  You go, girl.

You are such a snuggly nugget and your hair is starting to grow a bit.  You're grabbing things, including your toes, and I know those will be in your mouth before too long. 

Finally asleep.

That mouth.

Four month check-up was all good!  Except those darn shots.  So sad!  You calm down pretty quickly, though.  

Amelia, we love you so big.  I could just eat you up.  Even during the fussy, even during the tired, even when you start talking back to me.  You are my girl and I adore you.

May the stars always align for you...