Monday, August 25, 2014

{ Pennsylvania or Bust }

A few weeks ago, we drove to Knox, Pennsylvania for the weekend to lead worship at Cornerstone Church and open for Josh Wilson.

We split up the drive which is, as you know, how we do it these days.  We stopped about halfway and stayed with some gracious friends who fed us yummy food and loved on our Oliver.  It was great.  Well, other than Oliver's sleep, or lack there of.  It was a tough night.

The next day, we continued on to Knox, got checked in, and got supper.  We let Oliver roam the hall.  I felt like the carpet was clean enough.



We were exhausted and were literally in bed before 8:00.  (Before 7:00, our time!) 
Our boy decided to have a night of getting up and crying every hour and a half to two hours.  And I can't really let him fuss it out in a hotel, so that was another long night.  Clearly, he was fine with it...

In addition to a sleepless night, we had to get up super early to get to the church by 7:00 AM.  We led worship for two services on Sunday morning at Cornerstone and they were precious people.  They loved what we did, which is always nice to hear.  And Oliver did *pretty* well in the nursery.  Awesome the first service and not so awesome the second.  But, we were finished for the day, so I picked him up early.

*1st service = happy baby*

After grabbing lunch and getting changed, we had to immediately go to the next venue to sound check.



There was a spread of snacks backstage, which I always love.  Earlier in the day, the folks responsible for the spread asked if there was anything special we wanted.  We said just water (We're so low maintenance!  Bring us to your church!  Ha.)  and jokingly said no brown M&Ms. 

And they did it!!!  We cracked up.  Well played.

We had the sweetest OliVolunteer.  And she did amazingly well with him.

We got to visit with Josh and his road manager (who also has a son named Oliver) and I'm glad to report that they are sweet and genuine!  (That's not always the case with well known artists, I'm sorry to say.)


We played for about 30 minutes and had a blast!  Having songs do well on the radio in the area really helped.  

When we were finished, we listened to Josh from backstage and decided to take a peek.
(See my boys' heads?)

(Well, we didn't stay hidden enough and some people saw our little one and started laughing and oh-look-how-cute-ing and pointing.  Oops.)

After the show, we were sitting at a table and signing things and that's when Oliver grabbed an open sharpie, without my knowledge, and put it in his mouth.  And then ended up with a partial Hitler mustache.  Mom of the year right here, y'all.  No picture, unfortunately.  (Or maybe that's a good thing?)  

Anyway, it was a long day and night and Oliver did awesome.  Only melting down on the way back to the hotel.  People were shocked how well he held it together.  Such a sweet trooper boy.

We found a cheap hotel room for our trip back home and had time to grab dinner as a family.  



Oliver hadn't had solids in four days (I just didn't mess with it and most of his calories come from me anyway.)  But boy howdy.  I got out some food and he CHOWED.  DOWN.  Bless his heart, he must've been starving!  Again, mom of the year.



He had a better night, probably because he slept with us most of the night.  But not because we didn't try to separate us all.  I mean check out this wall.  My man is truly talented.

There was construction happening the next morning.  I woke up to hammers.  Fun times.

O liked to watch the workers!


And Trent did, too.

It was a whirlwind of a trip and a great one!  We can't wait to go back to PA.










Friday, August 22, 2014

Oliver is 8 months!!!

Dear Oliver,

My goodness.  Where has the time gone?  You have really been busy growing and doing and learning and it is so. much. fun. to watch.



You started sitting up all by yourself!  It took some time, but you are a pro now.

AND you had your first time on/in a swing.  You were still a little wobbly, so we'll have to try again.  Look how adorable you are!


And you went from sitting up, to pulling up like, in a day!  Why are you in such a hurry to grow up?  Just kidding.  We are so proud of you!  You've gotten some bumps here and there, but nothing that can't be fixed with some extra cuddles.

Standing in your crib is now a daily thing.  It should be fun when you can yell for us.  Ha!  And mercy are you hard to change.  We have to give you things to hold to keep you occupied.  Your brush seems to help, or a water bottle.  Even then we have about 20 seconds to get it done.

You are strong and strong willed.  You know what you want and you want it now.  You do not sit still…go, go, go is your mentality. 


You have now been to 17 states!  Two more were added this month and we can't wait to show you where all you've been.


You have started picking up food with your fingers and you love to eat!  When you see us eat, we can tell you really want it, too.  That'll come soon enough, sweet boy.  

You aren't a fan of the vacuum.  If I hold you, you're fine.  But if not?  Whoa.  You hate the car wash vacuums and rightfully so.  Those things are loud and you have to stay in your seat.  Sorry!

Your naps are longer and you have two a day, usually.  Yay!  Night time is still not the best, but we're handling it.  There are times when I comfort you in the middle of the night and I wonder if your wife is getting comforted by her mama at the same time.  Then I say a prayer for you and for her.  That you will both have soft hearts for Jesus.

  Sometimes, you give me gummy kisses and it melts my heart.  Sometimes, you bite me when you're nursing.  That does not melt my heart.  You don't do it too often, though, and who can be mad at a face like that?

Your little legs have gotten rough from crawling and boy can you move!  Super fast.  And super fast toward whatever it is you shouldn't have.  

One of the main questions we get is if you're a good traveler.  We are so thankful that you are!  Sure, you fuss here and there, but you're a baby!  To hear some other parents' stories about how their babies screamed makes us even more thankful…so thank you, Mister Man.  You really are such a trooper!

You experienced the lake for the first time.  You didn't like it.  It scared you, poor thing.  But you sure looked cute in a life jacket!

You can be playing and into everything but when a good song comes on TV or a commercial you stop and watch.  And it's not every song!  You definitely have a taste…and it's good.

Oliver, you are the best thing we've ever done.  Not only do you bring us joy, but you bring joy to everyone who meets you.  You made us a mommy and a daddy and you are teaching us daily what that means.  We cannot tell you enough just how much we love you!  















Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The New Mexico // Part Dos (And a little Texas, too.)

As I mentioned in my last post, we went to Fort Sumner, NM to go to Trent's sister's wedding.  We got to town on Friday to spend more time with the family because we weren't going to be able to stay long after the wedding.  

We couldn't get into the hotel when we got there, so we went to the Billy the Kid museum to take some pictures!



We had been there before in 2009…see?


We went to the rehearsal dinner and Oliver chowed down on some amazing guacamole.  Then on the wedding day, we got checked out and headed over to where the family was.  I knew the day was going to be tricky as far as naps go, so here are naps 1, 2, 3, and 4:

He is a trooper.

Kimberly and Tommy got married at Koontz Ranch.  It was beautiful!  I can see why people fall in love with the scenery in that part of the country.  Tommy was raised in Hawaii and Kimberly in Fort Sumner, so the wedding had island and western/Mexican flare. 

There were adorable tissue paper flowers in the trees.   

Hay for sitting with Mexican blankets.  And tiki torches on the side...

An old table draped with turquoise suede and candles was the backdrop for the vows.  And they stood on the hide! 

Cacti in colorful pots and votives on the brick wall...


Dinner menu written on an old mirror.  Love that!  (We didn't get to eat because we had to rush out.  Everything smelled amazing.)

The lineup.  So cute!

This was when the ranch owner had to go tend to a snake that was eating a bird.  So there was that.  (I think my heart has finally stopped pounding.)

This door, though.  In a little courtyard on the side of the house.  And with the storm rolling in?  Stop it.

Killing time before the wedding started...


Kimberly found these stickers (that are safe to eat) to put on sugar cookies.  Aren't they precious?  Hawaiian scenes and cowboys.  They did this instead of a groom's cake and they were DELICIOUS!

Before the wedding, it rained a ton.  Great for the area, but not on a wedding day.  But then I was told rain on your wedding day in Hawaii is good luck =)

 
  
The girls were in coral and tan and wore boots...

The guys in khaki and white with leis...




As soon as the vows were said, a rainbow appeared.  If that's not a blessing on a marriage, I don't know what is.

And O is now obsessed with solo cups.  

We had to leave immediately and drive 3 1/2 hours to Dumas, TX.  This was the sunset as we were leaving the ranch.  Breathtaking.

We got to Dumas at about 1:15 AM, got in the hotel, put Oliver in bed with us and got to sleep about 2:00 AM.  We got up at 7:00 to get to Grace Thru Fellowship.  We led worship and special music and even got to share our story a little bit because it went well with the sermon.  That was fun!  Everyone was great and we had just enough CDs.  How's that for perfect timing?!?

We left after church and drove to Amarillo to spend the night with Trent's parents before heading out the next day.  We all napped, including Oliver.  He slept for 3 hours!  Amen.

We had a short visit then had to say our goodbyes.  We split up the drive coming home, because it's 14 hours and that's just crazy.  Van Buren, AR is halfway so we stopped there and got to eat with some friends before getting to bed.

Oliver loves to do this when we stop at gas stations =)

And just to keep it real, here was a setup on the final stretch:  lovie in seat, blanket curtain, paci, iPhone on YouTube on the seat.  It was a bit rough.

But we made it home safely and are now working our butts off booking, writing, and raising a very active and into everything adorable boy.