Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oliver is 7 months!

Dear Oliver,

My goodness, big boy.  I don't know your stats, but I know you are changing and growing every day!  It is such a joy to experience.

This month was another BIG one.  You started eating solids.  You weren't sure about them at first; you got more on you than in your mouth.  (Of course, I texted Grammie and asked if that was normal.  She said yes.)  Now, you like real food a little better.  Some of your favorites have been banana with cinnamon, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, and GUACAMOLE!  Makes this Texan heart proud.

The first time you tried peas, the look on your face was hilarious.  No bueno for you.  But I gave you some that were in what I was eating and you gobbled them up.  Seems you like seasoning.  And boy do you love your sippy cup!  It's more for the action of drinking, but you quite dig it.

You've really started crawling.  You go for our feet, cords, chairs, rugs, shoes, and pretty much anything other than your soft, safe toys.  Your daddy said, "we could put a bunch of toys out and a knife under hay and he'd find the knife."  Ha!  I think he's right.

You are so resilient!  You go with the flow on the road.  Sometimes, you're sleeping in a different room every night and although you may fuss a little, you handle it well.  Better than most adults, I'm sure.

You have officially made it to shopping carts and high chairs!  Can you believe it?!?

You've experienced your first 4th of July but didn't stay up late enough for the fireworks because your mama tends to be a sleep natzi at times.  Next year, I promise!

You have a big boy car seat and you've started to get a little more fussy in the car.  Rolling the window down seems to help.  Also, Baby Einstein on YouTube. 

You love the water and love swimming.  And being thrown by daddy.  You're a dare devil, aren't you?  Please be careful.

  When people say "hi" to you, sometimes you give them a bashful smile and tuck your head into our shoulders.  So cute.

On the day you turned 7 months, your Aunt Kimberly got married.  You were such a trooper that day!  That was also the day you experienced empty solo cups.  We now keep one in the car because you are fascinated by them.

You love your cousins and their toys…including swords!  You have started to flick your wrist a little.  It looks like you're waving, but the real waves will come later.  You've also started scrunching your nose when you smile!

You are into everything and it's just going to get more challenging with you, but we're up for it!  We've had a little backtrack in your sleeping but that's ok.  Sometimes when you wake up to nurse at night, I hold you a little longer because you and I won't always have that time together.  One day, you'll sleep through the night and when you're a teenager, you'll probably sleep too much.  So, for now I will cherish our moments even when I'm craving more sleep.

Happy 7 months, Oliver.  You are our favorite and we love you!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Let Freedom Ring // 2014

Hot dogs, BBQ, banana pudding, explosives…America.  

I can't believe it was a week ago!  We spent the 4th in Amarillo with Trent's family and it was a fabulous time.  Good food, family, and fireworks.  We were there last year when I was about 15 weeks preggo.  I remember thinking, "this time next year we'll have a little one."  

Here's some pictures…

And they're mostly of Mister Man.  

You've been warned.

These were from the 3rd but they're just too cute.  And when did our boy get so big?!?

This is my contribution each year.  It's amazing.  It has cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk so it's also very healthy.

Mama Pat and Papa Tuck came in!

 My in-laws recently had a deck built that extends over the canyon.  Breathtaking views. 

Sweet boy with Mama Pat and Papa Tuck.

Uncle Dan and Aunt Kim came out, too!

I don't think it fits, PaPa.

A dad and his sons =)

 We tried to get a good family pic...

It didn't happen so we went the selfie route.

I love this one.  I feel like he's telling me a good story.
Aunt Amy!!

Honey Lue!

Oliver went to sleep and then we sat out on the deck to watch the fireworks in the distance. 

And then I was in bed at 10:30.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Georgia and Arkansas

A couple weeks ago, after having 3 weeks off, we drive to Hampton, GA to be with the fine folks at Berea Christian Church.  We hadn't been back to play there since Oliver was in my tummy (and even then we didn't know it was an Oliver) so it was fun to introduce him. 

The pastor and his wife, who have become like family, were totally cool with us coming a couple days early for a little getaway. They have an amazing guest house overlooking a pool and we've stayed with them many times. It's like a home away from home! We'd wake up, have coffee & breakfast, put Oliver down for a nap, take the monitor to the pool, where we'd float until he woke up. It was sooo relaxing and we were more than appreciative.

We led worship Sunday morning and Oliver did pretty well in the nursery. There was some fussing, but he survived. 

We had a concert that night at the church.  It was supposed to be in the park, but thunderstorms prevented that. Bummer. It ended up being great and Oliver napped with Janet in the back of the church in a rocker.  Sweet boy. 

And this is what we do for sound check now. Ha!

We went home for three days where I had fever and severe back pain.  Thank God for my husband.  I'm better now but whoa. Also, we started solids!

Then, we packed up and left for Arkansas. It had been too long since we stopped to see the Barlows so we made sure to do that this time.  (Plus, we borrowed more toys and a baby pool floatie.)

Saturday, we went to Fort Smith and got checked into the hotel where there was what seemed like 14 little league baseball teams running in the halls. I was proud I harnessed my instinct to tell them to KEEP IT DOWN I HAVE A BABY SLEEPING IN HERE because they eventually chilled out. 

And this is where I show all our classy: comforter partition to block light from baby, netflix on guitar, Wendy's frosty chilled in the mini fridge. Try not to be so envious of our life.

Sunday morning was great. We led worship and special music at Grace Community Church. Trent had been there many years ago, but this was my first time. Sweet people! Also, Oliver did super great in the nursery! Yay! 

At a pit stop, Oliver was nursing and couldn't stop messing with my earrings. So I got a pic. Which ended up looking like Kristen Wiig's doll hand goodness.

We had a great week off and a fabulous fourth with family! 

(More on that later.)