Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Hippie Confession

You guys.  If you've been following this blog or are my friend on social media, you might know about my tendencies to lean a little on the hippie side.  Things have changed and I feel, out of fairness to myself and the hippie/granola community, I need to confess.

I no longer make my own laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent.


I know.  I never saw it coming.  I was cruising through life enjoying the high and the rush that comes with doing things naturally and saving money and, pardon my french, Damning it to the Man.  But then I joined a Facebook group about laundry and all things cleaning and I was appalled.

The soap used in homemade laundry detergent is not made for clothes and actually traps the dirt on the garments.  Plus, it creates buildup in the machine.  


I had been living a lie for years.  YEARS!

We've actually kept real detergent on hand for our towels for a long time because they just smelled all the time.  Imagine that.  You can even "strip" your clothes using a mixture of detergent and boosters and you should see the dirt that comes out of those clothes.  

So, I've seen there error of my ways and I apologize for leading any of you astray.  Let's unite in cleanliness ;-)

(And then I realized I had had enough of all the film on our dishes and just bought the real stuff.)

BUT, I still make and use my homemade deodorant and make Oliver's bath wash so the hippies can't kick my out yet.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Studio, haircuts, and "sky"

We were able to be home a lot in August which is always nice.  The month started out with us FINISHING OUR CHRISTMAS EP!!!  (It's available 11/2/15, so mark those calendars.)  It's never too early for Christmas music, right? 

We did have one show in Russellville, AL.  It's just down the road a bit and packing one back is both easy and weird.  We led worship and had an evening concert at Calvary Baptist.  

It was great!  Plus, Oliver had a BLAST in the nursery because their car selection was the largest we've seen.  At one point, the pastor's wife came to let me know he was still happy in the nursery and said he had about 25 cars lined up.  Ha!  He wasn't a fan when we had to leave.

We came home and got a little crafting done.  For about $5 or so.

We had another online concert and Oliver helped set up, as he does.  (These are the moments I don't want to forget.)

This big boy got a new back pack to take the diaper bag's place.  

He also got a haircut.  I mean, he needed to.  (We got one, too, but we're not near as cute.)  

We had an afternoon date consisting of pizza, thrifting, and cupcakes, thanks to our friends.

And Oliver discovered his daddy is strong and wonderful and a new game called "sky."

Saturday, October 3, 2015


You guys.  It's October, so naturally, it's time to tell you all about July.  (Seriously…I'm nothing if not on top of things.)

We left Nashville on July 11th and drove all the way to St. Marys, GA.  It really is a beautiful part of the country and we hadn't been in quite some time!

Oliver enjoyed digging in the dirt at The Lighthouse FM and his bath water was extra nasty that night.  

Our friends hooked us up with a great place to stay and this iPhone photo does not do the view justice.  Lovely.  (Although, I kept my distance.  Ain't nobody got time for no alligators.)

The next morning (Sunday) we led worship at Ignite Church and then did a full concert that night.  It was a fun day and we'll for sure go back!  

We had Monday off, so to the beach we went!  

We hadn't been to the beach since Oliver was just sitting in the Bumbo, so we were super excited to see how he'd like it.  Trent and I are beach bums which means if our children aren't…there could be a problem. 

We bought new toys for the beach, including a bucket and shovel.  New cars and plastic army men.  We had visions of us sitting under an umbrella, having a cold beverage, and watching our boy play in the sand with delight.   YEAH RIGHT.  I don't know what we were thinking.  That child ran around and talked to people and chased seagulls and ran into the water (with supervision) the whole day.  It was a BLAST!   And the cutest.  

Lunch at a beach restaurant!  Yay for not having to get too clean before eating =)  

Tuesday, we played at The Rock Youth at The Lighthouse.  They are always such a great group of kids and volunteers.  It makes for a very enjoyable evening!  

I call this one "I promise I wasn't pooping."

And Oliver had fun with the OliVolunteers…

Our friends gave us passes to an amazing water park in town and we did not hesitate to use them!  

Oliver's favorite was to see the bucket get filled and spill.  

Is there anything better than snacks after swimming?  I don't think so.  Also, tie dye muscle shirt for the win.

More beach time!!!

Doin' it.  Doin' it well.

Blake (my nephew) and Jason (my bro-in-law) were in Fernandina Beach visiting Shash and Barley (Jason's parents, Blake's grandparents and my sister's in-laws…you get the idea) so we planned a dinner visit!  Blake is getting so big and duck-facey!  And my photography skills are always so on point.

The next Sunday, we led worship at FBC Middleburg in FL.  It was our first time to go there and we will for sure go back!  Everyone was so kind and enjoyed what we did, so it's a win/win.

And we love gift baskets =)


After church, they were doing a lake baptism at Camp Blanding and we provided the tunes.  But first, we checked out some old military tanks and whatnot.

So, Oliver was NOT having it.  Meaning:  not gonna be away from mama.  It was a low key thing and the only option was plop him up on stage with us.  

We left and made our way to the Atlanta area to stay at our friends' guest house.  It's amazing and they always let us crash when we have a few days to kill.  So thankful.  

Now, since we made it Facebook/Instagram official, we found out we were expecting while there. =)

Our next stop was Chattanooga to play for the youth from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ruston, LA.  It was a living room type show and the youth were awesome!  So cute and fun.  

Then, we went back to Florida (I know, crazy routing) and we stayed with our sweet friends in Largo.  We had a couple days off, which was nice, AND got to have a date, thanks to Mama Madeline.  

Sunday, we had a 3:00 PM concert at Christ UMC.  At first we thought that was an odd time, but it was great!  The church was beautiful and was built in the 50s and clearly I know how to accurately capture architecture.

WHEW!  I actually had to look back at our calendar to remember all the stops.  And now, since I'm feeling a little better (oh, the joy of all day morning sickness), I'm hoping to blog more than once every couple months.  

Thanks for traveling with us!