Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The end of May

I don't know what the deal is, but I'm slacking in the blog department.  So, here I am with our end of May shows and whatnot.

After some time home, we went back to Arkansas for a run of shows.  It was in the Van Buren area and we always enjoy our time there.  It feels like a second home.  We always hit up our favorite restaurants and the hotel employees know us and know we'd like a fridge in the room =)

And it has an indoor pool which was a great way to waste time. 

First, we played at Cedarville Baptist Church for their Wednesday night service.  It was mostly youth and you never know how youth will act, but they were fabulous!  Oliver hung out with our friend, Heather, and even scored a new toy tractor.  Then the sweet pastor asked if he could buy "a tape."  Precious.

The next day, we found a fun park to burn off some energy.  There was an amazing playground but Oliver's not really a fan.  He just walks around aimlessly.  He loved the court, though.  Future baller?  Lord knows he'll have the height.

Thursday - Saturday, we played at Larry's Pizza in Fort Smith.  It's a great venue and the owner brings in Christian bands.  It was a fun change of pace.  We got to do some songs we don't usually do for the church shows!  

Our childcare fell through, so we asked a pastor and his wife (who are awesome grandparents who we've met through playing at their church a few times) if we could bring Oliver over.  They graciously said yes and we were so thankful!!!  And Oliver had a great time.  Lorita was kind enough to send me pictures to put my mama mind at ease.  Here's a favorite:  kitchen picnic (his 2nd dinner, ha!) with new friends.  Also, he had chocolate milk for the first time and chugged it.


"Get me outta here!"

Sweet fans who have followed Trent for a looooong time!

We sang Happy Birthday for the first time and then the birthday girl was proposed to.  Fun times!  I got teary.

I think I'm getting days mixed up based on the clothes Oliver has on, but oh well.  We found another park and this one had a train!!!  Rides for only .25 cents.  Score!  He loved it despite how he looks in the pics…

Mexican food!  (Not very good, but we didn't go hungry.)  The boy likes to dip-dip.  A phrase we've adopted from cousin Blake.

Another park day!!!

Yes, he's trying to drink the collected rain water.  Eww.  

This run of shows finished up with the Sunday morning of Memorial Day with the fine folks at Cliff Terrace.  I think this was our 3rd year to do it.  After we play, they always have a big cookout.  We usually stay, but needed to head home and try to beat the bad rains that were coming.  They did, however, fix us up some to-go brisket and potato salad (amen.) and it was yummy!

We made it home and enjoyed a relaxing (rainy) Memorial Day with this cutie.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Oliver is 18 months!

Dear Oliver,

I just couldn't wait until you were 2 because so much has happened in the last 6 months.  You are growing, learning, and developing quite the personality.  We are having SO MUCH FUN.  Yes, you are exhausting, but worth it!

Since you turned the big ONE, you've been on your first flight, survived your first change of address, learned words, started walking, which has turned into a slight jog.  It seems you need to get there and get there fast.  You know what the remote is and what it does and even point it at the TV or just give it to us.  Oops.  We don't always let you watch TV and that can lead to some meltdowns, but you get over it.

You've had several bouts with vomiting and it is the saddest thing.  One time, you were really sick; it lasted almost 5 days and included diarrhea.  You love cold water and cold milk.  You're a good eater, only having a handful of "toddler" moments.  You haven't had juice yet (you eat A LOT of fruit).   You try to feed your toys and stuffed animals, giving them drinks and bites of goldfish.  Adorable. 

We haven't cut your hair again because it's getting curls in the back and I just can't bring myself to take you!  We'll say…maybe it'll get so hot this summer, I'll have no choice.  Until then, #savethehair.

You love animals, kids, babies, and other people.  And it seems you share well!  When we say "give me a kiss," you lean your forehead to us.  Haha!  You're pretty much addicted to your paci(s).  We foresee issues when we take it away, but maybe you'll surprise us.  I'm not really worried about it.   Also, you don't like getting your teeth brushed.   

You love books and know when they're upside down.  You know signs for more, please, all done, baby, ball, hot, and Jesus.  It's fascinating!   Your vocabulary is growing.  Not many words sound how they are meant to sound, but it's the cutest.  Ball, guitar, mama/mommy, daddy, ear (eeh), eye, ice,  Thomas (tatee), amen, dip, beep beep, baby, choochoo, 1-2-3 (te, te, te), uh-oh made a mess (uh-oh ma meh), moo, and just recently turtle!  

While you can't say all the words, you know much more:  cat, dog, cow, paci, and many more.  You can even follow simple commands!  "Go put your paci up," "Throw that in the trash," "Get your blanket," "Time to eat."  Sometimes, instructions make you upset.  Tears and fusses.  But, we make you do it.  Giving us the paci and cleaning up toys at night seem to result in the most tears.  Don't worry, sweet one.  We're laying important groundwork for ya!    

A few days ago, you had your first time-out.  It was fine.  Probably harder on me, but you did well.  Sat there for about a minute, cried, then all was ok.  When we do have to discipline you, all it takes is a louder tone and you get sad and give us a hug.  You have a loving sensitive heart and we are so thankful.  

You do well in nurseries and light up when you see new toys and new faces.  And when we come to get you, you run around like a crazy person showing us all the things.  You're still into playing with balls, but are now loving cars, trains, and all things transportation.  Lining them up is your favorite and if they get out of line?  Watch out.  It upsets you.  You adore music and you've got some rhythm.  You love to climb and seem to have no fear…except with swings.  Not a fan of those.  

You're a pretty good sleeper and napper, although you usually get up early!  You love to wave at the planes that fly over our house and you say "bye-bye!" You know your body parts and ours, too.  You are such a smart boy, soaking up everything.  Recently we left you overnight for the first time (for 3 nights) and we wondered what we ever did without you. 

You complete us, make us better people, make us laugh and cry and worry.  You are a special little boy, Oliver.  We love you more than you could possibly know.  

Now for the pictures =)