i was a mildly blubbering mess, but oliver managed to keep things light by entertaining himself with a keychain flashlight and mirrored lipstick case in the back pew. i left with child to wander the halls and look at the xmas tree halfway through. it was a beautiful day and even a little warm once we arrived graveside. there was a healthy turn out and his children and wife sat in shock. i can't imagine having to drive out of there and leave my husband alone in a hole in the ground.
one week after xmas, oliver and i returned again to tyler for my niece's 16th birthday. the celebration was low key. after racing by my parents for a diaper change and pre-lunch snack, we met my sister's family, my grandparents, and my niece's boyfriend's family at the red lobster where i dined on surprisingly delectable asparagus.
this is the red lobster.
the party moved across loop 323 to the baskin robbins/dunkin donuts combo affair for ice cream. as you can see, oliver ate a banana.
and tried on bracelets.
we returned to dallas promptly that afternoon. there was still one more trip to be had...