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So Many Things August 22, 2017

I was just welcoming you to August. Now it’s almost over. Yikes. So this blogging thing. It’s getting harder. I’ve added a lot to my plate the last few months. It makes me sad that my blog isn’t as frequent as before. I love writing. It’s not even an option to give this up. For the few of you that read this blog, I’ll keep at it. I apologize for the gaps and delays.

Our week in Bend with the Scott Clan was fun. The kids had a great time playing together and all being under one roof. My kid didn’t sleep so awesome the first two nights, but the last night was amazing! Graham slept on the air mattress the whole night and didn’t end up in bed with us! Praise the Lord!!! Graham really enjoyed sharing a bed with his brother on this trip and when we came home he kept trying to go down for naps in Owen’s room. It was funny and sweet! The guys got a chance to go golfing together. The girls got a chance to get pedicures, do some window shopping and get lunch on the river. It was a refreshing time!

I’ve been working away on MOPS stuff. I’m feeling good about things. The ducks seem to be coming into a row. nicely I’m praising Jesus and believing for good things. We have one more MOPS summer park play date left. We already have ladies registering for the fall. YAY!

Books have been slower for me this month. When I took the first two weeks of August off, I knew it would mean a slower month. Truthfully, I’ve loved the lacked back pace. I’ve had two parties and did two shifts at a book booth at the SWW Fair. I’ve spent a lot of time building up my September, October, November calendar. It hasn’t been a wasted month by any means.

With less parties to prepare for I’ve been able to focus on other projects. I’ve been slowly collecting items to redecorate the boys’ bedrooms. I’ve happily snagged some great deals over the last few weeks and I feel like a complete plan is coming together for the bedrooms. Now to daydream about bathrooms and the master bedroom. We are supposed to see some action up at the property toward the end of this week or beginning of next week. I’m am anxiously awaiting the foundation being poured. I would do it myself if I could. I want to get going!!! Jeremy and I fully painted the well house and it looks awesome! Jeremy filled in all of the ditches we had dug for water and power. Here’s hoping my next update has pictures of the foundation! Let it be so, Jesus!

We’re also less than two months away from the boys’ birthdays, so I’ve been working on getting party invitations ordered and birthday details nailed down. I’m a planner. Don’t judge. I also started the boys’ yearly photo books last week. I have them up to date through August and formulated so I can easily add the last few pictures needed to complete the year. The books always end with the great birthday celebrations, so I’ll be able to print them soon enough. Just like blogging, making photo books makes my heart happy. Last year I did a little bit each month so it wasn’t too much work. This year I just did it all at one time. I had the time then and there so I thought why not get it done.

And that is about it… We watched the solar eclipse at Bethel with the staff. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t darker because the sun was 96% covered in Chehalis. On the flip side, I’m totally amazed that 4% of the sun could provide so much light. The temperature did drop. Owen got cold and asked for a coat. It was a neat experience, but not as strange as I thought it was going to be. I’m not a huge fan of crowds, but if I ever get a chance to see a total eclipse in the future, I might take it…

Oh and the Lucy Maud Montgomery summer continues! I read the Pat of Silver Bush series this month. I liked Pat more than I liked Emily Starr. I’ve enjoyed re-reading some of my favorite books, but also reading new ones this summer. I’m trying to decided if I will re-read A Tangled Web next or read for the first time Magic for Marigold. Or I might break from my Canadian friends and go down south with Jen Hatmaker to read her new release, Of Mess and Moxie. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

I think that about sums up life. Vacation. MOPS. UBAM. House. Party Prep. Photo Books. Eclipse. Summer of LM Montgomery. Yep. Keeping the kids alive. Keeping up with my hubby. That’s my life! God is good and we keep moving forward and looking ahead!

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Painting the well house

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Checking in on Domino!

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Spray Park

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Playing the piano with Nana

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Brownie bakers!

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Visiting the fair. Graham was too short for the rides. Poor kiddo.

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Working up at the property!

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Backyard BBQ with the young families

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Watching the eclipse with Bethel Staff!

 

Welcome to August August 6, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:50 pm

Right now my boys are down for their afternoon nap. We are supposed to be leaving for a family vacation in Bend, Oregon right now. This nap time was supposed to happen in the car on our way down. But I’m a good friend of “delay” by now and we are delayed! Owen threw up yesterday morning and we thought he had perked back up by bedtime. Then he threw up again at 2:00am… so not quite the bounce back we had hoped for. Instead of going down today, we hope to hit the road tomorrow morning. Even yesterday, we had to cancel plans to go to a family birthday party because of the illness. It’s all good though. I never like to see my little man feeling sick, but having two full days at home is unheard of for me right now in this go-go-go season. I was able to clean the house, do laundry and pack yesterday without feeling stressed or rushed. It was nice to be home with my hubby and my boys. Jeremy has been gone for a week at kids camp. It’s nice to be together again withpout an agenda or schedule. I’m looking forward to hitting the road tomorrow and rediscovering Bend. I went there with my parents as a kid, but a long time has passed since that childhood trip. Hopefully, Lord willing, this stomach bug will be over and won’t transfer to anyone beyond Owen. We feel bad that we are missing time with the family today, but I am positive they are thankful we kept our germs at home for the time being.

What have we been up to? While Jeremy was a kid’s camp, my sister and I took the boys to Long Beach for a couple of days. My forever friend, Maggie, has a darling 1950’s trailer at the beach and offered to let us use it for a few days. We settled into the beach quite nicely and had many fun adventures. The only downside is traveling with my kids means sleepless nights. The first night was rough with Graham waking up crying throughout the night. The second night Graham slept well as long as I held him in my arms. Owen, Graham and I all shared a queen bed and since Owen had space to move, he discovered that he liked to sleep diagonal and take up a good portion of the bed. For two tiny humans, they have an enormous presence while sleeping. Our beach time included playing in the sand, walking on the boardwalk, watching movies, getting ice cream (multiple times), going to breakfast at Pig’n Pancake, visiting Fort Stevens, playing at a huge McDonald’s play place, and checking out some local stores and bakery. Overall, it was a very successful trip. This was my first overnight trip with the boys without Jeremy. April was a super auntie and helped me so much. I’m still probably too chicken to travel alone with them… so I’m glad I didn’t have to! April was a super vacation buddy!

On Thursday, we were supposed to visit Jeremy at camp, but the temps here in the PNW have been super hot. I couldn’t see my kids enjoying 6 hours at camp in 95+ weather. Also, we have smoke from the BC fires making our air hazy and the air quality poor. Instead of visiting Jeremy, we went down to Rainier and played with Auntie April and Grandma at one of our favorite parks early before it got too hot then we did some shopping at Target and lunch at Burger King (Owen’s favorite place to eat). At Target, I found some back to school decorations that I used as the inspiration for Owen’s bedroom wall. Ever since Christmas, Owen’s wall as been decorated seasonally. He had Christmas, Valentine’s Day and then Spring… I could never find the right motivation to move away from Spring until I saw these ABCs, numbers and apples. Perfect for a little boy who is about to start preschool.

Friday, we went down to a local creek with a friend and splashed around the shallow water to keep cool. The park we went to is little known and totally quiet despite the fact that it was in the low 80’s by 11:00am. We had the place to ourselves. The boys had a great time. We always love exploring new places and the creek was perfect fun. There were rocks to throw, sticks to float down stream, minnows to go “fishing” for. The kids had a blast. However, while Owen played happily in the water, Graham sat a picnic table and ate goldfish crackers. Totally different kids.

We did officially hand the building process over to Adair. We were informed that it would be 3-4 weeks until our foundation can be poured because they are so busy. That was a week ago, so now we are in the 2-3 week range. Really praying that we are closer to that 2 week mark now. I’m so excited to see things moving along and I can’t wait to watch my dream house get built before my eyes. At times, I daydream of life in the new house. I can see myself in the kitchen or walking the halls to a bedroom. I can picture the way I want to set up the furniture and I see myself there, living in those walls, finally at home! It’s a weird feelings. Like shadows of something yet to come. A hope, a dream, a desire. I try not to stay in this shadowy land too long. It makes me anxious and fills me with longing while at the same time bringing a sense of peace and belonging. The process of selling our home, packing up our stuff, living with Bill & Debbie and waiting for our house to be built has been a deeper, more emotional experience than I could have ever imagined. I never fancied myself all that into my “things”. I never realized how much a home gives you roots and stability. It’s a part of you. It’s something you create and love and maintain. I am looking forward to being a homeowner once again. I will have a deeper appreciation of what a blessing it is.

And that’s the update for now! MOPS is going well! We did all our shopping for decor items a few weeks ago. I’m glad to have that checked off the list. I got t-shirts made and ordered for our steering team. I learned that the opinions of 12 women when it comes to fashion are challenging! We have registrations coming in already! Just a little over a month until our kick off!  Finally, Usborne books has been a bit slower for me. I have one party next week and two days that I’ll be at the fair doing a booth. I have two more parties the following week. After a couple slower weeks, I am grateful for the business but I am also okay when things get slower. It’s nice to have a change of pace and not be a busy book lady 24/7. The fall is the busiest season for books with Christmas approaching. I know that my quiet July/August will most likely give way to a busier September/October/November. The good news is I decide how much I want to do. My personality wants to do it all, but now that I’ve experienced the blessing of a slightly slower season, I’m inclined to put more boundaries on my business so I don’t burn out.

Okay. Now I’m officially done! Until next time!

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Dream house under construction!

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MOPS shopping at Hobby Lobby! So much fun!

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Our theme this year for MOPS is Free Indeed and the graphic has birds on it. Each table will have a different bird cage as the center piece!

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We were gifted tickets to the Steam Train. Jeremy had to work, but the boys and my parents and I enjoyed a summer train ride.

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Settled in at the beach

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So many buddies joined us at Owen’s request…

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Facials!

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Movie night!

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The newly decorated bedroom wall!

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Summer is flying by! July 26, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:45 pm

How is it almost the end of July? I feel like just a couple days ago it was the beginning of the month! July has been a full month for me. Lots of MOPS stuff on my plate, as well as balancing books and boys and building! This week I don’t have any book parties, so I’ve been able to slow down and use my quiet moments for MOPS or for personal rest. After finishing the Anne of Green Gables series, I read The Blue Castle and now I’m on to the Emily Starr series. As you can see, it’s turning out to be a very Lucy Maud Montgomery kind of a summer for me. I’m loving it!

MOPS has been running full steam ahead. I’ve been to the bank numerous times to try to transfer the account to my name and add this year’s finance leader. It’s been a struggle and I’ve been there more than I would like. Thankfully, I think Monday was the last time. I don’t like the bank… It’s now up there with the doctor! We’ve been having summer park play dates with friends all over Lewis County. My boys love going to all the different parks. This last weekend, we had our MOPS leadership retreat where we planned the whole year and came together a team to learn, grow and share. It was a wonderful time. I truly blessed by the team of ladies supporting me. I know that this year is going to be awesome! Yesterday, I filmed a promo video and tonight I get to talk MOPS with the adult gathering at our church. I’m taking advantage of every moment I can to get the word out. Our registration forms are out and we have online registration available this year. I have a few more things nail down before I feel fully set and ready for the fall. I have to update the welcome packet and contact potential speakers. I have some DVD sessions to watch. Tomorrow night a couple of team members and I will head up to Hobby Lobby and look for decorative elements for our theme “Free Indeed” which is expressed through geometric birds. We’ll see what we can find!

July was a bit slower month from me in book sales. I made my sales goal, but I didn’t have the same month I had before. June was insane. I’m hopeful for September/October since so many people have said they would like to host parties in the fall. It’s really an ideal time right before Christmas. I’m now out of my incentive period and I got all the rewards the offered, so that feels good. Being out of my incentive period takes some pressure off because I’m not longer working towards rewards levels (UBAM does have monthly incentives – last month I won a gym bag, this month I won a pop socket for my phone). I was already planning on taking the first two weeks of August off, but now I kind of have three weeks off when you add this week. I’m still doing a lot of follow-up and I’m active in my VIP group, but no parties means no live videos to shoot and no late nights staying up to watch for orders. It’s nice to have some down time after going so strong for 12 weeks. I think I’ll be itching to get back in the saddle after my vacation time. I really do love these books.

Jeremy has been a rock star when it comes to the property. We are all good to go and ready to hand things over to Adair. That meeting should happen at the property tomorrow at 10am. Insert happy dance here. Now that we have the well house up, we’ve spent the last few days painting it to try to find the right combination of colors to paint our house.  We have settled on Pewter Tankard for the main body, Smokey Blue for the accent color and Frosty White for the trim. Picking paint colors stresses me out so I’m glad that we found colors we like and that we agree on where they should go. Ultimately, Jeremy and I liked the same colors, but we had our ideas reversed on what should the main body and what should the accent color. After a bit of experimenting, we made a final decision. I’m glad we have the well house to play with before we paint the actual house!

And that about sums things up! Graham took a 15 minute nap in the swing today and that apparently meant he didn’t want to nap at all for the rest of the day. Both boys are finally sleeping, but nap time was hard fought today. I want to take advantage of the quiet moments and maybe start the final Emily Starr book. Wishing you all the best! I can’t wait to share more updates, especially as Adair takes over our building process and hopefully things start to move a little quicker than they have been!

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Hot dogs and chocolate milk at Burger King as a reward for one our many trips to the bank.

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Graham wanted to nap with Owen

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Exploring Tumwater Falls

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Exploring Tumwater Falls

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Hair Cut Day!

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Hair Cut Day

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Cousin Brinley’s birthday party at the park

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Two best buds watching the train roll along

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At the zoo with friends!

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Zoo train!

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Park play date with the cousins!

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Owen and Cousin Bennett finding a shaded spot to sit for lunch.

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The MOPS Steering Team! So blessed by these ladies!

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Sunny day selfies

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Sunny day selfies

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Most likely, quite possibly, maybe for sure the paint colors for our house! :)

 

Living at the Limit July 10, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:11 pm

Sorry for the delay in this post. As you can see from the title of this blog, we’re running at 150% capacity right now. Jeremy has been working extra hard to get our property ready to hand off to Adair. He has gotten our well house ready to go and our power up and running. He has been diligent and faithful to make progress on our property and we will soon see the weight of this project shifted more over to Adair than on shoulders. It will a hard earned and welcome change! I am so grateful for how Jeremy has mastered this building process and stayed on top of all of the details. He has championed this season of building and I know we will be blessed by his efforts for years to come. He is simply amazing and the hardest worker I know!

Life for me looks very similar to the last time I posted. I’m rocking the book business and enjoying the rewards of my incentive period. I’ll officially be out of my incentive period on July 20th and I think I will have only missed one reward opportunity – which was the full kit refund. I got a half refund, but was short of the full one. Other than that, I’ve received so many rewards and bonuses for starting this business strong. I’m loving it! I’ll be putting in a big order of books in a few week for free! I love that I’m growing my home library and making money for our family. It’s truly a win-win.  Books are the best!

MOPS has been meeting in the park through the summer twice a month. In fact, we have a park play date tonight. It’s fun because the boys love to play at the park and the parents catch up. It’s been great to have dads attending our park play dates. We have more of an emphasis on family and community now that we are meeting in the evenings when both parents are off of work (most likely). I was a part of two meetings today preparing for our big MOPS kick off this fall. Our leadership retreat is in 1.5 weeks and I’m super excited for the team that God has brought together! I can see how God is bringing all the pieces together and I am in awe as it all falls into place. God is so good. The moms in our community are going to be blessed, encouraged and supported! It’s an honor to be a part of this re-launch of a vital ministry. I’m truly humbled and I’m looking forward to this fall with an expectant heart of great things to come!

The boys are loving summer time! Lots of outside play time and water fun. Owen is chatting up a storm these days and asking a lot of “why” questions. He remains a faithful helper around the house and the property. He loves being a big boy and working alongside the men in his life. I’ve had the chance to hang out one on one with Graham a bit in the last few weeks and I’m amazed at how quiet the house is when Owen is gone. It was a little sampling of what the fall will be like with preschool. Graham plays so great by himself and loves to snuggle. He had a rough week with a double ear infection and pink eye at the end of June, but he has since recovered and his back to his normal self. His eyes swelled up so bad with the pink eye that it was painful to look at him. Poor kid!

Our 4th of July was spent around the house playing while Jeremy worked up at the property. We had dinner with my dad that night to celebrate his birthday and then we came home and did a small amount of fireworks. Owen enjoyed the parachutes that Jeremy got. Graham wasn’t too into the sparklers and Owen got a spark on his face that made the sparklers a bit dramatic for a few minutes. We had one foundation firework that Graham enjoyed watching, but Owen just wasn’t sure about it. I think he liked that it had a picture of a train on the package, more than the firework itself.

Jeremy and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary on Saturday! I had a 24 stomach bug and Jeremy was up at the property working on the well house, so it wasn’t the most romantic anniversary we’ve ever had. I didn’t mind though. Progress on the property is the best gift Jeremy can give me, so I fully supported being apart. I would have taken the boys up to the property for part of the day if I didn’t have a need to stay near the restroom and the port-a-potty at the property just wasn’t going to cut it for me! Luckily, the boys were pretty understanding that I didn’t feel well and let me rest.

I’m grateful for the help and support of my in-laws as we navigate this busy season. My father-in-law has been working alongside Jeremy and had been a huge help to the building process. My mother-in-law watched the boys so Jeremy and I could go to dinner on Saturday (I was going to spend time with my sweetie even if the food didn’t like me). She watched the boys again on Sunday so I could attend a family baby shower and Jeremy could continue to work on the well house. It is a blessing to be so supported during this crazy season. Jeremy and I keep writing everything down and going over our schedules constantly to make sure we’re on the same page and nothing falls between the cracks. We have lots of moving pieces in our life and it feels a lot like a jigsaw puzzle!

While I’m sure there are more newsy details to share, I think that’s about it for now. I’ll post some pictures below and do my best to not let my posts get too few and far between. I dearly love this blog and writing is such good therapy for me. Lately, I’ve spending my free time in Prince Edward Island re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series. I read a historical fiction book called, Maud, about Lucy Maud Montgomery and it inspired me to re-read all the Anne books. When life gets draining, I refill my cup with time with Jesus and good books! Anything by L.M. Montgomery is a good book in my opinion and I love getting spending my time in Canada with my favorite characters. Even when it’s busy, I gotta keep reading! Keeps me sane!

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Brotherly Hugs

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Graham’s poor eye didn’t stop him for playing!

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Snuggling with Owen

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Going off to play after spending the morning apart!

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We had to cancel our family camping trip, but Owen & Jeremy went up to visit the rest of the family for an afternoon!

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Making a bug catcher at Home Depot

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New balance bike!

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Graham loved waving his flag on the 4th of July!

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Taking a break while helping Jeremy fill in a ditch up at the property!

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Celebrating Grandpa’s birthday!

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Enjoying the fireworks!

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Owen got some eye protection after a spark got him in the face!

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Getting to see my forever friend, Maggie, in person for a few hours while she was up on vacation!

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The well house! It’s so big I’m tempted to move in!

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Spending our anniversary evening with my love! It was great to come up to the property and check out his hard work!

 

Welcome to Summertime! June 23, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:39 am

Since my kids aren’t in school, the official transition to summertime doesn’t change our schedule. We just keep doing what we do. Day in and out! I’m very aware that our schedule will change this fall when Owen goes to preschool. I’m trying to make the most of these days with the three of us at home all day long. They can be tiring, but they are good. Yesterday morning was one of those mornings where I heard “Mom” about every 5 seconds –  “Mom, can I have that?” “Mom, can I do this?” “Mom, I have an owie” “Mom, I need a snack”… When Jeremy came home for lunch, I’m sure I had a bit of a wild and crazy look in my eyes. I love the small children, but I dream of the day where I can use the restroom and not hear “MOM” being yelled from the living room. Oh, real life with preschoolers and toddlers, it’s glamorous!

The weather has been nice lately so we’ve been spending time outside. Owen and Graham love Nana & Papa’s backyard. We have a kiddie pool set up, a water table, a sandbox, a trampoline, a swing set… There is no reason to ever come inside on a sunny day. The boys are sporting some awesome farmers tans. We are obviously, going through lots of sunscreen!

Sunday was Father’s Day! For Father’s Day weekend, we took Jeremy out to breakfast at one of our favorite local places. Then Jeremy and I took Owen to see his first movie! We saw Cars 3. Lucky for us the theater was pretty quiet. Owen did a fairly good job. He stood from time to time. Sat in my lap, Jeremy’s lap and his own chair. He really wanted to sit by lights on the steps. He had to go to the bathroom 5 times during the movie and then fell asleep for the final 15 minutes! It was fun to do something for the “first” time with him, but we probably won’t try another movie for a while. Owen loved the racing scenes, but the movie had too much talking overall to keep his attention.  Jeremy had to work on Saturday morning and then went up to the property for the afternoon to work on the well houses. Saturday night we had dinner with my dad to celebrate with him. Then Sunday was a big family BBQ with Jeremy’s family. We got to see the E-burg cousins which is always a special treat! It was a busy, fun weekend!

Wednesday, we got another special treat of going to the zoo with the whole Scott clan. I’m loving our zoo membership. I hope to be back there a few more times over the course the summer and get the most that I can out of our membership. It was sweet to see all the cousins keep up with each other. Here were lots of buddies holding hands and lots of adults counting kids. We are a clan of 16 now!

I don’t have too much new news to share today. We are still working on the well house situation. Getting concrete to pour the pads has turned into a drawn out endeavor that has yet to be completed. Jeremy has also been working hard to get our temporary power pole ready to go.

The world of books is going well. June has been busy, but I finally feel like I’m getting a flow. Things aren’t as intimating. I got my first recruit last Friday. I’m looking forward to my Success Kit #2 coming via UPS today (so it will arrive at like 7:00pm because I swear we are the last house they deliver to). I was a little concerned that my July wasn’t filling up but then just a few days ago I had a run of parties booked, so I’m feeling good about July now. Overall, selling books is good stuff. Of course, it’s a job, so it takes time and energy. I’m working my business the best that I can. I’m loving the rewards. I’m loving meeting new people. I love getting families books for free with our reward system.

Now that books are finding a good flow, I need to divert some of my attention to MOPS. I have most of the groundwork laid for our planning retreat in July. I’ve spent the last couple months updating paperwork and getting our publications ready to start strong. I have a few more meetings on the books to prepare our team before the big planning retreat. I am excited for how things are falling into place. My biggest hope and prayer is for our childcare situation. I ordered a really awesome curriculum for MOPS Kids and I’m looking for the right person to lead that lesson time each week. We still need people to step up and say they want to love on some kiddos so mamas can have a break. It’s early and I keep plugging away sending more asks and messages each week. I believe God is faithful and all the pieces will come together. I gotta have faith and a positive outlook!

That’s about it for now! We are running full steam ahead toward our dreams and goals and making things happen. Lots to process and lots to do, but it’s rewarding. I’m excited for the future we are building for our family. This season sure does take a lot energy, but I believe that we are going to see the fruits of labor soon and we’ll be glad we pushed through! God is good!

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Set up again at the Barn on Jackson! I’ll be back again the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of July from 4-7pm.

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Owen’s first movie!

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Happy Father’s Day to the best dad ever! The boys and I are so blessed to have Jeremy in our lives!

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When you don’t get an afternoon nap…

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Trying out the big swing

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My boys at the zoo!

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Cute kids!

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The whole Scott clan at the zoo!

 

Catching You Up! June 15, 2017

Hey all! I will admit that it’s harder to find time to blog these days. The boys are wild and running full steam ahead every waking second. I’m blessed with snuggles and sweet moments in the midst of the boyhood chaos surrounding me. Things are happening at the property. I am giving 150% to my new Usborne book business. And then I have MOPS and friendships and family relationships that I’m trying to keep up with as well. I don’t like being busy. I am very tired. I was thinking today about how there just isn’t enough of me to go around or the age old saying of “there aren’t enough hours in the day.” Today was a day where I tried to multi-task working while the boys were awake and it was insanity. Often, I’m working when the boys are napping or at bedtime. Anytime my kids are asleep, I’m trying to get something done. It’s rewarding. I love the things I’m doing and people that I am investing in, but man, I could use a nap. Instead I’m blogging… naps and blogging are both therapeutic for me, but sadly I can only do one at a time. Maybe I can clone myself…

Okay, so the house. I know that you want house updates. I feel bad because we’re into building season and I would love to chronicle that process in detail here… but that might not happen. Sorry. As you can see I’m loosing my marbles a bit and I have some screws loose and whatever other saying will imply I lack mental clarity. While I get the basic just of building a house, there are parts of the process that I get confused about or don’t know the correct terms. This is not my skill set. Please, keep that in mind as you read my updates. They might include words like “thingamajig” from time to time. Last week we had the home site excavated, our driveway put in and gravel spread over the excavated site. Jeremy, my dad and brother-in-law, spent the weekend assembling the walls of our well houses.  The concrete pads weren’t poured yet so the well houses couldn’t go up over the weekend, but they are now as assembled as possible. Once the pads are poured and set, the well houses will be officially assembled. Jeremy is also working on getting the temporary power set up. And our building permits have been submitted to the county. We are still in the site “prep” stage, but we are very close to being fully ready to build. We had a meeting with Adair last week and they were impressed with how far we were in the process and they seemed optimistic that things would move along quickly. I’ll keep you posted so I know more!

As I mentioned, our days have filled with Usborne, MOPS, play dates and zany kids. Things are going well with Usborne. I’m one recruit away from getting my Success Kit #2. I have a couple recruits possibly joining in June because Usborne is running a special where you can join for $50. It’s a fantastic deal and truly an awesome opportunity. MOPS wrapped up last week and I’m in the midst of meetings and reworking paperwork in preparation for the new year. It’s exciting to see it all come together and I am believing great things are in store for our group. This new role has stretched me and grown me. I seem to be in a season doing new things. It’s good, but again, tiring. I’m doing lots of learning and trying to keep up and on top of things.

I think back to the days when I was at home for maybe 2,3,4 days in a row. Maybe unshowered… just chilling with babies and wondering if I’m losing my mind. Now, I kind of miss that. I’ve been out of the house a lot more these days or I’m doing live videos for my business, so the endless days of no showering just aren’t an option… I’m sure it’s better for the world as a whole, but I miss the slower pace and the option of being presentable. Haha… it takes energy! As an introvert, these new roles have me connecting with people all day long and that is taking some getting used to. I’m very much drained by constant communication. This summer is probably going to be the hardest part (I hope). I’m learning new things, we’re building a house, I’m out of my comfort zone in a lot of areas. But new routines will form. I will adapt to the new schedules and new commitments. Everything won’t be “new” forever. I’m learning a new form of endurance. It’s good, but hard. It’s rewarding, but tiring. Doesn’t that sum up life in a nutshell?

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Airplane

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Telling the time with his new Usborne book!

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One cute kid!

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Celebrating Cousin Bennett’s birthday at the park!

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Home Depot runs with Dad

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Last MOPS meeting of the year! So blessed by these ladies and excited to lead this group in the fall!

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Cranky face

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Home partying with my books!

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We have a driveway!!!!!!!

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Homestead Selfie

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Happy snuggles after Sunday naps

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Making Grandma a birthday card!

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Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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Graham fell asleep in his highchair after a super active play date!

 

 

The Promised Pictures June 2, 2017

Here is the photo update that I wasn’t able to include yesterday. Enjoy!

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Working at the property

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Sending a “Hello Dad” picture to Jeremy

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Owen knows his stuff with tractors

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Playing at the property

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Graham worked up the courage for a ride

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Ice cream treat on a hot day

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Serious bedhead

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Shopping with my boys

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Checking out a new coffee shop and bookstore with friends. It’s an old bank and the vault was made into a playroom!

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Exploring my first success kit from Usborne!

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Water play time

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Watering cans are endlessly fun

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Hanging at a local multi-vendor sale