Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

Adding to my Resume August 20, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:52 pm

How is this for a change – a blog about what I’m up to instead of my entire family? Odd, I know, but I have somethings to share.  For a while now I’ve pondering what I will do with my small about free time that is coming with this next season. Owen will be in school full day soon and Graham will spend three mornings a week at preschool. I’m looking at roughly 6-9 hours of free time that never existed in my schedule before. It’s a small window of time, but it seems massive and amazing. I’ve been waiting for these days. As sad as I am about saying good bye to past seasons, I am equally excited to see what lies ahead.

I’ve said yes to a few new things over the last month. Most recently, I agreed to be an area connector for our network of credentialed women. I will arrange a few connection opportunities for the credentialed women in our local area and be available for support. I might not have all the resources these women need, but I will be a connection point for them to reach our network. I’ve always felt very strongly about women being empowered in church leadership. I look forward to stepping into this role knowing that it is something I care about. I am also hoping for new relationships to form through it. There is power in community and there is support through our network. I’m sure this position will be a growing experience and a chance at greater community.

The other new position in my life is that of wedding coordinator our church. Actually, I agreed to a trail run to make sure I enjoy the position, but I am fairly confident this will be a fun new adventure. We just had our first request for a wedding at the church this week since I’ve agreed to try the position. I am about to start this new journey very soon. I am thankful that I will have support through the church as a I figure out this new position. And I happen to know the bride fairly well, so I believe it will be quite enjoyable and hopefully, there will be lots of grace through the learning process. Weddings are a big deal and I want to make sure that I can give the bride and groom the best experience possible.

And finally, I figured I would let the cat of the bag here for the 10 people who consistently read my blog. I did something this last spring… I wrote a book. A full on, 70,000+ words book. For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of being an author. We’ve certainly had our seasons of excitement over the last few years and I finally felt like I had processed my experiences and was in a good place to write about them. The book focuses on the four things that matter most to me which are faith, family, home and community. It’s part spiritual memoir and practical encouragement. I’ve given myself the summer off to rest after the writing process. This fall I plan on digging into the editing process and see if I can take the book any farther than sitting on my computer. I know the publishing game can be hard. I don’t know how hard I plan to push to get it published, but I at least plan on printing my own copy to sit on my bookshelf. No matter where the book leads, I am glad I did it. I put the time into it. I shared honestly and openly. It was a project that mattered to me and I went for it. Now I don’t have to wonder if I can possibly write a book someday. I know I did it and that is a good feeling.

There were days where I was home, sitting on the floor, covered in spit up with a crying toddler who was in the midst of potty training and I would wonder if life would always be this hard, if I was always going to feel like an exhausted shell of a person. Would I ever be a functioning adult ever again? I’ve actually passed on both the area connector position and wedding coordinator position in the past because I was so deep in the baby days, I couldn’t be responsible for more than just keeping the tiny humans alive. I’m now seeing that there are seasons for everything. Saying no doesn’t always mean for forever. Some opportunities come back around or new opportunities appear.

I wasn’t missing out when I said no to these positions before. I don’t regret the years that I spent at home with my babies. And truthfully, I don’t think that a traditional 9am to 5pm job is right around the corner for me. I love my volunteering. I love the flexibility I am heading into. I am excited to help at Owen’s school. I look forward to joining my husband for meetings without having to arrange childcare or have a toddler in tow. Doors that were once closed seem to be opening.

There is anxiety and nerves over our new season of school kids and even with these new positions. New and change are always hard for me. But, I am excited with great anticipation. The kind of excited that has me nervous and wondering that I’ve gotten myself into, but also I’m thinking about the relationship I will build, the people I will meet, the ways I can use my gifts to bless others. It’s thrilling. Instead of dreading the next season and wishing for the past, I look forward with hopeful optimism. I truly believe that the best is yet to come. I can’t wait to see how I grow and I who I become through these new possibilities.

 

August Stay-cation! August 18, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 4:36 pm

We’ve been doing all the fun things possible here around the Pacific Northwest! We are wrapping up a week of stay-cation. It’s been one adventure after the next which is apparently how we roll in the summertime. Here are a few highlights from our PNW wanderings:

The Park

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First time boating and inner tubing on Mayfield Lake

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Graham’s preferred way of doing water sports is out of the water!  

 

Ape Caves & Mt. St. Helens

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The boys got to have a lunch with Nana & Papa and some of the cousins! 

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The Point Defiance Zoo and Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl

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Southwest Washington Fair

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We visited the model trains three times

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Dinner and Games with Nana & Papa

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Girls Weekend Away & Boys Camping Trip

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A spontaneous dip in the Puget Sound before dropping me off with my friend.

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Girls weekend in Long Beach

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Boys went camping at Panther Creek

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As I type this blog, I am wrapping up the laundry from all of us being gone over the weekend. Jeremy blessed me by allowing me to slip away for a few nights with my forever friend, Maggie. She has a cute trailer at the beach that allowed us to “glamp” while the boys went to camp. Jeremy is so adventurous. He has taken the boys camping twice this summer. He wins the coolest dad of the year award, for sure. Originally today was supposed to be the last hurrah of our stay-cation and we were going to ride the local train, but we decided down time was important before jumping into another busy summer week. We’ll do the train ride on a different weekend.

Right now I have one more packed to the brim week filled with swimming lessons, play dates and connecting with friends. As always the week promises to be fun, but after that I plan on having a buffer week before school starts. We have plans during our buffer week, but swim lessons will be over and the pace will be slower, the commitments shorter. The last thing I want to do is run us into the ground right before school starts. I don’t want to send exhausted boys off to new environments at the beginning of September.

Also there is something to be said for me not wanting to be exhausted heading into a new season with our family. I want to slow down. I want to snuggle my boys while they are home with me all day and enjoy each day that I don’t have to share them with school. It’s hard to believe that we only have two weeks until our normal changes and life as we know it will never be the same again. Owen will officially be an elementary kid and Graham will officially be a preschooler.

I’ll keep the summer vibes going just a bit longer. I’m ignoring the dry falling leaves and the autumn decor in all the stores (I’m looking at you Hobby Lobby). I’ll pretend for just a little while longer that life is all about summer sunshine, play dates, and adventures around every corner.

 

Suddenly It’s August August 5, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 6:27 pm

I feel like I just got back from our big California/Oregon vacation yesterday. Jeremy informed that was over three weeks ago… Yikes. Time is flying by. It’s hard to believe that we are here in August. I feel that way every week, every month. How did we get here so quickly? Why does time move so fast? Could it all just slow down? Please?

I will be the first to admit that I haven’t done the best at slowing down this summer. It’s been more full steam ahead then slow down. This last week was due to Jeremy being out of town at kid’s camp. This is the week of summer I always dread. On the bright side, the week of single momming has gotten easier as the boys have gotten older. I always fill kid’s camp week full of activity. This makes the kids tired and ready for bed and it makes the week go quickly. However, in tiring the kids out, I do a pretty good job of tiring myself out as well!

So here is the low down on kid’s camp week. On Monday we kicked off the first week of swim lessons. Tuesday was visiting GG and saying hi to Grandpa at work. Wednesday was a bike ride play date in the park with friends and delivering a meal to a friend recovering from surgery. Thursday was the splash park with cousins. Friday was a rainy play date at our house which called for an indoor picnic. Every day was full and fun and just how summer is meant to be – minus Jeremy. Seriously, this man makes everyday better. We miss him so much despite our packed schedule. Activity can be a distraction, but it doesn’t keep us knowing that life is better with Daddy!

What does life like after kid’s camp look like? Fall prep. There are lots of MOPS & MOMSnext responsibilities on my plate as we prep for our kick off in just one month. Jeremy came home talking about the Christmas musical and got an email today with graphics for our Fall Fest event. If anyone has mastered the art of living in the moment while prepping for the next season, I would totally take a class on that. I want to be in summer mode. I want to savor each day.  A new season is ahead and I want to be prepared, but not at the compromise of my current season.

Next week is Jeremy’s “stay-cation” and I am hoping that by doing a lot of prep work this week, I will be able to be in the moment next week. We have some fun plans and I am looking forward to more family time. After our July vacation we’ve been in a divide and conquer mode. I want to come back together and just be the four of us – having adventures, laughing and making memories.

In other news, our chickens have started laying eggs. At least, three of them have started laying. We’re now at six chickens total in our care. One of our rooster went to a friend recently. We have five hens and just the one rooster now. If the rooster can keep it quiet around 5:30am, he might actually have a fair chance at staying. Owen loves checking for eggs every day. In fact, many times a day. Right now the girls are getting used to this laying routine. We try to find the eggs quickly after they are laid so they don’t get cracked accidentally. As Jeremy said, it’s like an Easter egg hunt multiple times a day. Graham might not have much to do with the chickens, but he approves of their eggs for eating. He ate 2.5 of them on Saturday for breakfast. Jeremy barely got any!

That’s the update for now. Kid’s camp week came and went. Stay-cation week is almost here! The kids are living their best lives. I’m doing my best to keep up – which is ironic since I set the pace of my own life. I need to remember that I am in control of the schedule. Our family flow is changing in September and part of me wants to get as much as I can done in this period of time before back to school. I know life really never slows down like I think it will, but September has the potential to slow me down. I’ll have a few hours at the house to get things done without kids. It’s going to be weird. Good and weird. Part of the reason I want to do all the things now is I know my time is brief. Okay, sorry! If you can’t tell, I’m really wrestling with time right now. The days are flying by fast. I want to make them count. And I can’t think of a better to live my days then with family, friends and community.

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MOPS & MOMSnext S’mores night! Owen loves having friends over and getting wet in the backyard.

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Our very first egg!

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Visiting my dear forever friend who just moved back to WA! 

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Exploring Long Lake

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Date night before kid’s camp! 

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Nana & Papa took the boys on a Saturday adventure to watch the cousins’ play t-ball and they stopped at the Kalama park on the way home! 

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First day of swim lessons this summer

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Visiting GG! 

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Picture by Owen

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Visiting Grandpa at work

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Park play date, riding laps with friends! 

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Splash park with cousins! Thanks to Aunt Andrea for getting the best photos! 

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Graham wasn’t feeling the splash park. 

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The playground was fun though!

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For the last night of Daddy being gone, the boys got the special treat of a sleepover in my room on the air mattress! 

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This play date started with a power outage and then turned into an indoor picnic because it was too damp outside.

 

A Feeling that Fall is Around the Bend… July 21, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:10 pm

So many things this last week have reminded me that fall is right around the bend. After our big summer vacation, my mind shifted to back to school shopping for Owen. I was curious how long I could hold out before buying his school supplies. Turns out I made it to the middle of July. I view this as acceptable since I’ve had the list since June 3rd and I didn’t act on my desire to go school shopping the very day we got it (which was before summer vacation even started).

Monday was a wet and rainy day here around the PNW and it brought all the fall feelings to me. I wanted to bake pumpkin bread, put up a fall wreath and read a book while listening to the rain outside my window. In reality, I previewed MOPS training videos to show for my leadership retreat. Watching those training videos also reminded me that another new MOPS year is right around the corner and we are in the process of preparing for it to the best one yet.

Owen’s new school opens the library once a week for students to come in and check out books. We met up with friends and explored the library and then played on the playground. I enjoyed being inside the school and seeing more of the building. I also got the date of the back to school BBQ. I’m probably more excited than Owen to see his classroom and meet this teacher. I have so much nervous anticipation about this transition to all day school. Preschool was a good bridge for both Owen and I. He is for sure ready for school and I have adapted to a schedule where he was gone part of the day.  And since he still naps in the afternoons at this point, I’m going to guess that all day school feels just like preschool in the morning and nap time in the afternoon. The only hour I’m really missing the one where he once came home for lunch before nap time.

We recently found out that there is a spot for Graham in the preschool program at our church. My emotions of Owen going off to elementary school are coupled with the fact that my Graham buddy is going to be gone now three mornings a week. I’m so used to sending Owen off for age appropriate adventures while Graham tags along with me. My little tag-along is now about to have his own adventures. I’m hoping and praying it’s a good one for him since he tends to be more of a homebody like me.

And to continue the fall vibes, my steering team got together this weekend to plan our MOPS & MOMSnext year ahead. This weekend is always  important because the new team members are getting on the same page with the last year’s team members. There is planning, there is praying and there is team bonding and unity built through shared vision and fun. Getting a full team this year took some effort so I am beyond grateful for the ladies that said yes to leading. We gathered and you could feel that this team was coming together well. After vacation, I had a hard time pulling myself back into MOPS mode, but now that the retreat has come and gone, I can feel the momentum. The excitement of the team also fuels my fire to keep moving forward. The moms in this community deserve the best. I am looking forward to serving alongside an awesome group of ladies this year.

While the signs point to fall being right around the bend, we aren’t kicking summer to the curb just yet. There are many play dates still to be had. There are swimming lessons upcoming in the next few weeks. Jeremy took the boys camping while I worked on MOPS & MOMSnext this weekend. They loved all things camping. And my boys have found a passion for hiking. Show them a trail and they are ready for an adventure. The boys explored Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens and came home with many stories to share.

With change and transition right around the corner, I am doing my best to savor these days. I am loving the play dates because time with our people is always sweet. I am thankful for the sound of laughter in backyard. We’ve hit the library for many books and even went to see The Reptile Man show there last week. This is what summer time is all about. I’m also looking forward to Jeremy having more time off in August. We’re daydreaming about day trips. And I even get to have a couple nights away with a sweet friend for a girls only trip. I am beyond thrilled!

I might be dreaming of pumpkin bread, fall leaves and sweaters, but there is so much goodness right here and right now, I’m not ready to skip ahead quite yet.

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Checking trail cameras with the cousins – and Uncle Nathan, Papa and Jeremy (not pictured).

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They had to put on their Tillamook Creamery gear because they were pretending to work at the factory. 

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Dinner date with friends – playing silly train with the red wagon. 

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Visiting his new school 

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Watching The Reptile Man at the library

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A full table of ladies who are eating, laughing and sharing makes my heart happy! 

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The Chehalis MOPS & MOMSnext Steering Team! So excited to serve alongside them this year! 

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Scott Boys Camping Trip 2019

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Scott Boys Camping Trip 2019

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Scott Boys Camping Trip 2019

 

 

California Redwoods & Oregon Coast Vacation July 13, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 5:17 pm

We just got back from a fantastic vacation to the California Redwoods and the Oregon Coast! On a whim, we decided to leave a day sooner than planned. After church on Sunday, we drove south to Cottage Grove, OR. Monday was supposed to be a long travel day to Crescent City, CA. By leaving a day early, we broke up our longest drive into two parts. And it started the fun of vacation sooner! It was a total win!

On our way down to Cottage Grove, we stopped at playground in Albany to make dinner. It was our goal to bring our own food on this trip to save money and eat less fast food. We succeeded in that goal since we didn’t get fast food once on our adventure. And by eating our own food, we found many playgrounds to stop at so the boys could stretch their legs as well eat. However, I will admit that by the end of the trip our family had no enthusiasm left for PB&J sandwiches.

We got into our hotel in Cottage Grove and we were ready to swim. They boys got plenty of pool time over the course of  the trip and they loved every second of it. To make me happy, Jeremy took us on an adventure to find all the covered bridges that surrounded Cottage Grove. I found some information about them before we left for our trip and I had shared how cool I thought it would be to see them. Jeremy totally made it happen! It was a very picturesque way to spend the evening before heading to bed.

Monday, we had lunch in Grants Pass, OR at a playground before making our way into California on the Redwoods Highway. Jeremy’s goal for Monday was to find the Grove of the Titans which features some of the biggest trees in the Redwoods. Jeremy & I visited the Redwoods seven years ago and after that trip Jeremy started to research the tress in the area. It’s been on his bucket list to find certain trees and we did our best to make those dreams come true. These big trees are off trail and Jeremy did careful research to find where we needed to divert from the well marked trails. I’m not a big nature girl and I was terrified of poison oak the whole time. I was pleased to find that the hiking on and off the trails wasn’t too hard and we certain did find some giant trees. I am so happy that we were able to accomplish Jeremy’s dream. I did joke with him though that if we continue to hike as a family, I’m going to need to invest in hiking apparel! The boys love hiking and the redwood trees captured their hearts just like their father. The boys were totally in their element. While I was paranoid about poison oak, they adventured onward without a care in the world.  After the Grove of the Titans, we checked into our super cute cabin and went into Crescent City for dinner and to put our toes in the ocean. Oh, I should also mention that Monday was Jeremy and I’s 13th wedding anniversary. It was a bit overshadowed by the trip, but that is okay. If you would have told me 13 years ago that I would hiking off trail with my 3 boys on July 8th, I would have laughed! I’m grateful for the life I have with Jeremy and the ways that stretches me. There has never been a dull moment with him in my life.

Tuesday was more redwood trees and beaches. We went through Lady Bird Johnson Grove where Owen wanted me to take his picture inside every hollowed out tree we passed. Over the course of the entire trip, I took about 1,000 pictures. I’m sure 400 of them are of that grove and those trees… We also did a drive thru tree because, why not? We made it back to Crescent City in time to buy a Papa Murpy’s pizza (Owen’s current fav) and bake it at our cabin. After dinner and doughnuts for dessert, we went back near the Grove of the Titans to find more trees. It was a full a day of tree sightings and beach combing. I can’t even count how many rocks and shells Owen collected on this trip!

Wednesday was a our transition day from California to Oregon. We were all sad to say good-bye to the cabin. It had been a good home base for us. It felt secluded but close to the main road. It had no television or wi-fi so we felt disconnected and rustic without being too far off the grid. I’m not sure if we’ll get a chance to stay there again, but if the opportunity came up, I would for sure do it again. On Wednesday travels included stopping at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse where we learned that Graham is too short to go to the top of most lighthouses. Bummer. We stopped at the park in Bandon, OR for a playground lunch before heading off to the Sea Lion Caves. The boys loved the caves and it was fun to visit them again. Jeremy and I spent our first anniversary in the Lincoln City area and had visited the caves on that trip. When we made it into Newport that evening, we had dinner at the original Mo’s which was a highlight for me. The boys’ drinks came with a toy shark on the straws and they were the perfect “free” souvenirs! We checked into our hotel that night and let me say… it was scary. I was worried about bed bugs. Jeremy was concerned that our floor sank down in the middle of the room. We did have a view of the ocean which the boys loved. We swam in the pool that evening and I prayed for no rashes. Then we took a walk on the beach. And that concluded our day.

We checked our of our hotel as quickly as possible on Thursday morning. We had breakfast at Pig’n’Pancake which is an Oregon Coast favorite of mine. We visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and walked a rock beach at that park where we saw seals lazing around on rocks off shore. Then we  visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The highlights of that stop were Owen getting a hug from a sea urchin, seeing sharks, sea otters,  jelly fish and sea horses. We had lunch outside of  the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse before taking a self guided tour. Then we hit the road for the outlet mall in Lincoln City. This was definitely a stop for me, but every member of our family got something while shopping. And they had a fantastic playground. Are you noticing a theme? We made it into our final destination of Tillamook, OR in time to have dinner at the Tillamook Creamery. We came back to the hotel to swim and then returned to the creamery right before it closed for an ice cream dessert.

Friday was our final day of traveling. We went to the Tillamook Creamery for a third time because we love it so much. It was fun to be there with so few people since the crowds hadn’t arrived yet. We took of for Cannon Beach where the boys were finally allowed to get wet in the ocean water. Graham didn’t want to so we walked back to the parking lot and played at a playground.  Owen stayed with Jeremy and played in the water like a happy little fish. As a special treat, we had lunch at Mo’s (yes, again) instead of making our own lunches. We went back down to the beach afterward to fly kites that Grandma had gifted the boys for the trip. The boys loved flying the kites. After the kites were put away we took off to the local bakery for dessert before hitting the road once more. Our final stop on our adventure was to do the Astoria Column. We walked all 164 steps to the top of the column to throw balsa wood airplanes. The column is something we’ve often wondered if we should do with the boys and since Graham would climb to the top of any lighthouses, we figured this would be the next best thing. Owen did have to point out that there was no light at top. Oh well. Flying the planes turned out to be quite the adventure as our planes caught the wind and flew long and far away from the tower. When the boys realized that they would never be able to retrieve their planes they went looking for discard planes around the park and found two to take home.

We arrive home with tons of laundry, sand, dirt and rocks. We had a great time making memories and blazing new trails. I’m grateful that we are at an age with our boys that we can take trips like this. They held their own hiking and kept up with the pace of our sightseeing. They loved every playground and pool we stopped at. Now we’re back to reality, but the good times we just had won’t quickly leave our minds. Owen is now super into redwoods and I have a feeling it won’t be hard for him to twist Jeremy’s arm into going back again some day – especially when the boys are older and able to hike more difficult trails. I might want our next California vacation to be Disneyland, but I have a feeling I might have to battle for that since state parks and big trees seem to hold the hearts of my men.

It’s hard to narrow down which pictures to share in this space. I’m sure I would use up all my media storage if I did the full 1,000. So here is a sampling of 20+!

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Pool in Cottage Grove

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Making my cover bridge adventure happen. This bridge was a train bridge so the boys were quite fond of it. 

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 I love this picture except for my crazy eyes!

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Grove of the Titans

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Our cabin for two nights

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California coast at Crescent City

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Owen’s favorite kind of tree

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We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a drive thru tree!

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse

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Sea Lion Caves

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Sea Lion Caves

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Swimming Pool # 2 in Newport

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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Yaquina Head State Park

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

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Outlet shopping

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First stop at Tillamook Creamery

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By pool #3 Graham was starting to get comfortable with the water.

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Stop #2 at the creamery for dessert

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A beautiful day in Cannon Beach

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Let’s go fly a kite! 

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Let’s go fly a kite! 

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Astoria Column

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Ready to send his plane soaring! 

 

Hello July! July 6, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:51 am

And just like that we are in July. Turns out my cold was a sinus infection, so I’m wrapping up two weeks of being sick. Being sick in the summer just isn’t right, let me tell you. Our month of June finished up with VBA, the big wedding and then we welcomed July with a play date, Independence Day, a family adventure to NW Trek and celebrating my Dad’s birthday!

Okay, so there is the big update on the wedding since I hyped it up in my last post. Owen and Graham did great for the dress rehearsal. The bride had them sit on the steps at the bottom of the stage (which was smart). They didn’t have to hold still up front or be in the spotlight. Their spot also meant we could sit close to them and keep them in check. The morning on the wedding was good for Owen, not so much for Graham. My youngest child seemed to think it was okay to be a pill for pictures. He didn’t want to take pictures, so Owen participated and represented the ring bears well. When it came time for the actual ceremony, they made it down the aisle uneventfully and then Graham came to sit with Jeremy and I – where he fell asleep. I would much rather having a sleeping ring bearer than a dramatic one. The reception was fun and the kids held out through the whole thing. This is the first time we’ve stayed for the bride & groom send off since having kiddos. The wedding was lovely and it was so special to be near my friend on her wedding day. I’m so glad she let the boys be a part of her wedding so I could tag along for the festivities.

The summer fun continues with celebrations and play dates and outings. We are thankful for friends and family that bring so much joy to our life. We are blessed to have such wonderful people to do life with. Now our next big adventure is our family road trip. We are in planning and prepping mode right now. I’m hopeful that with enough snacks and entertainment, the boys will have a fantastic ride and that we’ll be happy campers to our many destinations. I love having my parents as neighbors. They plan on taking care of the chickens while we are away. The hens are about to start laying eggs soon so we are on the lookout daily. We still have two roosters, but the next time we are home on a Friday we will take another rooster to the chicken auction. Time will tell if we end up keeping any roosters. Right now Foster is the kindest rooster ever. He snuggles with Jeremy daily. I’m not sure if that is normal… but… I know very little about chickens.

Here are some pictures of our recent adventures!

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Wrapping up VBA

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Ring Security

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Notice Graham is MIA

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The beautiful bride! 

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Singing a VBA song for the church

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Smiley boys post nap time

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Ready for summer travels

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Fireworks with my boys!

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NW Trek with family

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Celebrating Grandpa’s birthday

 

It was the best of times, it was the… June 26, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:41 am

To quote Charles Dickens (which I don’t do often) – it was the best of times, it was the worst of times… I feel like that accurately sums up the last week and a half. Honestly, I could gloss over the hard moments and simply share stories of all the adventures we’ve had, the places we’ve been, the people we’ve seen. You’d assume we’ve been living the dream. And yes, there have been so many good moments. We are thankful for them. I guess for every up in life, there is a potential down too.

Let’s get the “downs” over with. The first week of summer has been a harder adjustment period than I expected. The boys haven’t been behaving very well with each other or with me. Now that Owen is home from preschool, we’re adapting to full days together again. It was a rocky start to say the least. I’m trying to balance play, outside time and rest with some light school work, chores and play dates. Last week got over scheduled which is my bad, but the stress was also deepened by having the flooring installers come out yet again, the van in the shop for a day, busy preparations for VBA and then our family developed summer colds. That’s the hard stuff…

The good stuff is we hung out with lot of people we love and enjoy! We went to lots of parks. We live in a beautiful area. It was great to get outside with friends. We ate lots of a good food. We fell into bed tired each night after full days. We really made the most of the moments.

I know that the “good stuff” paragraph was way shorter than the “hard stuff” paragraph. I would love to to give you all the details on our fun adventures, but I’m still struggling with my summer cold. My brain is a bit foggy. Instead of rambling on about the good times we’ve had, I’ll share them in pictures. I hope that my next post will be a more informative.

I’ve learned a lot this last week. The kids have been out of routine and it’s changed their behavior. I often assume that they will just roll with the changes, but I can assume too much of them. We needed more naps/down time this last week than we got. Last summer the boys got along so well that I had hoped those same vibes would transfer over to this summer. Even though we got a rocky start with behavior, I am optimistic that if we slow things down, we’ll work through the issues and we’ll adjust to all being home together again.

It’s VBA week right now. With summer colds (for Jeremy, Graham and I). It’s been a bad combination. Jeremy needed my help so Graham and I joined VBA for two days. They were a rough two days for me. I am sick and the group of kiddos I led were a bit on the wild side. I felt bad that I wasn’t able to give the kids my best self because I was under the weather. I have high standards for myself and I wasn’t able to reach them this week. I also felt bad because I wanted to be the best leader possible as a support to my hubby. Instead he got a leader who was just limping along. This is Graham’s last year to be too young for VBA, so I know I’ll get to make up for my rough two days next year.  Graham enjoyed his two days at VBA with some minor hiccups. Owen is enjoying the full week experience. He is so social. Events like VBA are perfect for him.

After VBA wraps up, our boys will be ring bearers in a wedding this weekend. I’m a little nervous about how they will do as ring bearers… I guess we’ll find out soon enough. If anything, I’m sure I’ll have some cute photo opportunities. I having a feeling this weekend will be a memory we never forget! I am so happy for the bride & groom. It’s sweet that my boys get to be a part of their special day. Stay tuned for the big wedding weekend lowdown!

Okay, that’s all for now. I hope to have a positive report for you next week!

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Tuesday’s Adventures: Flooring guy came to the house while we went to a play date with preschool friends. Then we went to claim our free books from the summer reading program at the library and do a grocery pick at Walmart. Love having pick up in our local area! 

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Wednesday: We went down to Rainier, OR to meet up with Auntie April for the morning. Grandma joined us since our van was in the shop. Then it was home to pick up the van and head to church for our regular Wednesday night classes. 

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No pictures from Thursday: VBA errands, haircuts for the ring bearers.  Friday adventures: A friend from high school and her three kiddos came to visit us for the morning/afternoon. Then we went out to Mossyrock for dinner with growth group friends. I love this shot of the boys out for an evening stroll to look at Mayfield Lake.

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Saturday: Spent the day out at Mayfield Lake hiking and playing with friends. The weather was cool and cloudy, so the park was quiet. I’m not an outdoorsy person, so I’m proud of myself for hiking twice this month. It helps that we live in a beautiful area and our boys are getting big enough to hold their own on a trail! 

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Mayfield Lake adventures!

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Our Sunday evening plans changed due to illness. We had hoped to go out to dinner and the park, but it made no sense for me to go out to eat when I couldn’t taste or enjoy my food with a cold. Jeremy still took the boys to the park for a bit while he ran VBA errands. He is the best dad ever! 

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Monday morning: VBA with my boy! Not pictured – Graham and about 43 other kiddos in my group!

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Monday evening: The first MOPS & MOMSnext Summer Play Date. We had ice cream and popsicles at the church playground.