Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Social September Comes to a Close September 30, 2013

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 8:56 pm
Sister Date

Sister Date

It’s hard to believe that September has flown by so quickly. It started off with a big BBQ at our church where my hubby got to hold snakes and get dunked in the dunk tank. I very much enjoyed watching him squirm and splash! Actually, he didn’t squirm too much when it came to the snakes. He is very good at playing it cool. I think I did most of the squirming from my seat where I watched him.  The month has been full of coffee dates, dinner dates, lunch dates, shopping adventures and family gatherings. Even though I started my maternity leave on the 12th, I’ve never been at a lack for things to do. So many people to see and places to go before my life gets a smidge more complicated.

Tonight was the perfect closing to Social September. My sister and I met up with some sisters from our church that we’ve been friends with for a very long time. There are a lot of similarities between us girls. Our age difference is almost the same. I can very much relate to Jessica being the older sibling and April can relate to Natalie being the younger sibling. We’ve connected on a sister level and it’s a special relationship. It’s been a long time since we had a “sister date” where the four of us got together, so tonight was the long awaited night. Let me tell you, these ladies have busy schedules and they were hard to pin down, but it was totally worth it. We met at a local coffee shop and sipped warm beverages while enjoying good conversation and catching up with one another. It was a great closing to a fun month.

Now I’m not really sure what October holds. I have a few ideas, but the timeline is really up in the air. October is birthday month for the Scotts so we’ll have three family birthdays, plus the arrival of our little guy. I’m sure October will be social just like September, but in a different way. This month I’ve been trying to see everyone before the baby comes. Next month, they’ll all want to see the baby instead of me! No matter what the occasion, I am blessed by the friends and family that I have in my life. I have loved each moment spent with them this month!

 

Pre-Nap Daydreams September 29, 2013

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 9:20 am

I found myself daydreaming yesterday as I laid down for my afternoon nap. I really haven’t given too much thought to what our little guy might look like. If I was perfectly honest, I think most newborns look funny. The only ones that I’ve gushed over being super cute are the ones that I have a personal connection to. For example, my niece and nephew were some of the cutest newborns I’ve ever seen. For the most part, though, newborns just look a little weird. I’m not a huge fan of the newborn phase anyway because I’m worried I’m going to break them. But… I will soon have a newborn around this house and I wonder who will he favor in appearance. Will he look like me? Will he look like Jeremy? Will he look like an alien until he grows into his features? I really hope for his sake that he looks like Jeremy because Jeremy was an adorable little guy. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Until then, I thought I would post some pictures of Jeremy and I from our little days and give you some visuals of what genes our little guy has to work with!

Little Amy

Little Amy

Little Jeremy

Little Jeremy

 

Lessons in Trust September 28, 2013

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,One Thousand Gifts Challenge — Amy Scott @ 9:52 am

It takes more than one time for me to learn a lesson. The last few years God had really called me out my ability to trust him. Being a natural worrier and an anxious soul is a continuous battle for me. If I say I trust God then why do I worry so much? Why can’t I let go of the details? My words say one thing, but my actions and thoughts say another. Right now it seems that there a lot of things that I can worry about. On a lot of different levels, my life is unsettled. Dwelling and worrying aren’t really solutions. Most of the things that are up in the air in my life can’t be solved quickly and really aren’t dependent on me. It’s just so hard to sit by and trust that it’s all going to work out. However, I am reminded of my reading in One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp. She has this illustration of a bridge and how we go over bridges all the time without really contemplating their structural integrity. We cross over them with little to no thought. We just trust that they are going to hold, because they always have. Right now I see a lot of bridges before me. They lead to the unknown places and may even look a little wobbly to me.  However, God has carried me over many bridges before into unknown territory and the bridges have held. They didn’t collapse underneath me. He has been good, he has been constant, he has been stable. I have no reason to doubt that these next bridges won’t hold when so many bridges in my past have stood firm and taken me further on this great adventure with the Lord.  I take on an attitude of unbelief when I worry and when I doubt. True trust is walking forward, crossing bridges, going into unknown places knowing that God is there and God is good. I wish I could learn this lesson and have it stick. I deeply want to let go and trust God. In fact, in some moments I feel that I have achieved that trusting calm, but then I take it back. I go right back to where I was. Back tracking is not the faster route to what God has in store me. The funny thing is I can be so fickle. Right now I’m wrestling with all these thoughts and all these emotions and trying my hardest not to let fear dictate my life. There are moments, though, where I give up. Mainly, because I’m too tired to worry anymore. In these moments I have a “que sera, sera” attitude – what will be, will be. There is no need to invest so much emotional energy into things that I can not control. It’s a daily choice or even a minute by minute choice to cross the next bridge and trust that with God it will hold.

 

Staying Home September 26, 2013

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 9:49 am

This last week all the staff of Bethel Church took off for our annual staff retreat. This is a trip that I have attended every year with the team, but this year Jeremy and I decided that it would be best if I stayed home. With our little guy being full term, it didn’t seem like a great idea for me to drive 4 hours over the mountains away from my doctor. It was hard to send Jeremy away because there was a lot of “what if” wonderings. I dreaded the thought of having to call him and say “Come home quick!” Lucky, for me, nothing too eventual happened while he was away. Also, my mom came out to spend the night with me just in case something did happen. I’m blessed to have a family that takes good care of me.

It was strange to have the whole team off doing something that I am normally a part of. It’s odd to not be included after being in the loop for so long. Even though it was a different experience for me, I actually really loved staying home. The older I get it seems I become more of a homebody. I love being home. On Sunday after Jeremy hit the road, I gave my house a good cleaning and a fresh start for the week.  My mom came over every night around 7:00pm and we would talk for a few hours and on Tuesday night we watched a movie together.

Sister day! Note the new scarf!

Sister day! Note the new scarf!

Now I didn’t just “stay” home all day, everyday. On Monday, I met up with my sister mid-morning for Starbucks and what I thought would be a trip over to Walmart once we were finished.  That morning as I was getting ready, the weather was so fall like – gray and chilled. I decided to wear my new boots and as I looked at the outfit I decided I needed some scarves. All I have is wintery scarves, nothing light. I told April about my need for scarves and she explained where she usually gets hers. I tucked this knowledge away for “another day”. Our conversation was all over, about anything and everything. Then we started to talk about Chipotle and how we both haven’t been there in forever and how it sounded good! Well, it was only 11:00am and we both had no plans for the rest of the day, so we took off to Olympia to treat ourselves to a yummy Mexican lunch! It was amazing! The only downside was the fire alarm briefly went off while we were eating. No one evacuated the building so we assumed that it was a fluke thing. For a few minutes we ate with the deafening alarm. It eventually did turn off and I do believe no hearing damage was permanent. Since we were now in the “big city”, I decided to go scarf shopping! Nothing overboard, I just got two new scarves and it helped to fulfill my need to go fall clothes shopping. We hit Walmart on the way back home, so all items on the to-do list were taken care of.

On Tuesday, my mom offered to take to me to breakfast a local favorite. Again, I had no pressing plans for the day, so it was nice to get out for a short while. Any day that starts with a plate of pancakes is a good day! When I wasn’t out and about hanging with my family, I was home doing things that I love. I tidied the house, read books, wrote in my journal, made no bake cookies for my Wednesday night class, took naps! There was a never a shortage of things to do around the house.

I think the best part of this pre-baby maternity leave is I have plenty of time to go out with those I love, but I also have plenty of time to be quiet around the house. I love staying home, being in my comfy clothes and just working on my to-do list at my own pace. While I know being home with a baby will be different than this current season, I think I could really be one of those stay at home moms in the future. I am so content when I am home. I’m not missing the hustle and bustle of busy days. This has been the perfect way to enjoy the gray days of my favorite season.  I really do love staying home.

 

Prepping & Waiting September 21, 2013

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 3:13 pm

I’m trying to not make all posts on here about the baby, but with only three weeks left until my due date, it’s one of the main things on my mind at the moment. It’s hard to believe that our little guy is full term and could come at anytime. I didn’t give the baby “arriving” a whole lot of thought until the last week or so. Now it seems so real. Any time. Crazy! Early or late?!?!?! It’s a giant mystery and I’m waiting on the edge of my seat to see what happens next. I’m really trying to just take each day as it comes and enjoy it for what it’s worth. As much I as I would love this little guy to meet the outside world, I’m making the most of each pre-baby day. It’s a season of my life that I will never get back. Time with friends and Jeremy one-on-one seems sweeter knowing that change is around the corner.

Installed Car Seat!

Installed Car Seat!

This last week, Jeremy and I both had baby related projects around the house. Since Jeremy is heading out of town for a few days this week, he wanted to make sure he had the car seat installed in case I needed to take a trip to the hospital while he was away. The actual installing of the car seat wasn’t too difficult, but the directions in the manual were confusing. At one point the book said the best spot for the baby was in the middle seat of the back seat, but every picture showed the car seat behind the passengers seat. We took a poll and did some research and found that which seat doesn’t matter too much. We started with the car seat in the middle, but it rocked a bit there, so we moved it behind the passengers seat where it seemed more secure. The next day I went to load a plate of cookies in the car and I realized just how inconvenient loading around a car seat can be. I was flustered and Jeremy just laughed at me. This will be our new normal, so might as well get used to it now. I’m rethinking how I load the car from here on out! It does seem strange driving around with a car seat in the back, but I think it’s preparing me in advance and I like being prepared. As prepared as I can be.

On the same night that Jeremy tackled the car seat, I started to pack the hospital bag. I’ve had everything for baby ready to go for a while, but I hadn’t started packing for myself yet. I had read that by 8 months you want your bag packed because you never know when you’re going to need to use it. The only problem is I have a limited wardrobe and some of the stuff they wanted me to pack I will need to use in the next month. I can’t just tuck it all away and forget about it. My compromise was packing everything that I could now. I packed a bag full of snacks (non-perishable), I packed movies and a deck of cards. I packed all the toiletry items I could as well. I had purchased travel sized shampoo and stuff like that the week before so I wouldn’t have lug my own stuff around. I now have a list posted on the closet wall with all the items that still need to be packed into the bag and where they can be located. I have a section in my closet of clothes are separate from the rest. These are the clothes I still plan on wearing for the next month, but if need be they can be thrown into the bag fairly easily.  Since I’ve never done this before it sure has been an interesting process trying to figure out what I’ll want and need. There are lists out there of what to pack and I followed them as closely as possible.

Forever Friends

Forever Friends

Our doctor’s appointments are usually on Fridays so we spent our morning yesterday up visiting our doctor. Things are looking good. It’s weird to go now on a weekly basis. Jeremy was a sweetheart and drove me up to Seattle to have a lunch date with my forever friend, Maggie, after our appointment. While I ate lunch and gabbed with Maggie, Jeremy did research on the possibility of buying a new camera. My current camera puts a line on our photos and I have no idea why. Anyway, we’ve been talking about upgrading and I guess now is the time. After my lunch date, Jeremy showed me what he had been looking at and we continued to compare and contrast. There are a lot of details we’re still debating on. No camera has been purchased as of yet, but it was just fun to spend the day together. It was very kind of Jeremy to drive me up north. Normally on these lunch dates I’m on my own for the drive up and down. It was nice to have him around to chat with. Especially since we’ll be a part for a few days this next week. With hunting season and this short trip, I’m making the most of any time I get to spend with just him in September.

Well, this update has gotten long! There is a lot going on in our lives and things are never dull. Even though time is flying by, I am enjoying the mix of activity and quiet that has become my new schedule. I know that an even “newer” schedule will soon emerge with the arrival of our little guy, but until then I am thankful and content with where things are at right now. God is in control and I’m learning that all my “what if” scenarios only make me mentally tired. Sometimes focusing on today is all I can do and that is good enough.

 

Joining MOPS, Fall Baking & Maternity Leave September 17, 2013

Fall Baking

Fall Baking

I’m a big fan of pre-baby maternity leave! Originally, my logic was that I wanted to tie up all my loose ends at work. I didn’t want to be in the office one day and out the next having a baby. I knew I would be less stressed if I took care off the details in advance. It certainly made for a busy summer at work because I took care of the fall season at the same time. I feel good about how I left things in the office.  The plan seemed to work. However, I started to think about how I would fill my time once I was maternity leave. If you’ve been following my blog for any length time, you know that I don’t sit around watching TV and eating bonbons.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m using this free time to connect with a lot of people before the baby comes. I’m having my “Social September” and I’m enjoying time with loved ones.

It’s only been two days of “leave” and I’ve managed to do a lot around the house. I have done three major baking projects. The first was a favorite for Jeremy called Hello Dollies. He loves these and I always make them in the fall – usually around the holidays. I wasn’t sure what my holiday season would look like with a new little one, so I made these goodies in advance. He is enjoying some now, but we froze most of them so he can pull them out at will over the next few months. The second project was out of this month’s Food Network Magazine. I had the ingredients for Butterscotch Pecan Blondies and I needed to bring a snack for MOPS this morning. It seemed like a good opportunity to try a new recipe. They were a hit! I think they are slightly addicting so I’m glad I could share them with the MOPS moms and our staff at work. The final project was for my Wednesday night class tomorrow night.  I have fall cookie cutters that I try to use once a season and this was the time. I spent my afternoon making cookies, frosting them and covering them with autumn colored sugar crystals.

Snuggling with the puppy and a good book!

Snuggling with the puppy and a good book!

Other highlights apart from baking, I’ve had plenty of time to clean and tidy my house. My regular cleaning day for the longest time was Wednesday, but the last few weeks it’s been Mondays. I’ve also had time to read and relax with my puppy. I think that Toby is enjoying my new schedule since he gets to be out of the crate more. Yesterday I took an afternoon nap! I try to get those in as often as I can since sleeping at night has become harder.

Today was my first MOPS meeting. I’ve never been involved with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) because I’ve never been one. I still don’t really feel like I’m a part of the club. Maybe because my baby has yet to be born so the motherhood phase really hasn’t started. MOPS has always been a bit scary for me in the past. Moms intimated me. I’ve been told “Oh, just you wait…” so many times that I feel like they don’t validate my experience working with children. Anyway, this is a new opportunity for me and one that I’m hoping to grow from. Today was a good start, but I’m still unsure how the year will look. I felt like a kid on the first day of school. I really hope the other kids like me… We even had to take pictures for the directory so it felt a lot like back to school. I’m praying this new season of life will open up ministry doors that have been previously closed to me. By actually being a mom in the near future, I pray that I’ll be able connect and relate to this group of women in a new way.

In a lot of ways this season is about slowing down and just enjoying each day as it comes. I know that things will be different once the baby arrives, but for right now I’m just making the most of this pre-baby time. Doing things like baking and having quiet moments around the house really fill me up and give me what I need. In turn, I’m able to be social and add commitments to my calendar that I wouldn’t normally.  Even though I’m “out of the office”, I’m still serving at Bethel and it feels good to keep investing in relationships as we begin a new school year. Things are good. I’m enjoying this time.

 

Good to Go! September 14, 2013

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 9:41 am

Yesterday was a very productive day for Jeremy and I! We started off the day with a Starbucks run. This is typical before most doctor’s appointments since they are usually in the morning. For some reason we were both off and got up and ready an hour earlier than we needed to. The plan for the day had been to do baby shopping and finish getting the things that were still on our list. Because of our early departure, we were able to hit Target before our appointment. Armed with gift cards and coupons, we made quick work at Target! Our doctor’s appointment went well. I’ll see our doctor every week now until the baby comes. That seems strange. It is still hard to believe that we are at this point. After our appointment, we took on Babies’R’Us. We were able to again to use coupons and gifts cards. The savings were great and we even got a free umbrella stroller out of the deal because we spent a certain amount of money.

Lunch was a treat at Olive Garden. The fun thing for me was just getting to spend one-on-one time with my hubby. Our time together lately has been with people and his free time is spent it the woods chasing deer and elk, so a day to just hang out and do things together was greatly appreciated. After a couple more errands, we headed home with a full car.  Now we’re good to go. We are as ready as possible when it comes to baby “stuff” anyway. I spent the rest of the afternoon washing things and tucking them them away carefully into their new homes in the nursery.  I am happy to say that the shopping list is complete and so is the nursery! I’ll actually be able to show you the finished product in pictures today! Hurray! On a random side note, we were able to get a free breast pump through our insurance and that arrived yesterday as well. Free is always something to get excited about! It seemed fitting since the day was dedicated to preparing for baby. I’m very happy with the diligence we’ve taken to get good deals and spend our money wisely. There are a lot of start-up costs when it comes to having a kid. It feels good to have this part of the preparations behind us. Now It’s just time to wait. I’ll be full term in a week, so really baby could come at anytime! We’re as ready as we’ll ever be!

View from the door

View from the door

Dresser & Changing Table

Dresser & Changing Table

Glider & Crib

Glider & Crib

Fun Faces

Fun Faces

 

Ready to snuggle

Ready to snuggle

Little clothes on little hangers

Little clothes on little hangers