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Girls Night at My Place May 31, 2014

Filed under: Children's Ministry — Amy Scott @ 11:46 am

CroquetEvery year I invite my class of 5th/6th grade girls over to my house for a fun night. One of things I try to be intentional about as a teacher is inviting my girls into my home. I don’t want them to think that my interest in them only last for an hour and a half on Wednesday nights. I want them to feel invested in beyond the classroom.

Hot dog timeThe weather was perfect yesterday! It was beautifully sunny so we started the night outside with a round of croquet. For some of the girls this is their first time playing the game, so it’s always fun to see the reactions. Most girls really love the idea of hitting balls with mallets. It can get a little dangerous! Thankfully there were no injuries or accidents. My sister took 1st place, Ysabel took 2nd and I took 3rd. I usually land in the top 3 each year. I was happy to see my skills hadn’t worn off (since I only play once a year)! After croquet, we went over to the fire pit to roast hot dogs for dinner. It was a little too warm to be by the fire, but the girls seemed to enjoy roasting their meal and munching on chips.

Movie time!At this point in the evening, we moved things inside. It was time for the feature film – Frozen! These girls are obsessed with this movie and I really like it too. You haven’t really experienced Frozen until you’ve watched it in a room of preteen girls singing along at the top of their lungs. There were moments where April and I had to hide our laughter. It was pretty incredible. We might be getting a noise compliant from our homeowner’s association.

FondueThe highlight of evening for many was our dessert. I promised the girls chocolate fondue and they were so excited for it. Fondue is one of those things I do about once a year and while I’m enjoying it, I always wonder why I don’t do it more. Large group events like this are perfect. I used melting chocolate that was formatted for fondue pots. This means I don’t need a recipe or any added ingredients. Just melt and enjoy! We had an assortment of goodies that included marshmallows, rice krispie treats, twinkies, brownies, strawberries, bananas, and oreos. All were excellent! I had one of each! Yum!

The evening came to a close with a game of Mafia. This game is always fun to play with 5th graders because they don’t always have the strategy down. Jeremy figured out I was in the mafia one game and tried to have me killed, but my loyal class wouldn’t believe him. Since he was the doctor, he kept saving himself. The only way I could have killed off was by having the townspeople vote to kill him. Again, my loyal class followed me and I got Jeremy in the end! *Insert evil laugh here*  The girls were sad when our time ran out and we had to pack up and leave.

It was so much fun to have my class take over my house and just enjoy being silly girls. There was lots of  good food and laughter which is a perfect combination in my book. It was a great way to spend a Friday evening! I love these girls a lot! They are amazing! And a special thanks to April and Jeremy for helping me keep them an eye on them! I seriously couldn’t have done it without them!

1st.2nd.3rd

1st.2nd.3rd

The fondue station

The fondue station

The group!

The group!

 

 

500 May 23, 2014

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 5:03 pm
First time riding up front! Shopping will never be the same! a

First time riding up front! Shopping will never be the same!

Welcome to my 500th post! Wow! That’s crazy! I’ve loved blogging and I’m so glad that I took the leap and started doing it a few years ago. It’s become a great outlet for me to share what’s going on in my life and what’s going on in my head. Both seem to be very active. For today’s post, I honestly don’t know where to begin. May has been a trying month. Our family has battled illness  on a lot of fronts and my hubby is currently in the process of trying to figure out if he has a broken heart. He has been dealing with an irregular heartbeat that has been causing him some discomfort. This has led to multiple doctors appointments and we are currently working with a cardiologist to make sure that there is nothing seriously wrong. All signs are coming back good, but there will be another test and another follow-up appointment to make sure. It’s been hard to watch my very active hubby be grounded by heart issues. He is 33. It seems a little too soon to be going to the cardiologist.

After Jeremy’s visit to the cardiologist on Wednesday, I got to visit my dad in the ER. This was his second ER visit in 24 hours. Yep. My loved ones have issues right now. I’m happy to say that my dad was released on Wednesday and has been doing a good job resting until we can figure out what’s up with him. Between my hubby and my dad, life has been “the not good kind” of exciting. In the midst of all this medical drama, I lost my wedding ring for over 4 days. I turned the house upside down trying to find it with no luck. Wednesday is our usual trash day, but Jeremy decided to not take the trash out until we could through it. Wednesday after the doctor’s appointment and visiting my dad in the hospital, I was super discouraged because I couldn’t find someone to cover my class at church that night. I was emotionally spent and didn’t have the energy to teach… However, I did go to church and I told the girls to be extra nice to me (and they were! Praise Jesus). I was pretty down but right before church started, I got an incoming FaceTime call from Jeremy. He had stayed home that evening and decided to go through the trash. He did find my ring in the first bag he went through. He said it was gross, but worth it! I’d been sick with worry over the ring, so it was a bright spot in a rough day!

This month sure has it’s ups and downs. Even though it seems like there have been more downs than ups, I know that God is in control. Without him, I would be lost. I know that he is in these crazy situations. I am reminded that he is trustworthy and good. I just keep praying and he keeps providing.

Hanging outside staring at a sea of scotch broom

Hanging outside staring at a sea of scotch broom

Reading keeps me sane!

Reading keeps me sane!

So does chocolate!

So does chocolate!

 

Mommy Lit May 19, 2014

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf — Amy Scott @ 11:32 am

I’ve been reading a new genre these days – mommy lit. I’m not really interested in parenting how-to books because every kid is different. There are no formulas in relationships and that includes babies. Or so I have observed. I have a small group of authors that I love and trust. I found a new book this week through Sarah Bessey’s newsletter. The forward to the book was written by Ann Voskamp and the there was a short review in the first few pages by Shauna Niequist. If Sarah, Ann, and Shauna liked it, I assumed it must be a good read. The book that I am referring to is Found: Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett. I love reading books like this because I am reminded that I am not alone and I am not the only person who thinks these things. Micha used to be in full-time ministry before she became a stay at home mom. Motherhood interrupted her flow of spirituality. Suddenly she wasn’t praying the way she used and she felt like it was her fault. She thought that the life of a stay at home mom wasn’t impressive enough to God. She felt like she was disappointing him by no longer doing the “holy” work of ministry. Micha wrestles with the holiness of mothering and the worthiness of this calling. She validates that eternal significance of investing in your family. She is honest about the raw, hard moments that motherhood can bring.  Micha leans towards the liturgical church calendar and she loves the monastic order of Benedict. She likes the flow, the purpose and the stability of their prayer lifestyle. I have not been drawn this particular way, but I love getting the perspective of another frame work of faith. It was very calming and purposeful.

This book got me thinking about my prayer life and spiritual life. Motherhood has definitely changed how I do things. I used to keep a prayer journal. Writing my thoughts helped me get them out of my head. But now sitting down to journal isn’t as easy was a it once was. I find though that in each new season of my life I need Jesus just as much as before. There is no walking this life alone. My prayer life has changed and it has deepened as a mother. I talk to God a lot. Staying home with a baby takes prayer! I’ve never been a list person. I don’t go down a sheet paper with a list of requests that I daily take to the Lord. I do think about my friends and loved ones. In those moments when they come to my mind, I say a prayer for them. If I know someone has a job interview or a doctor’s appointment, I try to say a prayer for them. I know those things are important. Even if someone randomly comes to mind, I try to say a prayer of blessing over them.  My prayer life feels like a relationship. I chat with God often. I tell him how I really feel. I ask that he act on behalf of others. It’s never been rigid thing. I love to pray. However, I would not label myself as great prayer warrior or an intercessor. I don’t spend hours on my knees petitioning heaven. I just don’t have hours at my disposal these days. I believe that you should the best you can with that you got. I believe that talking to God shouldn’t be formal and something you check off your list of things to do.

I’ve also been thinking about the discipline of Bible reading. I love reading my Bible. It’s a really good book! I don’t read my Bible everyday. I do use a Bible reading plan, but I’m the kind of person that gets ahead so I don’t fall behind. Right now I am one month ahead in my reading. If I miss a day or two, it’s no big deal. If I have time and I’m engaged then I will read more than one day at a time. I’m getting to that place where I’ve read the Bible in a year for a few years now and I think that it’s time to challenge myself in a new way. Once I finish this current plan, I think I’m going to camp out in a certain book of the Bible for a year. I’m not quite sure what book that will be yet. Instead of reading all of my Bible, I want to go deep with a part of it. I want to live in that book for a while and really get to know. I want to move into it and make it my neighborhood. I’ll keep you posted as I figure this out more. I’m ready for something different. I’m great at checking boxes and following plans. I’m curious to see how I do getting off the marked path. I think experimenting is always eye opening.

Sooo… Anyway, back to mommy literature, I’m grateful for the discovery of a new author and a book that made me think about my own mothering and my own faith. Motherhood and faith are so linked. It really is important work and my faith keeps me going through it. Next on my list of mommy books is Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker. Can’t wait!

 

Late to the Game May 17, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 4:12 pm

Owen has been late to the rolling game. I blame it on the fact that he hates tummy time. Anything having to do with his tummy usually leads to unhappiness. Owen has long been able to roll from side to side while laying on his back. Jeremy and I decided that he was intentionally not going all the way over because he knew he wouldn’t like the result. In the last week, he has decided to just go for it and roll over anyway. This does lead to some discontentment. The main reason is he can’t figure out what to do with his arm and is unable to roll back. Anyway, I’ve been frustrated for months because I had a kid that couldn’t roll over. It seemed so basic. All the other babies were doing it, but Owen wasn’t giving into peer pressure. This was a good experience for me because eventually I just let go of worrying about it. I couldn’t make him do anything and he if was late to the game, oh well. He might be this way with all forms of mobility. Maybe he’ll be late to crawl or walk… While I was concerned that Owen wasn’t “textbook”, the bright side is we haven’t had to worry about him getting places we didn’t want. As I speak he just rolled over on the floor beside me in an attempt to grab Toby. Now he is stuck. And… frustrated. Poor kid. Growing up can be trying!

How did I get here?

How did I get here?

Scowling at his yogurt bites. He is still not a fan of texture!

Scowling at his yogurt bites. He is still not a fan of texture!

Great parenting skills: Letting your kid play with your candy wrapper!

Great parenting skills: Letting your kid play with your candy wrapper!

Breakfast with Daddy

Breakfast with Daddy

 

Mother’s Day & The Beach May 15, 2014

Filed under: Family Time — Amy Scott @ 9:22 am
Our little family on Mother's Day

Our little family on Mother’s Day

Sunday was my first “real” Mother’s Day. Last year I got lots of well wishes on Mother’s Day and Jeremy even got me a gift, but I knew I wasn’t really parenting yet. I was making a baby and that takes effort, but this year was different. It felt like I could celebrate it this year, like I was officially a member of the mom club. I honestly didn’t have any plans that I wanted to do for the day. At this point, Owen is too young to understand it and I didn’t have any new traditions in mind. I’m sure has the years go by we’ll make some new traditions and memories for our family on these special holidays. Jeremy and I really wanted to see our own mothers this year and make the day special for them. Spending time with family is the perfect way to spend any holiday. My day started off quiet. Owen and I had a late start to the day which meant he could get a good nap in before we headed out to church. After church, we had lunch with Jeremy’s family. It was fun because Jeremy’s brother and sister-in-law came up with their little boy, so the cousins got to play. Any day I get to see my nephew is a good day! We headed up to my parent’s house for dinner and then came home to watch the Once Upon a Time season finale. I really love that show!!! I stayed up later than usual so I could finish it. It worth it!

Playing in the sand

Playing in the sand

Jeremy took Monday off since he has been working some of his normal Fridays off. In true Jeremy fashion, he asked me spur of the moment if we’d like to go to the beach. We’ve been talking about going to the beach for a while but just hadn’t set a date. Since Monday was a free day and the weather was amazing, it seemed like the perfect day to go. Owen was a super napper the entire way there and back.  Once we arrived in Cannon Beach, we unloaded our crew from the car and Jeremy set about getting us lunch from our favorite restaurant. Toby was along for this adventure so we couldn’t eat inside any where. It was too warm of a day to leave a dog in the car. In fact, it was a lot warmer at the beach than we expected! It was in the 80’s and surprisingly not breezy. It was perfect weather from walking on the sand by the water. After our meal of Mo’s to-go, we loaded up Owen and Toby and hit the beach. I’m fairly positive we spent more time getting ready for the beach and cleaning up after the beach than we did at the beach, but oh well. That’s what happens when you have a baby and a dog covered in sand. Owen took in all the sights, sounds and smells. Jeremy set him down in the sand and Owen grabbed a fist full of it. Jeremy even buried Owen’s toes in the sand! It wouldn’t be a true first visit to ocean without touching the water, so we put Owen’s feet in the very shallow part where the waves just barely come in. This first trip to the beach was a big experiment. I learned a lot. I will pack differently next time and remember the sunscreen. Since all Owen had was a sun hat, I was super nervous about him getting sun burned. Because I thought it was going to be cooler, I packed a lot clothes that Owen didn’t need. Overall, it was a success and good learning experience. We ended our time at Cannon Beach with a stop by the bakery. We drove out of town munching on doughnuts! What a good day!

A picture perfect day at Cannon Beach

A picture perfect day at Cannon Beach

Playing with a sand dollar piece

Playing with a sand dollar piece

Feet in the water

Feet in the water

Toes in the sand

Toes in the sand

A great day for a walk

A great day for a walk

 

7th Months! May 9, 2014

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 7:03 pm
7 months old!

7 months old!

This last month has gone by faster than any other month of Owen’s life so far. We had our biggest outreach event of the year, a conference, and a bad cold bug. That about sums the month up. Owen has had a particularly rough time with his cold over the last week or so. The loose and messy diapers have been abundant. I’ve used a lot of stain remover, changed a lot of sheets, washed the seat in his jumper multiple times and applied a lot of Desitin to Owen’s diaper rashed booty. Good times. Good times… I would love to say that we’re out of the woods, but Owen is still pooping more than usual and his nose is still runny. Both Jeremy and I have bugs of our own that are holding on as well. After 5 tissues boxes, I will be grateful for the day that I don’t have to blow my nose. I’m so done with snot.

I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of things to share in this 7 month update, but there isn’t too much new to report. Owen loves to “walk” (with his hands being held, of course). He is quite the explorer and wants to touch everything he can get his hands on. He is not crawling yet so our house is still safe. Owen also continues to be a massive talker. This baby loves to chat. It’s fun because I can say some baby talk sounds to him and he’ll respond and then pause. I’ll talk and then he’ll talk. We’re having conversations, but I have no clue what we’re talking about. Owen and Toby have spent more time being aware of each other. Owen will scream at Toby and Toby will respond by barking at Owen. This interaction gets really loud, really fast. We’ve been trying more food options now that Owen is on to stage 2 baby foods. I will admit that I’m disappointed he didn’t take an instant likely to his meal of mac & cheese. Owen seems to be partial to fruits and orange veggies. So far green veggies have not been met with much success (in this regard, he is more like me). Tonight he tried a meat puree of apples and chicken and ate the whole container. Go Owen! One last thing, we purchased a new baby carrier so now we have a backpack option. Owen and Jeremy put it to good use this week so that way Owen could go do outdoor chores with Jeremy. Our hope is to use it on a beach outing in the near(ish) future.

Since there isn’t too much news in the Owen department, I thought I would share a few things that have been going on around our house. Jeremy surprised me by upgrading my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Despite my illness, I’ve managed to use it a few times in the last week and I love it! The bowl is so big compared to my Classic mixer.  When I’ve had down time, I’ve been reading books on my iPad. I got Daring Greatly by Brene Brown from the local library. It’s a well researched book on shame and vulnerability. It encouraged me to be present and engaged with those I love. It’s about not hiding and not keeping yourself guarded and walled off. It’s a very good read. I also downloaded Sarah Bessey’s new ebook called My Practices of Mothering. This book is a compilation of blog posts she wrote a few years ago. I love getting her perspective on parenting and why she does what she does. It gave me some food for thought and reminded me that overall most of us mamas’ are doing pretty good. We care and we are trying and that makes us good moms’. It’s a message that I appreciate hearing. Right now I’m re-reading The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery. It was only a dollar on Amazon, so I couldn’t pass it up. It’s one of my favorite novels by LM Montgomery and I’m excited to have it be a permanent part of my collection!

Kitchen Aids are beautiful!

Kitchen Aids are beautiful!

Chore time

Chore time

Jeremy made a new friend in the backyard

Jeremy made a new friend in the backyard

Checking out some new toys at Grandma's house

Checking out some new toys at Grandma’s house

 

The Bugs are Back May 5, 2014

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:32 am
Empty tissue box = Full trash can

Empty tissue box = Full trash can

I closed my last blog by mentioning that Owen brought a cold back from Annual Conference. Little did I know at that point that my fate was sealed. I was going down too. The bugs are back at our house and they have set up shop. We were all sick in March so I thought it would be a while a before we were due for another around of illness, but I was wrong. Friday morning, I woke up with a sore throat and I’ve been sick ever since. I’m officially on my 4th box of tissue. I know that you’re probably thinking, I blew my nose too much, but trust me, if I didn’t, it would drip. Gross! It’s been a rough couple of days. Owen not only has a cold which makes eating and sleeping more tricky, but he has also been struggling with diarrhea (sorry for the TMI). I have spent most of the weekend washing and rewashing pajamas in an effort to get stains out of them. I have officially used up all our stain spray. The amount of poopy diapers and blowouts has been astounding.

Fun on Friday

Fun on Friday

On Friday night, I asked Jeremy if we could run into town for a trip to Starbucks. I’d been home bound all day and I thought a warm beverage would be nice on my throat. While in town getting that warm beverage, we got a flat tire. I was a bit mortified because I had hopped into the car unshowered in my grubby sweats. My hubby is a pro and changed the tire quickly and got us home. Saturday morning, Jeremy took off for the local tire shop to replace 3 of our tires. We knew that they needed to be replaced so the flat wasn’t a total shock.

The whale jammies have been marked by this epic illness. On the bright side, doesn't Owen have great hair?

The whale jammies been marked by this epic illness. On the bright side, doesn’t Owen have great hair?

A part from the runny noses, flat tires, and blow out diapers, we’ve been battling ants around our house for a few weeks. It really grosses me out because I’m a total neat freak and ants make me feel like the house is dirty. We keep finding holes that they are coming out of and we take care of that location only to see that they have moved and found a new hole to exit from. Last night, Jeremy found another spot that they were coming out from so he attacked that location with ant poison. The poison works by attracting the ants and then they eat it and take it back to their queen. Just a short while after Jeremy put out the new bait, the spot was covered in ants. I have contemplated moving or burning the house down… I surrender! The ants win! Because of this cold, I have had to sleep with my mouth open the last couple of days (something I don’t normally do) and thanks to our ant friends, all I could think about while falling asleep is how many ants might crawl into my mouth. Gross, right? Sorry. This has been a pretty nasty blog on many accounts. I did take a picture of the ants yesterday and I almost thought about sharing it here… But… I won’t. I don’t want people to be scared to come to my house. That is if the cold and diarrhea bugs weren’t enough to keep you away. Trust me, I have a date with my Lysol spray and cleaning products right around the corner… Once I have the energy to actually clean my house. Until then, it’s just our family and bugs hanging out.