Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

Annual Conference 2014 May 1, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood,Travels,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 10:21 pm
Breaking the hotel room in!

Breaking the hotel room in!

Every year our network of Assemblies of God ministers meets to encourage each other and take care of some business. The location moves around each year which keeps things interesting. This year it was in our neck of the woods in Vancouver, WA. The hour drive was a nice change after the six hour drive from last year when it was in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Of course, Owen made the trek to Annual Conference with us. I’m fairly positive he will not be attending with us next year. I have lived and I learned. For starters, Owen isn’t too keen on the nursery. He lasted an hour the first day, forty-five minutes the second day and twenty minutes the third day. The nice thing was Jeremy is the one that got paged when Owen melted down. Often I’m on my own with Owen in church settings so it was a change to share the weight. A nice change. Jeremy took Owen so I could enjoy a few of the sessions. Another highlight for me was hanging out with our staff. I’m often in the office at random hours so I don’t see everyone together anymore. It was good to reconnect with the team vibe and mentality for a while.

Sleeping through the first session

Sleeping through the first session

This was our second overnight trip with Owen. He did so good in Canada that I had high hopes for this trip as well. The first night went well, but the second night didn’t… I felt horrible because our hotel was book full of people attending the same conference as us. I’m sure they heard Owen’s distress quite well through the thin walls. I felt terrible that our family might be keeping others up into the night. Wednesday morning, Owen had gotten up multiple times and he wouldn’t go back down in the Pack’N’Play so I laid him down on our bed. We’re not a co-sleeping family, but Owen proceeded to fall into a hard deep sleep in our bed. At this point both Jeremy and I were very awake and Owen was a bed hog so Jeremy got up and got breakfast and I moved to the second queen bed in our room. Owen is well acquainted with Murphy and his law because Owen then slept super long and hard at a point when Jeremy and I couldn’t sleep. Ideally a happy family all sleeps at the same time…

Looking cute

Looking cute

Overall, the conference had many highlights and good moments. It also had it’s rough moments because a baby doesn’t really follow a conference schedule all that well. Naps and feedings were hard to fit into the schedule and Owen was not interested in the nursery. It was interesting to see the difference in perspective between Jeremy and I. Despite the challenges with Owen, Jeremy was all jazzed to spend time with Owen and I away from the office. I, on the other hand, kept thinking about how much easier things would have been if we had just stayed home. It’s a hard tension. Yes, I love spending time with my husband and I would have missed him if he had gone to the conference without me. But… like I said, Owen and the conference schedule didn’t jive too well. Some things are worth trying just so you can say you tried and gave it our all. This was one of those experiences. Not all the moments were bad. The nursery staff were tickled to see Owen’s reaction to being picked up. Owen could be screaming his head off with them but he would instantly quiet and snuggle with Jeremy and smile. He can be quite the charmer when he wants to be. Owen also got lots of snuggles in with staff members and other pastor friends. I think they really appreciated us bringing him. They smiled and laughed at all his baby noises even when they interrupted the services. Owen did bring one souvenir home from Annual Conference – a head cold. Yep. Our poor baby has a stuffy nose that is keeping him from eating, breathing, and sleeping. I will admit that this feels like the icing on the cake of a tiring week. Oh well. Here are some cute pictures from Annual Conference to end on a happier note.

Bed hog - fast asleep while Mom & Dad get ready for the day

Bed hog – fast asleep while Mom & Dad get ready for the day

They said label everything you bring into the nursery!

They said label everything you bring into the nursery!

Playing on the floor during the annual business meeting

Playing on the floor during the annual business meeting

 

Your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s