Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Finishing Up August August 30, 2014

Filed under: Family Time — Amy Scott @ 4:43 pm
Owen's first visit to Mt. Rainier

Owen’s first visit to Mt. Rainier

There is just one full day left to the month of August. I’m flabbergasted. It’s been such a big, full month and now it’s about to finish up in a blink. I’m honestly having a hard time remembering that it’s Labor Day weekend. It feels too early. But regardless of how I feel, here we are. The month started off with an awesome week of Family VBA and moved into helping at the fair with our MOPS group. Jeremy took our 5th graders to a Mariners game. We’ve enjoyed Jeremy’s grandma and aunt visiting from South Dakota. Jeremy pulled off an super fun kid’s zone at a local car show and I helped at the MOPS dunk tank (taking money, not being dunked). We moved from that big event into a few days at the beach. Owen came down with a head cold while we were away and the day after we got home, I tweaked my back. Good times… My mom and Jeremy have been gracious and helped me out quite a bit. I’ve been trying to not lift Owen all that much, but I’m finding that to be tricky. My in-laws gave us a heating pad a month ago when I last tweaked my back, so I’m again using the heating pad and keeping the Advil close at hand.

Completed my August goals and new magnets for the board!

Completed my August goals and new magnets for the board!

Despite my current state, I was able to enjoy a lovely trip to Mt. Rainier with Jeremy and Owen yesterday. The weather wasn’t great for seeing the mountain, but we enjoyed ourselves just the same. Owen really loved the stops we made and was a smiley boy most of the time. Days like that are fun. It’s great to be able to share our favorite places with him. The first year is fun because there really are so many first to share and discover. This was Owen’s first visit to the mountain and I’m positive it won’t be his last. There is a lot I could write about Owen and his many firsts and changes, but I’ll save those for his upcoming 11 month blog. That’s right around the corner. (Eeek!)

Today we enjoyed brunch with the Scotts and said our good-bye to the South Dakota travelers. We love their visits and look forward to them every year. We really enjoyed introducing them to Owen and watching him get loved on by them. We’ll close August out with home-smoked brisket tomorrow made by my dad. That should be super tasty! On Monday, I plan on pulling out my fall decor and I have a Starbucks date in the evening. September will soon be here and it’s chalked full of fun adventures to be had. As summer is winding down and the autumn routine is ready to kick in. Most kids will be back in school on Tuesday. I’m going to enjoy these last few summer days while they are here!

 

 

Beach Vacation August 28, 2014

Filed under: Family Time,Travels — Amy Scott @ 6:35 pm

We just got back from a few days at the beach with Jeremy’s side of the family. We rented a beach house in Manzanita, OR and enjoyed some lovely weather. The trip included a few meals at my favorite places, a trip to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and a couple of beach walks. We had lots of time to catch up with family, play games and eat. Owen loved hanging out with his cousins and he had a blast exploring a new home. The only downside to the trip was that Owen didn’t do so great sleeping at night while we were gone. The last day, he came down with a head cold which made our final night quite epic. It was honestly the worse night we’ve had yet with Owen. We barely slept a wink. Other than some zany nights, the days were fun and it was a great family memory made.  Here are some photos from our travels!

Dinner at Mo's

Dinner at Mo’s

Snacking in his new chair

Snacking in his new chair

Sunrise beach walk

Sunrise beach walk

Snuggle buddies!

Snuggle buddies!

Hanging at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Hanging at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Sunset beach walk

Sunset beach walk

Sunset

Sunset

 

Flying Through August August 17, 2014

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 4:37 pm

Here we are over half way through the month of August! I’m not sure how, but time keeps zipping past me. This last week was a full one for the Scott Family. On Monday, Jeremy took some of our graduating 5th graders to the Mariner’s game. I didn’t stay up to wait for his arrival home, but I did ask Siri on my iPhone who won the game before I turned out the lights. Siri informed me that Seattle crushed Toronto. I found it humorous that she used the word crushed, not something like the Mariner’s won or what not.

On Tuesday, Owen had his 9 month well-check appointment at 10 months old. Since this appointment had no shots, I’m guessing it didn’t matter that it was a little off schedule. I was grateful to not have to deal with a cranky baby who doesn’t like shots. They did have to do a finger prick, but Owen didn’t even cry. The nurse said that they don’t often cry at this age because they are so used to getting banged up through exploring the world. It’s true. Owen’s exploration and mobility have left him a bunch of bruises. I’m about to wrap him in bubble wrap! Of course, it’s always fun to see the stats. Owen is 19% in weight, 30% in height and 73% in head circumference. To my surprise, Owen weighed in at 19lbs. 6 oz. He has yet to break the 20lbs. mark! I’m okay with him being on the smaller side because he is healthy and happy. Our doctor was really encouraging and said Owen is doing great.

The latter part of my week was spent the good old Southwest Washington Fair. Our MOPS group has a booth at the fair and each of the leadership team members took two shifts.  The shifts were four hours each and they dragged on a bit because our booth wasn’t really hopping. We offered a diaper changing station and a private nursing room. I was a little disappointed more people didn’t take advantage of it. On Thursday, I was paired at the booth one of our mentor moms, Kate. It was fun to chat with her and get to know her story more. On Friday, Jeremy and Owen joined me. Once my shift was up, we met up with my sister and brother-in-law to have dinner and explore the fair. It had been years since I’d gone to the fair, so I was super excited for the fair food! I had my all-time elephant ear and I was a happy camper! Yum!

Fun @ the SWW Fair

Fun @ the SWW Fair

After some busy days, we had a day around the house yesterday. When Owen napped, I laid in bed and read. True luxury! I’m currently rereading the Anne of Green Gables series. I’m very happy to loose myself in the world of Avonlea and Prince Edward Island. Jeremy picked some apples off our trees. We have a great crop of apples coming in this year! I spent part of my afternoon making a homemade apple pie with home grown apples. You can’t beat that!

Around the house on Saturday! Toby needed to make a blog appearance since it's been awhile!

Around the house on Saturday! Toby needed to make a blog appearance since it’s been awhile!

That’s what the Scotts have been up as of late! We have family coming into town this week and we are looking forward to being reunited with some of our South Dakota family members. This will be there first time to meet Owen and we can’t wait to make the introductions! I know that the month will be over in a blink and the new school year will be starting. I’m trying to enjoy these last few summer days before the fall schedule picks up again. I love the seasons and the cycle of time. It’s been a good summer and more fun is still to be had. However, there is lots to look forward to just around the bend! We are blessed!

 

Baby Containment August 11, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 12:19 pm

After a few weeks of chasing Owen around the house, Jeremy and I broke down and got a baby containment system. Owen will not happily play with his toys if he knows there is big world to explore. So for now, it’s baby prison for all. On the bright side, if you’re in baby prison with him, Owen doesn’t seem to mind it all that much. Despite the eye sore, it’s working for us. I’m grateful to not be running around the house trying to keep Owen out of trouble.

Make-shift containment

Make-shift containment

Here is a reason why containment is necessary!

Here is a reason why containment is necessary!

A new look for the family room

A new look for the family room

 

Berry Season August 10, 2014

Filed under: Cooking Experiments — Amy Scott @ 1:25 pm

I’ve been working on the art of perfecting my berry crisp recipe this season. It started in June with a strawberry/blueberry crisp and we’ve moved on to triple berry crisps as of late. I’ve been using blueberries, raspberries and marionberries that are home grown from Jeremy’s garden and my father-in-law’s garden! Bill has us well stocked with raspberries and blueberries! I love baking with fruit! The colors are so pretty and the taste is so tart and sweet. Jeremy and I were watching an episode of Pioneer Woman together when we discovered the crust recipe I’ve been using all summer. Jeremy made a comment about how he thought he would like that crust because it doesn’t have oatmeal in it. I happen to love oatmeal in crisps and I never knew that Jeremy didn’t prefer it. The crust turns out perfect each time. The biggest thing I’m needing to master is how make the berries less watery. I’ve tried adding different thickeners to the recipe. The crisp I made this weekend turned out less watery than the last, but it still wasn’t as thick as I had hoped. Oh well. It’s a learning process and I’m happy to keep experimenting!

I love berry season!

I love berry season!

Yum!

Yum!

 

Thankful August 9, 2014

Filed under: Children's Ministry,One Thousand Gifts Challenge — Amy Scott @ 9:39 pm

I used to be the thankful guru. After reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and starting my own gratitude journal, I was sold on thankfulness being the key to joyfulness. It was a very eye opening season for me and one that I hope to not forget. So, in the spirit of remembrance, I’ve trying to recapture the flame of thankfulness in my life. It started with a short Bible reading plan that focused on thankfulness and I’ve moved on to re-watching the One Thousand Gifts DVD study. I’ve been viewing my week in light of thankfulness and here are a few thoughts that I’ve been pondering.

It’s been a good week. One for the record books – in big and small ways. This last week we had Family VBA at our church. For four nights families came together to talk about God, pray together and have a lot of fun. It’s a great opportunity for parents to lead their children in matters of faith. I truly love the format we use and it’s been such a joy to watch the fruit of this ministry. On top of a great week at church, we also dinners offered before the evening event started so I didn’t have to make dinner all week long. That’s a true blessing!

This week my father had surgery to help correct a condition that has been bothering his heart. His surgery went textbook and I got to visit him shortly after he got out. He had great color and seemed in good spirits. Dad was released from the hospital with a good report and has jumped back into his everyday life. I’m so thankful! God has been good and I’m excited to see my father’s health improve.

I’ve gotten to spend time with my hubby and Owen this week and time with some out-of-town family. I’ve gone shopping and purchased some much needed items (and somethings just for fun). Things are good. Really good. However… discontentment finds a way to slip in. In so many small ways, I found myself being derailed this week. It’s so easy to complain, even if it’s just in my mind. It’s amazing how easy it is to grumble. There is always a tension between thankfulness and discontentment. I unintentionally look at my life and say yes, it’s good, but here are all the ways it could be better.

When I found myself being thrown off track this week, I started my own mental gratitude journal. It’s a mental list I go over as a reminder of how good things really are it. This list helps to right my train of thought. It usually goes like this:

I have a roof over my head. I have food in my pantry. I have clothes on my back and in my closet. I have warm blankets on my bed. I have a husband and son that I love and who love me. We are all relatively healthy. We have all we need and way more. We have vehicles and baby toys and a great job that provides for our family. We are surrounded by family and friends who love us and want us to succeed, etc.

This list continues until I’ve talked myself off my discontentment ledge. It’s annoying how easily my thoughts turn negative. I’m trying my best to take these those captive and send them way. I want to replace them with thankfulness. God is good. I am beyond blessed. I am thankful!

 

Double Digits – 10 months! August 8, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 11:59 am
10 months!

10 months!

Wow, here we are 10 months of Mr. Owen. How did that happen? 10 months is a long time! Almost a year! Crazy! This last month has been a full one with baby development. Owen has started crawling. He is into EVERYTHING! Our house is fairly safe for children, but Owen finds all the spots that he shouldn’t play in. We are having to put latches on our cabinet doors to keep him from any harmful chemicals. Keeping Owen alive got more interesting with the addition of crawling. Owen can also pull himself up on furniture now. He thinks he is the coolest, but he doesn’t like how he can’t get around once he is up. Our church nursery has a toy that you can push to stabilize for walking, so Owen now pushes that around and walks around the nursery. As much as he enjoys crawling, he still would prefer to hold onto your fingers and walk around like a big boy. Mobility is a very big deal these days.

Owen continues to be loud. As I’ve had to “redirect” him lately, he has developed a blood curdling mad scream. It’s practically ultrasonic. On car rides, Owen loudly yells almost the entire time. It’s not an unhappy yell. It certainly is intense though. Jeremy and I really want to know what he is thinking! Owen doesn’t have any words yet. He is still sputtering out syllables, but nothing that makes much sense to us. He has started pointing at everything. He especially likes to point at things outside while looking through the window. He loves to give kisses. He kisses certain pictures in his books. It’s super cute. He loves to read books while sitting in my lap. It’s one of the ways I can keep him in one spot! Owen is also mastering waving good-bye. He usually does it after we walk away from the person. It’s a delayed wave. This week he learned how to clap! Now when he hears music or gets super excited, he claps. It’s adorable!!!

Just yesterday, we bought Owen a new car seat. He was getting too long for his infant car seat. It makes me kind of sad that he won’t be using an “infant” car seat anymore. He keeps growing up and becoming a big boy. In true Amy fashion, I’m already thinking and planning for the big 1st birthday! It will be here in a blink! I also went shopping yesterday for more 12 months clothes. Owen is right in between 9 months and 12 months when it comes to clothes. We also picked up a new toy that made Jeremy and I little nostalgic. Being a parent is fun because you can share the things you loved as a kid with your kid. Owen’s 9 month doctor’s appointment will be happening this next week (we know, a little late). We’ll have the current stats on Tuesday. I thinking Owen might have broken the 20lbs mark! We’ll soon find out! Keeping up with this kid is crazy, fun and wonderful!

Stopping to get a weenie whistle!

Stopping to get a weenie whistle!

Exploring

Exploring

First time to Ikea!

First time to Ikea!

Playing with his Little People farm. Jeremy and I loved this toy as kids!

Playing with his Little People farm. Jeremy and I loved this toy as kids!