Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Finishing up February with a Family Day February 27, 2015

Filed under: Family Time — Amy Scott @ 7:33 pm

It’s crazy to believe that tomorrow is the last day of February! March is just around the bend and it’s going to be insane! We have Jeremy’s birthday, two giant Easter egg hunts, the Pinewood Derby for our Wednesday night kiddos, we are leading a Growth Group for young families, a big launch of our Downtown Centralia campus at church, the regular stuff and a few more things that I’m not thinking of at the moment (and no, that list is not in any order)! Life is full steam ahead. Because of the pace of our schedule, days like today mean a lot to me! We spent the morning visiting a local farm where Owen got to talk to chickens and pet goats! The animals were a fringe experience. Really we just went for the hot apple fritters, fresh doughnuts and apple cider! It was a fun and tasty stop. We have been to this farm in the fall during their apple season. It’s usually busy with next to no parking. Today it was calm and quiet. I might never go again during busy season since the farm is open year around. I like avoiding crowds!

After the farm, we used a coupon that we’ve been sitting on for a few months. This fall, Jeremy was given a coupon for free entrance to a local children’s museum. We have talked about going and made plans in the past that never panned out. I was determined to make it happen this month and we just squeaked it in! The museum was full of all kinds of interesting stuff for Owen to play with. He especially loved the things that involved water, balls, and steering wheels. After our exciting morning of exploration, we spent the rest of the afternoon running errands for our Downtown Centralia campus. The big launch is Sunday so Jeremy wanted to outfit the nursery with some new items. It was fun to shop with Jeremy and be along for the ride as he prepared for this weekend. Overall, it was a great day full of fun family time. While we were shopping, we picked up a slide of Owen to use inside since he obsessed with slides right now. The nice thing is this slide easily folds up and can live in the garage when we don’t want it to be focal point of our living room. Owen has been going nuts all evening – up and down, up and down! Hopefully when we combine the lack of nap time today with the extreme running off of energy, we’ll have a kid that sleeps long and hard tonight! Maybe he’ll even let me sleep in tomorrow! I doubt it, but one can hope! Here are some photos from our adventures today!

Chickens

Chickens

Petting the goat

Petting the goat

He could have stayed here for hours!

He could have stayed here for hours!

What does this water taste like

What does this water taste like?

Hanging in the police car

Hanging in the police car

Big boy going down the slide

Big boy going down the slide

Driving the dump truck

Driving the dump truck

Center stage

Center stage

Running off his energy

Running off his energy

 

Happy Valentine’s Day February 22, 2015

Filed under: Family Time — Amy Scott @ 6:55 pm

Okay, so we really didn’t celebrate Valentine’s day in a traditional way. On Friday the 13th, we went to the Valentine’s dinner at our church and Jeremy got had the opportunity to lip sync “As Long As You Love Me” by the Backstreet Boys with some of the other staff members. I’m pretty sure that he felt like this was a Friday-the-13th kind of experience. I got to sit in on their multiple practices before the big gig. It was too funny. My face hurt from smiling and trying not to laugh. Of course, it wasn’t just lip syncing. There was dancing at as well. Truly, a night to remember! Valentine’s Day was spent moving my sister and her husband into their new home. My job was to keep Owen out of the way and Jeremy was the one for the heavy lifting. My family loves the addition of Jeremy and Andrew because now we actually have people with muscles who can do stuff like move heavy objects. It’s great.

This week has been a bit of this and that. Thursday was a grand adventure… I had just put Owen down for his afternoon nap when I got a phone call from a random number. I didn’t answer but they left a voice mail. I found out it was Jeremy calling from Cash’N’Carry where he had locked his keys and phone in the car. He had a very important meeting in an hour and he needed me to drive him his spare key. He already knew the meeting needed to pushed back for him to make it time. I drove with a lead foot up to Olympia and I had to keep reminding myself that this meeting wasn’t worth me getting a speeding ticket over. I got to the parking lot and gave him his key with enough time for him to make it back for the newly rescheduled time. On the way home, I got another call from a random number and this time the voice mail was Jeremy saying he had only made it few exits before he truck overheated and he was pulled over in a parking lot trying to fix it. His cell phone was dead for some reason so I had no way of calling him back. After waiting a while to hear from him, I left Owen with my parents and went back up north to find my husband. I got to him just in time for him to finish up adding coolant to his truck and he was ready to ride. I followed him home just to make sure no more drama occurred. It was a totally crazy day and no, Jeremy didn’t make it to his important meeting. But things can be rescheduled and despite our best efforts, getting to the church just wasn’t an option. Other than the zany travels and car troubles of Thursday, the week has been pretty normal. Here are a few highlight photos.

Practicing for big dance number!

Practicing for big dance number!

Helping Auntie and Uncle move

Helping Auntie and Uncle move

Hanging at Home Depot

Hanging at Home Depot

Going for a ride in his red wagon

Going for a ride in his red wagon

Owen's new obsession is the slide

Owen’s new obsession is the slide

I see you

I see you

Playing in mud puddles

Playing in mud puddles

 

Flying through February February 13, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 12:06 pm

Crazy to think that tomorrow is the halfway point for the month of February! We are flying through the month. Things have been good. Nothing too over the top crazy these days, just enjoying life. Owen’s nose stopped running for about a week and now the facet is back on. I know lots of kiddos have a off and on runny nose, but Owen hasn’t been that type of kid until now, so I’m adapting to this new snotty phase. Oh well. As long as he is well enough to go into the nursery at church, I’m cool. Here are some of the highlights of the month so far.

One of my favorite people in the world, Miss Jessica, came to visit for a few days after moving to Virginia this summer. I got to see her two nights in a row and I was in absolute heaven. However, I’ve been going through Jessica withdrawals ever since she left. I love this girl and it was fantastic to catch up with her in person about her very exciting life on the east coast.

Last weekend, we spent a day helping my sister and brother-in-law tidy up their new rental home. They will be moving tomorrow, but we wanted to make sure the house to was in tip-top shape before we got all their stuff inside. It was a fun day of being able to explore their new area and help set them up in their new space. Owen loved running around the empty rooms, especially the mud room.

One of my bigger projects this last week has been packing up Owen’s size 12 month clothes and pulling out the next sizes. Owen has been in 12 month clothes for over 5 months now. It’s exciting to have a change in the wardrobe especially as we move toward more spring type outfits, but at the same time, it’s always a little sad when I’m boxing up little shirts and pants. So many good memories in those clothes. He wore these through the holidays and through many adventures. It’s strange how attached to them I feel as I pack up the boxes. Yesterday, we went out and did some clothing shopping to fill in the gaps in his wardrobe. The best part was Owen joined us for the first store and then he spent the evening with Grandma & Grandpa. Jeremy and I shopped in Olympia with no kiddo. It was so much fun!!! Owen likes to roam the stores like a maniac or he wants to be held. Riding the cart isn’t his favorite thing (at least when I’m around, Jeremy says he does great in the cart if he and Owen are out on a daddy/son outing). Anyway, it was a fun treat to shop without Owen in the mix.

Tonight we have a Valentine’s Day dinner at church. Jeremy got roped into lip syncing and dancing to a Backstreet Boys song with the staff. I promise photos and videos of that to come! Tomorrow we move April and April into their new home so that will make for a big day and a not very romantic Valentine’s Day, but that is okay. We don’t usually make a fuss out Valentine’s Day anyway. Plus, spending Valentine’s Day with family, helping them move seems like a very loving thing to do.  That’s the new news for now! I’m sure I’ll have lots of fun to share after this big holiday weekend!

Jessica visited from Virginia

Jessica visited from Virginia

Helping clean Uncle & Auntie's new house. We move the in tomorrow!

Helping clean Uncle & Auntie’s new house. We move them in tomorrow!

Toby finally got a haircut since he couldn't see out of his eyes anymore. Now he looks like a rat dog!

Toby finally got a haircut since he couldn’t see out of his eyes anymore. Now he looks like a rat dog!

Making forts and playing with a lantern

Making forts and playing with a lantern

He has discovered the white board thanks to the kiddos are church

He has discovered the white board thanks to the kiddos at church

Owen got his first Valentine in the mail! Good thing it's from his cousin, Carson, and not a girl!

Owen got his first Valentine in the mail! Good thing it’s from his cousin, Carson, and not a girl!

While clothing shopping for some new size 18 month outfits, Jeremy felt that Owen needed a pair of sunglasses. Now they are a pair of cool dudes!

While clothing shopping for some new size 18 month outfits, Jeremy felt that Owen needed a pair of sunglasses. Now they are a pair of cool dudes!

 

An Endless Runny Nose February 2, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 12:13 pm
Lunch date with Maggie!

Lunch date with Maggie!

My last post talked about how we were finally coming out of the haze of sickness and my plan to end January was a busy one. Well… That didn’t pan like I thought. The weekend was fine. Last Friday, I drove up to Tukwila for a lunch date with two of my favorite ladies – Maggie and Summer. Jeremy had a busy weekend with a work party and a Frozen movie showing at our church. Monday, Jeremy and I had a ministers dinner for work, so we went to that while Owen hung out with Nana & Papa. I was super excited because the next morning, I was going to take Owen swimming with our MOPs group, but Owen woke up with a runny nose and a random cough. I would say that Owen was right on the fence of being sick and I didn’t want swimming to tip the scale to the side of sick. We ended up stayed home. Luckily, Owen doesn’t know all the fun he missed out on, but I know he loves to swim and play in the water. It was definitely a hard opportunity to pass up. Despite the snot, I had a student come over and hang out on Tuesday night for a few hours. It was great to catch up with her. She let Owen text on her phone and make phone calls to her friends. Owen that was a blast and has been disappointed that I won’t let him do the same thing on my phone now.

Enjoying the sunshine on Monday

Enjoying the sunshine on Monday

Wednesday was supposed to be a lunch date with a good friend, but she came down with a bug, so those plans got postponed until this week. Owen’s nose was still running pretty good on Wednesday. Jeremy stayed home from church with Owen since we weren’t sure if he should be in the nursery. Wednesday night was pajama night with my class. We were going to watch a movie and have root beer floats. In the middle of pouring the root beer floats, the power went out to the two back classrooms that the girls use. My mom’s class next door was doing a pancake night and they had plugged in too many griddles thus blowing a fuse. I had to run out to the foyer to find someone who could help us. The security jumped right into helping us and soon the power was back on. Of course, I got comments from many adults on my pajamas. I was unfazed when I walked down there because I’m so used to wearing pajamas, I forgot that the rest of the world would find my outfit weird. I had to explain that our class was doing something special that night. When I finally got to playing the video I wanted on my laptop, I realized that my new laptop didn’t have the internet access code plugged into it. It’s a 40-key code with lots of letters and numbers. I had to call Jeremy for the 2nd time (after the fuse fiasco) and get the code. Once we got that to work, the internet signal wasn’t strong enough in our classroom so we had to relocate to another room closer to the router. As you can tell, it’s quite the night. Very crazy.

Texting with Lacey on Tuesday

Texting with Lacey on Tuesday

Thursday and Friday, I had plans that also got canceled due to Owen’s nose and the illness of other kiddos he was going to hang out with. This week was supposed to be ultra busy, but the germs had other plans for my family and friends. It was still a fun week though. I don’t mind things being quieter than expected. Then Friday and Saturday were around the house days.

Sunday, of course, was the Super Bowl. My parents had invited us up to watch the Super Bowl at their house. My dad has a media room with a huge TV and a large sound system that makes watching the game up close and personal. My sister and brother-in-law came as well as two other families from our church. The parents all went upstairs to watch the game and that left my mom, sister and I down stairs with 7 kids ages ranging from 1 to almost 10. It was a bit chaotic to stay the least. I munched on way too much snack food and April and I kept up with the game on mute in the background. My dad had the game time-delayed upstairs so April and I always knew what was going on before the main group of football fans. While the Seahawks were winning this power felt awesome, but toward the end of the game, we were sad to know that they had lost before the group did. We heard them cheering upstairs and we knew it wasn’t going to end well. Then things got quiet upstairs… and we knew that they knew it too. Despite the sad and dramatic ending to the Super Bowl, we had a great time and a lot fun.

Now you are all caught up on the happenings of the Scott family. Apparently Owen will be sick about every two weeks and his runny nose runs our lives. I’ve talked to so many moms with older kids that say that they remember these always sick days. It’s good to know that this isn’t odd. Also, Owen wasn’t deathly ill, but I’m always cautious when it comes to sharing germs. I would hate for our germs to infect another family. Despite the change of plans and the slower pace, I would say that we had a fun and zany week.

New backpack! We are going to use this as his diaper bag now, so Owen can carry around his own stuff.

New backpack! We are going to use this as his diaper bag now, so Owen can carry around his own stuff.

Goofing around with pillows and blankets

Goofing around with pillows and blankets

Helping Dad install more cabinet latches

Helping Dad install more cabinet latches

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday