Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Yes, I am still here. March 27, 2015

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 11:49 am

March has been a crazy month for the Scott family. It’s hard to believe the month is almost over and I’ve posted almost nothing about our happenings. I’m sad to say that after our trip to Canada, all three of us came down with colds. Jeremy was getting one while we were in Vancouver and it settled into his chest. He is still coughing and his voice is about to go… Which is kind of a bummer because we have a big event this weekend. March has been non-stop and the only rest we have gotten is because we just couldn’t move. I came down with a bad bug on St. Patrick’s day. That night I started to feel my head filling up with snot. The next three days I battled a cold/sinus infection along with a fever. I never get fevers, so it was kind of a big deal. Jeremy had to help me as much as possible with Owen. I honestly felt like dying. It was terrible. Owen managed to get a runny nose out of the whole deal, but for the most part, he has be been the healthiest Scott this month… Until today… When we spewed pink vomit all over our white couch. I’m impressed that at a year and half, this will be Owen’s first time staining our white couch. It was a hand-me-down. I know white and kids don’t go together, but it was free and we like free. Anyway, Jeremy took Owen to puke more in the bathroom and then take a bath while I attacked our couch with every cleaning product I could think of. I got up more than expected, but I don’t think our couch will ever be the same. It’s been marked for life. Poor thing. Poor Owen. Our whole morning has been a bit of a mess as we’ve battled ants in our living room and Jeremy thinks our hot water tank might have an element out. Yep, I’m pretty sure there is a black cloud parked over our house. Tomorrow is our big day of two giant Easter egg hunts and 70,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. I spent yesterday afternoon at the church helping Jeremy get ready and I was so excited for Owen to actually be able to hunt this year. Oh and yes, we are doing Easter Eggstravaganza a week early this year. It’s a new thing and I’m excited about it. It should spread out the busyness of Easter. Our Easter weekends in the past have been pretty crazy with two egg hunts, three church services and two family events. I’m hoping that Easter this year will be calmer for us. However, it looks like Owen might not be up for kicking the Easter celebrations off with the egg hunts tomorrow. We’ll see how the rest of the day goes. Jeremy is about to take off for a full afternoon and possibly evening of Easter Eggstravaganza preparations, so soon it will just be me and the sicko. Right now, Owen is down for a nap and I hope it’s a good restorative sleep that gets him back on his feet.

Well, that’s our fun…. Busy, busy, busy, germy, germy, germy. That about sums up our lives! Oh, and Wednesday was my hubby’s birthday. I tried to not let his birthday get lost in all the zaniness that is Easter Eggstravaganza week. On Tuesday, we went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse and got chocolate coconut cream pie from Costco. On Wednesday, we had seafood stuffed salmon for dinner and yesterday we had my family over pizza and ice cream cake. We’ll celebrate with Jeremy’s parents next week, so it will keep the party going for a week. That’s the best way to do a birthday in my opinion. Make it last as long as possible!

Now for the random pictures of March!

That doesn't look like a comfortable way to sleep!

That doesn’t look like a comfortable way to sleep!

Coloring at Red Robin

Coloring at Red Robin

Remote control boat in the backyard pond

Remote control boat in the backyard pond

Owen loves pizza!

Owen loves pizza!

Watching a bunny while eating breakfast

Watching a bunny while eating breakfast

Jeremy opening his many birthday packages from Amazon

Jeremy opening his many birthday packages from Amazon

Birthday lunch

Birthday lunch

Helping Dad set up for Easter Eggstravaganza

Helping Dad set up for Easter Eggstravaganza

Just a few hundred Easter baskets for Saturday

Just a few hundred Easter baskets for Saturday

Ice cream cake and fire! Good combo!

Ice cream cake and fire! Good combo!

 

Off to Canada – Our Home Away from Home! March 16, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Travels — Amy Scott @ 12:43 pm

It’s crazy the amount of times that we’ve been to Canada. In a little over a year, we’ve been to the Vancouver BC area three times! Owen has been quite the international traveler. Now, I realized that we are half way through March and I haven’t posted any thing until now. Today’s update will be about our weekend up north and then hopefully my next post will be everything between now and my last February post.

I guess I should start of by saying that this trip was sort of a business trip for Jeremy. It developed very quickly. Jeremy came home from work on Wednesday at 5:00pm and asked if I would like to go to Vancouver to purchase an inflatable for our church the next day. Of course, it was Wednesday so we had church that night, but it was also the Pinewood Derby, so it was a big night, full of lots of action. It also meant a slightly later night for Jeremy since after the races he would stay to take the track apart and load it up into the van for return. I agreed to this crazy adventure. Before church, I got Owen packed and booked our hotel. After church, Jeremy and I packed for ourselves. We decided that since we would be up in the area, we would stay two nights to get the most out of the trip.

Thursday morning, we loaded up and took off up north. On the way, we stopped by the church that lent us their Pinewood Derby track and returned it. After that quick stop, I met up with my forever friend, Maggie, to have lunch with her and her daughter, Summer. Lunch turned into a bit of drama when Summer got freaked out by the people seated next to us and our waiter. We ended up leaving the restaurant and taking our food to go into the mall food court near by. Jeremy and Owen were eating lunch there so we joined them. I joked with Maggie that Summer and Owen were having a lunch date. We walked the mall and let Owen run out some energy before loading up and finishing the rest of the venture up north. I always get a little nervous at the border. It seems like the border patrol are trained in integration. However, our lady cracked a smile when we told her the grocery products we had the car where cheerios and graham crackers. Gotta love snacks for a one year old! We made good time into the country and met up with the inflatable guy. He pulled it out and Jeremy and Owen gave it good test. We were able to purchase to it and load it up. Oh, I should mention that yes, we drove around in a 15 passenger van for this whole trip! How else do you transport a derby track and an inflatable? Thursday night, we checked into our hotel room and then took off for Steveston Village for dinner. Steveston is one of my favorite places in the world and the location where they film my favorite show Once Upon A Time. As we drove into town we noticed a sign about filming happening and how there might be delays. The town as completely decked out as Storybrooke. All the signs and storefronts were set up. It turns out that OUAT had been filming there that afternoon and we missed them by just a few hours. Even though the cast wasn’t there, it was still cool to see the town all set up. We enjoyed dinner and walk on the boardwalk before heading back to the hotel. Bed time with Owen was a bit crazy. Owen isn’t fond of the Pack’n’Play, so we got a king bed knowing that he would bunk with us. He did this on our last vacation and it worked okay. This time, Owen was more mobile in the bed and treated me like a giant stuff animal. Sleeping with a hot, sweaty one year old breathing on you isn’t the best sleep, let me tell you.

Friday morning we took back off to Steveston to see if they might come back for more filming. Sadly, when we arrived, they were taking the signs down. We grabbed some breakfast and made a quick stop by Waves Coffee House. This was our favorite coffee place when we last visited and it didn’t disappoint this time as well. After Waves, we drove out to Fort Langley to check out another OUAT filming spot. From there, we drove into downtown to have lunch at Go Fish and enjoyed their yummy fish and chips. Then we wondered the children’s area of Granville Island and fed the birds by the pond. Owen was only getting short naps here and there, so his mood was a bit precarious and he wasn’t super interested in all the car time. We stopped by Costco and then back to our hotel to make a plan for the evening. We walked around a local mall and then took off looking for dinner. We ended up going through the A&W drive thru because Owen finally fell into a deep sleep and we didn’t want to wake him up. Once Owen woke up, we went to Safeway to get dessert as well as we stocked up on some our favorite Canadian foods.

Saturday morning, we made a breakfast stop at Waves and took off for the USA border. Jeremy was worried about getting stopped at the border because of the inflatable. The man who chatted with us at the border thought it was such a great idea for us to buy an inflatable and how practical it was since churches like ours use them at so many events. The border patrol thought that the inflatable was super cool and we had no hassle getting across the border! By far, we had the friendliest border patrol experiences on this trip. Once we were back in the states, we stopped at the Seattle Premium Outlets and had lunch at Olive Garden. From there it was back to the church to drop of our new investment and then head home! It was a great trip and a lot of fun. I love the Vancouver BC area and each time I visit I really enjoy my time there. It was a random, spur of the moment trip, but I’m glad we went. It was a blast!

Lunch with Maggie

Lunch with Maggie

Testing the bounce house

Testing the bounce house

Enjoying Steveston being set up like Storybrooke

Enjoying Steveston being set up like Storybrooke

Leading the way on the board walk

Leading the way on the board walk

Hanging at Waves

Hanging at Waves

Fish & Chips at Go Fish - Owen loved their french fries and the dog that sat near us.

Fish & Chips at Go Fish – Owen loved their french fries and the dog that sat near us.

Feeding the birds at Granville Island

Feeding the birds at Granville Island

Saying "Later Gator" to Canada

Saying “Later Gator” to Canada

Coloring fun at Olive Garden

Coloring fun at Olive Garden