Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Sailing Through April April 23, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 6:06 pm

It’s insane how fast the month of April has flown by. It’s also crazy all that has happened in the last month. We are excited for the close of April, but it looks like May is going to be another really full month for the Scott family. Jeremy has been working on a lot on some bigger projects, so Owen and I have had a lot of quality time together. I’ve been trying to fill it with interesting things. I’m starting to feel a bit better pregnancy wise so I’m starting to do more then just sit at home and let Owen run amok. By better, I mean I only feel nauseous like 60% of the day instead of 90%. I’m grateful for any improvement and I’m taking it as a sign that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll be 14 weeks on Sunday and officially in my 2nd trimester. I’m hoping that this “all day” sickness will continue to subside. However, I’m not holding my breath for extra energy. The last time I was pregnant, if Jeremy was busy with work, I could just stay home and rest and take care of myself. Now I’m home with a busy toddler and resting just isn’t as easy. By the end of the day, I’m toast. It’s now a new normal for Jeremy to stay up later than me. I run out of steam before him most nights. Makes me feel like an old fuddy-duddy. But I remind myself that I spend my days keeping up with a little human while making a little human. That takes energy. It’s okay to be tired.

Anyway, I thought I would give you a brief glimpse into what we’ve been up to latey. Of course, I will use photos to display our happenings. We’ve been keeping up with our young families Growth Group. Most of the families in this group have 4 kids, so when we last met we had 54 people on site – 29 of them were kids. There were a few times I thought there might structural damage to our host home from little feet pounding above us. Owen got to meet a horse and a pony at Growth Group and he was quite taken with them. The weather has started to warm up a bit so the kids got to spend part of the evening outside and that was right up Owen’s alley.

Because Jeremy has had some fuller days at work, I’ve been seeking outside adventures to keep Owen from getting bored at home. Last Thursday, we went down to visit my sister. It fun to see her place now that she’s settled in. I hadn’t been there since the big moving day. We went to the pet store, had lunch Panda Express and then went Winco together. Owen happily ate his lunch of fried rice and I got sour gummy worms at Winco for a dessert. It was a fun day to enjoy the nice weather in Longview with April. I’m sure Owen and I will have many more adventures down south with Auntie.

Friday was Owen’s 18 month well check appointment and it went so well! First off, any appointment without shots is a win in my book. And then I realized that we wouldn’t have to go back for 6 whole months. Amazing! Owen has gained three pounds in the last three months! He gained no weight between 12-15 months, so I was jazzed to see he is making progress again. He is 17% in weight, 39% in height and 58% in head. That is one of the smallest readings he has ever gotten for his big noggin! Overall, our doctor was very impressed with his developmental skills and gave him an A+. Yet again, she commented on his awesome balance and great mobility. It was a wonderful appointment and we left feeling pretty good about things. Jeremy had ducked out of work briefly so he could join us at the doctor’s office. Owen and I followed him over to Taco Bell for a late lunch so we could have a little more “Daddy Time” before Jeremy had to head back to work. Saturday was spent around the house while Jeremy worked and Sunday, Owen was actually able to join Jeremy for part of the afternoon, so I could take a short nap. Time alone at home is heaven!

Monday, Owen and I took off for Tacoma to hang out with my friend, Kaly, and her two boys, Lucas and Neymar. We spent a little time around their house admiring the toys and books that were new and exciting to Owen. Then we took off for the zoo. Kaly has a zoo membership that allowed me to get in free and Owen is still in the free zone age wise. It was nice to go to the zoo and not spend an arm and a leg on admission. As a special surprise, Kaly treated us to lunch at the zoo. I enjoyed a yummy cheeseburger and I shared my waffle fries with Owen. We are all about the waffle fries these days.

The rest of the week has been pretty standard. We had MOPS on Tuesday and church on Wednesday night. Today, Owen got his third official haircut and we went grocery shopping to keep us supplied for the rest of the month. I’m excited because for the first time in a few weeks, Jeremy has his two normal days off. I’m really looking forward to having him around this Friday and Saturday. I love that Jeremy is a good provider for our family and he works hard, but I also love spending time with him. I’m grateful that we will have a few normal family days. I miss them when he is gone. Well, that’s all that’s been happening with us! Lots more adventures still to come in the near future. I will share them with you soon!

Making a new friend at Growth Group

Making a new friend at Growth Group

Visiting Auntie

Visiting Auntie

Watering Daddy's flowers

Watering Daddy’s flowers

Taking a selfie at the Zoo. Owen was too busy looking at the map to care.

Taking a selfie at the Zoo. Owen was too busy looking at the map to care.

Visiting the Zoo

Visiting the Zoo

Coloring Time

Coloring Time

Time for another haircut

Time for another haircut

Trying to get a post-haircut photo, but Owen wouldn't hold still!

Trying to get a post-haircut photo, but Owen wouldn’t hold still!

 

Chick-fil-A Day April 13, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 5:50 pm

On Thursday, Chick-fil-A opened their first store in the Northwest up in Bellevue, WA. Jeremy had mentioned on Thursday night that we still had time to get up there if we wanted to go on opening day. While I love a good adventure, I had already eaten dinner and the thought of getting another meal just didn’t sound too good. After Jeremy was gone this weekend for a work related retreat, he decided to take today off as comp time for being away. It was great to have my hubby around today, but I will admit that I am now all thrown off on what day it is! It certainly doesn’t feel like a Monday. After our discussion on Thursday night, we put into action a plan to visit Bellevue today with our free day. Owen has reset to a new schedule that involves waking up at 7:00am, so we were up early and out the door first thing this morning. We hit Starbucks on our way to the Bellevue Collection – a group of stores that we only seem to hit during the Christmas shopping season. It was fun to wonder around the mall and have it be so calm and chill. We stopped by few of our favorite stores – The Container Store, The Disney Store, The Lego Store and Top Pot Doughnuts (where we wondered out with a half dozen hand-forged doughnuts)! Once we had roamed the mall, we set off to find the new Chick-fil-A. We honestly had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be busy since it’s still a really big deal and I was right. They had police officers in the parking lot helping to direct traffic. The drive-thru line was amazingly long. Lucky for us, there were plenty of parking spots since we had planned to go inside to eat. The line was at the door when we arrived, but it moved quickly. We didn’t wait long to order and our food was up almost instantly. All the indoor seating was full, so we headed outside to a covered eating area that was equipped with heaters. It was really nice. We enjoyed our meals and the the busy atmosphere as people bustled in and around us. It was a super fun and yummy activity. I glad we braved the crowds to get our first taste. Owen loved the waffle fries! Once all the waffle fries were gone, we headed back home. Owen was almost asleep instantly once he was loaded into his car seat. Now we’ve spent the afternoon taking naps and catching up on DVR’d television! Not a bad day if I say so myself!

Go down. Go up. Repeat.

Go down. Go up. Repeat.

Enjoying the view from the Skybridge

Enjoying the view from the Skybridge

Getting a new water bottle at The Container Store

Getting a new water bottle at The Container Store

Owen loves water!

Owen loves water!

The main event - lunch at Chick-fil-A!

The main event – lunch at Chick-fil-A!

One of my favorite things to bring home from Bellevue

One of my favorite things to bring home from Bellevue

 

While Dad is Away… April 12, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 2:50 pm

… Mom and Owen will play! This weekend Jeremy had an overnight retreat with some local children’s pastors. Owen and I had two days to fill with fun activities that would distract us from Jeremy’s absence. We really miss the guy when he is not around. I, of course, called in reinforcements, because other people are so much cooler than me to Owen. On Friday, my mom spent the afternoon with us. We went to lunch at Taco Bell, fed ducks in the park, went shopping at Safeway for survival food and Owen got a balloon from Grandma, then it was back to the house to take Toby for a walk. My mom was very helpful in tiring out both Owen and Toby. When my mom left, it was nap time and Owen took a good, long nap (the best kind)! Our evening looked liked frozen pizza, Disney movies, doughnuts for dessert and bath time. Not a bad way to fill a Friday! On Saturday, my sister came over to help Owen and I pass the time. More doughnuts were enjoyed, some Duggars were watched on TV, Owen avoided a nap and basically ran full steam ahead the whole time April was over. After April left, I thought for sure Owen would take an awesome nap since he missed his chance that morning. Owen fell asleep quickly and woke up not even an hour later… He must have known that Jeremy was close to home. Owen woke up and Jeremy got home within minutes of each other. Owen was glad to have his dad home and I was glad to have my hubby back. Owen and I had a good time while Jeremy was away, but life is truly better with him around. We love him!

Friday afternoon with Grandma

Friday afternoon with Grandma. On a side note: the ducks weren’t all that interested in being fed. Kind of sad, but Owen didn’t seem to mind. He loves birds, so seeing them was enough for him.

Partying hard on a Friday night

Partying hard on a Friday night

Saturday adventures around the house

Saturday adventures around the house

Happy to have Dad home! Both of them are a bit tired from the big weekend!

Happy to have Dad home! Both of them are a bit tired from the big weekend!

 

Easter Weekend April 6, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 1:48 pm
Tis the season to eat bunny shaped candy!

Tis the season to eat bunny shaped candy!

First off, I would like to say that Easter really has nothing to do with chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs. These things are fun and our weekend was full of great activities, but the truth of Easter weekend lies in the power of the cross and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Jesus, life itself would be meaningless. Everything fades in comparison to him. I love Easter Sunday morning. There is an energy to it. There is excitement, hope and celebration. Without fail, I usually cry at some point during the church services. I find the power of the resurrection so moving and the love of my Savior is hard to fathom. It’s just so amazing. We had a lot of kids in our ministry get baptized this Easter. I’m so proud of each of them and my heart soars at the decision they have decided to make. I pray that they continue to fall in love with Jesus while they are a young and that they develop a deep and rich relationship with the Lord that lasts a lifetime.

Opening his first Easter gifts at Grandpa & Grandma's house

Opening his first Easter gifts at Grandpa & Grandma’s house

Now that has been said, our Easter weekend activities were so much fun! After being so sick, for so long, I was ready to have a good time and get out of the house a bit. On Friday night, my parent’s watched Owen so Jeremy and I could go see Cinderella in the theaters. It was a sweet movie and it was so nice to be out. As we were exiting the theater around 6:30pm, I was amazed at the amount of people coming in to the movies, especially teenagers. It just shows how often I go to the movies. My awe of the crowds made me feel like I’ve been a bit reclusive lately. I need to get out more!

Jeremy brought home tulips from town

Jeremy brought home tulips from town

Saturday was a family day that we packed in the Easter/Spring fun. Jeremy and Owen started the day off by running into town together. It was nice to have a bit of quiet time around the house.While Owen napped, Jeremy and I dyed Easter eggs. I haven’t done that in forever and it was a sure an experience with Jeremy! After Owen’s nap, we went out to look at some local tulip fields. Owen really enjoyed the tulip fields, but the whole outing itself was a bit hit or miss. Owen was happy or he was not happy… It went back and forth a lot. When we got home from the tulip fields, we did a small egg hunt for Owen in the front yard. Since Owen missed out on Easter Eggstravaganza last weekend, I was itching to see him do an egg hunt. Owen was interested in only about half the eggs we put out, but it was still fun to watch him. After the hunt, it was time for another nap. To wrap up our evening, we gave Owen his Easter basket. We knew that Easter Sunday was going to be packed full so we wanted him to enjoy some time with his basket items. It was fun to assemble a basket for Owen this year. He got a couple of small toys, some bubbles (which we had to go outside and use immediately), a mini flashlight, a small chocolate bunny, some crayons, a Mickey Mouse coloring book, and book about Spring. On an impulse, I bought Peeps to put in his basket. Now before the world gets horrified at my parenting skills, I’m just curious what he will think of Peeps. I plan on giving him a small, child safe piece. I want to see his reaction. I have no plans on him eating the whole package himself. In fact, apart from deforming them in the microwave, I have no purpose for Peeps in my own life. Owen got to play around with his new goodies for a while then it was bath time and bed time.

Our eggs creations! Some of Jeremy's turned out pretty unique!

Our eggs creations! Some of Jeremy’s turned out pretty unique!

Sunday, we got ready for church and spent the morning at Bethel celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. My sister and brother-in-law made the drive up to go to church with us, so it was nice to see them before they jetted off to be with Andrew’s family for the rest of the day. Owen and I left church a little early so he could get a nap and Toby could have some time out of the crate before the long afternoon/evening of family gatherings. Our first stop was Jeremy’s aunt and uncle’s house to share a meal with the local clan. Owen enjoyed giving the dogs treats and getting lots of kisses from the puppies. Then we hit the road to head up my family gathering. Owen arrived just in time for the egg hunt. Each kid was allowed to pick up 24 eggs. Let’s just say Owen wasn’t as interested in collecting eggs this go around. He found a football in the yard and held it the whole time he was hunting. He also found a stick, an empty cup and a flower wind catcher… He was interested in everything but the eggs. Owen eventually got all the eggs he was supposed to, but he might have had some adult help with that. We enjoyed dessert with my family before heading back home to get Owen ready for bed. It was a FULL day. It’s always great to see our families. It’s not often that we all get together, so these times are important and special.

Well, that sums our Easter weekend! It was the best Easter weekend I’ve had in a long time. The change to having Easter Eggstravaganza the week before Easter meant that this weekend we had more energy than we usually do. It was a nice change to spread out the activities. I really enjoyed the Saturday before Easter. It was a great family day for us. I love starting our own little traditions and doing things with Owen that I did as a kid. It’s also fun that he isn’t at the candy eating stage quiet yet, so all his sugary spoils will be enjoyed by Jeremy and I!

Owen and the tulips!

Owen and the tulips!

All boy

All boy

Helping Dad find the perfect hanging basket

Helping Dad find the perfect hanging basket

Egg hunt in our yard

Egg hunt in our yard

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Basket time

Basket time

Thanks for the stuff. See ya!

Thanks for the stuff. See ya!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Hunting for everything, but eggs!

Hunting for everything, but eggs!

 

Adding to the Family April 2, 2015

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 2:40 pm

It seems like I’m destined to have long gaps in my posts. Last Friday, Owen come down with the flu. I spent my day being thrown up on and I had to change my clothes just as much Owen. That is the down side to having a kid that wants to snuggle when they have the flu. Saturday, I kept Owen home from Easter Eggstravaganza. It was hard to not be a part of the fun, but that evening I started to feel pretty poor myself. Jeremy got home that night and I started throwing up almost right away. Poor Jeremy had no down time. He got home for a massive day at work and was instantly taking care off Owen so I could live in the bathroom. Later that night, Jeremy got the bug too… We’ve had a rough week. The flu bug has stuck around longer than we would like and it hasn’t gone easy on us. Owen, of course, bounced back pretty fast. He probably thinks his parents are bumps on a log and no longer any fun. We’ve been in survival mode.

But enough germ stories… I get tired of telling them. This post is about some good news! We are pregnant and expecting our second child! We are so excited! Our due date is October 25th and I’m sure our families collectively groaned when they heard the October due date. Let’s just say, we have a lot of October birthdays in our family. In fact, Owen’s birthday is in October, so he’ll be sharing his birthday month with his little brother or sister. However, I have taken the “more the merrier” approach to October birthdays. I am beyond thrilled that this little life is coming into the world. I do not care what month it set to arrive in. The fact that it is here and it is coming is enough for me. And let’s be honest, timing these things can be tough. I had originally been hoping for an August or September baby so I could spread things out a bit on the calendar. One thing that I have learned is I am not in control of conception. That is up to God and God apparently thinks October is wonderful time to have a baby. I happily accept.

Positive!

Positive!

We found out on Valentine’s Day that we were expecting. Seems very fitting and romantic. I took an early response pregnancy test on the very first day that there could possibly be results. I knew it was a long shot, but I was so curious. After the designated 3 minutes, I went into the bathroom and saw it was negative. Being super lazy, I left the test on the counter and went back to bed for a few minutes. I figured I would throw it away later. When I went back to the bathroom to throw the test away, there was a faint line there. A faint line is a faint line. It was positive. I took another one and got the same results – just after the 3 minute mark. I later took another test later that week and got a very clear line. No denying it. We were pregnant!

I had decided that I would make the most of the weeks where I wasn’t getting super fat (yes, this is how I think). I told myself to push the pregnancy to the back of my mind. I had a full life to lead and I really didn’t want the hype right now. Then morning sickness set in. Actually, I would call it all day nausea that makes you want to stop living… Yep. Super dramatic but true. I haven’t been throwing up (other than my bout with the flu), but man, I feel sick all the time. I even wake up at night feeling nauseous. It’s never ending. I feel horrible because I let Owen run around like a wild child while I try to hold it together. I’ve had to cancel a lot of things just because I don’t have the energy or wherewithal to be in public. A lot of people have told me that this probably means I’m having a girl since I’m so much more sick than I was with Owen. All I can say is, I hope these symptoms start to fade when I move into my 2nd trimester. I don’t even want to think about being this sick through the entire pregnancy. I’m trying to stay positive. I’m hoping that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The first look at the littlest Scott

The first look at the littlest Scott

I’m 10 weeks along, almost 11. My plan wasn’t really to make this news public until Easter, but… My hubby got a bit carried away and started telling people, so I figured, why not get it out in the open. We had our first ultrasound onTuesday and the baby is healthy and happy. I figured once I saw that all was good then we could let the world know. Making a big public announcement is hard for me. I liked keeping this pregnancy a secret because it meant that people would treat me normally for a little while longer. When it comes down to it, people are going to know soon anyway. Why prolong the wait? I’m amazed at how big I feel already. I know they say that happens with subsequent pregnancies. It still caught me a bit off guard. I might have break out the fat pants sooner rather than later!

Overall, we are very excited! God has been so good to us and we are blessed to have this new to share. I am thankful that despite all my illness, our little one is a happy clam just growing away. I’ll keep you posted on our lives as the fun continues to develop. If my post seems a bit few and far between, it’s probably because I’m too nauseous to write, so go easy on me!