Amy Scott's Thoughts

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A Different Way to Do Updates May 25, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 7:34 pm

I’ve wanted for a long time to break out of the weekly routine of reporting what we’ve done day by day. It’s an easy mode of writing for me to fall into, but I wanted to do this family update a little differently. We actually had a fairly quiet week. Followed by a big weekend. There is lots to share. I’m hoping to focus on what we’re into these days and how our lives are changing. Let’s start with the most adorable member of our family – Owen!

Owen is now almost 20 months old. As a one and a half year old, Owen is full of energy and is a real go-getter. His current favorite toys inside would his cars and tractors. He is often found on the chair in our living room wheeling his vehicles around. He has mastered being able to climb up on almost all our furniture. We’ve had to do some rearranging, for example, our tabletop is now clear so it’s less tempting. Also rooms that Owen once ignored, he now goes back to explore, so most of the doors in our house are closed again. Owen loves to close doors. Especially the ones to his room and the bathroom. Both these doors have locks and Owen has locked himself inside his room and bathroom a few times. It’s all fun up until the point where he realizes he is trapped. Then the freak out occurs. Luckily, I am good at picking the locks and have been successful in freeing him each time. Owen’s vocabulary is exploding. He often says words that catch me off guard. He’ll often say something really cool and then he won’t repeat it. It’s almost like what he said never happened, but then he’ll randomly say it again. We’ve hit three syllable words and even a few “short” sentences. I’m excited for him to be able to communicate more clearly, but I know that with each new development comes a down side. I’m sure someday soon I’ll be blogging about how I wish he talked less. Right now his words are very exciting. Owen continues to an unpredictable sleeper and napper. His wake up time varies week to week. He sometimes takes two naps. He sometimes takes one. Depending on when his first nap happens, he’ll go down for a second nap, but he never fall asleep. These flat in crib times are good for him to slow down and rest, even if he doesn’t sleep.  As for size, Owen continues to be a lightweight. We just recently packed up all his 12 month clothes. The funny thing is his 18 month pants are a bit baggy and tend to fall down. I guess he needs a baby belt. He is tall enough to wear 18 month clothes, but not wide enough! Oh my, I’m sure there are a million other things I could tell you about this crazy wonderful and active boy. He is a sweetheart who loves to sit on my lap and still wants to be held. He does great playing in the nursery at church and over at family member’s houses. He jumps into new situations really well. He keeps me busy, but it’s a fun busy and I love my life at home with him. It’s truly a blessing to be by his side, watching these young years unfold. Right now, we are getting ready for summer. We got him some new yard toys that will hopefully make a summer out in the yard a lot of fun.

Jeremy is next on our list of updates. He doesn’t get enough blog exposure, so here is his time to shine! It’s gardening season. Jeremy is out in the yard almost daily with a little helper tagging along behind him. Owen loves to be outside and shadow his daddy. I’m amazed at how patient Jeremy is with Owen and how he includes him in the things he loves to do. You can see the father/son bonding happening and it’s a sweet sight. Jeremy is very busy at work and I appreciate how he provides for our family. When Owen asks for “Dada” during the day, I explain to him that Dad is at work and he works because he loves us. If Jeremy isn’t outside fiddling with something, you can often find him watching Food Network, Sports Center or The Weather Channel. The thunderstorms a week back really gave Jeremy a chance to be a weather geek. Also, lots of talk of hunting season have already started. Jeremy has decided to go back to archery this year after trying his hand at rifle last year. The archery season will work out better with our new arrival coming in October. I would prefer for my husband not to be in the woods when I go into labor, but the decision to switch was one he made on his own without my feedback. I’m grateful that he takes our family into consideration when planning his hunting season. Jeremy got out on the golf course last weekend and I think he has the itch to go golfing once again. Tis the season. Jeremy is definitely a consistent and laid back guy. He does what he loves and he invests in his family. I am grateful for how helpful he is to me. He is Owen’s buddy when he is home and is a great dad and husband.

The Littlest Scott and I are doing good. I often call our baby either the Littlest Scott or Kid#2. No special nicknames. I am now 18 weeks pregnant and starting to really show. My normal tops won’t fit much longer which is why I went shopping for a few new maternity pieces this weekend. The era of all maternity wear is about to start. I’m not feeling as sick as before which I am grateful for, but wow, I am so tired these days. I get worn out easily. I feel like wimp or a 90 year old woman. It seems like no matter how intentional I am with resting, I just can’t get enough. It’s kind of a bummer, but I’m learning to cope and limit myself. I remind myself often that I won’t always feel this way. It’s a season and it’s worthwhile.  Apart of taking care of Owen and growing a human, I don’t have too much interesting about to say about myself. I still enjoy baking and teaching my Wednesday night class at church. I’ll have my class over this Friday to hang out my house and I’m excited about it. Also, my class has requested a big gender reveal party. It’s still a few weeks away, but I am getting more impatient as the days count down. The anticipation is getting to me! Pink or blue! Since our appointment is on a Tuesday, I’ll just have to keep the big secret from the rest of the world until after my class on Wednesday night. It will be fun to share my special news with them in a unique way. More on that later though… Preparations for the Littlest Scott have slowly been underway. We’ve given away some furniture and we are in the process of selling of a few more pieces to clear out our office. We sold an item this weekend that gave us just the right amount to buy Owen a new dresser that was on sale. My hope is to clear the office out in the next month and steam clean the carpets. Then it’s time to pick a nursery theme, paint and put together new furniture. These next few months are my favorite because once we know the gender, we can move ahead with a lot of our plans. For those that are wondering, Jeremy and I are both guessing boy for this baby because Jeremy’s family tree is very male dominated. Genetics have proven that the Scott’s “mostly” make boys. If you go by all the old wives tales then a girl just might be what we are having, but I think genetics trump wives tales. We’ll find out soon!

Okay, that was a long update, but now you have a little better look into our family. Not just what we’re doing but what we enjoy and what makes us tick. As we head into warmer days, we have lots of family adventures planned. As always, our life will be busy and crazy, but it will filled with fun and love. And hopefully lots of good naps! Amen!

Owen and his new Lamby. My parents got Lamby a twin. We are breaking in the new guy now and then we'll switch them back and forth for even wear and tear!

Owen and his new Lamby. My parents got Lamby a twin. We are breaking in the new guy now and then we’ll switch them back and forth for even wear and tear!

Cousin time is always a favorite! Loved watching these boys play together!

Cousin time is always a favorite! Loved watching these boys play together!

First train set from Ikea. It's been a big hit!

First train set from Ikea. It’s been a big hit!

My Mother's Day treat - a shopping day alone with my hubby and lunch at The Cheesecake Factory! Yum!

My Mother’s Day treat – a shopping day alone with my hubby and lunch at The Cheesecake Factory! Yum!

We have a kid-free shopping day and we bought Owen hours of summer fun!

We have a kid-free shopping day and we bought Owen hours of summer fun!

Enjoying his new sand box and water table. So much fun to be had!

Enjoying his new sand box and water table. So much fun to be had!

 

A Weekend Without Jeremy and Other Events May 18, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 7:53 pm

Let’s start things a bit backwards. Let’s talk about today. Owen and I didn’t go anywhere. Owen took two naps. These two things rarely happen! It seems that with our busy schedule, we are often skipping a nap throughout the day, but today we were home the whole day and had what would be a “normal” day if we had “normal” days. It was AMAZING! I was able to rest and hang out with Owen with no pressure of being presentable or getting us ready for some commitment. Days like this are a breath of fresh air to my soul. Especially now that I am pregnant, I don’t have my giddy up and go. After a couple of days full of activity, I’m toast. Today was just what I needed. Praise Jesus! Also, when my hubby came home, he grilled us hamburgers (YUM). We a little time outside to chat while Owen finished his nap. Once we came inside to eat, it started to rain hard and a thunderstorm settled in over top of us. This was a major highlight for Jeremy and even Owen. Not so much for our little dog, Toby, who stayed hidden behind a chair the whole night. Poor guy.

Okay, now let’s flashback a week for our recap. Tuesday was a MOPS Steering Team meeting. Our MOPS year is wrapping up soon. We put some finishing touches on our thoughts for the last two meetings. We talked about our summer plans and the team for next year. We also had a “great” conversation about placentas. Oh yes, we talk about a lot of diverse topics in those meetings… For next year, I will be doing the newsletter again as well as being a table leader. I added the title of Table Leader Coordinator as well. I just keep going deeper. The great thing about my new role is I get to make the food rotation schedule which I need for the newsletter and then I remind the table leaders to contact their ladies and what food they are supposed to bring. It’s not too much added to my plate, so I’m not too worried about it. My biggest fear for next year is actually being a table leader with a newborn at the table. Owen rarely lasted through a whole MOPS meeting his first year, so I’m hoping his sibling will be the opposite of him in that regard. I can dream, right?

Wednesday was my regular chore day and church. I made some awesome Thin Mint Brownies for my class snack. Yum! Thursday, I had lunch with a good friend and mentor. I went shopping at Michaels and Walmart by myself after that! Can I tell you, I am fast shopper when I am alone. It’s amazing. It was nice to walk at a brisk pace and not worry about a toddler melting down. When I got home, Jeremy suggested that we go to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant. It was very tasty and I really enjoy watching Owen eat rice. His love of rice makes me smile. It was nice to do something special with Jeremy because he was up before the sun the next day taking off for a conference.

Jeremy was up before Owen and I on Friday, so he could take off for the Tri-Cities and participate in a golf tournament with his family. This is a part of the annual men’s conference he attends. Owen’s wake up time has been totally unpredictable lately, so I got up 6:30am thinking I could get ready before Owen woke up. Well, Owen decided to sleep until 9:00am. I sat in my room getting really ahead in my Bible reading and trying not to think about how I could have gotten more sleep. Note, last week Owen slept till 8:45am or later three different days. Now he back to a 7:30-7:45am wake up time. Like I said, unpredictable. He keeps me guessing all the time. Owen and I’s Friday plans included lunch with an out of town friend. My dear friend, Christa, and her boyfriend were visiting for the weekend. I got to spend an hour with them and the conversation was all over the place. I wish I could have had more time with her, but Owen was missing his morning nap and I knew that I had a toddler time bomb on my hands. Even though my time with Christa was brief, it was great. I love that lady so much! And it was nice to meet the special fella in her life! We came home from lunch and took a nap. Then we took the dog on a walk to tire him out and went up to my parent’s house for dinner.

Saturday morning, Owen and I were up early. My originial plans for Saturday had changed so I decided that a whole day at home would probably be a bit too boring for Owen. Just me all day with no Dad coming home at dinner time isn’t Owen’s idea of fun. I wanted to do something that would break up the day a bit. We ended up driving up to Olympia to do some shopping. My list was short. First we hit Costco right when it opened and that shopping experience was awesome. We were in and out in no time flat. Then we went to Target… Where Owen melted down. He wasn’t “wailing” but people were giving me looks like I was ruining their morning. Sorry peeps. The kid has a mind of his own. We left Target as quickly as a possible and went home for nap time. The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. We were just waiting for Jeremy to get home that evening. I introduce Owen to The Lion King. He only really tuned in during the music. He had some good reactions at key moments in the movie. It was a fun treat and pretty short when I fast forwarded certain parts. Jeremy got home before bedtime and Owen and I were glad to have him back.

By the time Sunday rolled around, I was wiped out and I knew it was going to be a long day with church in the morning and Growth Group that evening. Once we got home from church, Owen and I both went down for much needed naps. At some point in the afternoon, our septic alarm started to act up so Jeremy set off to Home Depot to look for a replacement part. In the end, we stayed home from Growth Group to work on the septic. I was grateful to just be home and rest up. It was a good weekend, but these full weekends leave me worn out by the end of Sunday. Thus, why today at home meant so much to me!

Well, that’s all for now! See you in a week or so!

Enjoying a few moments with Christa! She's one of my favorite people on the whole planet!

Enjoying a few moments with Christa! She’s one of my favorite people on the whole planet!

How we fill a Friday

How we fill a Friday – I got my Hayley Mills fix in after Owen went to bed. So good!

Watching The Lion King

Watching The Lion King

Owen was all snuggles this morning

Owen was all snuggles and smiles this morning

First success with a pickle!

First success with a pickle!

Watching the thunderstorms

Watching the thunderstorms

 

The Weekly Recap May 11, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 7:37 pm

I don’t have a ton of time to write since this blog needs to be written in the amount of time that it takes to give Owen a bath. Owen is splashing away in the tub with the supervision of my hubby and Toby, so I have a few minutes to myself. Gotta make the most of them. I’ve been blogging for years and this blog certainly has morphed over time. Nowadays, it seems to be a place where I can update family and friends on our current happenings. The life of a stay-at-home mom is busy, but doesn’t always give me a enough material (or time) to blog daily. These weekly recaps seem to be a good way to hit the highlights of our life. While the title of this blog is Amy Scott’s Thoughts, it’s more like the Scott Family Happenings. I’m okay with that for now. I plan to stick with this blogging thing for a the long haul, so it will probably continue to morph. I have other thoughts and topics that I maul over sharing, but taking the time to get them written down just doesn’t happen these days. Sorry. I guess a lot of Amy Scott’s Thoughts will stay in my head for now.

Back to the weekly review, we had a fairly quiet weekend after our Annual Conference adventures. The Friday after we got home, May 1st, Jeremy & Owen went over to help his Dad (Papa) install a window in his living room. I headed over for dinner after the work party ended. Mostly the weekend was laundry, errands, resting and re-adapting to life at home. Monday kick started our week off with a doctor’s appointment for me and the littlest Scott. It was great to hear the baby’s heartbeat and we set the date we can find out the gender in June. I am so excited that the big reveal is less than a month away. Tuesday was MOPS and then in the evening we took off for Portland to get the screen on Jeremy’s phone fixed. It was fun to walk around the mall and have dinner at Panda Express. That is always a win in my book! Wednesday was my normal laundry and chore day around the house and then church in the evening. On Thursday, Jeremy was up early for a prayer breakfast then he came home to watch Owen for a little bit so I could get my hair cut. Thursday afternoon was beautiful, so we played outside for a bit and Owen requested a walk in the stroller. We haven’t used that in ages, but he wanted it! It’s fun to see his personality continue to shine through. He has no problem getting his point across. He is starting to use more and more words. He is changing quickly. His new thing is climbing on the furniture, specifically the dining room chairs and table. I feel like a whole new level of supervision is now needed in our home.

On Friday, I drove up north to have lunch with my forever friend, Maggie May. She and her husband just announced that they are expecting a boy, so there was much talk about their new little man. I’m so excited for her! Spending time with Maggie is always a special treat. We really do make the most of the few short hours we have together. Saturday, we drove over the mountains to celebrate my sister-in-law, Andrea’s, 30th birthday. It was a fun day spent out in the yard with the sun and the kiddy pool. Owen had a great time splashing around playing with his cousins. It’s always great to visit the East side family. With Andrea now in her 30’s, I’m the last of the Scott’s in their 20’s! Eek! Time flies!

Sunday was Mother’s Day… I wish I had a slightly better report on the day. Owen woke up cranky and tired from the big day before. He didn’t seem to pull out of his mood, so the day was full of many meltdowns. I was super tired from two days of not being able to nap. I was just worn out… We had a nice steak dinner at my parent’s house that evening. It was a good day, but not an awesome day. The highlights for me were taking a short nap and watching the season finale of my favorite TV show. Kinda pathetic, I know. Also because Owen was in a mood most of the day, I didn’t take a single picture. There was nothing really worth documenting. Oh well. I have plans of celebrate Mother’s Day with Jeremy and Owen over Memorial Day weekend, so I just kept reminding myself that more fun was on the way.

And that brings us today, Jeremy took the day off since he worked at a conference all day Friday. It’s been nice to just be home after three days of running all over the state of Washington. Plus the weather is all rainy and gray so I don’t feel a bit bad about not getting out and about. I did have an ice cream date with a student this afternoon. It was fun and nice to come home to my hubby making dinner. Overall, a good day! This week is hopping at well… Each day holds its own plans and commitments and hopefully a lot of a fun in the process. I’ll give the lowdown in a week or so!

Running Saturday morning errands with Mom & Dad! Home Depots carts provide the most fun!

Running Saturday morning errands with Mom & Dad! Home Depots carts provide the most fun!

Helping Dad mow the yard

Helping Dad mow the yard

This boy loves his rice!

This boy loves his rice!

Running the track at Dick's Sporting Goods

Running the track at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Playing games with Papa at church

Playing games with Papa at church

Going for a stroller walk on a sunny day

Going for a stroller walk on a sunny day

Lunch with Maggie May

Lunch with Maggie May

Helping Andrea celebrate the big 3-0!

Helping Andrea celebrate the big 3-0!

Owen loves to climb. Time to clear the table top!

Owen loves to climb. Time to clear the table top!

Owen wanted to eat dinner at the table tonight with Jeremy and I. It was a bit crazy, but a fun experiment.

Owen wanted to eat dinner at the table tonight with Jeremy and I. It was a bit crazy, but a fun experiment.

 

Happy May Day! May 1, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 9:24 am

Happy May Day! We are officially into a new month. I’m going to spend the first day of May doing lots of a laundry and hopefully getting a nap in at some point. Our last week of April was quite the adventure. Now that we are on the other side of our April adventures, I’m looking forward to some recovery days before the month of May explodes on us… because it will… very soon. But enough about May, let’s recap how April ended.

This last weekend was a busy one for me. Jeremy and I were preparing to attended Annual Conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Each year in April, the Assemblies of God meet to go over business and catch up. Of course, we see everyone that we only see a few times a year, so there are a lot of conversations. As an introvert, the conference schedule and all the talking really drains me, plus being pregnant doesn’t make me all the high energy to start with. I’m getting ahead of myself… Last weekend, was a lot of cleaning, packing and preparing to be gone. This was the first trip that Owen was not going to take with me. The time for our first nights away had come. I tried to think through all the details and help my parents be as prepared as possible for their time with Owen. We ended up practically moving him into my parent’s house, but everything went well so I think it was worth all the effort.

On Sunday, we had our growth group which meant for a longer day and a later night. At about 10:00pm, I started to cry because I realized how much I was going to miss Owen. I’ve never really “missed” Owen because we have always been together. The longest we had been apart at that point was like 8 hours. I knew that during the day, Owen does great without me. I was worried about nights though. Owen’s sleeping pattern has been morphing over the last few weeks and I really didn’t want him to keep my parent’s awake all night long. Once I started to get emotional about leaving Owen, I knew that I needed to go to bed ASAP. The tears were from exhaustion and my emotions were running away with me. I’m pregnant, so they do that from time to time.

Other than the short meltdown on Sunday, I did great and so did Owen. We both survived the absence of each other just fine. My mom had decorated the guest room with Mickey Mouse stickers to make it feel fun and kid like. They had also purchased some new toys and Owen was totally enthralled with all the goodies at Grandpa & Grandma’s. Monday before we left, I tried to get a picture with my boy, but he was too busy with playing to want to stop and take a picture with me. He was also too interested in the new toys to really care that we were leaving. I guess that is the way you want things to go.

While the updates from my parents were brief, they were all positive, so I was able to not worry about how Owen was doing. He was in good hands. Like I mentioned, conferences are hard on a pregnant, introvert, but there were a lot of bonuses to not traveling with Owen. Jeremy and I were able to check in with one suitcase each. There was no need for multiple trips to the car to unload baby paraphernalia. Since we had to eat every meal out, it was great to not worry about how long Owen would last in a restaurant before he got bored and wanted to run around.  There was no need to worry about how the conference schedule would jive with Owen’s nap schedule or meal schedule. It was great to be at the conference and focus on the task at hand without having my attention divided. I’ve gone on a few work related trips with Owen and they were hard. Little kids and adults have different needs, so I’m usually the one that separates from the group so they can do what they need to do with the distraction of a little one. It can be isolating for me. I was grateful for this experience. I’m also beyond grateful that Owen did well and that my parents seem to think that they could handle having him again in the future… Is next week too soon? Just kidding!

Below are a few photos from the week. Taking pictures was weird without Owen around to be my main subject, but the Coeur d’Alene area, walks with my hubby and yummy meals soon took the focus of my camera. I joked that I would take no pictures for the week without Owen around. I proved myself wrong in that regard. Oh and one last minor detail from our trip, on the way home we stopped to say hi to our east side family. I got to hug and snuggle with my niece and nephews, so that was really the icing on the cake! I was a happy auntie! Okay, now all the highlights have been covered!

The weekend before we left, Owen hijacked Jeremy's breakfast. We learned that Owen likes french toast!

The weekend before we left, Owen hijacked Jeremy’s breakfast. We learned that Owen likes french toast!

The not so great photo of Owen and I that I tried to get before I left on Monday

The not so great photo of Owen and I that I tried to get before I left on Monday

Too busy playing to care that we were leaving

Too busy playing to care that we were leaving

Moving into Grandpa and Grandma's house

Moving into Grandpa and Grandma’s house

Our view of Lake Coeur d'Alene from our room

Our view of Lake Coeur d’Alene from our room

Breakfast on the first day! Gotta love the view and the company!

Breakfast on the first day! Gotta love the view and the company!

Sunset at Coeur d'Alene

Sunset at Coeur d’Alene

Going for a walk with my sweetie

Going for a walk with my sweetie

Jeremy and I shared this dessert after our walk. We couldn't finish!

Jeremy and I shared this dessert after our walk. We couldn’t finish!

Hanging with my niece and nephews!

Hanging with my niece and nephews!