Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

Hello Summer June 24, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 11:01 pm

It’s officially summer! I feel like the official start to summer sort of snuck under the radar with it being the same day as Father Day. Plus, it feels like summer moved in a while ago since we’ve been having fantastic weather this June. It’s crazy how sunny and warm it’s been. While, I love the sun and the long days, I can’t say I am huge fan of the heat. I am grateful for box fans and our portable air conditioner. They will be very well used and loved as we head into a heat wave.

June has been a unique month for us. By the time the month is over, we will have been to the doctor’s office three times. Two of these visits are just our regular appointments and one was the 20 week ultrasound. All is good, but these many appointments definitely have Baby #2 in the forefront of my mind. Well, that and the fact that I’m really looking and feeling pregnant these days. The bump is there and my center of balance is already off. I’m a bit tippy and getting out of bed already takes some effort. Our little one is also very active. Every kick (which there are many) is a reminder that I am not alone.

For various reasons, July, August and September are going to be full months. This led us to making June our big “baby” prep month. We waited to find out the gender and have it confirmed. Once we had confirmation, we dove in. The room has been painted and the theme is really coming to life. In a few weeks we will on work getting the wall art up. I am excited to see the progress we’ve made. We are in really good shape. I like being ahead of the game. Now we can slow down and wait somewhat patiently for the arrival of our next little man.

Many people have asked what Owen thinks of the new baby. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t think of the new baby at all. For all I know, he assumes this new penguin room is for his pleasure. I’m not too stressed about getting the baby concept across to him right now. In a lot of ways, I want to just enjoy the time where he is my only little one. We spend our days playing with cars and discovering new foods. Owen has been in a growth spurt phase. He is changing daily and becoming more and more like a little boy. I love being home with Owen to play and snuggle and laugh. These are good days, even with their crazy moments. I want to enjoy them for what they are worth. This season with only one kiddo will pass and I want to make the most of it.

The family member that has had the hardest time with all the change is probably our Toby dog. Moving his crate from the nursery into our room really rocked Toby’s world. The first week was rough whenever we left him locked in the crate. We are learning a lot of about Toby in this process. Being in our room, he can’t see the door like he used to and that is apparently a big deal. We would come home to messes in the crate. Even if there was no mess, Toby would still bang around in his crate to a point where he could see out our door. I think we’ve come up with a solution to move his crate over a few feet while we are gone. We tried it for church tonight and sure enough, his crate was right where we left it. I am glad that we are learning these Toby quirks now and not when we are sleep deprived with a newborn and a toddler demanding our attention. My original logic was doing things early will give Owen time to adapt to all the change coming… I have since learned that Toby is the one who needed the special attention. I always say that Toby is psychologically special. He continues to prove that statement true.

June has been such a full month in a lot of ways other than baby preparations. Jeremy has had two flat tires. Our car had to go into the shop for a tune-up. In fact, we might have to take it in again to get another light cleared. The light that lets you know you have a headlight out is on, but the kicker is none of our headlights are actually out. So weird…

Our neighborhood has been struggling with rust colored water randomly coming through our pipes. The water company has been out numerous times and the problem seems to be getting better but isn’t completely solved. It makes doing every load of laundry a possible risk. Will I have normal water or will I ruin a whole load of clothes with rust water? It’s a gamble that makes me very nervous. I’m the type of person who does at least one load of laundry a day, so this roulette game with the water is quite frustrating.

Father’s Day weekend was a fun one for our family. Jeremy went to see Jurassic World with his dad. My dad made yummy brisket for the family. Owen and I got Jeremy a panini press as his gift and sandwiches are now a daily staple in our house. Like I said, these are good days. I want to soak them up like the summer sun. Jeremy is a busy man who has lots of demands on his time. I am grateful for the way he provides for our family and all that he does to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. He is a wonderful support and I am blessed to raise our son(s) with him. He is a fantastic dad and husband. I am lucky. I cherish our family time together. I also cherish the alone time he gives me when he takes Owen under wing. Owen and Daddy have many yard adventures so Mommy can have time in the house to get things done. I have it good. Really good.

Putting the panini press to good use! Yum!

Putting the panini press to good use! Yum!

Signing Father's Day cards

Signing Father’s Day cards

My loves!

My loves!

These men are incredible!

These men are incredible!

 

So Much Good Stuff June 16, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 12:11 pm

Happy auntie meeting my new nephew, Bennett!

Happy auntie meeting my new nephew, Bennett!

This last week has certainly had plenty of highlights for me! The biggest and best highlight would be meeting my new nephew, Bennett, last Tuesday. I love being an auntie. It seems with each new niece or nephew my happiness grows. It’s such a fun job to love these little ones. Each one is unique and watching them grow up is such an honor. It was so great to meet Bennett and enjoy some family time.

Friday was my mom’s birthday. We had birthday breakfast with her at a favorite local spot and then we had birthday dinner with her. We enjoyed take-out Chinese with the whole family. It was a really good food day! I love my mom and I was happy to celebrate with her and be a part of her special day.

On our way home Friday, the check engine light came on in our car. After doing a little research we decided that car needed to go into the shop since it could be a minor or major problem. We’ve been a one vehicle family which hasn’t been too bad. Jeremy took Owen and I to church on Sunday and none of my daytime plans have been mission critical. Canceling them hasn’t been a big deal. Jeremy got a tummy bug on Sunday that took him out of a big Sunday. He missed half of church that morning, our annual business and growth group that night. It seems like when we have a big Sunday ahead of us something happens… Last time we had growth group at the beginning of the month, Owen had a tummy bug. We have one more meeting at the end of the month. I’m really hoping the tummy bug theme ends since it looks like it would be my turn to go down if we followed the pattern. Our weekend got a little slower thanks car problems and the tummy bug. While these are not positives, I can accept some things are out of my control and enjoy the forced slow-down time.

Paint color has been chosen and the theme is ready to come to life! Yay for penguins! And yay for another little Scott boy!

Paint color has been chosen and the theme is ready to come to life! Yay for penguins! And yay for another little Scott boy!

Moving back to the good things and highlights though, yesterday was our big ultrasound. The ultrasound tech did a thorough scan of our little one. The baby was cooperative and gave her all the shots she needed. All looks well and our baby is growing as it should be. After our “it’s most likely a boy” ultrasound, I had a friend tell me that they thought they were having a boy after an initial ultrasound and when they went back a week later it turned out that the baby was a girl. I had this story in mind as the tech searched for the “parts”. I was really hoping for a boy so I was happy when the tech reported that she saw boy parts. I had purchase our nursery bedding and started to work on the theme after our last ultrasound, but I didn’t want to open anything in case I needed to return it. But nope, it’s blue walls and penguins for the next little Scott. Jeremy picked the woodland, forest theme for Owen, so penguins are my way of getting to express my favorite animal in a nursery theme. We already have a few penguins who have appeared in our house (thanks to my mother) and more penguins will be arriving in the next few months as we work on the decor for the room. I am really excited. I love having a project to work on and I now have complete ease of mind to move forward! In the next few weeks, I plan on pulling out Owen’s wardrobe from the garage. I want to sort it all out and get the little clothes washed and put away. These are fun things that I look forward to doing soon. Let the nesting begin! Who I am kidding? It began a while ago… So, let the nesting continue!

Hanging out at Lowes while waiting to meet Bennett. Owen really loved the riding lawn mowers.

Hanging out at Lowes while waiting to meet Bennett. Owen really loved the riding lawn mowers.


Birthday breakfast with Grandma

Birthday breakfast with Grandma


Giving Grandma's guinea pigs a treat

Giving Grandma’s guinea pigs a treat

 

Weekend Projects June 6, 2015

Filed under: Home Improvement,Parenthood,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 5:52 pm
A glimpse into our weekend!

A glimpse into our weekend!

Our little family has been looking forward to some time around the house this weekend. Owen is doing a lot better, but his mood and appetite are still a bit affected by his tummy bug. We decided to stay around the house and give Owen just a little more time before he re-entered the real world. This did mean that we missed a few opportunities to celebrate with some high school graduates, but I’m sure they appreciated us not bring our screaming toddler to their parties. With two days fully at home, we went into project mode. As always, Jeremy and Owen had plenty of time outside to work on yard stuff. On Friday, while the boys were outside, I took on steam cleaning our carpets. It’s never an easy task, but it’s so worth it. I find it rewarding to pour out that dirty water and know that the dirt isn’t in my carpet anymore. I love it! With our office now cleared, we set work on moving things around. Owen got a new chair (relocated from our room) and a new dresser. Toby moved in our room where the chair had once been. We moved Owen’s old dresser, glider and changing table into the new nursery. It’s no longer an office. I know it’s a bit early to set up the nursery. We still have a long way to go before we have everything we need. We assumed that switching things up in Owen’s room might take a bit of adjusting. We would rather go through a slow adjustment period before the next little Scott arrives. Jeremy assembled Owen’s dresser this morning. It’s an Ikea product, so of course, there were many pieces and screws. Owen helped and hindered as his mood preferred. I tried to keep Owen from relocating important screws all over the house. Once the dresser was complete, I spent a good deal of time this afternoon rearranging things and sorting them as I tucked into their new homes. I love organizing and this puzzle was just the challenge I was looking for. I really like how things turned out. Owen’s new chair now has his raccoon lamp by it and the corner looks like a reading nook. The new dresser and the new chair really give his room a more “big boy” look. The funny thing is Jeremy didn’t want to move the glider’s ottoman out of the room until we find a replacement ottoman. The look isn’t quite cohesive, but I’ll try to fix that in the near future.  Overall, it has been a busy weekend for the Scott family. Lots got accomplished and now we are looking forward to a day of rest! That is what Sunday is for, right? (After church, of course!)

Owen loved his dresser in this form - the boxes were perfect for playing with!

Owen loved his dresser in this form – the boxes were perfect for playing!

Nothing complicated about this, right?

Nothing complicated about this, right?

Helping Daddy build with his new drill

Helping Daddy build with his new drill

 

A Girl’s Night, a Birthday Party and a Tummy Bug June 5, 2015

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Family Time,Parenthood,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 9:00 am

Last weekend was a big one. I put off writing about it because there was a lot of other stuff bouncing around in my head, but now I am able to back track and revisit the weekend.

On Friday night, I had a game and craft night with 4 girls from my Wednesday night class. It was a smaller group than usual. This years class is a group of busy girls, so most of them had prior plans. Big groups can be fun, but small groups are a great too. I got to have more one-on-one conversations with the girls. Plus, the noise and mess were slightly less. We started off the night with a game of croquet. I only play once a year – at this event. Somehow, I manage to get in the top three every year and this year I took first place. Oh yeah! It fun to play croquet because most of the girls have never played it before. I like introducing them to new things. After our game, we headed to backyard to roast hot dogs around the fire. I was super nervous about Owen and the fire, but I am happy report that he did a great job and stayed away from it. We happily munched on our meals until everyone was full. We came inside to work on a craft project after that. I supplied paper, stickers, magazines and ribbon so the girls could decorate wooden picture frames with Mod Podge. They all loved it. Mod Podge isn’t something I let them use on a regular basis so big crafts like this are a special treat. I always pray that Mod Podge stays where it’s supposed to and that my house survives pre-teens and liquid glue. We let our craft projects dry while we went back outside to make s’mores for dessert. This was my first time making s’mores this season and let me tell you, they hit the spot! Yum! I predict more of them in my future. The girls roasted/ate/burnt the whole bag of marshmallows. Once the bag was empty, it was our time to clean up and head home. It was a fun night and I love opening my home up to my students. I want them to feel a part of my life and I want them to know that I am here for them not just on Wednesdays, but any day of the week. Their friendship is important to me and nights like this go a long way to say that.

On Saturday, we got up early (that was hard after the late night before) and took off over the mountains to celebrate my nephew’s 5th birthday. I swear he was two yesterday. It’s crazy! Carson had a Star Wars themed party and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law did a great job making that come to life. Yoda even made an appearance and was promptly attacked by a mob of 5 year-olds with foam light sabers. It was very intense. Apparently they are all on the dark side. Owen had a great time playing in the sprinkler and then once the big kids took off, he took over the pool. Jeremy had to pull him out occasionally because the water was so cold his teeth were chattering and his lips were turning blue. You would have no idea that he was cold from his actions though. He was one happy water baby!

Sunday morning, I decided to skip church because the big weekend had tuckered me out and I figured a little extra rest wouldn’t be bad for Owen. He slept in and I felt like I had made a good call for the both of us. Then Owen started to get clingy and woke up from a nap with a fever. We ended up missing our growth group that night and the cherry on top of the day was Owen throwing up on Jeremy. Okay, that was so not a highlight. But Sunday was the beginning of a week of illness. Owen turns into a slug when he is sick so I’ve spent a good part of the week with my kid flopped over in my lap or laying on my chest. Poor boy. He is just now starting to come out of it. He has had a few fever free days, but his diapers and eating habits are still a bit off. I’m praying that things keep getting better from here.

Croquet time!

Croquet time!

A boy and his hot dog bun

A boy and his hot dog bun

First s'more of the season

First s’more of the season

Love this sight!

Love this sight!

Chatting with Nana on the ride over the mountains

Chatting with Nana on the ride over the mountains

Happy Birthday, Carson!

Happy Birthday, Carson!

Water boys!

Water boys!

Sick kiddo

Sick kiddo

Starting perk up! Playing with his new tool set!

Starting perk up! Playing with his new tool set!

 

Almost Officially Outnumbered June 4, 2015

Filed under: Parenthood,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 7:50 pm

On Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy and I took off for our doctor’s appointment. I’m 19 weeks (20 on Sunday) and our doctor had promised to give us a sneak peek of our baby before the big anatomy appointment that comes next. We were very excited and anxious. I think more so finding out baby #2 than baby #1. With #2, I was thinking of Owen and what it would be like to have a little brother or little sister. I was also thinking of all the stuff we currently have and what things we would need to get if we had a girl. There was lots to weigh and consider. Either way, I know we would have been thrilled. Owen, of course, could really care less about a boy or a girl since I’m 99% sure he has no clue what is happening in our family.

We got to our appointment early because they are good about getting us back sooner if we show up early. However, we heard the front desk page our doctor saying she was needed in delivery. Before our appointment, I had this sinking feeling that something was going to happen and we wouldn’t get a chance to have the ultrasound that day. When we heard that our doctor was being called away, I thought for sure that my suspicions were coming true.  They weren’t though. Our appointment was just 45 minutes late. I did feel bad since Owen was home sick with a tummy bug and I didn’t want to leave my sister with the kiddo for too long. But things have a way of happening and you just have to roll with it.

Once we got into the sonogram room, our doctor quickly set to work. Probably because she was behind and needed to make up some time in her schedule. The baby was super wiggly and wouldn’t get into an ideal position. We did, however, get a chance to see what we needed. Our doctor claimed that the baby was “most likely” a boy even though she didn’t get the perfect shot she was hoping for. We took “most likely” to mean “highly likely” since the Scott family tends to be male dominated. Both Jeremy and I were guessing boy. So we were right! Hooray!

I had promised to do a big gender reveal for my class on Wednesday night and we debated holding off sharing our news until things were more settled, but in the end we decided to go for it. Our next ultrasound is in a week and half. If something changes between now and then, oh well. We’ll have a funny story to share with people. We wrapped up our outing with a stop at Carter’s to get a few new newborn outfits. Of course, the tags will stay on until our next appointment and I have the receipt tucked safely way. I high doubt that anything will change, but better safe than sorry.

Once we got home, Jeremy made calls to our siblings and parents. April got to find out in person since she was the one watching Owen for us. I quickly set to work making my gender reveal cupcakes. I decorated the cupcakes to be pink or blue with blue frosting hidden in the middle. On Wednesday night, I let the girls pick a cupcake by color and use that as their vote for the gender. I had 10 girls in the class that night and they were evenly split with their guesses. Half were right and half were wrong. It was fun to do a gender reveal with pre-teen girls because they got really excited. They all took a bite on the count of three and then were was an eruption of “IT’S A BOY” from the whole class. It was a great moment.

While we are holding off on deciding a nursery theme until after we know officially, our nursery is starting to take shape… or lose shape… The office that it once was is disappearing. Just tonight, we sold our desk which was the last big piece of furniture to sell and get out of the house. Now it’s time to steam vacuum the carpets and start rearranging furniture. Owen will get a new dresser that will now double as his changing table. Owen’s current dresser and changing table will move to the nursery. Owen’s rocking chair will also move into the nursery and Owen will get an arm chair from our bedroom. Toby’s crate will move into the spot were the arm chair once was. It’s going to be like musical furniture for the next little bit. I am excited to get things in place. Hopefully making these changes now will give Owen a chance to get used to things before the baby comes. I want to make these changes gradually so it isn’t like his whole world and house are turned upside down at the same time.

Looks like I am officially going to be outnumbered by boys in this household. I will admit that I am totally okay with that. I have this vision of Owen and his brother outside following Jeremy around. I will be inside either cleaning or reading a book. I was really worried about having a boy the first time. I didn’t know anything about boys and I am still learning a lot, but I think Owen has prepared me to a boy mom. I’m ready for the next one. At least, I think I am!

Something new for the newest member of our family!

Something new for the newest member of our family!

Pink or Blue?

Pink or Blue?

BLUE!

BLUE!

My Wednesday night girls with their guesses!

My Wednesday night girls with their guesses!

 

Wrapping Up MOPS June 2, 2015

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 6:55 pm
Our theme this year was "Be You, Bravely" so this is my "Valiant" table. I am so grateful for each one of these ladies. I am blessed to have been their table leader this year!

Our theme this year was “Be You, Bravely” so this is my “Valiant” table. I am so grateful for each one of these ladies. I am blessed to have been their table leader this year!

There are a lot of big highlights that I could blog about from the last week, but I want to focus on one specific thing that happened this morning. Today was our last official MOPS meeting for the year. We have a leadership team meeting next week and park dates throughout the summer, but this was our last time all together. Wow. Lots of thoughts and emotions are running through my head about MOPS.

Let me start off by saying that my first year (last year) of MOPS wasn’t amazing. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t have a lot of discussion around my table and I felt like I carried the conversation a lot. It was weird because I wasn’t really a leader but there was a leadership void at my table. I had my frustrations and I almost didn’t come back this year because it.

Flash forward, our MOPS coordinator asked me to join the leadership team at the end of last year. I was tempted to say no, but then I thought if I didn’t enjoy my MOPS experience, I might as well do something to improve it instead of just quitting. I am glad that I made this call. The start of this year was a bit bumpy. I had to learn the ropes of MOPS leadership. A lot of the ladies had been on the team for years, so I felt a bit behind and out of the club. That feeling didn’t last for long though. As I have mentioned, our steering team meetings are a hoot. We talk about the most amazing stuff that you can only talk about in a group of moms. It’s a great bond and I feel like I went a lot deeper in my relationships.

This year, I produced a monthly newsletter for the group and I was a table leader. I am happy to report that my table was always the most attended. We had the largest, most dedicated group and it was a pleasure to lead them throughout the year. While we might not walk away from the year as besties, I know that I got to know women in my community who I would have never gotten the chance to know without MOPS. Some of the moms attend our church, some of them don’t. It was a great opportunity for me to make new friendships. I went from somewhat dreading meetings last year to looking forward to them this year. I am glad I decided to stay.

Now looking forward, our table will be different year. They will move us around and hopefully, I’ll be able to build more amazing relationships next year. I will be table leader again and do the newsletter, but I’ll also add “table leader coordinator” to my list of titles. My job will mainly be reminders and making sure the groups know what food to bring to the meetings. I’m looking forward to taking on a bit more responsibility without going overboard.  Our coordinator for the last four years is stepping down so she can go back to work full time. I’m unsure what MOPS will look like without her at the helm. It was bittersweet to know that today was her last meeting. I am excited for the next year, but it is a new team. Not a lot of people are returning (mostly because their children are now too old). It feels strange, but I know that God is in this. I had one year with an amazing team who have been at this for many years. Now they have passed on the baton. I’m curious to see where we end up and I am hopeful that next year will be just great as this year.

I knew that I would probably join MOPS when I started to have kids. It was assumed… I didn’t really plan on joining the leadership team, but I’m glad that God pulled me in that direction. I know it was God because I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t ask to be a part of this. I saw a need and said yes. It’s crazy to me how much I have grown through this year. It’s stretch me in a lot of ways, but the relationships that I have built have so much value to me. It’s crazy to think that my second year as MOPS mom is under my belt. On to year three with new and exciting things to come!