Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

Keeping Up with Life July 24, 2015

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 9:59 am

Even though Jeremy got home last Friday after being gone for the week, our lives have only picked up the pace. I had a MOPS leadership retreat last Friday and Saturday. Jeremy and I were ships passing this last weekend. He and Owen ran errands together last Saturday while I was away. Sunday, Jeremy had to work prepping for another week at a local summer camp. Owen and I had a great visit from an out of town friend on Sunday evening while Jeremy was away.

The rest of our week has been full of running errands with Jeremy and play dates with friends. If Owen and I want to hang out with Jeremy, we’ve had to be on mission with him for work. Owen and I had our first experience with the local spray park. I wasn’t sure what Owen would think of it since he tends to like water on his own terms and the weather was a bit cloudy. I am happy to report that spray park was a big hit and I was glad that Owen played in the water without needing me to hover right over him. I’m not a fan of getting wet. I know, I’m weird. Yesterday, I had a friend come over and we did an Anne of Green Gables movie marathon while Jeremy wrapped up his week with the local summer camp.

The evenings have been interesting around here because after Owen goes to bed, Jeremy and I are working side by side our laptops. Jeremy was always prepping for the next day at summer camp and I’ve been running full steam ahead with MOPS publications. We were able to hammer down enough details at our planning retreat for me to really jump into my roles of Table Leader Coordinator and Publications. I nailed down the food rotation and started to work on getting our registration information into flyer and handout form. The next month will be a big push for us to get ladies aware of MOPS and ready to sign up at the beginning of September. Also, I am responsible for the newsletter. I learned my lesson from last year and I often put the newsletter off until the end of the month. Which worked fine when my life only held one toddler boy to keep up with. Moving into the fall, I will be adapting to life as a mother of two and I didn’t want to put the newsletter off. I have started to work on getting the first few months of the newsletter done in rough draft form. This will allow me to tweak them closer to the printing dates, but not have the baulk of the work on my shoulders this fall. My motto for MOPS this year is why do it later when I can get it done now. The leadership retreat gave me the momentum I needed to get a lot accomplished this week and I am happy with where things are right now. It feels good to be prepared and ahead of the game.

Well, that has been our last week in a nutshell. Here are a few pictures from our adventures.

Running errands together has some perks - like stops for frozen yogurt!

Running errands together has some perks – like stops for frozen yogurt!

This is Owen hanging out in an empty bathtub and me telling him it's time to get out. Apparently, he was trying to tune me out.

This is Owen hanging out in an empty bathtub and me telling him it’s time to get out. Apparently, he was trying to tune me out.

Helping Dad prep for the next day of summer camp

Helping Dad prep for the next day of summer camp

Getting a walk in before bed time

Getting a walk in before bed time

Splashing it up at our MOPS in the Park play date!

Splashing it up at our MOPS in the Park play date!

Helping Mom make brownies for her Wednesday night class at church

Helping Mom make brownies for her Wednesday night class at church

Enjoying a day dedicated to Anne!

Enjoying a day dedicated to Anne!

 

Holding Down the Fort July 18, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 1:21 pm

Jeremy was away at Kid’s Camp this last week. Owen, Toby and I were responsible for holding down the fort while Jeremy was gone. This meant keeping the kid alive, fed, clothed and in fresh diapers. I had plants to water, the trash to put out and bring back in and Toby’s mental health to attend to. Each day included walks down our road so Toby would clear out his system and get good and tired. Our days were full of activity. I wanted the week to fly by fast and I wanted to keep Owen entertained. Just me can get a bit boring. We mixed things up each day and had a lot of fun. In the process of trying to tire Toby and Owen out, I did a good job of tiring myself out too. We still have a big weekend ahead and Jeremy has a big week next week with a local summer camp, but I will be grateful to have my husband home in the evenings and sharing the weight of parenting and household management once again! Below is a look at our day by day activities and how we survived on our own. I’d say it was a successful week!

Monday - Grandma watched Owen so I could go to lunch with a student and run some errands. Our evening was spent playing and I experimented with giving Owen syrup with his French Toast. It was bath night so I called it

Monday – Grandma watched Owen so I could go to lunch with a student and run some errands. Our evening was spent playing and I experimented with giving Owen syrup with his French Toast. It was bath night so I called it “Dirty Dinner” and let Owen make a mess. Syrup ended up everywhere, but we had a good time!

Tuesday - We had a play date down south with Aunt Beckie, Nolan and Bennett. When we got home, Grandma brought us Chinese food for dinner! Yum!

Tuesday – We had a play date down south with Aunt Beckie, Nolan and Bennett. When we got home, Grandma brought us Chinese food for dinner! Yum!

Wednesday - This was our most normal day of the week. We stuck to our regular routine. Owen helped me clean the house, we played and spent the evening at church.

Wednesday – This was our most normal day of the week. We stuck to our regular routine. Owen helped me clean the house, we played and spent the evening at church.

Thursday - Auntie April came over to spend the day and night with us. For a special treat, we went to get ice cream at Diary Queen. Owen got his own cone and ate none of it. Silly boy!

Thursday – Auntie April came over to spend the day and night with us. For a special treat, we went to get ice cream at Diary Queen. Owen got his own cone and ate none of it. Silly boy!

Friday - Owen got new books in the mail! We spent the day getting ready for Jeremy to get home and playing. I had a MOPS meeting that evening, so Grandma came over to hang out with Owen until Jeremy could home

Friday – Owen got new books in the mail! We spent the day getting ready for Jeremy to come home and playing. I had a MOPS meeting that evening, so Grandma came over to hang out with Owen until Jeremy could get home.

This is how I rewarded myself for making it through the day! Each day I would have a handful of Sour Patch Kids!

This is how I rewarded myself for making it through the day! Each day I would have a handful of Sour Patch Kids!

 

100 Days to Go! July 17, 2015

Filed under: Home Improvement,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 2:15 pm

We are at the 100 day mark in the countdown for Baby #2’s arrival! The next three months will go fast. I know this because my life always seems to be whizzing by me. I blink and days, weeks and months vanish. Where does the time go? With the next three months being on the full side, Jeremy and I are pretty much done with our baby prep. This has to be some kind of record. We still have a few things like diapers to stock up and a name to pick… Some minor and major things… but overall, we are ready. At least in the “baby stuff” department. A lot of our preparedness comes from having a lot of the stuff already thanks to Owen. Having two boys in a row means no new wardrobe is needed. Recently, I took down a few boxes of baby clothes and started to wash them and put them away. It’s crazy the memories these little outfits have attached to them. It’s also mind blowing how small these little humans start out as. And how dirty they are! I had to sort through quite a few stained items and get rid of a few pieces that were too far gone. For small creatures, babies are messy! Moving on… The nursery took shape quickly. Once we had the penguin theme set in place, all the elements came together easily. I was surprised at how fast a room can be assembled. Again, it helped that we had pieces like the dresser, changing table and glider already in place. Getting ready for Baby #2 way less overwhelming than preparing for the first baby. I am enjoying the creative side of things without having the doubts and worries of a first time mom. The list of things they tell you to have when you are a first parent is insane. Of course, every item that you don’t have makes you wonder if your baby will be able to survive without it. This time, I know exactly what we need and what will get used. It’s nice going into round 2 with more confidence. I’d been holding off on posting nursery pictures until we were finished and I guess we are at that point! Enjoy the preview!

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Lots of peguins! And colors, patterns, numbers and letters!

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Owen loves pointing to the numbers on the wall and playing with the stuffed animals in the room.

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I love seeing little clothes and little blankets all organized and ready for use! I also love how the laundry basket fits theme color and pattern! Cute, cute, cute!!!

 

Logging the Miles July 13, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Travels — Amy Scott @ 9:15 pm

In the last week, I’ve been all over the PNW. I didn’t really plan for that it happen. While I was putting all these events on the calender, I didn’t really pay attention to how close they would be. The week turned into a bunch of adventures. Life is never dull and traveling the countryside sure makes the days full (and fun).

Thursday, I went up to Tacoma to have Chick-fil-A with my friend, Jessica. She has come back from a year on the east coast where Chick-fil-A was a staple in her diet. It was interesting to explore a new venue since I hadn’t been to the Tacoma store yet. My meal was very tasty and I almost cried when I reached my last waffle fry. Note to self – upgrade to a larger fry next time! It was great to have some girl time with Jess and chat about life.

Tacoma Adventures with Jessica for some Chick-fil-A

Tacoma Adventures with Jessica for some Chick-fil-A

Friday, our little family took off to Portland for the Oregon Zoo. Our plan had been to do that earlier in the week, but the hot weather kept us from going. I’m glad we waited since our morning at the zoo was a mixture of clouds and sun. The animals were out enjoying the lower temperatures. We got to see a lot of them out and about which is always a treat. Owen loved the zoo this summer! He liked it last year, but it was exciting to see how much his enthusiasm has grown. We didn’t take a stroller in. Owen walked/ran through the whole park on his own two feet. I was surprised/impressed with how many animal names he could say and the sounds that accompanied them. He is a sponge right now for information and it’s neat to see him learning and making sense of this crazy world.

Loving our family time at the Oregon Zoo

Loving our family time at the Oregon Zoo

IMG_4263Sunday, Owen and I went up north of Seattle to celebrate the birthday of my best friend’s daughter. It was a long drive there and back, but totally worth it. I was glad that we got to celebrate Summer’s milestone birthday with her family. It was cute to see Owen and Summer interact. They hit it all right off the bat. Maggie and I joke about doing some matchmaking with those two and it seems like they are off to a promising start!

Maggie threw an adorble Pink Lemonade themed party for Summer's first birthday! What a special little lady!

Maggie threw an adorble Pink Lemonade themed party for Summer’s first birthday! What a special little lady!

Today, Owen and I went down south to visit Aunt Beckie and the cousins. With Nolan and Owen only being 5 weeks apart, it’s great to have built in buddies when it comes to cousins. The boys played hard. It was adorable to see them mimic each other and run around keeping up with one another. I got to have some snuggle time with my littlest nephew, Bennett, who woke up just before we left. Being an auntie is such a joy. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Play date with Nolan & Bennett

Play date with Nolan & Bennett

 

Celebrating 9 Years! July 8, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:10 pm
The kiss that sealed the deal!

The kiss that sealed the deal!

Today marks 9 years of wedded bliss for Jeremy and I. Okay, not all moments have been bliss, but it’s been a good 9 years and God has been so faithful to us. I remember when Jeremy and I started talking. I was so surprised that he was interested in me. At age 18, the 5 year age difference seemed like a big deal. Why would this mature, Godly man want to date me? I was taken back by his interest but I was pleasantly surprised when our relationship kept developing. Jeremy was more than I could have hoped for! God really blessed me. While I knew that Jeremy had a heart for ministry and he wanted to be a pastor, I learned a lot of things about him that I didn’t know. I learned that Jeremy is a hunter and a golfer. Later on when we purchased our house, I learned that Jeremy loves plants and will grow just about anything he can try. He is into superhero movies and sci-fi. He is a weather geek and if we lived in the Midwest, I’m positive that he would be a storm chaser. He also keeps up on local volcanoes and their activity. He is a man of many diverse hobbies as you can see.

Jeremy is the kind of guy that has plenty to do to fill his time. He is often outside in the yard these days sharing his love of nature with our son. He keeps up with the outdoor maintenance which is something I appreciate since I am indoor girl. Give me a vacuum over a lawn mower any day! With his full days and many hobbies, Jeremy still had time for his family. He puts Owen and I first before his own interests. I know that he makes sacrifices so I feel loved and get quality time with him. He is super involved with Owen and gives me many chances to rest and have breaks. He is thoughtful about that. Jeremy is also a super hard worker. His job is busy and sometimes has a crazy schedule attached to it. I am always amazed at how Jeremy gives 100% at work providing for us and then comes home continues to give 100% to our family.

I am beyond blessed. I am so thankful that this man is in my life. The last 9 years have held many adventures and memories. God has continued to grow us closer together and I believe that the best is yet to come. I am so lucky that I get to walk alongside Jeremy in life. He is a wonderful husband and father. He is a hard worker and caring pastor. He is goofy and laid back and go-with-the-flow. We compliment each other in so many ways and I know that his influence is good for me. He makes me slow down and enjoy life. He encourages me not to worry and stress. I am better person because he is in my life. I will forever be grateful that he looked my way!

We had dinner to celebrate our anniversary last night. We then took a picture at the waterfront where Jeremy proposed to me!

We had dinner to celebrate our anniversary last night. We then took a picture at the waterfront where Jeremy proposed to me!

He didn't have to get me anything, but apparently Jeremy knows the way to my heart is with candy!

He didn’t have to get me anything, but apparently Jeremy knows the way to my heart is with candy!

 

Ending June, Starting July and lots to Celebrate! July 7, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:51 am

It’s been a few weeks since I sat down to blog. The days have been full and by the time Owen goes to sleep, I am usually ready for bed myself. This has meant less down time for me to just hang out on the blog. Sometimes sleep comes first! It’s my new motto – sleep now, do other stuff later!

We’ve been hot, hot, hot here in the PNW. It’s rare, but we’ve been in a massive heat wave. The 90+ degree days have gotten old now that they have been around for a couple of weeks. We’ve been playing chess with our portable air conditioner and the fans. Overall, we’ve been able to keep the house cool. I’m so grateful! I’m okay with one or two days of heat… I am so over the endless warmth that has seemed to move in. As a result, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. Owen has been splashing around the front yard. It’s really felt like summer in that regard. I’m not an outdoor girl, so I’ve been stretched this summer. My idea of a good summer day (or any day) is being inside with a book. That has not been my summer, but that is okay. This is a different season of my life. I’m sure some day I’ll have plenty of inside days and books to read.

Family time has been the name of the game over the last few weeks. We’ve gotten to see quite a bit of our immediate families and we’ve been blessed to enjoy the summer sunshine with them. Owen has especially enjoyed the cousin time. Kids in the yard, running around, having fun – yep, this is what summer is all about!

This last weekend was a big one for celebrations! On Friday, we celebrated my dad’s almost 60th birthday a few days early. We had pizza and a cake and then wrapped up the night with John Deere rides in the front yard. Saturday was Independence Day and we spent it over at Papa & Nana’s house. Owen got to splash around the yard with his cousin, Nolan. We got to catch up with Jeremy’s brother and sister-in-law and hear about life with two kiddos. Of course, I got a few snuggles in with my newest nephew, Bennett.

Sunday rounded out the big weekend with a massive celebration at our church. This spring, through generous donations over the years, we were able to pay off the mortgages of both our Chehalis and Centralia campuses. We had a Freedom Party to rejoice over the fact that we are now debt free. My father who is all about debt free living got to present the numbers on how much we will have saved in the long run without a mortgage and interest. Now we can put that money back into the community and use it for kingdom work. I thought it was fitting that on my dad’s actual birthday we got to blow up the mortgages. We literally blew them up. No pieces or ashes remain. Bye-bye mortgage! It’s gone forever! The party ran late into the night and ended with a giant fireworks display. I took Owen home after the mortgage explosion since waiting up for the fireworks was beyond his toddler bedtime. The pictures and videos I saw of the fireworks were impressive.  What a perfect way to end a big weekend and a huge celebration.

Water time!

Water time!

Sunny play date with the cousins

Sunny play date with the cousins

Owen loves his wagon. He asks or should I say demands rides daily.

Owen loves his wagon. He asks or should I say demands rides daily.

Living outside this summer

Living outside this summer

S'more season!

S’more season!

Learning colors and keeping cool!

Learning colors and keeping cool!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Owen might want John Deere rides every time he visits Grandpa now!

Owen might want John Deere rides every time he visits Grandpa now!

Enjoying a family filled 4th of July

Enjoying a family filled 4th of July

Owen loved the swing ride at the Freedom Party! He went on that ride at least 6 times!

Owen loved the swing ride at the Freedom Party! He went on that ride at least 6 times!

My Dad explaining the freedom of debt free living!

My Dad explaining the freedom of debt free living!

BOOM! There goes the mortgage!

BOOM! There goes the mortgage!