Amy Scott's Thoughts

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The Haps February 27, 2016

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:12 pm

The last week has been a busy one for the Scott household. Lots of going here and there. Last Saturday, our little family got out into the sunshine and visited Lattin’s Cider Mill. Owen enjoyed feeding the goats and looking at the chickens. It was nice to do a low key family outing. The doughnuts they sell at the cider mill make it a kid friendly and a parent friendly location. Sunday our family stayed after church for a Growth Group. It was nice to sit and chat with another young family.

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Visiting Lattin’s Cider Mill

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Riding home from church in Daddy’s truck. A cool dude and his penny.

Monday was the first wedding we’ve attended since Owen was born. We haven’t been big on the wedding scene since becoming parents. Nothing like making the first wedding we attend to be one in Seattle on a Monday night with both kids. I had lots of doubts. I envisioned our kids being a mess and ending up in the lobby. However, they did great. Owen laughed loudly at the inside jokes and exclaimed his love of cheddar bunnies during communion. Graham wasn’t able to hold out long enough for us to stay for the reception, but it was nice to be there for the ceremony. My cousin, Jessica, was a beautiful bride and the hotel that she and her husband, Brandon, got married at was lovely. The room was amazing.

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Handsome Graham and Auntie April

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I got the joy of riding in the backseat of the minivan between two car seats!

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The beautiful ceiling at Jessica’s wedding!

Tuesday was Graham’s 4 month well check. He is weighing in at 14lbs 13 oz (31%), 24.5in (17%), and head 42.3cm (65%). He took his shots well, but still ended up getting a low grade fever the next day. Poor kid. Overall, it wasn’t too dramatic. Despite being tired from the late night on Monday, we plowed through the day and ended it was a business meeting for our network area of AG pastors. I’m not a huge fan of voting meetings, but it was nice to be kid-free for a few hours. My in-laws live right down the street from the church where the meeting was held. They bravely watched Graham post shots. So thankful for brave and kind family members that support us.

Thursday, we had a fun play date with Auntie Beckie and cousins, Nolan & Bennett. Two two-year-old boys are a hoot on play dates. There are ups and downs, but mostly Owen and Nolan are good buds. We took a lovely walk in the sunshine and the boys threw rocks into puddles. It was a very slow walk, but that didn’t matter because we were out in the sun!

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Toddler life! Rocks and puddles on a sunny day!

Friday can be summed up in one sentence – Binge watching Fuller House. Yes, I did. And by I, I mean we. Jeremy was right along side me. I wasn’t feeling the greatest, so Jeremy encouraged me to rest. He is a sweetheart. Always looking out for me.

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Awkward childhood photos… The toddler wanted to hold the baby.

Today, we had family pictures as a fundraiser for my MOPS group. I had set the time for mid-morning thinking that it would be a good time between wake-up and nap time. However, I had to wake up Graham from his morning nap and Owen had to get woken up after 10am. Owen doesn’t enjoy being woken up, so of course, he cried the entire time we got him ready and part of the car ride to the church. Once we got out of the van, he perked up and grabbed some pea gravel from the playground. I haven’t seen the official photo yet, but I think it turned out okay. We are all looking in the same direction and no one is screaming, so that is a win, right?

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Enjoying the swings after family pictures!

This next week looks like it’s going to be another big one, full of activity. I’ll fill you in as it unfolds. It’s a big week for children’s ministry. We have a special teacher training tomorrow and a big dinner on Tuesday as we cast the vision for what children’s ministry at Bethel Church looks like in the near future. We are hoping to start a big remodel project soon. It’s very exciting times at Bethel! Okay, I’ll share more about that later! Lots to do. Lots to look forward to.

 

Graham – 4 month update! February 19, 2016

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 12:47 pm

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4 months!

Our littlest man is 4 months old today. A third of a year! He continues to grow and change. He is getting to that stage where he has personality and his little self is shining through. It amazes me that I am once again getting to know a little human. Each kiddo is different and similar. It’s been fun to see Graham becoming his own person.

At four months old, Graham is a supported sitter. He has used the Bumbo a few times and seems to like it more each time we use it. He had his first Bumbo blow out diaper on Wednesday! That was a crazy mess. He also had his first time sitting at the table in the Bumbo. Owen, Jeremy and I were all eating dinner and Graham was sitting in the Bumbo watching us from “his seat” at the table. It was super cute. Now that he is a supported sitter, we are hoping to try some solid foods in the next month or so. A lot of people wait until their little ones are six months to try solids, but Graham hasn’t been having much luck with bottles. He doesn’t get one all that often and each time he seems to forget how they work. I’m hoping that solid foods might give caregivers an option other than milk when I’m away. Plus, Graham is very interested in what we are eating. He is a chewer, biter and licker. Everything goes into mouth right now.

In other developments, Graham is close to rolling over. Owen didn’t roll over for what felt like forever. I’m hoping that Graham will get on the rolling train sooner than Owen did. Jeremy reminds me that Owen walks just fine so who cares if Graham rolls over a certain time. I can get hung up on wanting textbook development, but I know that Jeremy is right. Rolling over at a certain time isn’t the end of the world.

Graham also loves to stand like a big boy. He loves to be up and looking out. We’ve been using the baby carrier more than we did with Owen. This gives Graham the feeling of being held and he loves to be a part of the action. I’m now back to the stage of doing house chores with a baby strapped on me. I view it as burning more calories!

Jeremy and I have a different opinion on if Graham talks more than Owen did. I thought that Graham talks less than Owen did at this age. I don’t get a lot of baby choos out of him. Jeremy, on the other hand, will have lengthy conversations with Graham. This little boy loves to talk and smile at his daddy. According to Jeremy, they have a bond. Jeremy is also the one that Graham chooses to nap on. Jeremy can lay Graham on his chest and Graham will nod off for a nap. This never happens for me. It’s sweet to see them share special things.

Graham is starting to have a nap routine. Usually within two hours of being awake, he wants to go back to sleep. Most days, he is taking a 1-2 hour morning nap and another 1-2 hour afternoon nap. If he gets a good morning nap than the afternoon one tends to be shorter. Ideally, I would love the afternoon nap to be the longer one so he could sleep at the same time as Owen. However, a sleeping baby is a happier baby. I’m thrilled that a nap routine is forming regardless of when the naps happen. Plus, when Graham is down in the morning, I get to have one on one time with Owen and that makes me happy. Even with the household noise of a toddler, Graham stays down well. The great thing is I can put him in his room awake and he falls asleep on his own. Owen always had to go down for naps asleep. Graham is spoiling me in the nap department.

Life around our house is never dull. Graham is starting to watch Owen play and be entertained by his older brother. Owen for the most part does a good job of being gentle with the baby. He will ask to hold him. He also offers Graham kisses and snuggles. For the most part, he puts up with Graham being around but doesn’t pay much attention to him. I’m sure that will change when Graham gets mobile and wants to play with Owen toys. Oh the joys of sharing! I’m looking forward to the days where they interact with each more and even start playing together. Owen always wants a buddy to play trains with him and I’m hoping that someday Graham will be that playmate.

Each months brings more changes, smiles and love. I love my two little boys. They are a wild adventure and I am doing my best to keep up with them. Our house might be a nutty most days, but I’m adapting to the crazy. And I randomly call in other adult reinforcements to keep me sane. Just yesterday we enjoyed a morning spent hanging with my sister and earlier this week, my mom came over to help me with bedtime while Jeremy was away. I’m thankful for family support as I attempt to keep these kiddos alive.

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Don’t take me away from Daddy


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A favorite place to nap


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Love those big eyes and big cheeks!


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Big brothers literally walk all over you

 

Baby Dedication February 14, 2016

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 7:36 pm

 

I’m not really the type to get hyped up about Valentine’s Day. I don’t make a big deal about roses, chocolate, stuffed animals and candlelight. I have nothing against them, but I don’t really register Valentine’s Day on my radar. Maybe when the kiddos are older I’ll do more to make it a special day. Today, however, was special thanks to my littlest Valentine. We dedicated Graham at our church this morning. Baby dedications are a way of saying that we plan to raise our boys to know the Lord and we pray that they will personally come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It’s a promise to our family and our church. It’s a sign of our intent. It’s also a chance for our family and friends to show us their support in this endeavor. It’s a sweet thing and I am blessed to be surrounded by such loving, encouraging people. Our boys are prayed for and care for by the sweetest people. It truly takes a village to raise kids and I am thankful for the village we are a part of. My guys are so little right now. Owen loves the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” and reads his toddler Bible with us. It’s the beginning of what I hope will be a love for the Lord. I pray that both my boys will see God’s love through their father and I. I pray my influence in their life will point them towards Jesus. I don’t always feel like I do the best at being “Jesus” to them, but I am sure trying. Parenting is such intentional business. I don’t want to hope for the best and leave things up to chance. I want to be a voice guiding them to listen for the Holy Spirit. I want my words and my actions to draw them to Christ. I know that I am their primary spiritual influence and I don’t take that role lightly. I am blessed to have a family that will encourage them in this same way. Many voices in unison are stronger, louder. I’m glad that I am not alone in pointing the down the right path. My church congregation is also there cheering us on and speaking life and love to our kids. It is a privilege and an honor to do life with such extraordinary people. Today we committed Graham to the Lord and pledged that we would do our best to guide him. It’s a sacred, holy work. Not for the faint of heart. I might stress and worry about the future of my sons, but I remember that they belong to God first and foremost. He is on their side and he is fighting for them. He will never fail them. I pray that he gives me the wisdom and the words and the patience and the grace to raise these little ones into men who love God and love others. What a journey we have set before us!

I would also like to thank my in-laws for hosting a little celebration gathering after the baby dedication. I appreciate them opening their home and letting the chaos ensue! It was a great afternoon spent with the best family ever!

Also thank you to all of the relatives who travelled great distances to join us today. We appreciate you taking the time to celebrate Graham. It means so much to us!

 

Thankful for the prayers of these loved ones!

Look at the family we have surrounding us and supporting us. Graham is blessed and loved by the best!

 

 

Graham’s First Vacation February 12, 2016

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 12:15 pm

On Tuesday, our little family took off for an adventure. It was the perfect time to take a trip. I had hit a wall and I needed fun. I wanted to run away. I find that getting out of the country helps with that feeling. This marks our 4th trip to BC in the last two years. Who knew that it would become “our” spot. But BC is our spot. The place I daydream about on hard days. A lot of people think it’s because my favorite television show is filmed there. However, I have decided that is only a fun perk. There is a riverwalk in Steveston Village that we catch at sunset and it makes me so happy. It’s beautiful. It’s friendly and feels safe. The first two visits Owen hasn’t walking so we took stroller walks. The last two visits Owen has walked/ran the boardwalk with toddler wonder. The world is so exciting to him. His point of view and enthusiasm make me smile. This time, I got to walk the boardwalk with Graham in the baby carrier. It was a special moment to me – walking with my family in one of my favorite places. It doesn’t get any better!

We made it into Canada mid-afternoon on Tuesday. We checked into the hotel and got upgraded to a suite which was perfect. We had a small kitchen, living space and a bedroom. This meant that the toddler and baby wouldn’t have to share a room. Graham slept great in the living space and I got to bunk with the toddler. At first I thought Owen might sleep with Daddy since they were roommate on our last family vacation, but in the end Owen wanted to sleep with Mommy. Luckily, he slept by me and didn’t use me like a stuff animal.

Once we got settled into the hotel, we took off for Steveston Village. Jeremy and I went to Wave’s Coffee House which is a favorite of ours. We got drinks and a Nanaimo bar for later. We took our family walk, went to Costco, had dinner at A&W and went back to the hotel to play in the pool. This was Graham’s first swimming experience. Since he was with me, it was a short experience. The pool wasn’t super warm so I went to soak my feet in the hot tub. Graham got wrapped up in towels and joined me in watching Jeremy and Owen splash about.

Wednesday, we had breakfast at the hotel. We took off to explore a few shops. We always stop and buy candy bars. We had lunch at our favorite place in Vancouver. They have the best fish and chips. Jeremy and I talk about them year around. After lunch, we took off for Langley. This was a fun adventure because Jeremy wanted to avoid a confusing toll bridge we’ve taken during past trips. Avoiding the bridge gave us new territory to look at and gave the boys a chance to take a nap while we traveled. Our purpose in heading to Langley was find where they were filming Once Upon a Time that day. We discovered the filming location, but it was off the road on a big property, so we had to settle for driving by a few times. We made a stop in Langley to let Owen run out some energy at a McDonald’s play place. I was proud of Owen for conquering his fear of the slide. It took him a long time to go down, but he finally had a break through and loved it! The fun of eating in Canada is to get things you can only get there. Jeremy enjoyed some poutine at McDonald’s and I had a blueberry maple pie. I love that there is a maple everywhere! Dinner was Boston’s Pizza. We took a walk around Canadian Tire and then got a doughnut at Tim Horton’s for dessert. Jeremy and Owen went back down to the pool that night and Graham and I spent some time in the hotel room unwinding from the busy day.

Thursday was our travel day home. We went back to Steveston for one last stop at Waves. We got more Nanaimo bars and I got a fantastic coconut lemon bar. Yum! Once we made it back into the USA, Jeremy had a few stops he wanted to make. We hung out at Sky Nursery and looked at plants. We stopped at Costco Business Center. Jeremy has a few things he likes that he can only buy there. Owen loves Costco and this Costco is different then the one we have Olympia, so it’s fun to explore and see what things they offer.

We made it home with enough time to do a couple loads of laundry and unpack. It was a fun trip. Graham was an excellent traveler and sleeper. It was nice to do something out of the norm and escape real life for a while. I love my husband. I am so thankful he has an adventurous spirit. I will think back fondly on this trip for a long time. What a perfect first vacation for our little family of four!

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Waves in hand. Taking a walk by the river in Steveston.


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Pointing to the ducks


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My little swimmers


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Swimming with Daddy


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Best lunch stop ever!


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Looking at the boats and the big city


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Happy he mastered the slide


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Enjoying some train time at the hotel


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Happy boy at breakfast


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Loading up to head home

 

What We’ve Been Up To.. February 8, 2016

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:37 pm

Here is a blog about what we’ve been up in the last week or so – not much. Owen got a head cold last Tuesday and was nice enough to share it with Graham and I. Our life has been on the quiet side since we’ve had to cancel plans and lay low. We did get out to run some errands this weekend and watch the Super Bowl at my parent’s house yesterday. My parent’s got a new dog this weekend. We gave the new pup a chance to see what a crazy visit from our family is like. She handled the chaos like a champ. We are happy to welcome Teassie to the family!

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Hanging at Lowe’s with my boys

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Watching the family play Just Dance

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How I found Graham when I went to pick him up from the nursery at church.

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Look! I can grab the giraffe!

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Sick day selfie

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Jeremy had to do a few projects around the church. Owen ran around the gym and Graham and I walked laps. It was a good exercise night for all of us.

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The Scott boys wearing orange for the Broncos!

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Super Bowl time!

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April and the newest member of the family.