Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

Miscellaneous Thoughts May 23, 2016

Filed under: Family Time,Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 5:58 pm

My mind seems to be all over the place these days. Lots of big things to process. Our house as been on the market for two weeks. We’ve had two showings. Not as many as I would have hoped for right of the bat. I’m finding that keeping the house clean for potential showings seems a bit illogical. I clean, no one comes. We actually had a showing yesterday. All I can do is pray! So yes, the house update is the house is still for sale. I’m done keeping it clean. I’m praying it sells quickly so I can stop cleaning. I know that doesn’t sound like me. I love to clean… I’m learning that I love to clean weekly, not almost everyday. Big difference.

My last post was all about Graham so I thought I would take a moment to focus on Owen. He has become quite the helper around the house. He loves to put clothes in the washing machine for me. He will grab me a diaper when I’m changing Graham. He will also throw dirty diapers away for me. His new nighttime routine involves giving Graham hugs and kisses. It melts my heart. Owen still loves all things Thomas the train and Winnie the Pooh. He is also still into construction vehicles. He has found the things he loves and has stuck with them.

You might have noticed that I stopped mentioning Owen and potty training. There wasn’t any progress to report. He sort of stalled. However, I am happy to say that he has been doing fantastic this last week! He has done all his business on the toilet the last three days. I am so proud of him. I’m also excited because he can now use the toilet with the help of only a small step stool. No more potty chairs or potty seats! Woo hoo! I am one happy mama! I’m hoping we can officially claim potty training mastered soon!

Owen loves looking at property, going to church and visiting both sets of grandparents. He will often ask to get dressed and tell me he is ready to go. He also loves outside time in the yard. When we are in the van, Owen loves to sing along to the kid’s CD we have playing. He really loves The Isty Bitsy Spider. In fact, he is singing it right now as he plays with his trains.

In random news, I downloaded Pinterest for the first time this week. I now have the joy of creating boards full of ideas for decorating my future home and my boys’ birthday party (because yes, I plan their birthday all year long). Jeremy was away this weekend at a men’s conference and he got to golf twice. I was glad that he could enjoy one of his hobbies since he isn’t putting in a garden this year. He has a garden shaped void in his life. We also just cancelled our satellite television today now that all our shows are taking a break for the summer. This is the first time in our married life that we won’t have a couple hundred channels at our disposal. I have a feeling Jeremy will also have a ESPN and Weather Channel void in his life. Things are a changing here.

Well, I know it’s not brilliant, but that’s what we are up to these days. Lots of cleaning, playing, laughing, crying, praying (and eating of chocolate).

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Never enough dump trucks

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Watching for Daddy to get home from Men’s Conference

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Settled in at Nana & Papa’s house while we have a showing at our house.


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Celebrating three accident free days with three new mini trains!

 

 

Graham – 7 Month Update May 19, 2016

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:10 am
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7 months!

Time to update the world on Graham at 7 months. Last month he mastered sitting up on his own. He was so over sitting within a week. He wants to crawl or pull himself up so he can stand. Sitting is what babies do and Graham thinks he is a big boy like his brother. Sometimes he locks his body into standing position. You can’t make him sit to save your life. He loves to watch his brother. Any attention he gets from Owen makes him smile and laugh. Owen has recently learned that it’s fun to make Graham laugh. Owen will dance around Graham and this results in giggles from both boys.

Graham is growing. While he is not a big baby, he just moved up into 9 month clothes. I had fun as a pulled out the 9 month clothes and washed them. These are some of my favorite outfits! Summertime clothes and lots of plaid! I wish I could say solid foods were responsible for Graham getting bigger, but he has decided that solid foods aren’t his thing. Everything you put in his mouth results in gagging. This development is a bummer because it means that Graham is on a timer and can’t be away from Mommy for very long. At this point, I am the only food source he accepts.

Jeremy is positive that Graham has said “Da da” numerous times. Owen said “Da da” first as well. Graham is such a daddy’s boy that I am not surprised that Jeremy got the first words. Graham loves to snuggle with Daddy and will often fall asleep peacefully on Jeremy’s chest.

Graham is a sweet baby. Day time is his best time. He usually gets two naps a day, but really needs three. I’m finding that it can be hard to have a perfect baby schedule and a perfect toddler schedule. Both kiddos have to make sacrifices and the third nap is Graham’s big sacrifice. We are entering into some of my favorite baby days. I love the happy personalities and smiles that come with this age. His smile is still a big gummy one for the time being. I have a feeling in the next month we’ll see teeth due to the amount of chewing Graham does on his fingers.

I’m really curious what the update next month will hold. Graham is trying so hard to crawl. He face plants a lot and has now entered into the bruise phase of boyhood. If he really is saying “da da” then I’m sure more words are just around the corner. Hopefully, if teeth emerge, maybe the desire for solid foods will as well. No matter where we find ourselves next month, I am grateful for a healthy, happy, sweet baby.

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Smiley

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YUM!

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Loving bathtime!

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Towel time after tub time

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Sending tired baby selfies to Daddy

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Wearing new 9 month jammies!

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Laughing and playing together in Graham’s crib. A new post-nap tradition!

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Sibling life!

 

Big Changes! May 10, 2016

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving — Amy Scott @ 2:35 pm

It seems like the last 7 months have been one of constant change in our household. Lots of big and small things have been shifting, tweaking and changing. It almost seems like every area of our life has been touched in someway. It feels like God has been shaking us up and showing us to hold on to him no matter what. With an open hand we have said do what you want with us, direct us, guide us, help us to follow after you. Nothing has seemed off the table. The sky is the limit. Time to evaluate and dream big. It’s been a scary time, but also an exciting time. Those who know me know that I am a person of routine and predictability. I’m not a fan of change. But change always happens and I am learning to roll with it. Not all change is bad, it’s just change. It’s different. It’s unknown. It’s unfamiliar. It feels odd. But when God is the one initiating it then I trust that it will lead to a good place.

IMG_5254I’ve been radio silent the last few weeks on our next big change. I was waiting for certain pieces of the puzzle to fall into place and I think we are far enough along in the process to share what’s going on. We are moving!!! Well, we hope to move. We just listed our house on Friday. The plan is to sell our home and move to a piece of property where we can live beside my parents. I’m looking forward to having more land for my boys to roam and I am excited about having my parents closer and more involved in our lives. Oh and I’m over the moon excited about having a home where we pick the plan that works for our family and we get to pick the features. I’m not entirely jazzed that it takes months for homes to be built, but I know that the end result will be worth the wait.

Jeremy and I have spent the latter half of April getting our home into the best condition possible for selling. Every surface has been cleaned. Jeremy did a ton of small fixes and projects to make sure we are selling our home at top quality. It’s been exhausting. It’s been worth it though. As I look around the house, I am amazed at how great it looks. Jeremy jokes that we made it look so good we might want to buy it ourselves. Haha. The crazy part of getting the house ready to list was spending our weekends passing the kids back and forth. I love the weekends because it means that I have Jeremy’s support and it’s two kids to two adults. Jeremy’s days off give me just enough energy to recharge and handle the kids on my own through the week. The last few weekends have been very different though. I’ve been keeping the kids out of his way so he can get projects done. In turn, he kept them out of my way so I could get projects done. We were super productive, but it’s not a schedule that I would enjoy keeping up for long.

When we haven’t been in home improvement mode, we’ve been searching for the “property” with my parents. We’ve wandered around Lewis County in search of the perfect homestead. Owen has loved this part of the process. It’s so cute to hear his little voice in the back seat chanting “looking at properties.” I’m having massive flashbacks to being a pre-teen whose parents were moving her to the middle of no where. I remember the endless drives to look at properties and I remember living at Home Depot during the building process. Owen is liking the process a whole lot more than I did as a kid.

There are so many other things I could go on about. I have a feeling this process will fuel my blogging. I’ll certainly have lots to share was we sell, move and build. I’m a bit sentimental as I look around the house. This was our first house. We brought our babies home to this house. They are still in their nurseries. By the time we move into our new home, Graham will be a toddler. We won’t be decorating nurseries any more, instead we will be setting up big boy rooms. I’ve loved this house. Jeremy and I have had so many firsts here. Now we are having a new set of first. Our first time selling a home. Our first time building a home. I love my husband. He is the best man a girl could ask for. I am grateful to go through this with him by my side. He is the calm to my storm. Even now I can get overwhelmed with all the details and all the what ifs. But I know that Jeremy and I will get through this together. I just need to take a deep breath. Relax. Enjoy the moments as they come. And keep the house really clean…

I will share more as life unfolds. Pray for us as we embark on this adventure.

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This kid knows how to relax

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Owen put this blanket on Graham’s head and told me “I hide Baby Graham!”

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Looking at properties

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Owen loves exploring the properties

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May Day flowers from my mom! So pretty!

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Lunch, shopping and sunshine with Maggie are always a blessing! Glad I got to catch up with her last week!

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I was home with little boys with runny noses on Sunday so my hubby ran me home breakfast! So sweet!

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The reason I celebrate!

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Daddy is an awesome nap buddy!