Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Thanksgiving! November 28, 2016

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:08 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. It was a good weekend in our household. We watched lots of Christmas movies and decorated the house. I started my Christmas shopping online with early Cyber Monday sales and I’m hoping to do a little more today. Shopping for my niece and nephews is way easier than shopping for my own kids. Not sure why that is…

Since my brain capacity isn’t stellar, I’m going to just hit some highlights quickly. Graham has had his worst cold yet this week. It’s been hard to watch him suffer through it. Poor kid. Owen got his train table back in his room and he is super happy about it. Jeremy told me that Owen danced for joy when he saw the table getting pulled out of the storage unit.

Jeremy is gearing up kid’s choir the next few weekends and I’m going to need to start working on MOPS stuff… I produce a newsletter that comes out the beginning of the month and for some reason I always seem to wait right before the deadline to work on it. It’s the “one” thing in life that regularly procrastinate. Go me. I’m also speaking at our December meeting and while I’ve put a lot of thought into what I’m going to say, I haven’t formalize anything. I know it’s a big deal and I don’t want to make light of the commitment I’ve made, but I also feel like God is intentionally asking me to less scripted. I’m a little nervous. However, I’m also trusting that it will be just what it needs to be. And let’s face it, I’ll go in some notes. It just won’t be all typed out and rehearsed.

And for the house news… there is none! Haha! I wish there was something to tell you, but we are still waiting. This has been quite the journey. I’m certainly wondering where this road will take us. Hopefully it will lead to actually closing…

That’s it for now. See you in December!

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Owen’s first gingerbread house!

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Giving Graham a ride

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Happy turkey day!

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The whole Vitzthum clan on Thanksgiving!

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The train table is back!

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Decorating for Christmas!

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas November 20, 2016

I usually hold off on Christmas decorations until after Thanksgivings. I’ll start listening to Christmas music in November, but Thanksgiving weekend is the kick off of my Christmas decorating. This year is different, however. I’m thinking it might just be the stress of our house not closing (yes, we signed another extension. We should know Monday if the sale is actually going to go through or if we’ll have to relist our home). Christmas is comforting to me and I’ve needed comfort and Christmas a lot this week. It started with me buying Christmas jammies for the boys on Monday and then it lead to Owen getting a small Christmas tree in his room and holiday window clings. Today, Owen decorated the star to put on the top of his tree. Now it’s official!

This week I got the opportunity to help in the baby classroom at MOPS (opportunity = we didn’t have enough volunteers so steering team had to step in). It was surprisingly nice to do something different at MOPS. I enjoyed chatting with the other childcare workers and I think Graham enjoyed hanging with me. It was a craft meeting and sewing machines were involved so it’s probably best that I missed that meeting anyway. I’m not crafty.

During Graham’s nap time in the morning, I’ve been intentional about my time with Owen. We’ve started doing Bible time together. We read a story and color a picture about it. We’ve also been working on tracing our letters and numbers. This week I saw great improvement in his tracing skills and his ability to hold a pen. I never thought how challenging holding a pen could be until I tried to teach a 3 year old how to do it. I am loving these one on one moments with my big boy. I love watching him learn and I am enjoying the teaching moments we share. I am praying that as I share stories of how great God is and how he takes care of his people, Owen’s heart will be soft and receptive. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was four, so I know that Owen is not far off from possibly having his own Jesus moment and I am glad that I get to help sow these seeds and I pray that something good will grow out of it.

Yesterday, we drove over the mountains for my littlest nephew’s baby dedication. It was fun to spend time with my nephews and niece (and their parents and Nana & Papa). Owen got to jump on a trampoline for the first time and he loved it. He now knows that he got one for his birthday and he is itching for us to set it up. However, it’s pouring down rain at this moment. November isn’t prime trampoline weather on this side of the mountains.

God is good despite all of our ups and downs with the house. I am thankful for his constant love and encouragement during what feels like the longest process of my life. God’s got this. I don’t have to worry. I might be disappointed, but I don’t have to worry. Graham is sick and I’m wondering if my week is going to be a little slower than expected because of a sick kiddo. This morning I was trying to give Graham Tylenol to help lower his fever and he was crying in disdain. Owen on the other hand was practically in tears because he wanted Tylenol despite the fact that he doesn’t have a fever. I’m good at making everyone upset with me. It’s a glamorous life, being a mom. While I love the hugs and snuggles my boys give me, they also give me a handful of tears and meltdowns too. Gotta keep things even, right? Good thing God made my kiddos cute. It keeps them alive. Add Christmas jammies to those little boys and they “look” like little angels!

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We love our Red Cups!


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Relaxing in matching Christmas jammies!


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Happy cheese muncher!


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What can I say? They like to match! And they look so cute while they do it!


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Just a few things I am thankful for! I love doing this craft with my Wednesday night girls.


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Practicing tracing and holding his pen


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Can you see Owen?


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Doing Bible time in his Thomas tent


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Decorating the mini tree


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Owen’s new nightlight


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Getting some Colton snuggles


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Keeping up with the cousins and bouncing on the trampoline all caught up with Owen. He slept through Colton’s dedication.


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The tree is official now! It has a star!


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My handy helper!

 

Still Waiting… November 13, 2016

We didn’t close on our house last week. I’m not surprised, but I was hopeful. Now we will see if anything happens on Monday or Tuesday. If we don’t sign by then it will be another extension which just might break my brain. I stopped by our empty Moonlit house today after dropping a student off after church. The house felt weird. I hadn’t been there in weeks and the separation of time made it feel less like home. Our stuff isn’t there. Our little people weren’t there. It just didn’t feel like home anymore. I’m ready for it to be sold. Here’s hoping we can close soon and move on to the next chapter in our housing adventure!

Staff retreat with Graham went well. The kid was so exhausted that he passed out and slept hard everyday. It was great! His last hotel stay was rough, so his sleep was a pleasant surprise. We got a huge hotel room that after the first night, we had all to ourselves. It was such a blessing. Graham needed an afternoon nap each day, so while the staff kept diligently meeting, I got to slip away for some quiet time which was just what my introverted personality needed. It was fun to be with the staff and reconnect with them after a season of being away. We ate lots of good food and enjoyed unusually warm weather at the beach. It was a good week.

Now I am home and battling a sore throat. The days have been busy, but full of good things. Friday I said good-bye to my long time forever friend, Maggie. As you know, we meet every other month for lunch dates. We’ve been close since high school and her friendship is truly irreplaceable in my life. Her family is moving to California to start a new adventure. I am so excited for her, but so sad at the same time. I will miss her so much. However, I know that we will stay close through phone calls and emails and visits that might happen yearly instead of monthly.

Yesterday was my nephew’s birthday party at a fun bouncy house building. Owen has a love/hate relationship with bouncy houses – mostly hate. He was able to get over he fear and bounced away a good deal of the time. At the end of our bouncy time, he was even able to conquer his fear of the slide. It was a super fun outing and we had a blast celebrating with Nolan!

As always, there is lots to do this week. Places to go, things to do… I am grateful that with staff retreat behind us, we have no overnight travels for a few months. I am ready to take a deep breath and settle down. I am getting excited for the holiday season. I keep dreaming of turkey dinners, red cups, Christmas cookies and matching winter jammies for the boys. I love this time of year!

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There were so many bunnies around our hotel at staff retreat!

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This is one way to get a nap at staff retreat

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Passing on the Mo’s love

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Graham was laughing at the ocean! He loved it!

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Out for a windy walk

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The large spacious living room at our hotel! We didn’t want leave!

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Brothers reunited!

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My hubby brought me my first red cup on Thursday. It was perfect for my sore throat!

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Saying “see you later” to my forever friend, Maggie. Over a decade of friendship and going strong.

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Having a bouncy good time at Nolan’s birthday party

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These two are such good friends!

 

Settling In at Papa & Nana’s House November 5, 2016

It has been so nice to not commute up to Kirkland this weekend. We’ve been able to settle in and makes ourselves at home in our new surroundings.  The boys were all sick over the weekend and that carried into the beginning of the week. Graham and Jeremy didn’t make it to Fall Fest because Graham had a fever and Jeremy had no voice. Owen and I went down to the church Monday morning to help set up. Owen HAD to go in his costume and I was okay with getting some extra use of out it! Owen played with the games as we set up and requested to sample the candy. Monday night, I helped serve nachos and hot dogs at the Fall Fest Cafe as a fundraiser for our MOPS group. Owen attended Fall Fest with Grandpa and then settled in to help Nana & Papa hand out balloons.

Tuesday was a MOPS morning and then the boys and I drove down to Longview to get have lunch with Auntie April. The purpose of the outing was to get a “red cup” with Auntie at Starbucks. My mind was blown to learn that the cups were green this year. Then I learned that holiday cups aren’t arriving until the 10th. I guess we’ll have to schedule another Starbucks date with April to get an official red holiday cup.

Wednesday and Thursday were NORMAL DAYS!!! Praise Jesus! Amen! Hallelujah!!! Everyone took off for work in the morning and I got to stay home with my boys and follow our normal daytime routine. It was exactly what I needed! When Graham took his morning nap, Owen and I read a Bible story together then we did a coloring sheet about the Bible story. On Thursday before our Bible story, I let Owen use his Usborne wipe clean books for the first time. The purpose is to practice tracing letters. Owen wanted to color more than trace, but it’s a baby step towards having intentional learning time during the day. Plus, it was nice to have one on one time with my big boy. Especially after having two weeks of being away from him so much.

Yesterday, we took the boys to Lattin’s Cider Mill & Farm to look at the animals and buy apple fritters. We ran some errands and bought meals to deliver to two of my MOPS friends. One is recovering from surgery and one just had a baby. Our evening concluded with playtime, pumpkin pie and Zootopia. Today I am working on laundry and packing for myself and the boys. Tomorrow, Owen goes back to Grandpa & Grandma’s for a few days and Graham will be joining Jeremy & I at staff retreat. I am seriously hoping that is the last overnight trip I have to take with Graham for a while. From October 18th-November 9th, my days at home have been few and far between. I’m looking forward to getting back from staff retreat and further settling into our groove at Papa & Nana’s house. The boys are doing well with the change and for that I am grateful.

That is the update for now. Hopefully, I’ll have delightful tales from staff retreat to share in my next blog. I’m also hoping to share that our house has officially closed… We are thinking that might happen on the 10th or 11th. If anything, praying the 15th is the latest this process will be drawn out. I won’t be happy if we have to sign yet another extension. I’m trusting God with all the details. I know it will work it out. In the meantime, I am working on growing the gift of patience.

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The cutest train engineer ever!


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Tigger had a fever so he had to stay home from the Fall Fest fun. At least he had a smile!


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Green cups with April


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Coloring with Mommy while Graham naps.


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Practicing his letters


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This is what the house looks like 20 minutes after everyone goes to work. It’s a comforting sight after a busy season away from home.


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My good apples!


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How tall this fall? In Graham’s case, it should say how short!  Tiny toddler!