Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Thoughts on activities, haircuts, the house, prayer and a doctor’s visit… January 27, 2017

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:52 am

A lot has happened in the week and a half since my last post. Owen had his first play date with a MOPS friend, Maci,  a week ago Thursday. These two are buddies at church so it was nice to invite Maci and her mom over to play outside of church. This was Owen’s first play date with a “girl” friend since most of his cousins are boys. I was a little nervous that they wouldn’t find anything to do, but that wasn’t the case. They played with everything in the house for about 15 seconds before moving on to find something new. It was a whirlwind, but definitely worth it!

Last Friday, Graham got his second haircut. I am cheap and haircuts are drama with my boys. This combination leads to me being pretty lax when it comes to keeping a schedule for haircuts. Graham’s hair was almost in his eyes, so it seemed like time. I am happy to report that this haircut went better than the first one, but it did still have its fair share of unhappiness. The lady cutting his hair gave Graham her phone and let him watch Daniel Tiger so in the end it was Daniel Tiger for the win. Graham is once again looking dapper.

Saturday was a super exciting day. There was a model train show at the WA State Fairgrounds. Owen and my nephew, Nolan, love trains so we decided to take the three year olds on an adventure while the one year olds stayed home with Nana & Papa. It was nice to hang out with Nate & Beckie and catch up with them. Owen & Nolan had a blast spending the day together. The highlight for the boys was probably taking a ride around the track on a miniature Thomas train. They were fascinated with all the model trains and I was a little worried that leaving the train show would result in massive meltdowns. Luckily we grabbed some awesome catalogs that the boys took as souvenirs and they happily said good bye to the train show. They flipped through their catalogs as we took of for lunch. It was a special day getting to spend time with the older boys and make a fun memory for them. We are still talking about the epic model train show and Owen wants to go back – every single day!

Truthfully, I can’t remember if it was Sunday or Monday, but Owen got a haircut from Nana. Owen also used to be a screamer when it came to haircuts so we started just giving him buzz cuts at home. We’ve discovered that he likes to sit in the highchair and look at himself in the mirror in the hutch. He will happily let Nana cut his hair under these circumstances. It might be strange, but whatever works, right?

Tuesday was our MOPS outing to a local fire station. Owen was so excited to see an ambulance. He got to sit a fire truck twice, once in the front seat and once in the back. He got to go into two different ambulances. It was heaven for a toddler boy. Maci was also there and she and Owen ran around the fire station hand in hand. They are the sweetest things! Graham enjoyed the fire station but if you let him down at all he took off running, looking for unsafe things to get into and play with.

Tuesday was also the big haircut day for me. Jeremy is the only one of us that didn’t get a haircut this week! I’ve been growing my hair out for about 2 years. It’s been super easy having it long during these baby days. However, I reached a point where it was driving me a bit crazy. I had split ends upon split ends and it was getting knotted badly every day. I was super excited to chop it off and go back to my shoulder length style. I loved having it long and I might be tempted to grow it out again, but for now I am very happy to less hair to deal with!

Sorry for the long update! There is just so much to share! Let’s move on to the house. We’ve had four showings in the last week. Two of those showings were to the same person. It’s been exciting to see interest in the house and it makes me hopeful that we could see an offer soon. The house situation continues to be the thing that weighs on my soul. God and I spend a great deal of time talking about it. Prayer is my only answer. It’s the only thing I know to do. I was reading my devotional yesterday and the perfect quote about prayer found me. “I feel powerless, and prayer reminds me that I may be powerless, but there is power, and the one who holds the power is good.” (Shauna Niequist, Savor) I read that and thought it perfectly summed up my life right now. I feel powerless and yet I know the one who holds the power and he is good. I am trusting God through every up and down. Through every emotion. He is with me. He is for me. I will keep praying. I will keeping trusting. Our stories never turn out the way we expect, but I know that in the long run, it will be okay.

The last part of my update is about Graham. He had his 15 month well check yesterday. He is still below the charts when it comes to height. Poor shorty pants. He was over 20lbs at this visit so that felt like a victory! Because he is growing proportionately, the doctor didn’t seem too concerned about his height at this point. She did come math and said that he would most likely grow up to be 5’9 but still has the potential to reach 6ft. Graham got four shots and a finger prick. He screamed through the entire appointment. Bless his heart. He still isn’t quite himself today. Poor kid. Overall, though, he is healthy and a smart and right on track for his age. I am grateful that his next appointment only has one shot and then he doesn’t need until he is four. We are almost in the clear! Hooray!

As I reflect on the last week or so, I am grateful for the opportunities that we’ve had. Our family has enjoyed some special outings and spent time with people we love and care about. I am blessed. I took some time to journal about my blessings on Wednesday and I am grateful for the reminder that life is sweet and beautiful even in the struggle and the mess. I am thankful and hopeful. Even when I get tired and weary, I know that God is good and that is all I need.

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Rice is nice!

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Getting to ride Thomas! Owen is the one in blue on the last coach.

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Fascinated!

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Free entertainment!

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Visiting the fire station with our MOPS friends

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Before and After

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The fun before doctor’s appointment!

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Graham didn’t not enjoy himself…

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A Snow Day, a Birthday and More! January 18, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:07 pm

Last Wednesday turned into a lovely snow day. We got 7 inches of snow and our local area shut down for the day. School and church was cancelled. We enjoyed walks in the snow and a relaxed day at home. The snowflakes were so pretty. You could see them all individually and how unique they each were. This unexpected snow was very welcome! However, the snow did stick around for a while because of the temperatures and made the roads a mess for quite a while. The rain started yesterday and the snow is gone. I miss it on the grass, but I won’t miss it on the roads.

Thursday morning, we very carefully drove out of Lewis County on to a great Canadian adventure! I didn’t mention it in my last post because I wasn’t sure it was going to happen until Wednesday afternoon. Thursday we drove into Steveston Village. This is seriously my favorite place on Earth. It makes me so happy. The boys played in the park and we walked the boardwalk. Graham is at the pickle age where he doesn’t want to be held but he doesn’t want to walk with the family. It was a challenge on this outing, but we made it despite some drama. Also, Owen was scared that Graham would go into the river, so that was some drama too. It’s sweet to see Owen concerned for Graham, but it borders on the line of crazy. We hit a Tim Hortons (doughnuts) and Canadian Tire (an everything but the kitchen sink kind of store). Our evening was spent back at the hotel, swimming in the pool.

Friday, we got coffee in Steveston at Waves, our favorite Canadian coffee shop! We drove into Granville Island and explored the market and the shops. We got lunch at Go Fish on the water. It was the perfect morning! Our afternoon was spent doing a little shopping. Then back to the hotel for more swimming. We couldn’t decide on dinner and the boys were tired which meant a sit down restaurant could have been dramatic. We settled on McDonald’s with a play place so the boys could run around and move. The menu is different enough that it still felt like a unique experience. We ordered on touch screens which was also special. Jeremy and I both got poutine which is french fries with brown gravy and cheese curds. Poutine is a must when in Canada.  We got the boys some Kinder Surprise eggs as a treat and then it was bed time.

Early Saturday morning was quite eventful. Graham was up at 12:30am, crying and then again at 3:00am. It took an hour to get him back to sleep. At 4:30 Owen realized that Lamby was in the van and that he NEEDED him. In ordered to keep Owen from having a meltdown and waking up Graham, who I had just gotten to sleep, I went down to the parking lot to get Lamby. At 4:30am, I was in the freezing hotel parking lot singing happy birthday to myself. Owen went down in time for Graham to wake up at 5:00am. I finally got Graham to sleep in bed with Owen and I (I should mention that Owen was my bed buddy the whole trip. We had to two queens so Owen and I slept in one and Jeremy slept in the other and Graham mostly slept in the Pack’N’Play). I fell back asleep around 6:00am balancing on the very edge of the bed. At 7:30am, I woke up and slid down to the end of the bed so I wouldn’t fall off and would have more covers. When Jeremy woke up at 7:45am, the boys and I were quite the sight to behold.

Needless to say, I was exhausted most of my actual birthday and just wanted to go back to bed all day long. We had done some research for breakfast since we hadn’t found a good breakfast spot in BC yet. We settled on a place called Jethro’s Fine Grub because it had been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on Food Network. It was a small whole in the wall kind of place with huge portion sizes. I got “greeeat cakes” which were pancakes with blueberries and frosted flakes. They gave me two pancakes that were bigger than the plate and super thick. I was not able to finish my meal, if you were wondering! It was a very tasty experience and I always love discovering new things in the Vancouver area. We took off for home after another stop at Waves. We had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and took our dessert to go. Happy birthday to me!

Sunday I celebrated my birthday with my family. It was a classic evening of pizza, cake and ice cream. Yum! Bill & Debbie got me a deep fryer and Owen couldn’t wait to use it! On Monday, we fried some fries and coconut shrimp. Jeremy got ambitious and made doughnuts! Looks we’ll have a lot of fun experimenting with this new kitchen appliance. Monday was MLK Jr. Day so the other adults were home. Jeremy and Owen checked on the Winlock house in the morning and we all spent the afternoon playing Monopoly Deal. Jeremy and Owen built a snowman with the remaining snow. It was a nice, slow paced day with everyone home.

Now we’re back to the real world and normal schedules. I tried to think of some brilliant and deep things to say about being 31, but I can’t think of anything. The only thing that comes to mind is that Baskin Robbin has 31 flavors… and I’m 31. There you go!

PS… No news on the house situation. Prayers are still greatly appreciated for our Winlock house to sell so we can move forward with building on the property. Thank you!

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Chilling out at the end of a long day

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Snowflake!

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Snow baby

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Taking a walk with his snowball

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Vancouver BC Day 1

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Vancouver BC Day 2

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Vancouver BC Day 3

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Birthday celebration with the family

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Jeremy the deer whisperer

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Making doughnuts

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Love that cheesy smile!

 

 

Definitely Winter Time January 9, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:31 pm

The first week of 2017 has been a white one. The snow that came in last weekend stuck around thanks to freezing temperatures. One night our low got to 9 degrees and the next morning I had many Facebook friends saying their pipes froze! Yesterday we had freezing rain that kept the boys and I home from church and put a layer of ice over everything. Today we got a new fresh inch of snow. It was lovely to watch it come down in beautiful, fat flakes. Now our new inch is melting away. I’m still hopeful we’ll see more snowflakes in the near future. It’s been so snowy and icy lately. It’s definitely winter time. I’m the kind of PNWester that doesn’t mind the rain, but I especially love snowy winters. I could sit and watch it snow for hours. It makes my heart happy!

We’ve been fairly home bound the last week. I’m just now recovering from my major sinus bug and I’m starting to feel human again. Probably should have gone to the doctor and gotten meds for that one… Oh well. Hindsight. Friday was eventful when Graham had an accident and cut his mouth. I wasn’t in the kitchen when it happened so the first thing I saw when Jeremy called for me was all the blood on the floor and then all blood on Jeremy, Graham, the counter, the sink… Oh my! It was a scary sight! We took Graham to the doctor to check out the cut and we got a chance to catch up with one of our favorite doctors. Luckily the cut was in a safe place and should heal up fine. In fact, Graham is his happy normal self and you would never know the trauma we all suffered on Friday. I’m glad that God made kids resilient.

We’ve officially entered a very crafty stage of preschool life with Owen. When Graham goes down for his morning nap, we pull out the craft bin and get creative. Over the weekend Owen got his first pair of kid scissors and he can now cut a lovely fringe on any piece of paper you put in front of him. We received a shape truck craft kit from a friend so he also got to use a glue stick for the first time yesterday. And if scissors and glue sticks weren’t enough, we finally opened a water color book he got for Christmas last year. In one week he can add cutting, gluing and painting to his list of crafting skills. We also do Bible time during Graham’s nap time and I try to have intentional conversation with him while we craft. Yesterday we talked about how God loves us and how Jesus is God. Soon I’ll have to blow his mind and try to explain the Holy Spirit! Today we talked about how God takes care of us like a good shepherd takes care of sheep. We prayed together for someone in need. Bible time certainly isn’t long or college level theology, but I enjoy these conversations and these moments together. They are small foundational building blocks.

The other fun thing we’ve been doing is re-decorating Owen’s room now that Christmas is over.  We changed the Christmas tree to a “winter” tree. It now has a heart on top for Valentine’s day. The lights have changed to a cool white color. We kept his blue and silver ornaments up because they fit the winter theme and we added paper snowflakes that Owen helped me make. Above his bookshelf we have a collage of Thomas & Friends valentines and hearts that we colored and cut out. Owen helped me arrange the valentines and hearts. He is very proud of his work. I love seeing his excitement for each holiday, especially as I explain them and he understands their purpose. So now the room is decorated through February. Maybe we’ll switch to a spring or Easter theme in March.

I feel like Owen gets most of the blog time because he is doing “new” uncharted things for me while Graham keeps up the very basic eat, play, sleep routine. Not always exciting to blog about, but seriously, these are my favorite days! I love the time frame from 12-18 months. He is a baby and a big kid all at the same time. He loves Daniel Tiger and Mickey Mouse. He dances to theme songs. He loves to play Play Doh with his big brother. He also likes to play trains with his brother. Once he looses interest in the train table, he goes over to the bookshelf and pulls all the books off. He certainly keeps me on my toes. The combination of Graham and Owen certainly has me busy too. Owen often takes whatever toy Graham has and that creates WW3 level drama. Also if you tell Graham “no” you can expect an end of the world reaction. Life is a mixture of happiness and tears when you are 1 & 3.

Jeremy and I are doing our best to keep up with the kiddos. Jeremy has been extra faithful to check on our Winlock house during the cold weather. Our for sale sign should go up again tomorrow and we are praying for more showings. Jeremy keeps tabs on the property too and often visits it to check his trail camera. He is hopeful to spot the abundant wildlife. Mostly we know what is around because of the tracks on the ground. He has yet to get good footage of an animal. This last time he got a video of the bulldozer working on my parent’s driveway! Jeremy continues to be the most supportive husband and father that I could ever want or need. He does bath time with the boys regularly, he gets up with them first thing in the morning so I can stay in bed for a little while longer, he watched “When Calls the Heart” with me (a Hallmark Channel TV show). The last few nights we’ve watched Sci-Fi movies after the boys went to bed and I forgot how gross and destructive they can be. It was a shock after watching such mushy TV. I was glad that Jeremy was able to catch up on his “to-see” movie list and watch something a little more manly than a prairie romance series.

Well, that about sums up life for now. My 31st birthday is this coming weekend, so I’m sure I’ll have lots to share in my next update. I’m sure it will include at least one picture of me with a chocolate cake. I’ll have to do some pondering and reflecting on 31. I truthfully haven’t given it too much thought. I’ve been a bit distracted by our lovely, crazy life!

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The Winter Tree! It now has a white towel tree skirt because the Thomas sheet was needed back in bed with Owen. However, I think the white towel looks like snow so it fits the theme nicely.

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Licking the beater is the best part of childhood

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Play Doh time

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Thanks to Owen for the Play Doh nose

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Mountain climbers at the property

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The valentine wall and winter tree

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Home from church because of freezing rain, so we got super crafty!

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We love watching it snow!

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Enjoying a homemade lemon bar made with lemons from Jeremy’s very own lemon tree! Yum!

 

 

Hello 2017 January 3, 2017

Filed under: Family Time,Getting Creative,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 9:26 pm

2016 closed with lots of days full of family gatherings! On the 29th, we had Christmas with the Scott clan. It was a fun day full of Christmas chaos and merriment. This was the first time all the cousins had been together since the arrival of Baby Colton, so it was nice to be all under the same roof. Owen greatly enjoyed playing with his cousins and Graham enjoyed being carried around by cousin Brinley. She was such a little mommy, making sure that Graham was taken care of.

The 30th was my brother-in-law’s birthday. Andrew requested breakfast at Camp 18 which is just a short bit away from the coast. We enjoyed yummy breakfasts, bird watching and exploring the logging site. Then we took off for Cannon Beach. The weather was sunny and it was the perfect day to make a quick stop at the ocean. Graham wanted to run straight into the water. This made Owen very concerned for Graham’s safety. At one point, Owen was so stressed about Graham that he couldn’t watch anymore and asked to leave the beach. He just couldn’t handle it! Graham didn’t go out to sea thanks to many watchful eyes and we were able to stop a get a few local favorite foods before heading home.

The 31st was my sister’s birthday. We drove down to their new home and met up with the family for lunch and dessert. Birthday lunch was at Red Lobster and Owen had so much fun looking at the lobster tank. Then we went to a local mall to see a model train display they have set up there. Owen also enjoyed that. You would think the day was about Owen, not Auntie! We had dessert back at the house and April introduced Owen into Mario Party. It was a laid back, casual afternoon. April loves to pass on the video game legacy to my kids. Owen got a Mario toothbrush in his stocking this year and he discovered a Mario game on Jeremy’s phone. He was elated to play Mario with his Auntie for her birthday.

Jeremy and I rang in the New Year playing a new card game with his parents. Since New Years Eve was a Saturday this year, we didn’t want to stay up too late with church the following morning. We watched a little TV and lived a little on the wild side and stayed up till 11:30. You know you’re old when staying up till midnight just doesn’t have the same appeal anymore. Maybe if it hadn’t been on a Sunday. Maybe next year….

I was thinking back on 2016 and it made me remember how hard I thought 2015 was. I remember thinking that 2015 was a year I really didn’t want to live again. I had an uncomfortable pregnancy and then Graham had acid reflex issues that involved a lot of crying, spitting up and me having to change my diet. It was rough. I’m not sure which year was harder, 2015 or 2016… but 2016 has been one for the record books. 2016 has been characterized by change around every corner. For someone that likes stability and routine, 2016 rocked my world and shook me up. I am grateful for the lessons in faith and trust that came from 2016. Change brings growth and I think that is the true benefit of 2016. I am not the same person I was at the start of the year. I can see that through every high and low, God was there, walking beside me. God is good. No matter what.

Now on to 2017… I’m starting it sick. I never fully got over my last cold and I went into round 2 the last few days with more fevers and sinus pressure. Not an ideal start to the year, but I’m hoping and praying this bug will be behind me soon. My biggest hope and prayer for 2017 is that our house will sell and we will be able to start building our new home. We did have a showing last Friday. We haven’t heard any feedback from that showing, but I was pleasantly surprised that we had one given the holiday season. It would be so delightful to be under contract and moving forward again with our house. I’m truly hoping 2017 will bring positive resolution to our living situation.  I want to give a big shout out to my in-laws who have taken us in and let us make ourselves at home in their home. Their kindness and hospitality has been so appreciated.  I don’t know about Graham (because he is so young), but I do think that Owen will have the best memories as he reflects on the time that he got to live with Nana and Papa. They are a blessing to our family. My prayer is that we can move forward with our house situation before we over stay our welcome.

I don’t have any resolutions for 2017. Graham is nursing less these days so that means my calorie intake needs to adjust. In traditional New Years fashion, I could say I plan to eat better in 2017 (and by better I mean “less”… don’t expect to find me munching on a kale salad for lunch). I have a list of books that I am hoping to read and of course, I plan to keep writing about my daily adventures. I love how the New Year feels like a blank slate. It’s a story waiting to be told. I have absolutely no clue what is in store for our family, but the last few years have a created a firm foundation for us. If we have survived the past then we can handle the future. God is our rock and our anchor. I choose to be hopeful and optimistic. I’m dreaming big for 2017!

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Stocking time!


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Playing with cousins is the best!


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Monkeys jumping on the bed


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Best Buds!


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The whole Scott clan!


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Celebrating Andrew’s birthday


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Enjoying a sunny December day at the beach


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Model trains!


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Putting the candles on Auntie’s cake


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Happy birthday, April & Andrew!


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Mario Party with Auntie


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Learning Monopoly Deal