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Things are Moving!!! August 29, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:13 pm

Oh my goodness! I am so excited to tell you the BIG NEWS!!! They started laying the forms for our foundation today!!!! It’s finally happening! Everyone do a happy dance with me! WOO HOO!!! This is the day that I have been waiting for. It seems like it’s been forever in the making. I am so thrilled to see that things are moving forward. Our gravel pad should start to resemble a house more and more each week. I’m not dumb. I’m sure there will be more hold ups and delays in our future, but I can’t live my life in fear. Things have been slow. Things might stay slow. But I have to celebrate each step forward. Because it’s progress and it matters and it means I’m one step closer to being a homeowner again. Praise Jesus! Let’s happy dance again!

This week is Owen’s last full week of summer. How did that happen? He has a preschool orientation next Tuesday and his first day of class will be next Wednesday. Wow! Since he will be in preschool two years, I’m making this year pretty low key. I’m doing fall clothes shopping for him because he is growing, not because it’s “back to school” or in his case “starting school.” I offered to buy him a new backpack but he declined. He told me he wants to use his moose backpack which has been his diaper bag since he was 18 months old. It’s a little worn, but I don’t care. He wants to take it school. I’m cheap. No new backpack this year. Fine with me. Of course, we’ll try to attempt the first day of preschool photo…

Since this is the last full week of summer for us, we’re are packing it full of fun stuff. Yesterday we went to NW Trek with some friends. It’s a great day of looking at animals and playing. We hadn’t been there since Owen was 9 months old so it was pretty much the first time for both boys. We took the 1:00pm tram ride around the park and I thought for sure we would see nothing because of the heat. Surprisingly, we saw all of the animals. Since 1:00pm is nap time for my boys, Graham fell asleep on the ride and Owen spent the second half of it asking when we would get back to the station. I enjoyed looking at the animals and tried to take good pictures to share with Jeremy. I knew he would appreciate the animals even if my boys were too tired too.

Last night was our last MOPS summer park play date. The boys had a great time walking down to the creek and hanging out by the train bridge. Today we had another park play date with friends at Owen’s favorite Napavine park. Then we drove up to the property to see the foundation forms in action! Woo hoo! Since we’ve been to the animal park and two playgrounds this week, I’m debating trying to take Owen to the park on Thursday as well and the beach on Friday. Instead of Shark Week, let’s do Park Week! Haha! I kind of like idea of making the last week of summer super fun for Owen before we have to buckle down to the school schedule. The only downside to packing our week is I’ve been battling a bug that has me talking a few octaves lower than I’m used to. I don’t feel too awful, but I haven’t really been resting to try to get over it… I feel that tension of I should rest on Thursday or we should party hard on Thursday while we can. Not sure what side will win!

Okay, that’s the update for now. I’m hoping that movement on the property will inspire me to blog more so I can share the fun updates as things develop. I’m sure I will also have lots to say about our preschool transition as well. I can’t wait to share with you how that goes next week!

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Muffin makers

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I forgot to mention in my post, Graham got new bedding this weekend. I’ve been keeping it tucked away and I finally decided I need to see change.

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Owen got a big boy bed!

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Celebrating Colton’s first birthday!

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Pit stop on the way home for Ellensburg. We love waterfalls.

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That’s a long way down

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How I work…

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NW Trek

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To be a kid in summertime…

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CELEBRATE!!!!

 

This Time Last Year August 23, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:12 pm

My mind has been jumping backwards in time to this time last year. Last August the sale of our home fell through for the 1st time (but not the last, it would happen again in December). That was a rough blow. I was fully packed and had to unpack my kitchen so I could continue to live in our house. Jeremy was struggling with stress and heart health issues. At the end of August, he blacked out at the wheel and drove off the road. That started a season of doctors appointments and counseling. We took a couple months off from ministry and lost any sense of normal. At the beginning of September, Graham started walking and he started that transition from baby to toddler.

We’ve walked some unexpected roads this last year. It has held more ups and downs than I could have ever imagined. The memories are still fresh. How can a year go so quickly and so slowly at the same time? Time changes situations. Time changes people. I’m not sure I would have guess that a year out Jeremy’s big work project would the opening of a preschool and learning center. I would have never guessed that leading MOPS or selling books would be my next great adventures.

Graham is almost two. I still him call him “Baby Graham.” I would say 75% of the time Owen calls Graham “Baby” instead of his name. I feel like we can get away with this until he turns two. It will be hard to drop the baby title. Part of the reason it’s so easy to call him a baby is because he is still so small. I made his well check appointment today for October. I have a feeling he is going to be low on the charts still. His size makes you think he is younger than he is. But is crazy mobile, like a monkey. He is saying so many words now and even said “I don’t know” the other day. A complete sentence. Wait, weren’t you just learning to walk?!

This journey of life is an interesting one. Through every season I see myself and circumstances differently. With hindsight. With wisdom gained from experience. So much changes in a year. The “Amy of Last Year” and the “Amy of Now” would have a funny conversation – don’t worry things get better, but sorry,  some things will stay the same – like my longing to be a settled into a new home. Still waiting on that one. But my house did finally sell and I am continually one step closer to the goal, even if it is a baby step. Kids grow, situations change and some things stay the same. You just never know what’s going to happen in a year. Each one is different. My years have never repeated themselves and that keeps life interesting and eventful. While I look back to the past, I also look forward to the future. Knowing that through it all God has been by my side gives me the hope and strength to look ahead with faith and enthusiasm. I can trust that God, who has yet to fail me, will continue to show up through it all. There is blessing in every season and something to be thankful for no matter.

A look into last year:

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Owen ended up in ER last August with a fever and strange breathing. He had to get chest x-ray.

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Graham at 10 months!

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Owen transitioned to a toddler bed around this time last year and now he is about to transition to a twin bed in the next week!

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Still one of my favorites of all my boys!

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Back to when we had to keep Graham away from the train tracks. Now he plays with them more than Owen!

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Officially walking!

 

So Many Things August 22, 2017

I was just welcoming you to August. Now it’s almost over. Yikes. So this blogging thing. It’s getting harder. I’ve added a lot to my plate the last few months. It makes me sad that my blog isn’t as frequent as before. I love writing. It’s not even an option to give this up. For the few of you that read this blog, I’ll keep at it. I apologize for the gaps and delays.

Our week in Bend with the Scott Clan was fun. The kids had a great time playing together and all being under one roof. My kid didn’t sleep so awesome the first two nights, but the last night was amazing! Graham slept on the air mattress the whole night and didn’t end up in bed with us! Praise the Lord!!! Graham really enjoyed sharing a bed with his brother on this trip and when we came home he kept trying to go down for naps in Owen’s room. It was funny and sweet! The guys got a chance to go golfing together. The girls got a chance to get pedicures, do some window shopping and get lunch on the river. It was a refreshing time!

I’ve been working away on MOPS stuff. I’m feeling good about things. The ducks seem to be coming into a row. nicely I’m praising Jesus and believing for good things. We have one more MOPS summer park play date left. We already have ladies registering for the fall. YAY!

Books have been slower for me this month. When I took the first two weeks of August off, I knew it would mean a slower month. Truthfully, I’ve loved the lacked back pace. I’ve had two parties and did two shifts at a book booth at the SWW Fair. I’ve spent a lot of time building up my September, October, November calendar. It hasn’t been a wasted month by any means.

With less parties to prepare for I’ve been able to focus on other projects. I’ve been slowly collecting items to redecorate the boys’ bedrooms. I’ve happily snagged some great deals over the last few weeks and I feel like a complete plan is coming together for the bedrooms. Now to daydream about bathrooms and the master bedroom. We are supposed to see some action up at the property toward the end of this week or beginning of next week. I’m am anxiously awaiting the foundation being poured. I would do it myself if I could. I want to get going!!! Jeremy and I fully painted the well house and it looks awesome! Jeremy filled in all of the ditches we had dug for water and power. Here’s hoping my next update has pictures of the foundation! Let it be so, Jesus!

We’re also less than two months away from the boys’ birthdays, so I’ve been working on getting party invitations ordered and birthday details nailed down. I’m a planner. Don’t judge. I also started the boys’ yearly photo books last week. I have them up to date through August and formulated so I can easily add the last few pictures needed to complete the year. The books always end with the great birthday celebrations, so I’ll be able to print them soon enough. Just like blogging, making photo books makes my heart happy. Last year I did a little bit each month so it wasn’t too much work. This year I just did it all at one time. I had the time then and there so I thought why not get it done.

And that is about it… We watched the solar eclipse at Bethel with the staff. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t darker because the sun was 96% covered in Chehalis. On the flip side, I’m totally amazed that 4% of the sun could provide so much light. The temperature did drop. Owen got cold and asked for a coat. It was a neat experience, but not as strange as I thought it was going to be. I’m not a huge fan of crowds, but if I ever get a chance to see a total eclipse in the future, I might take it…

Oh and the Lucy Maud Montgomery summer continues! I read the Pat of Silver Bush series this month. I liked Pat more than I liked Emily Starr. I’ve enjoyed re-reading some of my favorite books, but also reading new ones this summer. I’m trying to decided if I will re-read A Tangled Web next or read for the first time Magic for Marigold. Or I might break from my Canadian friends and go down south with Jen Hatmaker to read her new release, Of Mess and Moxie. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

I think that about sums up life. Vacation. MOPS. UBAM. House. Party Prep. Photo Books. Eclipse. Summer of LM Montgomery. Yep. Keeping the kids alive. Keeping up with my hubby. That’s my life! God is good and we keep moving forward and looking ahead!

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Bend 2017

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Painting the well house

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Checking in on Domino!

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Spray Park

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Playing the piano with Nana

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Brownie bakers!

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Visiting the fair. Graham was too short for the rides. Poor kiddo.

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Working up at the property!

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Backyard BBQ with the young families

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Watching the eclipse with Bethel Staff!

 

Welcome to August August 6, 2017

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:50 pm

Right now my boys are down for their afternoon nap. We are supposed to be leaving for a family vacation in Bend, Oregon right now. This nap time was supposed to happen in the car on our way down. But I’m a good friend of “delay” by now and we are delayed! Owen threw up yesterday morning and we thought he had perked back up by bedtime. Then he threw up again at 2:00am… so not quite the bounce back we had hoped for. Instead of going down today, we hope to hit the road tomorrow morning. Even yesterday, we had to cancel plans to go to a family birthday party because of the illness. It’s all good though. I never like to see my little man feeling sick, but having two full days at home is unheard of for me right now in this go-go-go season. I was able to clean the house, do laundry and pack yesterday without feeling stressed or rushed. It was nice to be home with my hubby and my boys. Jeremy has been gone for a week at kids camp. It’s nice to be together again withpout an agenda or schedule. I’m looking forward to hitting the road tomorrow and rediscovering Bend. I went there with my parents as a kid, but a long time has passed since that childhood trip. Hopefully, Lord willing, this stomach bug will be over and won’t transfer to anyone beyond Owen. We feel bad that we are missing time with the family today, but I am positive they are thankful we kept our germs at home for the time being.

What have we been up to? While Jeremy was a kid’s camp, my sister and I took the boys to Long Beach for a couple of days. My forever friend, Maggie, has a darling 1950’s trailer at the beach and offered to let us use it for a few days. We settled into the beach quite nicely and had many fun adventures. The only downside is traveling with my kids means sleepless nights. The first night was rough with Graham waking up crying throughout the night. The second night Graham slept well as long as I held him in my arms. Owen, Graham and I all shared a queen bed and since Owen had space to move, he discovered that he liked to sleep diagonal and take up a good portion of the bed. For two tiny humans, they have an enormous presence while sleeping. Our beach time included playing in the sand, walking on the boardwalk, watching movies, getting ice cream (multiple times), going to breakfast at Pig’n Pancake, visiting Fort Stevens, playing at a huge McDonald’s play place, and checking out some local stores and bakery. Overall, it was a very successful trip. This was my first overnight trip with the boys without Jeremy. April was a super auntie and helped me so much. I’m still probably too chicken to travel alone with them… so I’m glad I didn’t have to! April was a super vacation buddy!

On Thursday, we were supposed to visit Jeremy at camp, but the temps here in the PNW have been super hot. I couldn’t see my kids enjoying 6 hours at camp in 95+ weather. Also, we have smoke from the BC fires making our air hazy and the air quality poor. Instead of visiting Jeremy, we went down to Rainier and played with Auntie April and Grandma at one of our favorite parks early before it got too hot then we did some shopping at Target and lunch at Burger King (Owen’s favorite place to eat). At Target, I found some back to school decorations that I used as the inspiration for Owen’s bedroom wall. Ever since Christmas, Owen’s wall as been decorated seasonally. He had Christmas, Valentine’s Day and then Spring… I could never find the right motivation to move away from Spring until I saw these ABCs, numbers and apples. Perfect for a little boy who is about to start preschool.

Friday, we went down to a local creek with a friend and splashed around the shallow water to keep cool. The park we went to is little known and totally quiet despite the fact that it was in the low 80’s by 11:00am. We had the place to ourselves. The boys had a great time. We always love exploring new places and the creek was perfect fun. There were rocks to throw, sticks to float down stream, minnows to go “fishing” for. The kids had a blast. However, while Owen played happily in the water, Graham sat a picnic table and ate goldfish crackers. Totally different kids.

We did officially hand the building process over to Adair. We were informed that it would be 3-4 weeks until our foundation can be poured because they are so busy. That was a week ago, so now we are in the 2-3 week range. Really praying that we are closer to that 2 week mark now. I’m so excited to see things moving along and I can’t wait to watch my dream house get built before my eyes. At times, I daydream of life in the new house. I can see myself in the kitchen or walking the halls to a bedroom. I can picture the way I want to set up the furniture and I see myself there, living in those walls, finally at home! It’s a weird feelings. Like shadows of something yet to come. A hope, a dream, a desire. I try not to stay in this shadowy land too long. It makes me anxious and fills me with longing while at the same time bringing a sense of peace and belonging. The process of selling our home, packing up our stuff, living with Bill & Debbie and waiting for our house to be built has been a deeper, more emotional experience than I could have ever imagined. I never fancied myself all that into my “things”. I never realized how much a home gives you roots and stability. It’s a part of you. It’s something you create and love and maintain. I am looking forward to being a homeowner once again. I will have a deeper appreciation of what a blessing it is.

And that’s the update for now! MOPS is going well! We did all our shopping for decor items a few weeks ago. I’m glad to have that checked off the list. I got t-shirts made and ordered for our steering team. I learned that the opinions of 12 women when it comes to fashion are challenging! We have registrations coming in already! Just a little over a month until our kick off!  Finally, Usborne books has been a bit slower for me. I have one party next week and two days that I’ll be at the fair doing a booth. I have two more parties the following week. After a couple slower weeks, I am grateful for the business but I am also okay when things get slower. It’s nice to have a change of pace and not be a busy book lady 24/7. The fall is the busiest season for books with Christmas approaching. I know that my quiet July/August will most likely give way to a busier September/October/November. The good news is I decide how much I want to do. My personality wants to do it all, but now that I’ve experienced the blessing of a slightly slower season, I’m inclined to put more boundaries on my business so I don’t burn out.

Okay. Now I’m officially done! Until next time!

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Dream house under construction!

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MOPS shopping at Hobby Lobby! So much fun!

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Our theme this year for MOPS is Free Indeed and the graphic has birds on it. Each table will have a different bird cage as the center piece!

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We were gifted tickets to the Steam Train. Jeremy had to work, but the boys and my parents and I enjoyed a summer train ride.

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Settled in at the beach

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So many buddies joined us at Owen’s request…

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Facials!

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Movie night!

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The newly decorated bedroom wall!

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