Amy Scott's Thoughts

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One Month to Go! February 28, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:57 am

Here we are on the last day of February. We hope to move on the last day of March. One month to go. Now that we are here everything seems so close and yet still far away. I’ve been mentally preparing for this big move for over a year. I want to start packing boxes or something to symbolize that it’s coming, that it’s really going to happen. Our family occupies three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a few shelves in the kitchen. We don’t have much to pack and what we do need to pack, we need to use right up to the time we move. I can’t do too much, but wait. The story of my life. I have made a huge grocery shopping list on my phone. I’m trying to be prepared and think through all the things we are going to need to stock up our home from scratch. Again, if I could get it all now, I would, just so I could feel one step closer. One month. May it go quickly!

March will the fun month when it comes to watching the house come to life. We spent February painting and cleaning in preparation for our finish truck to be delivered. The truck arrived a week earlier than expected which was nice, but it didn’t change our actual closing timeline. It was amazing to walk into the house and see all the things we’d chosen in the showroom inside the house. I got to see our flooring full sized instead of a sample piece. I really like them and if all goes as planned, the laminate should be laid by this weekend. Our cabinets were put in place yesterday and Jeremy & I ran up to the house and played the “where will we put that” game, strategizing about where silverware, cooking utensils and plates will go. We noticed after the cabinets had been delivered that we had too many. There were conflicting kitchen design plans. We told our supervisor about it and he told us not to worry. When we were up there last night, we noticed even more extra cabinets then we originally thought. This morning we woke up to an email from our supervisor confirming what we already knew. Due to the error, we will be getting 5 extra inches of counter top and they will need to re-make some of our upper cabinets for things to fit correctly. Thankfully, upper cabinets won’t delay anything. We asked if we could keep the extra cabinets and we were told we could. Now I’m dreaming of extra cabinets in my laundry room and mud room. What an unexpected blessing. Anyone who knows me knows that storage and organization speaks to my soul, so I am elated!

Other house news includes the electricians have been in to put in the plug-ins, light switches and lighting throughout the house. The lights are only on in the hallway, laundry room and playroom right now, but it’s a start. It’s nice to visit when it’s dark and rely less on flashlights. Hopefully soon no flashlights will be necessary.  Our blinds arrived yesterday for the bedrooms.  Our visit up there last night included opening the boxes and making sure that the blinds fit properly in the windows. We won’t install them now, but it was nice to see them and know they fit. I love having blackout shades in bedrooms. We brought the boys’ over from the Winlock house to my in-laws, but we haven’t had black out shades in our room for over a year. It’s one of the many things I am looking forward to in my new master suite.

The next big project for Jeremy is putting a deck on the front and back of our house. The front deck will be small, just a landing to enter through. The back deck will be larger than we expected, but the decking we are looking at is sold in 12 foot boards, so to avoid extra cutting we will be doing a slightly bigger deck than we originally imagined. Jeremy and I have often dreamed of having a big enough deck for a BBQ and a table for meals to be enjoyed outside. Jeremy has been doing his homework – measuring and comparing material costs. I think the front deck will be created this weekend and the back deck next weekend. My brother-in-law used to work for a decking company and he has built decks for others in my family. He has agreed to help Jeremy and so has my father-in-law. I’m sure anything these three guys can create will be amazing, sturdy and add value to our home and our outdoor living space.

I’ll keep you posted as the weeks tick by and the house transforms into a home – a livable space! The timeline has someone coming to the house almost every single day to finish things up. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold! One month to go!

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Painted and Cleaned

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Painted and Cleaned

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Painted and Cleaned

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Painted and Cleaned

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Snow Day

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We love pizza!

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!  

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Hands On Kids Museum with MOPS

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Hands On Kids Museum with MOPS

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Winding down before nap time

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The boys’ bathroom

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Lower kitchen cabinets 

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Master Bathroom 

 

 

43 Days & Counting February 15, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:14 am

43 days until we can move into our house. We were disappointed to see that your closing date wasn’t until the very end of March, but we now have a very detailed scheduled of all the finishing projects for our house with closing being March 30th and our hope is to move March 31st. That weekend just so happens to be Easter weekend. Not ideal, but it is after our big community egg hunt that Jeremy is responsible for, so that is for the best. We moved in to our Winlock house the week before Easter back in 2009. I remember my parents painting the inside rooms while Jeremy & I were at Easter Eggstravaganza. It was crazy, but we survived. Now we get the chance to do it again.

Each part of the process has been “fun” when it comes to seeing our house transform from a piece of land into a home. I’m guessing the next 43 days will be thrilling. We have spent the last weekend and part of this week painting the entire interior. Let me tell you, the house seemed really big when you’re painting the ceiling and the walls with multiple coats. It almost felt never ending. The boys each got accent walls in their rooms. Graham has lovely blue that I’m very pleased with. Owen picked yellow since it’s his favorite color. Yellow is a tricky color to get right in my opinion. And I’m not sure we got this color right. Owen’s yellow is like the surface of the sun. It’s cornea burning. I’m hoping that once we get furniture and artwork into the room it will toned down a bit. However, it is just one wall. It can be changed. Owen was given a paint brush to help put the yellow on the wall. It took him less than 3 minutes to get paint on the wrong wall, because he wants all his walls yellow. I’m fairly positive he wouldn’t be able to sleep in that room if all his walls were that shade of yellow. Yikes!

The truck with all our finishes should arrive next week. I’m excited to see cabinets, floors, counter tops, sinks, toilets, doors, lights, etc. all fall into place. As I mentioned before, we now have a timeline of when all these things will be installed. I told Jeremy I plan to roll around on the carpet the day is it is installed. I will be making carpet angels with glee. I’m very intrigued to see how our laminate flooring choice will look since that was quite the unexpected drama with our building process. I’m dying to see my quartz counter tops and my kitchen island. So many things to look forward to in the next 43 days.

Now for the brief highlights from the last two weeks. Our nephew, Keegan, came and stayed the weekend with us. We took him to the trampoline park with us as a part of our monthly MOPS outing. All the kids had a blast bouncing and jumping. Then the fun continued with a meal at McDonald’s and playing in the play place. Fast forward to Sunday morning when Owen walked out of his bedroom with pink eye. Thank you trampoline park or McDonalds. We had almost two months of no pink eye before it returned. Owen took a whole week off from school because his eyes just wanted to be extra gooey and he really wanted to stay home as well. Surprisingly, he and Graham got along fairly well for being home together. I had an eye doctor follow-up appointment that week, where the doctor again confirmed my discomfort is to be expected for the next 6-12 months. It didn’t magically heal in the last month. I now get to go back at the end of March. I’m so annoyed by this eye issue. The poor doctor could probably tell I was over it and he was looking at me like “get it in your head, this is going to take time!” I didn’t want to hear that. Blah. And that is how our January ended.

February has been filled with all the usual things and lots of painting. Yesterday was Valentine’s day. I’m not too into Valentine’s day, but I tried to make it somewhat special for the boys. Owen gave suckers and Valentines to his preschool class. He came home with a box stuffed full of cards and goodies. Graham and I made a chocolate cake and then Owen & Graham helped me decorate it. We colored Valentine coloring sheets. The boys got play tunnels and Play Doh as their special gifts. Overall, a fun, but fairly uneventful day.

For February & March, Jeremy and I are taking a break from our kids’ classes on Wednesday nights so we can lead a parenting growth group for young families. I missed the first one due to a migraine. Last night was my first time. I think I’m going to enjoy the short break from teaching. It’s nice to mix it up and hang out with adults. However, I kept thinking how much more ideal it would be to meet in a house instead of a big classroom. Jeremy and I hope to have a growth group in our home this fall. We built our house with the vision of having space for groups to meet there. I am excited for that.

Okay, that’s all for now. The days are full of to-do lists. I knew I wanted to blog and give an update, but my time window is now up. I need to fold laundry and move on my Usborne to-do list! Next post, I’ll have to update you on what I’m doing differently now with my direct sales business to keep it moving full steam ahead, but take less energy. I’m making some changes! I’ll share more later, promise!

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Boomshaka Trampoline Park 

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Lunch with three goofy boys! 

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Baby sitting the house – running the propane heaters to dry out the mud. This was my first time spending alone time at our house and it was delightful. Now the furnace is running so we no longer need to run the propane heaters . 

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Drying out the house 

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Early Valentine’s gift for the boys. Play tunnels! 

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The house textured before painting 

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Our little yellow lover! 

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Owen’s yellow wall

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Good for selfies? Haha! My sister, her husband and my father-in-law all came up to help us paint. 

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Graham’s blue wall. I’m in love with that color. 

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Spray painting is messy! 

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The first coat of gray in the main room. I’ll have to take more pictures this weekend we go in to clean the house. The whole house has had multiple coats. It makes a difference. 

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Next book on the reading list. 

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Valentine’s Day Play Doh 

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My little cake decorators