Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

4 days! March 26, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:26 pm

Okay! We made it through the big weekend. We had our pre-walk through with our supervisor on Friday. We noted a few small things that need to be fixed and he is working hard to get our house ready for inspection tomorrow. Please be praying for the inspection to go well and pass. I’m fully aware that we might not pass. It’s life. I felt like I should be covering the inspection in prayer, but my prayers are so desperate and plea like that I raise my anxiety level. Prayer should be about calming my nerves not frantic begging, so I had to stop. I came to this place where I realized that if praying and dwelling on the inspection brought me anxiety, I just need to trust God.  Prayer is important. God knows my heart. He knows how much this means to me. I need to be still. I need to let go of fear and trust. My word today is trust. I want to trust God no matter what. Pass or fail, God is good and I need to trust him.

Passing our inspection on Tuesday would mean closing on Wednesday. This has a lot of bonuses since we could move some things into the house over the course of Thursday and Friday. And let face it, who doesn’t want to officially have the keys to your house sooner rather than later, for it to feel like it’s really ours. Despite the big day on Saturday, I went up the house and mopped the floors for the first time. I had to do it twice because they were so muddy. It could really even use a third time just to get it really good and clean, but I will save that for after moving day. On Saturday, all I was shooting for was “better.” The house looks really good now that it’s almost 100% complete. Really good! I love it. I can’t wait to live in it!

Friday was a big day of Easter Eggstravaganaza prep. Saturday was the BIG day. It’s truthfully the biggest day of the year for us. I joked that our lives fall before EE and after EE. It is our time marker. The day went well. Our nephews were up for the weekend, so all four kids got to go around enjoy the event and egg hunts together. They truly got to do it all. We had pony rides, inflatables, swing chair ride, petting zoo and the egg hunts. The kids had a blast. My boys left with my parents after the hunts to head up to a family birthday party. This allowed me to work at the MOPS bake sale and then go clean my house without worrying about kiddos needing me to come home. The boys had a great outing with Grandpa & Grandma. I was able to be a productive adult. It was a win-win.

Yesterday was Jeremy’s birthday. I feel bad that it fell the day after Easter Eggstravaganza and on a Sunday. We were all a bit tired from the big day before. I was able to get a cake for Jeremy to share with the kids in children’s church. We sang happy birthday to him twice and he blew out his candles without setting off the fire alarm system. Now that we have sprinklers installed at the church, Jeremy was worried about setting them off and having the water destroy a lot of equipment. Luckily, everything was fine! After nap time, we went up to the house to have dinner with Jeremy’s family and my parents. The plan was to bring the party to our new house and break it in with the first official family gathering there. But when we pulled up to the house, an Adair worker was there taking care of a few things. My parents graciously offered their home and we soon took it over with pizza and pie. It was a fun party and we are grateful to celebrate surrounded by loved ones. We got to give a quick tour of the house to our family members who haven’t seen it and share our vision with them. It’s a bummer we didn’t get to have the actual gathering at our house, but we have plenty of years ahead to make memories in that home.

The rest of the week is a bit up in the air. Tonight is our MOPS Spa Day. We have a chocolate fountain with everyone bringing something to dip. We’ll be doing relaxing yoga and making herbal milk baths to take home. I’m excited because it’s a come in your comfy clothes night. Hopefully I’m not the only one who does! Tomorrow is our home inspection. It’s also my next eye doctor appointment. I won’t go into too much detail, but my eyes are still bothering me. I’m continually trying to gauge if they are getting better and if the drops I’m taking are making a difference. When I don’t see quick results, my instinct is to quit. It’s not working, so I want to stop. I’m over it all. I’ll just live with eye discomfort. I’m not really sure how to tomorrow will go. That makes me nervous.  If we pass our inspection tomorrow then we should close with Adair on Wednesday. If we don’t pass tomorrow then closing will still most likely be Friday. Prayers are greatly appreciated! Hopefully my next post will be filled with wonderful news of us settled into our new space!

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Helping Daddy set up for Easter Eggstravaganza! 

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Pulled up the paper! I love my floors! And look at that handy dandy microwave! 

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Love being able to see my floors! 

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Getting ready for the MOPS Bake Sale! 

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The kids has a great time at Easter Eggstravaganza! 

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This is what the floors looked like the 2nd time I cleaned them… Hopefully, soon they won’t be this dirty! 

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Blowing out his candles in children’s church. 

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Lots of curious helpers at present time. 

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37 candles on a chocolate pie! 

 

 

10 Days! March 21, 2018

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

We’re almost in the single digits to moving day. Woo hoo! I know I only blogged a few days ago, but I thought I would share the progress that’s happened since I last shared.

On Sunday, my hubby and father-in-law installed the shower door in our master bath. It looks great. They did an amazing job. The kids seem to think so too and I’ve spent a great deal of time at the house shooing them out of the shower. My fear is that they will bang the doors too hard and break them. I’m also scared about scratching the floors and hurting the quartz counter tops. I wonder how long until things are “broken in” and I’m no longer paranoid about their destruction. Hmm… I’ve never had a house this nice before. It has all the upgrades I could hope and dream for. I just want to keep them nice. Until we move in anyway!

On Monday, we got carpet in all the bedrooms. There is something about having all the flooring in that makes the house really feel like a home. No more exposed plywood. It feels less like a construction zone. We also got the back splash installed in the bathrooms on Monday. Jeremy and his dad worked on getting a step built in the garage. The garage is set lower than the house and we need that step for occupancy. It’s a very secure step and now Graham can get in and out of the house on his own. I spent a good part of Monday evening vacuuming up all the carpet pieces that were scattered everywhere while the guys built the step and the boys played outside in the dirt. There is lots of dirt to play with right now.

Yesterday, there wasn’t too much done at the house. The workers had been there to patch up a few holes in the wall. There was an electrical mistake in the half bath and they had to tear into the walls to try to fix it. The back door in the mud room is damaged so they started to take the trim off around it so they can replace it.  Jeremy had a load of gravel delivered to the house yesterday and he spent part of the evening spreading it out so our driveway is now level with our garage. It looks fantastic! He is such a hard worker! Every day he checks off another project all while managing a major work load.

Tomorrow the hardware is supposed to go on. It will be nice to have knobs on the cabinets and door knobs. We should also be getting our mirrors in and our closet shelves and closet doors. Then we have a pre-walk through with Adair to note any mistakes that need to be fixed. Most of the mistakes that I’ve found while cleaning involve various nicks in the cabinets and one cracked light switch. Hopefully nothing too minor and easily fixable.

Right now we are trying to balance the fact that our home is almost completed with our commitments this weekend. It’s Easter Eggstravaganza weekend and it’s by far the biggest weekend of the year for us. Jeremy coordinators a giant Easter egg hunt that has become a key event in our community. I am coordinating a bake sale at both hunts for MOPS, so we will be at church all day on Saturday. Big day. Lots of prep still to happen over the next few days. And if EE wasn’t enough to fill up a weekend, Sunday is also Jeremy’s birthday. I work hard to make sure Jeremy’s birthday is special because it always falls around Easter time and it can get overshadowed by the big event. I’m going to try to pick up some cakes on Friday, so we can celebrate with the kids on Sunday in children’s church. If your birthday is going to be a on a church day, might as well have a party to celebrate! Jeremy opened his birthday presents from the boys last weekend because he knew we had gotten him the latest Thor movie and he was itching to watch it.

Monday is Spa Day for our MOPS group. We have a chocolate fountain and 8lbs. of chocolate to melt! Woo hoo! We will also be coming in our comfy clothes, doing relaxing yoga and making herbal milk baths to take home. I’m really excited for this meeting and hopefully I don’t fall sleep during the relaxing yoga. Haha! My prayer is to keep my head in the game and make this meeting the best it can possibly be. Moving consumes so much of my thoughts, but I want to be present in the all the moments that are yet to happen before our move. This a special meeting where we treat our ladies and I want to give them 100% of my focus… maybe they’ll have to settle for like 75% or 50%. We’ll make it work! I’m sure it will be good no matter what!

Okay, I could keep going. Writing helps me process life and I think my desire to keep writing just comes from me want to keep myself focused and on top of all there is to do in the next 10 days. Lots, for sure. My brain is ping ponging all over. I’m not sure what next week looks like for posting completed house photos. I’ll do my best. You might to have settle for after we move in photos! I’ve been waiting for so long to move into this house. I have everything staged in my mind. I can’t wait for it to become a reality and for us to finally be home! It’s going to be amazing! God is good!

 

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A blurry shot of watching the boys help Daddy open his presents.

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After spending all our free time working on the house, the boys were soaking up some time with Daddy. 

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Two years ago at Easter Eggstravaganza, we talked about finding property and building beside my parents. This photo was taken that day during that conversation. Look at Baby Graham! 

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The first time we visited our property at the end of April 2016. I got a slug in my boot while walking through the scotch broom. Good memories.

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Owen’s first visit to the property! 

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Keeping things simple for the bake sale this year. Cookies from Costco and brownies from a mix. No fancy cupcakes with sprinkles. No time for that. I got all my goodies packaged and frozen on Monday so I don’t have to worry about them toward the end of the week. 

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Starting to pack some boxes! 

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Testing out the new carpet! 

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Back splash! 

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I love vacuuming!

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Our lovely shower door!

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We sent a train engineer to preschool yesterday! 

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The boxes are starting to take over Graham’s room too! 

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Helping Papa feed the birds

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The garage step made from leftover decking supplies. It’s nice to have a handy family that can make stuff like this! 

 

2 weeks! March 17, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:40 pm

Have you noticed a theme to my blog titles these days? Everything is a countdown to the big day. Just two weeks! We’ve spent a lot of time up at the house painting this week. Painting always gives me plenty of time to think as I work.  Here is what I’ve been thinking about. Two years ago in March, my parents and I started to talk about this dream of selling our homes and buying land and building beside each other. One year ago (on March 24th to be exact), we sold our Winlock house. Now another year later, we are about to move into our new home. Two years. Some things take time. Some dreams don’t come true overnight. I’ve been asked by others if we really should do this especially when things haven’t always gone smoothly. This move has been a big leap of faith for our family. I’ve doubted as well. It’s easy to doubt and be fearful. But Jeremy and I have prayed and we have put our faith in God. We truly believe that he opened this door for us and we didn’t want fear to keep us from walking through it. Now we are at the brink of seeing the dream come true. Truthfully, I’m not sure I would do it again (building and possibly moving, haha). Building a house was way more than I expected… We’ve been so blessed by my in-laws by letting us stay with them, but we were in transition way longer than I expected. I haven’t lived in my own home in almost a year and a half. It’s been disorienting for me. I have a feeling that I’m going to be shocked and surprised as I open all my boxes from storage. I do remember a lot of the things that we own, but I also don’t remember a lot of the things we own. I will have to get to know my stuff all over again.

When we first moved into our Winlock house, it was the week before Easter. This is such a busy season for the church. Moving at this time of year is not ideal. And yet, here we are doing it again. It’s so strange how some season fall at the same time of year. For me, I will now always associate moving with Easter. I feel a little guilty that my boys aren’t going to get an Easter egg hunt put on by me (don’t feel bad for them, they will still have two other hunts to attend at church and with family). I’m not creating elaborate Easter baskets. In fact, they are getting a few small items in gift bags, because that’s what I have. I don’t have baskets – they are in storage.  There will no dying eggs this year and I probably won’t get a cute Easter picture (but I’m going to try). BUT… They will get a house. In two weeks, they will be sleeping in new rooms. This house has been planned for and dreamed of. This house is amazing and I can’t wait to settle in and be a family there. It’s so close. Despite the extra busyness that comes with this season, I know that very soon the major hurdles will be behind us and we’ll be there and it will all be worth it. This is the house I hope to be in for decades. In fact, I joke that after all the drama that went into getting this house, you can bury me in the backyard some day. I’m not going anywhere. This is it for me.

So, what’s left? This week we get carpet in the bedrooms and that will finish up all the flooring. We get the hardware and back splashes installed this week as well as the mirrors in the bathrooms. Closet doors will also go on in the bedrooms and hallways. And then we’re done. Our supervisor actually hopes we can close earlier than the 30th since he has four new houses he is starting on and he is motivated to wrap up ours. If we close earlier than we will spend the free time we do have ferrying over things to the house in small loads before moving day. I’ll keep you posted a things progress!

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Good day to mow the lawn

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On a walk with Graham

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Kitchen counter tops!

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Stove is installed! 

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Yay for sinks! 

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Now I don’t have to run next door to my parent’s house to use the restroom! 

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Hello friend! 

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Love having hot water at the house! 

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Enjoying Pi Day at church

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At Home Depot to get a shower door for the master bathroom. Jeremy and Bill are set to install that tomorrow afternoon.

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I have a thing for blue doors! My hubby surprised me by painting our door yesterday! 

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Time to clean, clean, clean. While Jeremy paints, paints, paints. 

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Much better! Now that I’m done cleaning what I can (bathrooms, cabinets, laundry room, light switches, plug-ins), I will head back up after nap time and start painting again. 

 

 

18 Days! March 12, 2018

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving — Amy Scott @ 2:19 pm

Anyone else dragging after daylight savings this weekend? I know I am. Many months ago we made plans to take my mother-in-law to see the Sound of Music in Portland on March 10th. As plans developed, the matinee wasn’t an option which left the evening showing – at 7:30pm. And then we figured out that it was daylight savings weekend. Jeremy and I got home at 12:30am which was really 1:30am. I tend to be more of a night owl, but I don’t stay up this late anymore. Especially on a Saturday because Sunday mornings are so early in our house. The musical was great. All of the Scott boys and wives were able to get away for a kid free dinner and a show which was a huge treat. I can’t think of that last time all the adults did anything without the kids.

Not only was the musical a big outing this weekend, but we were also informed by our construction supervisor that we needed to paint all the doors and trim in our house. They had installed it all last week and we had noticed the whites didn’t match and the boards were a bit dirty… so yes, surprise, more painting. We have 13 interior doors in our house – not including the 5 closets with two doors each that haven’t been hung yet, so really that is 23 doors to paint – multiple coats, front and back. The trim also needs multiple coats. On Friday, Jeremy & my brother-in-law finished up the back deck (which is a thing of beauty) and we moved inside to start working on new painting project with all our free time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I would say we are about 3/4 of the way done with all the painting. Jeremy plans on heading up tonight while I am at MOPS and he’ll continue painting. It’s been such a team effort from the family. My mom and Jeremy’s dad helped us paint. Jeremy parents and my parents have watched the boys so we can paint. My parents have brought us meals so we can paint. Good thing I like the colors we’ve chosen because I don’t think I’ll be able to pick up a paint brush in the next decade without developing a slight twitch. The hardest thing for me about this last round of painting was the unexpectedness. I didn’t know we were going to have this big project ahead of us and I wasn’t mentally prepared for the hurdle. Hopefully after this week and a few more evening painting, we can put it behind us.

So much happened since I last shared, I’m trying to rack my brain for the details to give you. The bathrooms have counter tops and vinyl floors laid. Our laminate flooring is down. The cabinets are all installed. We ended up with an extra upper and lower cabinet which will be installed in the laundry room for more storage. The trim and doors are obviously in. We have a front porch and a back deck thanks to Jeremy, Andrew and Bill. Today they are supposed to be installing our quartz counter tops in the kitchen. Tomorrow is tile back splash day and Wednesday is plumbing – toilets and sinks. Our septic is also supposed to be connected this week. Jeremy installed our mail box at the front of the road.  We’ve even had a few pieces of mail delivered there. We have internet and a cell booster at the house so we can actually make calls and send texts. Or if you’re the boys, watch YouTube videos. We pack up snacks, toys and technology while we’re at the house to keep them occupied.

18 days until our move date as long as all goes as planned. Everything wraps up with construction around the 22nd, so really just a week and half left until we have a completed house. We have our big Easter event that Jeremy is coordinating on the 24th. Jeremy’s birthday is the 25th. I have another eye doctor appointment on the 27th… and then it’s the big move. Life just keeps moving ahead at full speed and while I am exhausted, the pace keeps me occupied and away from being impatient. I think seeing it completed on the 22nd might change that… But, we still have to give it a good clean before moving day and Jeremy’s going to celebrate his birthday at the house so he can share the joy of it’s completion with his loved ones and let all the kiddos run amok around it while it’s empty. I’ll try to post another update around the 22nd so you can see the finished product!

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New whale warmer for the whale themed bathroom!

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Not the best lighting for the counter top color, but here we are with counter tops and vinyl floors. 

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Boys, rocks and mud puddles. 

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Front porch! 

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Spontaneous trip to the zoo on a sunny with some of the cousins!  

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What you can see of my laminate floors. I love them so much. After all the drama with flooring, I’m glad we love our choice. 

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The bonus storage in the laundry room. Now we need to make our counter top for the base unit. 

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Doors and trim 

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Doors and trim

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Back deck! 

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Painting the doors takes multiple coats. The first always looks so awful! 

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Painting in the pantry

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Painting in the master closet – Jeremy was spying on me! 

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Sound of Music date for Debbie’s birthday!

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The hills are alive with the sound of music…