Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

Hello End of November November 28, 2018

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

Okay, life has a way of turning out different than expected. Duh. Usually in our house that means that I have “plans” and then one or some or all of us get sick and the plans change. The second half of our month has been fairly normal with some illness that of course fell over Thanksgiving weekend. Owen came down with a low grade fever and turned to a bump on a log the day before Thanksgiving. He woke up Thanksgiving morning and threw up and then was fine. Although he was a bit low energy the rest of the weekend. Jeremy and Graham went to the Scott family brunch on Thanksgiving morning while Owen and I stayed home. The plan was for Graham to switch parents mid-day and come up to my grandma’s house with me for the afternoon. Once Owen and Graham were reunited at switch time, they decided they couldn’t be separated, so I went up to my grandma’s house with my parents but without any members of my immediate family. It was so odd. No kids to make plates for, no one to supervise and make sure they were keeping out of trouble. It was also a bit sad because Jeremy and I were ships passing. The only upside is we knew Owen wasn’t going to make it to any celebrations so Jeremy went to Safeway on Wednesday afternoon and had all the fixings ready for his own meal at home. On Friday, Jeremy developed a migraine and that laid him out. Saturday was our cookie decorating gathering for MOPS & MOMSnext at our house. No one had a fever for over 24 hours. I deep cleaned the house and our low-energy family pulled it together to have a couple friends over. Then it was back to be being slow pokes for the rest of the weekend.

We did do a small amount of Christmas shopping on Saturday evening. It was a super quick run to Walmart to see if we could get some gifts and finish our holiday decorating. Thanks to online shopping as well, I have most of the Christmas shopping done now. I’m waiting for my packages to arrive and then I can move on to the wrapping phase. Each year I get a set of wrapping paper from Costco. I love how it all matches, but each year I have paper left over. I now have quite a large stash of mismatched wrapping paper, so despite the clashing, I plan on working through my paper stash this year. This might seem like a no brainer to some, but to me this is a big move. Can you tell I take Christmas wrapping seriously?

The house is now fully decorated for Christmas. The original plan was to decorate the Friday after Thanksgiving, but we knew we needed to evaluate our decorations after not seeing some of them for two years. On the 16th, we took everything out and assessed what we had, what we liked, what no longer fit and then made a list of things to get when we went shopping the next day. We were down in Portland/Vancouver for a family birthday party, so it was the perfect time to hit all the “Pre-Black Friday” sales that were everywhere. It was felt strange because once we pulled everything out on the 16th, we didn’t want to put them away just to pull them out a week later, so for a short while we lived in a half decorated house.

November was a quieter month for us. Busy, yes, but mostly business as usual. We’re gearing up for December. This weekend is the Christmas musical and my boys will get to sing a few songs with their classes before the musical begins. I’m that mom who bought them matching red plaid shirts to wear on stage. Mostly because Graham only has pastel shirts because Owen was wearing 3T at 2.5 years old (Easter time) and Graham is wearing them a few month later than Owen’s timeline.

The beginning of December is full for Jeremy with the musical and then the following weekend is the lighted tractor parade where our church kiddos sing on a lighted float. We have all kinds of Christmas parties for our church classes and I have two different Christmas parties for our MOPS & MOMSnext group. And then we head into vacation time! The best time of the year! The church office closes for a week at the holidays and then Jeremy takes an additional week off. We have some festive plans in the works. We’ll see how the pan out. Obviously at this point in my life, I have learned to hold everything as tentative until it’s actually happening. But I am hopeful and excited. It’s going to be a great holiday season no matter what we do. Just being our new house for the first time at Christmas is reason enough to be happy, content and grateful. It’s warm, it’s festive, full of my loved ones. I am blessed! However, for the sake of writing material, I hope December is a bit more exciting than our November.

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Decorating the tree!!!

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Mom’s Night Out with my MOPS & MOMSnext friends. 

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Birthday time with Nolan

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Graham built this robot all on his own. I was impressed.

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Thanksgiving morning with my sicko. 

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Thankful for this man every single day. He is the best! 

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Last but not least, my little Grambo! 

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A Thanksgiving family picture was not in the cards for us. Oh well. 

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Cookie decorating with friends! 

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Owen loves racing cars with Daddy on the Xbox. 

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And we enter another season of watching the Polar Express almost daily. Graham wins style points for watching it dressed as an engineer. 

 

 

Hello Middle of November November 15, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:41 pm

I almost didn’t blog today… I feel compelled to blog on a schedule, because that is how I am wired. I like to blog every 7-10 days and sometimes I push that out to every 2 weeks. It’s my rhythm, my flow. For some reason though, my brain froze at the end of October. While November has been happening, I’ve been kind of a sitting back wondering how we got here. Usually I have all sorts of stories about our happenings, cute pictures of the kids. I’m low on all of those right now. I’m not quite sure why, but here are a few highlights…

We survived daylight savings ending.  For some reason, it was harder on me this year. My body just didn’t adjust to the time change all that well and I felt off for a about week. I’ve been in major book party mode with the holiday selling season upon us. That fills up a lot of evenings. I went away to a conference last weekend with some children’s ministry leaders from our church. The boys had a fantastic weekend Nana & Papa. I will admit that while I enjoyed the kid free time and while the conference was a wonderful resource, I often wished I could sneak back to the hotel and take nap or start my Christmas shopping. However, having a team come with us, kept my head in the game and made me responsible for participating.  The pictures I took that weekend were of my first pizza at MOD pizza and the “waffled” pancakes the hotel breakfast offered. I live an exciting life, folks.

While the first half of the month has just been keeping up with business, the second half should offer more fun and entertainment. This weekend we plan on going to my nephew’s birthday party. We also plan on starting our Christmas shopping. Then comes thanksgiving. I have a huge list of goodies that need to be baked. I’m making my baking schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday morning. Friday is the day we plan to decorate the inside of the house for Christmas. On Saturday the 24th, we’re hosting a holiday cookie decorating outing for our MOPS & MOMSnext group at the house. That should be fun… and sticky… So yes, as you can see, the latter half of the month promises to be quite holly, jolly, merry and bright.

Here are the photos I could find since my last post. Enjoy!

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With the weekends being full, Jeremy got the Christmas lights up on the house at the very beginning of the month. He has since added lights to his greenhouse and the well house.  We love making our new home festive! 

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We love Christmas jammies! We use them in November, December & beyond! 

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Graham snuck into the class with Owen.

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The boys got new trains with their birthday money that look like realistic CSX & BNSF trains. As you can see there was much joy when they arrived. 

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The boys got new trains with their birthday money that look like realistic CSX & BNSF trains. As you can see there was much joy when they arrived. 

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And more matching Christmas jammies… 

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For some reason, Owen’s face looks like this about 70% of the day. Major & minor disappointments are met with this frown. I’m a little concerned he has this expression so often his face might freeze like that… 

 

Hello November November 2, 2018

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,Children's Ministry,Usborne Books & More — Amy Scott @ 2:52 pm

And now we find ourselves in November. Let me fill you in on how October ended and November has begun.

The last week of October is always a big one in our household. Jeremy has Fall Fest every October 31st and lots of prep goes into that event. Now that I’m leading MOPS & MOMSnext, I have a bake sale that happens during Fall Fest. While this last week was a big work week for Jeremy, it was a big MOPS & MOMSnext week for me. Monday, I baked and assembled my goodies for sale. Tuesday, I had 70 card boxes delivered to my house. Our group just did a Cards for a Cause fundraiser. The boxes had to be sorted and labeled and repackaged for distribution. Wednesday, I had my final eye doctor appointment which ends a year of visiting PCLI every few months. Praise the Lord it’s behind me. I still struggle with dry eyes, but I am more informed now and know  ways to help improve my eye comfort. The good thing is my eyes aren’t inflamed any more. After that early morning appoint (I mean who even make 8:00am appointments?!?), I ran a Fall Fest errand for Jeremy and then picked up Graham from the church. Wednesday night, the kids excitedly got to spend the evening playing games, gathering candy and hanging with the men in their life (Daddy, Papa & Grandpa) while I worked the bake sale.

Jeremy had an out of town meeting on Thursday, so I was on preschool drop off and pick up… It’s been spirit week at Owen’s school and Thursday was pajama day. It seemed fitting after a late night to come to school in jammies. I went through Starbucks hoping that it was red cup day to validate my being out of the house in my exhausted state, but alas, no red cup. Then I learned that it was today.

Red cup day remains one of my favorite days of the year – even if the cups aren’t all red. I’m not hung up on the details, I’m just madly in love with all things seasonal and festive. Starbucks was giving away reusable cups with holiday drink orders, so Jeremy took one for the team and got two gingerbread lattes so we’d each have our own reusable cup. After getting our festive drinks, we did shopping for Operation Christmas Child and then went to Carter’s for Christmas pajamas. I’m all about getting as much use as possible out of Christmas pajamas. We came home and Jeremy put on Christmas music and started working on Christmas lights. Usually, we wait a few more weekends before getting lights on the house, but this weekend seems to be the freest, so Jeremy is seizing the day and getting things done.

When I’m not fundraising, keeping the kids alive or celebrating the season, I’ve been reading. I don’t post often enough about what I’ve been reading, so I thought I would share my recent autumn readings. I went a year and a half with my books in storage, so I am loving my home library with a deeper sense of appreciation. I re-read The Chronicles of Narnia and The Love Comes Softly series. Novels are my love language. Give me a novel and free time (and preferably a blanket) and I am the happiest girl on earth. I’ve also been seeing a lot about the Enneagram (a type personality assessment) and I decided to do some personal research. I got Self to Lose, Self to Find through a friend recommendation and I have a coffee date set up to discuss my thoughts with her. I love personality assessments and when my bloggers and friends start throwing around terms I don’t know – I’m going to do some research! In case you’re wondering (because you know the Enneagram) – I think I’ve determined that my primary type is 1 and that my wing type is 2 and under stress I am a 6. It’s interesting stuff! Now I’m on to Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs. She was a really compelling speaker at MOPS & MOMSnext last year and while the book is about really hard stuff, I love discovering a new author.

My nap time window for blogging is about to come to a close. I hope your November is off to a great start. If it isn’t then I highly recommend a peppermint hot chocolate and a good book to make things better.

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Bake Sale Prep

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Just a few boxes to sort… Gotta love two fundraisers back to back. 

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My boys – ready for Halloween! 

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My costume game is not strong… 

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Chehalis MOPS & MOMSnext Bake Sale

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Chehalis MOPS & MOMSnext Bake Sale

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Even Grandpa got in on the construction them for Fall Fest! 

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Pajama day

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Red Cup Day 

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Operation Christmas Child boxes are packed and ready to go! 

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Nothing like a good book!