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The Biggest BBQ Ever & Owen’s Preschool Graduation May 30, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:12 pm

Lots of big things going on over here in my little corner of the world. I’m going to start with Owen’s preschool graduation because it was the most recent event and it’s currently what’s on my mind.

Yesterday Owen “graduated” from preschool with a little ceremony. The kids said a group prayer, sang some songs, got up in front and told everyone their name and what they want to be when they grow up. The class even walked in to Pomp & Circumstance. It doesn’t get anymore official than that.

Owen showed a great deal of enthusiasm throughout the ceremony. He narrated the entire class slideshow by yelling out the name of each child featured. My introverted self was mentally willing him to be quiet, but I have to realize that just because I want to blend into the crowd, doesn’t mean my son will blend in or even want to blend in.  I am not him. It’s good realize our differences so I don’t get hung up on trying to make my kids representations of me. They are not.

The graduation celebration ended with bounce houses, snow cones and cotton candy in the gym. The preschoolers went wild with excitement. It was fun to see them all running amok together. There were lots of photo opportunities and hugs and congratulations shared.

For part of Owen’s preschool class, today is their last day of school. There is an option to stay in school until June 13th which we decided would be a good fit for Owen since he loves school so much. However, part of the class will be gone now, including his two best buddies. I’m not sure if he’ll want to continue through the 13th with the classroom dynamic changing. I took a “last day of school” picture today, just to be safe. We’ll see how things pan out.

Monday is Owen’s kindergarten screening. I’m unsure of what to expect even though I’ve done some research with friends. Seems like different schools do different things for kindergarten screening. The answers I got varied considerably. I’ll be intrigued to see how things go. This whole kindergarten scene is new to me. I feel like I’m on a wild ride right alongside Owen.

I’ve been so focused on kindergarten readiness that it only recently dawned on me that Owen’s preschool years are finished. I think the graduation mixed with his best buddies moving on to a different school district made me more aware of how this current season is ending. I will admit that I am sad. While I am so excited for my big kid to take on kindergarten, I am sad that things are changing. Our schedule will be different next year. His friends will be different next year. A whole chapter of his childhood is ending and a new blank page is set and ready to unfold.

I saw an article shared on Facebook that said something along the lines of “I don’t want more kids, I just want more time with the kids that I have.” I didn’t read the article, but the statement resonated with me. I wish I could hit pause on this season where I have preschoolers. While I’ve dreamed of the days of having school aged kids so I could reclaim my life, I’ve found great joy through the preschool years. I’ve loved watching Owen learn and grow. I’ve loved nap time and flexible schedules and play dates. It’s been a good season. I feel the need to honor it and bless it for what it was. The next season might be even better than I can imagine (I hope so), but for now I will acknowledge the sadness mixed with gratitude that I feel for this ending.

Okay… on to the biggest BBQ ever. I mentioned in my last post that we were hosting a BBQ for my MOPS & MOMSnext group on Memorial Day. If everyone who RSVP’d showed up, we would of had 90 guests at our house. As it stands, I believe we had 77 people at our home on Monday. The weather was great which meant we were able to put our yard to good use. We had stations set up all over the yard for games and water play. Our long driveway worked well for parking all the vehicles without incident. If I was ever curious how many people we could host at our house, I now know we can host 80 comfortably (outside). I was nervous about preparing for 90 guests and then having no one show up. I figured that we were set with yard play and enough hamburgers/hot dogs to last us the summer. Even if no one showed up, we would have used all the items we bought in preparation of the event.

Now that Memorial Day & Preschool Graduation are behind us, we are looking forward to summer. I’ll be wrapping up my current MOPS & MOMSnext year by the middle of June. I want to finish strong so I’ll be focusing intently on this group while I continue to prepare for the new year ahead. The role of a MOPS coordinator really means I have no summer break from leadership. I’m already getting next year’s team lined up. We’ll have a leadership retreat at my house in July which also needs my attention. We’ll also have summer play dates each month. The first one is at the end of June. We’ll be having ice cream while playing at the church playground. Good times ahead.

It feels like summer is officially here. If my kids are home and awake, they are outside. Owen was given some sidewalk chalk by his teachers and he is excited to put it to good use today. We have bubbles galore on the back deck and plenty of space to run and play. Not to mention, we have chickens to check on and treats to feed them. We are ready for what’s next and excited for the future. Especially the immediate future – hopefully filled with lots of summer fun and family memories to be made!

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Play date and dinner with the cousins over the holiday weekend.

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Good old PNW tree huggers

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Add bubbles and it’s instant summer time vibes!

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Our MOPS & MOMSnext BBQ!

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Flowers from a lovely friend!

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Graduation Day! 

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Owen’s diploma and picture scrapbook

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My sweet preschooler!

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Owen and his buddies! The three amigos! I’m so grateful that Owen had such wonderful friends to spend this school year with. They will be missed! Luckily, we have a summer of play dates to keep the fun going. 

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Cock-a-doodle-do! We have a rooster! May 25, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:08 am
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Meet Foster. Our rooster.

We have three Buff Orpington chickens that we’ve been watching closely to see if we can figure out there gender. Jeremy keeps comparing pictures and videos online with our own flock in hopes of identifying a rooster. Or two. Or three. We are confident that our Novagen chickens are ladies, but the Orpingtons have been harder to tell. I’ve been pushing for genetic chicken testing, but Jeremy tells me that isn’t a thing. We’ll just have to wait and see.

This week we had our first “cock-a-doodle-do” confirming that Foster, one of our Orpingtons, is a rooster. But apparently according to the internet, hens can also make this sound. It’s impossible to confirm anything with all the information we keep researching. However, we are fairly confident that Foster is a rooster. He also happens to be one of our friendliest chickens. He is the one who likes to stand on the ramp and either keep the flock in the coop or keep watch over the flock on the ground. While I said no roosters would be kept at the beginning of this endeavor, I’m okay with keeping one friendly rooster who looks out for the flock. If Feathers or Buffy, the other Orpingtons turn out to be roosters, we’ll have to have some discussions. We do not need three roosters, no matter how friendly they might be.

On to chicken names… Foster (the confirmed rooster), Feathers, and Buffy are our Orpingtons. We were supposed to have four Orpingtons and four Novagens, but I think we have three Orpringtons, four Novagens and then one mystery breed. Perch is Owen’s favorite chicken and while Perch (or Perchie) looks more like a Novagen in size, the coloring on Perch is different than the Novagens. Perch lacks the white feathers that the other Novagens have. The Novagens all look very similar. We have one we call Brown Beak because… it has a brown beak. But Brown Beak reminds me more of a pirate chicken and not a little lady, so I’m hoping to call her Brownie instead. That leaves three unnamed Novagens. I would like to name one Nova and Genny, but I can’t tell them apart right now. And that leaves one unnamed little lady. I thought naming kids was hard. It turns out naming chicken is also challenging.

Okay. That was a lot about chickens. But truthfully they are a big part of our day to day life now. We let them out in the mornings. By “we”, I mean the boys and Graham will only go if the weather is nice. The boys check on the chickens multiple times a day and give them treats to earn their love. The flock races to the fence when the boys come over. The boys have been excellent helpers with Jeremy. The chickens have plenty of food, water and attention. And the chickens have proven themselves to very friendly. Foster (our rooster) loves to be petted.

Last weekend, Jeremy went out of town to a men’s conference. Whenever Jeremy is away we fill out days with activity. On Thursday, we met friends at Burger King for lunch and play. Friday was spent with my parents and sister exploring Portland. We tried a new doughnut place called Pip’s. Last year it was Blue Star. I think each year we will now explore a new doughnut shop on men’s conference weekend. We’ve started a tradition. We went to Powell’s City of Books and played a park before doing some shopping. We are stocking up on outdoor toys for a BBQ we’re hosting this weekend. I hit the jackpot on yard toys at the dollar bins at Target. I also got a laundry detergent sized container of bubbles! Saturday was a day around the house. The boys bounced between home and the grandparents. Grandpa was burning and Owen was determined to be his helper. He felt ownership of the project since he had helped my parents limb the trees and make the piles to burn.

Now we’re at Memorial Day weekend. The month of May is flying by! On Monday, we plan on hosting a big BBQ for my MOPS & MOMSnext group. The RSVP list is longer than I expected, but I’m taking that as a good thing and trying not to stress about what everyone will do. We will talk and eat. The kids have bubbles, yard toys and water activities to keep them busy. It should be a fun gathering and the weather looks like it will be nice.

Next week Owen has preschool graduation (even though he plans to go to school through the middle of June). He got school pictures taken this month and his cap and gown picture was the one that turned out the best. I’ve never been one to make a big deal of preschool graduations. I’ve also found the caps and gowns silly for this age. However, as I start to dwell on the fact that his “preschool years” are almost over, I can understand better now how it really is a transitional season. He will be in elementary school in the fall. A whole season of his life is almost behind him. He is no longer a baby or a toddler and soon he will no longer be a preschooler. Yikes!

We’ve been working on our summer plans. I’m excited for all the fun we have scheduled in the near future. We will do a Great Wolf Lodge stay before the end of the school year. We want to hit the water park before everyone else is out of school. Nana & Papa gifted us this trip at Christmas time and we have been patiently waiting for the right time to use it! We can’t wait! We also have a trip planned to see the Redwoods in Northern California and then we’ll spend some days driving up the coast. I’m looking forward to showing the boys some new places. They have never been to California, so they’ll be able to add a new state to the list of places they’ve visited! Woo hoo!

That’s the update for now! I’ll keep you posted on other two Orpingtons and the rooster status. I know you’re on the edge of your seat, just like me!

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I brought the car seats in to be cleaned and this how my kids decided to eat their snack and watch their show. 

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Pip’s Original Doughnuts

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Pip’s Original Doughnuts

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Pip’s Original Doughnuts

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Pip’s Original Doughnuts

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Pip’s Original Doughnuts – apparently Owen is in a tongue out selfie phase.

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Powell’s City of Books

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Washington Park Playground

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Washington Park Playground

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Taking care of the chickens while Jeremy was away

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Helping the grandparents with yard work

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Break time

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Walking home together

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Gifts from my boys

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My baking buddy

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Strawberry goodies have been the theme of our week! 

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New book – while Graham plays in my bedroom. The floor guys were back out this week to continue working on our mystery floors.

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Not only did my guys buy me an Instant Pot, they also made me dinner with it! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! 

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Not only did my guys buy me an Instant Pot, they also made me dinner with it! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! 

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Not only did my guys buy me an Instant Pot, they also made me dinner with it! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! 

 

Mother’s Day 2019 May 15, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:45 am

We’ve been enjoying some sunshine and warm weather here in SW Washington. These days that feel like summer are a spring treat. The boys have been outside every second they can be. I’m happy to report that the chickens are alive and well. The boys have held up to there end of the bargain. They are taking wonderful care of the chickens. We are still having daily conversations about whether two of them are roosters. We are also trying to decide if we keep any roosters. Originally the plan was no roosters, no matter what. But now we are more attached. Sooooo… as long as they don’t wake me up, I might allow roosters to stay. If we have any. I’m sure it will get clearer with time.

Mother’s Day was a drawn out celebration over many days. Owen invited me to muffins with Mom at preschool on Thursday. We went quickly to school before jetting off to the dentist. It was a special morning for me to take Owen to school by himself and then even at the dentist Jeremy was in with Graham before us. Owen and I hung out in the waiting room together. Jeremy and Graham exited and Owen and I went back for his appointment. We all met up again at the park nearby to celebrate no cavities with donuts. Seems fitting, right?

Friday, I got to have lunch with my dear forever friend, Maggie. It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend. When I got home the boys were too excited about my gift to keep it a secret until Sunday. I was presented with an instant pot, flowers, cards, candy and an Amazon gift card for books. It was a very thoughtful gift. I’ve already purchased two new books with the gift card. I look forward to using the instant pot soon. I told Jeremy that the first couple times I use it, I want him there for moral support. I’m a little scared of pressure cookers, but the shortened cooking time is so intriguing. I can’t wait to see what meals we decide to create together.

On Friday, we received a package from my niece, Brinley. She had created a “Flat Stanley” and mailed him to us as a part of a geography lesson for her school. The mission was to have Stanley take pictures with us throughout the weekend and then share about where Stanley visited with her class. The boys loved being a part of this assignment. In fact, we loved Stanley so much that he was cloned twice so each boy could keep a copy of Stanley. We mailed Stanley back to Brinley yesterday with photos and tales of our weekend adventures.

Over the weekend, I got to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom, grandma, and mother-in-law. I am thankful that I get to share this holiday such wonderful women in my life. I know that Mother’s Day can be a hard holiday for so many and with good reason. My heart goes out to those who ache on Mother’s Day. I don’t take for granted the moms that I have in my life. I am blessed to be a mama to my wild boys. I am blessed to have so many lovely mom friends who keep me going and make me a better person. It was a great weekend to be surrounded by so many important ladies in my life.

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Muffins with Mom at preschool

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Apparently, I’m 52… I also find it funny that he said I make good rice and love apples. I feel like it would been more accurate to say cookies, cake or brownies. 

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Graham & Daddy at the dentist

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Owen looking like one cool dude

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Meet Stanley

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Lunch with Maggie May

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Stanley and the chickens

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Playing on tree pieces in GG’s backyard.

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My Grandma and Mom! Love these ladies!

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Stanley came to dinner at Nana & Papa’s on Mother’s Day

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How is this for an accurate Mother’s Day picture? Nothing sweet or sentimental here. Just us nuts. 

 

Hello May May 4, 2019

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:05 pm

I was away at a conference when the calendar slipped from April to May. I feel a bit stalled in April even though we are on to May. I actually just changed the calendar over in my bedroom and on my fridge to reflect the new month. Hopefully all these visual reminders of the date will help me get more grounded in what day it is and what I’m supposed to be doing. Fingers crossed.

I’m back after seven days of travels all over the PNW. Our annual ladies retreat was last Friday through Sunday in Cannon Beach, OR. Sunday night, I came home with enough time to do my laundry, repack my suitcase and pack up the boys’ suitcase. Monday through Thursday were spent in Coeur d’Alene, ID for NWMN Network Conference.

Ladies Retreat was a good time away at the beach. We had a small amount of rain, but for the most part the weather was nice – just a bit windy. The beach in the rain isn’t nearly as fun so I am always thankful for good weather. I ate yummy food, did some shopping, read a little. I also stayed up way too late and enjoyed the gathering times of worship and hearing from a fantastic speaker.

Network Conference is one of the few times a year that Jeremy and I get away overnight kid-free. The boys spent the days with Grandma and the evenings with Nana & Papa. They thoroughly enjoyed their time with grandparents and we thoroughly enjoyed our break from parenting. I love Coeur d’Alene, ID. I just wish it wasn’t over six hours away. The drive there and back is not my favorite. At the conference we got to connect with our own pastoral team as well as friends from our network. We celebrated the network becoming debt free with a desserts and fireworks at sunset. We also got to see the new Avengers movie. Jeremy got to golf on Thursday before heading for home. It was a great trip.

After a week of living out of a suitcase, I am happy to be home. I spent yesterday doing laundry and reclaiming my house. Last night was a dinner out with MOPS & MOMSnext friends. I was hard to eat out again after a week of doing nothing but eating out. However, it was fun to dive back into life with my local friends after traveling. Today we have friends coming over for dinner. Tomorrow is our church vision lunch (aka business meeting) and our growth group. We jumped right back into life with our people.

However, the days have been quieter since we arrived home. Jeremy has been out in the yard. The boys have played outside while Jeremy hops from project to project. The chickens survived our absence thanks to many check-ins from Grandma, Papa and the boys. Jeremy was shocked to see how much they had grown even since we left on Monday. We moved the chickens outside into their coop last Friday. They were too big for garage. I am grateful to longer smell chicken poop when I load up into the van. It’s the small things in life that make you thankful.

I’m going to go read a little bit in the quiet of nap time before we have company over for dinner. We have pizza and yard games on the docket for tonight. The sun is shining. Should be a good evening.

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The little ladies have moved outside because they are not so little these days.

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Always one of my favorite places. 

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Enjoyed time around the table with these ladies. 

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The boys appreciated that I came home with treats from the beach.

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The view from our room in Coeur d’Alene. 

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The Gooey is a signature dessert at our hotel. Jeremy and I shared a cookie themed one. It was so yummy! 

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The lake at sunset. Waiting for fireworks.

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Avengers movie night.