Amy Scott's Thoughts

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MOPS, Eggstravaganza and Half Birthdays April 12, 2017

I would love to figure out a way to start this blog by saying something other than “the last two weeks have been busy.” I hate starting things off by saying that we are busy. I’m not a fan of the word busy. I don’t wear it as a badge of honor to show you how awesome I am. We’ve had lots going on and busy just seems to be the only way I can explain it…

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been diving deeper into the world of MOPS leadership. We had a member of our group lose her brother tragically and I coordinator an effort to assemble and deliver a gift basket to her. It was great to be part of a group of ladies that came to together to love on someone in their time of need. Our MOPS group also participated in a bake sale this weekend at Easter Eggstravaganaza. I made, decorated and individually packaged 7 dozen cupcakes. The bake sale was a huge success. I helped them set up the table and then I worked the booth from noon to 4pm. It was nice to chat with ladies I worked with as well as connect with moms in the community and let them know about the changes we’re making to MOPS next year. I’ve been meeting with ladies to recruit our leadership team for next year. I’ve been learning all I can from our current coordinator and I’m trying to wrap my head around all the things that will land on my shoulders in June. I am excited. I have tons of ideas, hopes and dreams. I’m still searching for about 5 more ladies to join my team and then I’ll be super jazzed moving forward.

As I mentioned, this weekend was Easter Eggstravaganza. Anyone who knows our family, knows that this event is the biggest event of the year for Jeremy. It’s huge. And true to tradition, each year seems to get bigger and better. I am so proud of the energy and effort my husband and his team give to making this community event such a blessing to families. Our boys participated in the morning hunts. Graham wasn’t too into it, but Owen was a pro. I tried to give Graham a trial hunt on Friday night to prepare him, but he was more interested in the buckets than the eggs. Nothing wrong with that.  It’s nice that EE is now the weekend before Easter. It’s takes the level of busy down for Easter weekend and give us the chance to enjoy Easter on a smaller scale with our family. On Saturday the boys will get their baskets from Jeremy and I. We will do a small egg hunt with them and then dye eggs together. Sunday will be a celebration at church with our Bethel family and then off to spend the afternoon and evening with loved ones. I’ve been trying to share the true meaning of Easter with Owen this year. It’s challenging because I don’t think he fully grasps the concept of death (I’m okay with that). More than anything, I want Owen to know that we celebrate Jesus at Easter and his great love for us.

April is half birthday month for the boys. Owen was officially 3.5 on the 8th and Graham will be 18 months on the 19th, less than a week away. Because I’m a dork and didn’t call in time, Graham’s 18 month well check really be a 19 month well check in May. Oops. You’ll have to wait another month for Graham stats. Graham is a climber these days with no fear. I’m worried that he will need to start wearing a helmet 24/7 to protect his head from his daredevil ways. He can now climb the play structure in the backyard all on his own and that terrifies me. He needs to be watched like a hawk when he is outside. Nothing stops him. Graham loves to dance and listen to nursery rhyme songs. It’s what he is currently doing some I can blog. Graham just learned how to blow kisses this last week and it’s adorable. I feel guilty because I have more photos of Owen to share than of Graham. It’s not me playing favorites, trust me. If Graham knows you are taking his photo, he tries to grab the phone and turn it to selfie mode. Selfie mode equals pictures of the ceiling or Graham’s forehead. He is a tricky kid to get pictures of right now.

Owen continues to amaze me. He is such a smart kid. We just finished his alphabet sticker book today and continue to work on his tracing skills with his wipe clean books. We’ve been in massive preschool research mode. Owen will most likely attend the preschool that will be apart of the new learning center going in at Bethel this fall but we are looking into the local Christian school as well. We have a tour of the Christian school next week to check it out. Since Bethel Kids Learning Center is still in the development stages, I am anxiously waiting for more details so I can make a firm decision between the two preschools. It blows my mind that Owen will be gone a couple mornings a week next year. I realize for the first time now how quickly the years of just being us at home go by. I’m not used to having commitments multiple days of the week that need us to get out of the house by a certain time. I’m used to slow morning and days spent in our pajamas and sweats.  Owen is so friendly. He makes friends wherever he goes and I know that preschool will be a joy for him. I can see how he is learning and growing daily. He is ready for structure and to be challenged. Because of his birthday being at the beginning of the school calendar, Owen will have 2 years of preschool before kindergarten. I have time to adjust to a few days a week schedule before all day, every day school happens.

There isn’t too much new news to share about the house. The nice thing is we get emails every other day or so with updates on where things are at. Things are moving along even if we haven’t broken ground yet at the property. I am thankful for a process where I can mark progress and I know that things are moving forward daily. It gives me hope. I have spent way too much time on Pinterest looking at bedroom decor for the boys and paint colors. One of the big things I’m researching right now is exterior paint colors. I like the idea of having a painted door that is a pop of color. In Winlock we had a white door, but I’m thinking I would like to have a blue door in our next house. Daydreaming is so much fun and now that things are moving along, day dreaming doesn’t seem painful anymore. Patience is hard, but I am thankful for where we are at and I am excited for future!

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Time at the park on a sunny day

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Sweetness

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Trying to get them to come inside after church. It wasn’t happening easily.

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Spring time

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Waving at a train in Napavine

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Another day, another park

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Helping do the dishes

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Peeps cake for my Wednesday night class. Thank you, Pinterest!

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So many cupcakes for the MOPS bake sale

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Thanks to Friday’s windstorm, our trampoline was relocated.

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Graham’s practice hunt

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Owen got all the eggs in the practice hunt

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Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

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Learning about Palm Sunday

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Ready to ride

 

It’s Such a Good Feeling! March 29, 2017

It’s such a good feeling to have our house sold! It’s exciting to see the online status listed as SOLD! I am thankful and grateful that we are one step closer to being in our own home again. Yesterday, we visited the Adair office. We went over all the paperwork and signed on officially with them to build our house. It was the first step of the building process! Now I realize that building itself probably won’t happen for at least two months, but there are things to look forward as we move toward building. Building a house doesn’t happen overnight and there are lots of prep steps. Hopefully, once we start building, it will be in the summer months and things can move quickly because of the improved weather. There is lots of hope in my heart right now. I keep looking over my floor plan and daydreaming. This is were Pinterest now becomes a useful and dangerous tool in my hands!

Over the weekend, we celebrated Jeremy’s birthday. We had a busy day full of family visits and good food. Even though Jeremy had to work on his birthday for part of the day, I think the afternoon/evening of celebrating made up for it.

On Sunday, we went over to my parent’s house at the property. It was fun to explore their house now that their are exterior walls are up. We walked over to our property and talked about moving our house a little closer to the road. We are trying to save some extra dollars and being closer to the power will help with that. We are also reversing the floor plan to save money. The boys roamed around and enjoyed a break in the rain. Graham plopped down in a giant mud puddle. He was a mess and left a nice little impression in the puddle of his bottom. We had to load up the little dirt ball and take him home for a bath.

Monday, I had friend over to talk about MOPS leadership for next year. I am in the recruiting phase for the MOPS team. It was a great discussion and I am thrilled for this mom to be apart of the team next year. Please be praying for me and the whole team. We have more roles to fill and I am praying God brings the right ladies to the table. There are so many possibilities for next year. It’s been an exciting journey so far and I’m hopeful that it will continue to be a fun and positive experience as we move forward.

After signing the paperwork with Adair yesterday, I came home and had a long phone date with my forever friend, Maggie. Now that she lives in California we talk more than ever. It’s funny because we have grown closer with the distance. I do miss our in person lunch dates but I am really enjoying our frequent phone calls. We went from talking every other month or so to now talking about twice a month. I’m always blessed by time with Maggie even if it is on the phone.

My evening yesterday was spent at the movies with my mom and sister! My mom heard that I enjoyed Beauty and the Beast and suggested we do a girls’ movie night with April! I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see the movie again and spend time with my mom and sister! It was a win-win!

I’m sure there will be lots of things to check off the list as we move toward building. I’ll keep you informed through each stage! As the month of April is right around the corner, our family focus will be on Easter. Jeremy’s big egg hunt will take place on April 8th. I plan to attend with the boys at the first hunt and then work at a bake sale for MOPS. We hope to get the word out about the big changes to MOPS at this huge community event. This is the demographic that MOPS ministers to and we hope to get the information out so ladies can plan to join us next year.

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Birthday morning picture! Happy birthday, Jeremy!

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Owen and Nolan decorating Jeremy’s birthday cake. Owen had been waiting a long time to put those deer and trees on a cake!

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A fun family day spent celebrating Jeremy!

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Status: Sold

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Exploring Grandpa & Grandma’s new house!

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We’ve been very into blanket forts this week.

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Reading the fort

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Movie night with my mom and sister

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The future is looking bright!

 

The House is Officially Sold!!!!!!!!!!! March 25, 2017

Filed under: Family Time,Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:47 am

There is no need for a witty title to this blog! Let’s just tell it as it is! Our house is officially sold! We got a call on Wednesday evening saying that we would need to sign papers on Thursday morning. We went over to the house after church that night and picked up a few of the things we had left for showings like floor mats, hand soap, hand towels, etc. We got one last chance to say good bye. This time for good. I remember heading over on a Sunday in October to clean the house and say good bye. Little did I know at that time that I would be back to the house many times, re-cleaning it and checking on it. What an unexpected ride. The process with the final buyer has gone smoothly. The inspection was waived, the appraisal came in right at our agreed upon price and we closed early. Praise the Lord!!! Such goodness and blessing! Thursday morning we signed our papers and dropped the keys off at the real estate office. Friday, we got the call the buyer had signed his documents and our check was ready to pick up. The transaction was complete! We are thankful, so thankful to have this part of the process of behind us. Now will be contacting Adair on Monday to get the ball rolling with them. These are exciting times!

Other than house news…

We were supposed to take an Amtrak ride from Centralia to Olympia yesterday as a fun family outing, but a mudslide cancelled the trains for the day. It was a bummer because Owen knew about the planned trip and was super sad when we told him we couldn’t go. We did visit the train station and exchanged our tickets for next week.

We got to see Aunt Andrea and cousins, Brinley and Colton the last couple of days. Owen got to stay up late two nights in a row watching Brinley’s favorite movies. They all played so sweet together and Graham loves hugs from Brinley. They are truly buddies!

Today is my amazing husband’s birthday! He has to work this morning and early afternoon, but I am looking forward to a family celebration with him this evening. Owen has big plans to help me decorate a cake. I’m sure that will be a great photo opportunity. Stay tuned!

And there you have it folks! I’m so happy to share this fantastic news with you! I’ll keep you posted as the property morphs from a wide open piece of land to our new home!

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One last goofy selfie in Owen’s room.


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Saying a final good bye to the Winlock house after 8 years of being its homeowners!


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A tired teething toddler


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When your plans derail, you go play on the BK play place.


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Exploring the train station while Daddy exchanged the tickets for next week.


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Watching a train go by


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The last official paperwork for the completion of our transaction! The house is sold!!!


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Cousin time!

 

News & More News March 21, 2017

Filed under: Bible,Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 8:43 pm

Where to start? I promised you some news in my last post. Non-house related news. Here we go!

About a month ago, I agreed to be the MOPS coordinator for next year. Not only does this new role bring more responsibility in our MOPS group, but we are also shaking things up as we move forward. Our church will be opening a learning center in the fall and the classrooms we use for MOPS will soon be occupied during the day. We had to assess if MOPS was worth keeping and if it was, we had to find a new time to meet. This led to moving MOPS to the evening next year. We will meet now on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month. I’m excited to see the group continue and I think this new time and day opens up new opportunities. Right now we have a mens’ group that meets on Mondays so adding a moms’ group with childcare could be a good match for the whole family. If the evening hours are too late for little ones to be out, hopefully a father or grandparent could stay home to put the kiddos to bed. Right now working moms can’t attend our group because it meets in the day. We are hoping that working moms or single moms have better availability in the evenings. We also plan to move our outings to the weekends and promote them as family outings so whole families can make greater connections. We announced the change to the leadership team last week and to our group this morning. The next step is recruiting the team for next year and letting the community know about our upcoming changes for the fall. We have a bake sale booth at Easter Eggstravaganza and I hope this will give a good connection point to get the word out. I am nervous about leading the group next year, but I am blessed to the support of my friend and mentor, Pastor Jeannie. She is shouldering the weight with me so I don’t breathe into a paper bag. I’ve had many positive conversations about next year and it fills me with hope that we are moving forward in the right direction. I’m sure I’ll have many more updates on my MOPS adventures. It’s just beginning!!!

Now on to some house related news! Jeremy got word today from our real estate agent saying we are GO for closing. The buyer could sign his papers as soon as this Friday which means we could be closing next week. Praise the LORD! Our appraisal must have come in at asking price because we didn’t have to sign any papers to changed the agreed on price. This is thrilling news. My happy dance is seasoned with a bit of skepticism, but for the most part, I am hopeful this is the real deal this time. The true happy dance will happen once the papers are signed.  I am ready for this next season of life. Bring on the building season and the moving season and the finally settling into our own space season. I realize that life moves slowly at times. This whole “selling” process has proven that. I’m hopeful and prayerful that the next phase of building has less hiccups and slow downs. This might be naive, but I’m a dreamer. I can’t help it… I’m just so excited.

That’s the update for now! I’ll keep you posted on the wild and crazy adventures of the Scott clan.

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Brotherly love!

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I’ve been keeping this verse close by me this week.

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Cousin play date while the moms slip out to see a movie!

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Peekaboo smiles

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Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

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He kept telling me he didn’t need a nap. Yeah right, kid.

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It took me a few seconds to realize that Owen let Graham out the backdoor. Oops!

 

Ready for Spring March 18, 2017

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:52 am

The first official day of Spring is Monday and I am done with winter. I’m not usually the type of person to be “done” with winter. I like watching it rain. I like staying indoors. Personally for me, it doesn’t matter what season it is as long as I’m comfortable inside. However, the older my kids get, the more I understand the pull to warmer weather. We’ve had a few dry days over the last week and my boys have loved every chance they have had to be outside. I also want to get into the habit of walking again, so even I am ready for the weather to start changing.

I was waiting to write this post so I could share news from our appraisal, but sadly, we haven’t heard anything yet. I thought we would know by yesterday, but that didn’t happen. Oh well. Everything takes longer than expected. I know this and yet my heart is still hopeful that things will move forward quickly. Patience is hard. So hard. I keep wondering how long do I have to be patient. Haven’t I been patient enough? Apparently not. Anyway, I hope that in my next post I will have something to share. Praying it’s a positive something!

We’ve been busy, but nothing too exciting to report at the moment. I do have something big and non-house related to share next week (no, it’s not a baby announcement). I’ve been keeping something under wraps for the last month or so and after Tuesday, I’ll be able to fill you in! Gotta love suspense!

Now for pictures of my cute clan.

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Owen is into the stain glass at church right now.


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Happily playing with Play Doh


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On to Lego Duplos


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A special treat at McDonald’s


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Tulips from my thoughtful and loving hubby. He is the best!


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Jeremy got this picture of Owen while on a walk. Owen loves rainbows, so it was a perfect moment!


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Staring contest with the neighbors


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Watching Uncle Dave pour gravel. So much fun!


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Jeremy watched Graham so I could be a part of a meeting at church and I got this picture of Graham passed out in Jeremy’s office. Sleepy baby!


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Celebrating Pi Day (3.14) with a raspberry cream pie from the Pioneer Woman

 

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Painting with q-tips


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Puddle splashing on a sunny day


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Playing quietly while Graham naps!


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Adventuring with my boys at the Hands On Children’s Museum


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Loving his new weather book that I won from an Usborne book party. Gotta love free stuff!

 

And Just Like That It’s March March 8, 2017

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 4:13 pm

It’s been over two weeks since I’ve blogged. I don’t like getting behind because I feel like I have so much to tell you. I don’t want this go on forever, so I will be attempt to be brief. The main reason I haven’t been blogging is our household has been battling some major illness. I mentioned in my last post that both boys had colds. Owen got over his quickly and Graham made a recovery for about two days before getting slammed with a high fever that lasted for days and an ear infection. History has proven if my kids get sick, I am close to follow so I also came down with an inner ear issue. I was super dizzy for a couple of days and felt pretty rotten. I was so bummed because over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve had to cancel plans with friends and the boys and I didn’t get to go to our MOPS monthly outing to the trampoline park. Luckily for me, once we all got healthy, Jeremy and I took to the boys to the trampoline park and just like I expected, Owen had a blast. It was such a fun time together. I had also learned that my beloved Tillamook Cheese Factory was closing and going to be torn down. They will rebuild a bigger and better visitors center, so it’s not an entirely sad story. I spent a good part of my childhood vacations visiting the cheese factory. Owen loves it and remembers it. He loves the cheese bus. I have multiple Tillamook sweatshirts. Our family loves this place. For an adventure, my sister and brother-in-law joined us on Saturday to say good bye to the cheese factory. It was crazy busy and the production center where we would stand and watch the cheese being processed was already closed. There were long lines. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones saying so long. It wasn’t exactly the trip that I had hoped for, but I’m glad I went because I think I would have regretted not going one last time. I am excited to see what future brings for the Tillamook Cheese Factory. My family will happily be there once they open their doors again.

Before I go into the 90 million photos that have accumulated over 2 weeks, I did want to mention that our home appraisal happened yesterday. I am glad to have checked off the list and I am anxious to hear the results. We already know that the appraiser was concerned with the water in the storm retention pond. It’s been rainy here and the pond was doing it’s job. It will dry up when the rain stops, but I’m not sure what the opinion of the appraiser will be after a one time visit. While we know that our last appraisal went well and we can always share that number with the buyer if this appraisal comes in lower, but that doesn’t mean he has to accept the last appraisal price. Again, here we are close to being done and yet still wondering if things will come out in our favor. This has been a hard road to walk and it isn’t over yet. I know I say it often, but please pray for us. I am excited to see things moving forward. I am hopeful for positive results, but I have also seen two deals fall through on us. This could go either way. Nothing is certain.

Okay. Here are the photos from the last two weeks!

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When you’re too sick to go outside and you have to watch your brother through the window.


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We love our trampoline! Good thing it has a net for Graham’s sake.


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Graham’s IKEA face


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A snowy Friday and lunch with my sister


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Saturday morning walk with my boys


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Proof that I occasionally make food..


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Home from church with a sick Graham. While Graham napped, Owen and I made crayons.


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At the doctor with my fever baby


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I asked my mom if she could pick up more Tylenol for Graham and she brought me tulips as well. So thoughtful!


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I love watching him trace letters.


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The valentine wall came down and up went spring! Owen requested the rainbow and the rain. Since this photo was taken, frogs have also been added by Jeremy.


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So happy to see Graham smiling and feeling better after a super rough bug.

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Trampoline Park


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Trampoline Park


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Trampoline Park


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Tillamook Adventures


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Linner at Mo’s


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Finally back at church after a long illness induced absence!

 

 

Some Good News February 21, 2017

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:00 pm

Good news is good for the soul. I thought I would share some with you!

On Sunday, we heard from our real estate agent. He told us that the buyer had spoken with the previous inspector about our original home inspection. The inspector gave our house a positive report. As a result the buyer decided to waive his inspection and accepted the previous one. We have the home inspection behind us now. I was so concerned about this VA loan and the home inspection being a challenge. It’s beyond fantastic to have that behind us. I’m grateful that we are still under contract and moving forward. VA loans are known for taking time. I can’t help but be hopeful though. My prayer is that the appraisal will also happen quickly with favorable results. The sooner we get through the appraisal, the sooner we can get to closing. I desperately want to close this chapter of our lives and move on to the next. We are praising God for positive progress and we are hopeful for more good news to come. Thank you for your prayers!

In my last post, I didn’t want to go into the details of one of my health issues. Mostly because I wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out and therefore, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole situation. Thus, I didn’t write about it. Anyway, I will explain more now. On Tuesday, I was having a routine doctor’s visit, when my doctor found a lump on my throat. She was concerned it was a nodule on my thyroid. She sent me to have blood work done and then had me schedule and ultrasound on my thyroid for that Thursday. I knew that I wasn’t having any symptoms of thyroid issues and I had never noticed a lump before, so I wasn’t too concerned, but you never know… During my ultrasound on Thursday, the technician mentioned that I had pretty thyroid and she rarely gets to look at pretty thyroids. I know that the techs can’t say anything about your situation to give you a hint if things are good or bad, but I took my “pretty” thyroid as a good sign because I doubted an unhealthy thyroid would be pretty. Yesterday, I got a phone call from the doctor’s office saying that my thyroid checked out fine. My doctor would like to do a follow-up appointment in a few months to recheck, but it would seem my pretty thyroid is okay. Praise the Lord!

Thursday night, after I finished blogging, I was a part of an online book party for Usborne Books and More. I was invited to a leave your purse party. There would three winners of free books at the end of the party. The way to win was through racking up points. You could get points by commenting on things, playing group games, posting pictures, sharing your wishlist, etc. I felt totally obnoxious but I did my best to participate to the fullest. I was happy to learn on Saturday that I got 2nd place in the party and won $25 in free books. I now have four new books coming for my boys! I love books! They make me so happy!!!

Our house been one of illness. Both boys got colds toward the end of the week. Graham has gone down harder than Owen. We had to stay home from church on Sunday and MOPS today. I’m praying these germs leave us soon so we can go back to real world. Yesterday, Jeremy and Bill replaced the flooring in Owen’s room to laminate. Owen has thrown up enough times in that room that it had a bit of a funk. This project was one that they had planned for a while but Owen gave it a push forward in the timeline. It took part of a day to complete the room and Owen was moved back in time for nap time. Not too shabby!

That’s the update for now. Thank you for your prayers over the house and our family’s health. They mean so much to me. I hope that I have more good news to report soon. I really like sharing good news. It’s way more fun to write about than the discouragements and hang ups. Let’s keep the good news coming!

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The boys spent some time at Target with Jeremy while I had my thyroid ultrasound.

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Red Wagon Walks

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When both boys are sick and need Mom

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Enjoying his valentine present. The sticker books have been a big hit.

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When you can’t be a church, you have Bible time while munching on Fruit Loops.

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Owen’s room was displaced for a few hours.

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Graham wants to help, too.

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The transformation from carpet to laminate.

 

Romans 8:28 February 16, 2017

Filed under: Bible,Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 8:19 pm

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

I was listening to a pastor on the radio talk about this verse. He was saying in hard times cliche statements like “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” and the like are less than helpful. But he did know a statement that could encourage in a tough spot – Romans 8:28. He causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God. Now usually I’m not super impressed with one minute clips of pastors on the radio, but I heard this as I pulling out of a doctor’s appointment that didn’t go the way I had thought it would. I needed to be reminded that God can use anything for my good, even when I don’t see how right now. This whole last week has been a rough one for me. I’ve been to medical offices three different times this week and for me that is three times too many. I don’t want to do a TMI thing on the blog, so if you’re curious about my ailments, please ask me personally, I don’t mind sharing. I would greatly appreciate any prayers you might send on my behalf. Medical stuff is way out of my comfort zone. In a way I’ve felt like body has been betraying me this week. As if I needed one more thing on my plate, let’s add some health issues. Sometimes I look up to the heavens and say, “Really??? More???” and then I remember that I can look up to the mountains and my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). The Creator is on my side. He made this body of mine. It’s complicated and confusing, but he gets it. Nothing surprises him or catches him off guard. And so I am left to trust the one who is more capable than me. The one who holds the world together and yet sees me and knows me through and through.

I was again driving by myself this week and I was feeling stupid about something and I was beating myself up over it because I am supposed to be better, I’m supposed to be perfect. My self talk got nasty. I didn’t like me at all in that moment. And I started to think about how God knows all this about me. He sees how awful I can be and yet he chooses to love me through it all. Despite my shortcomings and failures, his greatest desire is to be in relationship with me. I didn’t even want to be in relationship with myself. And yet, God was pursuing my heart in that moment. It was mind blowing. It just doesn’t make sense to me. He is love and his love will never cease to astound and amaze me.

For those wondering, our home inspection hasn’t happened yet. We haven’t progressed in the process of selling our home since my last post. I did host a pizza night at the house last Friday. I wondered if it would be weird hanging out at my house now that its been so long since I lived there and it being empty. Truthfully, it was awesome. It felt great to invite friends into a space that I loved and that I have enjoyed for so many years. With good food and good company, the house became a home again. I enjoyed those moments so much. I don’t know how much those ladies will ever know the blessing that night was to me. It was just what I needed to turn my burden into a blessing and I wish I had done it sooner.

I’m trying to pick and choose what stories I want to share with you now. Some might wonder how my Valentine’s day went… Well, the doctor’s appointment that I mentioned at the beginning of this post happened on Valentine’s day, so that cast a bit of a shadow on the day. My blow dryer died when my hair was like 30% dry at the very beginning of the day and I should have taken it as a sign. It was all down hill from there. Actually it wasn’t… It was an up and down kind of day. I had a fun meeting with the MOPS steering team. For our evening plans, I had rented a movie I thought the boys might like. They ended up screaming and fighting through most of it and then Owen peed on the floor and made a mess of himself, so the day ended with bath time, bed time and the movie only partially watched. Jeremy and I just look at each other and said, “well, that night didn’t go as planned.” I did have fun giving the boys their Valentine gifts. Owen got some ABC and numbers sticker books. I love giving things that are fun but also will build his preschool skills. Graham got some Mickey magnets to play with on the fridge. He enjoyed standing in the box they came in more than the magnets themselves. Go figure.

I know I have done it before, but I want take a minute to say thanks the family members and friends who continue to support me in countless ways through all of life’s drama! My mom has watched the boys numerous times this week as well as accompanied me to the doctor’s office when I felt too sick to take myself. My in-laws watched the boys so I could have my mom’s night at out at the Winlock house and then they graciously changed their plans when I had to spend the following day at urgent care. I felt bad having to rely on our families so much this last week, but their love and support have been greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to all my friends who keep up with me and check in on me. I have a small group that I know I can send real, honest updates to and they love me right where I am and support me in prayer. I know that even though things are challenging, painful, disappointing, surprising, etc. I am not alone. I am loved.

I think it’s only right that I give a big shout out to my hubby! He was out of town this weekend, but kept constant tabs on how I was doing. He came home and has been Super Dad with my kids so I can focus on resting. He is my greatest strength (other than Jesus) when I find myself worried by the unknowns. He got me pizza from Chicago this week as a special Valentine’s treat. Food is my love language! Actually, my love language is quality time, but food is a very close second! He is currently running errands with our boys so I can have some moments of quiet. The silence is golden. Praise Jesus! Jeremy is amazing and I am blessed to be able to share this crazy life with him. It’s a roller-coaster, but we’re on it together and that makes all the difference in the world.

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Lunch with Auntie on Friday! She helped me get the house ready for my pizza party that night.

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Waiting for the pizza and friends to arrive!

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Self medicating. The heart sleeve made me happy.

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Jeremy and Bill assembled the trampoline the boys’ got their birthday. It was hit and enjoyed during the few sunny days we had this week.

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Book model

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So proud of his tracing skills

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One last bounce before it gets dark

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Movie night (not the same movie night mentioned in this post – this one was obviously better)

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My goofy valentines!

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An attempt to do something off of Pinterest. Graham did not enjoy the paint (thus the one footprint).

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Gift time!

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The magnet box

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Introducing Owen to dry ice

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Walking while holding his pant legs up! I wonder what inspired this!!!

 

The zoo, the flu & House News February 9, 2017

Filed under: Family Time,Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 7:06 pm

Every week, I think “Wow, so much has happened. How am I going to find the time and energy to blog about it all?” Right after I posted my last blog, we took off for to Portland to go to the Oregon Zoo. We were gifted a year-long membership there this Christmas. It was a beautiful day to activate our membership and enjoy our first of many free visits to the zoo. Fridays are a big family day for us since it’s Jeremy’s day off. I love Fridays. They are my favorite day of the week. I am envision many more Fridays spent as a family visiting the zoo.

The Saturday after our zoo trip, Jeremy and Owen came down with the flu. Owen threw up three times in the night and two times on Sunday morning. By Sunday night, Owen was feeling a lot better, but I was worn out after only getting about 2 hours of sleep that night. On Monday, I came down with the flu bug as well. Gotta love being a family that shares. Graham was the only one who didn’t catch it. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that he got the flu shot on the Thursday before. I also wonder if you can spread the flu by getting a flu shot. Just some interesting observations.

Our weekend and week was a quiet one thanks to the flu germs. Our Super Bowl weekend was also fairly quiet. We enjoyed an evening at home munching on a few the boys’ favorite snacks. The kids enjoyed Doritos. Jeremy fried mozzarella sticks. I took a bubble bath. Not a bad way to spend an evening. Even if the Patriots did win…

The exciting news I have to share is that our house is under contract again. We had a big snow storm Sunday into Monday dropping 9 inches of heavy snow in the area. Jeremy spent Monday morning helping to unbury the neighbor’s work truck from a fallen tree and cleared other fallen trees off the road so vehicles could get by. We also got the call that we had received an offer on the house and that our agent would come by that afternoon to give us the details. He was brave man for driving in such crazy weather. We made some small counters to the offer and we found out on Tuesday evening that the buyer accepted our counter offer. I am reserved about this offer because it’s a VA loan which are super tricky. VA loans tend to ask you to fix everything that is found wrong in the home inspection, which we aren’t in a place where we could probably do that (depending on what they find).  Also the closing date is set for April 7th which seems like FOREVER away, so we put a tagline in the paperwork that said “or sooner” to that date. These two things have me feeling a bit cautious and skeptical. The home inspection has the power to blow the deal up. The nice thing is the inspection should be in the next two weeks, so at least we’ll know quickly if things aren’t going to pan out. Weeks is better than months. If things do go through, waiting until April to close is going to be a challenge for me. I’m ready to move forward. This house is stalling our ability to build on our property and after months of waiting on failed contracts, I am super motivated to get to closing. I will jump for joy and click my heels once the paperwork is officially signed. I’m praying that things work out and that this is “it”. Please be praying with us. Any prayer support we receive is greatly appreciated!

My MOPS group is doing a 28 day challenge as a part of our curriculum this year. Since February has 28 days, it seemed to fit well with this month. A part of the challenge is to do a truth or dare each day that is laid in our MOPS books. We’ve been sharing our truths and dares on our closed member Facebook page. It’s a been a neat experience to do this together. A part of the challenge is to do one big thing during the month. I had a hard time coming up with my “thing” and then it dawned on me. My house has been such a burden. I wanted to turn my burden into a blessing. Tomorrow night I will be hosting mom’s night out in my empty house. We’ll do pizza and games and use the house for a fun getaway for the moms in my group. I’m always looking for ways to stretch myself with hospitality and I’m ready for my house to be associated with something “fun” instead of associated with the biggest hold up in my life. I’m looking forward to tomorrow evening and I’m praying that it is a great night of connection. God can use anything for his glory and I’m believing my house is included in that.

That’s the update for now. Like I said before, the home inspection will be in the next two weeks, so I’m sure that I will have more news to share in the near future. Thank you for your prayers. I’ll keep you posted!

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Enjoying our first free trip to the zoo with our new membership

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Getting some fresh air… They might still be in their pajamas, but at least they are bundled up.


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A treat from Sonic


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Checking on the house before a showing. Lots of wide open space to run and play.


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Super Bowl treats


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Jeremy’s Monday morning was spent cleaning up fallen trees.


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More Dorito love. My boys are big fans of orange, cheesy chips.

 

Thoughts on activities, haircuts, the house, prayer and a doctor’s visit… January 27, 2017

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:52 am

A lot has happened in the week and a half since my last post. Owen had his first play date with a MOPS friend, Maci,  a week ago Thursday. These two are buddies at church so it was nice to invite Maci and her mom over to play outside of church. This was Owen’s first play date with a “girl” friend since most of his cousins are boys. I was a little nervous that they wouldn’t find anything to do, but that wasn’t the case. They played with everything in the house for about 15 seconds before moving on to find something new. It was a whirlwind, but definitely worth it!

Last Friday, Graham got his second haircut. I am cheap and haircuts are drama with my boys. This combination leads to me being pretty lax when it comes to keeping a schedule for haircuts. Graham’s hair was almost in his eyes, so it seemed like time. I am happy to report that this haircut went better than the first one, but it did still have its fair share of unhappiness. The lady cutting his hair gave Graham her phone and let him watch Daniel Tiger so in the end it was Daniel Tiger for the win. Graham is once again looking dapper.

Saturday was a super exciting day. There was a model train show at the WA State Fairgrounds. Owen and my nephew, Nolan, love trains so we decided to take the three year olds on an adventure while the one year olds stayed home with Nana & Papa. It was nice to hang out with Nate & Beckie and catch up with them. Owen & Nolan had a blast spending the day together. The highlight for the boys was probably taking a ride around the track on a miniature Thomas train. They were fascinated with all the model trains and I was a little worried that leaving the train show would result in massive meltdowns. Luckily we grabbed some awesome catalogs that the boys took as souvenirs and they happily said good bye to the train show. They flipped through their catalogs as we took of for lunch. It was a special day getting to spend time with the older boys and make a fun memory for them. We are still talking about the epic model train show and Owen wants to go back – every single day!

Truthfully, I can’t remember if it was Sunday or Monday, but Owen got a haircut from Nana. Owen also used to be a screamer when it came to haircuts so we started just giving him buzz cuts at home. We’ve discovered that he likes to sit in the highchair and look at himself in the mirror in the hutch. He will happily let Nana cut his hair under these circumstances. It might be strange, but whatever works, right?

Tuesday was our MOPS outing to a local fire station. Owen was so excited to see an ambulance. He got to sit a fire truck twice, once in the front seat and once in the back. He got to go into two different ambulances. It was heaven for a toddler boy. Maci was also there and she and Owen ran around the fire station hand in hand. They are the sweetest things! Graham enjoyed the fire station but if you let him down at all he took off running, looking for unsafe things to get into and play with.

Tuesday was also the big haircut day for me. Jeremy is the only one of us that didn’t get a haircut this week! I’ve been growing my hair out for about 2 years. It’s been super easy having it long during these baby days. However, I reached a point where it was driving me a bit crazy. I had split ends upon split ends and it was getting knotted badly every day. I was super excited to chop it off and go back to my shoulder length style. I loved having it long and I might be tempted to grow it out again, but for now I am very happy to less hair to deal with!

Sorry for the long update! There is just so much to share! Let’s move on to the house. We’ve had four showings in the last week. Two of those showings were to the same person. It’s been exciting to see interest in the house and it makes me hopeful that we could see an offer soon. The house situation continues to be the thing that weighs on my soul. God and I spend a great deal of time talking about it. Prayer is my only answer. It’s the only thing I know to do. I was reading my devotional yesterday and the perfect quote about prayer found me. “I feel powerless, and prayer reminds me that I may be powerless, but there is power, and the one who holds the power is good.” (Shauna Niequist, Savor) I read that and thought it perfectly summed up my life right now. I feel powerless and yet I know the one who holds the power and he is good. I am trusting God through every up and down. Through every emotion. He is with me. He is for me. I will keep praying. I will keeping trusting. Our stories never turn out the way we expect, but I know that in the long run, it will be okay.

The last part of my update is about Graham. He had his 15 month well check yesterday. He is still below the charts when it comes to height. Poor shorty pants. He was over 20lbs at this visit so that felt like a victory! Because he is growing proportionately, the doctor didn’t seem too concerned about his height at this point. She did come math and said that he would most likely grow up to be 5’9 but still has the potential to reach 6ft. Graham got four shots and a finger prick. He screamed through the entire appointment. Bless his heart. He still isn’t quite himself today. Poor kid. Overall, though, he is healthy and a smart and right on track for his age. I am grateful that his next appointment only has one shot and then he doesn’t need until he is four. We are almost in the clear! Hooray!

As I reflect on the last week or so, I am grateful for the opportunities that we’ve had. Our family has enjoyed some special outings and spent time with people we love and care about. I am blessed. I took some time to journal about my blessings on Wednesday and I am grateful for the reminder that life is sweet and beautiful even in the struggle and the mess. I am thankful and hopeful. Even when I get tired and weary, I know that God is good and that is all I need.

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Rice is nice!

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Getting to ride Thomas! Owen is the one in blue on the last coach.

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Fascinated!

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Free entertainment!

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Visiting the fire station with our MOPS friends

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Before and After

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The fun before doctor’s appointment!

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Graham didn’t not enjoy himself…

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