Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

A New Season May 31, 2020

Filed under: Coronavirus Chronicles,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 1:05 pm

We are at the start of a new season. Slowly our area is opening again after the coronoavirus shutdown and slowed down our country for months. Change is happening all around us as the next season unfolds for our family and our community.

Today was Jeremy’s first Sunday back at church in over two months. This week our governor made it possible for churches to gather indoors with small numbers and social distancing guidelines. The announcement was made on Wednesday and the church staff jumped into action so that Sunday morning could happen. Since the number of people in the building is limited, the boys and I stayed home to continue watching church online. The transition back to church will be one of patience for our family. Jeremy, obviously, will be there because it’s his job as a pastor. The boys and I will wait for larger gatherings sizes. It felt strange to send Jeremy off on his own this morning. While we were home together, we enjoyed having a sit down breakfast on Sunday mornings. As a pastor’s wife, I got the special treat of sitting through a Sunday morning message with my husband. I wholeheartedly believe that the church is meant to gather together in person, but I’ve also enjoyed Sunday mornings at home together as a family. It will be an adjustment as we move forward.

In month of June more change is coming. The MOPS & MOMSnext year is wrapping up for me. The school year is wrapping up for the boys. We are moving towards summer mode – whatever that looks like. Summer is still a bit of a mystery. One of the lesson I’ve learned during the stay-home season is to take things one day at a time. The big picture can be unclear and that is okay. What am I doing today? What needs to be done? What should be celebrated? Each day holds so much potential. I don’t need to know all the answers and see the whole picture, I can trust that today is enough. June will definitely bring changes to the new normal we’ve established.

At the end of Christmas break this winter, I got teary-eyed. It had been such a fun time. I enjoyed the break and part of me wished I could freeze time. In a lot of ways I have that same feeling now. It’s been a good “break”. It started off weird, but eventually our family found our groove. While things are changing slowly, it does feel like a break is coming to an end. Our stay-home mandate might be gone, but we are also heading into the summer months. Maybe I should look at it as a shift from one break to another – from quarantine spring to summer break.

I’m reminding myself that it’s okay to have lots of feelings – both positive and negative – about change. It’s okay to be excited and unsure at the same time. There is still tension to be lived in. I realize that I prefer to operate in an all-or-nothing kind of a way. I either want to stay home 100% or be back to normal 100%. There is going to be an window of time where we live in-between those two extremes. We are not mandated to be home, but we are not back to business as usual. I’m reminded that grace for myself and grace for others is so crucial. The tension is yet another opportunity to give grace and show love.

I can see the new season on the horizon. Parts of it have arrived and are becoming clear. Many elements of the new season are yet to be discovered. I went to into quarantine thinking of it as an adventure. This mindset is helpful in tackling something new, especially when I feel unsure.  There is another new adventure unfolding – the start of re-opening, the start of summer, the farewell to quarantine. I want to meet this new season with a hopeful heart. If I keep my eyes on Jesus and follow his lead, I can go into the great unknown, ready for the next adventure.

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Another science experiment! 

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It was too chilly to swim in the pool, but not too chilly for a float! I got into the pool the day after this picture was taken and it was too cold for me! I did one lap around the pool on the turtle float and then I was out! Brrr….

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I’m much more of a dessert-eater than a swimmer! It’s fun watching my family enjoy the pool. I’m hopeful that I will get some pool time this summer once the water warms up more!

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Owen selected the next round of fresh flowers. I originally planned on keeping flowers on the counter during quarantine, but now I might be addicted. I love having flowers in my kitchen. It brings me so much joy! 

 

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The boys are super into astronomy and geography right now. My mom found these felt maps at Target and the boys were so excited! 

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The front walkway is looking good! Jeremy just added special sand to fill in the cracks between the stones.

 

Week Ten at Home: The Last One? May 23, 2020

Filed under: Coronavirus Chronicles,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:53 pm

Could this be the last official Week at Home post? Just yesterday, our county was approved to move to Phase 2 of reopening. I had to do a little research on what that means. We can now gather with 5 or fewer people from outside of our household per week, more stores should be opening for in-store shopping, restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity.  I feel a bit conflicted. There is this part of me that is celebrating and part of me that is still unsure. I probably won’t rush out to stores and restaurants, but I am happy to have the option of a play date or dinner with another family.

While it’s not quite as imperative that we all hunker down at home, I’m realizing that my life won’t change too much with this phase change. We will still be homeschooling. Jeremy will probably still remain our designated shopper, but we can relax a bit on the kids going into stores. With so many community events canceled, we still have plenty of time at home moving forward. VBA (Vacation Bible Adventure) will be at home this summer. Swimming lessons will take in the backyard pool. We had every weekend of summer planned before the world shutdown. Now we are hopeful to regain some of our plans, but we are also aware that it won’t be the same summer we had originally envisioned.

So what did week ten at home look like? If there was a theme to the week it would be Zoom.  On Sunday, we had our first virtual group with our church. We had 3 other families join us to catch up and say hello. On Monday, Jeremy and I watched a Zoom call on what reopening children’s ministries might look like in the future. On Tuesday, I had a Zoom call about MOPS with my co-coordinator. It was really good to talk things out with her and work through so many of the thoughts that were bouncing around in my head! On Wednesday, I had a Zoom call with a friend just to check in and catch up. On Friday, I had a Zoom call with the Network of Women Ministers. We’ll have another Zoom call on Sunday to hang out with more church families. Zoom, zoom, zoom. While I don’t love Zoom calls, I am thankful for the connection they bring. I love sitting in my pajamas with only my shoulders up being presentable. I love that there is no travel time involved. Hosting a call means that I don’t need to clean the house or provide food.  Thanks to technology like Zoom, Marco Polo, Facebook and Instagram I have felt very connected to my community during this season of separation.

I realize that moving into the next phase doesn’t change a whole lot for me. I am thankful that my hubby got to go golfing with his brothers and dad today. I am thankful that Owen got to tag along with Jeremy to Home Depot this morning. I am thankful for the quiet day I had at home yesterday while the boys had a play date with Nana and Jeremy and Papa worked outside on a project. This Memorial Day weekend looks different than what I had planned three months ago, but I am thankful for time to read, tidy, bake, catch up on the DVR, and rent a movie. Life at home has been good!

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Thanks to watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Owen was very curious about coconuts.

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Hacking a coconut to pieces counts as homeschool science, right? 

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Owen buried a treasure in the backyard and Jeremy helped him mark the spot. Once Graham saw this, he did the same. I’m living with pirates!

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Pulled the boys out of bed so they could enjoy the sunset!

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Prepping for a Zoom call! I saw this view quite a bit this week.

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Since Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer, I figured cookies with way too much frosting would be a great way to celebrate!

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Graham approves!

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We have loved this science activity book!

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Nothing like ice, salt, and food coloring for a good time! 

 

Week Nine at Home: A Thought-Full Week May 16, 2020

Filed under: Coronavirus Chronicles,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:57 am

After the busyness of last week, I was ready to settle down into a quiet week. While my calendar wasn’t full, the week didn’t turn into the quiet week that I expected. This was due to my own pondering. I hit some triggers this week that sent me into planning, researching, and mulling mode. The amount of thoughts that bounced around in my brain made the week anything but quiet.

As the leader of a local MOPS & MOMSnext group, I feel a weight of responsibility that I have never felt before. As a group, how do we keep connection strong during a time of distance? How do we keep the natural rhythms of our group as much as possible? How do we wrap up the end of the year well? How do we build momentum for next year when we aren’t even sure what meeting in the fall looks like right now?  I’ve been thinking these thoughts from time to time, but now that there is less than a month left on the MOPS calendar these thoughts all seemed more urgent. My personality type likes to tackle a to-do list. I plot a course and get it done. This is a season where I can’t easily predict the future and my mind has a hard time letting go. I’ve continue to mull over details that I know are unsolveable at this time. As a leader, I don’t want to let my team down and I certainly don’t want to let our community of moms down. I have plans to talk with my co-coordinator next week so I can share the mental load with someone. I need to draw others into the conversation as we face circumstances we never planned for.

Another area of major thought-full-ness for me this week was the pros and cons of homeschooling this fall. We’ve found a good groove for school. I’m loving the pace and the schedule that comes with school at home. I’m loving not having to dash out the door for anything. There is no rush in our lives! The schedule mixed with the positives of homeschooling had me weighing our options seriously. After making a mental list and going back and forth, I sat down to talk with Jeremy about where I finally landed. This whole time Jeremy has been leaning toward public school and I was the one who was unsure. As of now, our plan is to still go with public school in the fall. We want our family to a light in our community. We believe that public school is a place to grow our faith muscles and be the light of Jesus to those around us. I’m sure volunteering will look different next year, but I want to be in the school offering support and hope to the staff and students. This was very important to me and something I was sad let go of when school closed. Now this decision isn’t a final one. We still don’t know what public school looks like in the fall. Our final decision will be influenced what what our district decides to do in September.

With plans to phase back into normal life being discussed, I’m taking this time to think about what life looks like going forward. There are still many unknowns that make planning a challenge. I’m not in a rush to go back to life as it was. I’ve found a sweet spot at home. I’m definitely processing what I am valuing in this current season and how can I take those values with me into the future.  Now enough on all my pondering and wondering. Here are few highlights from the week!

The first highlight of the week was Owen lost his first tooth! It’s been wiggly for weeks and with Jeremy’s help it finally popped out. Now he has another wiggly tooth in the same area. Looks like we are in a new season!

My highlight for the week was assembling thank you gifts for the MOPS & MOMSnext Steering Team. Since we can’t celebrate the end of the year together in person I created a party-in-a-bag for them. It took me over 5 hours, but I was able to deliver the gifts to each team member. I didn’t get to see all the ladies, but I saw most of them for a few short minutes. Seeing their faces made my heart happy. I also really enjoyed the quiet time in the van to listen to worship music and be with Jesus. After all the noise in my head this last week, I finally felt peace in my spirit. Also, I was glad to see that I still remember how to drive. It had been almost two months since I was last behind the wheel. Turns out it’s like riding bike – it all came back to me!

I never know what the vibe of each week will be. Life certainly hasn’t been boring in my little corner of the world. I’ll keep working on taking things one day at time and trusting God with all the unknowns.

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Owen’s 1st Lost Tooth!

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Mini-bottle of sparkling cider + rainbow chip mug cake + pinata ornament + party hat + noisemaker = party in a bag!

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We had a popsicle themed week!

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Homemade juice pops!

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Pom Pom Popsicle

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Pom Pom Popsicle

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Using the sliding door as a white board

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These are the moments I end up filming when my husband is on video announcements.  Bath tub full of bubbles, industrial bubble maker on, and the Rubber Ducky song playing in the background.

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The next installment of fresh flowers! I’m loving this new tradition. Flowers on the counter bring me so much joy!

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Jeremy’s latest project! It’s not completed, but I had to share his hard work! I’m amazed at all he is doing around our house! Also, notice the grass is coming in where he took out part of the flower bed!

 

Week Eight at Home: The Busiest One Yet! May 10, 2020

Filed under: Coronavirus Chronicles,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 6:26 pm

It’s crazy to say, but this last week was a busy week! I haven’t had one of those in a long time! While it wasn’t pre-pandemic busy, it was busy enough. It made me appreciate the quieter moments. I am truly thankful the change of pace this season at home has brought. I’m reminded that as we phase back into “normal” life, I might not want to be as busy as before. I’ve found peace and contentment in this new pace. With that being said, here are highlights from our busy week.

Monday was a MOPS day for me. My monthly steering team meeting happened through Facebook posts to discuss the end of the year and we also met via Zoom in the evening. Half of the team wanted to meet through Facebook and the other half wanted Zoom so I opted to do both. I learned the hard way that this makes the day feel like I did double the meetings. It was good to connect with my team, but it took more energy that I had anticipated.

Tuesday was a meal/gift delivery to friends who are home from the hospital with their twin baby boys. The family was on the front deck when I dropped off the food at their door and I waved at them from a distance. It was so hard not to snuggle a tiny baby (or in this case – two)!

Wednesday was a full day! I had an appointment in Olympia so the whole family joined to make it an outing. The boys sat with Jeremy in the van during my appointment and then I sat with the boys while Jeremy ran into a few stores. Our big treat was getting Chipotle for lunch and eating it in the van. We got home in time for me to have a coffee date with a friend via Zoom. This was my first time using Zoom for a coffee date and it was delightful! After the coffee date, our family jumped into the van to do a birthday drive-by celebration for one of the girls in my Wednesday night class. It made my heart so happy to celebrate this lovely young lady and to see her family for a few brief minutes.

Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. Jeremy watched a local prayer gathering at home before heading into work. I got to have a phone date with a friend during nap time. Later that evening, I joined Jeremy on the couch to watch what our fellowship called a Sacred Assembly. It was a day to remember we are all in this together and the power of prayer. It was also the kick-off to our weekend. Since the boys had another great week of school, they got to have a sleepover again. This time Graham got to host the shindig in his bedroom.

Friday and Saturday had less of an agenda for me – mostly housework and books on my to-do list. Jeremy is always conquering a project and the big project for the weekend was setting up a swimming pool that was gifted to us. Owen learned a lesson in patience (aka a watched pool never fills). Jeremy learned a lesson in chemicals and well water. Unfortunately, the iron in water our reacted with the pool chemicals. Jeremy spent most of the weekend filtering out the rust color to return the water to a more appealing color.  One highlight of Saturday was getting to attend the wedding of the worship pastor at our church via Zoom. I was supposed to help coordinate her big church wedding this weekend, but obviously plans changed. It was great to still be a part of her special day even if it was through a screen.

And that leads us to today! Mother’s Day! It’s been a day filled with special moments! Church online in the morning, picnic lunch in the yard with my parents, gift delivery to Jeremy’s mom, two birthday (at a distance) hellos and then take-out for dinner. I’m a pretty easy girl to please. My family showered me with my favorite foods (chocolate cake and macaroni & cheese), books and flowers! I’m so thankful for my family. I’m honored to be the mama of my two wild boys. They keep me on my toes and make life an adventure.

And now we head into week nine at home. I expect it to be a slower one than last week. I’m very much okay with that. It took a few weeks (okay, months), but I’m feeling pretty settled in this new quarantine life. Oh, and Benny the Betta is still alive. Life is good!

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Adding a little flare to Cinco de Mayo. Always looking for something to celebrate!

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My first time out in the real world on Wednesday. I can’t say I love this look.

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Hanging in the van!

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Hello Chipotle! I’ve missed you!

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Coffee Date!

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Science activities!

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Owen wanted to read Graham a book he made before bed. So sweet!

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Sleepover in Graham’s room!

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When I tell them to look at each other and laugh! Haha! This sums up their relationship fairly well. Mostly happy and loud!

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Wished a couple of special family members happy  birthday from a distance!

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The progression of the pool water! So glad it’s clear again!

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We are ready for the summer pool parties!

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This cake with lunch and mac & cheese for dinner! Perfect food day! Also, loved the flowers, cards, and books I received as gifts!

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Life with these boys is a wild adventure! So glad I’m their mama!

 

What I’m Reading & What I’m Loving – March 2020 March 30, 2020

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,Simply Me,What I'm Loving — Amy Scott @ 3:19 pm

What I’m Reading

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  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst –  This was a good read; filled with lots of powerful reminders from my own seasons where I felt things were turning out all wrong.
  • Leveling the Praying Field by Donna Barrett – I had the chance to meet Donna in person. I’ve been inspired by her leadership in our fellowship (Assemblies of God). My husband was gifted a copy of her book at a prayer meeting. It was a good reminder that prayer is not an elite few, but for everyone.
  • Like Ice Cream by Keith Ferrin* –  This book is about sharing a love of God’s word with the next generation. It’s a quick read, but it’s packed full of information, resources, and inspiration.
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks* – I read this book in high school and it’s been a book find myself revisiting throughout the years. It’s a sweet love story.
  • Party Girl by Rachel Hollis – I’ve read two of Rachel Hollis’ books so I decided to give her fiction a try. This book was a based off her party planning experience in LA. It was entertaining and interesting.
  • Finding Alice by Melody Carlson* – This novel follows Alice has she develops schizophrenia. The book is from Alice’s perspective and gives a fascinating look at genetics, homelessness, and recovery.
  • Return to the Canadian West Series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan This three book series is the inspiration for Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart. I’ve read a few of Janette Oke’s books series and I watch When Call the Heart, so I figured this would be a good pick.
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins* – Once the world started falling apart, I figured I could use a reminder that things could be worse.
  • Christy by Catherine Marshall (Not Pictured) – I read a digital copy of this book from the library.  It took me a while to get into it, but eventually I found a good flow and got intrigued to see how the story would end.

* Books that I have read before, just not in the last year.

Things I’m Loving

Flowers – I kept one flower from the wedding bouquet. The bouquet was all white so when this flower started to bloom pink, I had to give it a chance to blossom! I love keeping flowers in the kitchen as a small reminder of beauty throughout the day. More than ever, I need small visuals that bring joy.

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Church at Home –  I’ve been loving church at home. Jeremy is able to sit with us through the whole gathering. Owen sings along to the worship songs and it makes me almost cry. We get ready with enough time to eat a sit-down breakfast together. After years of getting the boys ready by myself, grabbing a quick bite, and rushing out the door, I am thankful for a change of pace and extra time as a family.

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Communion at home – apple grape juice and oyster crackers.

Marco Polo – I’m relatively new to the app. It works like a walkie-talkie with video messaging. I record a message to a friend and when they have time, they reply with their own video. In a season where I am not seeing friends face-to-face, I’m thankful for a chance to see my friends through a screen and keep up-to-date with their daily lives. Seeing a face right now feels like a deeper connection than just a text message.

UP Faith & Family Free Trial – I signed for the two week free trial of UP Faith & Family. I used to watch Bringing Up Bates on UP when I had satellite years ago. I decided to get the two week free trial to watch the most recent season of the Bates.

Reasons to Celebrate – March has been full of reasons to celebrate. They build excitement so that each day isn’t just like the last. We’ve been able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, Jeremy’s birthday, and tomorrow will be the second anniversary of moving into our home.

Walking – My fitbit loves me! I’ve been walking everyday and getting my steps in. When possible, I walk our long driveway. When it’s rainy, I pretend I’m in a Jane Austen novel and take a turn about the room – aka I walk laps around my living room.

Baking – I’ve been keeping our family well supplied with baked goods during our time at home. Over the last two weeks, I’ve made cinnamon rolls, scones, brownies, a cherry dump cake and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. It’s a good thing I’m taking walks daily to counterbalance all the sugar!

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Beavers, Bobcats, and Astronomy March 9, 2020

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 12:17 pm

These are exciting days around our house. With the evidence that spring is on its way, the boys have started adventuring outside again. Sometimes even in the rain because fresh air and adventure is calling to them. Our property is next to a tree farm. The tree farm has public access, so Jeremy has been wandering into the woods with little shadows following behind him to explore new territory.

These expeditions have been very educational for the Scott boys. They have discovered a path that leads down to the nearby creek. This creek has beaver dams all over it. With the supervision and help of my husband, the boys have started disassembling pieces of the dam system to see if the beavers will repair the damage. After some research, we learned that beavers will often repair their main structure while waiting to fix secondary dams that they deem of less importance. Interesting, right? They boys have also “befriended” a pair of owls who they have named Berry (short for Raspberry) and Owly. These owls hoot back and forth to each other and the boys. Jeremy and the boys have made frequent visits to the creek over the last few weeks. Each time they come home with stories to share.

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Graham exploring the beaver dam and creek with Jeremy. 

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Love how much the boys can learn by adventuring outside. 

Now when I put bobcat in the title of this post, did you expect me to share a story about a bobcat sighting in nature? Well, the bobcat that I am referencing is a certain Lintott Bobcat in kindergarten. Owen was selected as a Bobcat of the Month for the month of February. He was nominated by his classmates for exemplifying teamwork. This last Friday, we attended his school assembly where he and other students were awarded for this honor. It was definitely a proud mom moment. I know that awards aren’t necessary for me to know that Owen is a good kid. But they are fun! To celebrate after school, we let Owen decide where he would like to go out to eat for dinner. We even got ice cream for dessert! It was a special time for our family.

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So proud of our Bobcat of the Month!

On to astronomy… This is the new thing in our household. Owen has declared that he loves space more than trains these days. This declaration is a huge deal considering he has been obsessed with trains for over five years. When Owen is interested in something, he goes all in. We’ve been watching YouTube videos about our solar system for weeks now. His favorite series is called Crash Course Astronomy. It’s produced by PBS and has 10 minute episodes where the host gives a quick lesson on different elements of astronomy. The amount of information that Owen has absorbed is amazing. Our whole family is learning alongside him.

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Reading a space book from the library.

Owen was saving his money to buy a new train, but with his new love for space, his mission changed. Jeremy and Owen started researching backyard telescopes. In order to pay for this new telescope, Jeremy and I got the chance to teach Owen a valuable lesson. Jeremy and I frequently sell items around our house that we are no longer using or that we want to upgrade. We’ve purged and sold items to raise money for a new interest or a household project. Since Owen doesn’t earn an allowance at this point, his options for making money are limited. Jeremy suggested that we sell some of the wooden trains that the boys no longer play with. It took a few months, but the toy trains finally sold. Jeremy has also been selling LEGO sets from his childhood. With his last sale, he decided to combine efforts with Owen to get a telescope for the family.

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Super excited for the new telescope!

Currently, the telescopes has only been used a few times. The PNW is still a bit on the cloudy side these days. We are looking forward to the summer months for stargazing. We had friends suggest a stargazing app that allows you to identify the starts in the night sky. We’ve put that app to good use over the last few weeks. I also ordered a solar powered rover kit from Owen’s latest Scholastic book order. Jeremy helped Owen assemble the rover. We had to wait a few days before the rover actually worked, though. It needs very direct sunlight to operate, which is something we are lacking right now. The rover had it’s first spin around the back deck yesterday. There was much rejoicing because we honestly thought the kit was a dud.

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Our new solar-powered rover! 

I know that spring isn’t even officially here yet, but I can sense our family is more than ready for this new season to arrive. In fact, summer is already calling to us. We are ready for longer days, more sun, and more free time to explore and play. We have many adventures ahead!

 

 

What I’m Reading & What I’m Loving – February 2020 February 24, 2020

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf,Simply Me,What I'm Loving — Amy Scott @ 3:13 pm

Here we are! The last week of February! And it’s a Leap Year! Do you have any special plans for your February 29th? Since the end of the month is in sight, let’s talk books and things I’m loving from February 2020!

Books

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  • You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins – a fast but practical read that was recommended to me by an author friend.
  • Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend * – I’m currently working on this book, but should have it finished by the end of the month, so I included it. I’ve owned this book for years and I am re-reading it as a refresher on the principles.
  • Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island by Susan Page Davis * – You’ll find that I love anything PEI. This is a lovely story about when Prince Albert visited the island.
  • For the Love by Jen Hatmaker * – I read this book when I was pregnant with Graham and I remember laughing so hard while reading it. I figured it was time to revisit it.
  • Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory –  This book and the next one on the list came recommended by an author I follow on social media. Both books were a little too steamy and had too much language for me to recommend them to others. I’m fairly conservative when it comes to entertainment and these books were a little too PG-13 for my personal taste.
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes –  see my description of Royal Holiday.
  • The Anne of Green Gables Series (minus Anne of Windy Poplars) by L.M. Montgomery * – As you can tell, I love re-reading my home library. It had been a while since read the Anne books. When I read the Anne books it’s like visiting an old friend, a kindred spirit. I’ve decided that Anne of the Island is my favorite because Anne realizes she loves Gilbert and they get engaged at the end. Anne of Windy Poplars fills in the three years between her engagement and her marriage. The plot line doesn’t move forward in this book, so I skip it!

* Books that I’ve read before; just not in the last year.

Things I’m Loving

Keepsake Quilts from Nana – I’ve been in the process of pairing down baby items in my house over the last year or so. I had this idea for making keepsake quilts out of the receiving blankets the boys used. We had SO many! My mother-in-law is a quilter and she took up the task for me. The boys got a sneak preview of their quilts about a week ago and the finished products were delivered to them yesterday. These quilts are such a precious way to preserve a part of their baby days. Graham’s blue blanket has pieces from blankets that Jeremy and his brothers used as babies. Nana even went the extra mile and made the boys matching pillows to go with them!

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 A New Planner – I was gifted this new planner by an author friend to help me on my journey of planning and writing this year. I’m currently using it to keep track of my editing schedule. It’s a dream planner so it has spaces to dream for the year and it also breaks things down into quarterly goals. I learned very quickly when I started to use it that I should write in pencil and not pen. Plans change!

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Girl Scout Cookies – It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I have a wonderful Girl Scout in my class of Wednesday night girls and I am happy to support her desire to go to summer camp by buying as many cookies as Jeremy will let me!

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Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookie! Do you have a favorite?

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I love adding Thin Mints to my brownies! Such a good combination! 

Honorable Mention:

  • Unsellable Houses on HGTV – One of my close friends knows the twins who host this show. They actually helped her family buy and sell their house a few years ago. I love watching home shows that feature the PNW. And I’ve got Jeremy watching it with me, so that is a bonus as well!
  • Doctor On Demand – I was very pleased with my experience this last month using Doctor On Demand for my sinus infection. I loved that I could video chat with a doctor from the comfort of my home during nap time. As someone who never takes time to go to the doctor, this app is a game changer!

Now for some photos from the last week:

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Grandpa met Owen at the bus stop last week and gave him a ride home on the lawn mower. Such a fun treat!

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Poor Graham has been under the weather this last week!

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Owen and I tagged along on an adventure to help Grandpa buy a new truck. Owen loved being included in the process. 

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Watching space videos while resting in a giant pile of stuffed animals.