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Chapters April 17, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:47 pm

Life is full of chapters. Some are longer than others. Some go by in the blink of an eye. I’ve had time to think about my most recent chapter. We put our Winlock house up for sale in May of 2016. We spent April of 2016, cleaning the house, doing projects and getting it ready to go onto the market. This means that we’ve been in a two year process of selling the Winlock house, moving in with Jeremy’s parents, preparing to build our new house, actually building the new house and then moving into the new house! It feels odd to be at end of what seems like a really long chapter in my story.

Here is where my mind wandered this week. It’s strange to finally be in our home – at the final destination of two years worth of hoping, dreaming, working and waiting. The big thing that stood out to me is that our story isn’t over. It’s not “Jeremy, Amy, Owen & Graham moved into the new house and they lived happily ever after. The end.” – This is not “the end”, this is just the beginning. The beginning of a new chapter and a new season for our family. I guess we could be seen in the “happily ever after” portion of the story, but I’ve been on this earth long enough to to know that happily ever after doesn’t really happen this side of heaven. That is for another time and another place. But… here I sit in this new home, this new blessing that still smells like new carpet and fresh paint. Let me tell you, I’ve had waves of anxiety. At first I felt super materialistic and freaked out by new house. Surely, I don’t need something so big, so nice. What was I thinking? Then I reminded myself that I want to open my doors to others. I have space to be gracious, hospitable and welcoming. I reminded myself that if the Lord allows it, I will some day have teenagers in this house and we picked this floor plan with teenagers in mind, not just toddlers. This also led to the next freak out – what if we can’t stay to see the boys be teenagers here? What if something changes and we have to move? Do I have my heart too set on living here “forever”? And then a peace settled over my heart. God whispered to me “Do not fear. Just enjoy while it is yours.” I was almost too scared to build this dream house two years ago when the opportunity presented itself. I thought of all the “what ifs” and all the ways things could go wrong and I didn’t want that pain. And then I realized that was the voice of fear, not of Jesus. We boldly went forward with this crazy plan of selling our first home and moving in with family (something I thought for sure I would never need to do) and then built a lovely home (something I thought we  never would be able to do). It’s amazing how life turns out nothing like we expect and yet it is still good. What would we miss out on if life turned out the way we thought it would? We wouldn’t have the chance to be surprised by God who has so much more in store for us than we can even imagine.

As you can tell, I’m wrestling with all the thoughts, feelings and emotions that come with change. No matter what the change – even good change, there is a shift in how we do things, how we think, how we process. I am loving our space. I am settling in and truly do feel at home here. I look around and I feel blessed beyond measure. One of the biggest blessings of the last week has been sharing my space with others. I am so excited to be a hostess and have people over. This means that in a week’s span of time I will have had two close friends/mentors over and two play dates for a total of eight guests in one week. What a blessing! What a joy! I want to have everyone over. I want to share my space, my home, my life and welcome in everyone with open arms. We’ve been given a gift. I don’t know how long this next chapter will be, but I am ready to embrace it for all that it is.  So, if you’re a local friend or family member and you haven’t had a chance to come visit me, know that my door is open and I am ready! Let’s have coffee (or if you’re like me, soda, juice or water) and we’ll let the kids destroy (aka play in) the playroom. I want to share what is mine with you! Because deep in my heart, I know it’s not really “mine”, it’s God’s house and I want it to be used for his glory and his purposes! Amen!

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When you are going through a transition, one Lamby will not do. You need them all to get you through. Owen is doing better (with the support of Lamby and the back-ups)

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Working from home looks like this…

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My little bin dumper! Doesn’t take too many bins dumped and then you can’t see the playroom floor anymore! 

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A visit to the bulb farm to get flowers. The pond is the best part for the boys. 

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Graham found the Cars potty in the garage and asked to bring it in. While he sat on it like a champ, he did no business. So we hid it away in the garage until May after our travels. We don’t want to start this too soon, but glad to see he was interested! 

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Working on train sticker books on a rainy Saturday. 

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Sticker book Saturday

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We had our first play date yesterday at the house and they brought us flowers! So sweet! 

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Roaming the woods around our house with Daddy! I think we have a pretty great neighborhood, don’t you?

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Graham got a hair cut! Looking good, kid! :) 

 

Settling In & What’s Next April 10, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 3:31 pm

We’ve now been in our house a week and a half! The first day that I was home with just the boys I was overwhelmed by the size of our house. We’ve never lived in a space this large before. It took a few days to get used to it, but I’m less freaked out by it now. Having everything unpacked has helped, as well as getting pictures and magnets up to make it feel homey. I can relax and get used to the space now. I’m getting to use to all the new sounds, where everything is, how the appliances work. I’m loving our appliances.  Especially our large capacity washer and dryer. I’ve put them to good use doing our daily laundry and also washing all the towels and bedding that have been in storage boxes for over a year. Things need to be freshened up, for sure.

One of the additions we made to the house this last week was a motion sensor on the driveway. With the way our house is positioned you can’t tell if someone is at the house until they are practically at the front door. Unless I want to stare out my master bathroom window all day, I can’t see the driveway. The boys are loving the “ring” of the sensor. They know that is means Daddy is home or Grandma is walking TC (her corgi dog). They run to the window and cheer when they hear the ring. It’s helpful to catch when packages are delivered to the door. I’m expecting my first package from Costco’s two-day shipping program today. We received our first Amazon packages last week, so now it really feels like home – knowing that UPS & USPS have no trouble finding us. Online shopping is the best thing ever!

In the next few weeks, I hope to host some play dates and have some friends over. I can’t wait to share my house with others. The boys have plenty of toys to share with friends. They pounced on all the “new” toys that have been in the storage unit (the noisy ones that I’ve kept hidden as long as possible). I’m loving my home office space. It’s perfect for working on my book business, MOPS stuff or blogging like now. We got a new printer over the weekend. It’s set up for wireless printing from all our devices. Super handy. We love our new spaces! And we’ve already broken them in with dings and dents and scratches. I made the first “dent” and that was hard to swallow, but now I’m just shrugging. I’m human. I live with humans. We all make mistakes and accidents happen. No way to stop them. It doesn’t take a house long to be “lived in”, trust me!

So what’s next for the Scott clan? It seems like this giant mountain has climbed. We made it to the summit and we are enjoying the view! But life never slows down and there is always something next to focus on. For Jeremy, what’s next is the outside landscaping. I know that he has lots of thoughts and ideas for our yard and outdoor spaces. Now that the inside is settled, the outside will need our attention.

For Graham,  potty training is what’s next. I was originally thinking we would start this month, but I’m out of town at the end of the month, so I’m thinking May will be best, that way I can give a full month of at home focus. It will also give Graham some time to settle into this house before thrust something new on him. He isn’t too motivated to start potty training, so prayers are greatly appreciated! The reality of no diapers seems so close and yet so far away yet.

For Owen, he is wrapping up his first year of preschool in June. He has had a great year adjusting to a school schedule. We are looking forward to summer for play dates in the park and a more flexible schedule. Owen has had the hardest time adjusting to the new house. He does really well with everything until bedtime and then it hits him that he wants to be with Nana & Papa. We’ve had talks, lots of snuggles and prayers to work through these emotions. My boys were blessed to have a fantastic season living with Nana & Papa. We certainly miss having them around daily. Luckily for Owen, he gets to see them when he goes to school most days and we’ve been using FaceTime to keep in touch. It’s helping with the transition.

What’s next for me? Other than keeping up with the wild guys in my life? Well, I’m wrapping up my first year coordinating MOPS and I’m already thinking, planning and praying about next year. My first year was so amazing and I am bit overwhelmed by the thought of doing it all again. God is good and he will help it all unfold. I trust him! I also plan on keeping up with my Usborne Books & More business. And at the end of the month, I have a week of travel without kids. Can I get an “AMEN!”? Once a year, I get a few overnights away from the clan of wild ones. It’s very refreshing.

That’s it. We are settled. We are loving our new home. I can’t wait to share the many memories we are going to make here with you!

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Baking in the house for the first time!

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Puzzle time

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Snuggling

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Still living in a construction zone! 

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Enjoying the Spring Family Movie at Bethel Church – Downtown Centralia. We love free popcorn. 

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Discovering a new game that was in storage. 

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Dipping their pretzel stick in water… because that makes sense, right?

 

Welcome Home! April 3, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:27 pm

Here we go! First blog post written from my new home! Woo hoo! Let’s start with the inspection process for occupancy. The inspection was supposed to be on Tuesday, but the inspector had the wrong information. He thought our septic was pending approval, but really had been approved already. We aren’t sure how he got the wrong information, but in just a short amount of time, he had removed us from his lists for homes to inspect on Tuesday. The hard part for me is that I was mentally prepared to “fail” our home inspection on Tuesday. I never thought it wouldn’t happen, so that was a bit of a let down in a different way than I expected. I also had a stressful appointment at the eye doctors that day, so my emotions were running high. In hindsight, I now see what I was viewing as needing glasses and strain on my eyes for a while now has really this dry eye condition I’m dealing with. My vision is 20/20. My eyes just aren’t happy. The doctor is keeping me on the same prescription and I’m to come back in 3 more months. I guess this really does take a while to see improvement and I’ll probably have to take some form of over the counter drops on a regular basis to keep my dry eyes in check. Not the news I wanted to hear.

Anyway, moving on from my eye issues… back to the house! Wednesday was the inspection and we passed!!! However, we weren’t able to close with Adair until Thursday because they had a few things they were working on to get the house ready for us. Thursday afternoon we were able to get the keys and start ferrying over our first couple of loads. Between Thursday and Friday, we were able to get all our boxes over from Nana & Papa’s house which left only the big bulky furniture for our Saturday move day.  On Thursday evening we were also able to get the washer/dryer and fridges into the house as well. Our main goal was to test them out before moving day. And we had a personal shopper (aka a sweet friend) run to Walmart & Costco for us. We gave her our giant list and she got everything we needed to restart our own pantry! It was such a blessing. She was able to deliver our food on Thursday. It was nice to not have to throw a major shopping trip into our plans this weekend.

Saturday was the big day we cleared out the storage unit! I was able to help direct where things needed to go in the house and then the truck took off to take a second load to my in-law’s house. During the time they were gone, my sister and I went room to room and started unpacking all the boxes. I saved the kitchen for last because I was so scared it wouldn’t all fit and I didn’t want to deal with it. I’m happy to say that I did find a space for everything. I had everything unpacked on Saturday which was nice and very helpful for feeling settled.

Sunday, my parents took the boys up to GG’s house for Easter festivities which gave Jeremy and I alone time around the house to get stuff done without kids underfoot. I went through toy boxes and sorted out what items needed to go to Goodwill without the kids seeing them and wanting to keep them all. Then I was able to move in all our saved baby stuff into the playroom closet. The garage in our Winlock house was lined with Pampers’ boxes full of baby clothes, blankets, toys… I knew that if I had space, I wanted to store those inside and out of Jeremy’s domain. I was happy to see that there was room for them inside now. After that, Jeremy and I went room to room hanging up artwork. I updated pictures in our frames. All the frames I unpacked had photos of Baby Graham in them and I needed to change them to reflect our toddler boy now. Once the boys went to bed that night, Jeremy settled into watch the new Star Wars movie. I took my first bath in the big soaking tub. I finished off the night by putting all my Scentsy warmers into their new places and then put away some office supplies on my new desk.

Yesterday, we were able to show Jeremy’s parents and one of his aunts our house. The boys were thrilled to see Nana & Papa again. I know they will miss seeing them every day.  Jeremy spent a good part of the day making headway on the garage which was full of boxes, packing supplies, yard stuff and general storage items. It’s not an easy task. He took two loads to the dump. We also have the van loaded with Goodwill items.

It’s nice to see the house all put together. For such a long time, I’ve been daydreaming about where everything would go and what it would be like to live here. In some ways we are being reunited with things we have missed. But at the same time, we bought a lot of new items for this home and just stored them until we moved. So it’s like being surrounded by old friends while making new friends. We are surrounded by both old and new stuff. It’s going to take some getting used to. Jeremy had Monday off after Easter, so today is our first day back at our “new” routine in our new house. I’m excited to settle. We are truly blessed to have this opportunity. We feel so loved and so supported. I look forward to starting this new chapter. Owen told me this morning at breakfast that he loves his new home. I told him that I do too. Here’s to many happy memories made under this roof!

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Owen’s class performed for the ladies Bible study on Wednesday. Can you see my cute bunny?

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I was truly amazed at home much stuff I could pack in the back of my minivan. 

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We officially have the keys from Adair! 

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Gotta love a well stocked pantry! 

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Getting to know our new fridge.

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Owen was super excited when the U-Haul pulled in. He loves big trucks. 

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The empty storage unit! 

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Settling in on the first night

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Settling in on the first night

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Easter Morning – A little tired and with crazy hair, but we were thankful for the first night in our new home. 

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Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen

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Play room 

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Graham’s room

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Owen’s room. He has more print to go up, but the frame needs to be glued. 

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Our huge master suite! 

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I might have to take up yoga! Haha. I have room for it. Also, I’m loving having a desk again! 

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Reunited with my friends! My book wreath by my book shelf makes my heart happy. 

 

4 days! March 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helping Daddy set up for Easter Eggstravaganza! 

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

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Love being able to see my floors! 

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Getting ready for the MOPS Bake Sale! 

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The kids has a great time at Easter Eggstravaganza! 

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

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Blowing out his candles in children’s church. 

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Lots of curious helpers at present time. 

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37 candles on a chocolate pie! 

 

 

10 Days! March 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Owen’s first visit to the property! 

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

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Starting to pack some boxes! 

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Testing out the new carpet! 

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Back splash! 

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I love vacuuming!

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Our lovely shower door!

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We sent a train engineer to preschool yesterday! 

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

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Helping Papa feed the birds

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

 

2 weeks! March 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Good day to mow the lawn

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On a walk with Graham

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Kitchen counter tops!

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Stove is installed! 

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Yay for sinks! 

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

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Hello friend! 

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Love having hot water at the house! 

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Enjoying Pi Day at church

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

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

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

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

 

 

One Month to Go! February 28, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 11:57 am

Here we are on the last day of February. We hope to move on the last day of March. One month to go. Now that we are here everything seems so close and yet still far away. I’ve been mentally preparing for this big move for over a year. I want to start packing boxes or something to symbolize that it’s coming, that it’s really going to happen. Our family occupies three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a few shelves in the kitchen. We don’t have much to pack and what we do need to pack, we need to use right up to the time we move. I can’t do too much, but wait. The story of my life. I have made a huge grocery shopping list on my phone. I’m trying to be prepared and think through all the things we are going to need to stock up our home from scratch. Again, if I could get it all now, I would, just so I could feel one step closer. One month. May it go quickly!

March will the fun month when it comes to watching the house come to life. We spent February painting and cleaning in preparation for our finish truck to be delivered. The truck arrived a week earlier than expected which was nice, but it didn’t change our actual closing timeline. It was amazing to walk into the house and see all the things we’d chosen in the showroom inside the house. I got to see our flooring full sized instead of a sample piece. I really like them and if all goes as planned, the laminate should be laid by this weekend. Our cabinets were put in place yesterday and Jeremy & I ran up to the house and played the “where will we put that” game, strategizing about where silverware, cooking utensils and plates will go. We noticed after the cabinets had been delivered that we had too many. There were conflicting kitchen design plans. We told our supervisor about it and he told us not to worry. When we were up there last night, we noticed even more extra cabinets then we originally thought. This morning we woke up to an email from our supervisor confirming what we already knew. Due to the error, we will be getting 5 extra inches of counter top and they will need to re-make some of our upper cabinets for things to fit correctly. Thankfully, upper cabinets won’t delay anything. We asked if we could keep the extra cabinets and we were told we could. Now I’m dreaming of extra cabinets in my laundry room and mud room. What an unexpected blessing. Anyone who knows me knows that storage and organization speaks to my soul, so I am elated!

Other house news includes the electricians have been in to put in the plug-ins, light switches and lighting throughout the house. The lights are only on in the hallway, laundry room and playroom right now, but it’s a start. It’s nice to visit when it’s dark and rely less on flashlights. Hopefully soon no flashlights will be necessary.  Our blinds arrived yesterday for the bedrooms.  Our visit up there last night included opening the boxes and making sure that the blinds fit properly in the windows. We won’t install them now, but it was nice to see them and know they fit. I love having blackout shades in bedrooms. We brought the boys’ over from the Winlock house to my in-laws, but we haven’t had black out shades in our room for over a year. It’s one of the many things I am looking forward to in my new master suite.

The next big project for Jeremy is putting a deck on the front and back of our house. The front deck will be small, just a landing to enter through. The back deck will be larger than we expected, but the decking we are looking at is sold in 12 foot boards, so to avoid extra cutting we will be doing a slightly bigger deck than we originally imagined. Jeremy and I have often dreamed of having a big enough deck for a BBQ and a table for meals to be enjoyed outside. Jeremy has been doing his homework – measuring and comparing material costs. I think the front deck will be created this weekend and the back deck next weekend. My brother-in-law used to work for a decking company and he has built decks for others in my family. He has agreed to help Jeremy and so has my father-in-law. I’m sure anything these three guys can create will be amazing, sturdy and add value to our home and our outdoor living space.

I’ll keep you posted as the weeks tick by and the house transforms into a home – a livable space! The timeline has someone coming to the house almost every single day to finish things up. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold! One month to go!

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Painted and Cleaned

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Painted and Cleaned

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Painted and Cleaned

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Painted and Cleaned

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Snow Day

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We love pizza!

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland!  

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Hands On Kids Museum with MOPS

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Hands On Kids Museum with MOPS

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Winding down before nap time

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The boys’ bathroom

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Lower kitchen cabinets 

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Master Bathroom