Amy Scott's Thoughts

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September in full swing! September 17, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 12:37 pm

Oh September! This month seems like no big deal, but then all the things just happen to fall in one month and in some cases the span of one week. I didn’t expect the start of preschool, MOPS & MOMSnext and hunting season to be so zany, but it turns out that is a lot of change to our family schedule. Kids can go bananas when the schedule changes. Our days have been a bit nutty, but we’re slowly adapting to our new routine and the commitments that come with the fall. Jeremy spent the weekend at church for Man Camp and then at the end of this week we have Staff Retreat. Our kids can’t keep track of all the comings and goings. I’m grateful for today where we have a quiet day around the house. Owen had preschool this morning, I cleaned the house, Graham played happily with no agenda – there was no rush to be off somewhere. The rest of the week won’t be like this, but today is quiet and that is just the calm we need before the pace picks up again.

Owen is back to school and adjusting fairly well to our new four day a week schedule. Today he asked me to pack him a lunch to take to school. The school offers lunch but he doesn’t eat it. Instead he has been coming home and eating with us before nap time. However, he informed me that I could pack him a lunch and then he would eat that with his friends. Truthfully, I’m hoping this packing a lunch thing doesn’t stick.  I figured next year I would be a slave to the lunch packing routine. I wasn’t ready for that to be a this year thing. Apart from school, Owen is still very much interested in all the things that Jeremy enjoys. Owen will ask Jeremy how hunting went and then look at all the pictures and videos that Jeremy took from the day. On the first day it started raining, Owen was so excited because it would be good for the grass. On Friday, Jeremy was covering some the “bare” spots in our yard with grass seed. Owen was helping cover these spots and explaining to Jeremy and I that these were “bear” spots where the bears took up the grass seed by stepping them. He wasn’t too concerned that these “bear” spots were so close to the house.

Graham is enjoying the time that Owen is away at school for one on one time with me. He also greatly enjoys getting to play with all the toys without sharing. It was amazing to me how well the boys played together all summer and then once Owen went back to school how the dynamic shifted. Owen is excited to come home and play with the toys that he has missed all morning and Graham is super upset because they had all been his that morning. I overheard Graham counting to 10 yesterday all on his own. I feel like with Graham I’ve been less focused on learning letters, numbers, colors. We talk about those things, but I think I was more disciplined with Owen. It was thrilling to hear Graham counting all on his own. Graham is also in for some major changes soon. We are close to making his crib into a toddler bed. He got out of his crib a week or so ago and it restarted our conversations. While I’m not a huge fan of mobility, he is almost three and this is the same time we made the change for Owen. Graham also is about to get put through potty training boot camp. I’m going to get some carpet/floor cleaner and we’ll make this happen in October. It is clear that Graham isn’t going to initiate potty training… Again, he is almost three. It’s about time. The personality differences are really starting to show between the two boys. I am at a loss because things that motivated Owen, don’t motivate Graham. This little boy remains a Mama’s boy and loves to spend his time with me. While I sometimes worry he is too attached, I am grateful for the snuggles and love and that I get to be his person.

The Jeremy update is that early hunt is winding down now. He only did elk season this year, so it made for a shorter season. I am grateful for that because the boys literally ask when is Daddy going to be home every half hour when Jeremy is out hunting. Owen especially wishes he could go out with Jeremy. His time will come, just not yet. When Jeremy isn’t out trying to fill the freezer with elk, he is working on our yard and garden. He harvested another around of pumpkins this last week. Like I mentioned before, he is also working to fill in the bare spots in the yard. Growing grass is a multi-phase project. It’s really coming along too! It’s such a joy to see green surrounding our house! I am so grateful that Jeremy loves the outside work and does such a great job making our yard a usable space for our family.

As for me, the biggest thing on my plate has been MOPS & MOMSnext kicking off last week. It was great to have 41 ladies in the room and that same amount of kiddos/volunteers in the childcare classrooms for a total of 82 people on site for the night. The evening went smoothly and it was wonderful to see a lot of new faces who haven’t been a part of our group before. I am so thankful for the fantastic team of ladies I get to serve alongside. The first night of MOPS & MOMSnext definitely left me looking forward to our next meeting with great anticipation!

That’s the Scott update for now! We’re looking forward to a fun day at a new zoo tomorrow and then a very special pre-birthday treat for the boys next week. While September has been busy and a bit crazy, we still have thrown a lot of fun into the mix as well!

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Dressing up at church

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Owen helped me make some flower deliveries for Grandparent’s Day. He picked out what flowers each set of grandparents got. 

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Loving the Find Your Fire theme at MOPS & MOMSnext year!  

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Lamby got a costume! We love all things fall in this household! Costumes are high on our list right now. 

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MOPS & MOMSnext in action!

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A milk & cake pops kind of day. I might spoil the boys while Jeremy is away… 

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Graham “hole” heartedly agrees! 

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Preschool drop off – Graham wasn’t going to school, but needed his backpack, just like brother. 

 

Winner, Winner! September 8, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:47 am

All summer long we’ve been working hard at the Summer Family Challenge that our church sponsored. We had a booklet packed full of challenges to have fun together has a family. We made homemade pizza, lemonade, popsicles. We had picnics, went bowling, flew a kite, made a sand castle, visited parks and the zoo. We memorized passages of scripture, prayed together and helped out around our community. We had a blast doing it! Each challenge had points attached to it. We racked up the points and secretly won the challenge! However, there is the fine print of employees not being eligible for prizes. At the beginning of the summer, I told the boys even though we couldn’t officially win, if we placed in the top three then we would celebrate as family with something extra special. I’m happy to say we did come in first so the boys were given a few options for how we might mark the occasion. We offered the Giant Wheel in Seattle, a MAX train ride in Portland or a toy. The boys chose the MAX ride because it’s been a life long dream for them. Since they picked the cheapest option (the ride cost us $5), we offered to get them a toy as well.

We made it down to Portland yesterday and hopped on the MAX right off the bat. Owen enjoyed the speed of the train and looking out the window. We happily rode to our destination – the airport! We figured that riding the short ride from our shopping center to the airport would be the “safest” MAX experience we could give them. All the passengers were heading to the airport with a purpose. We arrived at the airport and went inside to have a cake pop from Starbucks. Then it was back on the MAX to go shopping. We had lunch at IKEA and after that the boys got to pick out a toy at Target. There was a bit of drama coming up with what toys to get. After the drama Owen ended up with a glow in the dark Thomas track set and Graham ended up with a garbage truck that was originally what Owen had picked.

We’re not really broadcasting with our church family that we won the Summer Family Challenge, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t rewarded well. It was great to spend the day together as a family – especially right before a busy season (hunting season, man camp, staff retreat – all coming in the next few weeks). The boys worked hard to succeed with the challenges. The Summer Family Challenge was the perfect way for us to stay busy, have fun and an invest in our family. We can’t wait to do it again next summer!

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1st time on the MAX – a long time dream of Owen’s coming true!

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Excited Kiddo!

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Lap hopping

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Getting a cake pop at the airport

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Back on the MAX

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Looking at the empty cab

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There was no shortage of chocolate treats.

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Graham’s garbage truck

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Owen’s new Thomas track

 

 

After Two Years… September 6, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 9:30 am

It’s a two blog post week! Yipee for you! And for me!

I wanted to share with you in a little more detail how much fun I’ve been having decorating my house for fall. Two years ago, we were boxing up our house in preparation to move in with my-laws. Even though we didn’t move until October, I didn’t pull out the fall decorations. Last year, we were living with my in-laws while we were building our home. So it’s been two years since I’ve been able to decorate a house for the seasons and let me tell you, I am overjoyed!!!

I have a thing for miniature pumpkins – especially Baby Boos and Jack Be Littles! They are one of my favorite things on the planet. If Jeremy would follow my instructions, we wouldn’t have a “garden”, we’d have a pumpkin patch. In fact, I keep telling him this would the perfect use for our extra acres. He hasn’t complied… Anyway, Jeremy did grow a small army of pumpkins this year. The Baby Boos especially took off with a flourish! I will admit that I started my fall decorating last Thursday even though it was still August (I even turned my calendars over). I couldn’t help myself. On Friday, Jeremy went to the garden and got me the first round of pumpkins. We have more coming in a few weeks!

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Pumpkin Harvest – Round One

I was able to go to Hobby Lobby and get a few more fall items for the house. Also, the day I went shopping with my sister, I got a few more things. Our new additions this year are a door mat, some throw pillows, a new tablecloth (a vinyl forest animal one for the kids to destroy over the next few months), a new “thankful” sign and small hay bale. I pulled out our existing fall decor from the garage and added the mini pumpkins – and BAM! Autumn arrived!

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Can’t wait to add more pumpkins soon!

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Pumpkins everywhere and our new tablecloth!

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Experimenting with new pillows

For me, September really is the start of the year. It’s back to school, back to MOPS & MOMSnext, new kids in church classes. So much begins in September. It’s a time full of anticipation as we get used to new routines, new classes, new kids, new friends. I feel a bit like a kid on the first day of school as I prepare for my MOPS & MOMSnext year to start and as we get ready to host a growth group in our home in October. I get nervous about meeting new people, but I am also excited to see familiar faces in those groups as well.

I’ve always love the fall season the most and that means the decorations go a long way when it comes to celebrating my favorite time of year. I didn’t realize how much I would miss decorating until I didn’t have a home of my own. I am not a pro at interior design. This isn’t a blog about the latest home trends. I honestly thought that since I’m so low-key about home decor, I wouldn’t miss it as much as I did. But then I realized how much of yourself goes into making a space your home and what it offers to your family. It’s a place of self expression and it provides a sense of security. At least, it does for me and I wouldn’t have known that without walking through the last few seasons of our journey.

In closing, here are few more thoughts from around the house. We are currently trying to grow grass. We have green starting to take over where there was once brown. Praise the Lord!!! It’s a multi-phase project, but just seeing the first bit of green in the yard is such a wonderful sight! Jeremy also planted some nice fall colored mums to make our front entry way even more inviting. We are slowly working on our landscaping and turning into a yard we can be proud of. And by “we”, I mean Jeremy. I give input. If he asks for it.

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The beginnings of a yard! See the green?

I know I don’t mention it enough here, but I’ve been keeping up with my reading over the summer. It’s been nice to reconnect with my books. I’ve re-read quite a few of them since we unpacked. This August, I got three new books and I enjoyed each of them. Girl, Wash Your Face & Everybody, Always were very motivating, empowering and inspiring books.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a choice based off the new Netflix movie and one of my favorite bloggers. She mentioned it was one of the books she returns to often and even though the book isn’t like the movie, she still really enjoyed the movie. I chose the right order since I watched the movie and then read the book, so the movie wasn’t spoiled. The history in the story was so interesting, sad and also inspiring since it tells the story of the channel islands and the German occupation during WWII.

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And that wraps up post number two for the week. I’m loving the fall vibes. From the new decor, to the new routine, to the cold mornings, sunny afternoons and chilly nights. We are settling into this season with much appreciation and anticipation.

 

Back to School 2018 September 4, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 12:40 pm

This is the first time we can actually say it’s “back” to school day! Owen went back for year two of preschool this morning. The great part of going to preschool at our church is that Owen is familiar with his classroom. It’s the same one he is in on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays for church. On an average week, Owen will visit the “orange room” Sunday through Thursday. Some days, twice a day! Here’s hoping he doesn’t get bored with it! The first day was a success and Jeremy treated Owen to fries and Hawaiian Punch at McDonald’s to celebrate!

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Now let’s go backwards to the last few weeks of our summer. I had greater and grander plans for how summer was going to wrap up. But I’ve been batting a sinus infection for going on three weeks now. The smoke arrived and set in motion what felt like an endless illness. Jeremy kept telling me to go to the doctor and I kept saying that I’ve been sick for so long it must be over soon… but it never happened. I should have gone to the doctor. Lesson learned. Even now I don’t have my energy back, but I’m in less pain and I don’t sound as strange as I did before, so I do think I’m on my way to getting better.

Despite being under the weather, I tried to make the last few weeks of summer fun for the kids. Some of the days we were forced to be inside because of air quality. We worked on our letters, numbers, shapes, colors, memory verses. Owen got Clifford books and a DVD from the library. We don’t check out a lot of things from the library, so Owen is very upset that we eventually have to give them back. We enjoyed some play dates with friends and a birthday party for Cousin Colton! We had a young families BBQ at the church where Owen ran around with friends on the inflatables. We made one last trip down to the Oregon Zoo. Our zoo day turned into quite the adventure because they were filming a movie there that day. It was a wild day and not because of the animals.  We also explored a newly opened indoor play spot in Longview with friends. It was mostly inflatables and climbing toys and was a great place to run off some energy!

After a couple days of go, go, go, we spent most of Labor Day weekend resting. I had to stop and slow down in order to get better. Even though our Labor Day weekend was low key, we still managed to make it exciting for the kids. We decorated the house for fall. Jeremy harvested the first round of mini pumpkins from his garden. We set up our 6 person dome tent in the living for an indoor camp out! I spent part of the night in the tent with the boys and when I woke up in the morning, it felt like the full camping experience. Jeremy joked all we needed was the dewy feeling and it would be spot on. We also got to spend a little time with both sets on grandparents. Overall, a wonderful and quiet-ish long weekend.

And now we are learning our new routine. Summer vacation is over. I was so nervous about how this summer was going to go and it turned out to be way more awesome that I expected. We did so many fun things and had so many adventures! We also have so much good stuff coming up this fall. It makes saying good-bye to summer a bit easier. In each season, God is good. I feel so blessed and so thankful for where we are. I am looking forward to what this next season holds for us!

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These boys love to match

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Getting ready for back to school

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Our giant pumpkin 

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Owen’s current obsession 

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Colton! 

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That blue frosting… 

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Playing at church 

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Playing at the park 

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End of summer trip to the zoo

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Train ride at the zoo 

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Burning off the energy at The Family Room

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Burning off the energy at The Family Room

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Cleaning up the pumpkin harvest – round one! We have more that will be ready in a few weeks. 

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Tent camping in the living room

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Tent camping in the living room

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Tent camping in the living room

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Tent camping in the living room

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Owen went scouting with Jeremy in prep for elk season. 

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Back to school questions 

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The difference a year makes!  2017 & 2018 first day of school photos. 

 

What Fills You Up August 25, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 10:48 am

Earlier this week Jeremy mentioned that he was offered a ticket to a Seahawks game and he wondered if I would be okay with him attending. I was totally okay with that. Jeremy works hard at his job. He’s also been Super Dad with the boys – taking them a little extra over the last couple weeks so I could work on MOPS & MOMSnext things or because I’ve been sick. He has stepped up and given them awesome experiences of “man time” with their dad. I believe in the value of those father/son moments.

My first thought was Jeremy is awesome, he deserves a night out to do something fun. And then my next thought was… I wish I had fun. Pathetic, right? I love my kids and I love the ways that I get to serve at my church and in my community. Those things are important to me. It dawned on me though that my time away from the kids this month has been work or illness related. I just don’t take time to get away for myself. I gave Jeremy the thumbs up on going to the game and then I mentioned my desire to have a little fun too. He wholeheartedly agreed that I needed to find a way to fill up my tank. He offered to watch the boys on Friday so I would take some time for myself. I felt like I was handed the world and I didn’t quite know what to do with it. I don’t have hobbies that take me outside of the house. I like to read. I like to bake. I like to blog. All these things happen at home and I truly love and appreciate any time I get to be home alone. But occasionally, I want to get out and do something. Friday was my ticket.

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Friday morning in the Scott Household

Friday morning I got ready and exited my bedroom to a frantic four year old who needed to snuggle with me. All morning, until nap time. Jeremy had informed the boys that I was leaving for the day and even harder to swallow was the fact that I decided to go spend time with Auntie April without them. The horror!!! I “snuggled” both my boys for about 15 minutes of constant tears. The begging went from “please take me with you” to “please don’t go!” At one point, Jeremy joined into the crying just to make it a trifecta of wailing Scotts. I drove out of the driveway to a tearful sight and just two minutes later Jeremy texted me saying that the moment the boys went into the house, the tears stopped and all was well. Crazy, right? They can turn those emotions on and off so fast!

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Enjoying mac & cheese and quality time with my sister!

This week I’ve been really sick with a sinus infection due to the hazardous air in our area. I wasn’t sure I had the energy to do much with my free day, but I wanted to make the most of it. I decided to head down to Longview  – it has more stores than Chehalis and I could meet up with my sister for some one-on-one time. It was great to go to multiple stores and not have to go through the car seat unloading and reloading process. April and I ate lunch without having to strategize on what food was most likely to get eaten and what would be rejected by tiny humans. And I had the ride down and back to think, pray and ponder life. Such a blessing and truly a gift for Jeremy to send me off for the day. Even though the boys acted like they were dying, I knew they were in good hands. 4-5 hours without their mom wasn’t going to end the world.

This was a good reminder for me. Both parents need to do fun things. We both need to invest in things we love and we both need that self-care of doing something fun just for the sake of having fun. I am grateful that I have a husband who enjoys spending time with our kids and doesn’t view taking care of them as a “mom” job. We are a team. Sometimes we do that job together and sometimes we do it apart so the other spouse can work or play.

I was also reminded that if I don’t speak up and share my needs, they won’t easily get met. Jeremy isn’t a mind reader. He doesn’t know when I need a break unless I verbalize it. It’s good to say something before you get burnt out. And while big days out without the kids aren’t the norm for me, I’m also reminded how life giving reading, baking, blogging, and journaling are to me. If I can’t squeeze a day to myself onto the calendar, I need to hit up my go-to hobbies that fill me. Even some thing as small as changing the warmers in my house to a favorite scent can fill me up. I recently changed my warmers to a baked apple pie scent and my house smells like the upcoming fall season and that makes me happy. Jeremy is growing an absurd amount of little pumpkins in his garden and come September, I plan on putting little pumpkins everywhere. This makes me happy.

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It seemed appropriate to put Target in the background of our picture together!

There so many things that fill up and bring me joy. I need to be intentional about keeping them scattered through out my days. Life can’t be all work and productivity because for me that leads to illness. I end up on a cycle on full speed productivity and then completely laid out while I recover. There needs to be a middle ground where I can slow down. I’ve found that balance is an elusive thing. Maybe you can relate? Some months certain commitments take more time and effort and then they are replaced by a different commitment or season. It’s hard to get just the right balance of work, play, family, friends, serving, community and quiet. Certain things will demand more time at different times. It doesn’t all break down evenly. And that’s okay. After a super busy season, you need to slow down and invest in yourself. You can’t put that off forever. And as much as I don’t want summer to end because I know a lot responsibility is coming in the fall, I can’t live in summer mode forever. The calendar ebbs and flows and I don’t want to fight the tide. I want to embrace each day and each moment with the mindfulness that I can’t give what I don’t have. I can’t love my family, friends, and community unless I’m able to spend time with Jesus and as an introvert – spend time alone. I need to do the things I love throughout the week and month so I am able to share a joyful and peaceful spirit with those who come in contact with me.

I know this is a lesson we all know. I’ve known it for years. But I’m still practicing it. I still need reminders. I don’t live it out perfectly. Thankfully, each day is a new chance and a new opportunity. I might never get it right, but I get a lifetime to try and for that I am grateful.

 

Making the Days Count August 20, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 9:37 am

We are now at the two week mark until school starts and we’ve been making the days count. Filling them with so much summertime goodness while we still can. I can’t make up my mind if I am excited for fall to come. It is my favorite season – full of my favorite things, but this summer has been pretty awesome. We’ve done so much to have fun and enjoy the free time we’ve been given. I love routine and structure and yet at the same time, I’m not sure I’m ready to go back to the real world. Well, ready or not, here it comes. I plan on making these last few weeks of summer as much fun as I possibly can!

I mentioned in my last post that we had an jammed pack week ahead of us and we did… but of course, true to life, the week didn’t pan out quite like I had hoped. On Monday, I noticed my throat felt funny, but it wasn’t too bad. Then I went out for my evening walk and it was super smokey and hazy, but I thought nothing of it. By the time I went to bed that night, my throat hurt insanely bad. Jeremy told me it was probably due to the air quality and joked that I was “sensitive”. However, he looked it up and noted that the air quality was hazardous to all people, not just sensitive ones. The air quality on Tuesday was super bad, but I had a commitment to be at the farmer’s market that day, so that meant outside time as well. Tuesday night we went to bed with the fan in the window and I almost took it out because I could hardly breathe the air coming in. Here is the fun part, I woke up on Wednesday morning with the room spinning. Side effects of toxic air are sinus issues, sore throat, headaches… yep… So I was literally laid out by the air this week.  On Wednesday, I was supposed to take the kids up to Olympia to the kid’s museum. We had cousins coming over that afternoon to spend the night. This was not a good time for the room to spin. I was able to rest and medicate and Jeremy was a super hero who jumped in and took the boys to the museum.  The air cleared up on Thursday and we were able to enjoy our cousins sleepover and spend time outside! After one set of cousins went to stay with Nana & Papa, we drove down to see the other set of cousins and watch my nephew, Keegan, play his last soccer game.

At the beginning of the summer, I made a list of all places I wanted to take the boys. NW Trek was on the list and when we heard that Nana & Papa planned to go on Friday, we jumped on board and joined them. It was a fun day watching the kids run, play and explore. My husband loves the tram ride they offer. He loves searching for animals even more than the kids do.  Saturday was a day around the house for projects – Jeremy worked on touching up the paint on the outside of the house, the boys helped Grandpa wash his car and I cleaned the inside of the house. I love days at home where we can be productive, but we also get to work at own pace with no stress or rush. This is the bliss of a sunny, summer Saturday. Sunday, we got to check off another summer bucket list item  by going to the SWW Fair. Owen was tall enough to do all the rides he wanted except the Ferris Wheel. Graham could only on the carousel, so he did that twice before we went off to play games with the rest of our tickets. Graham especially loved the animals. We enjoyed our favorite fair food treats which for the boys is mini-donuts and for me is an elephant year.

Now to decide how the last two week of summer will look… I have some ideas. For a low-key outing, we’re going to Burger King to have lunch with friends today. The air has become smokey again, so I’m trying to find fun things to do inside. The poor air quality adds a challenge to our activities, but I think we’re up for it. I’ll let you know how it goes soon.

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Unloading MOPS & MOMSnext supplies at the church. We ride in style!

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Bringing Daddy a coffee

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Testing our crafts out at the farmer’s market. Our MOPS & MOMSnext group sponsored a craft at the Kid’s Club.

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Making a pie with the berries we picked. The boys are saying “pie” in this picture.

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Four ducks in a row!

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Double the fun on Thursday with the cousins!

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Checking out cousin Keegan’s soccer game

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Cheering for Keegan

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Moose at NW Trek

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Bison

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NW Trek

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River Otter Love

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Tram Ride at NW Trek

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Tram Ride at NW Trek

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NW Trek

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Munching on mini donuts! Their favorite fair food! 

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Carnival games are perfect for kids who are too short to ride the rides. 

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Don’t let the tense smile fool you, Owen was so excited for his ride on the wacky worm! 

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The only ride Graham could go on! At least he got to go on it twice and had a great time! 

 

Prep Mode: Fall is coming… August 13, 2018

Filed under: Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 6:25 pm

August arrived and with it came the realization that things needed to get done before September knocks on our door. It’s been such a fun summer playing with my kids that it’s has been a bit hard to pull myself out of party mode and become a serious adult again with responsibilities. We still have some summer fun up our sleeves before the end of August and that is helping me cope with the countdown to September.

The main thing that kicked into full speed has been MOPS & MOMSnext prep. We just had our leadership planning retreat at my house this weekend. It was a such an honor to welcome these fantastic leaders into my home and spend Friday night and Saturday morning dreaming with them about the upcoming MOPS & MOMSnext school year. I had fun making the “Find Your Fire” theme come to life in the decor for the weekend. Along with prepping for our weekend of planning, we had an outing at the spray park today (more on that later) and tomorrow we will be sponsoring the kid’s club at our local farmer’s market. We have less than a month until our first meeting so the clock is ticking. After the spray park today, I took off for Hobby Lobby to finish up our door prize shopping. Every day I’m checking items off the to-do list and turning it into a to-done list.

The other responsibility that needs some prepping is back to school shopping for Owen. Luckily, we aren’t at the school supply list stage yet, but he is wearing all the same clothes he went to preschool in last fall. And he has probably grown 4 inches since then. While I was hosting our leadership retreat this weekend, Jeremy took the boys out Friday night to do back to school shopping. My friends all joked about trusting Jeremy with this sacred task. He did pretty well with the exception of a clearance Snoopy 4th of July shirt. Not exactly what I had in mind for back to school clothes. The cutest surprise on Friday was my little boys walking in dressed up as a firemen. Jeremy had made an executive call and got their Halloween costumes early. Last year we went back and forth so much on what the boys should be. He wanted to avoid that this year. More power to him. Plus, the boys are just starting to get into dress up, so I’m hoping we can add to their costume collection soon. What better time then right around Halloween? Lots of costume choices out there.

Moving on to my funny spray park story… Jeremy had promised to drive back up to camp today to make sure the next team was prepped for their week of camp. As a long time director and having already finished with a week of camp this summer, he was happy to lend a hand. The boys really wanted to see the camp where Daddy stayed for a week, so Jeremy invited them along for the adventure. Originally, I was going to join them for this outing up north, but later Jeremy suggested I stay home and use the quiet the time to do whatever I wanted… Whatever I wanted looks like MOPS & MOMSnext emailing, Usborne book party prep, cleaning the house, lots of laundry, organizing MOPS & MOMSnext stuff to take to the church, going shopping in Olympia and coming home to do online shopping… oh and going to the spray park for an MOPS & MOMSnext outing without my kiddos in tow! As silly has it sounds, I thought it might be fun to hang out with the moms and not have the pressure of watching my own kids. The only downside was I stayed for about 15 minutes at the park because no one was there. A couple friends had told me they couldn’t make it today and another friend said she ended up showing up late. No big deal. Summer play dates can be hit or miss and for some reason the spray park never has a strong showing… put that in the notes for next year… Anyway, I could have skipped the outing, but my “I’m the leader, I need to be at everything” training just wouldn’t let me leave it be. Plus, sitting in the sun for 15 minutes before going to Hobby Lobby wasn’t going to kill me. I got my Vitamin D for the day.

The week ahead is full of adventure. It’s really the last jammed packed week I have for this summer. But you’ll just have to hear about that in my next post. See you in a week!

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Donuts with the grandparents

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Summer Bliss

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Lots to do

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Breakfast out with Dad

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Hanging with my boys 

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Last day of swim lessons = fun day = jump off the diving board day

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Another session completed! 

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When the theme is Find Your Fire, you play YouTube videos of a campfire to set the mood! 

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The MOPS & MOMSnext team that I am honored to serve alongside! 

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My little fireman! 

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Doesn’t get much cuter! 

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Blackberry picking for the summer family challenge

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Cute Pumpkins!