Jam packed month of fun, travel, and visitors comes to an end

June – you were pretty epic. Girls trip in Paris, Liz & Eric visiting Aberdeen, Efteling with the Bach/Morris clan, Brooke & Michael’s visit, and all wrapped up with a night out for a friend’s 40th birthday. Whew! The kids weren’t the only ones living their best lives this month! Brooke & Michael Brooke and…

Efteling and the Aberdeen Highland Games

As my friend Lorie said, Brooks and Mia were living their best lives this week! We spent the majority of this week in the Netherlands at a theme park outside of Amsterdam called Efteling. Efteling – almost none of my expat friends have heard of it and none of Brett’s coworkers had heard of it…

Short and sweet… but with sea bears

My cousin Liz and her new husband Eric came to visit us at the end of their two-week long honeymoon tour of Scotland. We were so happy to have them and show them around our favorite places for the brief amount of time they were here. As all trips to Aberdeenshire should, we started with…

Belated Easter Post

I know. I haven’t been consistent in posting lately. I think because life hasn’t been consistent lately. The spring brought visitors and nicer weather so there’s been more to do. I need to do a quick post on our first Easter in Scotland though so that memories of it don’t fade – as they’ve already…

How much sight-seeing can we squeeze into one week?

Monday afternoon I made my usual pick up of Brooks and Mia at school – a bit more hurried this time as we were racing to the airport to pick up my mom and my sister. Brooks and Mia were literally jumping up and down in excitement. As we tore down the street, his little…

The Moutons Come to Scotland

The countdown clock for Keith and Sandy’s arrival felt like it would never reach zero. The whole week leading up to their arrival was full of Brooks asking how many hours until they’d get here. Too much math for me, buddy! The joy in their faces when they saw their Mimi and Papa was heartwarming…

Burn ‘o’ Vat

We have a new favorite place to take visitors! The Burn ‘o’ Vat is in the Muir of Dinnet Natural Nature Reserve and it is so cool! It snowed pretty heavily yesterday but very little stuck to the ground. Brett wanted to take the kids on an adventure to play in some snow so we…

Separation of Church and State

It’s that time of year! End of term performances/Holiday shows. In America, we call it all sorts of things – typically very careful not to call it a Christmas show – even though that’s exactly what it is. In the good ole US of A, there shouldn’t be any overt religious favoritism at school. Every…

Dreich

It has been raining all. damn. week. I think that this weather is what Scottish people refer to as dreich – meaning dreary, gloomy, bleak, miserable, grey, depressing, devoid of sunshine…you get the point. Picking up Brooks and/or Mia from school has been an exercise in racing the rain and trying out a variety of…

Guising and Fireworks Night

It’s been a big week of cultural experiences for the Mouton household! The kids participated in their first Guising on Wednesday night. The Christian celebration of All Saints Day on November 1st was set to coincide with the last day of the old Celtic calendar year – 31 October. It was celebrated by the Druids…