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…

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…

Weekend Adventures in the Cold & The First Snow

Winter has truly set in now I think. Temperatures stay close to freezing and this week we experienced our first snowfall and all of the mayhem that comes with it. First Snow of Winter Mia absolutely loved the snow! Playing in it and eating it. She begged to go outside all day for the couple…

Jamie Came to Visit and we Drank ALL of the Wine

When I was 14 years old and a freshman at Victoria High School, a junior girl I didn’t know came up to me and asked me to dinner. I told her I couldn’t. I already had plans. She asked about the next night and my extremely shy self reluctantly agreed. I was a Reserve in…

Yaya and Papa Ed Come to Visit – End of Trip Discussion and Pics

Scotland is an amazingly beautiful country. I honestly don’t know how anyone lives here their whole life and then moves gets transferred to Houston and is happy about it. However, I just dropped my mom and Ed at the airport. Suddenly the shades of green and amber fields flecked with sheep, cows and blanketed horses…

Castle Fraser or I’m learning nothing of Scottish History

“Want to know the true definition of the triumph of hope over experience? Plan a fun family day out.” – Jojo Moyes I’ve been talking to a photographer about a family picture while we’re in Scotland. I really want a good family shot to remind us of our time here. She suggested Castle Fraser which…

New Slains Castle & Newburgh Seal Beach

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”  ― Bram Stoker, Dracula Our latest adventure took us to New Slains Castle where Bram Stoker was inspired to write the book, Dracula! Brett read that it was a kind of dangerous place…

The River Dee & The Pink Castle

The weather we experienced today was probably much closer to typical Aberdeen weather than we’d experienced prior. It was cloudy, rainy, and stayed in the 50s. However, as the Scottish say, “There is no bad weather. There are only poor clothing choices.” We started the day with a walk along The River Dee. Followed by…