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…

Paris isn’t just for lovers…

…it’s also for being fabulous with your girlfriends! Which is just what I did this weekend with Rachael and Jasmine – long time bestie and new fabulous friend. This trip was supposed to happen at the beginning of March but life got in the way then and continued to trip us up until we settled…

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…

A Kid-Free Holiday – Part 2

If you’re hoping that Part 2 will have more compelling stories and or mishaps or vomit – like our normal travels – I’m sorry to disappoint. Tons more learning and walking/getting lost over the rest of our trip and no vomit because our kids weren’t with us. Day Three The Colosseum We met our tour…

A Kid-Free Holiday – Part 1

The arrival of Brett’s parents meant that we could take a much needed holiday SANS children. Brett told me that we could go absolutely anywhere in Europe that I wanted to go – sort of a thank you for uprooting my life and following his career to Scotland. For some people this might be an…

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…