October Holidays

Much loved by kids and much dreaded by adults – the two week October holidays. Two uninterrupted weeks free from school start times, homework, and general sanity. Most of the holiday we stayed around Aberdeen – having play dates and frequenting indoor playscapes. On a rainy day we found ourselves at Wynford Farms – the…

Everyone calm down! And also, Isle of Skye

Y’all, simmer. You know I don’t think through these posts that much! It’s just a stream of consciousness of my feelings at that point in time. I didn’t change in anything in that post because that’s how I was feeling at the time and I want to remember it. I still have zero information about…

A Texas Holiday

When I was in college, (university for those of you outside the states), I took a class called Interpersonal Communication Theory. It was about relationships. It was a hugely popular class held in one of those massive 500 person auditoriums. If you weren’t in class at least 15 minutes early you wouldn’t have a seat….

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…

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…

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…

Home and back… to home?

A trip is something you take with your kids. A vacation is something you go on without them. This past week I crossed six time zones, twice, in a matter of five days. Thank goodness it was a vacation and not a trip. I might not have survived. I think I’ve been conditioned and spoiled…