The U.S. Has The Best Drugs

*** Warning: What follows is a rant from a tired mom struggling to get over a virus that has kept her and her two children house-bound for 4 days.*** In general, I appreciate Scotland’s stance towards doing things in a more “natural” way, even though it means I have to grocery shop at least twice…

Six Months In

When you first meet someone as an adult, your brain tries to tie in this new person to existing brain schema. That’s why new people you meet so easily remind you of others you know or have seen. You find yourself turning to a mutual friend and asking, “Doesn’t so and so remind you of…”…

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…

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Before I begin on our adventures, let me take a moment to say that Christmas is quite different here than in the states. Obviously, there’s no Thanksgiving holiday so Christmas is full force in stores from Halloween on. You’d think then that it wouldn’t be difficult to find something like wire Christmas ribbon – you…

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…

Things I Miss

I’ve been thinking about homesickness recently. Every blog and book I read about moving to a new country and culture references the ending of the “honeymoon phase” and the start of the “homesickness phase.” I can’t help but wonder if I’m still in the honeymoon phase and blissfully unaware of the impending crushing homesickness or…

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…

Conference with Brooks’ Teachers and Mia’s Nursery Pre-Start

Big week for little Miss Priss!   Mia had “pre-starts” for Nursery school this week! Tuesday I went with her and we both stayed for an hour. Wednesday and Thursday she stayed by herself from 9-11 and Friday she stayed by herself from 10-2. This was DRASTICALLY different from starting day care in the US…

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…

MOVING DAY

I was chatting with a group of ladies over coffee last week. We were discussing the trials and tribulations of expat life and how it felt when your sea freight shipment finally arrived. One person said, “When you see all your stuff, it’s like you remember who you are.” (This was said with a Louisiana…