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…

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…

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…

It’s been a minute…

Hello friends, I apologize for my absence, although I doubt that anyone has been waiting with bated breath for updates on our life. February has been the longest month – complete with illnesses and cold temps with a few bouts glorious sunshine sprinkled in. I’m sure that what follows will be a random string of…

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…

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…