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…

The Trip Home…and Back

I have a Christmas post coming so that I can remember our first Christmas away but I know that you’re all waiting on the chaos that ensued on our travels with our two little darlings so we’ll do things out of order. Our travels began with a 4:15 wake up call for the kiddos and…

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…