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…

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…

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…”…

Starting to settle

Generally settling is considered something negative. As in, “Yeah we settled on this place.” or “Yeah, so-and-so isn’t as fun anymore, he really settled down.” For me right now, settling couldn’t be more welcomed. This is our 5th week in Aberdeen. We still do not have furniture. Brett and I are still sleeping on a…

Air Shipment & Peculiarities in Housing

Oh sweet, sweet air shipment! I knew how much I wanted everything in those 23 boxes but I didn’t anticipate the soothing effect it would have. I was so excited to see spices and canned goods with familiar labels! Mia INHALED the mac & cheese! She was so excited to see it! The kids also…

The Highland Games

To celebrate Father’s Day we went to The Highland Games! We loved it but apparently Aberdeen’s Highland Games aren’t well thought of since Aberdeen is technically outside of the highlands. Staying with the theme of Scotland, there were plenty of things for kids to do while adults watched the feats of strength. Only men would…

The River Dee & The Pink Castle

The weather we experienced today was probably much closer to typical Aberdeen weather than we’d experienced prior. It was cloudy, rainy, and stayed in the 50s. However, as the Scottish say, “There is no bad weather. There are only poor clothing choices.” We started the day with a walk along The River Dee. Followed by…

House Hunting and Sight Seeing

Y’all. Houses in Aberdeen are crazy different than the states. For one, open concept is nonexistent. Everything is sectioned off and every room has a door, even the kitchen. Many of the houses/ double uppers (this is when a massive old home is broken up into what we would call a duplex but instead of…