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…

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…

Obligatory Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving usually meant large family get togethers, blessings that went on and on…and on – usually including tears, wine glasses that were never empty, Uncle Charlie’s seasonal boujalis, constant watch over Brooks to ensure he didn’t end up in a fire pit or the river,  hoards of really…

Initial Impressions of Aberdeen

It’s kind of like Corpus. Exchange the Selena statue for William Wallace and other dudes that were leading wars before America was a twinkle in the Pilgrims’ eyes and it’s about the same. It’s roughly the same size as Corpus and it’s on the beach. It’s not a super sexy destination. No one from the…

Days 2 & 3: Survival Mode and Driving in the UK

It has been an interesting couple of days. Day 2 was mostly spent asleep. Little Mia pulled a 15 hour stretch of sleep! One of my friends dubbed Mia her “sleep hero”. I wish that she had been a hero any other time it came to sleep! She’s been pushing her naps back, waking up…

My heart hurts

I’m alone at the moment. It might be the first time that I’ve been totally alone since Brett came home. I was/am so excited to have him home but his return meant that our move is imminent -this dark, looming hole that I cannot see the bottom of. For the longest time it’s just been…

Salute to all the single moms

This week marks week 5 that Brett left for Aberdeen and I’ve been single mom-ing it with my two children aka two terrorists, as a good friend lovingly refers to them. How in the shit do people do this all the time?  Maybe it would be easier if I wasn’t dealing with a transatlantic move?…