Castle Fraser or I’m learning nothing of Scottish History

“Want to know the true definition of the triumph of hope over experience? Plan a fun family day out.” – Jojo Moyes I’ve been talking to a photographer about a family picture while we’re in Scotland. I really want a good family shot to remind us of our time here. She suggested Castle Fraser which…

Brooks’ First Day of School

Written a week ago: For the first time ever, I’m worried about my son fitting in. Is he going to have the right kind of snack? The right kind of container for it? The right kind of clothes? Will his classmates make fun of him for being different or respect his perspective? These are things…

Giving Credit

We tend to immediately see where we are lacking rather than where we have succeeded. It would be much easier for me to name the things that I continue to struggle with rather than the things that I’ve grown in somewhat since our move. A long, long time ago, a friend told me, “Just be…

New Slains Castle & Newburgh Seal Beach

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”  ― Bram Stoker, Dracula Our latest adventure took us to New Slains Castle where Bram Stoker was inspired to write the book, Dracula! Brett read that it was a kind of dangerous place…

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…

Moving Day & Amazon

We did it! We made it through a week sans TV or Internet! We paid dearly for the week in data fees on our phones and paid dearly in terms of whining from both children: Mia on repeat that she wanted to watch “Pa Po” – Paw Patrol – even though she just likes to…

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…

Today is harder

Today is harder. Today things are more real. The reality of long days spent with just my kids for the next couple weeks induces a sort of claustrophobia. There’s no escape. No one to babysit, no one to provide relief. I know that Brooks will go to school soon and then it will just be…

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…