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…

Guising and Fireworks Night

It’s been a big week of cultural experiences for the Mouton household! The kids participated in their first Guising on Wednesday night. The Christian celebration of All Saints Day on November 1st was set to coincide with the last day of the old Celtic calendar year – 31 October. It was celebrated by the Druids…

MOVING DAY

I was chatting with a group of ladies over coffee last week. We were discussing the trials and tribulations of expat life and how it felt when your sea freight shipment finally arrived. One person said, “When you see all your stuff, it’s like you remember who you are.” (This was said with a Louisiana…

Brooks’ Birthday Weekend

I have a 6 year old! It doesn’t seem possible! How am I old enough to have a child that is SIX YEARS OLD?? You might notice a piece of furniture in those pics. We were so sick of having nothing to sit on so we bought a little outdoor set just to not sit…

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…

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…

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…