Happy New Year!

So tonight we celebrated New Years by hanging out in our flat watching The Office Season 3 DVDs that we got for Christmas (thanks Davey and Meredith). We had been told that Edinburgh puts on quite the fireworks display at the castle and man were they right. Wow. Since we are right behind the castle, we got to see them up close. It was really loud too. I could not believe that Julian slept through it all. But then again, he is my son. I can sleep through just about anything. Anyway, Happy New Year to you all. Here's to the next year of adventure and wonder that is the lives we all share.

Merry Christmas from Scotland

Hi everyone. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was great! Thanks to Mike and Mo for once again letting us crash at their house and being a part of their family during the celebrations. We enjoyed it immensely.

Julian meets Santa Claus

Today we took Julian to meet Santa. We were a little worried that he would be scared and not want to let Santa hold him. Or that he would scream, cry, or tell Santa the he smelled like beef and cheese (reference to the movie Elf). To our amazement, he did great. He just sat there and smiled and looked at Santa. It was great. He even got a little toy bear from Santa. We had a great time.

After meeting Santa we went to Clarks down the street and bought him his first pair of real shoes. We had tried the booties and slip on shoes for a while, but he would just kick them off as soon as we put them on his feet. So today when we tried the shoes on, we let him keep them on for a good ten minutes to see if he would or could kick them off. Well, he tried, but they stayed on and he didn't even fuss. That was a key issue as well. So, Julian now has his first pair of real shoes. He'll be running in no time.

We headed home after that and cut through the gardens to see Santa's reindeer. Julian was about to fall asleep, but we managed to get him interested enough in the deer for a minute or so and got a few good pictures. We then proceeded to walk home and Julian decided he was going to go ahead and start on his nap while I was carrying him. I'm glad we were close to home. Sweet boy.

Well, if we don't post another entry before the end of the year, Merry Christmas everybody and have a great New Year. Just think, we will begin our next year 5 hours before you do. So if we called you, it would be like we were calling from the future. Weird ..........

Thanksgiving, GrandMama's visit and more teeth!

Wow. Almost a month since our last post. Didn't realize it had been that long. Seems like a lot has been going on lately to keep us busy. We're actually starting to have a social life - Yay! Thanksgiving was really nice. Patti (GrandMama) traveled across the pond to spend the week with us and get some quality time with her 5th grandchild. We were invited to spend the holiday with Mike and Maureen in Dunfermline and boy did we have a feast. Mike is from the States, so they usually do something to celebrate it for him and it ended up being quite the get together. I think the final count was around 20 people (kids included). Maureen cooked two turkeys, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a pumpkin pie. Beth made the green bean casserole and Patti made some biscuits. Plus, there was so much more food that others brought as well as desserts. I don't think I've every seen that much food on display before. It was most impressive. Patti was a little jet lagged since she flew in the day before and ended up taking a little nap after lunch. I was jealous.

The next day, we took about a 2 hour drive over to Loch Lomond. It was nice to get out of the city for a while and the weather cooperated nicely. The sun was out and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. It was pretty chilly, but at least it wasn't raining. We stopped and ate lunch at a little restaurant called The Village Rest that was in Luss. It was really good. We passed on the haggis this time ;o) On the way, we went through Stirling and drove by the Wallace Monument (Braveheart) and Stirling Castle. We took some pictures from out of the car window while going down the road. They turned out to be not too shabby. It was a really good two days and we are so thankful to Mike and Mo for giving us an awesome Thanksgiving weekend.

Beth's work has been going good. She has changed the topic of her studies - which I think is for the better. It's more inline with who she is and what she is passionate about. I won't try to explain it since I know I wouldn't do it justice so you'll have to ask her about it if your interested. It looks like there will be some field work involved and we may end up spending a few months in India! This is turning out to be quite the adventure. It's great.

Julian is doing well also. He now has two bottom teeth and another one is about to poke through on the top. He hasn't started crawling yet - not sure if he will - he may just skip it and go straight to the walking. He seems to be developing his own language. It's really funny. If you have ever seen the movie Nell with Jodie Foster then imagine Julian talking like that. So funny.

Our good friends Kevin and April are in town for two weeks, so we're trying to hang out with them a good bit while they're here. We're missing everyone back home terribly and we know that Christmas won't be easy. We'll make the most of it while we're here. They have what they call Winter Wonderland in the gardens beneath the castle here. It's like a big fair that lasts the whole month of December and there are Christmas lights up all over town. It's really cool to see. There's an ice skating rink and a big ferris wheel. I think we may take Julian for a ride on the carousel. There's a bench seat on it for the little ones. I'll be sure a post some pics if we do.

Well, I guess that gets us caught up. Until next time...