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...

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