Archive for August, 2008

31 August

Hi everyone!!  I’ve been a total blog slacker.  And I’m about to be an even bigger slacker, because we are going to go on holiday today for a whole ENTIRE week!!!  Some parents of some friends of ours have a timeshare up near Oban, and they were unable to use it, so they are giving it to us for the week.  How cool is that???  

Anyway, Adam is appalled that I am updating my blog right now in the rush of getting us all out of the door. 

I will add ceilidh pictures soon.  So sorry for the delay to all of my tens of adoring blog fans.  🙂


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24 August

We went to our first ceilidh last night and we had sooo sooooooo much fun.  I have loads of pictures to share, but until then, check out what Alanna has for me:


That’s a poison apple if you didn’t catch it. 

I had totally forgotten that I uploaded this video of Alanna to YouTube a few years ago…. takes me back. 

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August 21

Alanna grows hair verrrrry very slowly.  She had her first “official” haircut back in January or so… at almost 3 years old.  And even then, she didn’t really need to have her hair cut- they (who is “they” really?) say that trimming hair regularly encourages it to grow fuller.  

I’m not sold on the idea.

Her hair has still been quite slow to grow, but it was getting more and more mullet by the day, so I decided it was time to take action.  The curly hair though… it’s just bound to look like a mullet.  

I used to cut Adam’s hair (when he didn’t have the shaved look) back before I got pregnant with Alanna.  So, all of 6 months.  After the ol’ bump got too big to cut his hair, we decided he was on his own, thus the decision to cut it.  

You may be wondering why I sequed sequeyed sequyed ah, forget it.  Why I….  well, you know the word I’m thinking of that I obviously can’t think of right now. 

We own a pretty nice pair of hair cutting scissors back from when I used to cut Adam’s hair.  So no, Mom, I didn’t just use the kitchen scissors to cut Alanna’s hair. 

Maybe we could put this picture with this one and I could enter into some kind of Mom of the Year contest, or better yet,  Please don’t do it Clayton.  

I love Nora’s face in this next one. Like, “Are you sure you want to do this??”

Alanna was so good during her first mommy haircut.  Not gonna lie though, I was getting a little remorseful about my decision to cut her hair a bit later… she kind of looked like a boy.  

But then I put a clip in it, and much better. All girl now.  

I like it.  🙂  It’s very pixie.  🙂 

That’s proof that my child does actually smile in front of the camera every once in awhile. 

My mom sent the girls some really fun cowgirl boots.  They wore them allllllll day. 

My mom also sent some other goodies (thanks mom!!).  But I was confused about the hershey’s chocolate bar.  There was a chunk of it missing.  Like someone took a bite and then stuck it in the box.  Hmmmmm….

Nora danced a lot in her boots. 

Speaking of Nora, this

and this

pretty much sum her entire world view.  Anyone that has seen the child 

a.) ask for a cookie
b.) receive a cookie

can verify that this is so.

And also speaking of Nora,


Teething anyone? 

We got to go to this church conference event last night, at which there was an events photographer present.  This guy took an uncomfortable amount of pictures of me.  Several which included me eating.  Why?  I don’t know. 

We started chatting and he asked if I was going to be in attendance at the rest of the conference.  I said no.  He asked why, told him I had kids. To which he replied, “Oh, you could sedate them and shove them behind the bar.”  Okay, haha. 

Then he continued on, “Or, you could get a sheep dog and herd them into a cage.”

“Or, you could cover them in honey and put them in the oven.” 

Ummmmmm,  he’s really thought about this hasn’t he.

Geez, I hope he doesn’t have kids. Something tells me that’s aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa NO.   A friend asked me if he really freaked me out, and I said, “Oh, Nah, this makes great blogging material.” 

And on that note, here’s another picture of the calla lilly.  I promise this is the LAST one.  I just can’t get over that this thing like squirts water out of the leaves and flower.  Very cool. 

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19 August

I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there's a pair of us?
Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog – 
To tell one's name – the livelong June – 
To an admiring Bog!

-Emily Dickinson

Thanks Miranda, for the poem. It's so... us.

Didn't leave the house today.

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18 August

I watched my friend Sarah’s kids last week and she was so nice to give me a “thank you” calla lilly.  Yesterday was kind of rough with the kids.  Like one of those, am-I-really-cut-out-for-this kind of days.  I thought I was such a patient non-angry person before I had kids. I was so. Wrong. 

I walked past the calla lilly and was pleasantly surprised to see the water droplet on it. Don’t know how it got there.  I mean, I didn’t give the calla lilly a shower or anything.  Great, I’ll take a picture.  Grab the camera, kids are screaming and whining.  Hanging off of me you know.  Take the picture really quick, didn’t get to compose it very well, but crying-hanging-off-of-me kids are around.  I’ll try again.  Got too close and hit the calla lilly causing the water drop to fall.  I only got this one shot… too bad, because it looked pretty cool.  Oh well.  

Thank you to my friend in Hawaii (really, I’m not bitter about the incredible sunny warm weather that you get, really I’m not) for the great encouragement.  Today was so much better.  One day at a time I tell you.  

The girls put their make up on and Nora was dressed to kill spill.  

We went to Tesco and Nora was um, special.  To her credit, I think she has a cold right now.  Poor thing…  I felt bad for having to take her, but you gotta do what ya gotta do.  There were tumbleweeds in the fridge. 

Alanna helped do the dishes (thanks Mirandi for the idea!).  It made a fair mess, but she had a lot of fun.  

You like how I was excited to get pictures of her doing this and didn’t realize that she was washing my j.a. henkel kitchen shears which are super sharp.  

I want up too!

Today was bathroom cleaning day (I know I know, you are all so jealous).  I have one of those toilet brush things– water kind of pools in the bottom of it. You know, that nasty toilet brush water.  I went to dump said nasty water back in the toilet.  And when I did, it splashed back up, into my EYE.  So sick.  I got TOILET water in my EYE.  

That’s my excitement for today.  Toilet water in my eye.

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17 August

My friend Emily had the coolest book made from her blog (well, her husband did).  Maybe these books are all the rage in the US?  The UK is not so much into blogging, so alas, I am behind the times.  I just think the book is about the coolest thing of all time.  Since I stink at journaling, I’d like to start blogging more and maybe get one of those books made in the future.  I apologize in advance for how BORING my blog is going to be for all of the tens of readers that I have out there.  Because I want to do a better job of documenting our day to day life, especially while the kiddies are young and we live in Scotland.  That, and I feel uninspired with my photography lately, so hopefully this will encourage me to photograph our lives better and to be more creative in that area. 

Don’t be surprised if this new change only lasts for a week or so.  Because really, I’m so good at commitments.  

And I’ll have you know that Nora is next to me on her laptop updating her blog as well.  The life of a 18 (or is it 19??) month old is full of obligations. 

We went to our friends’ house on Friday night. 

One of my fav. intersections in Edinburgh.  There’s like, cars everywhere.

The sky looked pretty cool. 

We took a bottle of red and pictionary.  But, we didn’t get to pictionary, because our awesome friends own a Wii. 

I got my first real exposure to the Wii (again, I’m seriously behind on the times).  We looked so ridiculous playing.  Especially with track and field.  

Love the warnings that it gives you.

We had a hard time with the battery situation to start off, but we stole some from the remote controls, so all was good.  We started off with a nice game of bowling which I lost by a point.  Bowling was never my gifting anyway. 

We had a go at baseball.  Which I stunk at too.  Fran’s got good form.  🙂 

And then came the running. 

And I realized that I l.o.v.e. spending time with these people. 

I still can’t believe that I included that next to last shot.  I look so cool. But, I did win.  

We woke up their son (by we, I mean Adam), because we’re loud Americans.  Fran says we didn’t, but we all know it’s true.  It was pretty late, so we decided to go on home. 

I’m still not used to the dark/ light issue that exists in Scotland, so I found it odd that it was dark when we left.  Even though it was 11:00.  Before we know it, it’ll be December and the sun will be setting at like 3:30 and rising at like 9:00, which I’m not going to lie, is really depressing.  

I’m sad to say that summer seems to already be over.  The 15 minutes that we did get were awesome though. 🙂  

And with that, I’m going to have to turn the heat on, because my bum is cold on our wood floors.  

For anyone that is interested, I’m now on flickr.  So, if you’re on flickr, will you be my friend?  Because I don’t have any.  🙂  Or do you even get friends on flickr?  I’m so technically advanced.

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Picture Overload

We’ve been having so much fun lately.   I got the idea from this gal’s blog to do family fun night every Friday night.  Basically, you pick and theme and run with it.  So our first family night, we did a Toy Story theme, since Alanna is way into Toy Story right now. I drew some Toy Story characters and put them on the wall (the girls colored them), we wore sheriff badges, and Mr. Potato Head sat on the table while we ate.  I had a hard time coming up with a theme for food, but we ate southwestern tamale pie with salad and cupcakes decorated with toy storyish things, which really weren’t very toy story at all.  But you know.  We do the best we can.  Alanna has been giving Buzz hugs and kisses- so cute! 

Here’s Buzz, or as Nora says, “Bizzzz!!!”

I ran out of paper, so Rex and Slink didn’t get full bodies.  

“The claw chooses who will stay and who will go.”

Slotted pig. 

Nora’s bored with coloring:

Nora colored her eye.  Conveniently purple… 

Nora and Woody.  Woody’s boot says “Nora” on it, and Buzz’s says, “Alanna.”

Making cupcakes

To infinity…. 

And beyonnnnnnnndddddddddddddd!

Sheriff Nora

Sheriff Alanna

We still hadn’t wiped Nora’s eye off…

Our cupcakes.  Yeah, yeah, we did our best trying to make them themey.  🙂 

Mark and Miranda- they’re crashing with us for awhile until they find a place to live. 

Then we borrowed the church projector that we store every week and watched the movie on the wall.  Alanna was extremely excited about the “big movie.”  

We are watching the olympics right now, and I must say that I am highly enjoying the British commentary.  A few lines for you:

“That looked highly dodgy to me.”  (Talk about one of the gymnasts and their bar routine).  

“Oh dear me!”  (When one of the gymasts fell).  

“Bumpsy daisy.”  (When one of the gymnasts fell on his dismount).

Here’s Nora with her shorts on her head, courtesy of Adam.

Nora:” What are you lookin’ at?” 

How I get ready in the morning… they’ll stay in the shower and play for over 30 minutes!!

Getting all warm and dry:

That’s Nora in the white towel.  🙂 Poor thing, I wrapped her up so tightly that she couldn’t roll over. 

And finally, Mark and Miranda brought me some Krispy Kremes up from England.  To say that I am excited is a bit of an understatement.  🙂 By the way, they are all gone.  

mmmmmmmmm. Krispy Kreme how I miss thee.  

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