Sunday, 21 October 2007

First week's adventures and observations





We've had a good first week. We are still in the hotel, sharing one room, three beds and the floor. No such thing as adjoining rooms in Scotland as far as we could tell. The boys rotate turns between the 2 twin beds and the floor. Usually little Charlie gets relocated to the floor even if it's not his turn. Last night he woke saying, "this is too comfy, I can't sleep!" I think we know what he meant to say, poor little guy.




We are anxious to move to our new place and think our air shipment will be here tomorrow or Tuesday.




This week we:




  • adjusted to the time change


  • practiced driving on the wrong side of the road


  • tried to parallel park on the wrong side of the road (I am still working on this as our minivan is the largest car in Scotland!)


  • ate lots of pizza


  • went to the Botanical Gardens (lots of room to run and play and one minute from home)


  • went to the Stirling Castle and the Old Town Jail


  • braved Ikea with the whole family


  • navigated the grocery store 2 times


  • bought school uniforms


  • played in our new backyard


  • bought a drill and a dryer




Things we miss: family, friends, Missy, zip loc bags, ice, chips and hot sauce, any size other than "WEE", a table in our kitchen (anyone see a steamliner chugging along?)



Things we love: cooler weather, walking tons, energy in the city, old architecture, new accents and vocabulary, biscuits (not southern style!), great coffee, our new attic playroom, friendly Scotsmen asking "how long are you here on holiday?"





Off to bed, it's a school night!





3 comments:

kathy Luedke said...

Emily said "they look so happy" when she saw the pitures. We hope the boys have a great first day of school!
the Luedkes

Alissa Christopher said...

How fun to see your photos and hear how you are doing. I hope the boys come home from school today having had a great first day!
Alissa

a said...

MacNicols--
What a great adventure you are on! Cathy and I thought it was very cool that you went to Stirling Castle--we've been there! And I loved your comment about the Scots asking how long you were going to be on "holiday"--I remember when I was on a cycling trip in Scotland in 1999 that all of the Scots seemed to be pleased that we were using our holiday (vacation) time to spend in their country! Have a great time and good luck in your efforts to understand the Scots--they are a wonderful people!
--Ames Hutton (for the entire Clan Hutton)