Saturday, 18 October 2008

Grandma and Grandpa are HERE!

Yippee, yahoo! Grandma and Grandpa Nicol are here! Scott's parents arrived on Wednesday morning and we've been non-stop showing them around Glasgow and Scotland. We are so excited to have them here!

The first day we took it easy and just went to the school and walked around the school neighborhood a bit. Then on Thursday, we loaded all of our bikes on the car and headed West to the Isle of Cumbrae. It's that little tiny island off the SW coast of Scotland that we love to go to. After a 10 minute ferry ride to the island, we drove to the main village and had lunch and played on the beach.

We also enjoyed watching Charlie ride his bicycle without training wheels! (the boys and I had been cycling with friends on Monday and Charlie made his first attempt with no trainers.....he had great success on Monday and was anxious to show his dad and grandparents his new skill!) GO Charlie!

Then we all headed off on cycles around the western coast of Cumbrae to another beach to have an ice cream cone and then cycle back. It was a fantastic day!

On Friday, we headed East to the Falkirk Wheel and then onto Edinburgh to the Castle. The Falkirk Wheel links two of the canals that are used by pleasure boaters in central Scotland. It was completed in 2002 and is an engineering marvel. The wheel replaces 8 lock and dam systems to take the boats from the lower canal to the upper canal. It's a very educational outing that we all enjoyed. (well, the boys had their ipods since they'd seen it before!)

And then we were off to Edinburgh to the Castle! As always, it's a sight to behold and the boys loved showing their grandparents all of their favorite bits! Finally, we drove back to Glasgow for a little taste of Wagamama on the way home.

We've had a terrific time so far and we look forward to a few more adventures before they leave on Tuesday.

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