- driving the boat out of the marina for the first time
- 3 mini captains learning the ropes from their very capable father
- SAILING in the sunshine!!!!
- anchoring in coves to swim and play on the unspoilt beaches
- swimming with an octopus in 3 feet of water and within inches of this beautiful creature
- driving the dingy
- eating in local restaurants sometimes as the only foreign patrons
- having lunch at a restaurant where we watched the cook clean the squid just before putting it on the grill (this place was like being in a Croatian home for a meal-fabulous!)
- relaxing and decompressing from work
- being disconnected from our phones, laptops and busy daily lives
Monday, 29 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Let me get a little closer.......
Now can you guess?? It's SuperTarget. Tesco Extra. It's Target, but in the UK. Must be owned by the same company because the clothes are the same manufacturers and the layout of the store is the same. Great similarities and sometimes I go for just a wee wander.
It's right next to this super store....
Costco. I've already told you how much I love this place.
And Sam Walton. He set up shop here too. WalMart is alive and kicking in the form of ASDA. It's WalMart, just cleaner.
The world is smaller than we think friends! I still prefer the local markets but these sure are convenient if you need to do a "big shop"!
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Charlie and his pal, Sol.
Monday, 22 June 2009
We had fantastic 2nd row seats and at the end of the first set, YolanDa picked Ethan out of the crowd and asked him to help her dedicate a song to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. She invited him on stage, introduced herself and asked him to do the same, asked if he played an instrument, (she was delighted that he played the sax) and then asked him to pick any genre of music so that she and her band could make up a song and play it for us. He said, "the Blues!" Imagine the delight from the audience to hear this 10 year old ask for the blues! She amazed us with a fantastic impromptu blues song and then many more in the second set.
She gave Ethan a CD and signed it for him afterward! What a memory!
Check her out:
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Three cheers to all of the Father's out there. Scott and I feel blessed to have 2 of the best and I know our boys think they have a winner too. I agree!
What Makes a Dad
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Enjoy Christopher's photos.
That sweet boy was a zombie Friday night and Saturday. He's all caught up and we've enjoyed hearing about his adventures. Here are a few pictures. Enjoy.
Monday, 15 June 2009
Tonight we sat at the table as a family of 5 and shared stories of our week. It was a meal filled with laughter and noise and oh how I loved that noise.
I think we all appreciated each other a little more this evening. Now we'll see if it will last through breakfast!
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Christopher left this morning on a last minute trip to Arlington, Texas! Scott has meetings tomorrow and Thursday in Dallas and we decided that it would be a special treat for Christopher to have that one on one time with his Daddy and his grandparents! You should have seen the grin on his face this morning. He is also thrilled to be missing a week of school and getting to see his Texas cousins.
And Charlie, he is stuck here in Glasgow with me! It's nice to have him all to myself and when I asked what he'd like to do this week his answer was as follows: "paint, playdoh, drawing and playing outside." It's the simple things. And when you are the third child, sometimes it takes the disappearance of all of the distractions to focus on the simple things.
And God sent me a special message yesterday morning. I stepped out of my car, tripped in a pothole and sprained my ankle. So slowing down with Charlie just got that much easier and I am grateful for it!
I do miss the chaos and noise though!
Sunday, 7 June 2009
In the day to day same old same old, I've forgotten to continue to share with you all of the the things that we now take for granted. All of the things that we continue to learn. The nuances, the language, the culture. I promise to do better!
Scott's brother Todd kindly reminded me that we needed to post simple things like pictures of the house, the boys' school and other everyday things. Thanks Todd for the nudge. I needed it!
Here is the school.
This is the original school building on this campus. Today it houses the main school office, the rector's office, the senior school library and a few senior school classrooms. The Glasgow Academy has been in this location since 1878! Here is a link to the school website with a little information on the history of the school.
As the Academy expanded, they purchased the surrounding tenement buildings which until last April, housed the Preparatory school offices and classrooms. Then, the completion of the new Prep School building allowed the student and staff to spread out a little!
This past year, all three of our boys have been in this building. Ethan and Christopher have classrooms along this glass wall which over looks the River Kelvin! It's splendid.
I hope you've enjoyed your tour around the Glasgow Academy.