Friday, September 30, 2011

Quick Update....

Sorry about the long break from blogging. We are all fine, just very busy. I am having difficulty finding time and energy for blogging. And now my computer (Darren's 5-year-old laptop) is on the fritz again, so I am without computer access much in the evenings. I have ordered some parts that will hopefully fix the problem... or maybe a new laptop is in my future.

The last three days have been the best and warmest weather of the year here in Aberdeen. I think it might have even reached 70 degrees today. Beautiful! Fall is here, though, so the warmth won't last for long. We crunched on leaves walking back from school today, and the trees are all turning colors.

Joshua and Abigail are LOVING school. Joshua is working on his writing skills, practicing his lowercase letters that he recognizes but never uses in his writing. They are also learning to recognize key words in their reading. Joshua thoroughly enjoys being able to read some of the words during bedtime stories. He doesn't seem in a big hurry to be reading all on his own. I can tell, though, that it will not be long.

Abigail has found a whole new level of confidence being on her own in school. She really did take the lead from Joshua most of the time, so this is a stretching time for her as well. She seems so grown up now, and has her own friends apart from Joshua. It is very strange for me. She is so happy and gets so excited about preschool (nursery).

We took a family trip to Edinburgh a few weeks back... I'll post pictures soon. We also had a lovely visit from my Uncle Pete and Aunt Julie. They mostly explored Scotland on their own, but they spent the evenings with us for the first week, and Abigail and I got to show them their first castle before they picked up their car rental.

Darren has been very busy with conferences and articles. Now that the school year has started he is busy with tutoring and seminar, in addition to the regular load of researching and writing his thesis.

As a leader in AWF again this year, my time has been spent preparing for the new families coming to Aberdeen to study this fall. With several new professors at the university, there are more new students starting this year than we had last year. This Monday will be our first big meeting of the year. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. And our Bible Study will start up the second week in October.

So, life is keeping busy. I am hoping that we fall into a nice routine now that school has started and we all have a better idea of our time commitments. But I guess so many changes just keeps life interesting.

Happy Autumn!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

We have had beautiful weather this week. Not hot, but mostly sunny and mostly not too cold. I can hardly believe we are heading into October already. It has been nice to have a more relaxed schedule this summer, but I'm excited about all the new things coming this fall.

AWF has welcomed several new families to Aberdeen this month. The PhD school year officially starts October 1. We have our big welcome meeting at my place on Oct 4, and several other welcome events to follow. The AWF Bible study will also start the first week of October. Very excited!

Here is the menu for the coming week:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

We had a great week with my aunt and uncle in town last week. This week they are traveling around other parts of Scotland. We are still working on establishing a good routine with Joshua at school all day and Abigail gone in the afternoon. But we are slowly feeling like life might feel "normal" again soon.

Here is the menu for the coming week... yes it is a day late...
Check out more great meal ideas at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Last week we had a great time in Edinburgh. The weather was nice, though the last day was quite windy. We spent a few days in Edinburgh, then traveled to some of the castles south of the city that we had not seen before. So much fun, but everyone came back exhausted. Hope for some extra sleep this week. We are all needing to get back into a routine.

Joshua is now at P1 all day and has been very tired after school. It will take some time for him to adjust to being at school for so long. Mostly I think he is missing his play time and his toys.  =)

Here is the menu for the coming week.

Check out more great meal ideas at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!

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