Saturday, December 29, 2007

New camera = Happy Laura.


This building is one of my most favorite things about driving back and forth to Utah. I don't know what it used to be but I love what it's become. It's covered with messages to people. I sat with my camera on my lap just waiting for a chance to get a shot of it. I tried to get a picture of the other side but failed. Next time.
I don't know what mountains they are but Utah is so scenic. I love it. It's like nowhere I've ever seen before.
I LOVE my new camera!

Don't Hate - Appreciate!














Christmas was great. It was such a spur of the moment decision to go down to Utah that we didn't have time to pull things together to visit people. We woke up on Friday morning at 10am and Stuart checked the weather and we were out the door at 1pm. It was the only clear day until the next Thursday so we shot down to Lehi and that was that.
My favorite moments of this year have been our 4 weeks in Scotland, week in Oregon and Thanksgiving and Christmas in Lehi. It's been great! We just chilled for the week we were with Stuart's Aunt and Uncle and family. It was really nice. Stuart played a lot of Guitar Hero and Rock Band...
We were well fed the whole time we were there. Kara got it spot on with Christmas dinner - especially the sweet potato souffle thingy, perfect!




On Christmas eve Stuart got to help and be Kara's little helper whilst we watched 24 hours of A Christmas Story. He helped build some toys and we pulled toy cars and nik-naks out of their packets so they could be stuffed into stockings. Kara gives stocking stuffing a whole new meaning. Those things were jam packed with goodies! We always joke about how Stuart gets so excited on Christmas eve that he can't sleep. I think I was the one who slept the least that night. I was super excited to see the kids be excited... I can't wait to have my own kids to play Santa for.
My big gift from Stuart was my digital camera which I LOVE! Our little cybershot hasn't functioned as well and I'd have liked for a long time now. My new camera is brilliant! I can't wait to get out and take some pictures with it. I also got some new bedding from my mother-in-law. It's another of my favorite things. We went out to Target after Christmas and I bought a new body pillow cover that matches the new bedding and covers the drool on the pillow. I'm excited about our new, bright bedding.
Stuart's favorite thing from me was Season one and two of The Office. We got a ton of loot.

We left to come home on Thursday, spur of the moment again. We didn't get to say 'bye' to John it was so spur of the moment. And I didn't get to see the lights on Temple Square :( We got home just in time to return a call to Scott and Aileen to tell them they could stay over at our apartment that night. They had driven down from Seattle that day and we haven't seen them in months. It's going to be great having them here at school - it already is great! Aileen is 5 months pregnant so they had to stop every 20 minutes for her to go pee. It added a good few hours to their journey. They got in pretty late.

I need to set up the program for my new camera so I can put some more pictures up. I hope you all had amazing Christmasses. I can't wait for the New Year to have a nice new beginning. Hopefully I'll be able to better myself and make terrible situations more positive faster than I was able to this year.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine...

We're having a grand time here. It's so nice to kick back and chillax for a while. Stuart's been making the most of playing video games and not thinking about school. Bless him. I've been reading and enjoying the all-round buzz of a happy home. I love it! It  makes such a big difference having a 4 year old in the house to make everyone excited for Christmas -  it makes a big difference having an excited 24 year old too... I'm really looking forward to talking to my family on Christmas. I can't wait to hear how excited Cameron is and to hear about all the loot he gets. Maybe there'll be a good fight to hear about too. You've gotta love Christmas day fights, right?

We'll head home on Thursday and then Scott and Aileen will arrive in Rexburg! I'm so excited to see them. Life is pretty dang exciting just now!

Check out my older sister, Emma's blog for some long awaited wedding pictures. She was married in August and this is the first pictures she's shared photo's with us. I love seeing them. It reminds me of this last summer and how nice it was to be home and how exciting it is to think about going back again someday - hopefully next Christmas.


Friday, December 21, 2007

There's no place like...

UTAH!?

We decided this morning to drive down to Lehi to spend Christmas with some of Stuart's family. So we're here and not in Rexburg. Don't burgle us we brought all our Christmas loot with us.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I pity the foo!

This is Beki. She used to take billions of pictures of herself with the webcam. I used to vandelise a lot of them. I think this one is one of the best that I remember.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Strange feeling of excitement.

I'm sitting in our living-room with pre-historic lappy cruising through some blogs and I got this overwhelming, strange feeling of excitment that I just have to record.


I love change! Not the money kind, I hate that but I love the little adventures life throws at us. I love facing changes/challenges/adventures with Stuart. I like to experience new things. This time next year we'll be packing up all our belongings and getting ready to leave Rexburg. That is terribly exciting. We've only lived in one apartment whilst we've been in Rexburg and it really is home. I love having my own home.


Also at this point Stuart isn't sure if he wants to go on to Dental School anymore. The revelation didn't scare me but I find that too exciting and I'm fine with whatever he chooses. I can't wait to settle down some place and to be able to paint walls and listen to music as loud as I like - and I like it loud! I'm excited to see where we end up and if we'll be stable financially or if it'll be a struggle like I've been used to for most of my life. I'm up for the challenge. If Stuart's there I'm happy. I'm also excited to have our own family at some point and to watch our own kids grow up. I really can't wait to get back to Scotland so I can show Stuart more new places and to see my neices and the Cambino who is growing up fast. Life is so exciting. The idea of family holidays is another thing that I love. There's nothing quite like looking back at photos from recent summers and not being sad because you can make the next summer even better! I probably sound insane but I honestly love the journey I'm on and I love my travel buddy.


One more year and the exciting stuff will really be happening.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Chew Book...



I recently started crafting a special family book for my parents. I got an old hard book from DI and wrote the family name on the front then cut it into it. Once you do that you can pull away some layers of the board. My plan is to cover it in special book binding paper so that the name is engraved in the cover of the book...
I'm pretty excited about it. Each family member will have a page dedicated to them. I have no idea when it'll be done but I think it'll be really great when it is.

Monday, December 17, 2007

One day...














we'll have kids and these are the kind of things I want...

Old Navy. New Jeans.

We made the most of our excursion to Idaho Falls on Saturday and did a little shopping. I got some new jeans. When I buy jeans I get them a size smaller than I am. Here's why - I wear them for a few uncomforable days and then they fit snug so I don't ever have to wear a belt with them. Make sense? No? Ok, so if I buy them in my size to start with after a few days they've stretched and start falling off. You get it now? Well, a minute ago I was just been able to button them up without lying on the floor. Perfect! Now you're going to try it, huh? I think by tomorrow I'll have the circulation back to my legs.


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Husband's say the darndest things:

ME: Sarah was wondering what a Laura-Stuart baby would look like.
Stuart: Did you tell her 'a fish'?



I'm finding that people are coming to my blog through Google. Some of the searches include "desperate for a pee", "under age driving" and "my feet smell like cheese"... Oh dear...

Pink tights and petticoats.

Check out the sister-blog. I got to chit-chat with Beki for a wee bit today for the first time in a weeks. The conversation ended like this,

Mrs Brennan proud owner of 3 under 5's says:
well hey im lactating



Earlier this week I was getting random picture text messages from her that were the highlight of my day. I'm amazed at how kind someone can be.

"How much does it cost to buy a ticket to scotland for you? And how much is that is pounds? Xx"

"Dave and have I cut up dave's bank card in order to save money to bring you's over so find out roughly please! :-)"



It took a while to convince her not to buy us tickets to fly home for Christmas this year. Bless her.

"Yeah we can do that! :-)"

I really do appreciate how much she loves us. Her kindness amazes me. I think she's a lot like dad in the sense if she has something she wants to give it away just so someone else can enjoy it too. I really wish we could be there with them this Christmas but I don't regret going over this summer instead. It was important for us to be there for the wedding. We got some really funny video of Cameron that I'll post when I can get it on the computer. We're blessed to be loved so much and to know and understand what it means to love unconditionally.

Yesterday I got to go visit a friend who had a baby a few weeks ago - a gorgeous baby! I really love the friendships we have with people that make it easy to pick up where we last left things.




Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pet Peeve.

Falling asleep on your side and then waking up finding that your ear has been folded over on itself all night. Ouchy.

Monday, December 10, 2007

It's beginning to feel a lot like...






Christmas!

It started to snow last night and apparently it hasn't stopped since. I hate snow but I love the blinding light it reflects into our appartment and I love how Christmassy it makes it feel - 15 days! It's such a strange time of year when you're saying "see ya later!" to some of our best friends and celebrating Christmas at the same time. It makes it easier I guess. We're excited for the adventures they're about to have and excited for Christmas but a little sad too that we won't be able to have them over for dinner or be able to call them up on the cell phone because that too will be starting it's own little adventure away from us at the end of the week. Oh well. That's life and I do love it.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

What makes her the best around?

Beki doesn't forget me.
She doesn't have the internet in her house so she takes pictures with her phone and sends them to me that way so I know she hasn't forgotten me. She gets me. I got a whole batch of grainy/precious pictures from her today.

Stuart: Future Trainer of Dolphins.

I know I've said it before but this year really has been a year of tremendous learning for Stuart and I. I feel like I've grown up a lot this year - some of it was forced but ultimately it's been welcomed.


At some point I'm going to do a recap of the things I've learned but for now I'm working on focusing on the future. I want next year to be even better than this year. The highlight of this year is that I got to go home - other than that it's not been a very good year for me. There's been a lot of physical and emotional pain.

So next year we've got goals. Stuart will be working on his last year of school which is VERY exciting. It won't be long until we can settle down - depending on if he really wants to go to dental school or not. We've been really good financially these past couple of years. We haven't needed much help and we've been able to pay it back but dental school is expensive and with no financial backing we don't know how we'll swing that. Stuart is also not sure he wants to do anymore school which is understandable. We'll see how it works out.


We want to get an internship over the summer. The ones we're most excited about are the Zoo ones we'll be applying for over Christmas break. They seem more likely to happen than our dream one of Glaxo Smith Kline in Montrose - my hometown. It would be amazing to spend 5 months in Scotland doing that but I'm not sure how realistic it is. I'm the one who had been looking for internships. Stuart just thought he'd do the classes for the credits but he's been quite excited with the idea of training dolphins and working with sea-lions. Wouldn't that be cool? I he gets one of those internships we'll be in California for the summer. I reckon being a dolphin trainer is as fun as being in a circus - my life long dream!

2008's going to be a good one!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Laura is S.A.D

It's official, the Seasonal Adjustment Disorder is kicking in. Yuck. I've never had any problem with seasonal transitions until I came to Rexburg. It's too dark all the time during winter and it kills me. I hate having to put on a lamp when I get up in the morning - this time of year I seem to get up an hour later than usual because of hating to put on a lamp to light up the room and because I just can't settle down at night - dreading the dark morning. Where is the sun? If it was snowing it would make the apartment brighter because of the blinding whiteness... Where is the snow? I sat at my craft table last night for 20 minutes and couldn't come up with anything to do. That's how bad it is... Dang.

I miss summertime. I think being so far away from the sea is taking it's toll on me too.

I'm looking for internships for Stuart and have decided that Scotland is number 1 on the list but there are a bunch of other places that are number 2 - all in sunny, happy places. Mostly I've been looking into Zoo internships - dolphin training and other such wonderful things. We're planning on giving up our apartment this summer to save money - like we should have done every other summer. It's important for us to get along independently - that's why we haven't been focussing on internships in Washington. This year has been a year of massive learning and "Independance" has been a huge part of it all. We're strengthening our family unit and hopefully we'll have an adventure whilst we're at it - and getting a suntan too.

Monday, December 3, 2007

My Own Slice of Idaho.

I mentioned a while ago that I'm writing a book. Well, I haven't been steaming along with that as I'd hoped I would. I've found myself in a confusing place of not quite knowing what to do with it - too many ideas. When I write I get excited and can write a bunch at once then I'm worn out from using my brain so much. BUT, today I got something highly exciting in the mail that's made me realise how much I want to have a book published. It's a new feeling for me. I want a book published and now it's a life goal. I really, really, REALLY want it! So, in the mail today I got a copy of Emigrate America. I wrote an article for them in October. Today I got a copy of the newspaper and right there on page 4 is ME... and Stuart. A great big picture of Stuart and I just married. My article takes up a page. There's also a little bit at the bottom with my blog address on it so I had to update this so my Criminal Record post wasn't the first thing respectable emigrants read about me.

Smooth Criminal.

It was the last day of Easter break 2001 - a Monday. My dad was going up the road to the farm where his bee's lived so my older brother, Andrew and I decided to go with him. When we got there dad said to Andrew something along the lines of - Laura's never driven before, why don't you take her up and down the road?
We got in the car and Andrew started telling me about how a car works. Bored. He noticed and explained what to do to drive. Cars back home are all stick-shift so this wasn't a sissy car. Ha!
I took off driving at a grand old speed of 3mph. It was a private farm road. I didn't stall once. Then it came time to turn around and go back. Andrew assured me I could do it and it'd be fine. I start to move and turn the steering wheel to the left and crash into the concrete fence post marking where the road turns from private to residential. I go into shock and notice a woman standing at the window of the house who's fence post I just bumped. Andrew tells me to switch seats with him so he can drive back. We also make an oath not to tell dad because no damage was caused. So we drive back up the road and get dad who insists that I drive down the road to show him how good I am. I refuse. Andrew continues to drive. On the way down we see a police car. Dad wonders what it's there for. At that point as we're pulled over Andrew informs dad very quickly - Laura-crashed-the-car-but-there's-no-damage! Dad gets out to talk to the police then they ask Andrew to get out. Andrew, my hero, tells them it was him who bumped the fence post.

So far there's some information you need in order to understand the story.
The minimum driving age in Scotland is 17.
Andrew had no license.
Laura had no license.
Dad was the only licensed driver and he wasn't in the car.
Anyone can drive on a private road but as I said, the fence post marked the end of the
private-ness.

Ok. So Andrew then is breathalised and passes. Thank goodness. All our information is taken.
The police come to our house that night much to the surprise of my mum who my dad was apparently was not going to tell that day.
The woman who told on us was pretty sure it was a drunk girl driving the car. Lying to the police is not good.

So I was charged with under age driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licensed driver in the car - joy riding.
Andrew was charged with the same and dad was charged too for allowing it.

They didn't charge me that day because I had big exams coming up at school. They returned the morning of my last exam. Media Studies. I failed that one.

So there you have it. The hooligan 15 year old.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Criminal Record.

Ok, Spydie and Jen. You inspired me. Go ahead and guess what's on my record.
I'll post the story later once I've had a good laugh at your answers...

The worst kind of pain.

A few summers ago we went to an outdoors ward activity. I wore no suntan lotion. When we got home Stuart noticed I had an obscure sunburn on my forehead. Ever since then if I get to hot it flares up. It happens almost everytime I take a shower and I hate it. Also if I get a zit on it it does not tickle... Cute, huh?
And, I didn't have my hand on my face. I was sitting out in the open with no shade.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Katz TAGGED me!

Here are the rules: A. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves that nobody knows.
B. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then go to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Random facts about Me:
1. I have some kind of OCD. I hate upside down things. If I open a bag of crisps upside down I can't eat them.

2. I hate having wrinkly wet hands. The feeling of it makes me want to barf. When I take a bath I keep my hands out of the water.

3. I've never tasted Dr. Pepper.

4. I can make a weird popping noise by stretching my top lip over my upper teeth but can't make the popping noise by using my finger in my cheek. Does that make sense?

5. I used to have pink dreadlocks.

6. I have a criminal record.

I'm going to tag Stuart, CTR, Dainon, Susan, Brent, Candace

Monday, November 26, 2007

iLaura

Last week was great!
Stuart was so bored on Sunday after church that he went to bed at 6.30pm. It was pretty ridiculous. We should have headed down to Utah then.


Monday was my birthday. I'm now 23. Yuck. I got to speak to my mum for a while which is always nice. Some friends brought me some cinnamon rolls which were delicious. They were my birthday cake. Yum.


Tuesday morning we woke up and it had snowed a little overnight. So we had to wait a bit until the ice melted. Then we took off. The drive was good. That's the first time we've driven down there in day light. The only other time we've driven down to Utah was to pick up my Mum, Dad, Beki and Cameron from the airport a couple of years ago. Before we got to John and Kara's we stopped to meet one of my friends, Marnee. I wasn't too talkative because I was so tired from the drive and the fact I got up extra early just to watch ice melt...

On Wednesday Kara, Grandma Joyce and I went to Ikea. I didn't spend a penny! Actually, that makes me sound like I have self control but I was planning on stopping in on our way out on Friday with Stuart so he could help pick out some much needed kitchen storage. I've decided that when we're ready, we'll go down and buy baby furniture there. I love Ikea. John and Kara treated us to a movie on Wednesday - The Bee Movie which was quite good. It reminded me a lot of my dad, the beekeeper.

Thanksgiving dinner was super-good! Kara did a really great job on it. It was so nice to sit and enjoy one another's company. I felt like an adult. We played games and watched a lot of Seinfeld and some of The Office. It was discovered that I really like sweet potatoes and I need to get a recipe for the yummy salad that we had - Kara, you hear that?

We didn't see much of Kara on Friday. She was gone super early to catch the sales. I did a tiny bit of my shopping online. Most of my Friday was spent watching the men-folk play video games and such. I felt at home enough there that I was happy sitting and doing nothing but watching everyone else doing things. We had planned to come home on Friday but were having too much fun and so we stayed and left on Saturday afternoon - once Kara loaded me up with craft supplies.

Any homesickness I had since it was my birthday was cured by our trip.

Thanks, John and Kara. We're planning on visiting again - that's a big thing for Stuart, seriously.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Thanksgiving!

I. am. excited.

Here's the deal.

Friday, Danielle and a friend come to stay over because on
Saturday we'll be taking them to the airport to fly home for Thanksgiving.
Sunday
Monday is my birthday and also Heroes is on. (Did anyone watch last nights?!)
Tuesday we drive down to Lehi!
Wednesday
Thursday is Thanksgiving
Friday is my mum's birthday and the day we drive back home because on
Saturday we have to collect Danielle from the airport.

I would have really liked to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving - we really need a new digital camera - but my cheques have still not been issued and I kind of hurt my back on Sunday night when I was in the bath. It's not too bad but it had been feeling a lot better up until then.

On Sunday I started writing a story. It's going pretty well. I have idea's and strong character's. It's quite exciting to see where it's going. It's getting to the point where I can't write fast enough and when I go to bed I'm thinking things like "I wonder what's going to happen next." Stuart doesn't have time to help me by reading it and telling what he thinks about it so I have a good friend helping me

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Colour Test.

I did this today. The test didn't make much sense to me but the results are quite something.

Your Existing Situation
Not only considers her demands minimal, but also regards them as imperative. Sticks to them stubbornly and will concede nothing.


Your Stress Sources
Has an unsatisfied need to ally herself with others whose standards are as high as her own, and to stand out from the herd. This desire for preeminence isolates her and inhibits her readiness to give herself freely. While she wants to surrender and let herself go, she regards this as a weakness which must be resisted. This self-restraint, she feels, will lift her above the rank and file and ensure recognition as a unique and distinctive personality.
Feels cut off and unhappy because of the difficulty in achieving the essential degree of cooperation and harmony which she desire


Your Restrained Characteristics
Willing to participate and to allow herself to become involved, but tries to fend off conflict and disturbance in order to reduce tension.
Feels cut off and unhappy because of the difficulty in achieving the essential degree of cooperation and harmony which she desires.

Your Desired Objective
Wants interesting and exciting things to happen. Able to make herself well-liked by her obvious interest and by the very openness of her charm. Over-imaginative and given to fantasy or day-dreaming.


Your Actual Problem
Greatly impressed by the unique, by originality, and by individuals of outstanding characteristics. Tries to emulate the characteristics she admires and to display originality in her own personality.









Saturday, November 10, 2007

I demand we celebrate right now!

My 23rd birthday is on Monday the 19th of November. Danielle goes home for Thanksgiving the Saturday before that so we were going to celebrate on the Friday. That wasn't going to work so as the brilliant dictator that I am I commanded that we being to celebrate last night. By that I really meant that they give me presents! Now would be the appropriate time to explain that I absolutely loath surprises. They make me restless and sometimes they make me puke. I just can't stand losing sleep due to excitement. Yesterday 2 big boxes arrived from Grandma Rieck. If I see the surprise I have to have it then. I would have been fine if I hadn't been home when the boxes got here but I'm always home... On Wednesday a box arrived too and it's been driving me insane with excitment. Danielle and Stuart were kind enough to not make me hurt them and gave me my gifts.
I got a ton of stuff! Danielle got me a DVD (Roxanne) and a tote bag - not a white bunny, thank goodness. Grandma Rieck sent me some Hello Kitty pj's, slippers, nail polishes, eyeshadow, Christmas decorations, a beach bag, Thanksgiving ornament, tea towel, cosy wrap to match my slippers... I've probably forgotten something but I love it all!
My lovely mother-in-law got me a t-shirt, cami, Hello Kitty ornaments for our Christmas tree, a nifty hole punch, crafty tool kit and DVD's (Dirty Dancing, The Emporers New Groove and The Holiday clean flicked.) I made out like a bandit!

When Danielle and Stuart came in from getting Dani's gifts for me I was sitting on the lovesac by the door. They burst in with Stuart saying "Laura! Close your eyes!" That's the worst kind of surprise. I HATE closing my eyes and putting my hands out for a surprise! I tried my best. I kept my eyes closed really well but just couldn't get my hands out. For some reason I always think they're going to drop a fury animal into my hands. This time I thought it was going to be a rabbit. I really don't like animals which would make the surprise even worse. Stuart started getting annoyed at me because I was freaking out quite rediculously. Eventually Danielle had some compassion and put the gift on my hand/lap. Thank you Danielle for not torturing me as long as Stuart wanted to.

Tonight we're having Movie Night so I need to go get things tidied up. It's also Stake Conference weekend. We have a challenge in our way. I can't sit for that long in one spot and I don't want to distract people by going up and down like a fiddlers elbow. I want to go though... Stupid back. Oh, and Gallagher Basset still won't issue my workers compensation. Jerks. Our Christmas depends alot on those cheques they owe me. I think Jansport are pretty tired and miffed with the whole thing too. I call Jansport to try get them to get my cheques for me seeing as it's their company thats responsible for me but the company they're insured through (Gallagher Basset) don't give a toss if they're talking to the injured claimant or the Head of Human resources of the big company they insure. We've both been told that the cheques will/have been issued and then they don't do it.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The babies are home...

Scoot on over to Beki's blog to read about having the twins.
Leave her some love's too. She deserves it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Tracy-Interview.







































































































































Thanks, Tracy for the questions. I tried to make up a limerick to show you my thankfulness but your name really doesn't rhymn with words that made sense to me ;)



1-You have your Green Card. Do you have plans to become U.S. Citizen? Why or why not. I'm not planning on becoming a citizen. It took so long to get the green card that I don't want to have to deal with immigration for a loooong time. And I'm just too dang proud of my British passport. Someday we might want to go back to Scotland for a while and it'd be easier if I still had my British passport. 2- What do you miss most about Scotland? What do you miss the least? What do you like most about the U.S.? What do you like the least?
Other than my family I really miss pork and chive sausages,

Warburtons bread,
bacon, and banana milk - I wonder how many other things I miss start with 'B' - BekiI also miss the National Health Service. Being able to have a doctor come to the house or making an emergency appointment without having to pay for it just seems right to me. Can you tell that I'm sick right now and have no health insurance?
Scottish countryside is something that can't quite be imitated. There's too much history in the hills. I miss seeing castle remains dotted along the road and "heilan coo's" (Highland cows)...
All of those things can be pictured but sometimes I just want to chatter in my normal accent at my normal tempo. Sometimes it's hard to replace Scottish words so people can understand what I'm talking about.

What do I miss the least?... Hmmm... Probably being unemployed and feeling like a waster for being so. There isn't much in the way of employment back home and not everyone goes on to further education after high school. Here it seems that you earn more you'd expect to earn doing a mediocre job which is nice. I'm glad I was taught the importance of hard work but I'm looking forward to seeing Stuart work hard and still be able to take time off.

Things I really like about the US are Italian Soda. (YUMP!) One of my all-time favorite things ever, since as far back as I can remember is seeing new places. America (9,450,000
sq mi), is huge compared to Scotland (30,414 mi²
) and that means there's a lot to see! Washington state can comfortable fit 2 Scotland's in it... Way of life seems more family orientated instead of dog-eat-dog than I'm used to. I like learning new traditions and hearing how other people grew up. It's all quite new to me :)

Least favorite things would be things that make me homesick, like how the toilet flushes differently and gets plugged and dirty. Toilets back home never gets blocked and don't get grimy as fast as they do here.
Most people are very friendly but once in a while there'll be one that pops up as an arrogant prat (look that one up) who feels the need to educate me about my own country which to them is actually a State blah blah blah. To them I say "Shut yer dish, lavy heid!".. I also hate being asked to speak in an American accent. I get that one a lot.



3- Do you have any plans to visit Scotland now that the twins are here? (Cute babies by the way)

We're hoping to get back next Christmas to meet the wee yins. Cameron was 2 months old by the time I actually decided to hold him. So I'm not missing out on too much just now. I'm not a fan of the floppy baby.






















4- What do you love best about your hubby? What do you love best about yourself?


Stuart and I seem to be opposites. He's a worry-wart and I was voted "Most Laid-back Female" in my high school. It tends to be the way things go with us. He's more likely to get stressed out way before me and he'll also take things more seriously than I do. We balance eachother. He's kind and very loyal (that's why if he was an animal he'd be a sheep-dog with one blue eye and one brown eye) and doesn't like to socialise but once he makes a friend it's a friend for life. He's not very organised which is ok because I can remember or find his wallet and keys a million times faster than he can. He's quirky. Sometimes he puts his clothes on inside out and backwards without noticing. I like to think he does it just to make me laugh. He knows what he believes and is a strong example to me. I'm high maintenance when it comes to fun and he'd prefer to just chill out at home but he'll take me out to find fun and he won't complain about it.
When he's being cheeky to me he uses a weird fake scottish accent that cracks me up. I love that he loves my family and still wanted me after finding out that Beki would come as part of the Laura-package. He's perfect for me.

What do I love about myself?... Hm... Uuuum... Well... I'm well in tune with other people's feelings and enjoy making people laugh. I actually think I'm quite funny. I love the weird colour of my eyes and that I can keep a clean, tidy house. I love that I'm a lot like my mum, less freckly but still. I love the relationship I have with my little sister, Beki. That's a big part of me. Beki and I are a two-for-one deal. I love that I'm dependable and able to rely on myself - Stuart thinks I'm too independant. I think I'm extremely patient but Stuart sees it as stubborness. Either way, I don't loose my temper too often. I have a really good memory and am good at time managment...


5-What is your favorite book or books? Why? What is your favorite movie and why? Finally what is your favorite music? Why?
Books: Right now I'm digging the Twilight series. I also quite enjoy mysteries - Mary Higgins Clark - but I catch on really quick so it has to be really good if I don't know the ending by the middle of the story. I'm a C.S Lewis fan and LOVE 'The Screwtape Letters'... Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors. He wrote 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Witches', 'George's Marvelous Medicine', 'Matilda' and "Danny The Champion of The World".

Movies: One of my favorite's is "13 Going on 30". I like the music. I also love Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe movies. I'm not too picky when it comes to films. I do like to watch them once or twice and then never again. Stuart's the opposite. He likes to watch them over and over.


Music: I like a lot of different stuff. I was raised on The Osmond's and The Carpenters, so those always bring back good memories. There's always a good memory attached to music I like. I like things I can dance about to. Whenever I hear Nsync I think of Beki and getting ready for youth dances. MC Hammer, The Pixies, The Smiths, Teenage Fanclub, Vanilla ice - all remind me of my oldest brother, Scott.
Foo Fighters, Greenday, Sublime, Jack Johnson, Cake - remind me of my older brother, Andrew.
I've always like Greenday. They were the first band I ever went to see. I was 13.
I just love music.


6- What traditions did you have in Scotland at Christmastime that you have incorporated into your Christmases here with your hubby? If money were no object what would you buy you or someone else for Christmas?

Christmas day back home goes like this -
7am - My dad starts shouting "He's been! He's been!" Then we all roll out of bed and stand at the top of the stairs until we're ushered down, usually by my dad practically peeing his pants with excitement. Haha!
We go into the livingroom where our gifts are all stacked in our own spot and then we tear into them. My mum and dad wait til we're all done and then they open theirs.
Then I'd go help my mum in the kitchen getting dinner ready. It's the only meal we eat that day and pretty much for the rest of the year.
Usually there's an arguement at the dinner table - I won't mention names but once there was an actual physical assault. The fork was the weapon. Another time someone threw a glass of water over my dad. It's a fun time.
We pull Christmas crackers too.












But to answer the actual question *ahem* I make the Christmas dinner I'm used to - Turkey and all the trimmings. We don't open any gifts before Christmas - no jammies on Christmas eve or the likes. Ofcourse, we've only had one Christmas together so the other ones have been enjoyed with his family and their traditions. This year though we'll work out a few more traditions of our own.