Friday, January 24, 2014

#019 You Might Live in Scotland if...

           
 ... your daughters are asked to wear tartan to school to celebrate Burn's Day!
Love our wee lassies and this chance to appreciate another culture. 
There are also many Burns Night Suppers held to celebrate the day throughout the UK which traditionally include haggis, Scotch whiskey, and recitation of poetry by Robert Burns.

One of his most famous poems is the Addresss to Haggis
Don't ask me what it means - I have no idea ;)
1786
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!
Aboon them a' yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o'a grace
As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o'need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin', rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Bethankit! hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi' perfect sconner,
Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither'd rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro' blody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll mak it whissle;
An' legs an' arms, an' hands will sned,
Like taps o' trissle.

Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o' fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer
Gie her a haggis!

I attempted a meal like this for our family last January. I know a lot of people who really like haggis. I don't believe I will be one of those people. I tried. I honestly did! 
However, I did liked the mashed neeps and tatties ;)
Front: Neeps (turnips)
Back:  Tatties (potatoes) 
Sliced haggis ready to fry. Although I am told that I should not have bought it already sliced and maybe I didn't buy the right kind?! To be honest, I'm not sure it would have made a difference :)
Haggis cooking 
The final product: tatties(left), neeps(right), and haggis. 
I'm glad we tried it nonetheless. It was quiet the experience. 
And Tim actually really liked the whole meal!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

#018 You Might Live in Scotland If...

                 .. your 3 year old asks you for beans on toast for lunch :)


Apparently she has it at nursery (preschool) as a snack 
and now it's her new favorite! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rose is Rising!

Rose turned three at the end of August and I just can't believe how much she seems like a big girl these days. Her sentences come with fewer errors now and she is starting to pronounce most of her words correctly. I'm always sad when that happens  - ha!
 She is full of life and personality! For a long time we thought she was going to be quite tame and mild in comparison to Madison, but we are finding she has her own sort of spunky personality that comes out when she is comfortable in her setting. She's starting to stand up for herself more with Maddy and become her own little person. I love it!

She has started recognizing letters and numbers well and enjoys counting and listening in on Maddy's homework. She has started drawing stick people pretty well and plays so well on her own.  
In fact just yesterday, just found my lipstick and decided to draw some little people all over our fridge -ha! I had to laugh because Maddy has done much worse with permanent marker! And at least this cleaned up with a baby wipe ;)



She is getting taller each day and is gaining on Maddy pretty quickly. I think in the long run she may end up being taller than her big sister, but we'll see!
I hardly ever have her in the stroller any more.We walk hand in hand down the side walk. **Sigh!



Here are some of her sayings that I actually have been writing down since the end of Spring and through the Summer and am just now getting a chance to post them. So she speaks more clearly now, but I love remembering the little things she says and how she says them ;)

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Rose Says:

After we dropped Tim off at work, "Mom, I miss Daddy! I Love Daddy!" As she looks out the window, "I love car; I love house; I love tree!"

When racing Maddy, "You winned. I losed! Maddy, I wan losed!"

"Hey Mom! I eat all my apple, that great?!"

When I catch her with the tv turned on (without asking) she quickly said, "Daddy say I watch a tv".
Me- um, honey - Daddy's not even home. That one's not gonna fly ;)

Rose after I flushed the toilet, " I like a waterfall mama!"

Looking out the window at night, "I wan a moon come down!"

In the back seat of the car in angry voice -"There a hair on me!" or "There a booger on me!" or There a dirt on me!"

Requesting her favorite song(This little light of mine), "I wan a sing a sunshine!"

Requesting Jesus Loves me, "Sing a God a Bible"

On a sunny day in Aberdeen (which are few and far between), "Thank you God a sunshine!"

"Is that yours milk" "Is that yours doll?"

"I have a scratch on my belly - maybe Maddy do it, maybe mama did it, maybe castles do it!"

When playing princesses or ponies, "You be this one mama and I be this one".

"Eww - bugs! we don't eat bugs, no no no!"

"Mom, you tell me if I say stupid. Ok? Did I say stupid? You tell me if I throw up, ok? Did I throw up mommy?"

Oh this silly little girl. I just love her :)


Friday, September 20, 2013

# 016 You Might Live in Scotland If...

Your child wears and adorable uniform like this: 
She was trying to catch the fog in her mouth ;)

Now that it's cooler, she also wears a blue sweatshirt (they call jumper here) overtop.
 She can also choose to wear the white and blue checkered dress underneath as well. 


Another difference is that the schooling goes by primary and secondary instead of by grades like I am used to in the states. I'm sure many places around the world use this system. But it's all new to me having a daughter in full time school now!

So the equivalents in the states would be:
Nursery = preschool
P1 = kindergarten
P2 = 1st Grade
P2 = 2nd Grade
...and so on and so forth...



We just had Maddy's first parent teacher conference meeting last night and all seems to be going pretty well. She is one of the youngest in her class (if they turn 5 by February, they start P1 that school year). And of course she has a December birthday, so that's that. But she seems to really be enjoying school and setting well. She is working hard even when the work is hard, which makes me proud!

She did ask me one morning if it was a school day and when I said yes, she said, "Oh dear!" When I asked her why she said school was SO long and there is TOO much teaching - haha! Sounds about right for a child's first year in school. I know it will take some time of adjusting. 



I have gotten to help in her classroom which has been really nice to see what they are up to and how she is interacting with her classmates and her teachers. She seems right at home there.

It was quite hard for me at first for her to be gone 9-3, but she seems to be enjoying school and growing more each day. She has made lots of friends in and out of her class and loves playing at the park with them after school. I tell you what though; I sure do soak up every moment I get with her outside of school! I can't believe how quickly this little gal is growing up! I'm thankful for the gift she is to our family!