Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bumps, Bugs Under Rocks and Art

The West End Festival just finished up in Glasgow and we had a fabulous time at some of the activities for the little ones. Last Saturday we took Soren to a Puppet show and yesterday Jason took him to a family arts and crafts program. They were told to bring used glass or plastic containers to paint and there would also be other things to make beautiful. Jason even learned how to make recycled paper.

In the middle of the week I taught 2 dance classed for the festivities and they were loads of fun (and so many showed up)!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

weekend update with me

My sleeping schedule is off right now and despite getting so tired during the day, sometimes I just can't go back to bed even when I know I need to.

More rainy days in Glasgow. My friend sent me an email the other day entitled "Another Blustery Day"--and now I'm thinking of Winnie the Pooh and the wisdom of Eeyore. I always felt a bit bad for him but he's such a stalwart and keeps on trucking along. If I were going to take a personality test based on the characters of the show I think I'd be a combination of Tigger and Piglet and a bit of Roo. If you lived with me my choices will probably make more sense (Megan, Michelle and Charla). What Pooh character(s) best describes you?

A couple of months ago my friend Jane graciously gave me some books she had ready for the charity shop. They're awesomely 70's and totally handy for kids. One book is entitled Sculpture and I found a section for making twig art. Soren loves finding twigs and sticks outside and he has a need to use tape whenever he remembers! We gave it a go and made some really cool stuff. He's also been really impressing me with some of his play dough figures. Check out the elephant (my favorite) and the kitty cat.

Soren still has a strong American accent and that doesn't surprise me but it's pointed out to us quite often because people enjoy hearing it (although he has been picking up some really fun sayings). In May I took him with me to the Museum of Religious Art and he said we were going to "pop in for a spell" -- I couldn't believe my ears. He also calls pants "trousers" once in a while and says it's time to "tidy" up (or it's not time for that matter). The other day he said his idea was brilliant!

And. . .at the beginning of this week I was so happy to see my friend Antonella again. She moved to Dublin a while back but came down for a visit. Here's a photo of our lunch at the Loft. Living in the west end of Glasgow is really mom and dad friendly and this restaurant is a perfect example. It's an old theatre turned restaurant--very spacious, hip and there are little cars for the kids to drive around in. Anyway, it was a wonderful time and I miss my friend. Ciao ciao!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I'm 18 weeks pregnant! The icky sicky first months are through and I'm feeling healthy and happy (and tired). My dance classes are winding down for the summer and during July I'll be doing the very minimum with teaching. Hurray!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

We love you, Jason!! Thank you for being such an amazing dad for Soren. He loves you endlessly and is excited every day when you come home from school. I love watching you play with him and hear him laugh so heartily with you.

Happy Father's Day xo

Monday, June 02, 2008

All the ladies in the house. . .

OK lovely ladies, Jason just introduced me to a site called Moms Rising and it's fantastic. Below is a paste from the site that tells about one of their projects. If this interests you, please go to the site and prove McCain wrong with all of your experience and education!

Equal Pay for Equal Work. It's Only Fair.

Yesterday, the Senate failed to pass the Fair Pay Act. What was almost worse than that defeat, were the out-of-touch, old-fashioned--and downright insulting--statements about women. Senator McCain, who didn’t even come to vote, said that instead of legislation allowing women to fight for equal pay, they simply need "education and training."

Lilly Ledbetter, whose Supreme Court case led to the creation of the Fair Pay Act, didn't need "training". She needed Fair Pay. Women today make up 56% of college graduates and nearly half of the labor force in this country. Yet women make only 73 cents to a man's dollar, and mothers only make 60 cents, for the exact same job.

Click here to sign the petition in support of the Fair Pay Act, and to send Senator McCain your resume. Their goal is to send him 100,000.