Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Scotland - Stirling, Glencoe Pass and Fort William (Part 3)

I have to be the slowest person ever on getting vacation pictures sorted through. Seriously, three months later and I'm still not done. By the time I actually get done, we will be heading on another vacation. Geez.

Anyways, last time I posted I walked you through Glencoe Pass on the way to Fort William. Fort William was at the peak of our trip in Scotland. We had a nice little Bed and Breakfast and an afternoon/evening to explore.

We explored Neptune's Staircase (the longest staircase lock in Britain), toured Old Inverlochy Castle, tried to eat at the top of the Ben Nevis Mountain (by the time we got there it was closed) and walked around downtown.

 Nepune's Staircase was really interesting. The engineers had to walk from staircase to staircase to open the water. We chatted with one of the boat captains for quite awhile and he wanted us to get on the boat and ride part way up. We declined, but it was super nice of him to offer. It takes two hours for the boats to get from top-bottom or vice versa. I think they said that four boats can be in each lock at once. Neither one of us had ever seen anything like this, so we both enjoyed it.

 We went to Old Inverlochy Castle next. It was the first castle that we had been to that was super remote and relatively untouched. Seriously, we couldn't even find it. No signs, no parking, no nothing. Funny.

The castle used to have a moat around it and you could still see the indentations of where it was. You could also climb some of the stairs on the inside, but most of them were crumbled down.

By the end of the day we were pretty tired. We headed downtown to find a place to eat and ended up in an Asian Thai Bistro (weird, huh?). After dinner, we crashed.

Up next is our last day in Scotland and one of my favorite days ever!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

3 1/2

You weigh 31.4 lbs (15th percentile) and are 39.5 inches tall (50th percentile).

We still put you down to bed at 7:30 pm, but you usually don't fall asleep until after 8. You wake up around 6:45am, but know that you aren't allowed to come out of your room until your alarm goes off at 6:50. We bought you a toddler alarm clock which turns green when you are allowed to get up. We set it and it's working great for all of us. 

You are still very much a Daddy's boy in day-to-day things. When it comes to cuddling or when you get hurt, you want your Mama. Sometimes you are super sweet to us and we both love it. You will just grab one of us and squeeze and I say that you love us. I adore those moments. 

Other times, you have a temper. Ha. You definitely have your Mommy's personality most of the time. You like schedules, knowing what the "plan" is, 

You still go to Carpenter's Kids and Swim Class. The teachers at both places really like you, so it makes me feel like we do an ok job at home. In swim class, you are so close to being able to swim by yourself. You go underneath like it's no big deal and you are just doing great.

We've had some Dr. appointments in the last few months, but nothing recently. Thank goodness.

Your favorite things at home right now are: playing with legos, playing rescue and with rescue vehicles, planning Handy Manny (with your toolbox) and playing with castles and dragons.

Your favorite videos are: Postman Pat, Handy Manny, Super Why and Mighty Machines.

Your favorite things to do out are: Swimming (all the time and anywhere!), Silver Dollar City, anything outside and storytime at the Library.

You still are a great eater. You love mexican (just like Mommy and Daddy) and will pretty much eat most anything (as long as its not too spicy nor acidic).

You got your Daddy's sweet tooth. 

Playing with a caterpillar

Baking with Mommy

Playing Castles and Dragons (he's breathing fire on the knight right now)

He made this and then brought it to me and said that he made a windmill to generate electricity. Blew my mind.

Breakfast treat at Price Cutter.

Day out at Cox Hospital. Who would know that a little boy would love walking the bridge and looking at helicpoters so much. I dreaded having someone ask me who we were visiting, because I would have had to say that we were sightseeing. lol

Helping Great Grandpa with his garden.

Silver Dollar City