So… It’s been a while.
Hello again, and thanks for sticking around to read more ramblings from the Weaver Family. We have missed blogging, and more importantly, have missed sharing our lives with our loved ones, friends, and stranger who used to like reading our blog from afar.
(Ahem, Mom, I’m talking about you again.)
Josh and I arranged plans for the last six months to take a rather long trip to Scotland this September. While he diligently planned our travels abroad, I focused on arranging childcare for our two little babes.
If you’ve been reading a while, you already know that we almost always take our kids with us everywhere we go; And I mean everywhere we go. While at times, I want to insert a dramatic eye roll to my husband, just about every time we have taken them with us somewhere, we’ve never regretted it.
This time though, we needed just a bit of a break; To enjoy one another, to invest needed time into our marriage, and to fully engage ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Attempting this with children is difficult. Deciding to leave our kids behind was just as difficult a choice as taking them with us.
So with some very amazing help from our friends and family, we were able to gain a lot of help to allow us this amazing travel opportunity. We left Jack and Lilly in the best care with their grandma, aunts, nanny, and lifelong friends of ours and headed to the airport to catch a red eye flight to Glasgow, Scotland.
Once we arrived, we were greeted by our taxi driver who shuttled us to Glencoe, Scotland – our first official stop of our trip. We stayed at a beautiful residence called the Glencoe House.
It was here that Josh and I got just a small sampling of how kind and dear the people of Scotland took to tourists. We were warmly welcomed, and within five minutes, we were walking the house dog, Connor through the local wooded trails.
Seriously (aside from George) the cutest “little dog” we’ve ever walked.
And yes, the folks at The Glencoe House referred to Connor as a little dog. I can’t even begin to imagine what a large dog looks like out here.
Once we were showed to our room, we learned of a new kitchen appliance: The Aga-oven. Commonly used in the UK, the Aga is a cast iron oven that is kept on all of the time. In addition to heating up food and baking, it’s also used as a heating source.
We used it for heating and eating our lunch before heading into the village.
Glencoe, like most small towns, it quaint and adorable.
It greeted us with blue skies, lush green mountains, and beautiful weather.
As we didn’t have our kiddos, we were a bit confused with what to do with ourselves. We finally managed to find a tree, in a park, and take a seat to relax. While very foreign to us, it was quite nice to be able to enjoy an afternoon with nothing to do.
We ended our evening by stopping by a local pub, grabbing a beer, later eating a wonderful meal at Laroch Restaurant, and enjoying a beautiful sunset as we headed back to our hotel.
By the time our heads hit the pillow, we were already feeling overwhelmed with gratefulness and appreciation – for those helping us with our kiddos and allowing this time away to become a reality, and also for the gentleness the country had offered us in the short time we’d been here.