A Day At The Beach

Scotland isn’t known for it’s summers – can I get an Amen!?!

But, we do get the occasional “scorcher”. So, one Sunday, our MC took advantage of a summer day and met up at Cramond Beach. It was such a beautiful day!  Now, we had been to Cramond once before but it was at night and the tide was in. It was nice to go out there during the day to see it with the tide out and all it’s beachy glory. We also introduced Liam to the sand and sea… he may be “Scottish” (not actually Scottish) but he is half Puerto Rican – so he will love the beach! Well, as much as you can while bundled up against the wind ;)

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A Brain Dump (+ Photos!!)

Tomorrow Liam will be 20 weeks – TWENTY WEEKS!! I can’t believe it’s been that long… or that short? I can’t tell just yet ;) So much has happened within these last four plus months and at the same time nothing has happened. I mean, Liam is blowing my mind, and taking care of him is such a joy, but, I know it’s not as exciting to you as it is to me.

Or maybe it is? I don’t know.

So, if you don’t mind, I’m just gonna dump it all out and we’ll take it from there. Thanks.

I’ve started exercising again! A friend gifted me her Kayla Itsines’ BBG workout and  I’ve died about five times now; but it feels good to be exercising again. I can’t do her guides completely (my body is not ready for mountain climbers or burpees) but most of it is pretty doable. I’ve got a looooong way to go.

Will is working from home now and it’s been great. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea at first (I wasn’t sure I had the self-discipline to leave him alone all day), but after seeing how Will and Liam have grown closer because of the extra time Will is spending at home has made it worth it! I have nothing but heart eyes for these two!

I love catching Liam’s silly faces on camera!!

I will forever love Dean Bridge for this view.

I made goat’s milk soap with my friend, Aya, and love it. Everyone’s getting soap for Christmas!

Friends of ours moved back to the States so we bought their tv for dirt cheap. It’s made binging on Suits much more enjoyable. Though, I do have to share it with Will and Liam so they can watch their sports.

Our MC (Missional Community) spent a Sunday at the beach. I wish there were more days like this one during the summer.

I went to a breastfeeding clinic last week and Liam put on a show for the nurses – as in he did his new trick of feeding for only three minutes and crying for the better part of an hour. The midwives confirmed that he is teething and recommended Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powder; it’s a game changer! He hasn’t put on much weight in the last month so this should help with that.

was using cloth diapers on Liam but then he started soiling his outfit every time so I went back to paper diapers. I’m hoping he’ll put on some more weight now that he’s eating better so we can go back to cloth. We’re using BumGenius diapers that we inherited from a sweet friend and it’s such a money saver! Honestly, I kinda don’t like using cloth, but I dislike spending the money on paper more – sooooo yeah.

I just bought River Cottage’s Baby & Toddler Cookbook and can’t wait to use it!

I’m on an organising spree so I’ve got Evernote and iBank on my phone – meal planning and budgeting FTW!

I just celebrated my 32nd birthday (woah!!) and it was such a pleasant day. Will was away in Sweden for the weekend so I was happy to have him home. We made a big breakfast, spent 90 minutes looking for a movie to watch on Netflix (as you do), gave Liam a bath, and did a little shopping. It wasn’t much but I loved every minute of it!

Barcelona (3/3)

I’m not a walker. As in, I do not find enjoyment from aimlessly walking around seeing “where I end up and what I see.” Nope, I want a direct path from point A to point B and I point B better have a chair. Will on the other hand, can walk. for. days. When we want to go for a “walk around the block” I think a literal block and Will thinks we’re going to discover a new part of the city no one’s ever seen before. We’re learning where our middle ground is.

Needless to say, there was a ton of walking around in Barcelona. But there was also a lot of laying around at the beach soooooo, it all evened out. But the whole thing was absolutely wonderful!

We both loved Barcelona so much! I’m so glad we went. It’s such a beautiful city with so much to offer: the largest outdoor market, a popular beach, delicious food, a vibrant atmosphere, and a great culture. My favorite area is the Gothic Quarter! I would be happy to aimlessly walk around in there. And we know that’s saying a lot.

I’m also grateful I was able to use the little Spanish I know. Will was proud of me. Heck, I was proud of me!

So, that was are Barcelona trip. I’m sorry it took me so long to blog about it but then, it’s been nice for me to reminisce about warmer days.

Barcelona (1/3)

So, remember that time Will and I went to Barcelona after our month in Paris? Uh, yeah, that did happen and I’m just now blogging about it.

So, yeah, we went to Barcelona after Paris and it was amazing! I had been before but it was only for two days after a 10 day Mediterranean cruise with my family seven years ago. When we went my brother and I split up from my parents to rent bikes for the day to just ride around. The city seems like a blur from my memories but I distinctly remember how much I loved everything about Barcelona. The beach. The gothic quarter. The beautiful people. The sun. I knew I had to go back.

The second thing we were most looking forward to about Barcelona was Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia (first was the beach… duh!).

This structure literally took our breath away! We were both speechless. The lights, the images, the colors, the art, the intention. All of it. Everything about the structure has a meaning and a purpose. Even the shadowy parts of the ceiling represent something. It really is a stunning structure.

I’m really glad we saw La Sagrada Famila. Apparently, they predict that construction will be complete in 30 years. I predict a potential 3rd trip to Barcelona in 2044.

We also managed to see three more Gaudí buildings, though we didn’t go inside: Casa Batlló.

Casa Calvet

And La Pedrera.

Portobello

About 6 weeks ago it was Australia day… so my friends and I went to Portobello and walked on the beach. Of course, we had just found out it was Australia day when we got there and saw some crazy Australians getting in the water waving their flag around as though they conquered the beach. Um, they conquered crazy town.

But, back to the main point, my friends and I having lunch in Portobello.

We walked along the boardwalk some before grabbing a bite to eat at the Beach House Cafe.

And then we walked back.

And that was it. Nothing fancy to report here, just a nice time with some great friends on a beautiful day in Scotland :)