We were very lucky to have been able to take a family holiday to Scotland to be with Nils’ entire family. Friday, August 19 to Monday, September 5th, 2011.
Nils’ sister and their children, (2) and (5 months) came from Venice, California. His other sister in from Den Haag, The Netherlands, other sister and her partner and their son, (9 months) came in from Utrecht, The Netherlands. Nils, me and our children (3.6) and (16.5 months) came in from Boston.
Nils’ biological mother and her husband also flew in for a few days for a visit. Nils’ father and his wife, recently rented a home in Scotland. It’s about 1 hour south of Edinburgh and 20 minutes Northwest of Berwick Upon Tweed (England). A little bit about their house can be found here: http://files.anderson-strathern.com/pdf’s/THO0006.19.pdf. Though the interior decorations/furniture are those of the owners.
As you can imagine preparations and logistics for all those people in one home took time but thankfully she is a pro at it. We all had our own families special areas yet were all together at the same time.
As, Nils’ youngest sister turned 30 during our vacation so we celebrated by having drinks, presents and a little cake in the Allenton Inn garden. It was really a nice time for all. The Inn has a lovely garden in the back complete with a small boat, which helped Maebh as she was not walking nor quite able to stand up on her own.
We ended up in the garden on the Allenton Inn quite a bit. Here are some cute shots of the kids with their grandparents.
Soren when not playing football or running around, spent time on his head!
The first couple days after we arrived in Scotland, the weather was warm, sunny and just so nice we had to visit the local beach. We were on our way there with others in one car but since V got car sick, they turned around and went home. The rest of us went on. Here are some shots at Coldingham Sands Beach – an award winning sandy seashore on Berwickshire’s rocky coast. You can view the beach via a live webcam