The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

fishboys then and now

Has it really been less than a week since we were on vacation? I feel like I’ve lived an eternity since then.

One of the highlights of the weekend was revisiting this hilltop along the Santa Ynez Valley where my in-laws live. We were last here 8 years ago when our boys were 8, 5, 3, and almost 1. I vaguely remembered a picture of the two oldest with the valley in the background, so we did our best to recreate it. We didn’t quite get it right. We should have had them swap t-shirts and step farther away from that lake in the background. But, it’s still a fun recreation.

Reader Janine suggested that we recreate our Eiffel Tower picture (or maybe she meant this one) this fall in Paris. Brilliant idea, and now I’m trying to figure out what other photos we could recreate during our trip.

Speaking of trips, we went for passports this week. Our kids did so great. We were all dreading the 90-minute appointment at the post office. It’s a very tiny post office. It helped that we brought books and devices. The night before I gathered all the paperwork (birth certificates, copies of driver’s licenses, and expired passports) and filled out not eight but ELEVEN applications.

You are supposed to complete the forms in BLACK ink, but remember who doesn’t read directions, but just jumps into an experience?! Yes, that would be me. I didn’t realize this until I was done with the third application, so I got to do them twice. Yay me!

We kinda dragged our feet on passports, mainly because of the total bill: $1170 for eight passports. If it looked like we really weren’t going to get to go, I didn’t want to shell out the money. That said, we haven’t bought plane tickets or reserved accommodations. Yikes! I know. But, it’s the goal to have this all taken care of this month. To be honest, I’ve been watching the price of British Airways since April and the costs have not changed enormously. Why BA? Can you say nonstop flight from San Diego to London?! Yes, ma’am. That’s why.

I’ve been writing this post for about 90 minutes now because I hopped off on a rabbit trail of looking for Edinburgh accommodations. I really need an insider’s help. We’re going to make that our first stop and chase the warmth south. Throw your advice into the comments section. I would love it!

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passport stuff

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Apricot Ice Cream with Chocolate

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming next week:

  • A New Kind of To Do List
  • Homeschool Curriculum for High School
  • New Routines for the School Year
  • Family Activity Night Themes
  • Christmas in July (hohoho!)

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Bravo ! you are showing your children that there is a world beyond Disney and his land of make believe countries and that Americans do indeed travel beyond their own little sphere on the planet. Have a wonderful time exploring Scotland and England and France. Congratulations to you all on making this dream come true!

    • We are super excited and already thinking of other places we want to go after this. Hopefully, this one will go well and we can save the money a little more quickly to go again.

  2. Edinburgh is fab! Very jealous.

    I’ve found accommodation in Edinburgh to be quite expensive. We once stayed in an apartment instead of a hotel and found it very reasonable. I can’t find any details on who I booked it through output maybe it’s an option you can look at.

  3. Crystal Muhlestein says: and are sites that you can rent apartments or houses on internationally. We have used it stateside, but it has places all over the world listed. I found it to be a reputable site, but I would encourage you to look into it as well. A lot of places do have a minimum number of nights that you must stay, but many are as little as 2 nights. And since they have kitchens, you could prepare some meals yourself to save a little more cash! Good luck with your plans!

  4. Have you tried Never tried it for Edinburgh but it can be a great resource for booking rooms or houses directly.

  5. I stayed in a hostel in Edinburgh and another in Pitlochry when I was there in high school. I know that was a LOT of years ago but in the past two years I’ve stayed at two Hostel International facilities in Seattle and Vancouver B.C. and I was impressed by them. I know that a lot now have private rooms for families and many provide breakfast for the price of the night.

  6. Oooh, I’m looking forward to those upcoming posts!

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