Feasgair math a' charaidean, that's 'Good Evening Friends' in Gaelic, and a warm welcome to my houseful of boys for any new visitors, and of course to my faithful bloggy friends too!
I recently discovered the MOB blog (Moms of Boys) and this week they are holding a Moms of Boys blog hop which I thought would be fun to take part in, hence the welcome speech.
So, let's get started with the introductions, or a little recap for those who have been friends for a while.
I'm Kirsteen, in my early thirties, and about to celebrate 14 years of marriage to my rugged handsome Scotsman. OK, so we are both Scottish, and live in Scotland, but I think he is very much your stereotypical Scotsman and that is one of the many things I love about him.
This photo below is the most recent I can find of myself, taken just a few days ago. (Closer inspection of it shows quite clearly that my legs are not generally exposed to as much sunshine as the rest of me!)
You can also see from the photo that we have been blessed with four sons (no1 son really is in the photo too, he's just digging a really big hole!).
Our boys are aged 12, 9, 6, and 3.
I have a degree in music and trained as a music teacher, but soon after I qualified, our oldest son was born and I have stayed at home with the boys ever since. I have a few piano pupils now who come to the house once a week for a lesson while the boys busy themselves with LEGO in the background.
I also love to craft and have a little Etsy store that you can find on the right hand sidebar. I love to crochet, make glass cabochon jewellery and make cards.
I also love to cook and bake, which is just as well when you consider how much boys like to eat!
Let me introduce you to the boys.
This is James, the sensible big brother.
He is caring, thoughtful, very expressive and extremely arty.
He loves to draw, paint, make comic strips, make animations with LEGO men or plasticine, and play his trombone and chanter.
When he grows up he wants to be a missionary, an animator or an illustrator.
This is Calum (the quad bike isn't ours!), the quiet second oldest.
He is the bright cookie in the family, excelling in his academia.
He absolutely loves to play with his LEGOs. He also loves all animals, birds and nature. He is very musical and plays the accordion and fiddle.
When he grows up he wants to be a vet or a farmer, and also to be in the voluntary Search & Recue Service!
Now meet David, the whirlwind of energy with a huge personality.
He would spend all day long kicking a football (soccerball) around if he could.
He is both extremely cute and exhausting at the same time. You know those books with the stereotypical boys like 'Just William'? Well he pretty much fits the mould.
When he grows up he wants to be a footballer.
And let's not forget wee Alasdair, the sweet little man that everyone loves.
He is still very much mammy's little boy, and is very shy.
He loves to play with his fire engines and trains.
I have no idea what he wants to be when he grows up!
James (12), Calum (9) and wee Ally (3) all suffer from eczema, asthma and food allergies. Alasdair's eczema is still pretty severe, as was Calum's at this age and James' to a more moderate extent.
So, add in caring for their skin; sleepless scratchy nights; and keeping on top of a dairy, wheat and egg free diet for Calum & Alasdair to my daily to-do list and you will see we have a very busy house!
I am so looking forward to 'meeting' other mums of boys and finding out all about your households and what sort of things everyone else's boys are up to.