Tuesday, 17 July 2012

MOB Blog Hop - Meet the boys (and me!)

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.



  1. Hi, Kirsteen! I am so fascinated by your life with four boys! Two is keeping me and the husband on our toes so far! I just love your little scotsmen and their names...especially Alasdair's name. I wish I could hear you speak because I know I would love your accent. We live in the southern United States so I, of course, have that "lovely" southern accent. Ha! I just kind of have a thing for Scottish and Irish accents, and I would love to visit some day. We traced my husband's family, the Reeses, back to their ancestors in Wales so I really want to take the boys over there to visit their "ancestral" home. It was so neat reading about your family will have to check out your Etsy site because those necklaces look so cute.

  2. Oh so very sweet! your boys are adorable - following from the mob society

  3. Hello from the United States!! Thanks for introducing us to your sweet boys! When I read about their eczema problem, i couldn't help but wonder if you've ever tried lotions/treatments containing all natural Emu Oil? I recently discovered this natural remedy (not necessarily for eczema) and am a firm believer in it! I don't sell it, but would be happy to pass on the name of someone who does if you're interested.

    Again, it was nice to "meet" you from an ocean away!! Keep up the good work with those boys!

  4. Love your wonderful family!! I am a piano teacher, too (I also teach from home). I loved "meeting" your family. HOpping over from MOB. Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org

  5. Nice to meet you! Thanks for introducing your little family! My boys are LEGO addicts as well!


  6. Just posted and linked up! So excited about this. B/c i know first hand how different boys are and how blessed we are to be mother's to these future men of our world! Thanks for doing this!

  7. Stopping by from the boy mom blog hop. Nice to meet you and see your sweet boys. Would love to hear your accent! :-) My son had really bad eczema when he was little when we got him from foster care. Thankfully, now that he's 6 he's outgrown it. It's frustrating to try and clear it up for them and for us. Anyway, may God bless you and your family. I look forward to getting to know you better. Jess @ www.letterstoabba.blogspot.com

  8. Wow, it is so interesting for me to read about your life…which is so different from mine, but yet very similar too (four boys such similar ages, how could it now be!?:))
    Sounds like you have a very happy, busy, and musical home!
    Aloha to you from Hawaii...

  9. Hello from another mom of 4 boys! I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your family through your blog. :) mycornersoftheworld.blogspot.com

  10. It is so fun meeting other moms with 4 boys,especially one from another part of the world!:) Your boys look really sweet. I love that you included what they want to be when they grow up.

  11. Love this! So nice to meet you of course now there is another wee boy! Wish we lived closer and would have our little guy take piano lessons from you!


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