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Team Hayes: Studying, personal training, and job applications. Whats next?

So Andy and I have moved into a beautiful tenement flat in Glasgow that we are so in love with. It was nice to move back to the same city after this summer. Every year we have been moving to a new place and trying to find new friends and where we fit in but this year it was back to what we knew. When you move around a lot you realize things like this are so treasured. We love our friends here and I love Glasgow as a city.

Andy and I have had fun since we got back. Two weddings which were beautiful and great to see our friends get married. We also ran the Spartan adventure run. Complete with jumping over fire and wading through a river for about 1/2 mile!

At Cousin Jennifer and Ryan's wedding <3

At Cousin Jennifer and Ryan’s wedding ❤

At Vanessa and Brett's wedding

At Vanessa and Brett’s wedding

We are Spartan!

We are Spartan!

Jumping over the fire at the Spartan race

Jumping over the fire at the Spartan race

Andy is working like crazy on his 5th year Masters Degree for Mechanical Engineering. Putting in 14 hour days almost every day to stay ontop of coursework, masters project work, group work, job applications and lots of interviews/assessment centers that just keep flowing in! I am so impressed with how he is able to keep such a focus with such long hours and being on the go constantly but he’s managing to do it and do it well. He is on the home stretch now.

I am currently enrolled in a course to become a Personal Trainer. I have been enjoying the course so much! It is exactly where I am meant to be right now. I love how varied my work is, that it incorporates being physically active, being encouraging, and getting to know people 🙂 I am feeling a bit tired from doing things like Kettle bell Instructing, circuits like mad, training with the boys on my course to mix up my realm of experience a bit, and going to the Sauna every day after class (working in a gym has it’s perks!). I am also putting in very long days similar to Andy. Long days and a long commute but it’s not for too much longer. Two more weeks and I will be qualified as a gym instructor, personal trainer, kettle bells instructor, and circuits teacher. Then I will start looking for a job hoping to start after Christmas. So excited!!!

So that’s us for now. We don’t know where or with who Andy will get a job. When he does then we will start preparing ourselves for the next step. He has tried to keep his options limited to Glasgow/Scotland. We are really wanting to stay in Glasgow and at the very least stay near to his parents (while we are living in the UK we might as well take advantage and be as close as possible). But we can only be so picky with some of the bigger engineering companies. So we are keeping our fingers crossed and not bother crossing bridges until we come to them 😉 For now, we are working hard, looking forward to the Christmas holidays and enjoying this cold dry weather we have been having here!

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Christmas holidays!!!

So I am currently sitting next to the fire with a cup of tea and a dog next to me. This is the start of the Christmas holidays in Dundee. Today it snowed a wee bit which was fun even if it only lasted 5 minutes and turned to mush right away :s

I was blessed with about two weeks off work this year!!! From the 22-2nd. I am really looking forward to it. Looking forward to hill walking, skiing, baths, runs with the in-laws, home cooking, and being taken care of by a mom 🙂 I’m missing my family a lot more this year than ever before so there have been lots of skypes and I’m looking forward to opening their presents which is basically love wrapped up in a box! Also Andy’s family really does their very best at making me feel at home and the ask me all sorts of questions about Alaska and my family. Plus they let me talk and talk and talk (aka serious bragging) about my brother and sister to no end 😉 so with them making me feel so loved it doesn’t really make it any easier but it does help if that makes sense 🙂

So far this holiday I have slept til 11, gone for a run, done absolutely nothing with my whole day and went to a Christmas carol service which was followed by tea and mince pies. Gonna be a good holiday season I think 🙂

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Christmas with the Scots ;)

Overlooking a wonderful countrysideChristmas Day walks,  Sledding in the Highlands, New Year Day walk in St. Andrews countless games of Skip-Bo, and long lies. It was a good holiday 🙂

More people than should ever be stacked onto a train platform...

Andy and I got on a train at 8am on the 23rd  of December with high hopes our next stop would be Dundee…it wasn’t exactly. On the train ride up we noticed immense amounts of flooding on almost every single field along the train tracks. So it wasn’t too much of a surprise when they announced over the intercom that there had been mud slides onto the train tracks just past Edinburg. But it wasn’t too comforting when we didn’t hear anything else for hours until they announced they “might try to arrange a bus system from Edinburg to Dundee then to Aberdeen and Stonehaven (the final stop for our train). So we arrived in Edinburg not really knowing what to do but to catch the next train up to Dundee as it turned out the slides were on the Aberdeen side of Dundee. So enough people to fill up our train and a half plus all the passengers already scheduled to ride on that train…needless to say it was madness. Everybody was crammed onto the platform all the way past the barriers having no idea how we were all going to fit on this train. Then one guy said there were busses going from Market Street to Aberdeen and we all had to go get on that bus. We had no idea if it was going to stop at Dundee or not but we thought we probably had better chances with that then trying to cram onto a packed train. So we trekked outside with our luggage with a few hundred disgruntled passengers and we did indeed find busses…in the rain and horrible horrible wind…with one guy randomly sending people to busses. No real direction, no signs, nobody with a megaphone, we managed to get a spot on a bus fortunately. There was nobody to help the older people with their bags so they ended up sitting in puddles or put onto busses then their owners could get onto the same bus.So I’m sad to think about all the people who’s bags arrived at their destination without them.  The staff were pushing passengers out of the way and not being helpful in the least. Needless to say it was madness, I was so happy to be in Dundee after a very long day of constant crowds.
We were greeted with mulled wine, a puppy and lots of hugs 🙂

The next day we spent the majority of the day hanging out recuperating from the journey, catching up with the Hayes’s about life, playing games, finished off with and Christmas carol service at their church . It was a wonderful Christmas eve 🙂

Then Christmas finally came!!!

On Our Christmas Day Walk

We had a bit of a lazy day with some Christmas breakfast (My mom’s!) and too much chocolate 😉 then we cleaned ourselves up and hopped in the carto head to Edinburg for Christmas dinner. As is the Hayes tradition, we had to stop to go on a walk mid-way. So we stopped at a place where there is a tower on the edge of a cliff that you can see from the motor way. I have always seen it driving by and thought it was just so cool so I was excited when I realized where we were walking to 🙂 It was a perfect day! Cold, crisp, and dry. Three wonderful elements to Christmas day (only without snow…).


What a beautiful country Scotland is! You really begin to realize it when you climb above the old buildings and the farms and get a birds eye view of it all. You just can’t help but imagine what it must have been like to live in a place like this hundreds of years ago :)Started out the morning with presents galore! I felt very loved with a massive parce from my family complete with stockings for Andy and I. Aswel as stockings and gifts from the Hayes family. They are so generous 🙂 So it was some fun times opening up presents and seeing what everybody got. A popcorn maker from David might have been my favorite 😛

A wonderful Christmas dinner!After the walk we headed to Granny and Grandad Bruce’s house in Edinburg for Christmas dinner! It was such a wonderful dinner too! Everything that makes the most wonderful feast. Soup, potatoes, roast fev, steamed veg, turkey, gravy, sausages, and more I can’t even remember. Lots of laughs, Christmas Crackers, Paper hats, and stories told for the um-teenth time. We had a wonderful time and a very sleepy drive back to Dundee 🙂

The Hayes/Bruce family :)

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