It's been over six months since my last post on my blog. For a while, I thought I would just forget about blogging and not share any part of my life. I didn't realize how much I would miss it. I miss writing and I miss writing down events in our lives that will soon be distant memories. This blog started as an outlet from a working moms perspective. I realize now that it's more of a chance for me to capture the small moments in time that we will one day look back on and remember! As it's been so long since my last entry, I am just going to start with our most recent family adventure!
This past weekend, we were lucky enough to go over to Vancouver Island to celebrate my Grandmother's 80th birthday! A lot of family was unable to make it, but there was still a bunch of us there to have a great time! The party was held at my aunt and uncle's house.....what an amazing place they have! Their backyard backs onto a river that opens up into the ocean. You can see the tide come in and go out. Absolutely beautiful! Everyone had the opportunity to kayak and/or canoe. The kids jumped in right away and took off! They came back and told me they had kayaked into the open ocean......to be honest, I just about had a heart attack at this point! I had visions of my three children in the wide open ocean in a tiny kayak, getting swept to sea! As usual, my kids told me I was crazy and off they went again! They loved having their freedom and loved the chance to be in the water at any time!
Saturday was the big birthday bash. It began with a beautiful Mass at the local Catholic Church. Were we ever surprised when the Bishop walked in to say Mass! I think my Grandma felt very special that such an important person was there for her birthday Mass. At the end of it, the whole congregation sang happy birthday! Once that was over, we all headed to my aunt's house for the party! We were fortunate to hear some wonderful speeches and to learn a bit more about my Grandma. The food was amazing and the wine was flowing....what more can you ask for?!?!
The following day, we had a big family brunch and spent time together in the evening. Caleb was lucky enough to find moon shoes that he bounced around in all day! Those shoes are nutty but Caleb loved them!!Then it was time to say our goodbye's. Goodbye's are so hard. We all had such a wonderful time and it was hard to see it come to an end. Thank you so much Auntie Judy and Uncle Dale for welcoming us into your home and giving us such an amazing holiday that we won't soon forget!
Our next stop was Victoria. We all piled into the van that now smelled awful as Caleb had collected some sea shells and starfish that were now rotting in the van! We kept the windows rolled completely down, partly to try and clear the air, but also to keep cool as we don't have any AC. We spent the day in Victoria and went to see Fort Rodd Hill which is a base from World War Two. We watched the boats in the harbour and checked out some little shops. We took a break to watch some street entertainment. Little did we know that Matt would end up being part of the show! About halfway through the show, the entertainer wanted a good looking person to assist him. He started walking over to where we were. I thought at first he was going to ask Anna to help him. We all laughed as he stretched out his hand towards Matt and grabbed him! Matt was a good sport and was more than willing to help! He ended up having to lay on the ground while this street performer juggled fiery sticks all around him and over him! I was just hoping that this guy didn't drop any on Matt! Matt survived the fiery juggler and we were off!
We are now home to reality. Our five days of bliss and relaxation are over and real life has begun! Laundry, dishes, dinner etc, etc but I love it all! It's what a family does! I am so thankful for the time we had on the Island reconnecting with relatives and with each other!! Here are some pictures of our time away!!!