Making bead necklaces with Auntie K.
Anyways, it was a wonderful trip, one that was a long time ago but has been the only major solo trip my Mom and I took. It left us with many wonderful memories and a few catch phrases. The above mentioned phrase is amongst our favorites and gets brought out on occasion.
Relaxing makes me tired too! This past weekend was one of those occasions. For the first time in much longer than I'd care to calculate my family (Mom, Dad and Brother) went on a family vacation together, it was way overdue and way enjoyed! It was also 3 million times better because this time, not only was it the four of us, it was also my four of us and my brother's wonderful girlfriend Kristan.
The view from our patio.
The view from the back of the boat and Dad setting up the crab traps.
We had a fantastic time relaxing, exploring Victoria and some of us (my Dad, Bro, Corey and Kristan) went out ocean fishing. Grammy, Bethany, Audrey and I hung out, visited and just enjoyed being away from the phone, house work and other things that life puts into our daily pathes. We even managed to co-erce my darling Bethany into a carriage ride.
The big one that got caught! We did however also hear about "the one that got away".
The only damper on our visit was cooler than expected weather and a foot infection for our poor Bethany. She stepped on what we can only assume was a bee last Sunday while out playing with her cousins and her poor little foot swoll up and she wailed. But some "magic" bee remedy from my Mom, a Hello kitty bandaid and a snuggle fixed 'er right up and off she went. The foot stayed swollen for a day or two and then seemed to settle down. I noticed it getting red on the Friday we arrived on the island but by Saturday after a restless night the poor kidlet it was a mess. I decided that I didn't want to wait for the doctor appointment I'd previously scheduled for this Wednesday (we have to wait THREE WEEKS to get in to see our GP and we're "lucky" to have one - ridiculous!!!) and we headed off to a clinic. It was decided that some how her little toe was infected and the infection was spreading up her foot. The doctor's order was antibiotics and that we keep her off her foot for a day or two.
Um, what?! In case you didn't notice she's 2! I can hardly get her to sit still to pee, oh how I wish that were an exageration.
It took some creativity, new movies and maybe a few bribes but we managed to follow the doctor's orders and she was feeling a little better by Sunday.
It was so amazing to be together with all of my family, to be adult enough to enjoy my brother's company instead of picking on him (ok, so maybe there was a little picking involved...), to see my girls adore their Auntie Kristan and Uncle D, and of course Grammy and Papa, to see Corey finally relax (something he well deserves considering a certain someone in my opinion these days, has been treating him less than kindly and is a steaming pile of POO!) and to enjoy being with my parents away from the office, where work was forgotten and family was remembered.
These seals live in the harbour and chow on the guts that the fishermen feed them from the catches below.
Thanks for an amazing holiday Mom, Dad, Uncle D, Auntie Kristan and Fam! It was thoroughly enjoyed and next year is already greatly anticipated.