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Grammy and the girls "reading" cookbooksIt's so beautiful there, with the ocean at our finger tips, the unique and often quirky town of Sooke and Victoria only a stone's throw away. It is also a chance to chill out and relax with some of our favourite people. I know that I work with my Mom and Dad, and we see them on a fairly regular basis, but some days it feels as though I hardly have a relationship with them, particularly my Dad. It seems between the hustle and bustle of two kids in an office setting and the whole needing to be productive for work thing, we hardly talk about more than plywood and windows, building permits and potty breaks (we take about 40 breaks a day, I'm almost tempted to say that's not an exaggeration). And that's just us girls, Corey's work schedule such as it is, means that he almost never sees my parents. Don't even get me started on the fact that my brother is leading his own life and is busy with a wonderful girlfriend (whom we love) and friends (whom we also love), leaving little to no time for a sister and some nieces (whom I know he loves). But put us all together and bonds are formed, memories are made and relationships are once again renewed.
Papa and Grammy's Rosebud and SweetpeaThis year, was excellent. The 4 of us headed out on Thursday night after Corey got off work. Due to the time of day and the length of time it takes to drive to Sooke from the ferries, we decided to stay the night in Richmond. It was that or get up at 4am for the ferry, and I do NOT willingly wake at 4am for anything, not even the prospect of a great holiday. We spent the first half of Friday driving, riding ferries, searching for Starbucks and visiting a HUGE Walmart, I was in awe.
Corey showing off his inner monkey and also a "white guy" (We were walking down by the harbour in Victoria amidst dozens of people, when Corey announces "Hey Look a White guy!" I was totally taken aback and tried to explain to him that was politically incorrect and that there were tons of white people. He said, "No, seriously it's the white guy" Then I saw the statue mime...oh, duh!)
It would take me hours, if not days to regale you with all the tales of our trip. And since, I want you to be as interested as we are/were I'll recap. Corey spent the weekend and then had to return to work for a few days, while the kids and I stayed in Sooke. By the time we all returned (Corey came back for the second weekend) it was 10 days away, and it was nice. We had such a great time, but it was funny, I was ready to come home. Not that I wanted the fun to end, but I like the routine of our house, the kids were missing their toys and it was time to settle back in.
You can see the bruise under her nose here, and it was already 3 days old by this point and faded.
Story time with PapaAnd I think, looking back if I were to pin point my favourite part of the trip I would have to say it's a toss between taking the kids to the Undersea Gardens (Bethany was in love with the Diver and was more than impressed that Daddy and Uncle Scott are secret divers too) and the time spent with my brother. Like I said, I hardly see him and when I do it always feels brief. This past trip gave me a chance to see the man he's become, and contrary to what I may have said when we were teenagers he's grown into a really great, almost 25 year old man. He's someone I not only love because I have to, but because I want to, he's also someone I respect greatly and I'm so glad he's in our lives. More over, I proud of who he's become - also his choice in girlfriend is superior :)
Happy Friday everyone! What was the highlight of your summer?
*Because we all love annual family vacations, annual PAP Smears not so much