Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vacation, Day 9

 We got up today and headed to Soames beach.  It's the beach right by their house and our favorite. It's where we find all of our beach glass.

David and Emily went swimming.

Ben is happy to play on the logs.

Noah looking cute.

The kids are going crazy over all the pets around here.  They've  made friends with the 3 neighborhood cats.  Now, this sweet little dog made friends with them.

Then, cousin Amy came to join us. She came right over from the ferry and got everyone swimming.

Ben didn't want to go in, so David picked him up.

We came back from the beach to get the mini van and head out for pier jumping.  Noah stayed back with Uncle Terry and played cards.

Here's a shot of the ferry.  It's huge.

Amy and I were the first to jump!  My face here cracks me up. I just like to jump and not dilly dally and then I'm done.

Emily and Ben were working up the courage.  The plan was to jump together.

But Ben went, and Emily didn't.

Then, Ben and David jumped. Emily was still pondering if she should do it.

She finally worked up the courage.

And they jumped! We always make sure an adult is nearby in the water just in case.

Amy threw a wad of seaweed at Emily. It's flying through the picture.

And they jumped again and again.

Then, they wanted a bigger thrill and went for the pillars.  Emily wasn't sure.

So, David and Ben went.

There's cousin Amy swimming way out in the ocean. You can just barely see her head.

Ben jumped again.  I think he jumped 20 times.

Then, they went off the back of the pier.

Again, they were supposed to jump at the same time.  Ben went and Emily didn't.

But, then she went.

Cousin Amy had to escort them back because the logs have so many barnicals on them that you have to be careful not to rub against them. They cut like knives.

Ben jumped again from the high part of the dock.

And again, Emily kept chickening out.

She had a little unexpected help from David on this jump.

Ben doing a spidey pose.

And she jumped without being pushed.

More Spiderman...

Every time we come here, we watch Teddy Bears Picnic. It's an old VHS movie that Aunt Paula has had forever. So, while we were all eating dinner, Amy was barbequing her salmon more and she went out to the woods by there house and hid some teddy bears. Then, she took Noah out to find them. It was awesome.  He was so surprised.

It was a lovely day. Tomorrow may be a little rainy, but we'll probably still go to the beach. Who cares about some rain, right?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vacation, Day 8

Ok, yesterday wasn't so gloom and doom. We still managed to have a good time.  Here the kids are at the beach. That's Ben's happy face, I swear!

And there was time for handstands.

And sand castles...

And Noah...he gets this body from eating chips and Froot Loops all day. He seriously has the worst diet.  I have to make him eat good food.  He only eats 2 vegetables and barely 2 fruits.  He's a meat eater. Maybe that's the secret.  Lots of meat!

And there was a pretty sunset.

So, this morning, we got up early and got out of Osoyoos. About an hour out of town, you pass so many fruit stands.  We stopped for peaches, cherries, nectarines and apples! So yummy!

I love this bridge in Vancouver. It means we are almost there.

And we barely made the 2:15 ferry. We got there at 1. The next ferry was 3:45 and we were just sitting there thinking we have to get on the ferry. I can't possibly sit here with these kids for another 90 minutes.  And then we were one of the last 30 cars on!  Whew...

And this is Facebook popped up with this memory from 3 years ago today. We were in the same place on the same ferry going to Gibsons 3 years ago today. The kids look so tiny!

This is the ferry.  Dakri was asking about how big it is. It's huge. It holds almost 400 vehicles!

We had a nice spot with a view today. Sometimes, you are blocked in by walls or other cars.

And here's the area for the big trucks.

We got here and Aunt Paula had a huge basket of Canadian candy for us.  YUM!  We get spoiled rotten here.  And not just with candy!

They made us a yummy dinner of chicken ceasar salad and Aunt Paula's garlic bread. Then, we were off to spend an hour at the beach. This is the view walking to the beach. We have beach on one side and the other side is huge forested pine trees.

And we are at our favorite beach...

Looking for beach glass already. Emily and Noah already have a jar of glass. So, now we are working on mine.  :)

Ben loves walking on the logs.

I sent my cousin Amy this picture. She's working tonight and is coming over tomorrow.  So, I had to show her that we were working on our beach glass collection already. 

On the way home, we came across some neighborhood kitties.  Of course my kids went crazy. They are missing Rio so much.

Then, we went for gelato.  YUM!  

Aunt Paula walks every night, so her and I walked the 2 miles home and David drove the kids home.  I LOVE the flowers here.  So pretty.

Tomorrow we are hanging out at the beach all day and doing absolutely nothing.
I can't wait.