Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trip to British Columbia

Our last few days of summer were filled with hours in the van and the sounds of the sea as we took a trip and drove out to Vancouver Island for our family holidays.
It was filled with wonderful, good and "what were we thinking!?!?" moments.
A lot of the "what were we thinking!?!?" moments happened in the van as we spent 29 hours (that is driving time only, that does not including all the stops we had to make) that is 2,292 km in our van with a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a 4 month old baby! Yeah! What were we thinking!?!?! LOL

Our little 3 year old actually did very well; she was able to keep herself happy by just looking out the window for a lot of the time. And when she got bored of that, I had a whole bag full of toys, coluring books, and stickers to entertain her. This worked well for her.

Our lovely little 2 year old was not able to be as content. And after a few hours of sitting of the vehicle she would reach her limit and yell and scream to get out!  No toys or stickers would calm her down, poor girl. Thankfully when she would reach her limit we often had to stop so I could feed the baby so she was able to get out and walk around for a little bit.

As for our little sweet baby, in the van there were a lot of times that he was not so sweet. Poor guy! He just got sick of being in his car seat and just wanted to be held. But obviously I couldn’t hold him while driving so the poor guy would just scream and scream and there was nothing we could do. Poor poor baby! L

Each day as we arrived at our hotel for the night everyone was very happy to be out of the van!!

 That was the hardest part, being stuck in the van for hours and hours on end. Besides that we had a lot of fun on our family holiday!

We spent a lot of our time walking around exploring a lot of different parks. We spent a lot of time in Stanley Park, which is our favorite spot to visit when we are in Vancouver.

When we went over to Vancouver Island, we loved walking by the sea and taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells! The girls thought it was hilarious to keep saying “It’s stinky!” But they loved looking for shells and searching for crabs hiding under the rocks.

Butchart gardens were just gorgeous; something I would suggest to anyone visiting Victoria should go and see. I don’t think I have seen so many flowers in my life! It is so well taken care of and just beautifully designed Even with it just being flowers and girls really seemed to enjoy themselves. There is no question that they like all the water fountains the best!

We also really enjoyed strolling around Fort Rodd Hill and the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. 

Another highlight for the girls was the two ferry boat ride we took this vacation. Rose was so excited to go on the big white boat! She still talks about it!

We stayed 3 nights in a super fancy resort call Bear Mountain resort. It was really nice! And thanks to airmiles we were able to enjoy it all for free! We did splurge and have dinner at one of their restaurants. We felt a little out of place as we were looking a little frazzled after traveling in the van for a few hours, wearing comfort clothes and everyone else there was all dressed up really nicely and no one else had young kids. So I’m sure they all were super happy when we came in and sat down! But it was delicious! And the view we got to enjoy while eating was breathtaking.

We also were able to visit with some of my extended family who live out in B.C. I don’t get to see them very often so it was really nice to touch up for a bit. One always wishes those visits could be longer.

It was so nice to end our summer with this wonderful trip. I’m so grateful that Mike had the ability to take a little bit of time off work and have some good family time.

But next family vacation I want to go someplace close (or fly) and just stay in one spot! It is hard work packing and unpacking the van pretty much every day! 

This is an 800 year old tree! 


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