Last Wednesday turned into a lovely snow day. We got 7 inches of snow and our local area shut down for the day. School and church was cancelled. We enjoyed walks in the snow and a relaxed day at home. The snowflakes were so pretty. You could see them all individually and how unique they each were. This unexpected snow was very welcome! However, the snow did stick around for a while because of the temperatures and made the roads a mess for quite a while. The rain started yesterday and the snow is gone. I miss it on the grass, but I won’t miss it on the roads.
Thursday morning, we very carefully drove out of Lewis County on to a great Canadian adventure! I didn’t mention it in my last post because I wasn’t sure it was going to happen until Wednesday afternoon. Thursday we drove into Steveston Village. This is seriously my favorite place on Earth. It makes me so happy. The boys played in the park and we walked the boardwalk. Graham is at the pickle age where he doesn’t want to be held but he doesn’t want to walk with the family. It was a challenge on this outing, but we made it despite some drama. Also, Owen was scared that Graham would go into the river, so that was some drama too. It’s sweet to see Owen concerned for Graham, but it borders on the line of crazy. We hit a Tim Hortons (doughnuts) and Canadian Tire (an everything but the kitchen sink kind of store). Our evening was spent back at the hotel, swimming in the pool.
Friday, we got coffee in Steveston at Waves, our favorite Canadian coffee shop! We drove into Granville Island and explored the market and the shops. We got lunch at Go Fish on the water. It was the perfect morning! Our afternoon was spent doing a little shopping. Then back to the hotel for more swimming. We couldn’t decide on dinner and the boys were tired which meant a sit down restaurant could have been dramatic. We settled on McDonald’s with a play place so the boys could run around and move. The menu is different enough that it still felt like a unique experience. We ordered on touch screens which was also special. Jeremy and I both got poutine which is french fries with brown gravy and cheese curds. Poutine is a must when in Canada. We got the boys some Kinder Surprise eggs as a treat and then it was bed time.
Early Saturday morning was quite eventful. Graham was up at 12:30am, crying and then again at 3:00am. It took an hour to get him back to sleep. At 4:30 Owen realized that Lamby was in the van and that he NEEDED him. In ordered to keep Owen from having a meltdown and waking up Graham, who I had just gotten to sleep, I went down to the parking lot to get Lamby. At 4:30am, I was in the freezing hotel parking lot singing happy birthday to myself. Owen went down in time for Graham to wake up at 5:00am. I finally got Graham to sleep in bed with Owen and I (I should mention that Owen was my bed buddy the whole trip. We had to two queens so Owen and I slept in one and Jeremy slept in the other and Graham mostly slept in the Pack’N’Play). I fell back asleep around 6:00am balancing on the very edge of the bed. At 7:30am, I woke up and slid down to the end of the bed so I wouldn’t fall off and would have more covers. When Jeremy woke up at 7:45am, the boys and I were quite the sight to behold.
Needless to say, I was exhausted most of my actual birthday and just wanted to go back to bed all day long. We had done some research for breakfast since we hadn’t found a good breakfast spot in BC yet. We settled on a place called Jethro’s Fine Grub because it had been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on Food Network. It was a small whole in the wall kind of place with huge portion sizes. I got “greeeat cakes” which were pancakes with blueberries and frosted flakes. They gave me two pancakes that were bigger than the plate and super thick. I was not able to finish my meal, if you were wondering! It was a very tasty experience and I always love discovering new things in the Vancouver area. We took off for home after another stop at Waves. We had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and took our dessert to go. Happy birthday to me!
Sunday I celebrated my birthday with my family. It was a classic evening of pizza, cake and ice cream. Yum! Bill & Debbie got me a deep fryer and Owen couldn’t wait to use it! On Monday, we fried some fries and coconut shrimp. Jeremy got ambitious and made doughnuts! Looks we’ll have a lot of fun experimenting with this new kitchen appliance. Monday was MLK Jr. Day so the other adults were home. Jeremy and Owen checked on the Winlock house in the morning and we all spent the afternoon playing Monopoly Deal. Jeremy and Owen built a snowman with the remaining snow. It was a nice, slow paced day with everyone home.
Now we’re back to the real world and normal schedules. I tried to think of some brilliant and deep things to say about being 31, but I can’t think of anything. The only thing that comes to mind is that Baskin Robbin has 31 flavors… and I’m 31. There you go!
PS… No news on the house situation. Prayers are still greatly appreciated for our Winlock house to sell so we can move forward with building on the property. Thank you!