Victoria and the Comox Valley
The plan was simple - on Monday head over to Victoria, celibate
Christmas on Wednesday, head up to Comox on Thursday and back to
Vancouver on Saturday. Turns out when you ship Christmas gifts
and they say "5 to 10 days", they mean 10 days in the best of
circumstances when it isn't busy. We left Vancouver late
because I had to go to work to pick up two pages that were delivered
days late (and glad they didn't arrive after Christmas). Our
Ferry Karma must be on high because we just barely made it onto the
3pm sailing and arrived to dinner on Monday.
Thankfully we had all our Christmas shopping done so Tuesday we
decided to go visit Goldstream provincial park for a walk
Christmas with young kids is something special. Their
expectations aren't yet set so everything is full of surprise.
Nara at least knew what
was going on - she knew to unwrap things, and she knew the stuff was
for her. As a household, we prefer a number of reasonable
sized gifts rather than a single showy gift so there are lots of
unwrapping to do. For the kids it's tough though - they open
something they are interested in, they want to play with it right
then - delaying gratification and going onto unwrapping the next
gift doesn't come naturally.
The kids got some toys they were happy with, and then we went
upstairs for breakfast. Both kids had a nap and then we made
pizza for my dad's birthday. In the evening, we went
downstairs and opened more gifts. It seemed to work out.
Boxing day we headed up Island to visit family in the Comox
valley. My uncle was kindly hosting Boxing Day dinner which is
quite an ask for a crowd this size.
One of my friends says that childcare gets easier with more children
- as the number of children rises, the ammount of time they spend
entertaining each other increases. It's an interesting theory.
My mother got the kids
playing ring around the rosie. Most of the kids are the same
age so it worked out well.
to see the pairing of people that don't see each other that much
during the year.
The next day we went up to Mount Washington to play in the
snow a little. Mount Washington is having a terrible year -
they had only 30cm of snow on boxing day - usually one of the
busiest days of the year. While there wasn't much snow, there
was enough for some fun.
On Saturday it was time
to go back to Vancouver and see the other half of the family.
We had time for one last visit to the great grandparents and then we
were on our way.
Tags: Mount Washington(4), birthday cake(1), fern(1)
People: Nara(9), Claira(5), James(3), Lexi May(3), Marcus(3), Helen(2)
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