We spent the May long weekend on the island. We packed up the car Friday morning, picked up Gramma on the way to the ferry and went to visit family and friends!
The ferry ride was quite a luxury at first but they got quite bored after the initial excitement. We spend the first two nights with Jon’s sister and brother in law. The girls LOVE them and we don’t get to see them as much as we’d like.
We took the girls bowling for the first time. So fun and they loved it. Livi especially. I definitely see us doing that again in the near future.
On Sunday we left Lisa and Tony’s mom’s house, where we where staying, and headed towards the other side of the island to where Jon grew up! Before getting to our B&B, we stopped for lunch at the Keno’s where Sofie got to meet Aiden’s Mom and Dad! They were paved the road for our own adoption and for that we love them dearly!
For dinner we were invited to dinner at a family from Jon’s old church too. It was quite the exciting experience since they have 7 boys and 2 girls between the ages of 17 and 4 months old. Their youngest was born the same day that Evie was. It was so interesting seeing how such a large family operates. Each child had such a different interest. While one would ask me questions about my iPhone, another asked be about Evie’s schedule.
A friend of Jon’s from high school let us stay at her mom’s B&B which worked out so perfectly for us. One room was decorated like a cave and Livi LOVED that 🙂 It was peaceful and relaxing with very comfortable beds!
On the Monday we headed out to the far west coast of the island where we spent the afternoon at the beach. It was a glorious. It was so much fun for all of us. We bundled up because it was cold but as soon as Sofie realized there was water out there, she took off running towards it. So perfect. She walked with such purpose. I thought she would stop when she got closer but the tide was coming in and she was eager to meet it! …
I had to run in after her. Eventually I gave up and embraced my wet water babes. Secretly, I had hoped that this would happen and brought extra clothes just in case 🙂 Sofie ended up being knocked over by a wave and got a face full. Livi thought it was the funniest thing to be getting wet in our clothes and running away from the waves. Evie stayed bundled up in the sling with Jon. It was a perfect afternoon.
On the way home to the ferry we had to stop for a walk in the old growth rainforest, despite the downpour the night before and the TOMS shoes we were all wearing. Gramma ended up staying with the littles on the outskirts while Jon and I took Livi through the short roundabout walk quickly, looking for ferries of course.
A tradition from when Jon was a child was stopping for ice cream at a place by the hwy. Dad would almost always stop whenever we came home for a visit and we intend to continue that tradition! It’s TRADITION! We had to stop despite being cold from our walk.
It was a very successful weekend. There was minimal tantrums from the girls, although you could tell when it was the end of the trip. I’m so happy we got to make such wonderful memories this weekend 🙂