Thursday, January 20, 2011

Victoria 2011

Hello Again! We're home! (I knew it for sure when a green crayon dropped out of the cereal box and into my bowl this morning, amongst all the Cheerios.) We had such a good time, visiting with people and places.

Griffin did really great on the airplane. He loved the airport.

He was so excited about planes in general that it didn't even matter that he had to sit on our laps for the entire eight hours. Whew!

The hardest part of the whole trip was just trying to adjust to the four hour time change.
The first night we were there Griffin woke up at 3:30 in the morning and said "all done!" (and I thought "uh-oh.") I could easily have slept for four more hours, but I just couldn't quite make him see my side of things. Anyway, we both handled it pretty well, considering. Griffin was just in Heaven being surrounded by all those family members!

It was really wonderful - definitely the best part.

We were feeling a little lonely yesterday, when it was back to just the two of us. What a wonderful thing it was to have so many wonderful people around.

We did a couple of day trips - one to one of my favourite beaches, which was covered in lovely driftwood. (Yes, I begged an extra suitcase from my Dad, and carted a bunch of it home. Of course I did! I also borrowed a whole pile of photos from my grandparents' albums, so check back soon for some fun new pieces.)

We also fit in a day trip up to Duncan to visit my Dad and his family, and the family farm. Griffin loved everything about it. He met two more grandparents, two new uncles, another great-grandparent, and a whole lot of cows. There were tractors big and small!!!!! It was heaven for my little boy! (Although both tractors and cows, it turns out, are a lot bigger in person than you might think!) (Thus, there are no pictures of Griffin actually on a tractor.)

A day hasn't passed yet where he hasn't asked to go see cows.

We also fit in a trip to the Royal BC Museum, where I spent many happy hours as a young child.

Griffin got to see the Woolly Mammoth, and the sea cave and all sorts of dead animals. His favourites were the owls. He likes to say "whoo whoooo." And we all like the Long House, even though they closed off the coolest part.

OK, and it's taken me all day to get this far, so I'll just leave you with pictures of friends and relations galore!

Good times!


rebecca's rainbow kisses said...

Welcome back. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time with family. I can relate to the suitcase borrowing to haul treasures from the sea home! Your photos are beautiful.
Blessings and happiness,

Anonymous said...

yeay!! I love the photo of gigi and greypa (can I order copies?)...heck I love them all. see you soon. XOXO m/j/g

Anonymous said...

We all had a great time! You packed a lot into your days Lauren, as told in all these great pictures. I'm especially excited about seeing the west coast beach treasures transform into their new lives as works of art :)

Griffin did so well being in the spotlight! He is such a dear little boy and stole the hearts of all 3 great grandparents (and aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, great-great aunt, and ....and .....) Thanks for sharing with us :)

We must do it again! xx A. J

Our Family said...

Yup, the self-portrait just worked out the best. :)

It was great seeing you guys.


Our Family said...

Oh, the picture of them reminded me. I was talking to my mom about Griffen and she said your dad had the same growth pattern as well, and then he stayed really small until he was 11 or 12 and then got HUGE. Anyway, just thought I would pass that on. :) Christie

Anonymous said...

I recognise some faces - and some junior faces in there! I'm glad it was a good trip. It's amazing how much I miss home. x x x rachel