Sadly, we were there for unfortunately circumstances. Hubby's uncle passed away suddenly in August so we were there to attend his celebration of life.
Hubby's entire immediately family went, minus one sister-in-law who had a wedding to attend.
We flew out early Friday morning. Hubby's brother was on the same flight as us so it was great to have an extra set of hands. For three days, we sure packed a lot of stuff! We only brought Leo's carseat and rented one for Audrey but still! It's crazy how much stuff kids require and we packed "lightly."
|Waiting to drop off our bags|
What happened? We arrived and dropped off our bags with plenty of time to go through security. The lady at the checkin told hubby's brother to double check the screens inside the terminal to see what gate we are at because they are changing things around. Our tickets said 21 but sure enough we checked the screens and it said 20. Good thing we checked the screens! Haha, not.
So we go to our gate as per the screens and the information at the gate was for our flight number, time, etc. Perfect. It did seem odd that there weren't too many people around but there was no one to ask. I packed up the stroller and then hubby's Aunt from the other side of the family spotted us and came over to chat. We chatted with her for a bit and the guys went over to chat with their Uncle, since they were waiting for their flight elsewhere.
We started to get worried since our flight was supposed to leave in 15 minutes and no one was at our gate, despite there being a plane there. Hubby went to go look for someone to ask and sure enough, we were supposed to be at 21, which is at the other end of the terminal! Grrrr!
So we jumped on the shuttle and we drove, slowly, to the other part of the terminal where our gate was. Talk about being rushed and stressed! Apparently they were paging us but I'm pretty sure it wasn't where we were because there is no way the 5 of us would have missed our names being announced over and over again. The airline said it was their fault and they apologized profusely. I'm just glad they didn't leave without us!
We would have been fine if we hadn't checked that darn board like they told us to!
The flight itself was uneventful! It was Leo's first flight and he slept the entire time. Audrey was content just watching the TV, even if there was no sound! It's a short one hour flight to Abbotsford.
|Happy 1st time flyer!|
|Entertained by her show|
|Just woke up!|
We picked up our rental car. It was supposed to be a mini van but we got a Ford Flex instead. It was plenty big enough.
We were able to get early check in so we went to our hotel and settled in, and had some lunch. Audrey and hubby went to the pool while Leo and I had a short nap. Unfortunately nap time for Audrey was a bust! Too much going on and trying to share a room is just impossible. We were exhausted so we decided to load the kids into the car, get a Starbucks and drive around. That did the trick- they were both out within 5 minutes of getting in the car!
After nap, we stopped by hubby's uncle's house. We had a short visit with a bunch of family that had also come into town for the memorial. It was so nice to see everyone, despite the circumstances.
Afterwards, we headed down to White Rock with hubby's immediate family, for the best fish and chips in the world! I love Moby Dicks and must have it every time I go there! Hubby's uncle introduced it to him years ago.
Apparently it was 'International Talk like a Pirate Day' and there were clowns there as well! My niece was a bit scared but Audrey loved them, especially the balloon swords she made them.
These little girls are so adorable!!
Audrey had no fear about riding the bear either!
Audrey had a rough night so no one slept well. Both kids were awake at 5:30am. Yawn!!
The celebration of life was at a golf course at 10:30am. It was a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. Many tears were shed and a lot of laughs were shared as well.
It was a bit challenging for the kids, especially Audrey, to sit still for that long. Leo was pretty good and was happy to be passed around to whomever wanted to hold him.
After the reception, we hopped in the car to drive around for naps. We drove to downtown Vancouver which is such a great spot. It's the only city I would consider living downtown!!
After driving around for a couple hours, we went back to hubby's uncle's house, where the family was gathering. We visited a bunch more, and ate a delicious meal.
|Playing in the tree house with Uncle C|
Thankfully both kids slept much better the 2nd night! Audrey didn't wake up at all and since Leo was sleeping with me it was easy to feed him and fall back asleep. He did wake up at 5am and did not want to go back to sleep! He was happy though. Hubby and Audrey woke up at 6am and they let me sleep in for a bit longer while they entertained Leo.
We went back to hubby's uncle's house for a short visit and to say our good byes to everyone. It was so bittersweet- happy to see everyone but it's so sad given the circumstances.
|Colouring with Uncle and Grandma|
We went back down to White Rock Beach since we had a few hours to kill before our flight. We had some delicious sushi for lunch- possibly the best I've ever had. So fresh!! Even Audrey enjoyed her meal!
Afterwards we stopped for gelato (sorbet for me) and walked the pier.
|Bad idea to give her chocolate ice cream!|
|"Do I have something on my face?"|
|Watching people fish for crabs|
It proved to be a bit more difficult than when they were each inside of me!
Leo was a bit more cooperative!
Then it was back in the car for nap time and the drive to the airport. This time we did not almost miss our flight. Leo didn't nap during the flight but for the most part he was happy.
It was an exhausting, emotional weekend but still so nice to see family and enjoy Vancouver. I'm so grateful that my brother-in-law and other in-laws were so helpful with the kids. They gave us lots of breaks so we could actually eat, get ready and visit a bit.