Our family took a much needed vacation this last week. Every 2 years Annie's family gets together and goes somewhere fun for a week. We plan it 2 years out and have it booked for a year. It can take a lot of planning to get things put together. This year we went to Canada. Victoria Island BC to be exact. It was wonderful. Annie's whole family was there except her brother. Their milk cow had a baby the week before and he couldn't get away. Yes you read that right. A cow. ha ha they live on a farm in Oregon.
Life gets busy. Especially summers. So we decided to just be lazy. It was so wonderful. We took naps everyday. We stayed up late and slept in. Every day we did something different. We were able to stay right on the ocean on one side of the island. It's a big island and the harbor is a working harbor. So we watched planes land on the water, the ferry come and go and boats upon boats upon boats. Sadly the only wildlife we saw was a dead crab, sea gulls and a lone seal. But it was still great. We went down to the warf for ice cream, walked around the board walk, took a walk to downtown and ended up walking 5 miles. We went to a petting zoo and saw their "goat stampede" and all the other fun animals there. And I totally got the goats on video!! https://youtu.be/-7NxP7zhu5o
There were parks, splash pads, family movie nights, pool time and just wonderful memories. We had 2 rooms and Sabrina loved going next door to see her "friends" which were really her cousins. It was nice to just take a step back and just be a family. Since we were travelling internationally Jeremy was the only one who had service on his phone. He occasionally travels for work out of the country. It was nice to unplug and just be.
After all that fun though it was even nicer to come home. We are refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of summer full of camping, visiting family, projects and life. And the bonus to the welcome home we got from Natasha and Vicious was the fireflies. They finally started showing up! Every year I look forward to them. It is just not summer without the fireflies.