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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vancouver Trip

We don't only camp during the summer you know...we also visit family! We decided to take in a little of the big city life and hopped into the truck for a little jaunt down to Vancouver for a few days to visit Uncle Brian and Uncle Paul. First order before heading to the big city - hair cut and nail polish!

 Blowing on their nails to dry them faster...
This was the girl's first time getting nails polished, and it was a big hit. While I wasn't impressed with the quality of the haircuts, the glitter hair spray and pink nail polish included with the cut made their day.

The girl's were very excited to see their uncles, as well as the kitties. Unfortunately, the kitties weren't as excited to see the girls and spent a large chunk of our time hiding in the bedroom away from prying eyes and hands. Too bad the kitties didn't realize our girl's are expert cat hunters!

Here's Tucker hiding in the closet!
And Sophie deciding to just sleep and ignore the girls...

We spent the first day fulfilling little kid dream's - riding city transportation. I am sure other kids are the same way, but ours love to point out buses when we are driving. In fact, when talking about our China trips, Sylvie's favorite memories is riding the buses! So we ended up by the end of the day taking advantage of Vancouver's vast transportation system and rode the city buses, sky train, sea bus, along with going on a few elevators and escalators. Our kids loved it, and the adults loved seeing the happiness and excitement on their faces.

That evening we were able to visit with more family, as our cousin and her husband were invited over for dinner. It was great to see them again and spend the evening reminiscing around the dinner table with a couple bottles of wine and Uncle Paul's cocktails. Thank you Uncle Paul for the delicious supper (as well as all the other meals you cooked for us and the girls!). 

Uncle Paul made us breakfast every morning!

We spent the second day walking the water front and exploring all Granville Island has to offer. The girl's loved looking at all the food vendors and devoured their cookies. They also were impressed with the very insistent, aggressive friendly sea gulls and other birds who were quite tame, and enjoyed being feed french fries and other tidbits by fellow picnickers.   

Some of the places we visited while exploring the city were China Town, the Water Front, Longsdale Quay, Granville Island, and English Bay.

The Sylvia Hotel (and Bar) on Beach Ave.

The Chinese gardens in China Town

Having our picture taken by our astrological sign - The Rat!
Quick blast from the past, last summer August 2010...

Our girl's loved the waterfront. Unfortunately summer has been slow coming 
to Vancouver as well this year, so no swimming this time in the ocean :(

Thankfully there were uncles around to help "shoulder" the load of walking around downtown with toddlers! 
Checking out local art on Beach Ave!
The girl's discover that although one uncle is pretty good...
Two uncles are better!

Thank you for the wonderful visit Uncle Brian and Uncle Paul. Hope to see you both again soon!


  1. As I'm reading that you are in Vancouver, I;m thinking to myself, "Oh I hope they went to Chinatown!" Sounds like so much fun and judging from your photos the weather looks nice, some beautiful blue skies!

    Looks like a lot of fun! It's always nice to see family. Oh and I have to say, your baby, Mary, is growing like crazy! I can especially see it in the family shot.

    Happy happy summer!

  2. Ahhh I want an uncle Brian and uncle Paul! Your trip looked great!

  3. I love Vancouver. You are lucky to have family there and an excuse to visit often.

    Looks like a great vacation.