We took the kids so many places during their visit -the kids got up between 6 and 7 every morning, and it seemed like we were out of the house by 8:30 almost every day. Mind you, that may have had something to do with our "don't let the kids annoy the downstairs neighbours" plan... :) The following pics are roughly in order of our adventures...
Owen meets a friendly moose at Whistler on Tuesday
Hiking in Stanley Park on Thursday
(Wednesday, they went to Science World, but Mike and I had to work)
Meeting turtles at the Aquarium
Playing at 3rd Beach after the hike
We visited the Burnaby Heritage Museum on Friday - this is a restored streetcar that used to run through Vancouver and Burnaby
Checking out the Vintage Carousel pre-ride - the carousel turns 100 next year, and they're promising fun celebrations!
Friday was Owen's 6th birthday, so Tara and I made him a Swimming Pool Cake. Interesting fact: 2-year olds think its more appropriate to play with blue Jello than to eat it. Maybe Emmett was on to something!
On Saturday, the lowest tide was at mid-day, so we headed out to Spanish Banks to play in the beach flats...
mmm... squooshy mud!
As the tide comes back in, the water stays really warm - great for swimming, provided you don't mind a bathing suit full of sand! :)
I had to work on Sunday, so Mike took everyone up to Cypress Mountain for some hiking. Here's a family photo, taken at the lookout about halfway up the mountain.
Once up top, they were able to do a little hiking
In the evening we put the boys to bed early so we could have a proper 'adults dinner'. Here's Mike teaching the boys about space, in place of a bedtime story (we started out by colouring in pictures of spaceships [thanks Crayola.com!], but clearly my way wasn't fancy enough !)
On Monday morning we headed over to Granville Island - they have an amazing water park there, complete with water slides, sprayers, and a little stream that drains all the water away.
In the evening, we had a big barbecue at Kits Beach and invited my brother and parents, and a few local friends. It was such a great week, and we enjoyed having everyone to stay - can't wait till you guys can come visit us again!