Monday, May 6, 2013

Living in the Moment

This weekend was one of those that remind us Vancouverites why we live here.  A reminder that the reason we suffer through 9 months of gray clouds and rain is for days like the one that we woke up to on Saturday.

When the entire city emerges from hibernation to hit the patios and beaches and parks around the city. When everyone is wearing shorts and tank tops and flip flops…in May.

And because on days like this we know that it really is the BEST place on earth to live. (until it starts to rain again…which is supposed to be on Sunday…just in time for Mother’s Day…of course)

Unfortunately we had to enjoy all our sunny day adventures this weekend without hubby.  He was stuck inside all weekend painting the daycare…oh the things we do for our kids…but we know there will be many more weekends to spend as a family.  He was there in spirit…

The key to making the most of sunny weekends that sneak up and surprise us is that you have to be willing to throw all your plans out the window and go with the flow. For us that meant ditching gymnastics classes inside smelly old gyms in exchange for playing on the deck in the sunshine…

…and welcoming home aunties that had been in Mexico for way too long!...
 
They brought gorgeous little dresses back with them.  As well as their photobombing skills.
…and discovering new beaches…
 
 
 
 
 
…where we almost got swallowed by the mud….

 
 

 …but instead managed to surf our way back out…

...and up to the sandy beach...

 
After a great day at the beach we collected a tired hubby and drove out to a friend’s house for dinner.  Where the kids played in the yard…and the adults lounged on the deck with a cold beverage and good conversation.

The kids all played nicely (for the most part) and only one of them didn’t manage to stay awake until 11:30 when we finally had to make the call to head home.

It was my little love that couldn’t keep her eyes open anymore…and I’m pretty sure that’s because I suckered her into a cuddle on my lap under a nice warm blanket.

What can I say?  That is the one thing I miss most about the baby phase…there was no way I was giving up on this cuddle.

Sunday morning dawned just as bright and sunny as the previous day and we started it off with some homemade French toast. 
(I hate to cook so the fact they got offered anything other than cereal is a minor miracle…)

After breakfast – facing a day with no plans until swimming lessons at 5pm – I let the kids decide the itinerary.  They chose visiting the park by our “old house”…

 
 

…sushi for lunch...

 
Youngest pointed at this guy and said "They have a Frosty the Snowman here..." I was genuinely at a loss on how to respond to that one.
 …finding a new park we had never been to before…


…heading out to UBC to get some frozen yogurt for a treat (finally used that damn Groupon!)….

 

…where we discovered a little fountain that kept them entertained for almost 45 minutes….


…and I can’t believe that neither of them actually fell in since this is what they did the whole time...

 

Then it was home for a little rest before heading off for swimming lessons.

By the time we got home the kids were DONE! They didn’t even try to fight bedtime…

And that…my friends…is how you live in the moment.  You get in the car and just go. 

And just pray you are wearing the right shoes for wherever you wind up.


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