Relatively speaking Vancouver is not that big of a city but it’s big for us! I’m always amazed walking down the busy streets to see how fashionable and put together everyone is. People always seem in a rush to get somewhere or connect with others via their phones. Chatting and texting is everywhere and all the time. I feel like a fish out of water, which is strange because I grew up in the lower mainland. I like small town living and I like spending time outside without the phone ringing.
I don’t dread everything about what comes along with a visit to the city. I love seeing my family which I mentioned in my previous post. I also appreciated being able to do a bit of shopping in real life as opposed to buying sight unseen online. We were able to do some thrift shopping and went to MEC. I bought an external hard drive from Costco to hold all my photos and I even got to go to Ikea for a look see. I braved the Richmond mall (without Cam, who flatly refused to go) with my mother’s help to fill some of our clothing gaps, like jeans for my growing children.
We went to Steveston one day to go for lunch with some family. It’s been years since I’d been there last. Steveston is a historic fishing village near Richmond, BC. With it’s fishing boats lining the docks and it’s charming old buildings and wooden sidewalks, it’s nice to see it thriving.
Leif is going through a bit of a phase right now where he only wants to eat fish. Okay, he’ll eat more than fish but it’s the first thing he asks for when he’s hungry. Needless to say, we’ve been eating a lot of fresh and canned wild salmon these days and he was so excited to get his own order of halibut fish and chips.
Cam got a shot of us with my aunt and cousin. Gosh, it’s hard living so far from family. I’ve decided to stop dwelling on how much I miss them and work on convincing them to move wherever we move.
My dad took my kids for a ride on his Harley. Leif and Lily were so excited but Leif had me laughing at how serious he was taking this business. He silently held on and patiently waited while we all got comfortable with the idea that he would in fact be able to hold on for a slow ride around the block. He loved every minute!
All in all it was a fabulous first week of our trip. I’m not sure when we’ll be down next. I’d wanted to see friends during this visit and we didn’t see one while in Vancouver. I was so disappointed. Lily and I both need dental work done so we’ll have to try and find a way down again and I’ll make a better effort to connect with all my missed friends then.