We may currently live in the buttpoke of nowhere in the Okanagan Valley, but once upon a time we lived in the bustling metropolis of Vancouver. I lived there from the ages of twenty to twenty-six, with the last year there spent as a newlywed. Every time I drive back into the city and experience its unique vibe I feel like a part of me is coming home.

When deciding where to go on our first! ever! vacation! that was not wrapped around spending a recognized holiday with extended family, we had originally thought about going to Mexico. We could easily buy a second house for the cost of taking the five of us to Mexico so, no. We asked the kids where we should vacate to and they instantly replied, “VANCOUVER”. They wanted to take in some of the attractions that their friends had gone to and I hadn’t been to a couple of them in the six years I lived there and, so. We made plans.

Before we started being the tacky tourists that you know we were, we stopped in at Matthew’s grandparents to (see them, and) enjoy their pool.

Nathan, Emily, Graham

The two of them never use it themselves but their kids and grandkids and great-grandkids who live nearby are over there almost every day. We got to catch up with (Matthew’s) aunts and uncles and siblings that we rarely see while the kids flew through the air…

His expression

and jumped into the water


and played with their cousins

Jumping Cousins

Speaking of (Dykstra) cousins, the kids see the two who live here pretty frequently but we only see the other ones a few times a year.


You’d never know it by how famously they all get along.

The three full days we spent in Vancouver were packed with visiting tourist attractions. Saturday was spent at Science World.
It was fun and super and amazing and whatnot, but was considered to be only slightly more exciting than the Sky Train in my kids’ eyes.


Who knew public transportation was so exciting?

Sunday was spent at the Greater Vancouver Zoo, walking and taking photos of everything that we saw.


See? Tacky tourists. (I kind of love this photo.)

Filed under: I am easily amused:

Filed under: I’m glad there’s a fence between us:


Monday was spent exploring Stanley Park, including the Aquarium. I had never been there before and I have to say that, despite the crowds, it’s worth the money to go to there.

Look at me...

The kids loved it too. Can’t you tell?

The Three


Our days were full of tourist attractions and our evenings were full of family dinners and I even managed to sneak in hosting the pre-BlogHer meetup while in Vancouver.

While I do love (cities in general, and especially) Vancouver, after four nights of fighting crowds and navigating traffic and finding parking and listening to sirens wail all night long…I was done. We were done. And so, we left Vancouver a day earlier and made a run for the border.

I’ve rambled on long enough and I have a lot to say about our time spent south of the border, so I think I’ll save the second half of our trip for another day. It only gets better from here, if you can even believe it.

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  1. Meg July 27, 2010 12:46 am edit

    I could write a post about your post! Emily’s HAIR! The camera war at the zoo! THE DONKEY.
    Instead, I’ll say, these are part of the reason I’ve decided to move back.
    And, it was fabulous and terrifying (in a good way!!!!!) to meet you, even if I didn’t talk throughout dinner!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Refreshed =-.

  2. Carrie July 27, 2010 5:35 am edit

    The second picture, the one of Emily with the floatie, totally made me smile. It’s the devious glint, the one I’ve seen at so many family gatherings, that she has never been to.

    I just neeeed to give that girl a big, squishy hug.


  3. Eric's Mommy July 27, 2010 6:32 am edit

    Looks like you guys had lots of fun! I am not a city person AT ALL but I do like to head into Boston once in a while, we live about an hour and a half away. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

  4. Elaine July 27, 2010 8:44 am edit

    Being a tourist is quite exhausting, I know! But you have great pics to show for it.

    I love the shot of the butterfly on the flower and the one with all three kids with cameras is TOO GOOD!

    I laughed at the lion behind the fence pic because my current post has a similar sentiment – ha!

    Glad you’re home safe. Wish I was going to see you in NYC. :(
    .-= Elaine´s last blog ..New Friends- New Places =-.

  5. Kami's Khlopchyk July 27, 2010 8:44 am edit

    What fun! You know how much I love Vancouver, we haven’t been there with the kids since 2006. Yikes.

    Love the pictures, the camera one is fantastic!
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Photos and Rants for Phun =-.

  6. jenn July 27, 2010 9:05 am edit

    I spent a few days in Vancouver years ago, wish I would have spent a month. It’s a beautiful city. Someday I’ll make it back.

  7. Kerri Anne July 27, 2010 9:37 am edit

    Pool pics are always my favorite because they are (so colorful and perfect! and) reminders of summers of yore for me, growing up with a pool as old as I am at my grandma’s house.

    And I love the Vancouver Aquarium!

    I also loved standing outside with Nathan for fifteen minutes on Saturday while he showed me all of the pictures he took at the zoo, and told me the names of all the animals he knew.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Weekend Update- And They Call It Coastal Love Edition =-.

  8. Kristabella July 27, 2010 10:05 am edit

    That pool looks so refreshing. (Can you tell it is hot here today and my car’s A/C has finally shit the bed?)

    I love how Nathan always has his arms around his brother and sister in those photos! So cute!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Gym Rat =-.

  9. hillary July 27, 2010 11:22 am edit

    the skytrain photo cracks me up (probably because I take the skytrain twice a day and I look a tad – okay a lot – more grumbly)
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..We Were Wasted And Happy We Were Laughing In The Sunshine =-.

  10. whoorl July 27, 2010 1:39 pm edit

    I want to jump in that pool!

    Looks like you all had a great time! xoxo
    .-= whoorl´s last blog ..1 Month Update With Bonus Assvice! =-.

  11. Hannah July 27, 2010 2:34 pm edit

    Sounds and looks like a really fun family vacation!! :-)
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Fat Old Ladies =-.

  12. Mama in the City July 27, 2010 4:37 pm edit

    I really like the pic with the three kids and their cameras. Great capture!
    .-= Mama in the City´s last blog ..A Hard Hat &amp A Thank You Note =-.

  13. Jen July 27, 2010 8:02 pm edit

    Dykstra babies are SO FREAKING ADORABLE. I love that shot of Emily jumping into the pool – it’s OBVIOUS that she has big brothers!!

    Glad you had a great first part of your trip. Was awesome to see you again!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Dear Kaylie- =-.

  14. Sarah July 28, 2010 2:11 pm edit

    So you’re telling me that while I was in Vancouver I missed a zoo AND an aquarium?! I knew Vahid was keeping things from me.

    So now it looks like I have an excuse to drag him back there…

    (seriously I’m like a glorified four year old in those places. I’m all, “look a monkey! No did you SEE the MONKEY. MONKEEEEYYY!” Yep.)
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Things I Love 24 =-.

  15. Rebecca July 28, 2010 3:50 pm edit

    We just came back from the same kind of trip- only from Pickering (TO) to Niagara Falls. While we have lovely pics to prove the fun, I think I need a good glass of wine to recover from travelling and touristing with a toddler… We lived to tell the tale! Loved the pics!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Hello Vacation Goodbye Daily Grind =-.

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