When deciding on our summer vacation, R's first suggestion was Florida. Ummm, five months pregnant? Not exactly what I had in mind. Canada, where we have friends and the weather is bearable, sounded MUCH better :) As the trip grew closer, I knew we made the right choice. The kids were SUPER excited to fly on an airplane (Bug's first flight and passport stamp), and were great travelers. We MIGHT have been those people on the flight with a two-year-old yelling, "3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF!" twenty times before takeoff. In all fairness, he was pretty quiet once the highly anticipated takeoff actually occured. I wish I could have videoed his face as we lifted into the air - priceless. The other great memory from our flight was when Tink told R she had to go to the bathroom. He began to unbuckle her seatbelt and I told her I would take her. She looked out the window and asked, "Are we stopping?" She was very impressed to find the onboard bathroom :)
We arrived quite late, but the kids woke up the next morning to find that they would be sleeping in a tent! (Yes, we had the most FUN hosts imaginable.) This was a highlight of their trip, and they still tell people about it.
We spent the first day shopping, and, of course, T made it worthwhile for the kids with a ride on the carousel!
On Monday, we headed into the mountains! The drive was beautiful, and of course, the weather was fabulous. We started at Lake Louise, and pictures don't even begin to do it justice. I've never seen water this turquoise in my life! We walked around the lake for a bit before continuing our drive.
Our drive home was just as beautiful as our arrival, but we saw two bears and a Rocky Mountain rainbow - the perfect end to a wonderful week.
Thank you, M and T for opening your home to us, being such wonderful tour guides and for making our kids feel so loved! We had the perfect week away, truly enjoyed your company, and fell even more in love with beautiful Canada. We can't to visit again soon!