Monday, June 13, 2011

We've Arrived

The three full days of driving are a bit of a blur, but here's what I do remember:

~ Driving through tunnels. These are always a big highlight for the kids and even warrant the pausing of any DVDs that might be playing.

~ Animal sightings. The most exciting was a black bear and her 2 cubs (which makes 3 years in a row of spotting a bear! ... For anyone who cares.)

~ Tallying up the money spent on gas. (I believe the grand total was close to $500... yikes.)

~ Most frequent phrases from the backseat. "I'm hungry" (most commonly heard about 5 minutes after the last snack was eaten). "Make a bottle... Home!" (heard by the young Mr. Siley-Bear who is sorely in need of intervention for his bottle addiction) and "When are we gonna be there?" (Most commonly answered by "In a little while!!")

But all in all, I can't really complain about the drive. In fact, I read an entire novel on the trip - which seems to indicate that I wasn't doling out snacks, switching DVDs and pacifying Silas the entire time.

We made our customary stop in Revelstoke where we feasted on McDonald's and released some pent-up energy at the park.

It was also the scene of our very first injury. Nothing a band-aid wouldn't fix though.
(I'm really praying that we don't come home with any broken bones or head lacerations this year.)

After a stop in Alberta with some old friends and a stop in Saskatchewan to see Erik's grandparents, we arrived at the farm, ready to settle in for another Manitoba summer.

Sunday morning pancakes - in lieu of Saturday morning pancakes.
(This classic Corelle pattern totally brings me back to my childhood... Anyone else??)

Erik is slightly concerned about Silas' shoe and purse fetish.
I happen to think it's pretty cute.
For now.

Yesterday (Sunday), Erik figured it was as good a time as any to finally take Micah's training wheels off.

Micah caught on quite quickly, There were a few scrapes and a few tears but we're trying to keep him positive and excited about this new-found skill.


kelly ens said...

so glad you're there safe and settling in :)
the corelle pattern...ABSOLUTELY (and i even have a bowl!).
AWESOME job on the biking, Micah!!!!

ps. missed Keziah tonight at the recital :)

Janelle said...

i have the GREEN flowered Corelle. we still use it everyday. :) it was my Grandma's. :)
way to go Micah! Kamryn can't wait to bike with you!!!
speaking of that, let us know when we can see you! we'll even drive out there if you want!! xoxo

Wenona said...

My Grandma had the gold as well as the green Corelle pattern. It reminds me of faspa at her house on Sunday. I grew up with the blue pattern, lol. And now I just have plain white. Ah, Corelle, who knew it would evoke so many memories!
Looks like your summer is off to a great start!!

the Dees fam said...

Great post! Glad you made it unscathed! And, an entire novel - good for you! :)
Hope your summer is full of many wonderful memories, and no serious injuries, like you said!! Looking forward to keeping up with your adventures!

Niki said...

Definitely with you on the Corelle pattern! We still eat on it at my parents :) Have a great summer in MB!

Trev and Rebekah said...

I totally remember those plates! Miss you guys already. Glad you got there.

Kelsie-Lynn said...

I grew up with the gold corelle plates too! Hope you have an awesome summer on the prairies!

Bonnie said...

Nice work with the biking Micah!
And glad to hear you survived the long journey :) Enjoy your summer in MB-- it seems we may NEVER get summer here in the lower mainland ;)

Jen Glen said...

My aunt had that pattern too, it indeed does remind me of life with them on their farm. So glad to hear you got there safely and way to go Micah!! I know if Craig sees that video he will see Erik's role, longingly waiting his turn to teach his kid how to ride a bike! How exciting these first milestones!