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.
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.
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.