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Victoria and the Comox Valley


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The plan was simple - on Monday head over to Victoria, celibate Christmas on Wednesday, head up to Comox on Thursday and back to Vancouver on Saturday.  Turns out when you ship Christmas gifts and they say "5 to 10 days", they mean 10 days in the best of circumstances when it isn't busy.  We left Vancouver late because I had to go to work to pick up two pages that were delivered days late (and glad they didn't arrive after Christmas).  Our Ferry Karma must be on high because we just barely made it onto the 3pm sailing and arrived to dinner on Monday.

Thankfully we had all our Christmas shopping done so Tuesday we decided to go visit Goldstream provincial park for a walk around. 

Lens Flare Walking In Goldstream ParkClaira Wandering Ahead Of The Pack Dad And I With The Girls

Licorice Fern Growing Out Of Log


Christmas with young kids is something special.  Their expectations aren't yet set so everything is full of surprise. 

Helen Happy With Her Gift
Nara at least knew what was going on - she knew to unwrap things, and she knew the stuff was for her.  As a household, we prefer a number of reasonable sized gifts rather than a single showy gift so there are lots of unwrapping to do.  For the kids it's tough though - they open something they are interested in, they want to play with it right then - delaying gratification and going onto unwrapping the next gift doesn't come naturally.
Nara Got A Necklace And Jewelery Box

The kids got some toys they were happy with, and then we went upstairs for breakfast.  Both kids had a nap and then we made pizza for my dad's birthday.  In the evening, we went downstairs and opened more gifts.  It seemed to work out.

Claira With Rainbow StackerClaira Kicking Back With TambourineNara Trumpting On New Chair


Happy Birthday Dad

 
Boxing day we headed up Island to visit family in the Comox valley.  My uncle was kindly hosting Boxing Day dinner which is quite an ask for a crowd this size.

Dinner Table

One of my friends says that childcare gets easier with more children - as the number of children rises, the ammount of time they spend entertaining each other increases.  It's an interesting theory.
 
James Doing Ring Around The Rosie Nara Doing Ring Around The Rosie
My mother got the kids playing ring around the rosie.  Most of the kids are the same age so it worked out well.

Lexi And The Boys Doing Ring Around The Rosie

Claira And Edna At Boxing Day Party
It's nice to see the pairing of people that don't see each other that much during the year.

Kayla And Lexi

 
Lexi Clapping While Reading Book Nara And Marcus Smiling In Doorway Five Grandchildren

 
  The next day we went up to Mount Washington to play in the snow a little.  Mount Washington is having a terrible year - they had only 30cm of snow on boxing day - usually one of the busiest days of the year.  While there wasn't much snow, there was enough for some fun.

Nara At The End Of ARide Nara Climbing Up The Slope

 
James Getting Ready For Lunch Marcus Watching Nara Paint
On Saturday it was time to go back to Vancouver and see the other half of the family.  We had time for one last visit to the great grandparents and then we were on our way.
Claira And Grandma Reading ABook



 


Claira Kicking Back With Tambourine
Happy Birthday Dad
Person: Lloyd
Tags: birthday cake
Nara Climbing Up The Slope
Person: Nara
Tags: Mount Washington
Licorice Fern Growing Out Of Log
Species: Polypodium glycyrrhiza (licorice fern)
Altitude: 45m (147 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara At The End Of ARide
Person: Nara
Tags: Mount Washington
Claira With Rainbow Stacker
Person: Claira, Helen
Lexi And The Boys Doing Ring Around The Rosie
Nara Trumpting On New Chair
Person: Janet, Nara
Kayla And Lexi
Person: Kayla, Lexi May
Nara Got A Necklace And Jewelery Box
Person: Janet, Nara
Marcus Watching Nara Paint
Person: Marcus
Claira And Edna At Boxing Day Party
Person: Claira, Edna
Five Grandchildren
Person: Claira, James, Lexi May, Marcus, Nara
Claira Wandering Ahead Of The Pack
Altitude: 33m (108 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara And Marcus Smiling In Doorway
Person: Marcus, Nara
Lens Flare Walking In Goldstream Park
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Doing Ring Around The Rosie
James Doing Ring Around The Rosie
Person: James
James Getting Ready For Lunch
Person: James
Lexi Clapping While Reading Book
Person: Lexi May
Dinner Table
Dad And I With The Girls
Person: Claira, John, Nara, Lloyd
Helen Happy With Her Gift
Person: Helen
Claira And Grandma Reading ABook
Person: Claira, Edna
Tags: Mount Washington(4), birthday cake(1)
People: Nara(9), Claira(5), Marcus(3), James(3), Lexi May(3), Helen(2)
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