And please note that this is a snapshot only, of a weekend in my family life. It describes a series of happy moments but it keeps the shadows in the corners. All families, I'm pretty sure, have shadows; mine is no different, although we all can hope for the light to move 'round the room. . . .
A busy, busy weekend! I hadn't seen my granddaughters for a few weeks, and they're growing so quickly . . . so a trip to Vancouver was in order. But neither had I seen my son and daughter-in-law for a month or so, and they live in Victoria. So we did a mini Circle Tour on BC Ferries, enjoying a weekend of family activities. On Friday, Paul and I had some time to ourselves (he'd been in Vancouver for a week, driving back and forth daily to visit his Mother in an Extended Care home in an outflung suburb). We caught up on our week over oysters and bouillabaisse at Davie Street's La Brasserie, right in our 'hood.
Then Saturday, my usual Seawall run (I am SO lucky to be able to run this route almost monthly -- gorgeously scenic! and mostly flat, a definite plus), after which I scooped up one g'daughter (her mom was in Lisbon for work, lucky woman), and met Daughter #3 and wee redhead g'daughter Harriet, and we got some toes painted. Can you see the squeee in those shoulders? At one point, little girl put her head back, smiled broadly, and sighed, "This feels Won-der-fulllll"!
Should have got a photo of other g'daughter squiggling on Nana's knee (she claps now, she waves, she says Mamamama and Dadadada and soon, soon, I will hear her say Nanananan), but her Granddad met up with son-in-law and they whisked the baby away for coffeetime on The Drive (Vancouver's Commercial Drive, that is, a locale that had an amazingly high ratio of good coffee shops to residents long before anyone'd even heard of Starbucks).
Shopped a bit, stopped by my daughter-in-law's workplace to stock up on a few cases of excellent BC wine (she's a sommelier, with hot tips on the best buys, very good to have in the family~)
Drove the gorgeous 90-minute route back home and found that the three cases of fruit I'd ordered from the Okanagan had arrived. I'll tell you later what I'm doing to avoid having the fruit flies devour these, shall I?
For now, time to fit a run in before heading to campus. Happy Monday!