It has been a busy week here with Monkey’s birthday party, a ten hour flight and a wedding. If you would like to catch up on what we got up to last week then you can do so here – Our Adventures in Pictures: 365 Week 25 2019

Saturday 29th June – Day 180

Today was Monkey’s birthday party at our local clip and climb centre. He had been really looking forward to it. I was a little nervous as it fell on the same day as a the school fete. Plus it was the hottest day of the year so far. Thankfully everyone made it and the sports centre had aircon which saved us all. I started outsourcing parties when Monkey was five and its such a life saver. Especially since the rest of the day was spent packing. I have no idea why it seems to take me so long to get everything we need.

Sunday 30th June – Day 181

Today was mostly spent on a plane. The flight is ten hours from Vancouver and Kipper only managed to sleep for about an hour and half. Needless to say there was a lot of play dough going on. I did manage to watch a film I wanted – Mary Poppins Returns. Although we left the UK at 10.30 in the morning we arrived around midday Canadian time. It was quite an adjustment for all of us. Kipper has dealt with it better than me. Although that could be something to do with the fact that I am getting woken up every morning by him between 3am and 4am. Hoping that by the time this is published he may have settled down a bit.


Monday 1st July – Day 182

Still trying to climatise to the time change I got up early and went and got fresh bread and pastries from the local bakers. The 1st of July is Canada Day and it was very busy in the square. We watched the parade and discovered Whistlers centre before heading back for a nap. In the afternoon we caught up with my brother.

Tuesday 2ND JUly – Day 183

Had a stressful couple of hours as the host of our Airbnb contacted me to say he had delisted the property we are meant to be staying in from Saturday. In the end we have ended up with two condos next to each other near the beach. I am hoping this will still work okay for us. But having never used Airbnb before its put me off using them again.

The rest of the day was spent up the mountains on the gondolas. It was bright and sunny and surprisingly warm at the top. The scenery was stunning and I probably took about fifty photos of the same thing! We also did the peak to peak trip where you get another larger cable car across the valley and back. Kipper really enjoyed himself. Although we didn’t find any bears we had fun looking for them from the sky.

Wednesday 3rd JUly – Day 184

Today my brother got married to his longterm partner in a ceremony in a middle of a field at the base of Mount Currie. It was a lovely ceremony with lots of little touches and many friends helping out the newlyweds. Many of the guests were camping out but not wanting to lug all our camping gear on a ten hour flight we headed back to out hotel.

Thursday 4th JUly – Day 185

We decided to make the most of the weather and walked around some of the lakes close to Whistler. Starting first towards Green Lake before walking onto Lost Lake it was a good 7km in total. When we arrived at Green Lake we watched one of the sea planes take off. I would have liked to go up for a ride but I didn’t think Monkey would forgive me doing it without him. Instead we stopped for refreshments at the golf course. The walk to Lost Lake was a lot harder as it was uneven ground and we still had Kipper in the buggy. Although we rewarded ourselves with cake and a paddle in the lake. It was full of tadpoles which proved entertaining for Kipper.

Friday 5th July – Day 186

We are halfway through out break. I always find that the first part of a trip away goes really slowly. Only for the second half to speed up significantly. Today we woke late to rain. It had been threatening to rain for most of the week on the forecast so we have been lucky to get away with it until now. Initially we went to the little play area before meeting up with family. In the evening we braved the rain and headed to one of the posher hotels in the area for dinner and a drink. They had live music which Kipper was absolutely mesmerised by.

Blog Posts this week

None! I had intended on writing still while being away and then storing them up for my return. But with the jet lag, early mornings with Kipper and a couple of glasses of wine most nights I haven’t managed it. I haven’t even managed to write up any of the drafts I wanted to. It feels a little odd since I normally write a post every evening at home.

We don’t travel back to the UK until Wednesday so we still have lots of time left to explore. On Saturday we are catching a coach Vancouver for a few days. I have high hopes for our first trip to the city and I am hoping we won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Wooh looks like you been up to a lot and never been there but would love to go there sometime. Looks really nice and fun.

  2. Sim @ Sim's Life Reply

    I do not envy those super early mornings! :/ Hope Kipper has settled down now! Green Lake looks absolutely beautiful… look at those views! Watching a seaplane take off must have been super cool! Sim x

  3. What an amazing week for you all! I hope the second half of the holiday goes just as well and that the jet lag isn’t too tough. My old school friend lives in Vancouver and she is forever telling me to visit, but I don’t think I could cope with a flight as long as that!

  4. Rosemary Tily Reply

    Inspirational to read such positive reviews of travelling with youngsters!

  5. Wow! You have been extra busy!
    It sounds like Monkey’s birthday party went well and was a lot of fun!
    I hope you have got into a better routine with sleeping. What a journey. It sounds like you’ve been having a fab time in Canada. Congrats to your brother and his partner. x

  6. Glad Monkey’s party went well. We’ve always done parties out of home, although have done some joint ones which were all us.

    The trip sounds amazing. I’d love to go to Canada, but it would be beautiful to see and experience

  7. Debbie Skerten Reply

    It looks like you’re having an amazing time. Such a shame about Airbnb. I hope that you are now settled.

  8. What a busy week! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time apart from the lack of sleep. I’ve heard a few Air B&B horror stories which is a shame really as it’s a great idea.

  9. Looks like Monkey’s party was a blast. We tend to have parties elsewhere as well, much easier, and you don’t have to clean up afterwards.
    10 hours on a plane is a challenge. And the Airbnb were rather inconsiderate, they should have relisted after you leave. Lovely photo of Kipper in the lake.

  10. Sandra Fortune Reply

    Wow you do have lots of fun ! Good on you make the most of it they grow up too quickly

  11. Thats shocking that AirBnB allow that to happen. We have used it twice before but if they can just delist at the last minute will have to have a rethink about using them!

    Outsourcing parties is so much better! Less stress!

    Congrats to your brother!

  12. Hope you’ve both adjusted to the timezone and your son is sleeping a bit better now. I think I’ve watched nearly every movie on Emirates this year. I’ve never booked air B&B, a friend turned up to a falling down shed in Sri Lanka earlier this year with her 11 year old daughter

  13. Adore that last picture.
    Sounds like you are having an amazing week. Shame you did not have a kiddy carrier might have been easier that the buggy for you walk.
    You would not get me on the cable car, dont do heights with nothing solid under me.

  14. Your son seems to have had a great time. Yeah, it takes time for jetlag to wear off. Camping out after a marriage? That sounds interesting and exciting. Congratulations on your brother’s wedding!!

  15. Your trip sounds amazing despite the long flight and problem with accommodation. Love Kipper’s look of intense fascination at the live music #project365

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