The kids & went to my parents' house for a week to help them prepare for the whole family being there in a few weeks. On the way down we went through Whidby Island to visit some friends.
We went to the beach with them to hunt for sea glass, & the kids found some cool driftwood!
Then we took some time to wander around Coupeville & had a delicious lunch as well.
Once we got to my parents house we were set to work picking raspberries, making jam & cookies, & mulching flowerbeds
In our enthusiasm we even managed to splatter raspberry juice on the ceiling!
It wasn't all work though, we stopped at a few thrift stores, & the kids found this tiny piano & insisted on posing as Lucy & Schroeder from Peanuts!
And of course we visited "The Oak" in the neighbourhood.
I spent a lot of time here with the neighbourhood kids growing up, & Asher & Chancery have a lot of fun playing here too!
We also met up with my friend Theresa & her kids. We became friends in grade 7, & hadn't seen each other in 17 years!
The kids had a blast playing together, & we decided to try to see each other more often (which shouldn't be THAT hard, right?)
Next was a quest to find some climbing trees in the woods by my parents' house. Unfortunately most the trees I used to climb are now dead (I'm not THAT old!), so we didn't have any luck...
We also had to make our way through quite a bit of salal since the trails are not kept up anymore. The kids decided they are ready to apply to be on "Alone" since they didn't find it too difficult.
Last but not least, I showed them "The Best Ditch in The Neighbourhood". It has the perfect slope, & I read many a book in it while waiting for my friends' school bus to bring them home.