Saturday, October 16, 2010


The last time I was in Canada I was sporting a red cummerbund and bow-tie and singing with a bunch of other awkward pre-teens in my junior high choir. While watching the Olympics this past January I starting thinking how fun it would be to go back for a visit and really enjoy the city as an adult. I have been day-dreaming of unique food and culture and totem poles ever since. I thought my trip home to Seattle this summer was the perfect chance to sneak away for a few days to our friendly neighbor up north. One of my bestest friends, Linda, and her daughter, Leah, came along and the four of us were off on a mom-and-kid adventure.

Some sections of town were just so charming.

The Vancouver Aquarium was a must see on our mom-and-kid adventure.

These baluga whales were just so endearing and really melted my heart. My favorite part of the aquarium by far.

It was a VERY hot day, so don't feel too bad for the poor unexpecting girl. Although, I'm glad it wasn't me.

Verde Tortuga.
He was a close second on my favorite's list. I have a thing for turtles anyways, but he was just as cute and charming as turtles come. We watched him for a long, long time.

All that effort just to try to get us to buy an animal balloon. Gavin and all the other kids thought he was hilarious though. Actually, this is what I almost look like sometimes trying to get Gavin to take a picture for me. How low we stoop.

Moms-and-kids out and about in Vancouver.

Canadian money.
Gavin liked that it was blue and had shiny spots on it.

Aaaahhh, my Japadog.
Now this was the culinary highlight of my trip. The best four bucks that I spent. They are all the rage and worth every word of hype I heard before hand. Combine a sushi roll with a hot dog and you have my lunch. And yes, that is seaweed on top. And it was GOOD. Oh and I'm still obsessing about the mint mojito smoothie we also had a few times while we were there.

Oh, Vancouver, how I miss you already. But it was good to get back to the States.
Us moms with a couple of kids had a fantastic time, despite a few melt-downs (well, dozens actually) and some border crossing stress and traffic. The rest of the trip was almost magical and I cannot wait to go back. Next time the dads are invited.