In early August, Kevin and I had our fourth wedding anniversary. We weren’t able to celebrate it at the time because he was away with work, but luckily, last weekend we were able to spend five days in Vancouver and Whistler. Just the two of us.
On Wednesday evening, we dropped off the kids with my parents and Kate. I’m thankful every day for those three! Aedyn and Zenen were beside themselves with excitement over spending a few days with Aunty Katie, Grammy and Grandpy. We, on the other hand, were pumped to be heading to Vancouver! After a million kisses and hugs between all of us we headed for the bright lights. On our way into Edmonton we hit some of the most spectacular lightening Kevin and I have ever witnessed, too bad I couldn’t get a picture on my iPhone. By the time we had finished supper, the sky was black, it was really neat.
We flew out early Thursday morning and to be honest, sometimes I think we forget the beauty just outside our door. Alberta is beautiful and wonderful, we are so fortunate to live here. I love flying in the sunlight, I love being able to see all the sprawling cities, the sections of land that have been quartered off and farmed with different crops, the mountains, the lakes and rivers. It’s just beautiful country.
We got to spend the day Thursday with my brother in law, Blair. Blair actually lives in Vancouver and he was able to show us around. It was a wonderful day, even if we did walk 15KM. That’s nearly 10 miles. We walked through downtown Vancouver, along English Bay, in Stanley Park, Gas Town, the Pier, everywhere! We saw Davie Street, Robson Street, Granville Street. We saw A LOT! Blair followed up a busy day with a wonderful meal at Adesso – a small Italian restaurant that we never would have found ourselves.
Friday morning, we woke up early. By we, I mean me, but then I woke Kevin up! Ha. After a quick walk, and deciding our bodies hurt to much from the day before, we had a little nap, some lunch and then hit the highway. The Sea To Sky highway to be exact. This is one of the most visually stunning drives I’ve ever taken. It took us from sea level (Vancouver) to the sky (Whistler mountain). I’m hearing that the road isn’t all that fun to drive, as the road hugged the mountains and there was a lot of switch-backing and sharp corners. The views, well, they made up for it!
By the time Friday evening rolled around we were exhausted, but definitely not too tired to go out for a nice meal. We made reservations for Sidecut in Whistler, and it was probably one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. The service, the food, the atmosphere, it was perfect. If you ever get the chance to go to Sidecut, I urge you to do so! We even got this little treat 🙂
Saturday was a day of exploring, Kevin and I explored Whistler’s upper village. We walked for miles! Checked out all the little shops, the big shops, and everything in between. We even snuck in a couples Javanese massage, and I got a pedicure while Kevin got a reflexology treatment on his feet. In the evening, we had planned another nice dinner at the most highly rated restaurant in Whistler, unfortunately, we both left dissatisfied by the service. I’ve found that even if the food is spectacular, and the wine list is a mile long, service will make or break a restaurant for me. Kevin and I were both actually quite disappointed when we left, being sandwiched between a table with two drunk couples and another table with a party of five, we were just forgotten in the middle.
I was not going to let that ruin our night. We jumped back on our feet and went back to a bathing suit store we had browsed earlier. We were going to buy bathing suits and go swimming in the hotel pool! For the first time in a very long time, I tried on a bathing suit and I loved how it looked on me. I could still see my flaws and the ways my body has changed since having children, but for some reason, it just felt right. I walked out with two new bathing suits from Sea Folly and a smile on my face. We did go swimming, and we had a blast!
On Sunday morning, I went out early for a Starbucks and to watch the sun come up over the mountains. Kevin slept in. When he woke up he planned us a nice little breakfast at the tennis club. The walk there was a lot longer than either of us had anticipated it would be – and HOT! Wow, Sunday was a scorcher. We were sitting on the patio eating breakfast and I’m pretty sure I was melting. After breakfast it was time to head back to the hotel and pack up and head to Squamish. On our way back, I stopped into a little hat shop. I have never loved a hat on me before, but this one? It’s got soul!
The real reason we were in Vancouver and Whistler actually had nothing to do with our anniversary – that was just a lucky coincidence. Kevin is a huge Eminem fan. HUGE. He found out in February that Eminem was going to be playing the Squamish Music Festival and bought the tickets as soon as they were available. Kevin has been wanting to see Eminem for ever, and the last concert that I knew about was in 2010 – I was 7 months pregnant and there was no way I was flying to Detroit. Kevin wisely agreed to miss that concert. But this one? This was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up!
Our day at the Squamish Valley Music Festival was incredible. It hit 36c that day with not a cloud in the sky! There were people milling about everywhere, and awesome live music!
How was Eminem? In-freaking-credible. I’m not nearly as big a fan as Kevin but that was one of my top 3 concerts, if not number 1. Watching 35,000 people bop to the beat of his songs and the deafening roar and cheering, it was the experience of a lifetime. I wish I could adequately describe how fantastically awesome it was. I can’t, so here’s a couple pictures:
After the concert we drove from Squamish back into Vancouver. We got in pretty late and for the first time in a long time I was able to sleep in. And sleep in I did! We slept until 10 am! That’s BC time, I ran on Alberta time the whole trip, so that’s like sleeping till 11 am – I know I haven’t done that since before I had kids. We were lucky enough to meet up with Blair again for lunch. He took us for sushi – which is not my thing. I don’t eat seafood at all, but I was a good sport and had some vegan options instead. It was a really neat experience!
With our sushi down the hatch, Kevin and I took a walk down Robson Street in Vancouver. We found the lululemon there, and we’ll just like us, we can never walk in to lulu without walking out with something! A few blocks later, we found Saje Wellness. That’s where Kate bought the gorgeous diffuser she got me for my birthday, and I picked one up for one of my best friends for helping my family watch the kids while we were gone.
Then suddenly, it was time to head for the airport. The trip was wonderful, but seeing my babies the next morning was even more wonderful. It’s nice to get away, but, man is it nicer to be where you belong. Zenen jumped into Kevin’s arms and just laid his head on his daddy’s shoulder and didn’t move for a good ten minutes. And Aedyn? As soon as she heard my voice she came running into the kitchen and hugged me and refused to let go while saying “Mommy, I missed you SO SO much. I’m so happy you’re home.” See what I mean? It’s good to be where you belong.
Crave the good,