We left lots of snow at home and did not really want to see much more. The roads were quite snowy till Jasper. After that they were clear and wet. Valemont is at a high elevation. There was lots of snow. We stopped to take some pictures because there is beauty in winter.
We arrived in Abbotsford, BC at 8 pm. The kids were so excited to see their cousins. Rob and Lisa live on a quiet street and dead end. They had so much fun on the bikes and roller blades.
Russell Riley, only 2 months apart in age, racing down the hill. All the kids played so well together.
After breakfast we headed out the door to go for a walk in the forest by a small river. There Riley and Chloe found some ice cream pails. The water was fun to wade in and throw rocks in. There was a drizzle of rain but rain doesn't kill, the fun must go on!!
Lisa's husband Rob was at work. He is a ALS (advanced life support) Technician. In this picture here from left to right is Lisa, Payton (3), Conner (4), Russell (7), Riley (7), Chloe (6), and Curtis. The greenery is so nice to look at and touch.
Payton needed a little ride. I love this picture.
After lunch at some other cousins house, we headed to White Rock to show the kids (the prairie chicken kids) the ocean. The tide was out while we were there so there was lots of sand to walk on and shells to find. The wind was calm which is unusual so we were not cold. It was beautiful there.
Lifting kids over some water.
Laughing and having fun.
Trying to build a sand castle but they did not have the right tools and their hands were getting cold.
Sweet little Payton.
Lisa found a clam shell with a clam in it. There was yucky jelly coming out and she is asking Conner is he wants to open it. It was gross and he declined!
Curtis and Lisa were trying to pry it open but it was too tough.
Payton was in charge of carrying the bag of shells.
Little mother hen Riley.
Heading back to the van. Payton bringing up the rear.
After a busy day, a soak in the hot tub was very much needed and appreciated.
Here is the complete Remple family. Rob was going on to nights so he was up for a bit during the day. While putting the kids to bed on Monday night, Russell and Chloe were ready to give up the rest of their holiday, just to stay there and have more fun. There were tears from the other kids too because we had to leave so soon and they wanted us to stay. So nice to have such great cousins to play with. We had a fantastic time visiting. Thanks for opening up your home and having such nice kids. Your family is a pleasure to be around.
I am typing this from our hotel in Seattle, WA. Tomorrow we will go to the Science Center. Will be fun. The weather this week is turning out to be fantastic. We have the sunroof open while driving. Capris are in the wardrobe plan for the morning! I will post more later. If I wait till we get home I'll forget some things.