Bradley and I made a grande ES-CAP-E (to be read like Dory from Finding Nemo- ES-cop-ay) to Vancouver this past weekend. We love our kids like crazy cakes, but sometimes mama and papa need to get away too. This is only the second time Bradley and I have ever gone away together since becoming a family (it should be noted that it is partially due to our ridiculous attachment to these wunderkind). Usually our kids leave and we just mope around the house missing them, but it’s not every year that two people in our house turn 40, and we are celebrating all year long!

As soon as we dropped the kids off, we raced up to the border and found ourselves in our hotel. I was super excited about staying at The Sutton Place for a few reasons. One, according to whomever decides such things, this was supposed to be a five star hotel. And not just any five star hotel, this hotel caters to celebrities who regularly inhabit ‘Hollywood North’. Celebrities?! Whoa. Furthermore, said ‘celebrities’ regularly party it up in their lounge. Sign me up, right? How fun! Whether or not we saw celebrities, just their scent in the air would be fun. I’m sure you’re surprised to hear that we spied no celebrities, and our five star treatment looked a lot like our three star treatment that we regularly get in California, but less clean.
I’m super happy to note, however, that this is my first hotel with a mini bar AND room robe. The room robe fit so I jumped on the bed in a show of excitement then wore it all night.

We headed downtown to find some food around 11:PM. A little late, but this is an international city, right? We walked many blocks and found a crepe place with yummy sweet and savory crepes. I think I blew my entire caloric allowance on those two crepes. While out and about I started noticing that everyone on the street was either in the 19-24 young person age category or the 30-99street person age category. People our age were not so plentiful. I felt slightly pathetic but still cool for being out past bedtime!

Our last big adventure was at a beach right off the University of British Columbia campus. It had a crazy staircase leading down, but the beach was totally worth it. It’s hard to find authentically sandy beaches in the Pacific Northwest, so you can bet your bippy that this is not our last visit! The sun shone, we read, chatted and people watched for several hours before we headed home to a waiting puppy, our own bed and Thai food. It was a fabulous weekend!

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Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.

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