Sunday, October 28, 2012

Visiting Auntie Helen and Uncle Butch

Mom, Dad, Jonny, and I went to visit auntie Helen and uncle Butch in Courtney. Auntie Helen had just had her second surgery to kick cancer's ass and it was successful. YAY! Auntie Helen is a super healer and a trooper. She has a great attitude and is very spirited. It was hard to believe that she had just been operated on. She looked and sounded great. I pretty much expect her to be running around by tomorrow. 
 Before we left on our little adventure to the island I needed to get some long pants and bigger sweaters to fit my huge body. 
 Jonny did a great job helping me shop again. Thanks Jonny!! Eyes closed picture. 
 Mom and Dad picked us up at 10:30 on Friday and we caught the 12:30 ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo. The Frank Hurt football team was also on the ferry. I don't think they saw me. 
 I love getting driven around. 
 We stopped for lunch at the Cactus Club in Nanaimo. I am making a monkey face with the monkey queen. 
 Dad got THE BURGER. It wasn't as good as the one he had with Sam at the Cactus Club in White Rock. 
 Mom had a chicken salad. 
 We met up with Uncle Butch at the Flying Canoe. 
 Where they made mom gluten free pizza. 
 The Best Western was all decorated up. 

 The next day we ate at a restaurant named Fluid. I had a huge clubhouse sandwich. 
 Mom had a gluten free chicken burger.... with a bun. 
 Dad had the salmon burger. 
 Jonny had the ahi tuna tacos. 
 Whose truck do you think this is? 
 Uncle Butch's new ride. It is a right side driver. Here is Jonny catching a ride. 
 Pregnant me resting on the super cozy bed. 
 Mom and Dad found a game room in the hotel. It was fun for a few minutes. What else are you going to do in the rain? 

 Jonny and Dad playing some pool. 
 Uncle Butch lent this book to dad. 
 Checking out my girth in the mirror. Jonny getting a picture.. thanks Uncle Pat for making him take pictures of my pregnant belly. (sarcasm) Look at my super impressed face.
Saturday night there was a 7.7 earthquake up in the Queen Charlottes and a tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of BC. Fortunately, there was no big wave. 
 Jonny couldn't sleep on Saturday night so he watch Ghostbusters one and two. 
 The sun was shining on the ferry ride home. We caught the 12:30 ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. 
 Back on the mainland. 
And home to my beautiful love flowers.
Thanks mom and dad for inviting us to go and see Auntie Helen and Uncle Butch with you.
Here are a few more pictures from Dad's phone:
Uncle Butch and mom by the Halloween table in the Best Western.
 Jonny and I walking to the car at St. Joseph's Hospital.
 Jonny and I sitting at Fluid restaurant.
Jonny and I on the ferry heading home. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Baniener Days: Victoria, Tofino, Sushi, Paddle Boarding, Gastown, and MORE SUSHI!

We took the ferry over to Victoria. Here is a famous alley in China Town. Jonathon was able to show us around because he used to live here. 

 Free Willy! 
 This is a pub that we didn't drink in... but Jon used to drink here when he lived here. You get monkey nuts and can throw them on the ground. 
 Annina in front of the Parliament buildings. 
 Annina and I had a Dairy Queen blizzard - she got the biggest small I have ever seen. She wasn't able to eat it all. We watched a crazy teenage girl across the street at the bus stop while we ate. 
 Long Beach - we really lucked out with the weather. It was so nice and sunny. Richard met us for a surf. It was good to see him. 

 I got one good shot of Annina! 
 Don't forget... this is the size of the wetsuit you were wearing Annina.. just in case you want to order one on the internet for the standing wave ;-) 

 Annina and I ate at Shelter in Tofino. It was super fancy and $$. Everything in Tofino seemed $$. Jonny was sick back at the hotel. He couldn't swallow. Juice for Jonny! Salmon surf bowl for Annina! 
 Look - there is my chill spot in the background. 

 There she goes! 

 Toes in the water. 

 Richard told us about this Taco Truck. It was delicious but a little $$. $10 burrito from a truck. I guess nothing is cheap in Tofino. It must suck to live there! 
 We stopped to look at some big trees. 

 This is the largest one. 
 Ferry sunset. 
 Back in Vancouver for more sushi! 

 We ran in the morning and then we went paddle boarding. It was an awesome last day in the sun. 

 The pregnant lady is up! 

Wow!! Headstand on the board!! Bali Victor would be proud.  

 They opened the slide! 

 We had Mexican on our last night. We were going to walk down to the Vietnamese spot but we were pooped from all the sun and playing in the water. 
 This is the last morning - at Starbucks in Gastown. 

 I was trying to get a picture of the cruise ship and mountains behind Annina - but you can't see them. 

 The steam clock shot! 
 Surfing the Olympic torch. 

 Hugging Willy. 

 Sea plane. 

 All you can eat sushi on the roof. 

We were so full after all of this sushi!! I think Annina will be full of sushi for a long time now - Jonny and I too! I wish I could send you sushi in the mail Annina. What a great two weeks - they went so fast though. Thanks for coming to visit us and I hope we get to see you next year in Bali :-)