some weekend fun

Last year my sister and her husband bought a small cabin on Salt Spring. They live in Ottawa but come to the West Coast often to visit family, and they wanted a place to call their own out here. Plus it wasn’t a bad investment.

Buying a vacation home has never been on Greg’s and my radar. Heck, we have yet to buy our first home! I’m not sure it would be top on my list of things to buy even if we did have the money. I’m a bit of a homebody. So when my sister urged us to use this place as much as possible, I was appreciative, but I wasn’t chomping at the bit to go over there.

We saw the place for the first time in April when my sister and her family were out for a visit. It’s nicer than I thought it would be, and it has a beautiful view of the ocean. But still, we didn’t race over there. Even with the six huge boxes of Ikea furniture we were storing for them taking up space in our dining room, basement and office. There were other things that got in our way, but we could have made time.

Finally, this past weekend we decided to go. We loaded everything and everyone in the truck and took a Saturday afternoon ferry over. And it was so much FUN! Even with the loading and unloading of furniture, the putting together of furniture, the screaming kids who wouldn’t go to bed last night, the dog who tended to pace around anxiously, and the shortness of the trip (24 hours). Even with all that, I’m still looking forward to going again. We had a lovely dinner out on Friday night, a great walk this morning with the kids and the pooch, an ice cream cone this afternoon, and a couple of stints playing in the playground in Ganges.

I’m not exactly sure what changed my mind. I think it was a combination of how appealing Salt Spring is, how comfortable the cabin is, how nice it is to be away from your home and away from laundry, TV, chores and work, and also realizing it really wasn’t that much work to get over there.

So now I can’t believe how lucky we are to have this opportunity.

it’s just not right

Elliot and I headed out yesterday morning to join a friend and her daughter for a swim. It was meant to be a bit of a birthday celebration for both kids as their birthdays are three weeks apart. The morning was supposed to be about them, and they both were excited about swimming.

Turns out there is nowhere in Victoria to swim on Saturday mornings unless you put your kids in swimming lessons, or unless you are willing to get to a pool by 9 am (this is NOT how I want to start my weekend – rushing out of the house). I already knew this about Esquimalt Rec, but we were heading to Juan de Fuca and I didn’t think to check. We were turned away. While there I called Commonwealth Place, and they didn’t have anything available until the afternoon. The guy I talked to at Commonwealth was nice enough to check other schedules for me. He told me the Saanich pools would all have lessons, and when he checked Crystal Pool, they didn’t have anything until 11:00. (It was 10:00 at the time.)

I find this really annoying. Especially because our local pool, the one we can walk to, doesn’t provide a morning family swim on Saturday OR Sunday. You have to go in the afternoon. As long as Amy is still napping, this is not an option for us. Couldn’t they provide us with at least one day? And couldn’t Greater Victoria provide at least one pool open on Saturday mornings for a family swim?