I’m feeling beachy today. Thought I’d take a break from the regular wedding fare and explore some personal work from earlier this year when Fin and I visited our friends in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. This was back in May, so it was still a bit chilly and drizzly and the trip was almost cancelled due to a last minute bout of some strange stomach bug, but Fin was well enough in the end to do it. We took the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo and then took the Greyhound up north on the Island. I would have liked to have taken a few more on the ferry, but my hands were quite full with all our luggage and a 4 year old in tow. But Fin and I have had other ferry adventures that you can see here. It was quite the adventure and Fin was really enjoying the trip….until an hour into the bus ride. It’s a long day of travel on public transportation for a little kid. And for Mom carrying so many things! But soon enough, the day’s events thus far and the movement of the bus lulled him into a short nap.
We spent a few days with Nycky-Jay, Oliver and fairly brand new baby Alistair. I’ve known NJ for a little while now, who is also a very talented photographer. We connected through the Our Littles Collected project and came to realize that we were both in similar situations in dealing with ill mothers. The details were different but the feelings surrounding everything were quite similar and we would often chat online about things that were going on in our lives or how we were feeling about what we were going through. And we have remained good friends ever since. She is always there to listen to me vent or have a good laugh over something silly. I am very thankful for her introducing herself to me many years ago and I was so glad we could make the trip a reality. It’s funny, but it never really occurred to me to meet in person until earlier this year! Online friendships can be funny like that. Our boys are only one year apart in age and we thought that their mutual love of Lego would instantly bond them. After a bit of warming up, it did.
NJ took us to a fabulous beach for an afternoon where the boys got to play in the sand, run around on logs and check out some furry bugs. Fin was still dealing with the last lingerings of the stomach bug but he was a trooper and obliged me with putting my camera in his face for a little bit (he’s slowly coming around to having his picture taken!). The beach was so lovely, however and the fresh ocean air put Alistair right to sleep. After the beach, it was time for a serious Lego session and a bit of a movie before dinner. The boys got along so incredibly well, but we knew that they would! Fin was smitten with the baby and would sneak opportunities to hold his hand.
I’ve been following Alistair’s growth online through the beautiful photos she takes of her children together. I am already starting to think of when we can visit again next! You know your kid had a wonderful time when for days after, he keeps asking about “Oliver and baby Alistair.” And also the Lego man that was gifted in exchange for a lost one.
Play date soon, NJ?