3 days with good friends!

Last week Olivia took her very first plane ride (actually 4 separate plane rides!) as we traveled down to southern BC to visit some wonderful friends. We spent three nights at my best friend Jen’s house and Olivia had the best time watching her two little ones. She has a 3.5 year old and a 2 year old so it was a busy busy – but super fun! – 3 days.

Olivia and Sydney (3.5 years old) are BFF’s now! Sydney was SUCH an amazing help with Olivia – or Baby Livy as she called her! – and was so so sweet with her.

BFF Jen and the brood of kiddos!

Just chilling in the big kids high chair!

We didn’t really get up to a whole lot. We hung out around the house, read to the kids, put the kids down for naps, went to the park, played outside on the deck and visited a lot! On our last day there Jen, Olivia and I went into Kamloops. It was a super quick trip and I didn’t get to see nearly as many Kamloops friends as I would have liked to – but I’m looking forward to being down for longer visits this summer!

We did see my friend Katie who was 5 days overdue when this photo was taken and since this has given birth to a beautiful baby boy!

And we stopped in to visit my grandpa!

My friend Carmine works right across the street from my grandpa’s apartment so she popped out for a quick walk and visit with us as well!

As mentioned, we didn’t get to see as many friends as we would have liked but our main reason for this visit was to see my friend Jen and her family.

Of course, now that we have adorable kids we only got one photo of us together! We ended each evening on the couch after the kids were in bed with a DELICIOUS glass of cold white wine and watching TV or visiting. We watched the season finale of our favourite TV show This is Us together! I also have continued the white wine trend since I got home. So delicious after a long day!

I met Jen 11 years ago when I was in my first year of college. We worked together at a restaurant in the city I was going to college in. It just so happened that she had grown up in Kamloops so when I moved there for school we kept in touch and she eventually moved back as well. We’ve been through a lot together and she is one of my go-to mom friends. She is an amazing mom to her kids and it’s wonderful to have a friend who knows me so well to lean on for advice and opinions. As I get older I know friends like this are one in a million, so I so appreciate the ones I have!

The visit was EXACTLY what I need to break up the monotony of maternity leave. I LOVE being home with Olivia right now and would not trade this time for the world, at the same time that the days are fast and busy they are also slow and boring and they all look very much the same. I really felt like I needed something different to break that up and this trip was the perfect thing!

I’m now back home feeling refreshed and with a renewed perspective and I just know that as we get into spring and summer the days will get more busy and less monotonous. That said, we have a HUGE snow storm rolling in tonight and we’re supposed to be getting between 30 and 40 cm of snow over the next few days – so spring isn’t quite here yet!

I will share more about Olivia on the flights in a separate post about traveling with a baby 🙂

White wine or red wine? 

Does your BFF live nearby or far away? 

6 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    I love the pictures from this visit! Friends like Jen are absolutely one in a million! I now have 4 good friends who all live in the Atlanta area and 2 are very close and were in my wedding. This makes it SO complicated and when I plan a visit I keep it very quiet b/c I am going to see that specific friend and I don’t want to have to divide my time because that’s not fair to my friend who I am staying with. Sometimes adulthood is complicated! I’m glad you will be able to go back and catch up with others and that this was the perfect change of scenery for a reset!

  2. Kelly says:

    Love seeing all the pics! The one of you and Jen with the wine glasses are the best. Made me really want a girls night!
    My best friend lives an hour and fifteen minutes away…felt way more doable before we had kids. But we do get to see each other a lot more often than a plane ride away, sometimes we meet in the middle.
    Oh, and white wine- with ice 😉

  3. Stephany says:

    I’m so glad that you got in this visit with your BFF and got to see some of your Kamloops friends! That must have felt so good for the soul. <3

    I'm a white wine girl all the way. Red wine and me don't mix well. 😉

  4. Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns says:

    Mom friends who know you are the best. I don’t know what I would do without you! I am lucky that you have recently been through everything (or most things) I am going through so you can give me insight and guidance!

    Your trip sounded like so much fun. Sydney is such a doll – she looks so much like Jen. I love that she was all about baby Olivia.

    I am white wine alll the way. I had some white wine and champagne last week but haven’t had any since. I think I need to get some boxed wine so I can enjoy a glass in the evening. Because I can’t drink a whole bottle or even half of one and I am picky about wine and don’t like it the next day – even screw top bottles!!

  5. Red for sure.

    Olivia has the most beautiful eyes!

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