We took the kids to Fort Langley on Saturday. It is a National Historic Site of Canada.
The weather was a little cooler which seemed to keep the crowds away. We spent 2 hours or so there and the kids got some sense of what the Fort would have been like in the 1800s when it was a trading post for the Hudson's Bay Company. The guides were knowledgeable and were in period clothing with a number of interactive displays. Sophie especially like playing the extremely old piano in the Big House.
Later we took a walk down the town of Fort Langley. It is very quaint and has some neat little shops but Fynn was at his wits end so we had a quick lunch and headed out for a car ride and the for a browse around Ikea. We picked up a Picasso print for the kids' bathroom and some magazine holders for Sophie's room.
Then it was back to the hotel for a little rest. We stayed at the Sandman Signature which I highly recommend. It was close to Vic's brother's house so it made visiting easy. Sandman has really taken their hotels up a notch from their older ones. This one had a very clean, modern lobby and the service was professional. Plus the rate was really reasonable.
We headed over to the BBQ dinner and birthday party for Joy's 85th birthday. Nice time with family members we don't normally get to see very often.
Today we headed back home. It was a long drive - or certainly feels that way with Fynn. He is at a tough age to travel too far by car. The one thing that seems to save us is Vic's iPod. We have created a few playlists that the kids like, which keeps them entertained for a bit. Fynn has a very stubborn personality that makes it very difficult to do certain things with. We are doing Disney again in October and it will be a true test of whether he is able to handle going on a longer flight. We would not consider travelling with him internationally until he settles down. He did some heart-warming things at Fort Langley when he happily responded to the guide's question about "where did the pioneers go to the bathroom when they didn't have indoor plumbing?" The way he responds really makes us proud but 20 minutes later he will do something that makes us want to put him into a time out for the remainder of the day. I don't think we are at the golden age of kid travel yet. I am thinking closer to him being 6.