2021 Highlights: August

Hello! I didn’t intend to take August off from my weekly highlights post but here we are. Let’s catch up!

August started off with a bang for our family as we made a trip to Vancouver Island. Bright and early on August 1st (the 6:20 am ferry, to be exact) we were on our way to Victoria. This is a trip that requires two ferries from where we live so it’s not a casual adventure. We knew we wanted to make the most of it and planned a week away accordingly. Highlights included:

  • Visiting our dear friends who we hadn’t seen since 2019 and staying 2 nights with them. We’ve done our best to see each other every year since Peter and I left Victoria in 2011 but obviously that didn’t happen in 2020. They have 2 boys, aged 8 and 5 and our kids had a blast together.
  • Waterparks, playgrounds, blackberry-picking, backyard pool, and homemade fish and chips.
  • A stay in a hotel in downtown Victoria.
  • Drinks out with a dear friend and former roommate.
  • Visiting my former workplace and the chance to see their new location as well as catching up with my former bosses. (And, obviously, I bought a lot of books there too!)
  • Seeing another friend’s new business venture in downtown Victoria.
  • The chance to share a city we love with our girls. I lived in Victoria from 2003 to 2011. It’s where I become an adult, where Peter and I met, and where we lived when we were first married. The city is so full of memories and was the setting of so many of my young adult moments, not to mention where I met several lifelong friends.
  • A long drive from Victoria to Coombs where the girls slept most of the time. (Coombs was crowded and hot so I don’t exactly count it as a highlight but Pearl and Rose did like seeing the goats on the roof.)
  • Visiting friends in Port Alberni that we hadn’t seen in years. They now have 2 kids, ages 5 and 4, and last time we see each other none of us had kids.
  • Doughnuts at the Cumberland Village Bakery.
  • A chance to visit some of Peter’s extended family in Cumberland. Again, the last time we were there, I was pregnant with Rose.
  • The instigation for this whole trip was our final destination: a 3-night stay at a shared house in Comox with my parents and my brother and his family. This was a fun chance for us all to be together. Plus, the house had a pool which was a lot of fun! My brother’s kids are older and our girls love spending time with their “big cousins”.

After our time in Comox we headed back home, via Powell River this time. My brother and his family happened to be staying on the Sunshine Coast for a few days so we travelled with them which made good-byes a little easier. It also meant that the week following our trip got to include some extra time with them.

Peter and I celebrated 11 years of marriage and got away for a night in Vancouver. We stayed in a hotel and ate delicious food. Our second pandemic anniversary, this year we also ate an amazing meal in the pouring rain. Looks like it’s getting to be a thing with us.

Speaking of rain, it’s been weeks and weeks of sunny weather. Which is lovely for time outside and beach days but has put our town in strict drought restrictions. We are no longer allowed any outdoor water use so we are trying to keep our garden alive by showering with buckets and using grey water.

The last week in August was a visit with some of Peter’s family. His brother and wife and their 2 boys came for a visit, as well as Peter’s sister and her partner. This made for a full-on, fun week with 4 kids age 6 and under. We enjoyed lots of time at the beach, lots of LEGO, and lots of delicious food together.

Other highlights of August include:

  • A day trip up the inlet with our good friends. We went in our kayak, they went in their canoe, and we spent the day at a nearby beach together.
  • Pearl and Rose have both grown hugely in their confidence on the water. Pearl recently tried paddle-boarding by herself for the first time and did really well!
  • A return of our provincial mask mandate. The mask mandate was dropped on July 1st and came back in on August 23rd. Since I never really stopped wearing my mask in public spaces, it hasn’t made much difference and, as someone who works in retail, it provides me with greater peace of mind to have everyone around me masked.
  • It is unfortunate that the return of masks is due to the rising numbers in BC. In September, the province will also be implementing a vaccine passport system. This announcement meant a huge leap in people getting their vaccinations, so that’s a good thing.

End of August means back to work for Peter and a return to fall rhythms for all of us. We’ve had an amazing summer and done so many of the things we’d hoped to. I will miss both Peter and Pearl being around all day and the flexibility our summer schedule affords us but I’m also looking forward to the return of our routines and the setting of new ones.

How was August for you? Does September bring many changes or much of the same? What was the best thing you did this summer?

6 thoughts on “2021 Highlights: August”

  1. Sounds like you had a jam-packed and very enjoyable August! Mine was pretty boring in comparison but I did get to go walking for a couple of days, which was the first extended period I’ve been away from home since last February, so I enjoyed that very much.

    1. That’s lovely! It still feels like such a novelty to get away from our town, we’ve done it so little in the past 2 years. I’m glad you were able to have some time away too!

  2. I work so, so, so hard in August to not buy back-to-school supplies that I don’t need, lol. Have you seen the movie You’ve Got Mail? The entire premise is pretty shady, but it’s also one of those movies you love that you shouldn’t. Anyway, early on, Meg Ryan’s character is talking about fall and back to school and buying a bouquet of pencils. 🙂

    Your methods for saving water are smart! In the U.S. it seems like when people are told to conserve water that means the local government has to go around and tell people that doesn’t mean running the lawn sprinkler all day to keep their bushes alive when they live in a desert 😕

    1. Yes! The bouquet of pencils! Peter likes to tell people that his favourite smell is the aroma of freshly sharpened pencils! Our school district provides all school supplies so the only back to school shopping I’ve done is getting Pearl new rain boots. I’m both glad to not have to worry (and pay!) about school stuff and disappointed that I have no excuse to browse stationery supplies!

      A few years ago our water restrictions changed so that we are not allowed to water lawns at the very first level of restrictions. So it doesn’t take long to tell who is following the rules and who isn’t. I don’t really care about the grass but not being able to water my vegetable garden is pretty sad and frustrating.

    2. Awww, Peter. You should give him a new pencil every school year. One with his name on it, if you can!

      Sounds like you’ve got a plan for your vegetable garden, though. Also, I would think food watering would be an exception to the rule. 🤔

    3. You would think that food would be allowed but no, not at the most extreme restriction level which we are now. Frankly, it has as much to do with mismanagement by the local government as it does to do with climate change because we still get a lot of rain for more than half the year.

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