Posted by: Nadine | May 11, 2009

So good to be “home”

We’ve been planning a big trip back to our hometown for quite some time, and we finally did it.  We weren’t sure if we would be able to afford it, with purchasing a new house and all the expenses that go with it, but fate has a funny way of giving you EXACTLY what you need, when you need it.  I can’t think of anything we needed more than to get away from it all and be surrounded by those near and dear to us.

The drive was about 16 hours in total, a little longer than usual, but I think with baby in the car, Ryan was watching his speed a little more than normal 🙂  Both kids travelled well, and we were especially impressed with Willow.  She has never had to sit in her car seat for so long before, and as long as she has someone paying attention to her and playing with her (Haley and I took turns!) she was fine.  The hotel we stayed at in Williams Lake sucked, but that turned out to be the only negative along the way.

As soon as rolled into town, I felt such a sense of peace.  Ever since we moved away, Ryan and I have both missed Smithers – we definitely had good reasons to move, no opportunities, no jobs, but DAMN it felt good to be back!  Osoyoos is nice, but it’s never felt like “home” to me. 

Ryan’s parents hosted a big family barbeque the night we got there, and we got to see lots of people that we haven’t seen in such a long time.  It was so much fun to visit, and of course, show off my kids!  Most of the people there had never met Willow, so she got to see a lot of new faces and even got passed around a little (until she had enough and objected, as babies will do when they need a break!)

Saturday was also lots of fun.  My mother-in-law and I walked up town with the kids to do a little shopping and visit Ryan’s aunt at her workplace.  We puddled around, bought some cinnamon buns and brought them home to share with everyone else.  Later on, I popped baby in the stroller and just took a walk by myself to get a break from the hustle and bustle.  It felt great to just wander around at my own pace, and soak in all the familiarity that only home can bring.  Saturday night the kids and I went to Krista’s for a big barbeque, and I finally got to meet her little baby, who is just a couple months older than Willow and is as cute as can be!  I also met lots of new people and had a great time.  Ryan sat this one out, as he is pretty shy around people he doesn’t know and wanted to just hang out with his family.

Yesterday was the big Mother’s Day hike.  Willow did very well in the Snugli, and Haley walked the whole way herself – not as though she is small enough for anyone to carry anymore!  There was a few nasty hills to climb, but other than that it was a pretty easy walk.  Willow seemed to really enjoy being out in nature (as did I – except for the ants that wanted a piece of our picnic!).  The fresh air, the good company and the simplicity of being out in nature away from cell phones and TVs was just what I needed.  We came home, had a rest and then went to Ryan’s grandma’s for dinner.  Unfortunately, I could not stay for more than a couple hours because by that time, Willow was beyond exhausted from being trekked from one place to the other, and was also overwhelmed from all the new faces she was seeing.  She’s not used to being so busy!  Add that to the fact that she had not had a decent nap since we got here, and she was one crusty little baby.  I had to take her home, but Grandma was kind enough to make me a plate before I left so I didn’t miss out on dinner 🙂

The rest of the week promises to be just as fun-filled.  I’ve got plans for every single day that we are here, and I can only hope that I will get a chance to see everyone I want to see.  I’m off to get the day started.  Hope everyone is having a great day!


  1. Man sounds like you’re having a great time, don’t forget to give my mom a ring while you’re in town I know she would just love to see you :).

    On another note.. it’s so weird to hear someone talk about Smithers in such a lustful happy missing way, just because I don’t feel that way about it at all. But it’s like super interesting, like through your description I can almost see it the way you do. 🙂 (almost.. not quite :P)

  2. I tried facebooking your mom to invite her to a big picnic but I haven’t heard back from her yet. Doesn’t she work nights? When is a good time to call? I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it to her house, but it would be cool if she could come to the picnic – lots of other friends I won’t be able to visit will be going too. I didn’t miss Smithers for about 3 years, but lately I’ve kinda wanted to move back, weird I know but it’s home to me. If Ryan could find decent work here it would be a possibility but no one around here wants to pay decent wages! Cheap bastards.

  3. hi Sweetie,
    I am working the 13th, so it looks like I won’t be able to make a picnic. 2508472102 I am asked today and tomorrow I work Wednesday Thursday and Friday Saturday love to hear from you if you don’t have time I understand love you lots you’re the mother peg

  4. Yeah just call her when ever she wears earplugs when she sleeps, I used to worry about her work schedule.. but meh i just call now 🙂

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