The past week has flown by in a wonderful mix of family, hiking, kayaking, card games, food and laughter. My brother John and niece Corinne flew out to Spokane from Chicago, picked up my mom, then made the long drive up to Canada for a visit.
We hiked to Lindeman Lake, one of my all-time favourite places.
Of course, I had to take them up Teapot Hill! There was a bumper crop of teapots. We spotted 30 by the time we finished our hike.
The weather was hot and dry while they were here, which was perfect for kayaking.
It was nice for Corinne and my kids to have some cousin time together. She has just graduated from university and is interviewing for jobs, so it was great she was able to make the trip out while she had the chance. I think the best thing of all was my mom getting to spend time with so many of her grandchildren at once. And after they left our place they went over to Victoria for to see Lucy, so there was some great grandchild time for her as well.
It's a rare thing, well, at least in the life of the Hammond family, for things to go exactly as planned. We had perfect weather, there were no disasters, nobody got sick, there was enough food, and we all had a great time. It just doesn't get any better than that. Now it's back to reality. There's laundry to be done, groceries to be purchased, blog reading to catch up on, and some rather important knitting to finish. A close look at some of the pictures should give you a clue as to what that knitting is for!