For the most part, we spent all of our time visiting family and friends. Virtually all of Dustin's family lives in southern Manitoba and most of my family was up visiting while we there. My sister also had a baby the week before we came, so I was able to meet my new little niece.
Here are a few glimpses into our vacation:
Theo discovered that climbing trees is super fun. More often than not you would find him up in the branches of the many trees on my in-law's yard.
William was a bit spoiled by all of the undivided attention showered on him by his aunts, uncles and grandparents. Here he is playing soccer with Auntie Karlee and Uncle Cody.
If Theo wasn't outside climbing trees and making mischief, he was drawing, painting, and making crafts.
Dustin's dad loves watermelon so there was always one of these monstrous melons on hand. Compared with the tiny watermelons available in Japan, these were almost overwhelmingly large. William certainly didn't mind that there was always extra to go around.
Maybe we are a little fire obsessed, but one of the biggest highlights of the trip was sitting outside around a fire almost every night and watching the bright stars of the country. There was also a large meteor shower while we were there, so we saw more shooting stars than I have in years. Let's hope all those wishes come true!
Theo rediscovered a puppet that we accidentally forgot in Canada last year. He named it "Sweetheart" and it didn't leave his arm for over a week. I don't know how he could stand having a hot, sweaty arm and hand in the summer heat, but considering that he even slept with Sweetheart on, it must not have bothered him too much.
Kisses from grandma
Hugs from grandpa
The boys also had a great time visiting their cousins. Here William is playing with Ari and Jude who are all decked out in the jimbei that I brought back for them.
Theo loves babies and couldn't get enough of holding and cuddling his new baby cousin Josephine.
Dustin's brother has a huge and friendly dog that Theo took a shining to. He spent a lot of time copying her every move and discovering what it meant to be a dog.
At one point, Dustin took Theo for a walk in a cow pasture and inevitably Theo took a dive into some cow patties. Here he is before we thoroughly scrubbed him down.
William inspecting the cows.
We were also able to go on a few hikes. Unfortunately, it had been a dry, hot year and poison ivy was growing in luscious, leafy patches beside all of the trails. Here are my dad, step-mom, the children, and I taking a hike in Riding Mountain National Park.
More pictures to come!