First stop for me was a day in Athens and then a few days in Santorini with Gabriella
It was way harder than we imagined to get this photo!!!
Reunited in Rome! It was a first time for all of us to be in Italy and we loved it
There are 2500 public fountains like this in the city of Rome, it was very hot out while we were there so we definitely took advantage filling our water bottles up every chance we got. Our kids actually found it pretty overwhelming coming from Uganda, seeing water flowing everywhere!
Trevi Fountain is gorgeous, definitely my favourite spot in Rome!
Inside the Colosseum, a rare picture with all 7 of us!
Split Croatia was absolutely stunning, we loved our time here, it was very relaxing!
Hanging out in an ancient palace
Playing Picigin, a favourite local game at Bacvice Beach in Split
We didn't reazlie when we started our walk just how far away this beach would be, we are about half way and can now see it, really off in the distance.
Worth the 10km walk to get here!!
Oui, Oui, Paris!
View from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower!
Picnic lunch at Jardin du Luxembourg
Our last day, now onto BC!!
The day after we arrived in Vancouver all 4 kids went to camp for a week on Anvil Island, Joel as a counsellor and the other 3 as campers.
This is always a highlight for the kids each year, they had such a great time!!
A week without kids! Day 1 and 2 we missed them so much, but our week quickly filled up with visits and running errands. We did manage to fit in a quick hike, actually a very long hike up Grouse Mountain! Glad we did it but it was a lot harder than we thought!!
When the kids got back from camp the beautiful summer weather Vancouver is known for appeared, perfect for bbqs, swimming and hanging out with family and friends!
This is the first time for all of Jeff's family to get together since Nick and Hayley's wedding which we missed last summer.
With cousins Tyler and Sarah on Jeff's side
With their cousin Ashton on Shan's side
Great Grandma Dyck
Great Grandma Unger
Great Grandpa Oshowy
With Jeff's siblings at our cousins wedding
Dinner out with Shan's not so little baby brothers
Helping Grandpa bbq dinner
Avin with my sister Lisa and Mom
Sarah and Mazzy, cutest cousins!
The kids at Wild Play in Nanaimo with Jeff's parents
Berries with their cousin Ashton
Krause Berry Farms with Gabriella
Finn and our good friend's Baby Finn!
Last day in BC, we are really going to miss all of our family and friends for these next 2 years, so come visit us in Uganda!!!
We had a layover in Amsterdam on our way back to Uganda, also a first for all of us!
I think we all agree that our favourite part was visiting the Hiding Place at Corrie ten Boom's house in Haarlem, our kids were tired and jet lagged but our tour guide had their full attention!
Amsterdam is a very cool city, so relaxed except for the watching out for bikes zooming by, everywhere you look!!
We'd highly recommend a canal tour, a great way to see the whole city and learn a lot too!
Last Starbucks for a while!!!
Next stop, Uganda!!!!
Thank you to everyone who welcomed us this summer; gave us a place to stay, cars to use, dinners, coffees, and took time to spend with our family, we appreciate all of you so much!
Next post is an update of our first month back!