The One with Canada Day 1

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Last Thursday and Friday Chris and I left Fox and Jane with my mom and dad and headed up to Canada to celebrate our 6th anniversary / Mother's Day / my golden birthday / graduating from USC! 
After lunch we started driving. Luckily the weather was no indication of how our vacation went! This is just typical Pacific Northwest.
 Crossing the border. I wish they gave stamps in our passports!
 Hello Canada, eh! :)
 We drove straight to our hotel in Langley.
Not too shabby!
 We were taking a nap when we heard a baby next door crying, crying, crying. Now, don't get me wrong, I love babies. In fact, I have two of them myself. It's just that the point of us going away was to actually get away from crying babies, so we changed rooms, and all was well.
We asked the concierge what his favorite pizza place was and he recommended Sarpino's, so to Sarpino's we went! We got our usual: pepperoni, sausage, and pineapple on the whole thing, plus fresh tomatoes on my half. It was as yummy as it looks!
 We noticed on our maps for the next day's travels there was a toll bridge so we stopped at an ATM to get some cash. Getting $20 actually ended up costing us $27 with all the fees... Grrrr... BUT, check out how cool Canadian money is! 
It's super thin plastic, not paper, there's a piece of see-through transparency down the side, embossed dots which looked like Braille, and tons of other awesome counterfeiting prevention features. Neato. (PS - Adobe Photoshop wouldn't even let me open up the images of this money to edit them! What the heck, how does it know????)

After dinner and after more naps we drove about 2 miles, excuse me, 3.21 kilometers to the Vancouver Temple!
There were only two sessions for the entire day! One at 6:20pm and the other at 7:30pm. We called earlier in the week and reserved a spot in the 6:20 session. 
 We got there with enough time to walk around and see the grounds.
Pretty pretty pretty!
 The session was beautiful and spiritual and the chandelier in the Celestial Room was like nothing I've ever seen before.
Chalk another one up!

Down the street from the temple I spotted this gorgeous open field. This picture is now my desktop background, I love it so.
Being the wild party animals that we are (haha, not so much) we decided to go to the 10pm showing of Now You See Me. We be CRAZY! Before the movie began there were a bunch of commercials and previews and what not, and then up came an advertisement/game/contest app thingy and everyone pulled out their phones. We were so confused! But then everyone in the room played a trivia game on the big screen via their phones and got points based on how many correct answers and how fast they answered them, then the top 10 players got a free drink! What an awesome concept! I think US theaters need to adopt this plan of action.

I'd really been looking forward to this movie and was excited we got to see it then and there instead of waiting until we got back to WA. I gave it a 6.5/10. Too much Mark Ruffalo, not enough Jesse Eisenberg.
Day 1 done! Day 2 to come!


  1. I absolutely loved having the chance to get away with you. Again?

  2. so fun! You don't get stamps in your passport by going to canada!? That is CARAZY!

  3. looks like lots of that open field. And the only way I got m passport stamped up there was when we visited one of their national parks...the park ranger stamped it!

  4. Loving the photos!!! And glad to have a review of that movie ... we want to see it this Friday and wanted to see what peeps thought of it :)

  5. So glad you were able to get away for a little bit! What a beautiful temple!

  6. This looks so perfect! I can not wait to get a chance to visit canada, is it true that they are all so lovely?
    x Eloise - Jazzlipsandtulips

  7. Welcome to Canada! :) the problem with the new plastic money is that it can melt if left in a hot car or your pocket if you dry your clothes. But it's supposed to last longer than paper.

  8. Yay! Canada! My home and native land. I'm originally from BC, but now call Ontario home.
    Our money is pretty cool until you get two bills stuck together and end up paying too much at a store by mistake. Double check your bills before handing them over. I had 2 $50's stick together more than twice.
    Enjoy you're Canadian adventures!

  9. What?! They definitely have to start implementing that movie theater concept down here! That sounds awesome!!

  10. sounds like a FUNTASTIC adventure!!


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