Today we are the proud new owners of a wagon. A 2012 VW Golf Wagon TDI, to be specific. We put in our order for the car about a month ago, but weren’t expecting to get to take it home until December. Thankfully, someone pulled out of purchasing the exact model / colour we wanted, and we got our car today!
Aiden was very excited to get to drive home in the new car, and I’m very excited to get to drive it starting tomorrow! We will be a 2 car family for about 2 weeks, until we’re able to pass along our old car.
We always thought our next car would be a hybrid, but instead we’re with a diesel for now. The wagon offers loads more trunk space than our current Civic, which was our primary reason for wanting the upgrade. With our trunk always carrying ‘basics’ such as a stroller and spare snacks and water, a big trip for groceries always ended up being complicated. Now, there’s even enough room to change Aiden’s diaper in the trunk, if needed (much easier than the bucket seats)!
While Aiden’s family was visiting from Argentina, we put together this photo of 4 generations. From father to daughter to son and son. An amazing portrait! Aiden is the first great grandchild in the family, so it’s the first photo of its kind.
The highlight of our little trip to Whistler was definitely the time we spent at the Scandinave Spa. A short drive outside Whistler, the Scandinave Spa is set in a beautiful mountainside setting. Although offering massage services, the Spa is best known for its Scandinavian Baths. Through a series of warm – cold – relax, you can spend your day between the pools, the saunas and the relaxation rooms or hammocks.
The Scandinave experience is not the same as a traditional spa experience. Staff are few, so the services are different. Unlike a traditional spa, you won’t be offered snacks or teas or juices. There’s a little bistro where you can buy your lunch, but otherwise you make do with water. You are given a towel, but bathrobes and sandals cost extra. The massages are simple are as good as you’ll get at any other spa – I loved mine!
All of these may take away from your experience, but really they don’t. You are going for the setting. And you can stay all day. I had no idea you could stay all day, so I didn’t bring my book. That’s something I’ll change for next time! The whole spa is a “quiet zone”, so my plugged-in self could only last through a few hours of relaxation without needing something to “do”. ;)
For those of you looking to relax on a cheaper budget, you can just pay for all-day bath access, sans massage, and have a fantastic day for it!
A few weeks back, Ianiv & I took off for another single night of baby-free time. It was a close thing, as Aiden came down with a fever and flu the night before we were set to leave. After much hemming and hawing, we decided that with his fever broken, he was fine with his Babby. And he was.
We drove out to Whistler to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, our second time at this hotel. The first time we stayed there we conceived Aiden ;)
The hotel is in a more quiet area of Whistler, which is nice, and we enjoyed a number of walks to the Village. There was a liquor store across from the hotel as well, which was super convenient. Our room was standard for a Fairmont, though our early arrival landed us with two queens vs a king. No biggie. My only complaint was the in-hotel dining, where your options for breakfast were too expensive or cafeteria-style.
Some of Aiden’s big “firsts” have all involved Daddy. His first 100% accurately pronounced word was Daddy. His first two-word sentence was “Hi, Daddy” and now his first 3-word sentence is for Daddy too. And what better day for it than on Father’s Day? We tried to get Aiden to say “Happy Daddy Day”, but all he could say was “Happy Day” or “Happy D Day” until this one absolutely perfect moment:
We spent our Father’s Day having a family breakfast and going to Car Free Day on Main Street. As you can see, Aiden made Daddy a card, though he definitely prefers using stickers to pens right now!