We timed our visit this year to coincide with Isabelle’s 8th birthday and somehow managed to keep it a secret from the kids (only Cindy and Steve were forewarned). They were rendered speechless for a good 15 minutes! Then we started to hear about all their latest exploits….
A birthday-eve highlight was Isabelle’s chosen outing – a trip to the roller skating rink. I’ve never been roller skating myself and now I understand why – although I imagine it would fantastic to glide gracefully over the skating rink, it looks to be a slow and steep learning curve for newbies.
The kids all did really well to get out there and give it a go, mostly holding onto the perimeter walls or onto their parents’ hands. I was very impressed by their perseverance and more importantly, by their sense of fun.
The real birthday celebrations started early in the morning with breakfast and presents and continued pretty much all day. Two highlights were a visit to Max Brenner’s for a hot chocolate and decorating the birthday cake – a task entrusted to the birthday girl herself, as per family tradition.
We used to travel up and down the highway between the two cities regularly and had fond memories of various stops along the way. This time we drove back along the Waterfall Way – bonus! This is a truly beautiful part of the world.