Larry, Tawnia and Jasmine arrived last night around 10pm, tired after a long day spent at airports but glad to be here. Thanksgiving is Monday, October 12th here in Canada. Larry has to be back to work in Las Vegas on Monday morning, so we are celebrating it today Saturday, a couple of days early.
Included in today's festivities are Tawnia's sister Tessa, who resides here in Canada about an hour away, and her son Germaine and friend Dave. Jackie's daughter Michelle and her two children, Sam & Nick are also here. We've heard so much about them and it's finally nice to put faces with names. We really appreciated the invitation to join them all for their holiday celebration.
Sal and Jackie are both great cooks and prepared a wonderful meal of turkey with all the trimmings. Homemade pies for dessert. Oh my goodness, I ate too much! I hurt myself, as did everyone else. It was a lovely day. It's been 5 months since we've seen Miss Jasmine and she is changing quickly. She was just beginning to walk when we left and was a bit wobbly. Today she runs easily. She's quick to laugh and a joy to be around. Young ones are busy, busy...
So there you have it. A wonderful day spent visiting, eating and just generally hanging out. We're home now, getting ready to hit the sack. We will be hooking up in the morning, moving the rig closer to the house for a few hours. Tawnia and Jasmine will be staying here in Canada to visit for an extra week, so Larry and I will be returning to the states tomorrow, on Sunday, in order to take Larry to the airport in Bellingham, Washington.
Our time here in Canada has been a wonderful experience but it's time to come home. I have to admit that Larry and I are both ready. We've seen some beautiful sights, met many interesting people and learned a lot about Canada's history. But everything is expensive here, including lodging, fuel and especially food. We feel very blessed to be American citizens, as flawed as things sometimes seem to be.
We will be spending a couple of days in Bellingham before we move on. We are having intermittent brake problems and so we have an appointment at the RV dealership Wednesday morning. Hopefully they'll be able to diagnose and repair our 'issue' in one day. Unfortunately, since it is so intermittent it's going to be tough. We've had a few opinions, some blaming it on the truck, others on the trailer. Bottom line, we just want it fixed! There are a lot of mountains to cross between here and Nevada.
As we make our way south through Washington, we are stopping a couple of days to visit friends and then we will head west to the Oregon coast to visit family in Brookings. We got a call last night that we are going to be grandparents again! Congratulations to son Tom and his lovely wife Lisa! And of course, most of you know that Miss Lily and family are in Brookings also. So we'll see them all in a week or so! Can't wait....