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SURPRISE! Unveiled...

Surprise! Stefan's Birthday Surprise I kept mentioning for months came! We went to Vancouver, British Columbia, for a 5 day baby-free getaway! It was really just to hang out with his old friends that he hasn't seen in over 2 years, but we did get to do some 'sightseeing' one day while everyone was at work, and it's always awesome just to see the mountains and ocean. It was a lot of eating out, good conversation, and minimal sleep and totally worth it. He has wanted a canoe for over a year and I kept telling him, "No! This is better than a canoe!" and I think he finally believed me.
On Friday morning we left for the Omaha airport and flew into Seattle at 10:30AM and had his best friend, L, pick us up from the airport. On the two-hour drive back to White Rock, where L lives, they caught up, and I caught some zzzz's. That night we headed out for dinner, for Stefan's second surprise, all of his friends and their wives to visit in one night. We hung out with everyone for about 3 1/2 hours at a pizza joint and I finally got to talk to the wives I had been writing to in preparation for the trip. We had an absolute blast that night, then we hitched a ride to Abbotsford to stay at Stefan's other friends' house--where we stayed until Sunday afternoon.
Saturday we drove around with L and his wife D, played some mini golf and ate out at Tim Horton's, affectionately named Timmy's for there is literally one in every neighborhood. Those Canadians sure like their doughnuts! (Also, in Canada, make sure you try their poutine--my favorite Canadian treat!)
Sunday we wento to a church, ate out, hung out a bit, and then headed off to Stefan's aunt and uncle's house in Abbotsford. That was a great night and I finally got to meet some of the rest of his family and cousins. We then stayed up til' midnight just hanging out with "auntie J and uncle K". Monday we were driven into the city (downtown Vancouver) and walked about5-6 miles. We went to Granville Island, something very similar to Pike Place Market in Seattle. There are local food and artisan vendors and tons of people.
That evening we stayed with L and D again until they had to drop us off at the Bellingham airport shuttle into Sea-Tac. We had to leave their house at 12:30AM to arrive at Sea-Tac at 5AM. Our flight left at 7 so we had time to eat breakfast and relax a little. Luckily, Stefan and I were able to sleep the entire drive and 2 1/2 hour flight! We got back into Lincoln 5 last night and were in bed by 8--we were so exhausted we collapsed until about 7 this morning!
Enjoy some more pictures!
Stefan walking around a seawall in downtown Vancouver.

Skyscrapers in Vancouver, specifically, Yaletown.
A small glimpse of Granville Island, with harbor and mountains in the background.
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becklaw said…
it sounds AMAZING!

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