Okay, we admit… we’ve been under cover a little, but there’s been a good reason, we promise!
We actually have been telling our friends and family that after taking Mom to Jeopardy in Los Angeles, we had decided to settle in San Francisco for 5-6 weeks, taking advantage of a brand new housesitting opportunity.
In reality, we were in San Francisco for a mere four days. And then we we spent three days in the weirdly awesome city of Portland, Oregon.
And then…we crossed the border for the very last time, to arrive in Canada!
That’s correct. It’s true – Shawna and Skott were coming home!
Our first three nights in Canada were in Vancouver (thanks again for the apartment Suz), before getting a ride to Penticton with Shawna’s uncle. The plan moving forward was to surprise everybody back home as they were pretty much all in the dark… and for the most part we were able to:
We shocked Shawna’s Mom and Dad by arriving unannounced in Vernon, BC
We stunned Shawna’s Grandma and Grandpa in Kelowna when we picked them up at the airport.
My parents are still recovering after we “bumped into them” at the Saskatchewan Roughrider game.
But finally the tables were turned on us when Shawna’s sister, the only one who knew we were coming home, actually had family and friends waiting for us in her backyard, leaving both Shawna and I with jaws dropped. We were so excited and unprepared that we forgot to take any pictures!! Double-crossed as we might have been, we loved it!
Since we have been home, we cannot believe how awesome everyone has been. Well, actually we can believe it. We are blessed to be surrounded by some of the world’s most amazing beings.
good great to be back!
The obvious next question is “what now”?????
For the moment we’re super excited to catch-up with family and friends. Regina is treating us to some fabulous fall weather so far so we’ll take advantage of it with some walks with friends and some nice long runs in Wascana Park. We don’t get our house back until October 6th so we’re chillin’ with my sister and so far she’s spoiling us with all the cereal we can eat (this was an expensive breakfast item we had to skip during the trip).
Next up we’ll be getting caught up with some blog posts about our trip up the West Coast (now that we don’t have to fib that we’re still in San Fran). Then once we’ve had a few weeks to let it all sink in, we hope to share some deeper thoughts with you on the big questions like how the trip has changed us, what we would do differently if we did it again and any other reflections that come to mind after a glass of wine or two. And of course we will also be sure to provide you with nearly every stat imaginable…
So stay tuned to hear about why Skott would relocate to Portland in a second and why I chose San Fransisco as one of my favourite cities on the globe. And in the meantime…please check out our fifteen seconds of fame. We were very honoured to be invited on to the CTV Morning Show… we felt like rock stars!!