Little O' This, My Girl

There’s No Place

It was ten o’clock in the morning yesterday when we set to head home to Summerland. We had flown into Vancouver from Hawaii late the night before and had left the van waiting for us in Steve’s mom’s driveway while we’d been away.

“So, Amanda, did you miss the van while we were away?” Steve jokingly asked as he climbed into the driver’s seat.

“Yes, immensely. I feel whole again now that I’m back on its blue tweed seats,” I scoffed.

“Hey, don’t laugh. This van’s going to get us home from Vancouver,” he reasoned. No sooner had he spat out his last syllable did the van come to a sputtering stall in the middle of the road. The timing could not have been more hilarious. We both laughed as he tried unsuccessfully to start the beast up again. After listening to its cough for a few more minutes Steve deduced that the fuel filter needed to be changed. Five hours later we were finally on the road.

I was so eager to see Avelyn but I was bracing myself for the notion of her being mad that we’d left her so I didn’t want to get my hopes up for a joyful reunion. When we walked through the door and saw her she came sprinting towards us in her off-kilter toddler stride and gave us each a huge hug. It was delightful.

She looked like a completely different child to me. Not just bigger, but as though her face had changed. And her curly mullet was a few inches longer, too.

She loves the little ukulele we bought her and has been strumming it all morning.

Our time away was amazing but it sure is good to be home.


  • Glad to hear you had a good time. Also glad to hear you were lucky enough to marry a mechanic :)

  • It’s amazing how fast kids change, hey?

    You appreciate them a LOT more when you miss them!!

  • Avelyn actually gave me a few hugs at tumble time on tuesday and came to me with her arms up to be picked up, too cute! Hope you enjoyed your time away.

  • Welcome home, we’ve missed you!

    We’ve never left Charlie for more than 24 hours and even in that amount of time I swear the kid grown an inch.

  • welcome home!!

  • Glad you had a good time and a great home coming.

  • Welcome Home!

  • Good to have you back, Amanda! I hope you’re tan as ever!

  • So glad that the “reunion” went well! I can’t wait to see pictures. :)

  • Glad you guys made it home safely!!! I too can’t wait to see pics!

  • Glad you had fun! Glad your girl had hugs for you both.
    Can’t wait to see some pictures and an update on what you did there. So Fun!

  • PICTURES PICTURES PICTURES!!!! So glad you made it home safely and I love God’s sweet justice on Steve’s comment about the van. You just have to laugh.
    Chloe acts like she could care less when we drop her off anywhere or when she sees us again 5-6 days later. It breaks my heart! So glad Avelyn gave you some love. I want video of her and the ukellele! So cute. The video of you hulaing….priceless…get those birthin hips in shape!

  • How about some pics of Hawaii Amanda!!!!!

  • Awesome!!!! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful pics!!!

  • It’s so great to come home after being away! Glad you had a great time and that Avelyn was happy to see you!

  • I would say “welcome home” except now I’m not there :)

    Glad you had fun, and I can vouch that Avelyn had fun too – she was smiling whenever I saw her. You left her in good hands.

    I’m happy she welcomed you home so excitedly!

    I miss you – see you in 9 days :)

  • Welcome Back! Can’t wait to see pics!

  • Glad to have you back.

  • We need pictures. ;)
    We went to Maui for our honeymoon… I returned tanned and relaxed. Now, my skin is so pasty and white that you have to wear sunglasses to shield off the glare from them.

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