From there we checked into our hotel and the boys did some watersliding and swimming to burn off some energy! We went to the Olive Garden for dinner which the boys loved! It is one of our favorite places to eat when we are on vacation because there are none where we live!
Next came the highlight of the trip - picking Isaiah up from the plane! His flight was late and it felt like for ever as the anticipation kept building.
FINALLY we saw him and it lit my heart up to see my boy return! His brothers were SO excited to see him as well!
Monday night was an early night - straight to bed after that because it was such an early morning and Isaiah was tired from travelling. He was able to bless a first time flyer with his window seat and "the little dude was stoked" so that made Isaiah really happy!
Tuesday we got up early and had breakfast and headed out to Johnston Canyon to do some hiking! The scenery was just amazing! Here are the boys at the beginning ready to hike!
I always try to take advantage of photo ops that include flowers! I just love these close ups - look at the bee!
There were SO many squirrels along the path and they were so tame! I think each of the boys got to touch one and I was kicking myself for not bringing peanuts or something to feed them!
Here he is winking at me. I know he was thinking - "yep, I'm just laying here letting you all admire me displaying the glory of God", and that he was!
The ditches were covered in these:
We drove a little further when we ran into these characters: a herd of mountain goats!
Its always so exciting for us when we get to see wildlife!
After a short drive we arrived at bow falls where the boys raced out of the truck to play in the water when we were hit by a very cool mountain breeze! Nevertheless, they were determined to try out the water! This is the view from the shore - just breathtaking!
Now ensues a friendly game of, "I'm so throwing you in the lake"
The view of the town of Banff driving back from the falls.
Time with family is SO incredibly important. Jesus often drew away to a quiet place or out onto the water where the crowds could not get to he and his disciples so that he had time alone with them. Just the physiological responses that happen in your body when you have rest and relaxation are amazing. God created us to enjoy those we love. This world has so many amazing things to see and do - take time to enjoy them with the ones you love.
While our trip was only 1 night and two days - the time was invaluable to me. These are the faces that make my heart smile everyday, the faces that make me so incredibly thankful for all that God has blessed my life with, the faces that make me happy every single day that I am alive.