One of my grandma’s neighbours was very mad I took this picture.
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Patio lunch at Beachcomber’s in the Forks
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
On Wednesday night, Mom, Dad, and I flew into Winnipeg for some time with family and my cousin’s wedding! On Thursday we explored the Forks with my Oma, and had dinner with my Grandma and some other relatives.
Checking out the farm
My cousin’s daughter and I loved chasing Casey around the farm
Dad on the unicycle
Cousin’s little baby
On Friday we went out to my aunt’s farm to visit with my mom’s family. It was a beautiful day full of sunshine, sprinting after the dog, and lots of babies!
Nic in front of the Manitoba Legislature
Oh Doughnuts and Fools and Horses
BDI for ice cream!
On Saturday, Nic and I took a walk from the Manitoba Legislature down to the Forks. We picked up doughnuts from Oh Doughnuts and Fools and Horses on Broadway. In the afternoon we had lunch with my parents and Grandma, then picked up ice cream. My cousin’s wedding was in the evening.
Bunnysitting Toby – on Christmas Eve he started giving me kisses on the nose. Despite me doing this to him.
Black Squirrel Books
Nic and I had a wonderful second Christmas together. On Christmas Eve we woke up and shared presents, cuddled with Toby (whom we’re bunnysitting) and went for a tea date at Black Squirrel Books. In the evening I had the privilege of singing in the service.
Christmas Day Nic and I drove out to my parents’ house where we celebrated with them and my brother and sister-in-law. We had lots of fun singing Christmas carols, opening presents, playing games, and exploring in the snow. We even got to see 5 deer running across our path, although the pictures didn’t show much.
On Boxing day we hosted both our families for games and pizza, then went to see Rogue One. December 27 we had Christmas with Nic’s family, which ended with a rousing game of Boggle as usual!
We had a wonderful Christmas catching up with family and friends, were blessed with great meals and presents, and got to play outside in the beautiful white snow. Merry Christmas to you, and I can’t wait to get to the cottage for New Year’s on Friday!
On Thursday, November 24th, we got lots of beautiful, fresh powder in Ottawa. I waited very, very impatiently through class, and Nic coming home from work, for us to go cross-country skiing. We walked to the Rideau River, and then skied along to Vincent Massey Park.
We definitely got weird looks when we were walking down Bank Street with our skis, but once we got to the path, there were a couple tracks that looked like skis. We’re very lucky to be so close to an easy trail, right by the water.
Nic and I chose the wrong wax for my skis for the temperature, so I couldn’t move much at first until we scraped it all off. Once we did so, I could ski much faster.
I’m looking forward to learning how to photograph at dusk. And in the winter. Not sure which setting this was, so I’m pretty sad.
It was such a beautiful evening, I can’t wait for more snow to come soon because I’d love to go for longer. That can be my cardio.
August 18-21 Nic and I went on a canoe trip with some of our friends from undergrad in Killarney Provincial Park. We had a really great time, and it was a fun bonding experience before we move to Ottawa for me to do grad school. We had some beautifully hot days and also some very rainy points.
The route we took:
Thursday night camped out on Carlyle Lake
Canoed and portaged from Carlyle lake through Kakakise Lake, and into Norway where we had our lunch. Then canoed through Killarney, and Freeland into George lake where we stayed.
Saturday we skipped a long portage by jumping a couple beaver dams in Kakakise Creek to stay on Kakakise Lake
Sunday morning we portaged and canoed through back to Carlyle Lake
Friday we had a few portages in a row, all over 1 km. We manged to do every one in only one trip- everyone took a pack and traded off soloing the canoe on top of that. I was very proud of how hardcore everyone was 🙂
I was so pleased with how beautiful Killarney was-so gorgeous with those cliffs and rocks.
We skipped a long portage by canoeing through the creek. The water was just barely high enough because of two beaver dams. Luckily James knew what he was doing, so we all jumped them without issue.
July was probably my favourite month of 2016 because I had such an awesome time. We got to go camping, to the cottage, back to Ottawa, we found our apartment in Ottawa, and I discovered some fun new things.
I started using my journal way more frequently, as a quasi-bullet journal. Technically those are also your agenda, but I want to keep my beautiful new Moleskine (yes, back in a Moleskine, my Ban.Do was wayyy too huge to take in my bag for grad school) as an agenda. In a few weeks I’ll probably post specifics about my bullet journaling, but for now, I use my journal as a habit tracker (that colourful page shown there with the graph-certain tasks I want to be encouraged to do), my editorial calendar for blogging and Instagram, monthly goals, money tracker, my daily gratitude notes (which is technically just a regular journal entry), and fun things like Passion Themed Life’s doodle challenge. I coordinate between my journal and agenda with a new colour for each day to track completed tasks.
Sally Hansen “No Hard Feelings” is my newest favourite nail polish colour. I found it at Dollarama, so obviously got it for super cheap. Yes.
Obviously one of my July favourites has to be the time Nic and I spent at the cottage. I hadn’t been since the September long weekend, so that was pretty hard on me. We had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait until August when we’re going back again!
I love Stiegl radlers- they’re so refreshing in the summer.
There’s a super cool documentary on Netflix-“Fittest on Earth,” which is about the 2015 Reebok Crossfit Games. Nic and I loved watching the movie, and then got obsessed with watching all the lead-up to the 2016 games, and then streamed the games last weekend on YouTube. I’ve never been interested in doing a crossfit workout, but the Games are insane. Those athletes are so talented! Check out their youtube channel and cheer along the athletes!
Obviously I’m obsessed with my thrifted Tevas. Or, rather, someone lost them at camp 4 years ago and never claimed them, so I took them. I do have to reapply glue between the layers to keep them functional, but I feel so old-school hippie with them on.
Nic and I leased our apartment in Ottawa! I’m pretty stoked! It’s a two bedroom, so we’ll have space to host people, have an office, and a fitness room. Can’t wait to share our new place with you!
Last weekend we got to go camping with my brother, sister-in-law, and my parents. It was an awesome weekend. We drove a few hours to Silent Lake Provincial Park (about an equidistant for both parties). We had beautiful weather, and I really benefited from the outdoor time. We had a blast hiking, kayaking, and having a fire.
It was great spending so much time with our family. Can’t wait to go for more camping soon!
Is anyone shocked that I over-pack for the beach? Nope. You never know what you might need!
My number one is obviously snacks. Our friends always love to have fresh watermelon at the beach. Chop it up into cubes so everyone can share! Nic and I also love to buy dried mango strips from Dollarama. Other good greats are chips, granola bars (make sure your cooler stays cold so it doesn’t melt) and a can of pop-or a radler. No one in Toronto seems to care if you drink on the beach, it’s pretty funny.
Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sarong, sunglasses
Entertainment: phone, KOBO, magazines
Anything else: towel (if you’re smart, get one of those straw mats from the dollar store so you don’t get sand on your towel), bathing suit, water bottle, and I love my waterproof pouches for my phone and KOBO
What do you need at the beach?
We’ve loved being so relatively close to Woodbine Beach in Toronto, so beach trips are super easy with our friends 🙂