I’m very lucky that Nic and I live in Ottawa near our parents. The Saturday before Mother’s Day, I invited my moms out to lunch. We had an amazing brunch at Wild Oat in the Glebe (definitely going back!) and enjoyed a walk through Ottawa’s Tulip Festival.
I got the wild breakfast plate, two eggs, homemade bread (with their own jam!), yam hashbrowns, and sauteed vegetables. SO good. I can’t wait to go again!
I definitely love being back in Ottawa again – great to be with family, and the city is so beautiful!
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.
Cousin’s little baby
Dad on the unicycle
My cousin’s daughter and I loved chasing Casey around the farm
Checking out the farm
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.
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!
After camping on the weekend with my family, Nic and I drove the car through Ottawa to get groceries and have dinner with his parents, then north to my parents’ cottage. We had a great couple days there. I was so happy to be back at the cottage. This week has really done wonders for my mental health.
Monday morning we woke to a thunderstorm, so we read while watching the rain.
Observation tower on Mont Moriessette
Time to colour and journal
We climbed the closest largest mountain, which has a lookout tower. The view was gorgeous! We also enjoyed time on the dock.
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!
The first weekend in December, Nic and I drove down to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake for a nice date.
What an adorable squirrel!
Love dat husband.
Our bed-and-breakfast room was real into the Captain theme.
Of course, I had to go into the Christmas store.
For dinner we went to Kitchen76, the restaurant of The Two Sisters Vineyard. We shared a margherita pizza and one with spinach, truffle oil, mushrooms (I didn’t hate them cuz they were so small!) and pesto. The pizza was great, especially with the homemade chili sauce they provided. I also loved my Riesling, but that’s almost always the case.
Every year in Niagara-on-the-Lake they have the Candlelit Stroll, where we donated some money to get candles in containers, then walked around the beautiful homes listening to carollers and other acts.
It was really great weather for it, especially since I was wearing a skirt and tights for our dinner. Afterward, I got a caramel apple spice from Starbucks.
Saturday morning we had breakfast at the B&B, then walked around the town to check out the waterfront.