Mother’s Day in Ottawa

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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!

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Magnolias

I definitely love being back in Ottawa again – great to be with family, and the city is so beautiful!

Winnipeg in Spring

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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.

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Assiniboine Zoo Conservatory

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!

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.

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Wedding #1 of May!
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Congratulations Trent and Raela!

Central Experimental Farm

Looking for something fun to do in the spring in Ottawa? The Central Experimental Farm has lots of baby animals that you can meet. Obviously one of my favourite things to do!

We went to the farm with Nic’s family, and the piglets, baby goats, lambs, kits (baby bunnies), calves, etc., were so adorable. For lunch we went to Rosa’s on Dow’s Lake, then walked around Hogs Back Falls.

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Christmastime!

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.

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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.

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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!

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Canada D’Eh

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For Canada Day, my brother Ryan came to visit us. His boss had given him some free tickets to the Blue Jays’ game, so we had lots of fun. The game went to 19 innings with a score of 2-1 for the Cleveland Indians. We left after 12 innings because we were hungry.

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Nic barbecued some sausages, and we had a great dinner.

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One of our friends from undergrad invited us to his place near the waterfront to watch the fireworks. This crazy stormy sky made me worried, but it all worked out.

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Super classy elevator selfie

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The fireworks at the Toronto Harbourfront centre were probably the best I’ve ever seen. They had some really awesome colours, and the finale shook our chests it was so loud.

Allan Gardens with Ryan and Deanna

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Yesterday I posted the first half of our time this weekend with Ryan and Deanna. Today I wanted to post some photos of Allan Gardens, which you should absolutely visit if you’re in Toronto. It’s free, and there are tons of awesome plants. Also, if it’s winter, it feels like summer in the greenhouses. That’s sweet.

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Allan Gardens with Ryan and Deanna - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Allan Gardens with Ryan and Deanna - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

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A Sunny Saturday in Toronto with Siblings

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Saturday was a beaaauuutiful day! My brother Ryan and sister-in-law Deanna came to visit us, and we didn’t even wear coats! We went to Allan Gardens first, then through to Nic’s lab, and Kensington Market. A plethora of pictures from Allan Gardens will come out soon.

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Nic gave Ryan and Deanna a tour of his lab at UofT, which was cool for them. I’m still only getting an understanding of his Master’s, and he’s almost done!

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We walked through to Kensington Market and looked in a bunch of stores. These pillows are at the Blue Banana Market.

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We stopped for drinks at Trinity Common, and my ceasar was perfect.

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A Sunny Saturday in Toronto with Siblings - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

A Sunny Saturday in Toronto with Siblings - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Dinner at Pho Hung in Chinatown.