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!

Mother's Day - JanessaMann.Com

Mother's Day - JanessaMann.Com
Magnolias

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

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.

First Cross-Country Skiing of the Season

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa

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For Easter this year we got to go back to Ottawa. Because of the freezing rain Thursday night, our friend drove us in on Friday morning. We arrived too late to go to the Good Friday service, so we went to a GoodLife near my parents’ to deadlift. (Yeah, not going back to that club, it’s overrun with bros who wear cutoff Popeye’s shirts and improper form.)

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We had a relaxing day with my parents talking, colouring, crosswording, reading, and “watching” March Madness (I went on Pinterest and probably read more).

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Saturday morningwe got to go see Kelsey (and her dogs!) then went to get coffee.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Where would we go for coffee except Suzy Q’s for doughnuts! I had the carrot cake doughnut, the one in the middle. It was phenomenal.

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It was so great to catch up with Kelsey and show her both our wedding album (she was my maid of honour, and we haven’t seen her since I made the album) and the 2015 album.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Saturday afternoon Dad went for a bike ride, so Mom, Nic and I went to the Greenbelt for a nice walk. The sun was so bright, so the snow was slowly melting.

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Poor squirrel was being chased down. He had to run for his life.
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A bag of seeds had obviously exploded, and this chipmunk was LOVING it.

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We drove to Nic’s parents for dinner, and then went to Hogsback Falls with them for a nice walk. The sunset was beautiful.

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Nic wore an adorable bowtie for Easter Sunday.

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This is Flopsy. One of the youth brought his adorable bunny to church, and Mom and I were so happy to hold a bunny again.

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Gypsy hated being held like that, but that’s the only way Flopsy likes it!

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Happy Easter from us! We had Easter lunch at Nic’s parents’, and my parents came over. It’s so convenient having our parents live in the same city, and be friends! #InLawGoals

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Sunday after my parents left, we went for a walk along the Ottawa river with Nic’s parents. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. SO bright.

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What a wonderful walk and a wonderful weekend!

Cross-Country Skiing in Ottawa’s Greenbelt

Cross-Country Skiing in Ottawa's Greenbelt

When I was younger, I didn’t get the appeal of cross-country skiing. It felt like so much more work than downhill skiing, you’re so much slower, and you sweat or freeze the entire time. In the past few years I have come to appreciate it. It’s a slower pace, but you can commune with nature a lot more.

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As I have said many times, one of my favourite aspects of Ottawa is the Greenbelt. It surrounds most of the city and is a protected greenspace where there are lots of hiking trails. They don’t maintain or groom the paths in the winter, so it’s free to ski on! (Unlike in Gatineau Park in Quebec, where it’s almost $20 per person to cross-country ski.)

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I’ve been using the same Toko Junior skis for years- technically they’re too short for me, but I like being able to dodge things a lot faster.

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I really want to get a hood for my camera lens like my dad is using, because it was pretty wet out while we were skiing, so I was getting snow on my lens.

Cross-Country Skiing in Ottawa's Greenbelt - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.com

Cross-Country Skiing in Ottawa's Greenbelt - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.com

Dad always brings his GPS along to track his mileage. It’s hard to get lost on these trails because of all the markers, and there are many posts telling you how many km back to whichever parking lot you were in.

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If we’re living in Ottawa next year, Nic is very excited about being able to go skiing most weekends!

Christmas in Ottawa

Nic and I were very thankful to go home to Ottawa for a week and a half over Christmas. Our parents still live there, so we had a lot of fun.

The Cobers

Nic’s dad does Bonsai, and this is his gorgeous jade
Pileated woodpecker

One of my favourite aspects of Ottawa is the Greenbelt, which is a protected natural area surrounding the city. My parents live an easy drive away for hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.

It was surprisingly cold

Snow, at last!

Chickadee
I love feeding chickadees in my hand!
Mann stockings

My brother and sister-in-law arrived, so we had Christmas with them, next.

Nic’s loving the foot of snow that dropped!
The Manns
National Gallery of Art

Deanna wanted to see the Art Gallery, which is always one of my favourite places to go.

Home to Ottawa – Hometown Tourist

This past weekend I took the train “home” to Ottawa to check out OttawaU for grad school. I’m very scared, but I’m applying to the Master’s of Globalization and International Development. I hadn’t really wanted to tell people, in case I don’t get in, but so many people asked me why I was home, and what I’m planning on doing further from now. I’m currently hard at work on scholarship applications, and very excited about what the future holds for me and Nic.

After talking to professors and to people in the Graduate Studies office, I walked around the Rideau Centre (waaaayyy quieter than the Eaton Centre, I can’t believe I used to complain about it) then took a reading break along the river.

Saturday morning, Kelsey and I went to Suzy Q’s for doughnuts. We love that place. If you’re ever in Ottawa, check it out. 
We also had to go to IKEA, and loved every minute of it. I had such a great time catching up with her. 
Kelsey and her dog, Rogue

I had a great weekend at home, staying with my parents. After my time with Kelsey, I had lunch at my in-laws, and supper with some friends. I certainly missed Nic (five months of marriage on that Friday, and we’d never spent a night apart since the wedding) but it was good to be back. 
Who knows? Maybe we’ll be moving there in August.