Well, it's been a while... here's a rapid, mostly photo-based catch up :)
The last of 2013 has certainly been busy, but we've managed to have quite a bit of fun in between the chaos :)
Feeling very Canadian :)
We ventured to Mont Tremblant with Tony's folks and had a lovely visit with lots of fabulous sights.
We managed to catch just the start of the autumn colours
Some lake side sitting with very calming vistas
We wandered by a very charming pond with some dabbling ducks to check out
A neat neon caterpillar meandering across our path
A wee critter braving a very rainy day
Tremlant had some nice little walks and hikes with great views.
A lovely place to wander about for a few days with some good company
A bit later in the autumn, we managed a little hike up Luskville Falls in Gatineau Park with some friends
And caught some of the beautiful fall colours
The usual suspects :)
Our worthy guide :)
I learned a bit of mountain biking from this bad ass chica at Mont St Marie:)
We were so wild, we broke a bike pedal this fine autumn day :)
A dusky evening vista
We ventured to Toronto to catch one of our favourite bands: Biffy Clyro
They were at the Opera House and were fabulous (and not just because they're Scottish)
Ai Wei Wei had an exhibition at the art gallery, which I loved.
His art was both obvious and so thought provoking. I really enjoyed wandering through some of his works.
Tony and I in Montreal for my birthday! :) We caught Patrick Watson, who put on a fabulous show with an orchestra. I am quite a lucky lady :)
Adrenalin accompanied me through much of autumn. In this moment, Tara and I did a frosty, late Autumn trail run of the Wolf Trail in Gatineau.
Tara booking it up the trail
Still smiling at the summit :)
It was cool to see the little frosty curlicues everywhere. I think it has to do with moss or something.
I managed to play baseball with an awesome group of folks this summer.
Here's a few of us having a little Misfits Christmas fun :)
Fun with cookies :)
And then, at last, the ski-season came to us again!
We were able to have our first ski of the season in November already this year! :)
We wasted no time getting back out there :)
Tony and I on the O-Brien trail
Fresh and fluffy snow made for a beautiful day :)
The lads (going opposite directions, so it seems) :)
Tony. Evidently enjoying the ski :)
Such a pretty route and with an early start to the season, we have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery :)
To cap off the year, my family came to Ottawa for Christmas. Those west coasters got a white Christmas and a taste of winter. It was a great time, by my books.
Fun photos on Christmas day :)
Family: A good reason to feast :)
And, of course, we played in the snow as much as we could.
My wee nephew got to try his hand at tobogganing.
At first, he was a bit hesitant and daddy had to show him how it was done...
Not quite sure how that was convincing, but it was :)
And then he found he quite enjoyed tobogganing. By the end, the wee lad wanted to higher, faster, and further. A fellow adrenaline junkie in the making! :)
Grampa and the wee laddie marching back up the hill for another ride :)
And we got my Dad out for a cross country ski.
We had great conditions and had a lovely day out in the snow! :)
It was quite a treat to ski with my Dad :)
Enjoying some snacks and hot tea in the cabin :) A fine, fine day :)
And then came 2014 :)