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16 May, 2018

A 19th birthday celebration in ten easy steps (Ottawa style!)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Misc. life|Ottawa

The reason I first started this blog turned 19 yesterday. (!)

Last night the eldest and I browsed a few past birthdayrelated posts here on the blog. I tell ya, celebrating 19 years is pretty different. Here’s how it went down.

1) I was up at my usual hour. When she finally woke up I begged her to get dressed and check out the new pastry shop in Westboro. Sadly, it was not open yet.

2) We regrouped and did a bit of shopping at a few of her favourite shops in Wellington Village:

Shopping in Wellington Village

3) We picked up birthday donuts at SuzyQ:

19th birthday: Ottawa style!

4) … which is right across the way from the LCBO in Hintonburg, where she bought a small bottle of champagne AND got carded, which was very exciting.

5) We picked up the youngest daughter and the three of us drove to the National Gallery, where there were no shenanigans whatsoever:

19th birthday: Ottawa style!

… and I was glad to hear that I’m not the only one who enjoys the “Forty Part Motet” installation by Janet Cardiff:

19th birthday: Ottawa style!

6) Then we met Mark at Tavern on the Hill for hotdogs and beverages. Man, I do love that place:

Tavern on the Hill!

19th birthday: Ottawa style!

7) … and of course, we poked around the tulips afterward. This is springtime in Ottawa, after all!

19th birthday: Ottawa style!

8) After we got home, she unwrapped a few small gifts and we enjoyed the aforementioned donuts and champagne:

19th birthday: Ottawa style!

9) We played a killer round of UNO (note: the birthday girl did not win).

10) With full bellies, we watched Netflix and then went to bed.

I’d call that a pretty nice Ottawa-style birthday celebration.

1 Response to "A 19th birthday celebration in ten easy steps (Ottawa style!)"

1 | Claudette

May 17th, 2018 at 3:01 pm


Another milestone for mom and daughter. :) It looks like you had a lovely day!

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