As it turns out, we were approved for a house hunting trip last week. It was rather unexpected and didn’t get the final confirmation until the kids and I were already in New Jersey. Luckily Rob was able to pack a few additional things for us and bring along our passports!

Collage with watermark

Collage 2 with watermark

It was a busy week but very productive.

We ended up putting an offer for the first house we looked at. Although we saw several beautiful houses that day it had all the features we were looking for. It is much larger than our 2 bedroom apartment we currently have but it has our ideal open layout. There is a big space for their playroom, for those cold winter days, a nice office for my craft space just around the corner and there is a guest junior suite with a private bath perfect for visitors.

We explored the city and visited several playgrounds close to the new house. We watched the changing of the guards on Parliament Hill and their procession down the middle of the street, which apparently is a daily occurrence. We took the stroller out the first day but kept getting stuck around the canal limited to where we could go. The rest of the week we wore the kids and it was a blast. Definitely got our exercise on! The kids and I also got to visit the US Embassy so we could meet some of the staff and review the housing process.

The food was amazing, especially my first (and second) experience with Tim Hortons. We strolled around Byward Marker and stopped by Dunn’s for lunch. The poutine with bacon on top was incredible. Their hand carved smoked meat was equally delicious on their sandwiches.

Most nights we brought food back to the room and Rob and I went to bed when the kids did. It was a calm and relaxing week.

I didn’t quite realize how many things I would need to learn quickly once we move here. Luckily Ottawa is bilingual so everyone we encountered spoke English. All the signs are both in French and English and things like the elevator are spoken in both as well. I am planning to make up a cheat sheet for myself (and visitors) to help with the difference in currency, kilometers vs miles, and Celsius vs Fahrenheit.

I am so excited for our move in September! Now I just need to get things organized for our trip to Disney, trip to the shore, and for the packers to come and pack everything up! Not to mention plan Caity’s first birthday party and get everything together for our shortish stay in hotels both here and Canada before we finally move. Yikes, so many wonderful things coming up!