Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Fun

Halloween was so FUN this year!! Max had it all figured out, loved that he could ring stranger's doorbells and get...CANDY!

After each house, Max would say with excitement "...and now we get to go to another house!!"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had an awesome weekend! Besides buying a house, and a second vehicle (all in one day) we were able to fit in a morning at Heritage Park on Sunday. It was really cool when we arrived, but we warmed up in Gunn's Dairy Barn with a pancake breakfast and then hopped on the steam train for a ride around the village. This is an excellent place to be with kids, especially if you have a train, boat and tractor lovin' little boy!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Impulse Buy?

So we bought a house yesterday! We have been on the hunt since our visit to Calgary in July and it had been pretty underwhelming so far. We were thisclose to cancelling our Saturday bookings with our agent, as we were feeling rather gloomy about the whole house hunting process. Good thing we didn't. This little lady came on the market earlier this week, it is located in an area called Bridgeland in the inner city's NE. It is a great area, lots of redevelopment going on, a few good spots to eat and there is a Starbucks! I know I sound like a total weirdo city person but seriously...would you turn down a Sunday morning pumpkin spice latte if it's a block and a half away?
We walked in and instantly had a good feeling about the place, the layout on the main floor is almost identical to our last house in Toronto, which made it very easy for us to visualize living there. It has a sweet little front porch, nice high ceilings, it is light filled and bright, it has squeaky original hardwood and cozy bedrooms. So we put in an offer immediately and learned a few hours later that somebody else had also put in an offer - we were now in a bidding war. WHAT??! I thought that only happened in Toronto! We improved our offer and waited at a park nearby while the deal went down. I guess they liked that we were able to move in asap and that helped us in the end...So it's ours on November 8! I feel inspired again! Can't wait to start planning some projects and settling in. This is really going to help us feel at home in our new city. So here it is!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Move

There is something to be said about having movers...everything was packed up and out of our house over 2 days, our car was put on the train and there we were, left with a few suitcases and an empty house. Our little house was just a shell and I kept wondering if the people who bought it would be disappointed when they moved just looked so different once everything was packed up. We had a full week of saying Good-bye to all of our dear friends, it was very tough but we were excited about reconnecting with our family and friends in the West.
We've been here for 3 weeks now, but in different places. I am settling in with my new job and Carmon and Max have been working hard on the farm. Max is loving every minute of it. I miss them, it's been too long now and I am ready for us to be together and to start exploring this new city. So far I like it though - it feels great to be back.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cracking Up

Max cracking up to Toy Story out-takes.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


1 week, 3 offers - we are very pleased to have sold so quickly. Calgary, here we come!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

On the Market

That's right! We are moving to 3 weeks! Our house went on the market Monday and we have been on the edge of our seats all week - this is stressful stuff! I hope somebody likes it as much as we do, it will be very sad to leave our humble first home.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Holidays

Hello there! Just back from Alberta - we had a great time. LOTS of news to share...more to come!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Growing Like a Weed!

...I wish I had the same enthusiasm for yard work!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful Daddy O's in our lives!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Checking In

It's been awhile since we've checked in. It has been another very busy few months...lord, will things ever slow down? I have moved categories at work and I am now Product Developer for TOYS! Oh my, wait until Max finds out! I headed off to China right after Easter and then almost as soon as I returned, Carmon headed home to help his family with the spring planting at the farm. Max and I were solo for about 10 days and then my mom flew in for a short visit. We had lots of fun as always and Max enjoyed playing with Grandma and of course he had lots of new tricks since he had last seen her.
We have had a very soggy spring but have been getting outside to play whenever the sky is clear. Max just loves the park and he is so independent and brave on the playground now - it is amazing to me what this two year old can do. Every day is full of surprises, funny moments, new words, silly faces and giggles. We love having this little boy in our lives.
This weekend was rather soggy again but we got out this morning and went to Port Credit for our usual Starbucks and park fix. But today there just happened to be a fundraising event at the park and there were these HUGE inflatable slides and bouncy houses all over the place!

We had a ball...until it started to rain! On the way back to the car we came across a Police car and an Ambulance - it was actually harder to pull Max away from the vehicles than the bouncy houses! A nice Police man saw the pleading look in Max's eyes as he ran over to the car, and he asked if Max wanted to sit inside...Lucky Boy!