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Catching up

I really haven’t been blogging much so far this month. I feel like there’s been so much on the go that I’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone blog. So I’ve decided to write a post of a bunch of things that I have been grateful for so far this month.

I’m actually going to start with the last day of February. I went to the Museum of Civilization to meet my friend Megan and have lunch with her. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other and I was so glad to spend some time with her! We had a great chat and visit. I only wish we could have visited for longer, but she had to go back and do that pesky thing called work. 🙂

We received an offer on our house at the end of February/beginning of March. It wasn’t exactly what we hoped for, but our realtor (the fantastic Stephanie Powers, and yes that is really her name) made things work out, which I am very grateful for. If anyone is looking for a realtor, I highly recommend her!

Last week Nathan and I had a busy week! We were quite the social butterflies, spending a couple afternoons with my friends and their kids. We also got out with a friend and her son to one of the Ontario Early Years Centres for their afternoon playgroup. This was my first time visiting an Early Years Centre and I was so impressed! The room they have for the Play Group is fantastic – it’s divided into different areas, including a babies only area and a kitchenette. They do songs and stories at the end of the session, which Nathan loved, even though he shook his head vigorously when we were singing “If you’re happy and you know it” (however, he did have a huge grin on his face). They also have a ton of resources for families, including books the children can borrow, informative books for parents/caregivers on such things as sleep training, developmental activities, etc., and even a toy library! Yes, you can borrow a toy for your child to try out to see if they like it! What a great service! Anyhow, I am very grateful for these outings and especially for getting to know the Early Years Centres. I will definitely be going back!

As Evolution Theatre, Chris and I, along with our BOD Chair, met with the OACF and the other resident companies to discuss audience development. It was a good meeting, and I think we got some great ideas out there. I’m grateful that we got to talk with the other companies about what’s working and what’s not, and give input into how to make things better.

This week I got to have a lunch date with our Evolution Theatre co-founder, Nancy. My favourite hobo (a.k.a. hobokenny) moved to Toronto full-time in the summer and I miss her a lot, so it was really great to see her while she was in town. I’m looking forward to the end of the month when she’ll be back in Ottawa to perform in our upcoming show, Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety. She’s going to rock this one-woman show and I can’t wait to see her in action again!

With our house now sold, Chris and I headed out to do some house hunting Tuesday evening. We’ve been trolling the MLS listings relentlessly and found a couple places that we really wanted to see. One of the houses we saw had just come on the market (we were literally the first people to see it) and it is beautiful. It checks off nearly every requirement on our list. So we made an offer. After a couple times back and forth we’ve decided to accept the sellers’ latest counter offer. We’ll be signing the paperwork tomorrow for the conditional purchase. If all goes well with the inspection and such, we’ll have purchased a new house! I’m grateful that we’ve found something that we like so much and were able to get in before anyone else (the last place we saw listed in the same neighbourhood was sold the day after they listed). It’s both exciting and scary at the same time!

Today I went out with Nathan, the in-laws and my niece to the Museum of Nature. It’s been so long since I’d been there. It was kind of crazy-busy since it’s March Break, but we had fun – especially seeing the special exhibition on whales. I’m glad that I went with them – it was a really nice outing. Chris was at work this evening, so they invited Nathan and I back to their place for dinner, which was really nice. The best part for me was Nathan eating his dinner though. He actually opened his mouth and leaned forward for the butternut squash I had for him! And he did it repeatedly! I was starting to think that this kid was NEVER going to want to eat solids, so this is amazing progress, which I am EXTREMELY grateful for.

Well, being as it’s after midnight I should end things there for tonight. I need sleep! I will endeavour to write more consistently in the future!

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