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Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill

Over the weekend before we drove to NYC, we were hanging out with my cute family and decided to take Gordon to see the Parliament Buildings (and eat ribs at Ribfest) in Downtown Ottawa. There were a lot of Vegan protesters on Parliament Hill (who were very…how should I put this…passionate about Ribfest), so I didn’t get as many photos of the actual Parliament Buildings as I’d like, but there are lots of Eddie 🙂 My younger sister took the older two on a different adventure, so that’s why they are practically non-existent in these photos.

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I’m typing this post out as we drive our kids down to New York City to our new apartment!! Here goes nothing 🙂

This week was so so fun!! I love my family.

Here’s what happened this week:

The beginning of the week picked up where I left off last week, with my husband and I running around New York City, trying our best to put our apartment together without our stuff from the moving company. That darn moving company is going to be the death of me. But, regardless, I was able to find a bunch of furniture for our apartment that is getting delivered this coming week, triple bunk bed included!! Things are going to get interesting. Haha!!

I was also able to go out to a few restaurants and go out to dinner effortlessly with my husband a few times. (More details below.) We probably won’t be able to do that for a while. I also met three lovely old ladies from Jersey City at Junior’s and they proceeded to tell me why it was extremely important to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly. Haha!! It was certainly a fun conversation.

I saw Lion King on my own while Gord went into the office one afternoon. I was more mesmerized by the costumes than the actual story. The elephants and giraffes were amazing!

On Thursday, we flew back to Ottawa to pick up our kids!! Our flight was delayed about an hour and we were anxious to see them, especially Gordon. Brooke and Blake gladly fell into our arms…Eddie was another story. He was definitely happy to give me a few cuddles, but was nervous and hesitant to want anything to do with Gordon. But that lasted only a few hours. After a few hugs, kisses, tickles and wrestling matches, they were back to normal. Life is so much better with a Daddy!

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Lemon Cream Puffs

Lemon Cream Puffs

We have finally made it all together again as a family!!

Yesterday, Gordon and I flew from NYC back to Ottawa to get our kids from Grandma and Grandpa’s house and oh, what a great reunion that was! Brooke and Blake were thrilled to have us back and wouldn’t let go of us at the airport, especially Daddy (of course). It took Eddie a few hours to warm up to him. But now, we are all used to each other and Gordon has wrestled and read and joked and wrestled again all three of our monkeys and we are in heaven!

Of course, reality will hit us HARD once we are back in the city and settled in our new place and Gordon starts the second phase of his training but for now, we are loving life together as a family again. Oh, how I love my husband. Things are so much better when he is around. *Sigh*

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Hey friends!

Because I’m in New York City (finally here!!) and because I’m with my husband (hallelujah) and because I’m feeling generous and because I bought a table, chairs, a triple bunk bed, a mattress, rug, some hampers, a gym membership and new dishes all just yesterday, I thought why not get a few more things for my online friends?

So, because I love you, and because you all have been so supportive of my family, I’m giving away

FIVE (5) $500 gift cards to Target or Amazon

I’ve given both of these retailers lots of business over the last few days, so why not a little more?

Here’s how to enter:

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We MOVED IN this week!!

It looks like our move is official. We live in New York City now. Weeeeeeired. Two days in, and we are loving it!! Mind you, we don’t have our kids with us and the movers haven’t showed up with our stuff yet soooooo, that might have something to do with it. Haha!!

Earlier in the week, we saw my in-laws in Missouri, picked up my little sister in Chicago, drove past Toronto and right into Ottawa, all the while eating copious amounts of Timbits (once we crossed the border). For those of you not familiar with Timbits, they are donut holes from Tim Hortons.

My parent’s place has been and continues to be a sweet relief of a vacation. You never know how much you miss your family until you get home and you’re like “oh yeah, I really like these people!!” We had a few fun days with them before I left to come to NYC and get our apartment together. Brooke, Blake and Eddie are still at grandma and grandpa’s house loving life while Gordon and I are here in the city trying to find a couch, a table, a teeny tiny desk, a triple bunk bed and other things I’ve most likely forgotten about.

Did you catch that last sentence? I’m back together with my husband and it feels so good. Oh yeah, Gordon!! I have a husband and he is wonderful. After leaving in early March for more trainings and then finally completing them this last week, I am so relieved for him but mostly for me! The hard part is over 🙂 Now we can just get used to being in the city together.

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