Life in Vancouver

Can you tell moving across the country while 30 weeks pregnant totally took over my life the last month?? I’m sorry for the long hiatus, but I’m back and feeling refreshed!!

A quick recap to get you up to speed with life + our brand new city.  Almost one month ago we said goodbye to Montreal and drove all the way to Winnipeg with Owen.

If you need tips for taking a long road-trip with a toddler, I have five.

SNACKS, books, music, DVDs, and MORE SNACKS.

Also if I would have had one of these, I imagine it would have saved me from turning around to pick up fallen objects every five seconds.

Thankfully Owen only had to endure the drive from Montreal to Winnipeg, since my mom flew with him from Winnipeg to Vancouver (BLESS HER HEART FOREVER!), while Aaron and I drove the rest of the way just the two of us (total bliss!).

So far we LOVE Vancouver!!!!

For this prairie-raised girl, getting to see the mountains AND ocean every day is a total dream!!

Once we got the keys to our new place, my mom stayed with us the first week to help us swim out of the piles of boxes and try our best to get settled (a work in progress).

Unfortunately two leaky ceilings and a broken washing machine greeted us. My mom worked tirelessly to clean mold from our washing machine - while I precautiously diffused Thieves essential oil just to try to keep her immune system up!!

In the end, we had to call an expert to the scene (oh the woes of the front load washer). We’re hoping to get it fixed real soon, cause WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF CLOTHES for Owen up in here!! AND trying our best to avoid a second trip to the laundry mat if at all possible! Holding our breath.

The following week I already went on my first BC adventure to Keats Island for a pastor’s wives retreat.

And side note - I’m not sure I’ve really talked much about church planting here on the blog, so in case you didn’t know that’s what my hubby does, he’s a pastor and a church planter that helps start new churches in Canada.

It's a somewhat curious and adventurous journey that some think is strange or if nothing else unique, starting a church from scratch! We often get asked, how does one do that? But that’s a story for another time or maybe another blog :)

But the retreat was incredible! Just to get there was an adventure as we took the ferry and then this smaller boat (that kind of freaked me out at first) until we arrived at this gorgeous island and beautiful resort, where we spent time hiking, getting to know each other, and eating the most delicious farm-to-table style meals imaginable. It was a great way to get away from all the unpacking for a few days and just rest.

Another thing I love about Vancouver is how friendly people are!! I think I make a new mom friend like every time I go to the park or a story time. I love it!!

On top of that, we spent the first night staying with friends (someone I used to go to Highschool with) that are now our neighbours!! Not to mention another BFF from Montreal now lives close by too! It’s such a pleasure having old friends in a new city.

 We also discovered curious things like a "Muddy Buddy" (see rain suit above) and just how complicated it is to be environmentally friendly and sort our garbage fifteen different ways - it's gonna take some practice!

We also discovered curious things like a "Muddy Buddy" (see rain suit above) and just how complicated it is to be environmentally friendly and sort our garbage fifteen different ways - it's gonna take some practice!

We’re also so thankful to be having this baby here and for the midwife team we got to meet last week (more on that in a preggo update coming soon!).

All that to say we are slowly getting settled here in Vancouver and it’s already beginning to feel like home.

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