Do you remember that scene at the end of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, when Toula’s parents buy them a house?
And then you find out that the house is right next door the parents’ house?
Well, let me tell you a story.
Last month, on March 7, I gave a Girl Talk presentation at my daughter Katie’s church, in a small military town about 3 1/2 hours from where we live. I stayed with Katie for a few days (this was, of course, the weekend before Canada shut down) and we went on walks and talked. And she said that, if she were Rebecca and Connor, she would buy a house in Belleville now, before prices went up. (They had been staying in Ottawa because Connor intended to go back to school to get his counseling degree, but then their intention was to move to our town).
They could always rent out the house in the meantime, but at least they’d be in the market before the prices in Belleville skyrocketed.
When we got back from our walk we FaceTimed with Rebecca and mentioned the idea. She and Connor then did a lot of research on counseling degrees and found another way for him to get it. And they came down to Belleville and looked at houses while Keith and I were away speaking in Myrtle Beach (the weekend before the U.S. shut down). After seeing the two that had looked promising online look not-so-great in real life, they were discouraged. But then their real estate agent took them to one more, which was perfect.
They put an offer in. It was accepted. And yesterday they moved.
And the house is around the corner from us, about 600 meters away (I don’t know how many feet that is, but it’s like a 5 minute walk).
They packed up their whole house in Ottawa by themselves, and moved all the furniture into the truck by themselves, with no help, with a 5-month old baby on hand, too. Normally they would have had a ton of friends help, but they were trying not to burst their COVID-19 protective bubble.
And then yesterday we did help, because we’ve been isolating for two and a half weeks now, and they’ve been completely isolating using up all their food, so we thought it was okay.
So my grandson now lives right near me! And they are so happy.
I took this picture last night after the baby was in bed, and it finally hit them that they have a house they love in a neighbourhood they love in a city Rebecca loves, and Connor will come to love (he doesn’t know it that well yet!).
A month ago they weren’t even thinking of moving. And today they live around the corner from me.
So that’s why I’ve been a little quiet on social media lately, and why yesterday’s post was messed up in the morning (sorry!). Connor and Rebecca (who also work on the blog) have been busy, and yesterday i was cooking up a storm to feed everyone.
Because they both work from home, we can all self-isolate, and we’ll just appoint one person from the two households to do all of the grocery shopping. Don’t know what I’ll do if Keith is called into the hospital. At that point I’d need to stop seeing the kids or else move in with them and stop seeing Keith! I guess I’ll decide then.
So that’s an update on us! How are you all coping? Let’s talk in the comments!
Looking for things to do in isolation this weekend?
- Check out my ideas for 15 things to do for your Honeymoon at Home! These are great ideas for older married couples, too!
- We’ve got some ideas to keep kids busy as well during coronavirus.
- Don’t forget my stay-at-home date night ideas! They work for date mornings, or date afternoons, or date weeks, or anything!