I got a call yesterday afternoon from Joan, the property manager of the house we so desperately wanted. The owner was "very happy" with our application and asked Joan to draw up a lease for us. So barring anything unforeseen (and I'm always expecting something unforeseen) we should be living in this house as of July 1:
The house has five bedrooms. Five! And it's not because a previous owner split normal-sized bedrooms into tiny bedrooms. These are five regular sized bedrooms (for an older house). That means John will have an office, the girls will have a dedicated playroom, they'll share a bedroom (Emily is thrilled with the idea of a bunkbed), we'll have our room and we'll have a guest room. We've never had a guest room before! Living the high life I tell you.
Aside from all the space inside, the best part of this house is the location. It is a 10-minute walk to Emily's school, a 15-minute walk to Tamara and Greg's house, a 15-minute walk to Uptown Waterloo, a fairly short walk to my friend Marnie's house, and a good nursery school is only about 10 minutes away.
And there is a small fenced yard. A yard begging for a climber, a water table and a sand box. And some tomato plants, lettuce and beans. Hurrah!
And now just to have the lease in hand.