We live in an urban 3-bedroom house with a large fully fenced backyard and a bright and airy main floor. Kate loves bright paint colours and décor, and Dave is okay with this as long as he can have a ‘man cave’ for his guitars and Wayne Gretzky memorabilia. Our favourite thing about our house is its proximity to walking and biking trails that run right through the centre of the city. Our street is quiet and features a large park and a fantastic elementary school. We grow a vegetable garden each year, but sadly the neighborhood squirrels and rabbits eat most of it before we do!
Our Hobbies and Interests
– Travel: We have had the privilege of traveling to many countries in our lives. As a child, Dave’s family lived in various Canadian cities and in England because of his father’s career with the Navy. While in university, Kate moved to Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester and traveled all over Europe while there. As a couple, we took a leave of absence from our jobs in 2012 to travel through Central and South America for four months. We loved exploring new cities, learning about different cultures, and meeting people from around the world. We have also travelled to many cities in the USA and across Canada.
– Cottage: Our favourite place to spend weekends is at Dave’s family cottage, which is located on a small, peaceful lake about 1.5 hours from our house. Dave has mastered making delicious homemade burgers and loves floating in the lake. Kate typically spends her time at the lake reading, paddle boarding, and swimming across the lake at least a few times each summer.
– Day-to-day: We frequently go for a long walk after work to unwind and catch up with one another. Kate loves to keep up with the restaurant scene so we are often out for a meal at the latest hot spot. We both enjoy listening to music (live whenever possible!) and we love singing along, even though we are both terrible singers. We can often be found watching sports (Dave loves the strategy of sports, Kate just loves to be a fan) or getting caught up in a Netflix series.
We have close relationships with both sides of our family. Both sets of parents are still married and the majority of our siblings are as well. Kate’s parents live in Ottawa with their dog and Dave’s parents live on a farm close to Smith Falls (about an hour from Ottawa). We both have quite large extended families, with more than 20 cousins on each side! While we do not see them all on a regular basis, it is always fun to get together for weddings and holidays!
Dave’s parents are retired but they stay very busy through involvement at their church (Dave’s mom is the choir director and Dave’s dad is a deacon). Dave has 3 siblings, including an older sister and an older brother who each have two children (ages 6, 7, 8, and 10). Dave has good relationships with all his siblings, but especially with his older sister who practically raised him (she is 10 years older)! Dave’s sister and her family live in Ottawa and we spend a lot of time with them, especially to enjoy their pool during the summer months.
Kate’s dad is still working (he owns his own business) and her mom has been a stay-at-home mom ever since she became a mom thirty years ago. Kate has 2 younger sisters. Her middle sister is married and expecting her first baby in early 2018. Her youngest sister lives in the Middle East where she provides relief services to refugees.
Kate’s family has always had dogs. When Kate and her sisters were young, her family took care of puppies before they became guide dogs for the blind. Kate and Dave often dog-sit and they hope to get their own dog in the near future.