11/17/2008 AT 12:00 AM EST
's DeAnna Pappas
and Jesse Csincsak
may have called it quits
, but it's not all bad news for reality couples: former Bachelor Charlie O'Connell
confirms to PEOPLE he and Sarah Brice
are giving their relationship another shot.
"Everything's going great right now," says O'Connell, who gave Brice the final rose on The Bachelor
's spring 2005 season. Following the show's finale, the couple moved in together in Los Angeles, but split in April 2007. Now, after spending most of the summer talking on the phone, the couple are giving love another shot.
"We're not taking each other for granted," he says. "I enjoy hanging out with her."
So, is the couple ready to settled down? Perhaps. "My brother's got kids coming," says O'Connell, 33, of his brother Jerry, who is expecting twin girls
with wife Rebecca Romijn soon. "We did look at houses together last weekend. I'm not saying moving in isn't a possibility."
For now, though, they're taking baby steps. "Sara and I are babysitting a friend of ours," he says. "That's our Friday night date." -- Lisa Ingrassia