Wednesday, June 22, 2005

My other cute little critter! Posted by Hello

Our house on June 17 ..... we cannot wait to move in! Posted by Hello

Cute little critter Posted by Hello

My greatest loves ... Posted by Hello

Pet Peeve

People that post bumper stickers on their car that state something along the lines of 'Pro-Abortion'.

I have never heard the term Pro-Abortion before. How many people walk around saying that they are FOR abortion?

Isn't the correct term, PRO-CHOICE? Meaning that women have the right to choose what is right for them as an individual? That's not to say that someone who is Pro-Choice is FOR abortion.

There are 2 sides to the debate, in my eyes. Pro-Life or Pro-Choice. Either you don't agree with abortion in ANY way and feel that NO ONE should have one, regardless of their situation. Or, you feel that the woman has the right to make the decision based on her circumstances and what is best for HER. Pro-Life or Pro-Choice.

WHAT the $*#@ is PRO-ABORTION? That makes it sound like someone that goes around trying to sell it, trying to talk every pregnant woman into getting one.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

I can breathe

For once it feels like I can relax and just breathe.

The buyers signed off on the home inspection. We took care of a couple minor, little things and told them that was it. Now we don't have to worry -- everything is taken care of and we're done. The house is sold, and now we just wait.

The closing is scheduled for July 27. Apparently the attorneys wanted to move it up.

So, I am relieved. That's one major thing not to worry about anymore. Now to just relax, spend time as a family and start packing some more.

For now, I've been busying myself with getting ready for Kaelynn's birthday party. She'll be 1 in just a week from today. I can't believe it. Her party is this Saturday, so I just finished making the lollipop favors last night. Now I just have to work on the goody bags for the kids, and I have to go to the store and pick up the burgers, dogs and buns.

My baby girl is going to be 1. How is it possible that a year has passed already? She's my little princess. I am so blessed to have her and my wonderful little boy in my life.

At any rate -- I tried posting a few days ago, and for some reason it never went through. I'm hoping this does ......

I'm sure there's more I wanted to say - but I'm at work and really need to cut this short.

Til next time ..............

Monday, June 06, 2005

Do I sense calmness?

Why yes, I do. A little bit at least.

I was just looking over my "To Do" list and realize that the only thing left to be done is to make the 20 remaining lollipop favors for Kaelynn's birthday. Of course, there are a few more things to add to the list that weren't on there yet. Like buy all the food, fixins' and drinks for the party as well as find a bakery and order the cake.

Other than that .... I have GREAT news. We ended up going with a different realtor than we were originally thinking of. He was a tad more expensive (.5%-1%), but this was a guy that is a frequent (DAILY!) customer of Mike's. Plus he did alot more to advertise the home. Mike signed all the papers on Thursday, 6/2. On Friday, 6/3 they put the lockbox on our door and officially listed the house. We didn't realize it would be *THAT* quick - so once we got home from work we had to haul ass and finish everything that needed to be done because .... there was already a showing at 5:30 that night!!!! We did a great job, I must say. Our house has never looked better.

On Saturday, 6/4, we had another garage sale. Some showings came in while we were outside. Garage sale was a major bust this time (only made like $35 -- but overall with all the sales we've made nearly $1600). A storm rolled in, so we wrapped it up and got out of the house before the 3pm showing was due to come in. Got home that night and had 3 more business cards of realtors that came through with clients. We all got ready to bathe/shower (Sunday was the twins' christening) and while Mike and Braeden were in the shower, the doorbell rings. It's one of the realtors that had been in, asking if his client could come back in for a 2nd viewing, because they were very interested. I explained that someone was in the shower, but that they could come back in 20 minutes. They came in, and spent a few minutes and then were on their way.

At this point we had a total of 7 showings, one of which came back for a 2nd viewing. Just as we were about to walk out the door on Sunday, 6/5, we get a call from our realtor that there was an offer put in the night before. Unfortunately, the people wanted to close in 20 days. Which would have meant us being out of the house on 6/24. The money part of it wasn't too bad (after the credit they wanted , it would have been $3,900 under listing price), but there was no way that closing was going to happen. So we counteroffered with a close date of the end of August.

We went about our business on Sunday, and attended the twins' christening and enjoyed the sunny (hot!) weather. The kids played in the kiddie pool and the adults talked, relaxed and ate. Just as we were getting ready to leave, Mike checked his cell phone (which had been on vibrate all day because he forgot to switch it back over after being in church), and he had a voice mail. It was our realtor - with ANOTHER offer, which he said was much better.

And much better it was. They were offering us $100 OVER our asking price, with a close date of July 29, BUT, because they are buying it as an investment, they are going to be renting it out - so we can stay the month of August and just pick up their mortgage as "rent". They won't be making any money off us for that month - but they won't have any expenses either -- and, it's LESS that we pay for our mortgage now. We signed the contract last night.

After 12 showings, and only 2 days, our house is sold. We didn't even have a for sale sign displayed yet, pictures weren't taken -- all that had been done was our house was listed in the MLS, that's about it.

The buyers are having their inspection done on Friday, and hopefully all goes smooth with that.

I can't even begin to tell you how exhausted I felt last night. It was almost as if it was SUCH a relief that it took every last bit of energy out of my body. No sooner did the realtor leave with the signed paperwork, but we were just about ready for bed.

It feels good that we should be able to get back to some normalcy around here now. As soon as the inspection is done and everything goes well with that, the lockbox will come off the door and we just wait for the closing.

Maybe now I won't feel so rushed and stressed - feeling like I NEED to be cleaning or straightening or doing this and that -- and instead just spend MORE time together as a family.