Happy New Year!!
The last time I wrote to everyone, I was discussing the
“curses” “joys” of housetraining puppies and the relapses associated with them. Well…I’m happy to announce that we are no longer having relapses. In fact the puppy has learned to ring the bell (large jingle bells that we purchased from Garden Ridge a few months ago) when she needs to go out. We did have a couple of accidents this past weekend, but that will be explained a little later.
I have some very exciting news to share…After almost a year of searching and disappointments and ‘I think we found it’ and ‘we’re going to build’ and ‘we’re in a bidding war’….we found and bought AND moved into a new home. YEAH!!!! 🙂
OMG!!! This has been the rollercoast ride of our lifes. We had thought we had found “our” house a couple of times. The first time, after we had looked at the house for over two hours only to find out of that an offer had been excepted on it the day before (our realtor was so not happy about that). Our “second” house was lost after being in a bidding war for a week. This one was perfect or so we thought…right around the corner from Kristian’s school, it had the rooms that we needed and it was move in ready with the need for a few minor repairs. A month later we were still looking at houses and getting more depressed by what was out there.
One Saturday after we had looked at one two many houses (even going to look at a house that we had previously rejected) when my husband suggested we look at a builder. I had just told our realtor that I wanted to be in a new home by the end of the year. I knew going to a builder would have us moved in after the new year, but my other options weren’t looking too good. We checked out the builders and were ready to make a go of it. We called our realtor to share the good news and she said and I quote, “don’t build there….I can find you a house in that same community for less than what you will pay for new construction and you can be in before the end of the year.” Did I tell you that I LOVE MY REALTOR? Within 2 hours she had emailed us listings for around five properties. One rang a bell for my husband…DING! DING! DING! DING! We arranged to go see it the next day. I was so done from all of the previous looks, that I was in a ‘I don’t care’ phase. When we went to look at the house, I didn’t even worry about how I looked. I went in thinking I was going to hate it. I LOVED IT! It had the basement space for my husbands media room, his office space, a formal dining room, my office/craft room, a guest room…it was great! My realtor checked to insure that there were no offers (didn’t want that to happen again) while we were looking. It was all good. We were like let’s get on it before someone else does. Needless to say we had to get rid of the mortgage broker we were working with and we put in an offer by Wednesday and got our reply back (counter) by Saturday.
I would love to tell you that the whole process went by so fast that I can’t remember, but it didn’t happen that way. It seemed to drag on forever. Even with packing over 15 years of stuff it still seemed to drag on for ever. Oh yeah and to add stuff onto my stress, I said we were going to host Christmas Eve dinner with our family. That was two weeks after our move-in date. YIKES!! We moved in on the 10th of December and yes I did host Christmas Eve dinner. It was great, and there was more than enough food. Sasha seemed to be overwhelmed by all of the people in the house because she ended up having two accidents – one when she was trying to get to the door and someone was blocking it and the other time was discovered after she had hid under the table for the evening. Yes…the little terror, my Sasha-bear, became overwhelmed and hid under the dining room table.
I have to say that I really am happy with my new home. The kitchen is butt ugly, but I knew that going in. It is a very nice size and I will get tons of joy decorating. I will try my best to post as many pictures as possible.