Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's almost here!

The big Birthday party is almost here! If you could see me in my spastic, birthday prep frenzy, you might think I was preparing for the Pope to come visit. But, what can I say? I freaking LOVE party planning, and since I'm not doing it as a career right now, I squeeze every last drop of party planning goodness out of our own parties, as I can.





Here's a little sneak peek.




The party is not until Saturday, but my little (Big) boy will be 2 in just two days. *sneef* I've been busy cleaning off memory cards, and charging batteries, because you know my camera will be flashing every 5 seconds, trying to capture every last detail of my boys big day.



Well, back to the grind, here! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The House Saga Continues.

It's neverending. The cleaning, the prepping, the leaving our home at the worst times and camping out at the in laws for a few hours, the waiting...it just.never.ends. I'm exhausted and worn out, and SO close to wanting to throw in the towel, and say "To heck with it all! We're not moving!"...but, I know I won't be happy with that decision either, and so we stick it out. We clean, we prep, we leave our house time and time again, and we wait. Yesterday we had our first open house. The turnout was fantastic - 27 couples came through, in just 2 hours. Make that 1 hour and 45 minutes, since the realtor in charge of hosting our open house was 15 minutes late. Way to make a first impression. Oh, and the pamphlets she handed out? They had all the correct info, but contained pictures of someone else's house. Yea...you could say I'm not a happy mama about it all. Unfortunately, our own realtor was with us at our "new house" (hopefully!) for the home inspection (which by the way, went great!), so he sent a replacement for the open house. Won't be doing that again. Apparently the response was good, and everyone really liked the house...but we haven't had any offers come in as of yet. So, we wait. We have a couple more showings scheduled for tonight and tomorrow. Fingers crossed...and maybe toes. The prep for Jaxson's party this weekend continues...I've been up late every night, cutting, and gluing and sewing, trying to get everything just right. It's exhausting, but I'm not going to throw my boy some half-assed Birthday Party just because I'm tired ;-) Nope, it's going to be perfect! Pics to come soon. For now, it's back to the grind, cleaning and prepping, and...oh okay, you get the picture. Happy Monday! P.S. Why isn't this stupid thing showing my paragraph breaks?!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Seed Packet Favours

Today, we celebrated the very long life of Trevor's grandma, who passed away peacefully back in January. Her children decided they wanted to wait some time before holding the memorial, so it was not until today.
Florence was 94 years old, and an amazing woman. She was so full of spunk and had a great sense of humor, right up until her last breath. She lived in her house, all by herself, up until this past December. She cooked, cleaned, did all the gardening, and was even caught shoveling the driveway on more than one occasion. She was a true inspiration to us all, and we have so many fond memories of her. Her biggest passion in life was her garden...she was out there every day weeding, and pruning, and making everything just right. So, as a small surprise to the family, I made a bunch of little seed packet favours, to give to each guest at her memorial, as a way to remember her this summer.

I used my handy Silhouette machine, and cut out the "hexagon petal closure envelope" template, from Samantha Walker.




I used a variety of pink, and floral papers, because that's what Florence would have liked best.
I purchased a seed mixture called "Butterfly Garden", that is supposed to attract butterflies. I hope that each time someone sees a butterfly in their garden this summer, they will fondly remember her.

I was going to pour the seeds directly into the envelopes, but I was worried the seeds would start sneaking out, so I decided to wrap them in little squares of tinfoil first.


I wrapped them up, nice and tight.





And tucked them away inside the colorful little envelopes.

I placed all of them in a fancy little basket to display at the memorial, along with an explanation of their propose, and a nice poem (God's Garden - perfect for this favor) in frames.








The favours were a big hit, and a touching surprise for my mother-in-law and the rest of the family. There were no envelopes left by the end of the day. I hope there will be many flowers blooming this year, in in honour of a wonderful woman.
Thinking of you always, Grandma Schaub. xoxox




Thursday, March 24, 2011

One week.

One week from today my little boy will celebrate his 2nd birthday. I can't believe it. I am feeling much more emotional this year, than I did last year when he celebrated his first - must be the pregnancy hormones. Regardless of the hormones, though, this one just seems so much more profound. At 1 year, they are still SO little - still so completely dependant on you, so cautious and feeble, not quite ready to flit away from the familiar comfort of your arms and explore the big wide world on their own. But two...two years...that's a different story. He loosens his grip on my hand, without a second thought, and bounds into the depths of the unknown, so curious to learn and discover all that life has to offer. He is strong-willed, and bound and determined in everything he does - he wants what he wants, and no one will change his mind. He's growing into his own little person - he's growing into a little boy.
And, I think, the thought of a brand new, teeny tiny baby joining our clan very soon makes all of this very emotional, and bitter sweet for me. My first born, my "baby", is not going to be the baby anymore. He's a big boy...a soon-to-be big brother! And, as much as a look forward to having a new little bundle to hold, my heart wrenches a little bit every time I think about my first little bundle turning into this big bundle.
But then, I hear him bust out his first 5-word sentence today - "Mommy, I can't get them!"- as his little fingers try claw their way into the Smarties Box he's holding, and my heart just about bursts with gratification. The same feeling I feel with every new word, and every new milestone achieved. Saying goodbye to baby-hood is tough, but saying hello to this new world of communication, compassion and understanding? It's bliss. It's like winning the first place ribbon every day and I just can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store.





I've been working hard all week, trying to get decorations made for the big day. I'll take some photos soon, but everything is turning out great. I can't wait to see his blue eyes light up when he sees the house filled with trucks!
I'm still at a loss as to what to give him. We're thinking a tricycle, seeing he is obsessed with bikes at the moment. I'm not sure he'll quite "get it" yet, but I think he'll just have fun sitting on it, even!





The showings have continued this week, and we've been kicked out of our house every night until about 8pm. I'm exhausted and so ready for this to be over. We had 2 tonight that are apparently "VERY interested", but no offers as of yet. So, here's to hoping they'll sleep on it, and come back tomorrow with some good news for us. Jaxson's party is next weekend, and it'd be really nice to not have to worry about coordinating showings that day.

On a happier note, I spoke with a contractor today about our kitchen renos, and am very excited to do our first walk through with him! At this point, my big decision is kitchen cabinets - I'm torn between white and airy, or a dark, rich look. Decisions, decisions!

So happy tomorrow is Friday. Trevor and I are going to try to escape for a date night - dinner at The Keg, and a late night movie. We haven't done that in ages, and it is desperately needed right now! That being said though, if an offer comes in, we'll likely spend our date night at the Realtor's office making negotiations. Not that I'll make one peep of a complaint about that....but I'm really looking forward to some steak and lobster ;-)

Goodnight!











Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's UN-official...


But, WE HAVE A HOUSE!!!!


Remember that house that we put an offer in on, and another couple also put an offer in, and they declined us both???

Well, they came back to the table today, and were willing to work with our closing date! We negotiated back and forth once, and settled on an offer that we are all very happy with.

So, I say it's un-official, because it's still conditional on the home inspection, financing, and (the biggie) selling our house by April 27th. Eeeek! So now, the pressure is really on!


The house is perfect for us. It has the upper-level family room that I have been lusting after, which will be the kids play room, and sometimes serves as a temporary guest room. I'm thinking maybe a pull out sectional? Not entirely sure how to work that. The basement is completely finished, and will be used as the family/TV room - and, maybe as a space for some crafting. There are 3 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms - the upper level bathroom has a huge corner tub that I am REALLY looking forward to laboring in, and the basement bathroom has a shower and heated floors - how cozy!! Oh, and the upper level family room, and rec room both have a gas fireplace.
The main level has the kitchen, dinette, and living room. I dislike the kitchen cabinets and flooring, and since this house was on the lower end of our preferred price range, we've decided to add a home renovation cost into our mortgage to put in a new kitchen! I'm very excited about that. I plan to use most of the main floor for kitchen and dining space - the dinette is SO tiny, and I want 8 or 10 seats at my dining room table. So I figure we'll extend the dining space into the living room, and just have a small seating area instead, since we already have 2 other "living spaces" for TV and such :)
Other than that, the house will just need some fresh paint, and we'll be perfectly happy!
Know what else today is?? The first day of my last trimester!! That means we're down to 13 weeks...thank goodness things are starting to move along, or else I may be in a bit of a panic.
(Seems like a nice enough picture, right? You don't even want to know what I cropped out of it! Jaxson had just gotten out of the bath, and was running around naked. He was standing in the background, being a typical boy, and playing with his junk. Uh, yeah....that's my son.)
As for other good news, this is all I will spill for today :) Let's just say 2011 looks to be a promising year for us, with many good things in store. We are feeling very blessed!

It's Official!



We're for sale!!!!!!!!


We "officially" hit the system yesterday morning, at 9 am. By 3:00, we had scheduled 6 viewings for yesterday evening!! Woohoo! Our realtor says we got a great response, and there is one couple who came through last night who is, apparently, very interested! We also have 2 showings scheduled for tonight already, and 2 more couples who need to reschedule, but definitely want to see. So, all in all, we're having a great response, and hoping to sell fast! The only "down side" is that we had to be out of our house until after 8:30 last night, which is just SO hard on poor Jaxson :( His sleep schedule has been a complete whirlwind with the house hunt alone - but, now we've factored in the silly time change, AND the selling of our own house, and it's just been completely shot.


On a more positive note, and hopefully without jinxing it, I want to say that it looks like our luck is finally changing. After nothing but bad new, for what feels like months, a recent turn of events has given us some hope! I don't want to say TOO much just yet, but let's just say a few things have happened, and we're excited to see what the near future will bring!
OH! And, for those of you reading from in front of your nice, sunny window, I wanted to share what I woke up to this morning.

Yep, a TON of snow. Just 2 days after we decided to put our patio furniture out.

I really thought spring was here. *insert angry curse words! Bah!*

Monday, March 21, 2011

Phew.


What.A.Weekend.
*insert drop-dead smiley icon here* because, I am completely exhausted!


Trevor worked all weekend, so I called in the troops (which usually consists of my in laws) for some help getting the house ready to put on the market. Trevor had already worked his butt off all week, tiling bathrooms, putting light fixtures up, assembling new dining room tables, etc...so this weekend was just full of daunting little tasks like cleaning, de-cluttering, packing non-necessities up, and shipping them off to be stored. We worked from sun up til sun down, both days, but we did it. We finally got the house looking like it should be in a magazine (okay, okay. Maybe not that good.), and we brought the realtor in to give our humble little abode it's first, official, photo shoot.

We officially go up for sale this afternoon! Eep!! I am crossing my fingers, and toes, and everything else, praying for a quick sale - because, let's face it - we're down to 13 weeks and 2 days! The time is literally running out my door, and no matter how I struggle to pull it back, and stretch it out a little longer, it just keeps running faster.


Today is an un-planned day of laziness. Yoga pants, tea, television, and a comfy ottoman to put my feet up on. Sure, there's work that still needs to be done, but the little miss is telling me to "slow it down, mama" and leave the work to someone else! I'm feeling rotten today, with terrible backaches, and stomach cramps, and I'm certain it's a sign that I've over done it. So, today, we sit. And do nothing. And, judging by her increased movement this afternoon, I think she's happy with that plan.






Jaxson was happy to have his friends back today, and we celebrated with a little picnic in the castle. We're cool like that.





We also colored some rainbows, to continue on the path of welcoming spring, and sang some more silly songs .


Springtime Song
(Tune: Did you ever see a Lassie?)

My eyes can see it's springtime, it's springtime, its springtime.
My eyes can see it's springtime, the grass is so green!
The green grass, the flowers, the sunshine and showers.
My eyes can see it's springtime, and I am so glad.

My ears can hear it's springtime, its springtime, its springtime.
My ears can hear its springtime, the birds sweetly sing.
The birds sing, the lambs bleat the frogs croak, the bees buzz.
My ears can hear it's springtime, and I am so glad!

My body can feel its springtime, it's springtime, it's springtime.
My body can feel it's springtime, the air is so warm.
The warm air, the breezes, no frost and no freezes.
My body can feel it's springtime, and I am so glad




Spring Is Here
(Sung To: Are You Sleeping)

I see robins, I see bird's nests, Butterflies too, flowers too.
Everything is growing, The wind is gently blowing.
Spring is here, spring is here.







Happy Monday to you all. And, happy World Down Syndorome Awareness Day to those of you affected by it, in some way or another. Hope on over to Enjoying the Small Things for an inspirational post from Kelle Hampton.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring is in the air!

Ah, another sweet glimpse of spring was had today. We walked, and ran, and blew bubbles, and drew pictures with sidewalk chalk - heaven! It just feels SO good to be out soaking up the warm sun!! I will be even happier when we get to ditch the jackets, and boots, but for now, this is exactly what the doctor ordered.



As promised, here's a little peek at some things I've picked up for baby girl. The white dress in the last picture will most likely be for her Christening in September. *Swoon*
It's so much fun shopping for a little princess!









Off to dreamland for me. I'm looking forward to a lazy morning tomorrow!

St. Patty's Day fun, the continuing house hunt, and the sweet smell of spring.


What can I say? We like to celebrate. I'm a self-proclaimed, holiday junkie...I can't help it. I see a new holiday approaching on the calendar, no matter how big or small, and I run with it. I use it as an excuse to make fun crafts with the kids, dress the family in holiday-appropriate-attire (even if it's something as simple as a green shirts, all around), make fun crafts and sing silly songs with the kids. Because it fun, and it makes my heart feel good. Who doesn't love a good celebration? And, while, celebrating St. Patrick's Day around here used to mean going out to some overly crowded pub, having green beer spilled all over you, and listening to the group of rowdy frat boys beside you belt out another rendition of some Celtic anthem you've never heard...times are changin', and so are priorities.

Like sitting in a doctor's office for 2 hours, with your sick little man who's been saying "Ouchy ears, mama" all day. (Turns out he has an awful, double ear infection. It was so nice to hear him tell me what was bothering him, instead of playing the familiar guessing game of "Is he sick? Is he tired? Is he just 2, and terrible?) But hey, at least we lit up that office with our bright green shirts!





















Like kicking off the morning with a "fancy" breakfast for the kids. With "real", glass dishes. Because, come on, that always makes the meal fancy in their eyes. (Okay, okay, so I didn't get too creative with green eggs, or anything, because seriously, that just grosses this pregnant girl out!)


Like making shamrock puppets, and singing a silly poem with them, over and over and over again. (Template and poem can be found here)



Like colouring pictures, and sticking green stickers on them. And, singing more silly songs. (Our faves are here, here and here)

Lastly, like decorating the dinner table with whatever green decor we could scrounge up around the house, making place cards, and preparing a yummy steak dinner to go with it all.


We had a good day. And, my heart feels happy to see those kids having fun, and celebrating life. I wouldn't trade it for anything...not even drinking green beer with the guy wearing beer goggles.



Oh! And we were lucky enough to finish off the night with a nice, warm (Yes, I said warm...it was like 10 degrees out!) walk around the neighbourhood. It was so nice out. We only spotted a few dirty snow piles that had yet to melt away, and you could just smell spring in the air!
We're definitely looking forward to many more of these nights.


Last, but not least, the house hunt continues. Our to-do list is finally shrinking, and I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel. We should be up for sale by Monday. Eep! We're going to see 2 houses tonight - the one with the gorgeous kitchen that I was without Trev earlier this week, and an older, charming little house that was listed recently. It's really cute and I can't wait to share the pictures with you, but I have 2 concerns that will probably take over my decision in the end: 1. The backyard is less than ideal, being a hill that leads down to a ravine. And, 2. The area is not exactly where we are hoping for. But, despite all that, I just have to see this house.


Well, Happy Friday to you all! The sun is shining once again, and we're off to hunt for some dry pavement where we can bust out the sidewalk chalk for the first time.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birthday Banner






I can scratch one thing off my "Birthday Party To-Do List" (Seriously, how many lists can I tackle at once?). Last year I spent hours making Jaxson's banner, so this year I decided to keep it fairly simple, and surprisingly, I am equally as happy with the outcome!
I decided to make a paper flag bunting to start. Originally, I had planned a fabric bunting, which would have been adorable I'm sure, but I'm a little pressed for time this year, so I decided to simplify it.



First, I cut out "flags" from 3 different colors of orange/yellow paper. Instead of cutting a triangle, I cut a diamond, so that I could fold them over the ribbon for easier hanging. It worked out well. I didn't really measure anything, just quickly cut them out with my paper cutter.







I cut out 8 flags, so the banner could read "2 JAXSON 2". (check out the ribbon I scored at Michael's! His birthday colors exactly...and it was on Clearance for $1.00!)

I used my handy Silhouette machine to cut out the letters and numbers for the banner, on 2 different patterned papers, and glued the letters to the flags.

I didn't take any more pictures of the process, but basically, I put a glue dot on each inside point (3 in total), folded each flag over my pre-cut length of ribbon, and sticking it down. Easy peasy!


Unfortunately, the spot I plan to hang the banner (on the front of the table) was too short to fit the whole thing, so I had to eliminate the 2's...but I'll find some other use for those.


What do you think?




Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Is it spring yet??

This winter has been awful for colds and flu's in our house. Poor Jaxson can barely get over one virus before the next one hits...and it has hit again! The poor boy didn't sleep all night. He's congested and coughing, and has had a fever for 24 hours now :( It just breaks my heart to see the little guy sick, and suffering.





To make up for the lack of sleep last night, he took quite a few power naps throughout the day, including one with daddy when he got home from work. I snapped a quick picture with one of my nifty iPhone apps...how sweet are they? Even the dog had to join in for some snuggles.



The to-do list is coming along, but needless to say, there wasn't much opportunity to get much done today. Mama duties come first. I think we've scratched 3 and a half things off the list...but added 10 more. It's the never ending list!

I'm off to catch some Z's while I can. We had 3 houses scheduled to see tonight, but have re-booked for Friday...so there won't be much house news until then.

I did, however, make a sweet little banner for Jaxson's birthday, that I will share tomorrow :)
Goodnight!

Monday, March 14, 2011

100 Days

Today is a big day in the countdown - officially 100 days until my due date! Eeep! Jumping from the triple digits to double digits really makes it seem like the clock is ticking!


I am feeling alive again after some (restless) sleep, and a bit of a break from house renos today. We had big plans for the weekend, and were really hoping to get everything done and list our house for sale today, but alas, things didn't go as planned, and we're still not there. Trevor was called out of town for work, unexpectedly, a day early. So, I was left with a half tiled bathroom, and one room without baseboards. In case a half tiled bathroom wasn't bad enough, I woke up this morning to a half tiled bathroom in shambles....overnight, the tiles had shifted and slid down the walls, and it was a complete mess. So, I'm slowly plugging away at peeling them off, and scraping all the adhesive off the wall, but it's not so easy with a toddler hanging off my leg. Luckily, Trevor's parents are coming to my rescue again tomorrow, and we'll get it done.

Keeping our fingers crossed that the house can be listed by Friday! Here's our ever shrinking of things to do:


Un-tile bathroom downstairs

RE-tile bathroom downstairs

lay tile on bathroom floor upstairs

put baseboards in playroom

hang new light fixture in dining room

Pick up dining room table from Alicia's

Finish painting stairs (Just 2 stairs left!)


I think that's it! Hmmm...that puts us at about 2 projects per day this week.

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As far as house hunting goes, not much came up today that interested me. I did, however, come across a private listing that I went to see tonight. It was really nice....great area, beautiful kitchen, 3 good sized bedrooms, the upper family room that I love, and no rear neighbours! The cons were an unfinished basement, and non-fenced yard. Oh, and the fact that my husband isn't here to see it with me ;-) So, I think I'll take him on Wednesday to have a look, and see what he thinks! It's at the very top of our price range, so that doesn't leave much compensation for the (pricey) cons.


Here's a peek at the kitchen though....*swoon*
(Obviously the white range good and microwave would need to go!)



Let's see what tomorrow will bring!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Here, but barely.

I think I'm in a hazy state of half-assed consciousness as I write this...I'm so exhausted I can barely see straight. We worked around the clock all weekend, with some much appreciated help from Trevor's parents. We got SO much done....but not quite everything :( Things are really shaping up, though, and we're SO close to being ready to finally go up for sale. SO close!!! Unfortunately, Trev got called out of town for work at the last minute, and will be gone until Wednesday or Thursday...so that really puts a halt to things. Taking care of the kids by myself is hard enough, without trying to finish house renos! I'm not exactly talented enough to grout tiles in between diaper changes. I am, however, very tempted to hire a contractor to come in and finish up all the little jobs.

On a happier note, I bought some super cute clothes for baby girl today. When I'm feeling alive again, I will post some pics. For now, my freshly laundered sheets are calling my name for baby snuggles, a hot cup of a tea, and maybe a good book.

Goodnight, all!

P.S.
House hunt continues tomorrow. Monday is usually a good day for new listings, because everyone was busy on the weekend getting the house all ready to go (And obviously, more successful than us!).

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring Cleaning Day 2

Just a little peek at today's list of chores to tackle.


FRIDAY

Wash all bedding and flip mattresses
Clean out, and organize kitchen cupboards
Clean out, and organize pantry
Sanitize all counter tops, back splash and appliances
Clear small appliances, etc off counters (For showing purposes)
Clean kitchen sinks
Clean out broom closet
Pull out fridge and stove, and clean behind and underneath
Scrub stove and fridge

14 weeks and 5 days




And it goes on, and on, and on...

I'm trying really hard not to get discouraged, but this house hunt sucks. Last night we viewed 4 more homes - 2 were good, and 2 were not so good (okay, one was AWFUL, but we won't even go there.).



This home was perfect. It doesn't have great curb appeal, and looked like the smallest of the 4, but stepping inside was like unwrapping a poorly wrapped gift. It was gorgeous!! And HUGE - 2100 sq. ft. plus basement, 4 bedrooms.

The only down fall was the street it was on. Most of the homes were semis, with 2 massive double car garages...so when we looked across the street all wee see were rows and rows of huge garage doors. It just wasn't the nicest view.
This house is gorgeous, right? Great curb appeal, great street, and very nicely sized. Unfortunately, it was at the top of our price range, and we weren't happy with any of the finishes. For the price, we expected ceramic tile, hardwood, etc, but the finishes were all very cheap and tasteless.
THIS was the house, though. We knew it right away...it was perfect. We spent a long time wandering around, checking out all the little details and drooling over everything we loved.
(Like this kitchen, with a 6 person island, and built in wine storage/bar....*drool*)
As we were finishing up, and had decided to head back to the office and write up an offer, our realtor gets a phone call saying they've just received another offer. Great, so now we're competing again!
So once again, we go in full swing, with our very best offer...we figure it can't be beat. And once again....these people want a crazy long closing date, and aren't willing to work with us on our 60-90 day preference!!!! Ugh! So...we lost out, again. :(
I am trying very hard not to get discouraged...our realtor assures us that a 60-90 day closing is the norm, and that we've just had an extremely bad stroke of luck, finding 2 houses we love with extended possession dates - but, it's still hard.
Today is a new day, though, and we're trying to stay positive. Please keep your fingers crossed that something else comes up soon!






Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Cleaning!

Last night, I stayed up far too late, perusing all sorts of organizational blogs I discovered. These people inspire me....I wish I was organized enough to keep me house in such harmonized bliss!

I came across this post over at A Bowl Full of Lemons, and found my self feeling inspired! Not only is spring quickly approaching, but we're also selling our house! So, what better time to do some serious spring cleaning?!


The list posted over at A Bowl Full of Lemons is fantastic, but I've already begun scrubbing and scouring different areas of the house, so the list didn't really suit me this time.


Here's my plan of attack for today (Main floor only). I haven't yet decided what tomorrow will bring.


Thursday

Clean all baseboards and window ledges

Clean all windows and mirrors

Wipe down walls, door knobs, light switches, and outlet covers

Replace any burnt out light bulbs, and dust all light fixtures
Vacuum couches, throw pillows and rugs

Dust away cobwebs that have mysteriously sprouted up in the corners of ceilings and stair cases

Wash curtains and couch throws


I guess I better tear myself away from the computer screen, and get busy! Happy Spring Cleaning :)


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bust.



Well, tonight's house was a total bust. I should have brought my camera, so you could see. Right off the bat, we were completely unimpressed - their porch was some slap-job, DIY, wooden mess. Just a bunch of wooden slats nailed together, with 5 rickety stairs attached to them...no railing, or paint, or anything. Blech.
The whole house was DARK...their choice of paint colors ranged from dark brown, to deep burgundy, to navy blue (And, not to mention that half the light bulbs were burnt out in the place). The kitchen was bland, with light colored, oak cabinets, and some terrible back splash that was clearly another shot at a DIY project, and an awkward little island in the middle. Attached was a sunken living room, which may suit some people, but the step down is not really ideal for babies learning to walk.
This was just the main floor, and I could go on and on, but let's just leave it at that. Basically, it was a completely over-priced home, that has obviously not been taken well care of.

So, the search continues.






On a more positive note, some fun pictures.






I've been terrible at taking belly pics with this pregnancy, but managed to snap a 25 weeker today.



I also managed to, amidst this crazy house hunt, finish up Jaxson's birthday invites today.


(I didn't bother taking pictures of the Christmas stamps I ended up sticking on them. Maybe no one will notice.)

Until tomorrow, goodnight!


Tonight's Houses

First up, is this one.

Not the greatest picture, but you can see it's quite similar to the last one. It's the only picture they have up on the listing, so we have no idea what to expect on the inside. The listing reads this:

"Open concept main floor with sunken living room, upper level family room, and generous room sizes. Master bedroom has walk-in closet and shared luxury en suite. Living room with gas fireplace and walk-out to fenced backyard. Basement is unspoiled and has a 3pc rough-in."

What I completely fell in love with in the last house, was the upper level family room. It was on a level between the main floor living space, and the upper level bedrooms, and is PERFECT for a play area. This way, I can still have my formal living room, and Trev can take over the rec room.

Unfortunately, the basement is not finished in this one, and they're asking almost as much as the last one. But, with the extra family room, I'm thinking we'll have adequate living space to utilize right away, and can get the basement done in a couple of months. So fingers crossed that the finishes in the home are fairly nice!

The Great 15 Week Challenge




No, this is not a weight loss challenge. I'm pregnant after all, so that probably wouldn't be a good idea. This is something far more challenging...so challenging, that I often think I'm crazy, and that I should probably just give it up already. But, NO, I am bound and determined, and going to do it!! Technically this challenge started at least 6 months ago, but it's the kind of challenge that you really can't rush - unless, of course, you're 25 weeks pregnant (Today!), and need to do this before your little bundle arrives. Yea then, you go into frantic, mama-to-be, on a mission, nesting mode...and you call it the 15 weeks challenge. The 15 week challenge to sell your little, old, used to be perfect, first home. And then, buy a new, bigger, and better one. And then, be settled in said new house, and ready for your home birth. In 15 weeks. Yep, I told you we're crazy. (Okay, okay, I confess...I'm the crazy one. My poor husband is just trailing behind me, keeping his mouth shut, and doing what he can to make me happy...because, I am after all, the crazy, hormonal pregnant woman. And, every man knows that a happy wife means a happy life...right?) God bless him for humoring me - he's been working his butt off around here, until midnight most nights, trying to get the house ready for showing. On top of that, he's been silently trailing along to look at countless houses for sale with me and the kids (usually 3 per night), and bribing the kids with treats and candy to keep them happy while we do it. He's a good man.




So anyways, here is the latest. On Saturday I commenced house hunting on my own (with the kids and a very good friend in tow, for a second opinion. I mean, as long as the house has at least 1 "cool" bedroom Cheyna is happy, and some sort of train table or bicycle, then Jaxson is happy...so their opinions don't really count). I didn't have very high hopes, because we have already looked at what feels like hundreds of homes, and nothing has felt right yet. But, the 2nd house we saw that day was it. Finally the house that had all the right space for us...finally the house I could picture our growing family in. Trevor worked all weekend, and I anxiously awaited our appointment on Monday for him to see it. He fell in love with it right away, too, and we discussed our plan of attack. The sellers were asking for a closing date of June 13th, and claimed to be firm on this. With our little lady due to be here on the 22nd, this was just not an option for us. We need to be in our new home by May 27th at the very latest. I mean, it's called an "estimated" due date for a reason....realistically, she could be here 2 weeks earlier or 2 weeks later! So, we need to be prepared for that.


So, anyways, we decided to go in aggressively - make them an offer they couldn't refuse, and compensate them generously for the 2 week discrepancy. I get where they're coming from, I really do. They have 3 small children, and who wants to be in limbo between houses and throw off every one's routine?? But frankly, I figured the financial compensation could provide them with a really nice hotel or something for those 2 weeks. Our realtor advised us we were offering too much, but I didn't care. I wanted this house, and was ready to give them whatever they wanted to ensure we got it! So we did it.


In the meantime, we were informed that another family was getting ready to make an offer. I felt confident, though...our offer was great. We anxiously awaited the news all day, and finally got the call 7 minutes before our offer expired. The sellers had declined. They had declined BOTH offers, and didn't even come back with a counter offer!! WHO does that?! Their realtor was completely embarrassed and blown away...he has NO idea what they are thinking. I just don't understand...you'd think they would come back with a counter offer, agreeing to the price, but asking for a later date, at least?? I mean, it's just unheard of to simply decline TWO offers, and let your house to continue sitting on the market. It's just crazy!!!




*sigh* So the search continues. Saying goodbye to this house for now, and seeing some more tonight. 15 weeks and counting....the challenge is on.

I'm back!

Look at that...almost 6 months later, and I've found my way back. It's a triumph really, normally I don't ever find my way back! I warned you I was no good at this whole blog thing. But, here I am again, feeling the need to let some thoughts out on paper.

Coming up: Our 15 week Challenge & Jaxson's 2nd Birthday party (Truck Theme)
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