Archive for August, 2011

House Hunting part deux

So remember when I told you a little while ago that we were going to bow out of the house search process for a bit? Well, you know, that time frame was just a tad bit shorter than I expected.

We quickly realized that the Highway House was a great deal, has an awesome amount of room, and although it does need some work, it would be worth it. We got back in the saddle and we’re under contract! Exciting times, yet we still need to get past the home inspection. With a 50 year old house, you never know what you’re going to get!


Tidbits of Baby Girl

Yes, yes, Charis is two and she is no longer my baby girl, but she’ll always be my baby! She’s certainly my big girl and I wanted to jot down some memories that I’m sure will fade as the time continues to fly. Enjoy!

Charis talks a ton, and her favorite words include:

  • funduh (thunder)- whenever she hears something loud she says “hear dat?” and cocks her head sideways to listen harder. She often guesses that loud noises are thunder, even if they aren’t.
  • memeal (oatmeal)- her favorite breakfast (and any time) food, she enjoys it simply with a little bit of milk, and sometimes a little bit of cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins.
  • yo-ghurt- she really emphasizes the “yo” and I just can’t describe the “ghurt” as it’s just too cute!
  • bicycle- yes, she says bicycle and not bike. That’s how my lady rolls! We got her a cute little trike and she is OBSESSED. If we mention bike or bicycle she practically breaks out into a sweat and chants bicycle- she wants to ride so bad!
To say Charis enjoys TV might be an understatement. Her favorite shows/movies:
  • Happy Feet- I don’t know how many times we have watched Happy Feet, and if I never had to watch it again I would be a happy mama! Random factoid- when Gloria eats the fish that Mumble gives him, the sounds she make are slightly inappropriate for kiddos!
  • Monsters vs Aliens (or Monsters, according to Charis)- Another one I have seen one too many times. Reese Witherspoon as the voice of Ginormica is great, and my favorite line of the movie occurs when the monsters arrive in San Francisco: “It’s warmer than I remember. Did the earth get warmer? That would be a very convenient truth.” Ha! Just makes me laugh.
  • Up- the beginning makes me tear up every time I watch it, so I seldom watch the beginning anymore because I don’t like how sad it is! I think Charis likes this movie for one scene: when the house is in the middle of the thunderstorm and everything starts falling off the walls, Charis begins to laugh uncontrollably and says “That’s funny!” totally loud. What a silly girl.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba- an awesome show that I’m actually happy to watch with her!
  • Icky Mouse (you get it, right?)- she loves the theme song.
That’s about it for now. My ladybug is asleep- precious girl!

Charis Snapshot










Once upon a time, Eric & I were looking at a house to buy. We searched high and low, far and wide. We found some that we were excited about, some that we never thought twice about, and two that had us at hello. We fondly call them “109” and “Highway” as we think about them. Here’s a recap of the past couple months:

  • We look at 109. We fall in love with 109 and even though it’s a short sale and were advised about the pitfalls of short sales, we put an offer in on the house. Knowing that there was another offer on the house yet not knowing how much it was for, we offered 6000 over the asking price. I know, right? But we really liked the house.
  • Over a month goes by without hearing about the house. We continue to look at other houses, because you never know what’s out there, right?
  • Right. We find Highway and, although it was definitely not love at first sight for me, it was love of the potential of the house very quickly. We were pre-approved for the cost (40,000 less than 109!) and there was the possibility of a renovation mortgage to be able to work on the house right away. Offer, counter-offer, counter-offer, counter-offer, accept.
  • We meet with the loan officer and he tells us we actually weren’t approved for the mortgage we were looking to get. We could get approved for another mortgage, yet it’s not near as awesome as the one we were looking at. After crunching the numbers and determining the details, we have lots to think about, as it’s way more than we were expecting.
  • The next day we make the difficult decision to walk away. From both.

We know that the right house is out there, and the right time will come. In the meantime, we’re thankful. For life, for our family, for having a roof over our head, for not having to walk away from a mortgage we can’t pay. As immediate difficulties arise in our lives, I do my best to focus on the bigger picture.

The day we realized this might not work, I found out that one of my good friends from high school had passed away. It was amazing to see the love shared on the online memorial. Stories, memories, pictures, and messages exploded online and it really helped me to look at the big picture easily. Here’s to life, to love, to friends, and family.