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Monday, March 29, 2010

Selling AND buying...

It has been a busy few months!! Rob has been working with a client who has been looking at condos. When he couldn't find anything that met all his needs in a 2 bedroom, he decided that he would look at 1 bedrooms. So, Rob told him he could look at our condo. He was open to looking, so he brought him by. It had all that he was looking for and was the right price, so he called us a couple days later to say he would like to buy our condo! We have been our condo, as of April 14th, exactly 5 years! So, we set the closing date for April 15th, so that we can take advantage of the tax credit, which requires current home owners to have been in there primary residence for at least 5 years. We can't believe that this is happening so fast, and without even planning to sell! It has been perfect timing that we can only attribute to God's timing! We even found a home in South Everett that will fit our needs for many years to come. So, assuming all goes smoothly from here until closing, we will be moving!!

The home that we found is a Cape Cod style 1 and 1/2 story with full basement, 4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, HUGE 2 car detached garage, on almost 1/2 acre! The backyard is fully fenced and looks like a park, with huge trees, flowers and plenty of open space! The home needs a lot of updating, since we think that the owners were either the first or second owners of this 1930 built home. Overall the construction is sound, so just minor updates will be needed; carpet, paint, appliances, etc. We are planning on putting new carpet in 3 of the 4 bedrooms and turning the 4th into an office. The "office" has a tongue and groove sub-flooring that will be great to paint and distress. The living room, which is covered in a fabulous orange and black shag, has fir wood floors underneath. We are hoping that the wood is in good condition and won't even need to be refinished, but we won't know until we pull that carpet up all the way. We are also going to take the wall out that separates the living room from the dining room. It will have an exposed wood beam header that should match the overall theme of the house. The kitchen, which is HUGE, has oak cabinets that we want to paint white and distress to give a "country kitchen" look, and possibly tile the floors. Right now the floors have an old laminate, but if there is tongue and groove under that, we will do the same thing we are planning on doing in the office.

We are getting very excited and nervous at the same time. A lot of things need to be done on a very limited budget! We feel very blessed that we were able to make some money on the sale of our condo so that we can afford this home. Could you please be in prayer that everything will continue to go smoothly and that we will be able to make the changes we want in the new house.

Front of home, framed with large cedar trees.

Fir flooring underneath shag carpet in living room.

Living room. The doorway wall is the one we are taking out.

Huge kitchen, this picture doesn't do it justice, it really is big.

View from kitchen garden window of our HUGE backyard.

Ruby has "her" spot already on the landing of the stairs going up to the bedrooms.

This garage has more square feet than our condo!

Finished part of the basement. And, yes, the pool table stays!

Unfinished part of the basement. Hope to finish it sometime in the near future.


More backyard.

Even MORE backyard!

It is a ugly now, but we hope to make it a lot cuter! We will keep you posted on our progress and let you know when we are going to have our house warming party!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Leavenworth Trip

At the beginning of January, Crystal, Ruby and I went to Leavenworth for a few nights. We used our Wyndham credits to get a nice place in town. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fireplace, and a great view!

We spent most of the time relaxing and playing by the fireplace. Ruby loved playing with just a plain white sheet! We would fly it in the air and let it drape over her. She would do that for hours on end!

Ruby also loved the snow. She would ask to go out on the patio so she could watch the snow fall and watch the kids sled. So, we bundled her up and took her out to play in the snow. She had a blast! In the deep snow, she would stand in one of my footsteps and not move until we helped her.

We went out for a nice dinner for my birthday. It was VERY good! I had a half chicken, quite possibly the best chicken I have ever had! Crystal had a prime rib sandwich that was fantastic too! We finished it off with a Nutella and strawberry crepe. Ruby loved that one! Earlier that day, we found a local chocolate shop and got a great sampler! I love Leavenworth!

The trip overall was very fun, but we did have some car trouble coming over the pass. It turns out we blew a head gasket coming over the pass, and our car couldn't make it back over the pass. We made it about 5 miles out of town before it just wouldn't go any further. Luckily we made it to a gas station and the owner was a tow truck driver. 5 hours and, $500 dollars later, we made it home. After much deliberation, we decided to sell our Pontiac to get the Subaru fixed. Thankfully we were able to sell it with out any problems, and that covered most of the repairs.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Let's try and catch up.

So, sorry we haven't been blogging consistently. Let's see if we can't catch up! Christmas was a blast, we stayed at the Westin and Pan Pacific downtown Seattle. All the cousins got to play together every day, and they had a blast! We visited Santa Claus, ate great food, and played a lot. The kids got matching sleeping bags, as seen below. They are dogs, with built-in pillows and have their names stitched in! Ruby and Jaxon are about the same size, and love playing together, hugging and kissing.

We visited the Teddy Bear Room, as a now yearly tradition. Unfortunately this year it was about 95 degrees in there! So, we didn't end up staying too long, but the kids had a blast.

Ruby got her first Huskie Cheer uniform!

Like mother, like daughter!

Ruby has the cutest dress, shoes, and "fur" jacket!

At least one of them enjoyed Santa.

We will try to be more consistent in the future.