Friday, June 20, 2014

Open House

Keys were in my hands on September 20th, 2013!
I couldn't believe it! I was giddy and so excited to make this home ours.

 Here is the house on the day we first saw it.
Warning lots of pictures...and not great ones at that! :)

 The entry

 Family Room/ Kitchen/ Wet Bar (aka Butler Pantry)

Dining and Living Room

 Downstairs Boys Bathroom
Half Bathroom
 Upstairs Girls Shared Bathroom

Laundry Room


Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom and Master Closet




A lot of work to do before the moving van comes!
Following along as we tackle each room in our new to us home!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Story of Our "new" Home

It's been awhile. Too long. We have been on quite a journey the past few of years.  Our sweet Cami joining our family, a son graduating from high school and leaving our nest to serve a LDS mission, both sets of parents serving LDS missions, and purchasing a new home. So many new adventures that took me on a roller coaster ride. And as roller coasters go...there were some ups and downs but mostly ups!

Back in May of 2013, we decided we would start the process of searching for a new home. We were renting and the market was starting to become a buyers market again and it just seemed right. As with any big changes in our family we prayed and considered all pros and cons to a move. It felt like the right thing to do. We had a specific area we were looking for and a really sweet realtor.  We told her what we were looking for:
 4-5 bedroom
3 bath
Large backyard

Our list seemed reasonable enough. We looked at several homes, even put an offer on a couple and nothing was working out. So we decided to tell our realtor we were going to hold off for a bit.

Then one day, it was actually the day our oldest son was graduating from High School. A friend of mine called me to let me know that a house two doors down from her was up for sell and that the sign was being put up as we spoke. She gave me the number and I called the listing agent right away. My hopes at this point had been broken so many times that I didn't have high hopes.

I told the listing agent that we were interested in seeing the home and asked him the price and details of the home.
  4 bedroom
3 bath
Large backyard
 He said it was a short sale and told me all about the home on the phone. The home seemed to good to be true. The words short sale sunk in my heart as I had heard how those go. Ugh.

My husband and I decided we would go ahead and look at the home the next morning. It had everything that we were looking for, so we told the listing agent we would like to put an offer on the home. He basically told us that we if did so he would put the listing up as sale pending today! SWEET!

Then we had to wait and wait and wait. What we were told would be 6 weeks turned into 8 then into 12 weeks. Then the big news came that WE GOT THE HOUSE  and that the bank would pay all closing costs! What! We were so EXCITED!!

We hadn't told the kids so I decided I would surprise them with the news. This is how they found out about the house.

2 short weeks later in September of 2013 we got the keys!
to be continued......

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Schedules!

Look who's back! Just poppin in to share our summer schedules! Hope everyone has a wonderful summer! Schedules this year were made to incorporate SomeWhat Simple's Summer Schedules.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Simple Halloween Mantle

I've been slowly decorating for Halloween. We enjoy decorating for Halloween around here and I've added a lot to our Halloween decor over the years but this year I am trying to simplify and not buy anything new. I like the challenge of working with what I have.

 Last year our mantle looked like this.. I liked the art I made but didn't really dig the rest of the thrown together look. Funny how you look back at things.

 This year I just removed our large art, left the toparies and candles I already had up. I pulled a mirror that was in storage, added a few pumpkins, an EEK I made by simply mod podging (is that a word?) paper to letters from Jo Ann's and hung a Halloween banner. I'm liking it..for now! haha!

Friday, September 14, 2012

In Case of Emergency 72 hour kit update

A month ago I was asked to teach a class on 72 hour kits.  It gave me a chance to go through our backpacks again and evaluate everything. I thought I would answer a few questions that I have gotten about our 72 hour kits.

(Warning-blogger decided to be difficult, 
please disregard the all caps toward the end of the post..I really am not yelling at you...I promise.) 

Here is a look of some of the items that I have inside our backpacks.
 Hygiene Kit, Small First Aid Kit, Change of clothing, Safety Tube, Flashlight....just a few of the essentials.

 Magnetic Game, Poncho, Emergency Blanket, Extra Glowstick, Flashlight, Batteries and Hand warmers.

 As overwhelming preparing for an emergency may be the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are prepared for an emergency is unmeasured.

So lets get started....

Someone asked....
Can you share in a little more detail what is on your shelf exactly other than the 72 hour kits. Thanks this is so helpful.

The blue containers you see are part of our Water Storage..did you know that you should store 2 weeks of water for your family? 1 gallon per day! That's a lot of water..I like these blue 7 gallon boxes found at Walmart for $12.00. 

 Buckner Family asked...
Do you get actual copies of your documents?

I scanned all of my documents onto my computer, printed them out, made a cd to give to my dad and put my originals in a safe.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago my sweet husband called and told me to bring the kids out to the front driveway, he was on his way home and had a surprise. You could tell in his voice that he was excited to show the girls.

So we all went outside to wait for Daddy to come home.

This is what drove up...

The girls were ecstatic! I on the other hand thought otherwise of this surprise. Thoughts of dust and where in the world am I going to keep something like that. Terrible.. Right?

I've slowly come around to the bear who is now called "Tiny". How couldn't I when I see this....

Just a little reminder to me that it is not the stuff we have but the people we love who we cherish!