Friday, September 16, 2011

Mission Accomplished

36 house showings.

1 year.

Probably 1,000 different homes viewed on Zillow, Trulia, and TARMLS

3 different realtors.

4 offers.

Hours of looking through home magazines, perusing around Home Depot, touring model homes, watching HGTV to really pinpoint what we value in a home.

And we have a winner, folks!!!

As you may know, we've been in the process of a brutal house hunt for a few weeks. I kind of quit talking about it, since so much was changing.

Everyone calls this a "buyers market". And yes, it is throughout the country. But I will say in the area we are looking it is a sellers market. Every house we placed an offer on, had at LEAST 4 other offers we were competing against.

When I felt like giving up....

Our realtor called.

A house we had wanted to look at back in July we chose NOT to look at because it was under CAPA. (it's a short sale). So we said "Let's not waste our time"

Well, those buyers got antsy, and cancelled their contract. So we looked at it 3 weeks ago, and decided "this is it!".

The house has great "bones" (a great floor plan for what we want), an awesome location, and a phenomenal back yard!

Tomorrow morning we have the inspection. It will be a whirlwind of activity. Home inspector, pool inspector, termite inspector, AND roof inspector all get to meet at the site! It's kind of exciting!

I can't enter "celebratory mode" yet -- as we have to pass the Brutal VA inspection. But if you could, send good vibes my way!! May I also add that in AZ only 1 in 4 short sales actually close......So the odds are not in our favor ;)

Have a fabulous weekend, all!

(here's a sneak preview of the house's backyard!) -- yes, that's a golf course behind us....which means Ryan & Abby need to get to the range and buff up on our swing!

Once we get all settled in (which will probably be around November) -- our house is VERY open to all friends and family to come visit!! ;) ;)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Questions I ponder....

Some of the questions I ponder. Some of these questions have direct answers. Other's don't.

1) Why does my husband insist that in order to watch has to be accompanied by "football food". (meaning guacamole, chips, wings, beer). Is it not okay to watch a football game while having Tilapia and grilled veggies?

2) Who even invented "football food"? Next tailgating party, I'm showing up with a tofu and steamed broccoli.

3) Why does the "self check out" at the grocery store only have room 2 bags? What if I have an entire cart I'd like to "self check out". You shouldn't discriminate just because I'm anti-social and don't want to make small talk with a cashier....

4) Why do plane tickets have to be so expensive? It would be so nice to just quick make a trip to Chicago to meet my niece/nephew who will be born today! (Okay...I kind of know the answer to this since I've seen the breakdown of a plane ticket, but it still sucks!)

5) Where does one find fava beans? Do you really have to go to a middle eastern grocery store? Tried them at work the other day, and am seriously addicted! Yum!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I want to take a quick pause today to remember September 11, 2001. It was a day that our lives were changed. Maybe there wasn't a grave and evident change your life saw that day  -- but from the moment those planes crashed into the World Trade Towers in NYC, NY:  our safety and freedom was compromised.

Many lifes were lost that day. People who just going to work, going about their normal lives.

The question of "why" cannot be explained.

It's difficult for me to write about the event -- for there is so much that saddens me about 9/11/2001.

But what I can say is that my heart aches for everyone who's lives were drastically effected by this event. My heart feels honor for the hero's who put their own lives at risk in order to save lives. And my heart feels proud for the US military who have deployed to dangerous areas of the world in order to fight and protect the freedom.

God Bless America! :)