Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh! Christmas tree?

We got our  Christmas tree up and all decorated, and guess what?! It's a real one!! Impressive right? Okay, maybe not, but I've never had a real Christmas tree before. I like it enough so far. It smells so nice. But, I don't know if we will get a real one again after this year though. It's as much of a hassle as the fake tree is. It's so messy, and it makes me worry about bugs. Ew! Bugs. I haven't found any yet, thank goodness. I hope it doesn't dry out before I'm ready to take it down. It goes through water SO SO fast. Hopefully we're not over watering it... is that possible? I'll probably end up killing it one way or the other. I've never had a green thumb of any sort. I could probably kill a fake tree. Any way, here is our tree for your viewing pleasure: 

[Feel free to commence ooooing and awwwing now.]
Hmmm.... this picture was a lot bigger when I first started writing this post. I'm not sure what happened and it won't go back.... Aw man!

Decorating our new house has been a blast!
I love this place so much!
It makes me smile every day.

That is all.
Much loves!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Good news part 2. Finally!

I finally feel like I can announce the secret I've been keeping. Okay, it's not really much of a secret any more. Most people I know found out one way or another. We were so excited we had a hard time keeping our mouths shut and told too many people who didn't know it was supposed to be kept kind of quiet. Plus, I already announced it on facebook awhile back, I just haven't had the time to update this too.
So, here it is. for the past 3 months we have been working on buying our first house! We were finally able to close on it last Tuesday the 8th! This process had been the biggest mess, and definitely didn't go how we expected. I know, I know, everyone who has purchased a house is going to pipe up and say that it never goes how you expect. We knew it wouldn't be fast or easy, but seriously, it was ridiculous. When even the loan officer says he can't remember the last time there were so many things to go wrong with good loan candidates, then you know it's bad. Most home loan companies have a 30 day to close goal. Obviously we didn't achieve that goal. But no matter, all is well now. I finally have my house. Now I just have to make it into a home.
It's the cutest house ever. We are in love with it. It has six bedrooms, and three bathrooms. Don't worry, they are not all for us. There is an apartment in the basement. They get two of the bedrooms and one bathroom. I think 4 bed 2 bath is pretty perfect for us right now. Everything about this house is perfect for us. It has a huge  fenced back yard with a good sized garden and fire pit. Willis loves it! A dual dog run with 2 dog houses, which is pretty cool. a big shed. A nice deep garage that could fit 4 cars and Aaron's motor cycle if we wanted. A nice living room upstairs, and a TV room downstairs that we are going to turn into a cool theater room eventually. The kitchen has a ton of cupboards, a pantry, and an island. So much more space for storing all my cooking things than I had before. We have a cold storage room, which will be nice for stalking up on all the good coupon deals. The Master bedroom has a walk in closet with more storage than I know what to do with! Okay, I know what I want to do with it, but I can't afford that many pairs of shoes :)  We have a little laundry room, which is awesome cause our washer and dryer were in the kitchen before, and that wasn't fun. All the rooms are painted warm neutral colors, which is nice. They do need a little touch up cause the people who lived there before didn't know what they were doing, but they left the extra paint so we won't have to try and play the matching game. It's so perfect. It has everything that was on our little check list when we were looking at homes. We had to look for a year before we found this one. It's not one that would have been in our budget before, but it is now since we both got big raises with our new jobs. We feel so blessed for that, and know this is all working out how it is supposed to, and that this is where we are supposed to be in our lives right now.
We are still working on moving in. It's been hard since we closed on the day that my grandma died, so we had a busy week already with that. It didn't help that the people who owned it before apparently didn't know how to clean. The place was really dirty at first. It's taken a long time to get it clean. Then this week Aaron got a cold, and ya know, what's mine is yours, so he shared it with me. He's at the worst part right now, and I'm just starting to get it. Not to mention that we both work full time, if not more, so that takes up the majority of our time. (Oh wait, I guess that is mentioning it. haha) One day we will be moved in. I hope. We are to the point of sleeping there, so that's good. We have a lot of stuff though. It's kind of ridiculous. Haha We have already taken a ton to the DI and have a lot more to sort through.
I'll post pictures when I can.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Grandma Lucy.

There is no one I admire more than you. I've always looked up to your great example. You're the epitome of what a woman should be. You are the classiest woman I have ever known. I would be very proud to become even the tiniest bit like you. You are simply amazing. When I think of the wonderful reunion that took place in heaven last night, it brings tears to my eyes, and joy in my heart. 48 years without your husband, you're only sweetheart. Being apart much longer than you were together here on earth. I can't even imagine. My mom got to give her Gretel a big hug again. Seeing your parents, grandparents, and those siblings who have pass on before you. What an awesome welcoming party you had. I think of those videos of soldiers coming home from war and seeing their families for the first time in so long. I cry every time I watch those. I know your greeting party was even greater than that. When I got that call, that dreaded call that I knew would be coming soon, I didn't cry. I felt your pure happiness that you are experiencing. Of course, throughout the night and the day today I have shed a few tears for the loss I feel, but overall I know you have been letting me to feel a little bit what you are feeling so I can remember to be happy for you. You lived a great long life. All who knew you in that time adored you. We all feel that we love you more than any others could. I feel so blessed to be able to call you my grandma for eternity. The world lost a very special spirit, but heaven just got a little bit brighter. I look forward to seeing you again whenever that time may come. Till then I will hold very dear to the sweet memories I have with you. You will always have a big special part of my heart. I love you forever and always.

PS Give my Mom a big hug from me.