Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day


Joshua, Honey and I had a nice Memorial day weekend.  Today, I made a nice all American meal, including my first loaf of homemade bread.  It is sourdough, per Joshua's request.  I am looking forward to trying all sorts of fun recipes with the bread maker.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Patience is a virtue



Our offer was accepted and we are moving forward.  Now there is a lot of waiting.  Waiting to have the home inspected.  Waiting to have the home appraised.  Waiting to meet with our loan officer.  Etc.  I had signed up for some classes at SCC for this summer but decided today to move them to the fall so that I can solely focus on buying a house and then have the time and energy to make it a home.  We are both working this weekend on relaxing.  Moving and buying a house comes along with a whole lot of stress.  We've given up many, many, many hours of free time in thinking, talking and looking for the perfect home. Now that we are in the "waiting" period, I'm trying to remember that this is a wonderful time to sit back and just relax.  What better time to relax than over a 3-day holiday weekend?  If all goes well, we will own our new home at the end of June.  Please cross your fingers for us!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Luck number 3


So, I was thinking today...this is the third little yellow house that I've fallen for in the past few weeks.  Isn't there some old saying about the 3rd time being the charm?  I'm working hard to get all of our ducks in a line to submit a contract on this house tomorrow.  Cross your fingers!  There is an open house this afternoon that has us very worried that someone will swoop in and sweep it out from underneath us.  To see all of the pictures that I took today, you can visit my flickr.  As I said yesterday, the kitchen needs some help.  It actually looks nicer in the pictures than it does in real life.  I think that cabinets need to be repainted badly, the hardware updated, the checkered black and white linoleum squares on the floor need to be pulled up and the tile underneath needs to be cleaned and assessed.  We'll have to get all new appliances as well and we need to rethink how they will be placed.  I think that the fridge should be moved to the far wall in the kitchen to make it feel bigger. Yikes!  This all sounds like a lot, but will be worth it in the end.  Both Erin and Josh told me to just concentrate on one thing at a time (the contract), but I don't know how I would feel putting a bid down on a house without first thinking of what changes and updates need to be made just to make it livable.  Isn't that a huge part of the deal?  Anyway, we are both very excited.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

And the house hunt continues...


Here is our latest top pick. Yes, it is yellow again.  I seem to have an affinity for just about any yellow house.  Paint it yellow and Sara will come.  This little charmer was built in 1952.  The best features of this beautiful home are the hard wood floors, the huge windows in the living room and the large grassy front and back yard that stay green with flood irrigation.  The kitchen will definitely need work but I think in this case that work might = fun.  Notice that I used "might" in that sentence.  At any rate, we liked it enough to actually go back and take a second look.  We've not done that before, so I suppose that this means we are becoming serious buyers.



Can you picture us living here?  I think I can, but I'll know better when I take a closer look in a more serious sort of way tomorrow.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sara's Birthday Recap



sewing machine from my lovely mom


bread maker from my handsome and thoughtful boyfriend


triple chocolate fudge cake with dark chocolate fudge frosting
my gift to myself

Now what more can a girl really ask for on her 31st birthday?  Joshua took me out to dinner at one of my favorite new restaurants in our neighborhood - the parlor.  It is delectable.  Mostly, I just took time to relax and enjoy the messages that were flowing in via email, facebook and my phone with birthday wishes.  I feel so loved today.  I'm blessed with so many great friends.  

Friday, May 14, 2010

Doggy-sitting


"Cash!...CASH!" or "No!....Stop that!" - that's me, about 20 times a day when I dog sit for my best friend's dog.  Oh this dog!  He is the most high maintenance, needy dog I've ever met....but he just gives me this look sometimes that could absolutely melt my heart.  Maybe it is that I'm his "second mommy" and therefore am eating out of the palm of his paw, but I do love him despite his short comings in patience, his rambunctious nature and insatiable curiosity.  Now if I could only get Josh and Honey to feel the same way....they both moan and/or sigh whenever he is dropped off.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Joshua is a Census Worker


If you didn't fill out your 2010 census form, you might have Joshua stopping by your house.  He is officially in training this week to be a census worker as a short-term part-time second job.  Whooo, that was a mouthful!  I'll be missing him in the evenings and on Saturdays, but it should only last from 6-8 weeks.  

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Weekend in Cochise

We enjoyed Mother's day weekend with Josh's family.  Even his brother that lives in New York was here.  After a week filled with all sorts of stress, it was a welcome break.  I really enjoyed the fresh air and quiet.  It was just what I needed.  It was time to stop and smell the roses, quite literally.








Sunday, May 2, 2010

House hunting continues....


We have been sifting through and driving by dozens of properties this weekend.  I'm sad to say that the little yellow house that I posted last week is now pending a sale to someone else.  I suppose that it was not meant to be.  I've yet to find a deal as good as that one, so I'm feeling a tad disappointed....like someone walked up to my shopping cart and nabbed by perfect sale item.  But, I am doing my best to let go and embrace the traditional home buying process and recognize that new houses are posted everyday.  There is no hurry.  There is something that is just right for us out there.  Patience is not my strong suit.

My best friend Erin tells a story about a shopping trip that we once went on together.  I needed a pair of black pants. We arrived at the mall and the first store that we went into, I found a pair of black pants, tried them on and bought them.  Erin was floored.  "You aren't going to look at black pants in all of the other stores before making a decision?"  I decisively said, "No. Why bother if I like these pants?"  Obviously buying a pair of black pants is not as huge of a decision as buying a house, but I still feel the need to be just as decisive. That's just who I am.  I already picked my favorite house on our first day looking, and now its gone.  I'm thankful that I have Josh to encourage me to look at all of the options because I know deep down inside that we'll find something that we both really love if we persevere.

So we now have 26 favorites, 30 possibles and 567 rejects.  We are mostly focused on central Phoenix, but have kept ourselves open to Scottsdale, North Mesa, Ahwatukee and West Chandler.  Our next meeting with Nancy for viewings will be on Friday.  Wish us luck....

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