June 18

A little Swiss touch

For the baby’s room we decided to go with a Swiss theme. When Michael took me to Switzerland a couple of years ago I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Not only is it a beautiful country, but there is chocolate and cheese everywhere you turn! So I knew without a second thought what theme I wanted to have in the nursery.  As a gift, my parents hired the same local artist, Marcia Anuszczyk, who painted an African safari theme in Caroline’s room, to paint a Swiss mural. I have to say she did an amazing job!

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June 13

Moving the shed

In between making sure Caroline and I are well taken care of, Michael has been busy trying to get as much done as possible around the house and in the yard. I give him a load of credit for completing the massive to-do list I handed to him a few weeks ago. You know, the “list” of everything I wanted done before the baby arrives. Now that he’s off the hook, he’s been focused on tidying up the yard. A couple weekends ago he managed to move one of our sheds. I have to say I was pretty impressed. One minute I look out the window and see the shed, the next minute it’s gone!
The paving stones was where the shed use to be
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March 23

Planting our peas

Last weekend we took advantage of the warm sunny weather and began to work on our garden. Michael spent a great deal of time digging out an area where we planted our peas. Because our soil is so full of rocks, he built something to shift out the rocks. What a difference that made!

I’ve been wanting my own vegetable garden. Unfortunately the best location for a garden  is right where the gazebo stands (it’s where the morning sun likes to shine). Michael is currently looking for ways to sell the gazebo so we can build a full fledged garden in it’s place.

In the meantime, to keep me busy and happy, he’s building some raised beds where I can begin on an herb garden. I have started some of my seedlings (both herbs and vegetables) in containers in the basement. Once the raised beds are finished and weather (and Caroline) permit, I will transport them outside into their permanent home.

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September 3

Backyard Nature

Michael has been spending a lot of time tidying up the yard. We are thrilled to have so much land around us! Although our wish list seems to keep growing longer we do try to stop and “smell the roses”. Michael took some pictures of our latest vistors:

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September 3

Tree Removal

A couple weeks ago we hired a tree cutting company to help us tidy up our yard. We had several trees cut down and their stumps removed. They also went around the entire yard and trimmed back overgrown and dead branches. What a difference their work made! Our yard looks so much bigger.

We had some several trees cut down around the yard. Here are some pics of two pine trees near the front of our yard going down

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July 27

The New house

A good view of the whole house

We’ve been in our new house for a couple of months now and I’ve finally gotten around to posting some pictures. For anyone who wasn’t able to make our open house (or if you just can’t get enough of the house), check out the photo tour here.

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May 4

We are in the new house!

Our new house in Bellingham
Our new house in Bellingham

After being without a house for a month, we closed on our new house last Thursday (April 30th) and are now living in the new house. With a lot of help from many friends (Thanks Steve, Marc, Todd, Dena and of course Revel’s mom Carolyn!), we were able to get set up over the weekend and are now sleeping in the new house.

The closing was not without it’s drama. We were scheduled to do a walkthrough on Thursday morning at 8:45 am and then go to the closing at 10. This timeline was fairly critical as we wanted to get new floors put in starting on Thursday afternoon. We were always worried that the previous owner would not have everything moved just because there was so much clutter in the house when we saw it. And are fears were realized when we got there and found nearly every room in the house still had lots of her stuff in it. Apparently she ran out of space with the movers and had gone early Thursday to find a rental truck. We knew we needed to insure she got EVERYTHING out, so at the advice of our realtor we decided to do a holdback on some of the money at the closing and not release that money until we were satisfied. Over the course of Thursday the previous owner was able to remove most of her stuff so by Friday afternoon I called the lawyer to have her release the remaining money. In the end it all worked out, but it looked a bit scary for a while there.

We had worked it out with the flooring company that they would start replacing all the carpets and laminate floors in the upstairs bedrooms and the hallway between the rooms. We had hardwood installed in the hallway (matches the existing hardwood downstairs) and that was started Thursday and finished early Friday. All four bedrooms also have new carpets (this was a compromise that Revel made for me….she wanted hardwood in all the rooms). So by Friday evening all the upstairs rooms was completed. Downstairs, there was one room that had carpet which has been removed and the existing hardwood is being extended into this room. This is being completed today. Finally, we are updating the vinyl floor in the kitchen with new vinyl and that should be completed tomorrow.

We had loaded much of our stuff in a PODS container, so Friday afternoon they delivered it and with help from Steve, Marc and Carolyn we unloaded it very quickly. Over the course of Sat and Sunday we were able to move everything in and get much of the boxes unloaded (We are very efficient!) My friends Todd and Dena came over Sunday afternoon to bring over a picnic dinner (Thanks!) and with Todd’s help we moved out the existing washer/dryer and refrigerator in preparation for the new floor in the kitchen/half-bathroom downstairs tomorrow.

Ultimately everything went very well and we had some great help from friends and are very excited about our new home. Thanks to our realtor Marie Dickson (who I STRONGLY recommend for anyone thinking about buying or selling a house this area – she is based in Franklin), we had a great home selling and buying experience. We’ll have more pictures soon once the floors are complete so we can give a complete tour.

March 2

House is selling again; looking for another house

So it’s been a little while since I last posted about our house selling/buying adventures. A lot has happened, so let me catch everyone up.

After we showed the house a couple weeks ago, both showings went very well. We got an offer the next day. After some negotiations, we agreed on a price. Since then, they did their inspection and we had to deal with some minor issues but have since made it thru that hurdle as well. Last week, we signed the P&S and now we are mostly waiting for the appraisal and mortgage commitment. We have more confidence that this buyer will be good and feel pretty confident that all will go well (there was always some concern with the previous buyer).

So if that all goes well, we will be closing on the sale at the end of March. Of course we now need to find a house to buy. Revel and I have been looking at several houses over the last couple of weeks. As of today, we have not put an offer on any house but we have two houses we are seriously interested in. We are hoping to go back to see one of them this week (we saw it at the end of a 7-house marathon day and want to see it again) and unless some other house shows up in the next week or so, will probably put an offer in on one of these houses.

Thanks for your continued prayer in all of this. We’ll keep you posted!

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February 9

Starting over with the house hunt

The house hunt continues. Last week we finally got an answer on our house, and it wasn’t what we wanted. On Friday we decided that the buyer of our house was not going to be able to get a mortgage so we cancelled the deal. Unfortunately, this also meant we had to give up the house we were trying to buy.  So on Friday night we told our realtor to put us back on the market. We learned a lot about what to look for in a potential buyer, and hopefully that will help moving forward.

Well…things are moving fast once again. On Saturday our MLS listing was updated to “Back on Market”. That night we got a call to request a showing on Sunday. We had that showing in the late morning after church (took the dogs out for a nice hike – it was over 50 degrees!). Later that afternoon we got another call to request a showing for later that evening. Since the house was nice and clean, why not! So we headed out again for a little while.

This morning I got an email from our realtor and both potential buyers really liked the house (Revel keeps a good house!).  Later today she sent over an offer! Not exactly the price we wanted but it’s a start. We have counteroffered and waiting to see whay will happen. But the news is very encouraging.

Thanks for all your prayers, and we’ll keep you posted on all the house drama!