Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2 days left in 2009

Technically there is about 27 hours left in 2009. I feel like 2009 was one of the longest years and most eventful years of my life. I also feel like 2009 just started! It feels like yesterday my family was here packing to head home. Today they are packing and ready to head home tomorrow. Sad day! I love it when my family is here! I wish they lived closer!!!!!

Here are a few things that happened in 2009.
  1. Art was promoted to store manager with his job
  2. I quit my job the day he was promoted - what timing!
  3. Celebrating ONE year of marriage!!!!
  4. I went to visit my family in ND for my moms 50th birthday
  5. Sent my resume to about 600 businesses
  6. Art turned 41
  7. I got a job
  8. Art opened his new store
  9. I got job #2
  10. Brett Favre went to play for the Vikings the one team I have always hated!
  11. Found out we were pregnant
  12. Had a miscarriage
  13. I turned 29
  14. We were approved for a home loan
  15. We started house hunting!!!

Here are a few things I hope 2010 brings:

  1. We find our home
  2. Our job's stay secure
  3. The economy starts to get better & grow
  4. A chubby little baby

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!! What a wonderful Christmas this has been!

Look at all my gifts! I had the biggest pile. I got everything off my list! :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

House #2

This morning we received an email that another offer bid was accepted. We were outbid ONCE AGAIN! We will go look at houses again on Decemebr 27. Our house is out there. I knew going into this that it would take us awhile.

Corn Chowder

I got this delish recipe from Samsters Mommy. I made it last night. It's sooooo yummy. I had to substitute a few things, since I didn't have everything the recipe called for. It still tasted GREAT! I will make this again!!!!

2 cans corn
3 cu chicken broth
1/2 half & half (I used 8 oz of milk)
6 slices bacon ( I used turkey bacon)
1 onion- chopped
3 yellow potatoes- peeled, cut into 1" cubes
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese (didn't have cheddar cheese, so used monterey cheese)
1/4 cu flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp thyme (I used Italian Seasoning)
In your large pot cook bacon over med-low until crispy. Some Once crispy remove from pot. Add onions & saute until translucent. If they start to stick than go ahead and add a drizzle of olive oil. Next add your flour, salt, pepper & thyme. Cook the flour/onion mixture for 3 minutes stirring well. Add chicken stock & potatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add corn, half & half, cheese & season with additional s & p if necessary. Heat through for another 3 minutes & serve hot with bacon bits as topping.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


You know you are getting elderly when you dream of a pantry!!!! There are only 2 requirements for a house. 1. 2 bathrooms 2. pantry!!!!!!!!!!!
Isn't this pantry a beauty!!!!

House Hunting Outing #2

The house hunting continues.......
Sunday we went out and looked at 5 houses. Out of the 5 we found 3 we liked. Sunday was an experience. House #3 that we looked at was the BIGGEST mess I have ever experienced. I didn't feel I could breath while walking through the place. There were 2 or 3 families living in this house with boxes EVERYWHERE! The bedrooms had so much stuff in there I don't think anyone slept in the beds. They had converted the garage into a bedroom and another storage room. BOXES everywhere in this garage. It was horrendous!

House #1 we liked needed no work, but was under priced. We felt we would get outbid on it again.
House #2 - I liked the house, Art wasn't sure. Huge backyard.
House #3 - Art liked the house, I was blah.

Guess which house we put a bid in? DING DING DING House #3!!!!!

We took a trip to Home Depot priced items that would need to be replaced. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be pricing things. When we got home we looked at Megan's Law and crime reports. That pretty much sealed the deal on which house we put an offer on. The house needs to be upgrade, but it's in good condition. The best part of the house is the Christmas red living room carpet!

Now the waiting game starts again.......

Saturday, December 12, 2009

House Hunting Continues

Well looks like we won't be getting the house. Someone offered them cash plus $30K over asking we will continue to look. We are meeting with the realtor tomorrow to look at 3 homes.

Monday, December 7, 2009

And now we wait.....

We submitted our offer this morning. I think the longest of the process so far was sending a large email with all the paperwork. Now we have to wait to see if they accept our offer. If they accept then we will pay to have an inspector check out the house. Our realtor asked the bank how many offers were coming in. I hope they answer us today. :)
I am ANXIOUS!!!!! It's no fun to keep people waiting when they feel this is their house!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

House Hunting

Today Art and I went house hunting for the first time. Our morgage was approved last week. I didn't think we would find anything today, since it was our first time. The first house we looked at I was so discouraged because of all the work that is needed. The realtor took us next door to a house that was update with the same floor plan. AMAZING!!!! Although they wanted $125K more for that house. It gave me hope that the crummy house could be fixed up.

Off to house #2. House #2 was NICE! It needs minimal work. The master bathroom needs new flooring and the shower redone and new molding through the house. It was new paint, nice carpet, hardwood floors, a nice backyard. The garage needs to be painted and cleaned. Overall nothing major needs to be done.

We looked at a few more houses after that. One of the houses had dark panelling on the walls. GROSS!!!! One of the rooms had a 1/2 bath. It looked like someone had smacked up a wall and threw in a toilet & sink. It was just a gross house! Aw no thanks!

We decided tonight to put an offer in house #2. I have a feeling we will be one of many offers that will be put in on the house. I contact our realtor and she is in the process of getting all the paperwork ready. Tomorrow morning we will sign the papers and submit them. Craziness!!!!

If this is the house for us it will all work out!!!!

Cute Wreath Idea

Felt Wreath

Isn't this wreath super cute! I think I might do a red and white one for valentines day.

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