Friday, August 31, 2007

Homeless on Wednesday

They are coming to get our current house Wednesday. So we will be moving in with my parents for a short while til our new house is set up.

Our new house is supposed to be finished being built on the 12th, so hopefully sometime soon after that we can start to move in! It's finally starting to feel real to me.

Even though we've been (ok I'VE been) packing our stuff up. Which I should be doing now, by the way. It still doesn't seem like it will actually happen. We close Tuesday afternoon......I have the down payment cashier's check ready to go. That also made it seem real!

If you would like to see the floor plan of our new it is! (a pdf file)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The deal is done (almost)

We have been approved for our loan!! Mostly. It was a shorter term than we wanted but in the long run it will be a good thing. Way less money paid on interest obviously.

So now we are packing up all our junk. We did sister's room today. You would not believe the stuff that was packed in her room! She's a pack rat of epic proportions. She's a T-Rex of pack rats.

Tomorrow we are having a small family get together to celebrate her 9th birthday. I can't believe my sweet little girl is 9! I found a box today with her baby stuff in it while we were cleaning her room. A tiny little diaper that fit in the palm of my hand. The little arm band she wore at the hospital about the size of a quarter. Tiny little pink outfit she wore home from the hospital.*sob* Time goes by too fast.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Weekend wrap-up

We took the kids "camping" this weekend. I say "camping" because we were in an air conditioned cabin with a stove, fridge, microwave, table and chairs, full sized bed and a fouton. The truly awful TV for TWO WHOLE DAYS! The horror is beyond description.

We went to a state park not too far from us, about two hours away. It's east of here and to me going to that part of the state is like going back in time. There is mostly wide open prairie with gently rolling hills with herds of cattle and horses. I can just imagine the indian tribe hunting buffalo over the next hill or the pioneer in their covered wagon heading west through indian territory. I love that part of the state.

We were planning on keeping the kids entertained by swimming in the pool, but the pool was closed. Panic was had at the beginning but soon it really didn't matter. We took hikes down to the waterfalls.......that weren't really waterfalls, more like some rocks in the creek, but we waded in in the water until the kids both fell down.

The next day we hiked down to the bluffs which were some high rocks overlooking the creek. I was having a hard time with being there as there were no railings to keep you from falling over the edge, so I was very nervous about the kids falling. I made them stay way back. The hike was a killer too! It was soooooooo hot and humid we were all ready to go back before we even got there.

We saw probably 20 deer including a fawn that still had it's spots nursing from it's mom! We also saw some (I think 5) wild turkeys walking past our cabin.

It was a wonderful weekend, it was really hard to come back to the real world.

*all pictures taken with my cellphone so they are not the best quality

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Still waiting....

Well, we are still waiting to hear from our finance people. So no real news yet on the house front. However, they did cash our $1,000 check we had to put down as earnest money. Is that right? I'm not sure how to spell it.

And a guy came and looked at our current house. I didn't have a lot of warning and not much time to clean. I made dh come meet with him as I would be too humiliated to be here when it was such a mess! Our closet in our bedroom is our's a walk in closet and it's packed FULL. And I put some dishes in the sink and forgot to put them in the dishwasher.....and of course he took a picture of the sink. Dh said he took pictures of everything.

So now it's just a waiting game.........

Friday, August 10, 2007

So what did YOU buy today?

Well, if everything checks out.......I bought a house!! EEK

We went and filled out the paperwork tonight now we just wait and see what happens now. I'm starting to get a tiny bit excited but trying to not to just in case.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Baby Steps

It takes baby steps, right? I ate breakfast at home today instead of stopping and getting something. So money and calories saved right?

I also bought some frozen meals to bring to work the rest of this week. More calories and a little money saved.

Gotta start saving know......the BIG THING that I wrote about yesterday. Must start spending less, saving more.

Go me.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Things are happening...

Big things. Exciting things. Make me puke things. My mind is racing things. Worrying things. Are we crazy things. God what if we can't make this work things. Long term things. Don't want to tell anyone in real life yet things. Jumping off the deep end things. Just going to do it things. Hyperventilating things. Happy things.

I should know more by this weekend sometime. Nails are being bitten, numbers are being crunched, stomachs are cramping LOL!

And one is pregnant.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Give 'em to me

I need some money saving tips. Seriously. I spend money like I married a Rockefeller or something. And I obviously did not.

  • I know I need to start brown bagging it at work, but man I just hate to. It gets so old after just a short time.

  • I discovered Aldi's today. We got one just built in the town where I do all my grocery shopping. I can see buying some stuff there and saving some money.

  • I have managed to go at least a month or more with out putting anything on my Penny's card! *yay me!!

  • I'm not afraid to buy generic on most things. Some stuff I can't/won't buy generic on though.

  • I know I need to track my money on a program like Quicken or something. I've tried but I just don't keep it up and then I quit.

I need someone to take over my checking account and only let me have so much money to spend. Any volunteers?

My money philosophy is kind of like my losing weight philosophy........ I eat and eat and eat and just don't lose any weight. I spend and spend and spend and just can't save anything. So confusing.

Any ideas/suggestions?