Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's not raining, It's POURING

and if I was an old man {{or had the ability at this moment in time}} I would definitely be in bed, snoring.

We made an offer on an awesome house this morning... While there was no reason for them to reject it, we still haven't heard anything.

I'm getting anxious. So close to this house hunting process being over, Yet it's so far away.

I'll share more details when we know what's going to happen.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Our First Week in North Carolina

Bug and I have been in NC for a week now. J got here early Tuesday afternoon after a mad-dash from Oklahoma that started the day before. Making our family whole again and everything in right in the world upon his arrival. It has been a BUUUUUUUUSSSYY week. And a fairly emotional one, too. It has been harder than I thought {{for me}}to adjust to not having our house. Add in to the fact that it is tough for anyone to move, that I am 19 weeks pregnant, and it creates a good amount of stress and hormonal breakdowns.

Bug was definitely discombobulated before J got here, but she seems to be fine as long as he doesn't leave the room. Poor guy. Can't even go to the bathroom in peace. She has always been a Daddy's girl, but being away from him for the week we spent in AZ and then getting on the plane to come here, made it worse by a thousand percent.

The move has also been hard for the dogs. They spent the few weeks before we left OK with a friend. Right before we left, Daisy-Mae got out of the fence some how {{she is our Houdini}}. J checked the pound and asked them to call if they picked her up, but told them he was on his way out. The temps in OK before we left were ten straight days on 105+. It was freakin HOT outside {{probably still is}} and I was concerned for her what the heat would do. Mostly I prayed that if she didn't make it back to our friend's house, it would be because she found a nice loving home with good air conditioning. Luckily, she found her way back, a little worse for wear, by the Sunday afternoon before J left and she got to come to NC to be with the rest of the family. Since the dogs cannot be where we are staying, they stayed with another friend for a few days and now they are having fun 'on vacation' at the dog boarding place until another friend who has agreed to keep them until we close on a house, gets into town. They are being boarded by a flaming older gentleman and I'm positive from circus-amount of animals he had Bo & Daisy are being well cared for.

That brings us to the house hunt. We are using USAA's home-buying service {{ATTENION ALL MILITARY/USAA FAMILIES: If you are moving and buying or selling or selling and buying, please call USAA! This service gives you a USAA approved agent to provide 100% customer satisfaction ((so you don't have *cough, cough* what happened to us)) AND, depending on the closing amount of the home you're buying, you can get up to $3500 back after you close. As a check. To you. In your hand. For doing what you were going to do anyways.}} We started looking at homes in the Cameron area which is on the North West side of post. After seeing the new homes we could get in the $190s the used homes in the $180s just couldnt measure up. Cameron has a plethora of new home sites just waiting for the right buyer to come along and pluck them up. And by plethora, I mean a fat-ton. We spent EIGHT HOURS looking at houses all within about a 10 mile radius.It was good though; we got a feel for the area and found a house that was number one on our list until we went to see more. Yesterday, we met up with our agent for a much less intense few hours of house searching in the Lillington area. Lillington is located on the north east side of post and is a nice middle point between Fayetteville and Raleigh. If you think about the roads coming out of Fayetteville as a "V," with Fayetteville being the bottom point in the roads, Cameron would be the top left side and Lillington the top right. Both are almost the same distance to post, but Lillington is a quicker shot to the Raleigh area. Our wonderful agent found us a nice neighborhood in Lillington with some great buyer incentives and even a nice furniture bonus. Things that might not make the houses absolutely perfect, but when you compare the houses with incentives to the houses without, the incentives are definitely a nice added bonus. I can't wait to shop!!

Baby 2.0 is still doing well. She has been a little pushed aside with everything going on this week and I feel bad we havent had time to really focus on her impending arrival. The truth is that we can't right now. We can't buy stuff until we have our own space and unless we focus on that full time for a bit it wont happen before she gets here. I am looking forward to getting prepared for her though and excited it will be in a brand new house. Bug is doing well with her 'baby sister'. When you ask Bug where she is, she points at my belly {{or my boob which could almost be posible if you could see these puppies}}. I'll be 20 wks in a few days and I'm right at 10Ibs gained. I still fit into my shorts from last summer as long as I use a hair tie and my bump is still small enough to fit into regular shirts. It's definitely not a fat roll anymore, thank goodness.

The last few days have been super busy and we have no plans other then to take Bug to the pool. I'm looking forward to a day of nothing. It should be a nice change. Like getting to North Carolina.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Little Bit of Catch Up

Wow, has it really bee two full weeks since I graced you all with my presence? My how things do change in a short period of time! This post will be my maiden voyage into phone blogging. So please excuse any spelling or gramatical errors that go un-fixed. When I push clear too many times on my phone, it erases the whole post, which can be very frustrating as you can imagine.

Well, I think I last left you in the middle of a crazy move so let`s start there. Most of our move went off with out a hitch and for us the hardest part about selling our house was closing the sale. There will be a post about this to cover all of my feelings on the subject {{I have SO many}} but I briefly want to touch on the fact that we dealt with a great deal of snags at the end and some how we were the only ones who seemed to have to pay for them. The only great thing about this whole situation {{besides the fact that it`s over}} is the buyer LOVES her new to her house.

After the move, Bug and I spent a nice relaxing week in Ft. Mohave , AZ. Where Bug became so attached to her "papa" it made my heart {{I`m sure his too}} sing. She got to play with her cousins and spend some nice time out in the sun. It was great to be able to see them.

After we returned, J and I took a little drive to our local ultrasound place and learned the sex of the baby. This too shall be fo a later post. I know a lot of you out there in blogger land are expecting and I want to share all my thoughts and feelings about this so if perhaps you may be feeling the same, you will know you arent alone. Baby 2.0 is doing great and is at 18wks gestation right now. My morning sickness has gone except for some occasional nausea I can usually fix with puking or bread.

Bug and I are leaving OK tomorrow and I could not be happier. After our final dry butt raping from the closing of the house I think its safe to say my husband is also excited to be leaving. We {{bug and I}} fly out tomorrow and he will drive out of here as early as he can stand it Monday morning. We already have a real estate agent and a broker we have been dealing with and things look very promising on the next house front. Also, after a chance meeting with this amazing military spouse in our hastings, I have a renewed excitement for SUGAR bee`s to open in NC and have jumped pretty much head first {{no surprise there}} into business prep for the day I can open. After all what better way for a mother of two to help out at home?

Well I`m off for some last quiet time at the barn before we leave. . If I successfully post this I`ll be pretty pleased with my day. Blogs to come: The Great Gender Pressure, Our Trip To AZ, How Not to Sell a House, and much much more. Stay tuned...