Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

House Update

Things have gotten very busy in the house department. After countless showings and 3 failed offers we might finally have something.

We had until this past Monday to get an offer on our house or the builder would sell our new one to someone else. That was a depressing phone call. Nothing like having to tell the agent, once again, sorry we don't have an offer. I was shocked at what happened next. The agent broke down in tears. She was frustrated with the builder for putting such stress on us (yeah!) and that this didn't work out for us.

At this point, I was angry enough with the builder that even if we had an offer in at the last moment, I would probably not take the house.

On Saturday we went house hunting. As you may know, the General Authorities stressed once again to purchase a house that you can afford, not what the neighbors can afford. It is VERY important to me that I be a stay-at-home mom and that means not even running a daycare. For that, we have to find a house that we can afford and that I can stay at home. We looked at a total of 6 houses and all were scary. The first one was SUPER scary and that happens to be the house that we are putting an offer on.

We aren't completely crazy (just mostly crazy on Tuesdays) but saw some great potential in this house. It is a short-sale and marked way below what it's worth. It needs some major TLC but after completely remodeling our current house, we know that we can do it again. The houses in this area sell for about 200k more then what this house is listed. Since it is a short sell and the bank gets to decide who gets it (there are several parties interested in it) we won't know until the end of the month if we get it.

As for our current house, we sold it! Yeah! Well we are at least under contract. They had the house inspection today and I am now nervous that they will back out because we need a new roof. But time will tell.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pumpkin Centerpiece

I couldn't help myself when Michael's had their autumn merchandise on sale this week. I picked up a pumpkin, floral picks and sticks; in practically no time, I created this. I got this idea from Michael's pre-made arrangements (at $50!) and one my mom recently made. I spent probably about $20 in total.

Sitting on top of the TV cabinet in the living room.

A close up. I really like how it turned out! I personally think it looks even better then what the artificial light in the photo shows.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Posing

Livy LOVES to have her picture taken and it has become extremely hard to capture her without posing. Looking at the camera, sometimes impossible.

October 2 2008 with her new love, ghosssssT.

Alpine Loop

Right now is the perfect time to see the fall foliage in the Wasatch Mountains. (A branch of the Rocky Mountains) Disappointed with heavy rains on Saturday and expecting the same for Sunday, we were pleasantly surprised with beautiful weather to take a drive through the Alpine Loop. Alpine Loop starts in the American Fork Canyon through the Uinta National Forest to Provo Canyon and let me say here, everything was gorgeous!

The trees were at their peak. It almost seemed fake with the deep green evergreens peaking up through the foliage.

Livy out collecting rocks on our autumn walk. This was a road leading to a campground now closed for the winter. It was peaceful (just us) and so many colors.

Fresh snow on the peak from Saturday. It made a beautiful combination.
Finding leaves!

We put an offer on a different house this weekend and if we get it, it is about a 2 minute drive to see this!

Have you gone out to see the leaves yet?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Preview

Livy in her Halloween Costume. (the backside of the pink poodle)
Trick-or-Treating will be fun this year!