All my readers deserve something to read
I have told you that I’ve wanted to make a transition on this blog to be more than my internet diary. That isn’t going to happen today and it probably won’t happen at all. As much as I would love to post useful information for people looking for mom hacks or marriage advice that isn’t really me. I have no useful information that isn’t just plain common sense. So this blog is going to continue being my outlet for life. Click away if you don’t like it.
So if this is going to be my lovely online diary then I should probably fill you all in on my current goings-on.
Nick and I are starting the process of buying our first home. We have a family friend who is a mortgage lender helping us through the pre-qualifying process which we aren’t really going to start until December or January. We aren’t doing this until later this year because we know we can’t rush and buy a house before September when school starts for the boys and we don’t want to move them in the middle of the school year. We did that once and it wasn’t fun.
Also, we currently have a lease that goes until June of 2018. Our landlord is the most easy-going person I’ve ever met and has said that if we find a house sooner he wouldn’t hold us to the lease. I still feel like Nick and I made a commitment to him to stay so I don’t plan on ending the lease early unless the perfect house comes along.
We have looked at realtors and have had family make suggestions but we haven’t talked to anyone yet. I figured that we weren’t looking at buying right away so getting a realtor right now isn’t necessary. Am I wrong? Should I rethink that? Most of our house shopping is on Zillow or Trulia and its just to get an idea of what is out there and the going prices for houses in the area.
We aren’t planning on getting anything special, just your typical starter home. These are the things that Nick and I look for when we shop.
- $315,000 or less price
- 1300+ square feet
- 3+ bedrooms
- 2+ bathrooms
- 2 car garage
- Lots of storage/closets
- Move in ready
- Half an acre of land (we are planning to move out to the country so this won’t be hard to find)
We’ve found quite a few houses that fit these requirements and we are willing to put in some elbow grease to get it perfect but now just isn’t the right time.
It’s summer which means the boys aren’t in school. I love my kids, I just love them more when they aren’t tearing my house up and fighting constantly. We do get out of the house quite a bit, mostly because we have no air conditioning and the beach is cooler than our living room.
We have taken a trip to eastern Washington for a family wedding where we have learned that Dessa gets car sick. Ever smelled regurgitated subway and milk for 3 hours while driving? I have, it’s unpleasant. We also have 2 camping trips coming up this month, our annual cousin’s camping and then a week-long stay in Long Beach for the eclipse and kite festival.
After that, we only have a week and a half left of summer and then back to school!
Back to School
I bet you guys think I’m going to talk about the boys going back to school. Well, I’m not. I’m currently trying to transfer some of my old college credits to a new school. If you are a long time reader you’ll know that a little over a year ago I went back to school. Then that school screwed everything up and I haven’t been able to go back. Now that I’m living farther away from that school I’ve decided to transfer to a college closer to my home and where we are planning on buying a house.
One of the reasons we are wanting to buy a house is that our mortgage would be less than our rent. I don’t know if any of you lovely readers know what the cost of living in the Seattle area is but it’s ridiculously expensive. Our mortgage lender has said that we’d be saving about $200 a month if we bought a house. Lucky for me my college tuition is $275 a month. That means after our move in early 2018 I’ll be going back to school.
I’m really excited to finally go back and I hope after transferring things will go more smoothly than they have. Last year I did really well and I was really proud of myself. I want to get back to progressing instead of staying stagnant.
I don’t know what the future holds but it’s looking bright right now. I get stressed out sometimes and my anxiety can get pretty bad but I feel like I’m in a good place. I’m excited to be buying a house even though it is stressful. I’m excited to go back to school even though I hate dealing with schools and making phone calls and filling out paperwork. I’m excited to spend August in a tent even though sleeping on the ground hurts my back and it gets unbearably hot in them. I’m just really excited for the future. I’m not perfect and my life isn’t perfect but things are really good right now and that makes me happy.