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Old 01-19-2010, 01:06 PM   #136
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didn't realize you started a new PTR for your mother daughter trip...will be back to get caught up...thanks for the handy links

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Old 01-19-2010, 04:07 PM   #137
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I just got caught up on your last few updates, it sounds like things have gotten much better in the past couple of days and things at home are a bit more under control. I am all about streamlining the house too, I've been re-doing Henry's room the past couple of days, tonight the furniture is getting moved around and the crib front is being taken off...BIG BOY BED! So many emotions about it, but he's asking for it.

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Old 01-19-2010, 08:36 PM   #138
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Sounds like your handling everything on your plate okay. Be sure to get lots of rest to help fight off that cold/sinus problem. I think this has just been the winter for illness. I hadn't been sick in 10 years, but this weekend I started coming down with cold number 4. Seriously, I've had enough!
A lot of people I know have gotten this. I think I've finally kicked it but it really knocked me on my butt, that's for sure.

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I am the same way, but I have to tell you, you don't need it all. I make the same mistake. And, in all reality, if you haven't touched something in your closet in over a year, it should go. There's just no sense.

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didn't realize you started a new PTR for your mother daughter trip...will be back to get caught up...thanks for the handy links

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Woo hoo! Happy to have you here, and you're welcome, I'm trying to get better about links to make it easy.

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I just got caught up on your last few updates, it sounds like things have gotten much better in the past couple of days and things at home are a bit more under control. I am all about streamlining the house too, I've been re-doing Henry's room the past couple of days, tonight the furniture is getting moved around and the crib front is being taken off...BIG BOY BED! So many emotions about it, but he's asking for it.

Almost single-digit dancing, yay!!!!!!!!
OMG! Taking the front off the crib!!! Scary. I know how you feel, when we switched to a toddler bed it was a little weird for me. The big boy bed was worse. That was when I really, truly knew I didn't have a toddler/baby anymore. Sounds weird, but that was the turning point for me.

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Old 01-19-2010, 08:46 PM   #139
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TK Is Terrified

Totally and utterly terrified.

I didn't mention it on here because I didn't think anything would come of it. Well, something came of it. A big something.

I went to look at a condo today. And I liked it so much, I made my DH come look at it tonight. And he liked it so much (or I convinced him I guess) that we just put an offer in.

This is the first time I've put an offer in on anything and I am now absolutely terrified. Not because I think it's a lemon or anything, because I am terrified of the mortgage and condo fees! It will stretch our budget, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. And it's turn key. The stove needs to be replaced, and a microwave purchased. That's about it. Paint is gorgeous, wood floors gorgeous, 1 car attached garage, beautiful private back deck, and beautiful finished basement.

It's pretty. And nice. And in the town I work in. And five minutes from DS' preschool, my work, and my parents. And the kindergarten has before and after school care. I'd save on gas at least.

But scary, scary I say! What was I THINKING????




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It sounds absolutely delightful! Just think -- if it is meant to be, it will happen!
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:53 PM   #141
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It sounds absolutely delightful! Just think -- if it is meant to be, it will happen!
I do believe that. I just hope I can fall asleep tonight.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:58 PM   #142
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I do believe that. I just hope I can fall asleep tonight.
To be honest? You probably won't -- when we signed the closing papers on this house, I could not fall asleep that night because I was so stunned that I was a homeowner and owed all that money for the mortgage! You get adjusted to the idea though, I promise.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:41 PM   #143
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Ohhh... Good Luck! We weren't able to sleep for the whole weekend after the first offer we put in (put in an offer on Friday night, didn't hear back until Monday afternoon). I hope you have better luck than we did!
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:12 AM   #144
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Oh, that sounds like a wonderful place to live, I love living close to work! I hope everything works out for you!
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:25 AM   #145
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Now, see, you got me all excited about "doing the organizing" thing with you, and all that, and now you pop this on us. I was all over your flatscreen, new boxes, fabric covered whatchamacallits, and now you trade all those for the condo of your dreams??!!

What are you thinking???

Of course this is fun!! How could we not all be so excited for you!? If it's possible and you have a peace about it, then go for it!! It has a garage you could stick the kids in when they turn 13.
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To be honest? You probably won't -- when we signed the closing papers on this house, I could not fall asleep that night because I was so stunned that I was a homeowner and owed all that money for the mortgage! You get adjusted to the idea though, I promise.
Well, I slept like crap last night. At one point, I went and got my DH, who was slipping blissfully unaware on the couch, and made him come to bed. Normally I'll leave him there if he falls asleep that way, but not last night. I needed the comfort!

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Ohhh... Good Luck! We weren't able to sleep for the whole weekend after the first offer we put in (put in an offer on Friday night, didn't hear back until Monday afternoon). I hope you have better luck than we did!
Well, the short of it is that I should hear something by tonight, so fingers crossed.

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I'm trying to have faith that it will all work out the way it's meant to be.

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Now, see, you got me all excited about "doing the organizing" thing with you, and all that, and now you pop this on us. I was all over your flatscreen, new boxes, fabric covered whatchamacallits, and now you trade all those for the condo of your dreams??!!

What are you thinking???

Of course this is fun!! How could we not all be so excited for you!? If it's possible and you have a peace about it, then go for it!! It has a garage you could stick the kids in when they turn 13.
I don't know what I was thinking. I shouldn't be allowed to make these types of momentous decisions right now.

And quite frankly, I'm terrified of the mortgage, I really love the place.

But, if it doesn't work, I have a very distinctive game plan for this apartment (like you said) and I feel really good about that.

And on sticking the kids in the garage.

Or the basement, right?
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I don't know what I was thinking. I shouldn't be allowed to make these types of momentous decisions right now.

And quite frankly, I'm terrified of the mortgage, I really love the place.

But, if it doesn't work, I have a very distinctive game plan for this apartment (like you said) and I feel really good about that.

And on sticking the kids in the garage.

Or the basement, right?
THe fact of the matter is--- you are NOT thinking. Well, straightly anyway. Good thing you have DH to be your sense right now, because yours is getting the life sucked out of it right now. On the other hand, your emotions are running high, so, you can deftly add that element to the equation. Right?

We will most likely take on a hefty mortgage when we get back too. Scared?? YUP! We worked hard to pay ours off in 10 years, and it felt GOOD!!! To start over again at our age scares me!

yeah, basement works too. But save that for when they are 17. At 13 the garage works good.
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THe fact of the matter is--- you are NOT thinking. Well, straightly anyway. Good thing you have DH to be your sense right now, because yours is getting the life sucked out of it right now. On the other hand, your emotions are running high, so, you can deftly add that element to the equation. Right?

We will most likely take on a hefty mortgage when we get back too. Scared?? YUP! We worked hard to pay ours off in 10 years, and it felt GOOD!!! To start over again at our age scares me!

yeah, basement works too. But save that for when they are 17. At 13 the garage works good.
If we end up getting this place, it will be my ultimate goal and mission to pay off the mortgage well before the 30 years. First of all, the likelihood of us being there the full thirty years is not very good. I see this as (hopefully) a stepping stone to build some equity so that if we sell at the right time (hopefully after 5-6 years) perhaps we can make a small profit and afford the type of house my DH really wants.

In the mean time, this is an excellent start. I haven't really told you all much about it, but it's 1380 sq. feet with an attached garage, and 12x17 private deck, with a little grassy area for the kiddos to play. The deck is great, because it's got a gate, so you can gate the kids in and not worry about baby climbing over those stairs while you're outside.

The kitchen is eat-in, but the living room is big enough that we plan to do a living dining combo, and instead of having our TV, etc, up there, we'll put it downstairs in the finished basement which is set up as a family room. On the upper level, there are two bedrooms, both on the smaller side but not unworkable considering all the other liveable space. And we'll be gaining storage in a garage, and storage in the basement as well.

But let me tell you, it's not these things.

It's the fact that it's turn key. I love the paint colors, the hardwood and carpets are in great condition. The only thing that needs to be replaced is the stove, microwave, and showerhead in the main bath.

That's. It.

And in our price range, we have not ever seen anything that's turn key.

The scary part is how much more it is per month without even counting heating bills. There's a beautiful fireplace in the living room, so I know that will help offset some of the cost, I hope. I don't think it's so much the mortgage and condo fees that scare me, but being able to afford heat. It is gas heat, which is good. Basically our mortgage/condo fees are less than that bigger two bedroom apartment we were looking at, but our apartments include heat in the rent.

I really just can't believe we were grown ups and put an offer in.
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Oh! I totally forgot to mention that we're not the only offer. Another offer came to the table last night, and the realtor held off presenting it to the seller until my DH had seen it and we made a decision. Since we decided to offer, that was a good decision on his part, now he has two offers to present to the seller.

Not knowing what that other offer is and if ours was totally unrealistic is part of the fear, I guess. But there's nothing I can do about it now. I'm really hoping we're busy at work today so I don't think about it.
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That's. It.
Sounds lovely. Very lovely. Especially with the stove and microwave in the main bath. Nothing like eating breakfast as you bathe!
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