Popping in to give some pretty big updates over here in our house. I have kept pretty quiet about most of them, as I can be fairly superstitious and didn’t want to jinx anything.
So, to go in chronological order. We bought a house – a new construction project in the same town which is exciting because we love where we live and it’s still walking distance to everything.
Then, we put our house up for sale. After 17 showings, one open house, we sold it in one week.
You can image how excited we were. Amazing offer, one week, bam, good to go. Inspection went well, awesome. We’re done. Or so we thought.
The day the second deposit was due, the buyers backed out. I got the call from our lawyer while I was at the gym and wanted to burst into tears that very second. Just the though of living out of the van with the boys again, keeping the house “show ready” each time we left the house, was enough to make me want to vomit. But we’re lucky, our town is a great market and we were in a great location. So back on the market we go. Fortunately, we had a lot of activity and multiple offers and went under contract again pretty quickly. Thank goodness for a wonderful friend/realtor who talked me down nervous breakdowns and fielded a million random questions, she is a saint and pretty awesome at what she does.
If you’ve ever sold a house before, you know how stressful it can be, and do it with three small children…let’s just say there was copious amounts of wine consumed during this selling process.
So towards the end of 2013, I was approached by a former colleague about a position on her team that I always eyed up. Seemed like a great fit, office was close to my house, really good opportunity. So here I am, almost one year at home with the boys and am faced with the question, “do you want to come back?” So what do I do, say yes of course, this opportunity was too good to pass up and I would still be able to spend time with the boys; not all day, but I wouldn’t be community two hours a day anymore. I wouldn’t say I was ready per se to not be with the boys all day, but I couldn’t pass this by. The boys are going to school more days during the week, Lucas will be joining them in September (omg, how is he going to preschool already?!?), and I am able to work from home, or going to the office is not a big deal since it is less than two miles from home. Opportunities like this don’t come around that often, so this was a no brainer for me.
So pretty much my free time has entailed packing, purging, picking out fun new house stuff like cabinets, tile and lighting, interviewing for a job, and more packing.
This weekend was the big move, and up until yesterday, we were still going back to the old house, packing up more stuff, and then cleaning it one last time for the final walk through (until 1am, yawn). After countless hours, near tears, sore backs, and boxes upon boxes of memories, we closed on the sale last night and said goodbye to the only home the boys have known. It is definitely bittersweet, they still ask to go back to the “old house” but we are settling into the rental and will look forward to the joys of moving again in hopefully a few short months when the new house is ready!
Now that I have a minute to breath, I will hopefully catch up on posting (since I still haven’t posted Lucas’s 2yr stats or taken his photos yet – I need to get on this asap) and will have some fun new house photos to share.