Well, we've jumped back into the house hunt and found another one that we liked. This one is nicer, cheaper, newer, and further from Jeff's school. But, we like the price tag and the fact that- as far as we know so far- there's not nearly as much to do on this house. This one is also bank-owned, so we're back in for the roller coaster of dealing with a bank. Wish us luck! (in case you were wondering, the driveway is not nearly as long as it looks!)
Well, this house is officially no longer. The bank offered us $0 so it will be back on the market shortly. We just can't afford to get into a house for that much money and repairs, so there ya have it. It's pretty sad because this is one of the only houses in our price range in Highlands Ranch (the nicest, most affordable area near Jeff's school). So, in deciding to walk away, we're deciding that Jeff will probably be driving much farther to school. We also might need to find a new preschool for Avery. Bummer.

Also, its snowing today. It's April 26 and its snowing. Its not sticking, but still, white flakes falling from the sky. Yuck.
Scene: Chik-Fil-A drive-thru, radio on in the car

Mom: I like this song

Avery: I don't like this song (frown)

Mom thinks to herself: I'll be she doesn't like it because its not fast

Mom speaks: Oh, well the lady has a pretty voice. It will get faster in a minute.

Avery: Oh... is it rockin' yet? It's not rockin' yet. When's it gonna be rockin'?

Yup, she's daddy's little girl.
Well, the house inspection didn't go awesome. There were several things (roof damage, radon, siding repairs, driveway repairs) that would add up to quite a bit of money that we don't have. So, unless the bank that owns the home is going to give us some money, I think we might walk away. :( Seems like banks- even though they don't really want to own homes- aren't very willing to fix stuff or give us money to do so. We'll see! Keep ya updatedd....
Oh Sarah! I've been tagged my Mrs. Livengood in a get-to-know-you survey. So, here I go!

What were you doing ten years ago?
I was getting ready to finally graduate from college and was looking for my dream job of being an assistant college softball coach. Unfortunately, I had zero experience and not a stellar career, so people weren't jumping at the chance to hire me. Fortunately, God was in charge and knew what I needed better than me. He knew I needed to get out of debt (by teaching?) so I could take the best job four years later. I was also getting ready for a staff internship with GCM at LT- where I learned I really didn't want to go on staff! Where I also decided to stay in Muncie (yikes) where I eventually fell in love and married Jeff! Phew- what a decision packed summer! God is faithful!

5 things on my to do list:
1. Hope our house passes inspection today.
2. Shop for carpet
3. Shop for appliances
4. Shop for furniture for Avery (hopefully)
5. Finish thank-you cards from Avery's birthday- I'm the worst thank you card writer ever

5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. Chocolate
2. Chocolate
3. Cake
4. Ice cream
5. Cookies
None of which I supposed to eat much of because of my preemptive gestational diabetes diet that I'm not following very well. Oops.

5 things I'd do if I were a billionaire:
1. Pay off debt
2. Buy a car that was built in this decade
3. Look for a bigger house, then furnish it.
4. Go to Hawaii and Greece and Alaska
5. Give money to family and friends

5 Bad Habits:
1. Watch too much TV
2. Don't exercise regularly
3. Eat the things in the snack list
4. Lose my temper waaaay to easily
5. Let Avery watch too much TV

5 Places I have lived:
1. Scottsdale, AZ- born and raised!
2. Casa Grade, AZ
3. Muncie, IN
4. Surfside Beach, SC
5. Highlands Ranch, CO

5 Jobs I've Had:
1. Recreation Leader with the City of Phoenix Rec Dept.
2. Special Education teacher
3. College Softball Coach- go TU!!
4. Retail sales associate
5. Psghetti to go server

Now, the people I'm tagging so we can all get-to-know them better....
1. Jayne
2. Adam (yes Adam, you have to do it!!)
3. Leah
4. Bob
5. Amy
"Mommy, do cows pee milk?"
The big 3-4 came and went on tax day, and I'm feeling pretty good about being a year older. For those of you who don't know, I tend to view my birthday as a week-long festival! I love my birthday and the more celebrating I can do, the better! We had a nice family celebration on Tuesday, Jeff and I went out to dinner on Wednesday, and we'll go out with other couples on Saturday (no kids!!)! Pretty excited!
I got this and this from the hubs... and then the presents really kicked up a notch! I got this...

Woo Hoo! We accepted the counter-offer on this house and this is where we'll be living for the next lots and lots of years!!! It's only about 10 minutes away from where we live now and we can't wait to get in there! It's bank-owned, so there have been some scary things in the negotiation process but hopefully we're in the clear. The inspection is on Tuesday, so hopefully everything will check out and we'll be good to go to move in May! Here are a couple of other pics! Here's the living room...

And the dining room...
Hopefully this house will provide as many fun memories as the old Rambler Rd. house did! We think we're really going to like living here!

The other giant thing I got for my birthday is....
Ta daaaa! Nope, I did not receive a stuffed stork with a blue bear in its mouth... we received the news that we're having a BABY BOY!!! We can't believe it! We were all somehow convinced it was a girl- I'm not sure why, but we sure were! But the doc seemed pretty convinced it was a boy! So I guess we'll be buying a lot of blue stuff! Jeff and I went for our traditional 'go buy the new baby an outfit when you find out the gender' shopping trip and I couldn't steer away from the girl clothes and Jeff just needed something with a truck on it. He's pretty pumped about the toys he'll be playing with in the semi-near future! He's quite tired of this game!
So, it was quite a week! I'm 34 (yikes), bought a home, and having a boy! I'm tired just thinking about it- better go to bed!