Thursday, April 14, 2016

2 weeks!

Life is moving along, and the BIG MOVE is two weeks away! The move is in full swing. I am spending hours daily trying to sort through things as I pack them, and making sure I'm not bringing useless crap to the new place. It is a lot of work! Thankfully I haven't had to work much and have had lots of time to do this well. We had an amazing time in Mexico. Our all inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta was all we could have hoped for. The food, activities, amenities, beach, weather, entertainment were all wonderful. We fully enjoyed all the resort had to offer us and didn't hardly leave. We did do one bus trip to Walmart! a snorkeling excursion, and a family excursion by bus to a neighboring surf town. We were busy and enjoyed two full weeks of sun, boogie boarding, eating and I enjoyed not thinking of meals, cleaning or showings! I gained 5 pounds, thanks to all the pina coladas! Our boys had a great time too and want to go back. We left with sweet tans, many good memories and pictures of the beautiful place. I hope we can return one day, and we're so glad we forked out the money and time to just get away after a really stressful past few months. The weather has been great since we got home, and it has been helpful so I could sort out the greenhouse, shed and empty the pond. I will most likely need to mow soon as the green grass is growing fast! I am getting a little sad as I walk about the yard and look at all the lovely things I planted and will have to leave. But I am so excited about a new yard and the potential there. There is a little wooded area at the back for a hammock and a fire pit. I'll have to start a new veggie garden and my berries, but I have a good source for plants so it shouldn't be a problem! I will have to give you a tour of the new place once we are moved in. The boys haven't even seen it yet. The only thing we have to do to the place is paint. The boys rooms have some pink and mauve, so we will do it shortly. The main living space is very 80's with burgundy, taupe and greens. (see what I mean?!) I hope to have time to paint that away immediately which will help to make it look so much brighter and new. I bought a refinished china cabinet on kijiji and it is so perfect for the bump out spot in the dining area. I will appreciate the extra cupboard space as the new kitchen isn't very big. I have many big ideas and plans for the house and hope that it will really meet our expectations as this move has been SO much work! I have no doubts that it will, and am hoping it will be the perfect house not only for us, but for all those that we host. The tween/teen stage with the boys has been hard. It seems like there is a challenge with every stage, right?! It doesn't help that we are so busy with our selling/moving, but they don't seem to give us a break!! We also have so much homework going on, that needs moms attention. We haven't put up the trampoline, so with that, a basketball hoop, a lower empty garage for skateboards, a wooded area, hot tub and cul de sac...I'm hoping they will be fully entertained! We know the neighbor has three older girls, but there are lots of other kids nearby we hope they meet. All my photos are on my phone these days, so I apologize for the lack of photos. You will have to check them out on facebook! I may not get time to write on here til we are at the new house, which at this point, even with this house mostly packed, seems like a dream. It is hard to imagine being in another house in the same town. Can't wait! See you on the other side!

Friday, March 11, 2016

SOLD!

Three months later, and we are done! House is sold. Moving out in April. CA-ray-ZEE!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Suzanna

I have the cutest new niece! It actually felt bittersweet going down to meet her, as she may be the last for our family. My siblings are done having children, and I'm pretty sure three each is enough for the Davidson clan. So ya...this is the baby. She is darling and we will enjoy loving her forever. So sad that babies grow so fast.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Heading South!

This house business is taking WAY too long! We have had over 24 showings and an open house. I have cleaned endlessly and am SO sick of it. A few weeks ago we finally got our first two offers. We have accepted one, though they had to sell their house. Within three days, they sold theirs yet it took a few weeks to get all subjects removed, but now they can remove their subjects on our place. Phew. I just want it all official so I can start packing! And speaking of packing, we are going to MEXICO for spring break! We have a countdown going on and are already packing our suitcases and buying extra bathing suits. The kids haven't really been far, and not on a plane, so they are so excited!! We will be sure to take lots of pictures to show you later. I was hoping to have a beach body. I have lost 12 lbs since Christmas just by cutting carbs and sugar, but the last few pounds aren't budging! I have been exercising too, but haven't figured out how to stop eating as much!! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Moving on...

So this is it. We're selling the house, starting tomorrow! I can't even tell you how stressed and exhausted I am. Today was scrub the oven and shower day (among other things). My hands are raw. I have been cleaning and sorting and trying to hide things away. The house photos are being taken tomorrow afternoon, and of course I'm at work all morning! It will be a mad dash to tidy the beds and counters when I get home and before she comes! We did get our offer accepted on a gorgeous home. I'd love to tell you all about it, but our offer is all hinging on our house selling, so we need to get that done first. Please pray and wish us luck in that regard. I'd love to have this all done before the kids are out for Christmas break. Last time our house sold on the first day it was shown, so we are not used to it being a long process. We are hoping it isn't this time either! https://youtu.be/xA7khY76Zn0

Monday, November 02, 2015

House hunt

We looked through three more houses this past week. We feel like we are bursting at the seams in this house and it is time to move on! Our definite must-haves are: garage, 4 bedrooms, office, and family room. Our wants are: good location for at least one of the three schools, 2.5-3 bathrooms, parking for our trailer and vehicles, great natural lighting. We looked at one this week that would totally work...it has 4 bedrooms and an office, it is in a great location (you can see the middle school), it has 3 bathrooms, a large family room, a private low-maintenance backyard with a garden space and a double garage. It is needing new flooring, paint and a kitchen, which is all do-able. My worry is that it's only 2100 sq. ft which is exactly what we have now. It isn't large and every square foot would be used. I don't mind not having extra space but I also don't want to feel like we're crammed in there. Moving is such a chore that I don't want to move again any time soon and want to be in this place til our kids leave home. We may need to go back for a second viewing of that one with another set of eyes to give us their opinion. Then we went to see another house that I absolutely LOVED. It was already redone with new carpet, vinyl plank, paint, white kitchen, tiles, skylights etc. I walked in and was ready to move in. It was set up really strange though, with no office, and no wiggle room to fit one in. It had lots of space in the basement bathroom and laundry room but not a large family room. It had a bedroom right off the kitchen which would be difficult for the noise factor. It had a tiny undeveloped yard with little privacy. No matter how hard I tried, we couldn't figure out how to make the layout work without adding a large/expensive reno. So sad. I loved it. We were looking at it on a grey rainy day, and in the huge vaulted living room with skylights, there was no need for lights. It was so bright. It did make me think that I could finish that other house to look like the one I love, but it doesn't have the same vaulted ceiling and is a little smaller. Our realtor says we should love it. But part of me thinks, it's a practical choice and with new paint/flooring/kitchen...it would be so much more attractive. So I'm laying awake thinking of what to do. I am reluctant to spend $100,000 more to build a house exactly the way we want it. I can't really justify that kind of spending just to get the perfect house. I think I'd rather put the money into travel and fun, and not worry about the kids ruining my perfect house, and enjoy making an older house look better than it was. It was so rewarding in our current house to update the old kitchen, to put in a beautiful door, fan and light fixture and appliances, to remove wallpaper and fix up my bedroom, to replace the closet doors, to add a suntunnel in the dark bathroom, to replace our living room windows, new gutters, to replace the rotten deck and do many yard updates. The sad part of our house is that it has such a long list of things that still need doing and we aren't talented enough to do entire bathroom renos etc. It can be a joy for another family to finish! Anyway...hoping we find one soon, or can decide on whether we should make that one work. I like the idea of having only enough house for what we need, without having to spend hours cleaning/fixing a large one. We'll keep you posted, and any feedback is welcome!!

Monday, October 05, 2015

My three dates

This week Greg has been away. It went so quick because we are SO busy! We had stuff going on daily, and I even took two shifts of work as someone there was sick. We actually did quite well and only had minimal break downs and not til tonight did we have a rough bedtime. But all in all, we did it. So dad is home late tomorrow and we will be glad to have him back. Here are my three side kicks... I told Greg that it is like having three dates that never go home! They are quite loving, demanding of my time and attention, taking turns trying to please me or drive me insane! So ya...triple date and I need some space! but I love them! We've had a lot of fun.