Monday, September 3, 2012

Our Home Sweet Home

Our lot:
One of the 2 community playgrounds:
The community pool:
The community splash pad:
What the outside will look like:
The colors we picked for the outside:
The countertop color we picked:
Our carpet/tile colors:
The dining area:
The kitchen:
The living room:
The guest room:
Guest bath:
The gameroom:
The boys' room:
The kids' bathroom:
The laundry room:
 The girls' room:
 Master bedroom:
 Master Bathroom:
 The first night we are in the house I am so taking a bath in our HUGE tub!
Here is a video tour of the first floor of the model:
Here is a video tour of the second floor of the model:

The Story of Our House Hunt

Doug and I were trying to decide if we should buy a house here in Texas. We did not have the best experience with our last house because we bought at the height of the market. We were told our house would go up $30,000 in a few years and we would be able to sell it and use it as a stepping stone. Then the market crashed. The house we paid $212,000 for was now worth $65,000! When we ended up moving to Texas we had to do a short sale. It broke our hearts because we had PERFECT credit : (

But God had it all worked out because with Doug's new job we were required to live on property. The duplexes we were moving into were 3 bedrooms and had a yard so it wouldn't be as bad as moving from a house to a tiny apartment and we could make it work.

Then fast forward 2 years and add 2 more children and we became cramped for space. We were at the maximum occupancy for this duplex. So Doug asked the Board of Directors to vote on if we could live off the property and they voted in favor! The other concern we had was that originally Doug's job was only a 3 year contract and so we were afraid to buy a house and then Doug not have a job a year later. So the board changed his contract to make it indefinite : )

We decided to go look at a new build that we got a thing in the mail for and they told us that we could not buy until 3 years had passed since our short sale. So we had to wait another 6 months to begin our search.

We have been counting down those 6 months and the time had finally arrived to start looking. Doug and I prayed that if God wanted us to buy a house here that He would show us a sign. We asked to see a double rainbow or to get a large check in the mail. Well guess what I saw the VERY NEXT DAY? A double rainbow as clear as could be! Doug and I both have pictures of it on our phones : )

So we embarked on the house hunt. And it has been Cuh-Ray-Zee! We kept finding houses we loved but then we would get outbid on every single one of them. We were looking at all foreclosures and shortsales because that was the most square footage we could get in our price range.

One week though, we went to go look at a new build that was above our price range but our realtor said that we would qualify for this program called DAP (down payment assistment program) where the government would pay $14,000 for our house. So we went to check them out. The house was really beautiful. It was built by the same builder who constructed our house in AZ, Centex. The house was also located 20 minutes closer to the freeway and in a much better school district than the other houses we had been looking at. So we went and sat with the salesman and our realtor and started working numbers. Well it turned out we did not qualify for DAP so the house was out of the question.

We returned to looking at foreclosures. Doug started worrying about all the repairs the houses we were bidding on would need because they were older and would probably need new rooves, new acs, and new water heaters soon. He also was concerned about the utility costs on these houses. We found another house we liked and we bid much higher than the asking price. We thought for sure this would be our house.

Then we got the call we had been anxiously waiting for...

And we did NOT get the house.

My heart was broken. I felt like we would never find a house.

Then our realtor called again that same day and said that the new build we had liked would actaully be in our price range and that the builder was willing to make us a deal to cover all closing costs and the upgrades we wanted. So we drove out to see it again. They showed us where our lot would be and threw in the upgrades we wanted. We went back the next day and picked out all of our colors and signed all the papers.

The house has everything we wanted! Here was our list for our dream home:
1. At least 1,900 sq ft. (The house is 2,100!)
2. 2 car garage- check!
3. 4 bedrooms and a gameroom- check!
4. A large kitchen (I call our current kitchen a hallway kitchen because one person barely fits in it. You can't open your fride and pantry at the same time. The new kitchen is a BIG square. It is set up almost exactly like our kitchen in our house in AZ except it has more cabinet space!)
5. Master bedroom on the same floor as the kids.- check!
6. Has a laundry room and not a laundry closet. - check!
7. Has the laundry room on the second floor so I don't have to constantly carry clothes up and down the stairs. - check!
8. Has a decent yard. - check!
9. On a culdesac street. - check!
10. In a nice neighborhood with ammenities like a pool and playground. - check!

Amazing, right? PLUS the house will be under warrantee and it is energy efficient! Our energy bill will only be $90 at the hottest time of the year! Now all we have to do is wait. They estimate our closing to be end of January/ early February. At least we have plenty of time to pack : )

Sight Word Game

Logan's favorite sight word game is when I lay all the flashcards on the floor making different paths.  One of the paths leads to treasure.  We write a "treasure map" of the words he needs to find and read.  If he follows the words they will take him to the end of one of the paths where the treasure is.


Playing War

The kids love to play War with cards now.  Even daddy gets in on the action:

Ariah's First Solid Food!

Ariah cut a bottom tooth and is already working on her other bottom tooth.  She has been pretty fussy, especially at meal times.  I decided to give her a taste of some mashed bananas today and she LOVED it.  She cried every time I took the spoon away and she kept grabbing the spoon trying to feed herself.  Aila being the "little mother" of course had to feed her sister.

Ariah is Growing!

Little Miss Ariah is starting to wear some 6-9 month clothes already! Look at her in her cute little hat! 

Love My Goobers

Under the Sea Snack

We did a unit study on ocean life in homeschool and the kids saw this cute snack in my Family Fun magazine and begged me to make them  They were really easy to make and the kids loved them!