Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Funny!

Apparently my life will never be as hard as this least I hope not.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

And The House We Chose...

We chose house number 3. The price couldn't be beat for the size, location, and condition. We love the charm of the house and although we wanted land with gas prices going up the commute of house one wasn't economical.

We put in an offer yesterday and after several counter offers we settled on the price of $114,000.00. Like I've said many times before, I love a good deal.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

House Hunters Marshall Style

Okay folks this is it. We are down to the final three choice. A few things have changed since I last blogged. One, we are no longer looking in Sedalia. Two, because of some issues we are facing with the relocation company we are no longer considering the older home although after looking at them this isn't a problem. Pictures are very deceiving peope. Beautiful homes with a whole lot of work attached to them.

So that leaves us with homes in Marshall. This should make several peope happy because they liked the idea of the Marshall family living in Marshall. Here are the the final three choices. No decisions have been made yet so these all still open to comments and we would love to hear what you think.

House #1 Acreage we have always wanted.

This home is large with a huge master room and closet,but it does have a lot of updating to do. It sits on three acres which is something we have always wanted. It has a walk out basement that needs to be finished and seemed to have experienced a bit of water damage in the basement. The house is not our favorite color and it is at the very top of our budget.

House #2 Attractive Rambler on a quiet cul-de-sac

This is a beautiful home with a great master suite and fabulous addition added to the back of the house to be used as a family room. It's well taken care of with a fireplace upstairs and one in the basement. The basement is not finished, but has been started. The downsides are once again it's in at the top of our budget, you can see the kitchen from the front door, and it's only three bedroom so we would have to finish one in the basement fairly soon.

House #3 Charming updated home with great price

This is a cute home with a lot of character. The price is great and it has a ton of closet space through out the house. The kitchen needs a refrigerator and new stove, but all the cabinets are in great shape. The flooring is new through out the house and one of the rooms upstairs is large enough for all three of my boys to share or for a large master bedroom. The basement has two rooms that are finished minus the flooring so we could have five bedrooms in all. This home has a really good feel to it, but it feels a little small even thought it has well over 2400 square feet. The price of this home is excellent for the condition and the lower house payment would leave extra money in our budget.

There you are folks. Those are the three houses we are considering. I cannot get the links to work so you will have to copy and paste them into your address bar. Let me know what you think and then once everything is all said and done we will tell you which one we end up buying.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Funny!

As part of getting ready to move I've had to sell my Gold's Gym membership. This is a sad thing for me because I know if I don't get a treadmill soon this is going to be me...except in the female form of course. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nothing Says Love

Valentine's Day is a wonderful day for some and a horrible day for others. I have had some of both. I find it interesting what people do to celebrate the day. I know some call it single awareness day and celebrate being single while others go all out to celebrate with a special person in their life. My sister's husband who lives in Texas while she lives in Utah, (it's a long story), sent her chocolate covered strawberries which she shared with me. They were divine, so a big thanks to you Dale. You rock!

My in-laws dropped off a pizza from Papa Murphy's shaped like a heart for my family. I can't tell them enough how much I appreciated that today. It was a lifesaver because we have been working on the house to get it ready to put on the market.

My children all brought Valentine's to school and exchanged them with their fellow classmates and had a wonderful day reading and eating the treats they brought home from their school parties.

My husband on the other hand got me absolutely nothing, which is exactly what I wanted. I know some of you are thinking he should have gotten me something even if I told him not to, but he's smarter than that. You see I love to get a good deal. I love to get things on sale and I love to bargain shop so my husband is under strict guidelines not to buy me anything until the day after Valentine's Day when everything from candy, flowers, stuffed animals and other wonderful items are half off or more. Nothing says love to me like a fifty percent off tag.

You would think my husband would be thrilled with this, but at first he struggled. He loves buying me things and celebrating holidays. He felt like he was being a bad husband by not buying me something that day, but to me if he waits he can spend the same amount and get double the stuff. I don't see the downside at all and now that we've been married thirteen years and with five kids he's not complaining anymore either.

I'm not suggesting that everyone do this. There is nothing wrong with buying something before the holiday and celebrating it that day, but I'm cheap and I know it. I realize some people struggle with my thriftiness so I don't suggest men do this unless your wives are okay with it and that goes both ways for the women out there.

I hope that everyone out there had a great Valentine's Day today because I plan to have a wonderful one tomorrow.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Funny!

My dad loves Bill Cosby. I was raised on this stuff, but I never truly appreciated it until I had my own children. I now not only appreciate it, but I am living it. I used to be a beautiful woman...until I had children ;) 

Enjoy! Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Narrowing It Down

For those of you who don't know I am moving. Yep, it's true. I am moving to Missouri. I have lived my whole life in three states all of which reside in the west so moving to the middle of the country is going to be an adventure to say the least. This is one of the many reasons book two has yet to make it to publication, but don't worry I am still working on it and I do hope to have it out this year.

Now back to the situation at hand. My husband and I will be flying back to Missouri on a house hunting trip and for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook I have decided to do this trip House Hunter style, like the show on HGTV, for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about. My husband and I love that show and think it will be fun to let all of you vote on which house we should pick. The problem we are having is there are so many houses we are considering we need to narrow it down and I am hoping you will give your input.

This is how it will work. I will list the houses we are looking at by town, and yes there are multiple towns we are considering, and give each house a number. After you have gone through and looked at all of them please comment and let me know your vote. Here we go.

Marshall, Missouri



Sedalia, Missouri







Gilliam, Missouri


Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Funny!

Here's a little something to think about. I hope you all have a great weekend.