Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Enough already

Waiting almost eight months on this short sale has tested our patience. Even the boys have been ready to give up. Casey came home the other day and said, "If it doesn't work out Mom, it's OK, we can just stay here and build a pool."

It's hard to keep the hope alive.
We keep hearing that it is almost over.
Almost there now, hang in there.
I think we ALMOST have all the paperwork in order to move forward. 

I'm hating on almost. Uh Oh, my Mom doesn't it like it when I say hate. I really DISLIKE hearing ALMOST. I want to hear, "Nora and Pedar, you are now officially in escrow. Looks like you will have keys to your new home by June 5th."

I'm going to HEAR this VERY SOON!

Monday, April 29, 2013


We almost got done putting the shower back together this weekend. It is all put back together, but Pedar just needed a bit more time and we will be back in action. We have a bit of painting and installing beadboard to do in the kitchen and then we put that project to bed too,

We are still waiting for a contract to sign so we can feel like we are REALLY moving.  

We had a great weekend. We went out to eat on Friday night to celebrate my birthday. It was a lovely two hours. I kind of wish it was 48 hours-- so I need to plan. On Saturday we worked on the house projects and in the yards and Casey had a baseball game. Erik fell asleep in the car for over an hour. He hasn't done that in a long time. We kept working on the house all day and fell into bed so tired. On Sunday morning we went to Ancil Hoffman for a bit and then worked a bit more and then hosted a dinner with a few of our neighbors. It was HOT. We bought the boys a slip-n-slide!


Friday, April 26, 2013

Thank you!

Had a great day yesterday! Feeling grateful and happy!

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy Birthday to my little Margie!

Today is Margery's (and my) Birthday! Margery called me a few weeks ago and asked me, "What age are we going to decide to be?" 

 Um, why?
"Because I need you to back me up when I say we're 31!"
No, we are not 31 and I'm OK with that. I'm grateful for every moment I've had--even the really bad ones--they make the good ones that much sweeter. I get one chance at this awesome ride and I am going to squeeze all the goodness out of it that I can.

I am so grateful for my family and friends--they make me feel so loved. I want to take a moment to THANK my friends and family for all the love, support, glasses of wine, coffee, hugs and laughs you've given me. Thank you for being so good to me. I am so very lucky. Cheers to an incredible year. I pray it is overflowing with abundance and love.

Here is a clip from the 1950's show, "My Little Margie" Enjoy!

Ice cream

It is going to be close to 90 degrees today! We need to get used to the heat. Ice cream helps!

This is what my shower still looks like. After we finish this bathroom project, we will just need to paint a bit and work on a few little things to get Oxbow ready to rent.

I tried to rip the counterops off all by myself, but the old sink was cast iron and weighed close to 300 pounds.

Pedar I ripped the countertops off on Friday. The new counterops were almost finished on Saturday, but they came back yesterday and finished the little computer desk countertop to match. Pictures to come later tonight!!

We're still waiting on a contract so we can feel like we are actually going to move. Still wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' and plannin' and dreamin' that WE WILL BE MOVIN'!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Daddy's shoes

"Daddy's Shoes"

We love to wear your shoes Daddy,
As you can clearly see.
Pretending we’re as big as you,
For soon that day will be.
We hope to be like you someday,
Strong, Patient, full of love.
You’re the greatest Dad on earth,
With quite the shoes to fill.
Author: Unknown

Waiting for Pedar to get home to show him his new shoes!

At DSW picking out shoes for Daddy!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Friday!

Casey hit his first in the park home run last night! He is really loving baseball!! Erik was so happy for him!

Hope you all have a fantastic Friday! We're tearing off the countertops and kitchen sink tonight! Tomorrow we have baseball and we will be putting our shower and kitchen back together! Good things are happening everyday! Woo Hoo!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Worry about yourself!!

This will make your day! You have to watch it twice. Enjoy!!

Kitchen floor and GOOD NEWS ON HOUSE!!!



Why did it take almost 11 years to do this? Oh yeah, the house was a dump when we bought it.We had to immediately get a new roof, new windows, replace a wall, new HVAC, refinish floors, remodel a bathroom, remove a tree and landscape both yards and so much more. We've had two kids, replaced two old cars and pay for daycare. No wonder we have no cash!!

On Monday we finally received a counter offer for $6,000 more than what we offered for the house we want! We accepted of course! We are now waiting for the contract of sale so we can move into escrow. We have organized all of our paperwork and given it to the mortgage coordinator. We are cautiously excited. After seven months of waiting --it is hard to jump up and down. If everything starts to roll, we would be moving by June 1st. Which means we wrap up these projects at Oxbow and find renters for this sweet little house.  
Pedar and I are feeling extremely grateful. We know that the next few weeks might be stressful and we wish we had more money to throw at this new house to fix it up--but even if it takes another 15 years to make it the way we want it--that's OK. This is our dream house.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday, Lola!

Today is our super cute, funny, sassy and sweet niece's 6th birthday! We love you, Lola! We look forward to coming to visit you again this summer. Your cousins miss you A LOT and can't wait to play with you and Ava!

I love being silly with you, Lola!
You are so loved, Lola!

I can't believe you are 6!! Make it stop!! I wish I could hold you today!

Erik LOVES you, Lola!!
Erik talks about wanting to fly to be with Ava and Lola at least every other day! He gets angry when I say, "We'll go soon!"

Your Uncle Pedar knows how lucky he is to have such beautiful nieces!!

We hope you have a SUPER FUN Birthday!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mom/Nana

We want to wish Za Nana, a.k.a Mom a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We love you soo much!!

Your grandkids love their Nana!!!

Precious Rita loves you, Nana! Only one more month till you get to kiss her!!

Mama's Birthday blog from last year!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Za Mama/Nana, Baseball, Tile, Auction and Baby Shower

Friday evening, my Mom a.k.a Za Mama/Nana and I enjoyed a bit of shopping and a delicious Thai dinner to celebrate her birthday! Her birthday is tomorrow 4/16. Love you, Mama!!

Our kitchen was tiled on Saturday!! I'll show pictures soon. The grout will be completed today. This weekend we are getting new countertops. I am so excited. We had an early  baseball game on Saturday and then we did our best to stay out of the house. The tiling guy worked from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. We ran errands and then quickly cleaned the house after he left (CRAZY DUST!) and got ready for Mission Avenue's 80's themed auction!!
So, like, yeah--this totally happened on Saturday for Mission Avenue's 80 themed auction. Pedar was fortunate enough to be loaned his entire get-up from a friend.

We had a great time!!
The next day my fantastic ladies got together to celebrate April birthday's and Carina's soon-to-be baby girl at Miners Leap winery.
Gorgeous day!

 We love you, Carina!!
Adorable Giants outfit from Aunt Jenna!

The ladies celebrate the April birthdays too!

How cool is Carina to be so great about having a ladies day at a winery while pregnant?? We owe you, Carina!!!

Miners Leap winery