Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Considering we like our lifestyle and being able to give (to others and ourselves), we've decided that it would be best to continue renting and to save up more money for a down payment. This would help us avoid paying for the house 3x over and hey, the kids won't care.
SO! If anyone knows of a rental from here to Azusa, that's a 2 bedroom with laundry...let us know! We are also entertaining the idea of moving in with some friends from church (who just sold their house) by looking for a place we could both rent together. There was a 5 bedroom they had their hearts set on, but that won't be available until at least Sept. and they have to be out by Aug. 29. Ideally this would be closer to church and end up being cheaper for us. Also, Big Red likes the idea because the dad is at home most days and I wouldn't be alone. (Must be pretty close friends to be okay with our soon to be homebirth!)
Please be praying for us! That we'd find a good place and would be able to save, i.e. disciplined!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
My grandma and grandpa dancing
My dad throwing my cousin around on the dance floor
Happy Birthday Uncle Greg and Aunt Judy!
My uncle singing to my aunt
And, of course, my mom was there to help watch Karrots
This weekend and the weekend prior we checked out some houses. There were more shown this weekend. The first house we saw was a city over from our church and is a two bedroom, one bath, with central air, cherry wood laminate flooring in the living room, fairly new roof, a separate laundry room, a one-car garage and an enclosed patio. It's got a pretty big backyard, but all the grass throughout is dead as no one's lived there since April. I guess it was purchased by an investor who put $410,000 into it and the place is now appraised for $315,000 and is a short sale. A little over our budget (and kinda small), but it's Big Red's favorite so far. He said we could live there for a few years before having to do anything to it:
Front of the house
Back enclosed patio where the laundry is.
Living room and dining area - note the flooring
Kitchen - need new stove and fix the corner cabinet
One near my favorite was a three bedroom, one bath, with a good size living room and yard, laundry in the kitchen, fairly new carpet and h/w floor, and a maid quarter built on with its own entrance. Could be for guests or to rent out...But we're pretty sure it's not permitted and while Big Red pulled on the roofing it gave quite a bit...not ideal!
We revisited my favorite one so far today for an open house and are thinking of placing a bid on it. I just want a quick move for us so I can help move stuff and not sit helplessly around with the excuse of being pregnant, exhausted, and my belly getting in the way.
Anyone up for helping us when we move?!