Sunday, April 03, 2011

The House Hunt

First of all--be sure to check out and refer all your friends to so that we can get THIS house sold. Yesterday we went house browsing in Raleigh. Just me and Justin. Elijah is having a granny/grampy weekend at the beach--just him! The sissies went to nana and papa's for good spoiling. Knowing our kids were in good hands let us just relax and really enjoy the trip. It was so much fun. I could do open houses every weekend. I love getting inspired by the homes and how others have decorated. I digress. . . .we were basically going to see what our budget would get us in Raleigh. Our only non-negotiable is 4 bedrooms. I want to sleep again sometime this century :) Everything else is a bonus. We saw a lot of homes and I have to say the realtor really paid attention to our "wish list." Only one home didn't have some sort of covered parking. Only two of the 7 had the open floorplan that I really despise. Everything else was great. My biggest shocker was the lot size. We are very spoiled by our HUGE lot and the kids are really used to the running around space and the yard being fenced in. We were looking at stuff on .1 acre. That isn't even big enough for a swingset! Other than that we were very excited. Everything we saw was about the same size house we have here. Obviously that is a little less living space because of the extra bedroom but I am willing to pay just about any price for a full nights sleep again. We obviously need to do more research on the schools (year round and having 3 kids on possibly 3 different tracks is NIGHTMARISH!!) but all of the neighborhoods had sidewalks. We saw lots and lots of families out playing around. It was so exciting. We love our neighborhood now but there is no one for the kids to play with and no safe place to ride bikes so that is a huge plus of moving to Raleigh. There were also several neighborhoods with pools and parks in them. How cool would that be?? Being able to stroll to the park and meet neighbors. All in all I think that when the time comes we are really going to enjoy being in Raleigh. Right now I am stressing over the start of school and moving and possibly messing up Elijah's kindergarten year but I know I just need to relax and wait on God. We had talked about possibly getting a bridge loan but after thinking and praying have decided to revert to the original plan and just wait on this house to sell before looking in Raleigh. If it means an interrupted K year it will be OK. If it means a month or two with stuff in storage and living with family or in a hotel it will be OK. I am excited about this change in our life and know that it will be good for all of us. Right now the kids aren't really happy about everything being packed up and having to keep the house clean and the idea of moving farter than 5 minutes from grandparents but I think it will be good for them to be in a new place with new friends. Its always nice to stretch outside your comfort zone. We'll also be going back to the Summit Church (where we got married!) and the kids will be a part of that awesome ministry too. Psyched!

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