Friday, December 4, 2009

The latest

This has been a busy year!!! February we bought a house(Yikes)! At the time, we were so excited that we could afford a house, and excited that we wouldn't have to move again, and we could paint the rooms any color we want, you know, the important stuff.

Who knew we would have bought the money pit of a house! Let me just tell you all of the things we have run into:
  1. Remove all flooring(Carpet, no problem: Tile in the living room, PROBLEM). It took about a day and a half to remove all the tile!!! I don't reccomend doing this on your own if you can afford it!
  2. The sub-floor was mostly good. Our bedroom sub-floor was damaged and had to be replaced.
  3. Put in laminate flooring throughout the house besides the kitchen and bathrooms.
  4. Master Bathroom was un-usable. Mixture of being gross and the plumbing was bad.
  5. Back wall of house (Ben's Room and our bedroom) was completely ruined by moisture. The dry-wall literally caved in when we put the smallest amount of pressure on it.
  6. We started to smell something "funny" outside, and it seemed to come from under the house(Crawl Space). Sure enough we had a pipe that got a hole and proceeded to leak. Luckily it wasn't from the toilets, just the dishwasher/sink/washer. I had to crawl under the house with a shop vac and extension hose to suck out all the water. Not to mention the million or so mosquito larva that came along with it. Pretty disgusting.
  7. When the summer hit, we realized that the air was on, but it wasn't cold. So, come to find out, the inspector failed to notice that compressor was completely missing, and the whole air conditioner was not working properly. So, new air conditioner.
  8. Now that the air was working, I was walking down the hall and heard a, "drip, drip, drip." I love hearing that noise where I'm not supposed to, I opened the furnace door, and found the air conditioner condenser was not hooked to a pipe, but just dripping into the back of the furnace closet. That was pretty exciting. So, the water went into the flooring and buckled the sub-floor and ruined our new flooring we put in!
  9. We found a live 220 wire in our backyard sticking out of one of the basement vents that was previously used for a hot-tub. They didn't bother to disconnect the wiring, they left it for someone else to discover. This caused our dryer to not work properly, and we had to have the whole thing rewired from the electrical panel to the dryer itself. Pretty exciting.
  10. Our back fence was about to fall down, I took off a couple of the fence boards and the posts just fell over. We found trampoline springs, a Christmas tree holder, security bars and many many more interesting things behind this falling fence. It was like a dumping ground for our neighbors and the previous residents of our house. Doesn't that sound nice?
  11. The most recent of our transgressions was our garage door opener. We got home from Thanksgiving, pushed the button to close the garage door, got to the living room and heard the beautiful sound of something crashing to the ground. That's right, the garage door opener fell to the ground. The previous owner, when attaching the opener, decided not to attach it to studs, just the drywall. They had about 15 screws in the ceiling, but not attached to anything significant. Go them!
There might be more, but honestly isn't that enough to understand how much "crap" has happen to us because of this house.

Besides the house, Ben just turned 2, whoa, and Jess is loving her job and is up for a raise. Life is moving along, and we have been dealing less and less with problems with our house, and more and more of things we really want to do with the house.

We are excited about our future, and loving life as parents!

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Friday, October 10, 2008


So, we are sort of still looking for a house. I posted a blog a while ago with a picture of a house that we thought we were going to get. Turns out we didn't.

So here is an updated picture to reflect that!

When we make another offer on a house, then I'll put up another picture. Hopefully I won't have to cross it out.

I don't really want to write any more.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Life as a parent

So, it's been 10 months with a child, sometimes it's overwhelming. Most of the time it's wonderful. All of the time it's busy.

The biggest news of our family's life is our recent weight loss. Jess and I are on the unofficial Weight Watchers plan. It's unofficial because we don't go to any of the meetings, we just keep each other accountable. So far, both of us have lost 15lbs each! It's working out.

We recently got some family pictures taken, and they turned out very nice. Ben has a nice mark on his forehead from bonking into a chair. He wasn't very happy about it, but quickly turned into the ham he is for the pictures.

Here is the entire immediate family. My brother Steve and sister in Law Amy, my niece and nephew Macie and Mark, Mom and Dad, then us on the right. That picture is taken in my parents backyard, pretty nice looking huh! It's fun to go over there and just sit on their dock, look at the ducks and watch my dad not catch fish. Good times.

Over all I would say my son is great! Jess and I are having a great time loving him and it seems he is having a great time with it too!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The latest

Well, the last time I "blogged", I said that we bought a house. Well, it looks like I jumped the gun a bit. The house we were looking at turned out to not be exactly what we wanted. The bank made a counter offer that just wasn't to our liking, and on top of that, someone decided to live in the house from the time we saw it for the first time, and when we went back to look at it. They did a little damage and the bank wouldn't fix it. So, all that being said, we withdrew our offer.

So, we have made a new offer on a new house. It's a better house, about the same size, a little more to offer, and a little lower in price. So, we're waiting for a response for that one.

Things with the fam are still great, Ben is beginning to speak to us in a not so clear language, but he is definitely certain of what he is saying. It's very cute, and loud. He has said momma, and dadadada. That's pretty exciting.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So, apparently there are those who blog, and those who don't. I have been informed that I am the latter of the two. With that motivation I now enter into the loving world of "those who blog".

Alright, Benjamin is growing up pretty fast! He's just about 8 months old, and is still very happy, very smiley, is starting to really talk. Mostly he says "blah, blah, blah, blah" Not kidding, those are his actual words. I think he is mocking Jess and I and thinks we have nothing real to say.
It's pretty funny!

Other news...
yup, we bought a house. It's not big (1100 sq. feet), it's not wonderful (banked owned and needs a little work), but it's livable, and more importantly, it will be ours. We're getting all of the paperwork done over the next several weeks (so excited about the paperwork), and our goal is the 27th to move in! We have already started making plans for upgrades, and for paint, but we'll have to see how far the little money we have will go. It's pretty exciting though, and we are definitely buying at the right time. It's hard to get any lower than $124,900 for a 3 bed 2 bath house in California.

So, Ben's still growing up, and we're buying a house. That's all my news for now.

till next time...

Saturday, March 1, 2008

New House

So Jess and I have been married now for almost 3 years now. We have moved 6 times. That is ridiculous. We are once again moving, and saying that we will have moved 7 times in 3 years time sounds pretty bad, I can honestly say that we are going to be in the place a while (hopefully). It's an actual house (not an apartment), and we are getting the deal of the century! We have never lived in a house, and now that we have a little guy, it just makes sense for us to move that direction. Since we are broke, we haven't been able to think about buying, but this is the next best thing.
We'll have our own garage, a back yard, a drive way, it's sounds silly, but we aren't used to all of that luxury. It's pretty amazing.
I had to throw Ben's picture in there, I would have put a picture of the house in there, but alas I do not have one.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Well, I know I am a bit biased (sp?), but he's probably the cutest baby ever! I mean, geez, he smiles all the time, sometimes when he wakes up from his nap, he just hangs out in his bed and is content. He's fat like his daddy, it's great! I am excited for him to talk! There is a lot he wants to say I can tell. Soon enough I guess.
Plus, he helped us get a decent tax return! Yahooooo!