Saturday, May 29, 2010
Oh, sad times. We had to make the decision to let our house go. The one we had been planning to buy. Our condo wasn't selling, so we made the decision to put it up for rent because we didn't want to lose that house. The owner had been holding on to it for us and we had all our plans worked out. We had a ton of interest in the condo, both for sale and rent, and we had a a couple come real close to getting it, but it never worked out. Time was running short and we started weighing the choices. A lot of work (and money!!) was to go into that house, and we knew that and we were excited to get to work and make it ours. We mentally prepared ourselves. But, we knew that we really only had until June to get a buyer/renter because the owner didn't want to hold onto it anymore, and we understood that. Around the middle of May we let the owner know (who is a friend of ours) that we still love the house and want it, but we just don't see our condo going. By this time, we had slowed down the traffic of people wanting to see our house because it was getting to hard to deal with (I mean, we had multiple people seeing it in one day). Sadly, we gave the go ahead to let him do what he wanted with the house, which, of course, was put it on the market. It sold in 2 days. Goodbye!!
Now that I think about it, I know it would have been so much to deal with! (Not saying I still wouldn't do it, cause that house is worth it.) It would have been a lot of money, and the shape that that house was in, there's a good chance we would have found an underlying issue that we didn't have the funds for. We would have also had to find somewhere to stay until it was good enough (for my standards) to live in. Another huge reason is that our babysitter for when I am in school lives in our current neighborhood. I am going to student teach in the Fall and I need her. She doesn't drive and so I would have had to find a new sitter. We love her and her rates are great. Thinking about all of this, maybe God knew this wasn't such a great idea.
So, sticking it out here in our condo is what we will be doing for the next 6 months or so.
We withdrew our house listing from the market and are turning down all callers. We had a pretty inefficient real estate agent and I know this condo would have sold with someone else. I was getting more interest posting it on Craigs List after a few dead months of no viewers. So, when we re-list it, a new one we will have. We will re-list it in October probably, but if someone wanted to buy it, we wouldn't turn them down!
We will look forward to when it is our time to find that house!
Friday, May 28, 2010
This is a picture of Braxton in action on his slip-n-slide. He refuses to go face first so this is as good as it gets.
This picture illustrates the story behind taking pictures of my boys. They rarely look at the camera at the same time. I took another but Maddox was looking away in that one.
I took this picture moments later. We were getting ready to take my mom back to the airport. That Mammy loves those boys!
I took this one yesterday evening. Maddox was cracking us up because he just kept pointing to the water and screaming with a big smile on his face.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Saturday, we had Braxton's 4th birthday party at our neighborhood clubhouse. It was a great place to have a party. We had snacks and had Toy Story playing on the TV.
After he opened his presents, we had a few more surprises for him outside.
The Power Wheels was a hit.
Yesterday was his actual birthday, though all week he has been rackin' up. Monday, he got to go to Chuck E. Cheese and Tuesday Mammy got him the Toy Story Mania Wii game and a fancy Toy Story bathing suit.
Wednesday we celebrated all day. He picked CiCi's pizza for lunch, aunt JoJo took him to ToysRUs to pick out a toy, and then we went bowling that night.
I made "dirt cake" cups since we had plenty of cake at the party and we sang to him again and had those when we got home.
With all this fun having , I hadn't thought much about it, but goodness, I have a 4 year old!!
Happy Birthday precious boy! You light my life and I love you so much!!!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
As I did for Maddox, I am going to take a stroll down memory lane and also let you get to know Braxton a little better. His 4th birthday is coming up!
Braxton Matthew weighed in at 9lbs 2oz and was 21 3/4 in long. He was such a pleasant baby. He rarely cried, hardly fussed, just along for the ride. He was the perfect baby for his daddy and I. We were SO blessed.
Here he is a few days after he learned to walk (11 months).
He was the funnest, cutest, and all around best 1 year old ever. That was the funnest year. Still, at 2, he was great. The "terrible twos" were rare in our house. We started potty training in August and he was completely trained (day and night) by November. He learned quickly and behaved properly. I was SO blessed.
He got a baby brother a month before he turned 3. From day one, he has been accepting, loving, and has never had a jealousy issue. I am SO lucky, SO blessed.
This past year has been the hardest. The attitude, and the "testing," and not listening, and the whining has really shown up in our home. It is not fun to deal with. But, once again, I am lucky. He behaves at school and church beautifully and he really isn't as bad as I have seen.
And now he is turning 4. WOW. That's one year from a kindergartner. He amazes us everyday. He is so smart....and FUNNY! This kid loves to make us laugh! He is active and loves to play any sport. He is great at Tball!
We are looking forward to his Toy Story 4th birthday party next Saturday and his actual birthday next Wednesday.
Thank you, God, for sending us a most precious gift. WE ARE BLESSED.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Braxton's 4th birthday is in 2 short weeks. I can't believe it! We will be having his party on the 22nd. Toy Story! Go figure!
My mom will be here next Friday and will stay for a week. So happy about that!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Maddox got his first haircut the other day! I called the hair in the back "fluff." You can't really see it here. I had to constantly smooth it down or it would just stick up. I LOVE the longer hair on the top of his head so I just wanted her to trim that but buzz the sides short! Here is after:
and this is precious...
I also wanted to share some pictures of Braxton at T-ball practice. I should say "baseball practice" because he doesn't even use the "T" anymore. I'm so proud of him!