Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Sometimes I find myself not blogging because there isn't really anything happening that's worthy of prioritizing time at the computer for.

This is not one of those times! Things have been so crazy and busy around here...an update by way of bullets:

* I'm 25.5 weeks and am pretty sure I'm carrying a future kickboxer. Hedgehog is a mover and shaker. Everything appears to be going fine and I have reached the point where everyone feels comfortable assuming the girth is due to pregnancy. I love how excited people get about babies being born.

* We finished the updates in our house: re-carpeting over half of it, replacing some other flooring, replacing cabinets and countertops and painting the kitchen and dining room, overhauling the master bath and countless other small projects.

* We put the house on the market on Friday evening, before the granite was even fully installed. Chris was still plumbing the new sink in at 9:00 pm and was out at Home Depot at 7:00 the next morning.

* We spent all day Saturday exiled from the house for 10 showings to potential buyers. At 6:00 pm we had an offer that just exceeded our asking price, which we accepted.

* We looked at each other in bewilderment (recall, if you will, the house was on the market for 60+ days last summer with one too-low offer) and realized we better find ourselves a house to move into!

* A whirlwind tour of nearly every available property in the surrounding areas commenced. At this point I feel certain we've seen everything that meets our criteria currently on the market. After a few houses? They all look the same. Also, I strongly do NOT recommend house-hunting if you are pregnant and have an acutely increased sense of smell. Even houses that don't smell bad just smell TOO MUCH. And the people that had several different varieties of rodents in cages in the bedrooms? Ugh. I took to just holding my breath as I peeked into bedrooms because I just couldn't deal with the smell of PEOPLE.

*We have a short list. A very short list. There is really not a lot available to buy right now.

* The house inspection on our place was this morning and I had the very awkward experience of encountering the potential buyers. In my house. When I was not expecting them. The inspection was due to go from 9:00 - 12:00 so Brighton, Huff and I made ourselves scarce til 12:15 when we picked up Pacey and came back. To find the buyers here with their agent. Soooooo awkward. Real estate transactions tend to be so anonymous and encountering them this way was just so weird. Anyway, they were a lovely older couple and we chatted for a bit. The inspection doesn't seem to have uncovered any deal-breakers so as far as I know we proceed. And they got to see what the house looks like *actually* lived in rather than staged for showing.

* As of June 26th (barring any unforeseen bumps) we will be moving into a new residence. Hopefully not a rental.

* In the middle of all this I am working on planning for Pacey's next school year before his IEP in a couple of weeks. I had a wonderful meeting with his team, and I was struck again at how hard they are working with me to find the right hybrid educational setting for my kid, who just doesn't fit neatly into one category or another. It's all still a work in progress, but I feel good about where we are going. Also, I really hope that even if we move out of the district he can stay at this school for the next year while I evaluate the pros and cons of moving to our new home district (naturally we aren't considering any that would be cause for concern, but I don't want to give up a great thing too easily).

* I also got what I believe is probably a taste of what age four is going to be last night. Brighton and I (and even Chris got involved) engaged in a throw down. She is getting so sassy and so defiant at times and as much as I like to pick my battles, you do actually have to fight them before the war is won and the winner isn't you. We've had a very good six months or so with her, which usually dictates that stormy weather is ahead. Awesome.

I'm sure there is more, but right now the sun is making an extremely rare appearance and even though it's only 45 degrees still, I'm going to go outside for a little Vitamin D. Lest my child be born with some rare and strange complication due to being gestated during the longest winter in the history of winters.


Anonymous said...

Yeah! Congratulations on the house! That is so exciting and fast. I hope you find something just as quick. Anne

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, you have been busy between gestating a boy-child, raising your other crazies AND selling your house!! I have no doubt all the pieces will fall into place and you'll end up exactly where you should. Until then, good luck with everything.

Michelle said...

Wow how awesome that you had a great offer on your house so quickly! Fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly with the selling of your house - and that you find a great place!
Loved your comment on my blog about Pacey telling the joke with the title of the movie!

Navigating the Mothership said...

You have been crazy busy! I would love to know what you are looking for in a house - what are your top must-haves? And I can't remember why your current house wasn't working for you - is it a space thing? No need to answer these, I'm just being overly curious :)