Our New Home?

 

I found a house I really like! Eric isn’t free until this weekend to see it, but considering he would live in a cardboard box, I’m guessing he’ll like it. Hopefully we can make an offer soon! The link below will take you to some pictures (well, screen shots from my phone). It’s new, the furniture in it is just for show, and since we are keeping our current home, hopefully we can close and move quickly! And so the next adventure begins!

Pictures

 

Open Houses

The highlight of today… Three open houses. And none of them were good. And all of these were in Waterloo, where the schools aren’t the greatest compared to Cedar Falls. I’m so fed up with the real estate market here…

  • 2503 W 4th Street – All brick in an older neighborhood with lots of mature trees. Had a ton of neat features, but seems fairly over-priced compared to others we’ve looked at in the same price range. I would probably want to replace all the flooring and countertops…
  • 5024 S Fork Lane – I walked in and thought, hum.. this looks like our current house. Yeah, same builder. The builder I don’t want to build with again. Something about his materials… everything looks nice from a distance, but is crap up close.
  • 5040 S Fork Lane – Actually next door to the one above. And OMG, it was complete crap. So beat up… It needed every single wall and piece of trim painted. Oh, and it used to have a pool, that the current owner filled with cement! Who does that?? Pictures really hide a lot…

Sunday

According to my phone, it’s Sunday. Feels like a Tuesday or Friday. Everyday feels similar lately. The weekends don’t stand out, being Eric works most of them, this one included.

The only reason I’m writing is because both girls are napping, at the same time, which happens about once a month lately, so I needed to take advantage. I’m convinced Nadia’s heart medication is what messes with her sleep, basically eliminating her daytime naps… We are weaning her off it, so the naps are becoming a bit more regular, but still far from anything I’d consider normal for a child her age.

I didn’t have a sitter this past week. Don’t even get me started. I know, it was a holiday, so I expected her to take some time off, but I thought I was at least going to have her Friday and then she texted me Thursday that they were staying out-of-town through the weekend. I feel like that’s the issue with someone coming to your home, or taking your kids to their home… The dependability just isn’t there, it just doesn’t compare to a center. And while yes, I am a stay-at-home mom, I have a ton of crap planned, mostly doctors appointments for the girls multiple times a week now, and some outings for me as well, and it’s hard to rearrange everything at the last-minute. I feel like I’m that person, who is always cancelling appointments and rescheduling. And August is even a bigger mess with a sitter, as the one I love isn’t available as much as I thought, although she will be back in town for the school year. It’s probably time to place another ad on care.com and start the process of finding a sitter all over again. Even the idea terrifies me.

Which brings me to opening my own daycare center… Still in the research phase. Looking more into Goddard currently, although I’m scared it’s a bit too upscale for this area. My research so far is pointing to our previous city being a better fit. Of course. Of course! The same things I hate about this city are still biting me in the butt! There are definitely enough people here on wait-lists wanting childcare… I’m just not yet convinced there are enough families with enough disposable income to spend well above average for such a service. Granted, they would getting more than just childcare, but it’s getting families to want that, and pay for that, and see the value in it, which might be the issue here.

No word from the sellers of the house we made an offer on… A little part of me thought they might come back to us by now, but nothing yet. I do know they are having an open house today though.

I should be napping… I’m exhausted. I got our little pool out for Nora again this morning. It wears her out and thus she takes a good nap, but it wears me out too! It’s a ton of work to get it out, blow it up, with the pump thing, find all the pool toys, fill it with water, get her in a swim diaper and suit, find a blanket for Nadia and I to sit on, carry each of them down the 10 steep stairs into our backyard, slather them both with sunscreen, then make 17 more trips up and down the stairs for everything else I forgot, then bring everything in an hour later, remove wet suits and wash, re-clothe them in dry clothing and real diapers, drain the pool, blah blah blah. You get the idea. It’s so much work! Why are kids so much work?? I mean, I think I’m a pretty well-adjusted adult with lots of resources. How do younger moms with no help and fewer resources handle this?? And then I was taking Nadia’s infant carrier car seat and rock-n-play into the basement for storage and thought, we have way too much baby stuff not to have another kid. OMG, but it’s so much work!

Do I try to do too much at once? While all the pool stuff was going on, I was also doing laundry and general cleanup of the house. Still doing laundry. I’m still in my swimsuit, as no time to take that off. Just grabbing lunch for myself now… I miss work, where I felt like I was able to focus, and actually finish tasks. I still believe Eric thinks staying with the girls is easy, and maybe in some ways it is easier than working outside the home. But then how come I never seem to actually accomplish anything? Like making dinner while watching the girls… It feels impossible! Maybe Eric should try watching the girls in his operating room while he’s performing surgery. Yes! He should have to get them snacks, turn on the next “Daniel Tiger” episode, change their diapers, etc. And no help from the OR nurses or scrub techs either! That is how this feels to me. Like I’m doing several jobs as once. It’s so draining, and frustrating.

Offer

Offer

We made an offer on this house… And we’re currently in negotiating limbo. The sellers have owned it less than a year. They put a good amount of money into it redoing the kitchen, painting most of the interior, and replacing all the carpet. The house is 18 years olds though, and thus still has some rooms that need updating. And it’s in Hudson, a very, very small town outside of Cedar Falls. Our realtor thinks it’s overpriced and thus helped us make a reasonable offer. Apparently they didn’t like the offer, as they were barely willing to drop from asking. We negotiated some, our offer isn’t contingent on us selling our current home, and we’re willing to close whenever is best for them… I’m not sure what their deal is, as we’ve gotten no feedback since last night when we gave our final offer. I fear they are going to let us walk away. Which our realtor thinks is insane, since the buyer pool here for this house is tiny. We’ll see I guess. I do really like the house, but it’s a house. Not getting it won’t be the end of the world. Maybe it’s not meant to be. I’ll update when I hear back from our realtor.

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House Tour

I really, really liked the house, enough to want to take Eric back to look, as he is, of course, working today. There are a few things I’d want to re-do, like some light fixtures which are quite fancy and not my taste, maybe the flooring in the formal dining room, but honestly, it’s not anything that would have to be done right away. Just cosmetic stuff if we find the time. The house has a lot of space, really way more than we actually need, but who knows, maybe we would find we like the extra space. The bedrooms are all good size, which is so nice, they even have walk-in closets for the girls. The current owners just repainted the entire house and all the trim. Most of the colors are blue/grey, which is okay, except they don’t really match any of our furniture. We currently have a lot of teal/sea-green in our home. Hum… Not the end of the world I guess. All the carpet is new, and there is new wood flooring, which might not be awesome since we have a dog who will probably ruin real wood. Maybe she can live in just one wing of the place!

 

I’m hoping Eric can find time Friday to see it, pending when our realtor is available. The real question though is… do I want to stay in the Cedar Falls area? Or move back closer to Iowa City? I realize this particular house is in a very small town, but it feels more like an extension of our current city. But do I want to stay here? Options here are still so, so limited for everything. Oh, and we are even further down on the daycare list here than I thought. Nora is 23rd, not 17th like she was a few months ago when I called. What the…IMG_8111

I’m so, so over the daycare situation here. Of course, I emailed one closer to where we used to live, and they didn’t call me back. Should I just open my own? I don’t actually want to work there, God no. I hate others people’s children. (Kidding. Sort of.) Can I just own it?

 

I peaked for jobs again here this afternoon… Nothing. Depressing. I’m so confused. I really do like the house. But what if we buy it, move, and then I decide I still don’t want to be here?

 

Maybe I need to make a list of pros and cons…

Stalked the Neighborhood

The girls and I stalked the Hudson house neighborhood today, so to speak. I took them to Hudson and we basically walked around the neighborhood a few times to get a feel for the area and gawk at the house for sale.

 

The neighborhood is very cute. Not new by any means, I think most of the houses were built around 2000, so 15 years old or more. But, that means the neighborhood is nice and quiet, unlike our current, which is NON-STOP construction as right now at least 15 homes are being built, six on my street alone. Oh, and there are trees! Atmosphere, lots of mature trees! The neighborhood itself is rather small though, only a few streets, but still a nicer area for walks than where we currently live.

 

My main concern is still living in a town even smaller than Cedar Falls, as you know I hate the lack of options here. So of course, moving isn’t going to solve that. But… I don’t think it makes that issue worse either. Me, being a nerdy accountant, I made a chart of driving distances, well, in time (minutes) and surprisingly, this proposed house is actually closer to most of the places I routinely travel.

 

The locations which are further, at the bottom of the list, like the country club, seriously don’t matter. We do go there to swim some, but not a necessity. And I’m not sure if the girls would still go to St. Pat’s for school if we moved, or if we’d investigate the schools there. I don’t even know how that works… I’m seeing the house at noon tomorrow.

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Hudson Readers…

Any local readers from Hudson, Iowa? I found a house there… Tell me about the city… I know it’s really small, but also basically an extension of the city where we currently reside. Closer for Eric to his clinic, I think about the same distance to the hospital for him, closer to my home away from home which is Target. No laughing.

 

Would I feel more trapped? How does that work for schools? If we send the girls to a private school, can they still go to the one we intended to if we stayed living in our current neighborhood?

 

I know… I didn’t want to live here. I hate it here. Blah blah blah. I’m just getting ideas. I’m going to drive by this house tomorrow and see how far out it really is…

I know…

I know… I’m crazy and way too picky, but looking for opinions on yet another house.

Great neighborhood, nice yard, lots of space. Master is on main level and kids would be upstairs though I think.

The downfalls… it’s not nearly as modern as I’d prefer, none of our furniture matches, and I’m not a fan of light wood. Actually, I don’t mind the light cabinets so much but with matching floors and trim I feel like it’s way too much light wood all matching. I could change some things I suppose, but Eric hates the idea of buying a house and then changing things…

I’m waiting for my realtor to get back to me on when I can tour this one.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2922-Waterbury-Dr_Cedar-Falls_IA_50613_M70868-76638

House Hunting

How come house hunting isn’t fun like on TV??

I’ve decided I’m too picky. Although one should be picky when purchasing something that takes 20+ years to pay off… right?

I’m in need of some input… Does anyone live out a bit from town? On gravel? Not necessarily in a neighborhood? What do you love about it? And what do you stronger dislike?

The house we looked at yesterday morning is technically three minutes from our current home, so certainly not in the middle of nowhere. It is on a gravel road, though, shared by three other houses, and off a highway. It’s basically on the very edge of our town in an area not yet developed.

This somewhat out-of-the-way location certainly doesn’t facilitate afternoon stroller rides with my girls… Actually, our neighborhood setting is one of my current home dislikes, as the area is new, has little to no character, atmosphere, landscaping, etc. Makes for very boring walks in the wind and sun. I fear moving to this proposed location would make that worse… On the plus side though, the new house is very reasonably priced (because it’s on gravel) and has a ton of quality features. Our current home was extremely cheaply built, another thing I hate about this place. We’ve been here a little over a year and already the carpet is falling apart…

So does one trade some cons for pros, but in return give up some pros for cons? I realize there is no perfect house. Even if we built the home of our dreams, as soon as we moved in I’d probably already have a list of items to change…

I think my real issue is not wanting to live in this city, where I find so little to do and see on a daily basis. Eric and I have agreed that at some point we would like to build a custom home of our dreams, but probably not until his student loans are paid off. But what to do in the meantime…

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Listing