Monday, November 14, 2011


So as I mentioned in the last post, Paul and I have been on this adventure. We are looking for another house in Oregon. This will be something that we will use on long weekends, vacations and holidays until we retire. It will then become our full time home.
We have a pretty specific list of must haves. It must be a single level home. It will probably be a fixer upper, and thats okay. We are more interested in location than condition. It is really important to us that the house be located in Bend, not in one of the surrounding communities. We want it to be centrally located. We want a nice neighborhood with neighbors that take care of their property.

We've made 6 or so trips to Bend this summer to look at properties. With each of those trips our list of must have's has evolved.
Case in point...
We found a house that we really liked. So much so that we made an offer on it. We were in competion with three other offers, but ours was accepted. While we were waiting for the bank to approve our offer we changed our mind...because the house was in a neighboring community and not directly in Bend.
This is the house we were days away from purchasing.
It was everything we thought at the time we wanted.
Then we changed our minds.
It was the right house, but it wasn't in the right place.

So we withdrew our offer to the other waiting bids to happily moved forward with it.
And so our search continues, but now we know a little more about what we will accept and what we won't.
Its all a learning experience.
Exciting times.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


I have drifted away from blogging lately. I feel with posting status updates on Facebook I'm saying all I need to say about whats happening in my life. I haven't read blogs or even thought about blogs the whole summer. Nor have I worked on my scrapbook
...and I do miss it.
Maybe its the colder season coming that makes me want to scrapbook and blog.

Today I flipped through some of my favorite blogs. This always inspires me to do more of this myself. Reading some of the entries really brought it home to me how much I miss documenting.
Right now Paul and I are on a great adventure. We have spent much of the past two months looking for a house to buy in Oregon that will be our second home for awhile, and eventually be our full time home. This is a huge milestone for us. One we have been planning and saving for for most of our married life...and I should be documenting the process.
Traveling back and forth, constantly scanning new MLS listings, working with our Realtor, these are the things that consume almost every day and many weekends. Its a 6 hour drive each way so going to look at a house takes some planning.
And I haven't been documenting any of it.
I know that I will regret it someday.
So, today that will change.

To start, I saw a post that Ali did a few days ago. She's such a great inspiration when it comes to just putting down daily thoughts. She posted an entry of some random things that were happening in their world.  I'm stealing her idea, copied some of hers and thought of some of my own.
Here's whats going on at our house this week

of home decorating
Lots of great ideas on lately. This website is one of my favorite pastimes lately
that a house I'm falling in love with is still on the market this weekend when we will finally get to go see it.
another trip to Oregon this weekend...see praying
Ethan and Jaryn came over last night so we picked up a take home and bake pizza. I forgot Ethan wants plain cheese but he seemed happy after everything was picked off for him and he ate two pieces. As long as there's plenty of Ranch dressing for him to dip it in, he's happy.
for the Thanksgiving table decorations. I'm excited that we are hosting my family this year at our house.
We baked a turkey breast this past weekend with some stuffing we picked up from Metropolitan Market. Getting in the mood for fall.

That's small, but its a start...more to come