Tuesday, May 29, 2007


We close on the house we are living in tomorrow morning. My realtor called at lunch today to say that the buyer was going to walk through this evening. Whoops! We haven't finished the list of items from the inspection because we are leasing the house until the end of July and quite franky, we have more going on than we can handle. Picking out items for the new house, making sure everything is going as planned, last minute fixes on the new rental before the first tenants move in on Thursday, emergencies on several other rentals, the little munchkins, and oh yeah, our full time jobs.

Fortunately, the new buyer understanding and we have a new agreement to complete the maintenance items by the end of July. Now the fun begins. Packing. Since we have only been in this house for a little over three years, the pain of moving is all too fresh. Hopefully, having 9 weeks will ease the pain, but I seriously doubt it! Especially since we are on the time crunch on the new house. Not much has happened in the past week and we are still a week away from drywall. That leaves 8 weeks for the interior, which takes FOREVER as I remember when my folks built our house when I was in middle school. Everytime I talk to the builder, I remind him we must be in the house by the end of July. And every time he reassures me that is more than doable. I'm not so convinced.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Mark the day

Today is a momentous day. The boy made his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And he was so enamoured with his new ability that he made one for little sister. Mommy no longer has to cook dinner!

Thursday, May 24, 2007


We have lived in our current house for over 3 years and the kids do not have friends they play with in the neighborhood. The boy started playing with the boy across the street earlier this week. One week before we sell our house.

In other news, I have passed my neurosis to my children. The boy tells new friend- after you pet the dog, you have to wash your hands.

Not so bright in the morning

Two of my coworkers are nuts and decided that meeting at the gym at 5:30 am every morning was a good idea. Since I have been less than consistent in my exercise routine, I decided that the morning was probably the only time I could get consistent. Too many excuses at lunch, too many activities in the evening, too exhausted at night.

Tuesday morning I set my alarm half an hour earlier and ran for half an hour on the treadmill. Wednesday, hubby was home and the treadmill is right next to the bed, so I ran around the neighborhood. And this morning, I thought why not meet the guys at the gym for the 1 hour 15 minute killer cardio/weight class that I love.

Last evening, I packed up work clothes, toiletries, and breakfast for this morning. I slept in my gym clothes, set the alarm for 4:50, rolled out of bed, brushed my hair, put on socks and shoes and headed for Katy.

Half way there I realized I had forgotten my breakfast. It wasn't until I was in the shower, already shampooed when I reached for the conditioner and realized it was body lotion. So, I was hungry, tired, in a lack of caffeine induced haze and my hair was nothing but straw. One of the guys invited me over to his house for breakfast and I bypassed the straw issue with a french braid. Now all I need is a nap!

Last day

Today is the boy's last day of 1st grade. I can't believe how fast the years are flying by.

Friday, May 18, 2007


Vacation is almost over. I would like to say that I crossed all the items off my list and still managed to sneak in some fun. Unfortunately, the week did not turn out that way. We did spend countless hours at the house, watching, thinking, and planning. We picked out the cultured stone and tried out several colors for the house. I bought most of the tile for the house. I did get taxes finished and caught up on accounting for one of our companies. Managed to get some repairs for one of our existing rental started.

However, we did not punch out one item of the repairs required before we sell our home. Still have several lingering items to finish on the new rental. Did not get a chance to look at appliances and I wanted to tour some local model homes for tile/appliance/decorating ideas.

My niece was hospitalized this week with cellulitis from a spider bite. We took the kids to see her and in less than half an hour she went from down in the dumps to laughing. The girl got sick and we've spent the last two days dragging her around on our errands. We took the boy lunch and cupcakes for his birthday yesterday (a month early since it falls in the summer).

We did not once make it to the gym and worst of all- no golf! The weather is perfect right now too. And if anyone is still with me......new pics on the house......

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Things are moving now! Four different subs working at the same time- now that's what I like to see! Our activities for today include choosing the cultured stone and the color of the metal roof over the front porch. The house *should* be dried in today. So RAIN SMAIN.

Look at all the elbows! Plumbing rough-in is underway. Electrical boxes are in place, but the wires have not been run yet.

We have windows! They are all installed as of late yesterday and the roof should be complete today.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Happy belated Mother's Day

I'm only a couple of days behind. The weekend was nice- started with the boy's baseball team party Friday evening. Our new house is in a different league and one that I have heard is more serious. The last few games the boy has really come around including almost making a triple play Monday night!! He did make several double plays this week which proves his capabilities when he focuses.

Saturday morning was spent doing the weekend laundry fun and the boy had his last baseball game for the season. I then spent 4 hours with my tax advisor that evening while my parents kept the kids. I really, really, really, really, really hate taxes. And it is a huge weight off my shoulders that they are finally complete, albeit a month late.

Sunday, I dropped the boy off with my grandparents for church and the girl and I hit the gym. We all met up at my aunt's house for a Mother's Day celebration. I stopped by my mother-in-laws on the way home to visit and give her a gift. Hubby finally arrived home Sunday evening after all the festivities had finished.

Monday, May 14, 2007


It has been a bit since I've posted house pictures and since these were taken, we have windows! And we're getting a roof! I'll take more this afternoon and post soon...

Friday, May 11, 2007


Today is the official start of my vacation. What wonderful and exciting places are we going to see and do? Unfortunately, this is a working vacation. We have so many tasks to catch up on, that I created a daily agenda. How sad is that to spend my vacation refinish bath tubs and doing accounting and meeting subs at various rentals. I am excited about deciding on finish materials for the new house. I CAN NOT WAIT to move in!!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Well, the quote came back. And it was nearly 4 times the cost. It would take many, many years to pay out and we just don't see how we can float it. Oh, well. It is the way of the future, but we're not there yet. At least in terms of demand.

In other news, we made it through the inspection on our house and the sale is full steam ahead for the end of the month.

The kids birthdays will be here before I know it and I have started preparations for the girl's party. She is having a combo party with her best friend which is the ONLY reason I have agreed to throw a $425 kid party through Tea Parties to Go.

The boy's birthday is first, but I am still waiting on him to decide where he wants to have it. I had better get on the ball quickly though because his birthday is in less than 6 weeks. How does time fly so quickly?

Monday, May 07, 2007


It is finally starting to look like a home. Roofing materials are due to arrive tomorrow and hopefully the house will be dried in this week. It has rained over 5 inches in the few weeks. Not good for the lumber, but it is hard to control mother nature.

The decision we need to make now is about insulation. We are considering using spray foam insulation in order to reduce our utility consumption. Friday, we watched installation at a house in the Memorial area. The house is completely air tight and ventilation is not required. A fresh air system is required because the house is so tight. It is nearly three times the capital cost compared to fiberglass insulation, but the reduction in AC load makes it more attractive. Another way we plan to reduce our carbon footprint is to go with tankless hot water heaters. I am also going to discuss ways to recover grey water for the yard with the builder this week.