Saturday, June 23, 2007

Squatting at Mom & Dad's House

We've been living with Mark's parents for a week now, with one more week to go until our house closes escrow. This is the house Mark grew up in and it's been fun for Tommy's grandparents and great-grandmother to see him do the things Mark did as a baby in the same places he did them. We are so glad we decided to move to this town. Tommy will likely go to the same schools his father did, if we decide to put the kids in public school.

We've realized how much we missed living in a rural area, seeing cows and horses everywhere, and actually walking on dirt on the side of the road. There is also an amazing local orchard within walking distance, not to mention other fresh fruit and vegetable stands everywhere. Last night we took a walk down the street and saw...stars! We could never see stars in the city because there were always too many lights, trees, and buildings. We don't miss the city traffic, constant stream of strip malls, or the cramped feeling. I think we're really going to enjoy living here.

- Autumn


Mark (on the right) and his brother taking a bath

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Tommy taking a bath in the same tub, 25 years later.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Packing Up

We've made good progress with packing the house up. Nemo didn't like being boxed up, but Tommy sure liked it!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007


For those of you who have not seen the layout of the house, I measured and sketched out the floorplan. This is so Autumn and I can better plan furniture placement, since the average room is smaller then our current place. Although there are a lot more rooms! Note that I already started sketching some furniture layouts in the master bedroom and family room.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

You WHAT?!

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It is amazing how much your life can change in 48 hours.

Sunday, 5:00 AM: Autumn finds out she is pregnant with our second child.

Sunday, 11:00 AM: We visit my parents along with Matt and Cameron. Mom tells us about a house for sale on the end of the street.

Sunday, 1:00 PM: The selling agent agrees to show up and show us the house. We love it. We make an appointment with our agent, Russ Warrick, to talk about it on Monday.

Monday, 1:00 PM: For 3 hours Autumn, Russ, and I discuss all the details with purchasing the house, selling our condo, and getting financing. We talk with Mom and Dad a few hours as well.

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Monday, 8:30 PM: We meet Russ at his office, loan pre-qualification letter and deposit check in hand. We go over the offer he wrote, sign and submit it.

Monday, 9:30 PM: We head home, exhausted and dazed from the day's events. Meanwhile, the selling agent calls the seller into the office. They look over and discuss our offer.

Monday, 11:00 PM: Russ calls us to say that they accepted the offer. We call our family to let them know. Close of escrow is June 29th, roughly 3 weeks away.

We just bought a house, when we were not seriously looking 2 days ago. And we found out we are having a baby in that same time period.

The house is amazing! Everything we were looking for. Big and beautiful back yard, hardwood floors throughout, 22 second drive from Mom, Dad and Grandma, out of the city, inexpensive for the area, and much more. It is perfect! Take a look at the new photo album on the sidebar. Note that that is not our furniture inside.

- Mark

Sunday, June 3, 2007

A peanut's Life, Issue 12

Issue 12 of "A Peanut's Life". Click on the image below to see the full-size version.

Yes... we are pregnant!

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Friday, June 1, 2007