A rollercoaster ride
Well, the last 4 weeks have most certainly been a rollercoaster ride. Our family has big changes coming and since I’ve gotten so many questions, I thought this was the simplest way to share 🙂 The official family updates post.
We bought a house
The initial plan was to move summer 2020, and that plan quickly left my brain after realizing I was only seeing my husband 6 days a month. We are a tight family unit, so this was like missing a limb for 24 days a month and I just can’t. I. JUST. CAN’T. We had been searching around since we found out my husband’s job change, but couldn’t really find what we were looking for until 2 weeks ago.
A house hit the market in a beautiful subdivision and this particular property had it’s own pond. I immediately thought of all the amazing family adventures we could have on our own pond and the night before we were to head up to Raleigh, it was sold. That’s the thing about that area, these houses don’t stay on the market long AT ALL.
Fast forward a week later, and a house struck my interest. I sent the link to my husband who respectfully texted back “yeah, do you also see how much that house is?” I regress, he was right. It’s funny that I’m usually the sensible one, but I couldn’t get this house off my mind. Well, when I get my mind rolling, it’s usually a start of a fire. I talked him into going to see the house and with 3 kids in tow, we headed there to go look.
I knew when we pulled in. He knew when we pulled in. The kids knew. We walked into this home and immediately felt something different. We could actually see our family IN this home. I had already done the appropriate amount of research and number crunching (you know, my normal obsessive state), and we could in fact, afford to live here.
We put our offer in a hour later. On my way home with the kids, I get the call. They had accepted the offer.
Wait, we still have our current home
Reality set in real quick that we needed to sell our current home as quickly as possible so we’re not covering 2 mortgages. We made a list of things we needed to update, fix, etc. and got to work. A LOT OF WORK. Just things a normal homeowner of 14 years, 4 kids, 4 dogs just didn’t have time to do.
I had already worked our budget out for a few circumstances, cash flow the work that needed to be done, and be able to cover both mortgages if we absolutely had to. We had our huge yard sale, decluttered the entire house, packed up some boxes that we knew of things we didn’t need right away, put mulch out, replaced outdated outlets, put down mulch, repainted the entire front porch (holy crap it was hot), shampooed carpets, replaced kitchen flooring and the foyer, the list went on and on.
It’s funny, I had been hoarding money like a little squirrel because I had this feeling something big was coming.
The listing was supposed to go “live” this Tuesday, but ended up being listed on Monday afternoon. Two hours later we had our first and only showing. The house was clean, but construction work was still in progress from the floor work so I was anxiety ridden trying to get the kids out the door, the dogs safe, and clean as much as humanly possible.
The following morning, we had an offer. I sat there in shock. I thanked God, pulled up my big girl panties and got to work figuring out all the details: kids school transfer, energy company, paperwork, closing appointments, all the things.
*We close on our new house October 7
*We close on our current home (with new homeowners) November 5
*We move into new house October 25 (due to scheduling and my husband’s job)
*I drive back for my sessions that can not be rescheduled
*I try not to panic
*Side note: super looking forward to a 2 1/2 hour car ride with 4 dogs 😉