6.28.2012

One more..

 ..night until we move into our new house.  
I am so excited I can barely stand it.  I have been looking at millions of decorating blogs, spending countless hours on pinterest and just daydreaming lots of decorating daydreams.
One of our friends has been SO clutch for us to let us stay in her house for the month and it's been fun having a roommate.  But I am so ready to be in the new house!! I am ready for some normalcy back in my life.  Call me crazy, but I just like a routine.  I like to know where things go, and not feel like I am being an annoyance to someone else.


6.26.2012

Deep Fried

A lotta deep fried stuff... 
Yes, I am from the South and it is well known that we deep fry everything.  
But it seems that this guy, Henry Hargreaves, took it a little too far.  He is deep frying applicances.. and get this.. He's not even from the South!! Actually he is from New Zealand.
That goes to show you, people will do anything to fit in.
Deep Fried Mac?

    


6.24.2012

Traveling to America?

I read this post earlier today and thought it was very interesting.
We never think it's unusual to read travel blogs and guide books to learn about other cultures before we visit, but it is cool to read the thoughts about America and what things seem to be important enough for them to be called out.


"It is usually inappropriate to join a table already occupied by other diners, even if it has unused seats; Americans prefer this degree of privacy when they eat. Exceptions are cafeteria-style eateries with long tables, and at crowded informal eateries and cafes you may have success asking a stranger if you can share the table they're sitting at. Striking up a conversation in this situation may or may not be welcome, however."


Us Americans do like our space.  Interesting Read.

Hunting

Will and I started our hunt for a new house around the end of March.  I have been checking out every home website that I could get my hands on.  Some of my favorites ended up being: Redfin, Truila, Zillow  Other websites that I would recommend are: Neighborhood Scout, Crime Reports, Great Schools, and Patch.
Will and I would go look at houses then we would stop and eat something quick and discuss what we liked or didn't like about each one.  One night at La Fonda's we made a list of our must-haves were for the perfect house.
Decatur House
We started looking at houses in the Inman/Candler park area which is where we really wanted to be.  But we were not able to find anything that fit what we were looking for in our price range.  So we decided to broaden our search to include some surrounding areas including, Decatur, Buckhead, Piedmont Heights, Morningside, and Ashford Park.  Now I know more neighborhoods than I ever even knew existed before.
After a lot of looking, we thought we found our home in Deactur and we put in an offer on this beautiful house. We thought we had it, even to the point of we told my entire family on Mother's Day that we were moving to Decatur!  But God had other plans for us.
This whole process has taught me a lot about patience.  My prayer through this all has been "God please guide me to the house you want Will and I to be in.  If this house is not the right house for us, please let it fall through.  I trust that you will lead us to where you want us to be." When the Decatur house fell through I do believe that Julia was more upset than me.  She thought I would be devastated, but really it was the opposite feeling for me.  I felt that it just wasn't meant to be.  So the search continued..
We carried on and looked at many more beautiful houses.  Side note - I LOVE looking at houses.  I very much enjoy home tours, and when you are looking for a house it is like you get to tour many many beautiful homes at your leisure.  I very much enjoy the entire process.
Buckhead house
Will and I started to think that it might be better for us to look at some homes that had a few issues that we could correct over the years.  We looked at a few fixer-uppers, but it didn't take us long to decide that wasn't the life we wanted.  Then we found a house in Buckhead that we thought had potential, but it did have some issues so we put a pretty low offer on it and waited. We had a few back and forth negotiations with this house, but in the end it didn't work out either.  Honestly I think this was a blessing in disguise, I went to this house four additional times and each time I fell less and less in love with it.
As you can tell from the two houses, I LOVE brick homes.  This was something that I didn't even realize until we really started looking at homes.  I don't know why I am drawn to them, to me they just look very classic.
The last night we stayed at the condo, we were up late packing up our stuff and I got an email notification about a listing that was in the neighborhood that we originally started looking, Mary Lin elementary school district - Lake Claire.  I could tell right then that it had everything we had been looking for.  Will looked at the pictures and loved it as well.  I called Julia and told her that we wanted to put in an offer sight unseen and that we would get over to look at the house as soon as we were able to get away from the condo for a minute.  So we put in our offer, and later that day we were able to go see the house in person.  It was PERFECT!  I immediately feel in love with it and was very happy with our decision to put the offer in.  There were a few negotiations to be made, but I just knew this was our house.
The seller was out of the country on business so we had to wait a little longer than normal for answers to questions that we had, so again my patience was tried.  Instead of stressing out I said my same prayer.  "If this is not the house that you want us to be in, just let something fall through and we will keep looking."
I thought I was stressed - come to find out the seller of our house was not only out of the country for work, he was getting married the next week, and then going on a two week honeymoon.  They actually are not even coming back until 6.24 so they had to set up a rental with us making our move in date the following weekend.  
Well, everything has been worked out - we closed on the house on Friday, 6.22 and we move in next weekend!  We couldn't be happier.  
Will and I joke that we will now have DOORS!  The condo only had a door on the bathroom, so we are looking forward to being able to shut doors and just have a little bit of our own space.  But, I am most looking forward to all the memories that are going to be made in this beautiful house.  And I can't wait to start decorating!!  
Oh, and cooking - check out this kitchen!! There will be many more What's for Dinner posts coming! 

We are even looking forward to doing the yardwork.  I'll keep you posted on how long that lasts. I am thinking the newness of working on the yard will wear off in about 3 months.  


Of course there are (many) more pictures, but I am going to wait to post them once our stuff is in the house.  Believe me, it is gorgeous! 


We do hope to have lots of parties and guests so please come and see us!!

Goodbye Spire

Will and I listed the condo for sale on April 26.  This was my first time ever selling a house so I had no idea what all was involved.  When I bought the condo back in 2006 I worked with a realtor, Julia, and I just loved her.  I have since recommended her to a few of my friends and so I of course wanted to use her to help sell the condo.  
Will and I knew that we were going to have to remove some of our stuff, so we got to work on taking out some of the extra stuff that we had accumulated over the span of six years that I have lived there.  
Next, Julia came over to help us move things around so that it would look nice to a prospective buyer.  It was so weird trying to look at my own home through the eyes of someone else.  I read lots of articles about home staging and how to ensure your house sells quickly, but in the end it is still our home which I thought looked great and I had a hard time changing things around so that it didn't look like our house anymore.  We were told to take down any pictures of us so that a prospective buyer could imagine themselves in the house and not wonder what we were like.  It was very strange.  
Then Will and I starting cleaning, and I mean really cleaning.  We even pulled out the Q-tips for scrubbing some hard to reach spots.  It was worth it though, when we were finished the place was immaculate.  The pictures that Julia got are great! It doesn't even seem like our place! 
When we ended up listing the condo we had no idea how long it would be on the market and what was in store for us.  
The first day I was expecting for people to be knocking down the door to check it out, but they didn't.  I did finally get a call the next day for our first showing.  We put both of the dogs in their crate and just hoped for the best.  It was really weird for me to imagine people going through my home without me even being there.  I think this weirdness is multiplied since I am an only child - I don't like people messing with my stuff! Will and I were worried that we weren't going to be able to keep the place show ready for any of the showings since we were still living there - with both the dogs.  But it turned out that we didn't have long to keep it clean anyway.

On May 1 we had our final showing.  Yes, it was listed for five days.  In total we had four showings and got two offers.  I can't even tell you how lucky we are.  I know people that have listed and de-listed their units and just haven't had any luck.  I don't really know what the difference was but I really think God just had a plan for us and it really has all worked out.  Oh, and the view didn't hurt :)
We ended up closing on 5.31 

Will and I both had a lot of really great memories in Spire and it really was a great place to live.  But Will and I are both looking forward to our future.

6.20.2012

An ode to Nutella

Those of you who know me, know that I am nutty about Nutella and I could also be called Pinterest obsessed.. Just imagine if you combined the two together..

The outcome would be this awesome Nutella board!  I can't wait to try some of these out!

Good Poop

I mean good pup!  Wow, what a lamp!




Would you put this in your house?  I think it would promote bad behavior from the other dogs..

6.18.2012

We Were Evergreen

I was just browsing and happened upon this video.. It's cool.  Check it.

6.12.2012

M.I.A.

So again.. It looks like Will and I have been the most slacker bloggers on the planet.. But now I'm here, to catch you up with what's been going on it our lives.. get ready.  It looks like the last time I blogged was in March, so here we go..


Asher is ONE! 
We went to a 1st birthday party for little Asher.  Keri and Jon went to the max and rented out a suite at the Gwinnett Braves stadium.  Check out these decorations!! Asher is just too cute.  I can't wait to see him out on the ball field!


House hunt! 

Will and I have been talking for a while about how we would like more space.  One day we would like to have a family, and we just didn't have enough space in the condo.  808 sq feet really only go so far.  So we started talking to my realtor, Julia, about buying a house and selling the condo.  We started going to really look for houses around the end of March.. More to come on this topic...  




Now he knows how Sampras feels



Softball League

Jacob, one of Will's cousins, asked Will and I if we would like to play in a coed slow pitch softball league.  His church, Mt. Vernon Baptist, was starting up a coed league and they needed some help finding some players.  Will of course jumped on it in a second.  I called up some old team members, co-workers, and buddies and we put together a team.  We had a rough start, losing our 4 first games, but came back strong and were league champs!! We just started the summer league tonight, and everyone came back to play.  Let's bring another one home guys!
Winning Team! 




Katie's Condo
I am very happy for my friend, Katie, who just bought her first home in April! She bought an AWESOME condo and I can't wait to experience all the fun times that await us there.  I hooked her up with my realtor and went to check out a few places before she found the gem that she found at the View!  It really is an amazing spot and I just know she is going to have a blast there.
She had a housewarming party and her birthday party on the same night.. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of her or her condo that night..




Glass Fusing
Thanks to Half off Depot I was able to try my hand at Glass Fusing.  I went with some girl friends over to Hollander Glass Fusing and tried to make a dish.  Sadly, I heard a few days later that my glass broke in the Kiln when it was being "baked"  But now I will get to go back for free and try to make something else!  It was definitely a fun time.


















Meg and Graham Wedding
My cousin, Meg just got married to the love of her life on May 19th.  Meg has always been very sentimental, they choose this date because it was our Paw-paw's birthday.  She also hung our Grandmommy's chandelier in the tree right above where they said their vows, how cool is that?!  They couldn't be there in person, but she was so sweet to really make a point to make sure their spirit was there.  She was a gorgeous bride, I've always told her she should be a model.  Both beautiful people, beautiful wedding.



Burke Memorial Day

For our annual Burke Memorial Day, we went to the lovely Rentz, GA.  Never heard of it? Really?  Well, it's near Dublin. Still nothing... about an hour south of Macon.  Yes, below the gnat line.
We stayed in an incredible house with golf, a zip line, fishing, kayaking, skeet shooting, horses, driving range right off the back porch, and of course lots of quality family time.












That should get you caught up on most everything.. except for what has been holding about 70% of our time for the last few months, house selling, house searching, and house buying! But I'll save that for a rainy day :)





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