Well, I was wrong about having more time in summer, that’s for sure! I just put up three quick posts with pictures from our major adventures. It has been a hard summer in ways, but we have also managed to have a lot of fun. We went to Catalina for 5 days to stay at my in-laws’ condo, then we came home just in time to throw a July 4th party. After that,there were all sorts of family stresses, near deaths, hospital stays and more. It has been quite emotional, but everyone is safe and/or recovering nicely. Just recently we were able to go to Spokane to stay with Nick’s cousin Keith. They have 5 kids of their own, and just welcomed us into their home and made us feel like family. We really didn’t want to leave!!
We came home just in time to start packing to move. We are just unable to hold on to the house that we own and have called home for the past 4 years. It is a great lot, and has tons of potential, but our mortgage is super high (bought near the top of the bubble), and it needs a total overhaul to be anything close to what we need. We just can’t afford to do what needs doing. Nothing has been redone since 1955. The electricity isn’t grounded, the plumbing is shot–no hot water in some rooms, terrible water pressure, we haven’t had working A/C or heat in two years, sprinkler system is kaput, and the water heater went out two weeks ago. Add to that the inescapable fact that the house only has two bedrooms, and there are five of us. So, we will be trying to do a short sale on this house, but in the meantime, we just need to get out of here. This has been pretty stressful, at least for the grown ups.
Luckily, we have found a nice house to rent on the street where we used to live. It has 3 bedrooms, so we will probably outgrow it in a couple of years, but it is right next door to Zack’s best friend (whose mother I just love!), and we know tons of great people there. Nick is out of town this week on business, but is getting back tonight, and we have a moving truck scheduled for tomorrow. Our official move in date is Saturday. Wish us luck!
Anyway, I need to get back to work. Just wanted to give an explanation of why I haven’t been online and what is going on with us.