We’re in the New House!

We got the house on Sunday afternoon. My mom came up on Monday morning and she and Bradley got started on painting. As of last night, the living room, kitchen and most of the dining room were done. I wish I could be there during the day to help, but I don’t have time off. It is exciting to go home after work to see what all has been finished.

Living Room (painted Corral Fence by Glidden)

Dining Room (painted Corral Fence and Toasty Grey by Glidden)

Closing on our very first house!

An accepted offer. A good inspection. No termites. We are ready to close on our very first house. Our closing date is June 29 and we get the house on July 2. We are so excited about this house, and I have already put together a mile long “honey do” list!

Here are some ‘before’ pictures:




Dining Room (previously used as an office)

Living Room


Master Bedroom

2nd Bedroom (to be DH’s office)

3rd bedroom (to be my office)

Guest Bathroom

Backyard Patio

A New House (Take Two)

We are finally through with the house we originally made an offer on.  The owner was unwilling to fix everything (which is what we ultimately hoped for), so we were able to make a clean break and get our earnest money back. Our real estate agent has been working so hard to show us every house that we might possibly be interested in and we found a new “keeper” on Sunday. We made an offer and are just waiting on all of the counters to settle to see if we will be getting this one inspected.

I am really excited about this house, because we like the neighborhood and it has some really great features that some of the other houses we have looked at did not have. I am trying to keep myself from getting too attached to this house though, just in case it too comes back with an unacceptable inspection. There are plenty of things we can live with, but bad foundations and shotty roofs will just not do! (Luckily, this one has a roof that is only 1 1/2 years old!) So I will do my best to keep everyone updated on how this house works out, and hopefully, we will be sitting in closing on July 2!

A New House

Bradley and I went with our real estate agent a few Saturdays ago to look at more houses. Well, we fell in love with one of them and put an offer in immediately. It is a great ranch in Acworth with large living areas and the biggest master suite we have seen to date in our price range. It has new carpet and appliances and seemed all around great for the price. After a few counters, we settled on a price and terms. All that was left was the inspection.

The inspection was on Friday and we are not as excited about this house anymore. The roof is about shot, the air conditioning needs servicing, there are some rotted windows and a broken truss in the attic which also is improperly insulated. At this point we have sent the report on to our real estate agent and I suppose the homeowners will be given a chance to repair whatever we ask for, but I am not holding my breath that they will be too willing. I know there is another offer on the home if ours falls through, so the owners may hope that the other buyers will not ask for all of the repairs, but we can not take on these kinds of problems in a house. There is no room in the budget for a new roof!

So hopefully we will know soon if everything will work out on this house, but I have a feeling that we will soon start up our search for the perfect home again!

The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas

Bradley and I went west last weekend. On Saturday, we flew out to Las Vegas and promptly rented a car and drove to the Grand Canyon. We arrived right as the sun was going down, so we were unable to see much of the canyon that night, but the following morning, we got up early and watched the sun rise over the canyon. We spent the morning taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

We spent Sunday night through Wednesday morning in Vegas. The first night we went to a show at the Venetian hotel starring Wayne Brady (Who’s Line is it Anyway?). Bradley was so incredible to spend a whole day before we left getting us tickets into the show. We were on the fourth row and could almost reach out and touch those on the stage.  Bradley was there for the NAB conference, so we really only experienced Vegas at night. There is a fountain show in front of the Bellagio hotel every night and there are many different ones set to different music every 10-15 minutes. There is also a volcano show in front of the Mirage hotel and a pirate show in front of Treasure Island hotel, but we missed both of those because of time and strong winds. We also missed the lions at MGM and the tigers at the Mirage because they were not in their habitats when we went, but we did see the flamingos at our own hotel, The Flamingo! (imagine that)

Our hotel was not the nicest one on the strip, but it is right in the middle of everything and the rooms have recently been renovated and our room was amazing! The bed was soooo comfortable. (like sleeping on a cloud!) The room had a huge flat tv on the wall and also a tv inside the mirror in the bathroom! We also had an awesome glass shower. All of the hotels were so amazing. It is like stepping into huge incredibly decorated malls. Each hotel has tons of stores and restaurants.

The first night we ate in the Venetion at Valentino where we had the most delicious pasta. Monday night we ate at the Planet Hollywood in Caesar’s Palace hotel, not the best meal of the trip, but heck, its Planet Hollywood. (I’ve been to the one in NYC, Atl., and Washington D.C., so we have to continue the tradition) Our last night there we ate at Stacked inside the Mirage hotel. Bradley had a steak and I had lamb for the first time. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was so great.

We only spent $3.25 in the slot macines. I know Vegas is known for gambling, but I didn’t find it all that interesting. I guess because I don’t know anything about the games you can play there. But there was so much to see everywhere you looked, that gambling was just a blip on the radar. I am so glad that we were able to go out there even if we barely scratched the surface of things to do. Maybe someday we can go back and get in a few more of the things that we missed on this trip!