Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sea World!







We had a great time in Sea World with my parents. The kids were thrilled to finally be there and Chloe mentions it daily. Kieran wants to be a marine biologist so we thought it would be cool to let him do the Beluga Encounter where he goes behind the scenes and swims with the whales. It looked so cool that Jason and I signed up with him! Here are the many photos we took:











Saturday, July 14, 2007

Our New Home

After an exhausting three days and 40 plus houses, we found our dream home. To my surprise, it is a new home. I wanted an existing home for the mature trees, established yard, and many other reasons but the home we found is just "us". We even changed cities - we wanted to live in Parker, or so we thought. But after a drive to Castle Rock, just to see what it was like, we fell in love. It is exactly what I wanted in a town. Rolling hills, mountains all around in the distance, a downtown that is all locally owned and operated with lots of hippies and weirdos like us. :)

What is really funny is that we kind of found it by accident. It was not on our list of homes to see, we literally stumbled upon it. We had found 2 homes that we liked but didn't LOVE, due to small things like no A/C, tiny yard etc. I was feeling really disappointed that we would just have to settle. The yards in Colorado are really small but the homes are quite large. So I was just mulling this over in my mind when I said to the realtor "should we just look at some new homes just to see what they have?" and we were in front of a development that had some awesome houses (out of price range, I might add). And the realtor said that we should go in and see what they have. So we did. Initially, the salesman in the office said we should probably go to their next tier down for homes in our range. On our way out the door, he said that he might have something we'd be interested in, in this area. He made sure we realized what a special case this was - it was a smaller home they had to but in this area of huge homes because they didn't have room for the planned home on this corner lot. So they just put the less expensive home on this lot with tons of awesome upgrades.

The upgrades are, art niches, tray ceilings, walnut flooring downstairs, upgraded carpet, alder cabinets, master suite with BEAUTIFUL tile bathroom, oversized lot, appliances and granite countertops. We loved it and our offer was accepted yesterday. :)

So we move in around the 2nd of August after a visit with my parents in Texas. We can't wait to get in and I'm not even bothered by the lack of trees or the fact that I have to put blinds in all of the windows. I'm so in love with the home that I just don't care. I think this is meant to be and we couldn't be happier!

Here it is:

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sold!

Our house is Sold! We close July 20th and we fly to Colorado to house hunt Monday night, the 10th. We will post info as we get it but so far, that's all we have to share.

In other news, we are having a blast in Louisiana. We were in Oak Grove over the weekend and are in New Orleans this week. We drive to San Antonio on Saturday to go to Sea World and the kids couldn't be more excited!!