A quick update...
We got the house! It's not official until July 1, our expected closing date, but we're pumped. It seems like it might be a good idea to get some rest before the hard work begins, but there's no time for rest! We're jumping right back into "life on the isthmus." Our days are filled with swimming lessons, ultimate frisbee, paperwork (for leases, a closing, a mortgage, my new job, my dietitian certification, and 4-year-old kindergarten enrollment) and some fun outings!
Here is a link to some pictures of our fixer upper. Hopefully they stay posted for a bit despite our pending purchase. Before you take a peek, know that we are not going to live in it during the renovation! God provides: we just signed a lease for a 3 bedroom house 0.1 miles away from our new house. We can stay until May 31, 2016, although hope to be out by January.
Yesterday I facetime-d with Nate's sister, Anne, who is living through (and in) a renovation. I could feel the weight lifted from her shoulders when I told her that we are not planning to live in our new house while we remodel. Check out her blog post from yesterday for a beautiful video tour of their house in progress. You're amazing, Anne, and I can't wait to visit and drink a glass of wine together, regardless of the state of your home.
After checking out the rental house on Monday, we walked over to the new house and walked around the outside. The neighbors came out and were thrilled to hear that someone bought the house. I was excited to meet them - they seem so "Madison" - telling me that they only have one car (a Prius) and are lucky enough to bike to work, which for the woman happens to be Louisa's new school, Lowell Elementary.
All these bits of good news have been great distractors to the crazy hours when I'm home alone with the three kids. They are all so wonderful most of the time, unless Louisa and Cora are racing to close bedroom doors (so Ries doesn't stress-poop on the carpets), push elevator buttons, or demanding me! pink/purple/orange/green!!! as I'm taking cups/bowls/plates out for a meal or snack. Sigh. On the bright side, Cora and Peter are consistently napping at the same time most afternoons while Louisa has a quiet time (which is an actual nap 30% of the time) in her room. Naps, glorious naps!
If these kids drive me too too crazy, I remember some funny things Louisa says, like yesterday's quotes:
1) Mom, when Cora and I turn 16, we'll have to buy some bigger dress-ups that fit us!
2) I've never had a day like today. (What do you mean Lou?) Where we go to frisbee first and then eat dinner. Have you had a day like today, Mom? (Yes, Louisa, I think I ate dinner after frisbee games a couple of times) Oh, was it before I was born?
Or maybe I just watch this: