Sunday, March 28, 2010

Under Contract!!

The day after we toured Washington D.C. we found out that we were finally under contract for a home (this was also the day of our 6th anniversary, so it was a very nice present to receive!)
This was the first home we made an offer on back in early December. We weren't able to come to a price agreement back then so we moved on (although we really LOVED this home and we compared every other home we saw to this one.) About 10 days ago the owners came back to us to see if we were still in the market for a home (we were) and if we were still interested (we really were!!) We raised our offer a tad and they accepted it. We are scheduled to close on May 7th, right after I get back from a trip out west.
We are really, really excited about this house and can't wait to start moving in. I will post inside pictures after we close because I am still afraid something might fall through between now and then. We had the inspection done last week and everything was great so hopefully after the bank appraisal, we should be good to go!

It's amazing how everything has worked out though. Jason just happened to be off work during the time that we were able to see the home again, sign all the papers for our final offer and even do the home inspection. We had initially planned to go to Houston to see Jason's family during this time off, but we both felt prompted to stay put (and we were hoping that it would have something to do with a home, which it did!) Also, since we sold our last home on May 3, 2007 (the one we only owned for 5 months!!) we will technically be first time home buyers again by May 7th (can't have owned a home within the last 3 years) so we will qualify for the tax credit. We weren't planning on using it since we thought it would only take a short amount of time to find a home (instead of 6 months!!) but we'll take the $8000 if the government wants to give it to us!!
So yeah, we are jumping for joy around these parts. We actually spent part of our anniversary night out at Home Depot planning all the things we wanted to do/paint/install etc. in this new home. It is only 2 years old and very move-in ready, but it will be so nice to be able to put our finishing touches on a home again. We can hardly wait!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jason had some vacation time that he had to use up before the end of March so we took advantage of the wonderful weather last Friday and spent the day in Washington D.C.
The weather was perfect and there were lots of people enjoying the outdoors on the mall.
We spent most of the afternoon at the Natural History Museum. We were hoping Landon would take a nap in his stroller, but he took one look around and decided he had better keep his eyes open for this one!!

Both kids absolutely loved this museum. It was by far our best Smithsonian experience to date. We saw some giraffes (with exceptionally large tongues)...

And some elephants...

And even a few dinosaur bones!!

After enjoying a nice evening picnic, we went around to see the monuments at night.

Abby and Landon even created their own little concrete slide...

It was a perfect day and we all had a great time. The kids were awesome despite not getting any naps. It was definitely a great way to bring in the start of Spring!!