Monday, April 24, 2017

House Hunting Update

Many of you have been asking how the house hunt is going, so I figured I'd give a little update:

It's at a standstill.

There isn't much on the market right now in the area we're looking, so we're waiting and attempting patience as we hope and pray that the housing market picks up soon.

In the meantime, it gives us time to work on our ever growing to do list. I swear, every time I cross something off of our list, three more things get added.

We can see the progress, though!

Walls are getting patched and paint touch ups...

...our new front door was installed...


...new counter tops are being planned and hopefully supplies are being purchased soon...


...bathrooms are getting repainted (even though they weren't supposed to *sigh*)...


...closets are getting cleaned out...


...and the house is getting a much needed deep cleaning.

I was really bummed out yesterday. The weather was GORGEOUS and I was going to work on painting the front porch and having the kiddos paint the fence. However, my body thought it would be a GREAT day for a migraine, so I was at home on the couch for most of the day. I apparently needed the rest as I feel so much better, but I did make some super yummy soup for dinner last night!


A few of the rooms are almost finished in the house, so I hope to have some "selling ready" reveals soon :) I'll keep you updated here and on Facebook with house hunting progress, I promise :)

Have you been working on any house projects lately?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Doctor, Where Are My Goats?

Whaaaat????

No, we did not get goats...or lose anyone else's goats. Although, I'd love to get a goat someday, but that's a different post altogether.

Doctor, Where Are My Goats? was the 5th and 6th grade play/musical that Paige performed in this past week. One of the 5th grade teachers wrote it, and let me just say that it was so funny, well written, and York has a great group of amazingly talented kids!

Before the early performance :)

The play took place at St. Peter's Hospital, a medical facility that had no patient deaths in almost an entire year. This was mostly in part to the massive stacks of paperwork that needed to be completed before being seen, paperwork that would take days to fill out. Most people didn't want to fill it out, and others would feel better by the time they completed the paperwork.

Dancing!

 The governor heard about their track record, and decides she needed to pay them a visit. The staff starts preparing for the visit, but before the governor could arrive, a hillbilly family arrived needing medical attention for their goats who would faint whenever they got scared. The goats escaped, and were running loose all over the hospital. 
Hospital staff

Hillbillies and goats!

Meanwhile, Dr. Frankenstein, Igor and The Monster are at the hospital in disguise. They need more body parts to complete The Monster, but as no patients have died in 362 days, they are frustrated! They end up putting in a call to an old friend to come in and help them, but FBI agents show up hunting them down, so they go into hiding at the hospital.

Igor, The Monster, and Dr. Frankenstein

And if all of that wasn't crazy enough, poachers show up to capture the goats! And then game wardens show up to capture the poachers!

The Game Wardens. They were hysterical!

Dr. Frankenstein's friend shows up, and it's Dracula! He has to dress up and pretend he's Vinny from FedEx, and they ask him suck the blood from people around the hospital so they can have body parts to complete The Monster. But the plan doesn't go as they had hoped, and now a small army of vampires are running around loose at the hospital, just adding to the chaos:

Putting their plan into action

Vinny from FedEx taking staff to get their delivery (aka his lunch!)

They're not dead, they're vampires!




Finally, the goats are captured by announcing that there is paperwork available for them to eat in the hospital lobby. The wardens captured the poachers, and even though the head poacher has escaped, he is quickly brought in as well. The FBI agents have also brought in Dr. Frankenstein, and all seems to be back to normal. However, The Monster has died, and everyone is worried that the hospital's track record will be ruined. They discover that as The Monster had never filled out the paperwork, he wasn't a patient, and therefore didn't count against their perfect record.

Yummy paperwork!

Captured poachers!

The Monster is dead, is their track record ruined?

Paige played the reporter who tagged along with the governor, and she really had a lot of fun. She was a little stressed the last couple days of rehearsal as she was supposed to have a camerawoman, but the girl who was going to play that part dropped out on Wednesday due to a scheduling conflict for the day of the performances. The director had to rewrite Paige's part, and she only had a couple days to learn her new lines. We were impressed with how Paige had handled everything and really kept her composure with it all, and after talking to the director after the evening performance, he was equally impressed with her. 


Paigey can't wait until the fall when she can participate in the middle and high school musical (they did The Little Mermaid this year!), and Nate really wants to do the 5th and 6th grade play next year, too. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Snow Day" Fun: Museum and Lunch

Last week the hubby and kiddos had Spring Break. We spent most of the week working on house hunting and projects, but squeezed some fun in as well. We also had a bonus vacation day: because the school only used 2 of their allotted snow days, everyone was given the Monday after Easter off as well! Woo hoo! After all of our hard work the previous week, we decided that we needed to have a family fun day.

We surprised the kids by taking them to the Buffalo Museum of Science. We have a membership, but hadn't used it here; Pete and I used it in New York City for our 10th anniversary in October at the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space museum, though! We had sooo much fun, and I took a bazillion pictures and movies. I'm trying to limit how many I share, so please bear with me if it seems overwhelming!

Me, being the nerd that I am, had to wear my super awesome space leggings:


We were greeted by this friendly guy!


The kids took turns trying to get the rocket to go all the way to the ceiling. They had to pull a lever back and forth to build up the pressure, and then there was a button to push to release the pressure and send the rocket up in the air. They never got it to ring, but they did get pretty close!


This guy cracked me up!

Mastodon!

My little paleontologists!

I'm such a goon. Like seriously, I was giggling forEVER because this sounded like one of the ridiculous names people call Benedict Cumberbatch!!!!

"Cumberland Monkeyface"

Me and my favorite kind of dino!


This thing is a fish skull! It is HUGE. Totally could have swallowed me up easily. It made us think about Jonah being swallowed up by a big fish!


Ry playing the world's largest playable guitar in the guitar exhibit:

Paigey practicing her surgeon skills! She had to control thread the rope through eyelets, and let me just tell you, it is NOT as easy as it looks!


This was really cool. You put your hands on the bar, and it would tell you your heart rate and then the glowing heart would light up, pulsing along with your heart!


I loved this little visual. Growing up I thought that there were little men operating an elevator, taking the food from your mouth to your stomach, so this just made me feel not as silly ;)


Building cars and racing them!


Paigey building towers, trying to see if they would withstand earthquake forces:


Daddy treated us to one of the 3D National Geographic movies! We saw "Asteriod", and it was pretty amazing what astronauts are working on now and in the future. Then we find out that a big asteroid was coming "close" to earth afterwards? It was so cool talking about what we had learned and why the astronauts weren't worried about it.


It was really nice that we went on a day where most kids were in school. The place was pretty deserted, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves most of the morning. We didn't mind that the kids would run off to explore as long as they were in the same room because it was so empty; that's one nice thing about them getting older, not having to watch them every single second!

There was sooo much else that we did, but I can't get the videos to play in here :( I may upload them all to YouTube and then do another blog post on it. We also weren't able to get to the fourth floor; they're working on putting in a new exhibit (all astronomy!), so we're definitely going to have to go back for that. 

After the museum, we went to Applebee's for lunch. Pete was given a gift card there from his swim team as a thank you for coaching them, so this was a really nice way to finish off our family fun time!

Ry and I played tic-tac-toe....


Nate loooved his chicken mac and cheese and steamed broccoli...


...and this was the "pretty" face I got from Paigey! She just wanted to get back to eating, silly girl!


It was a great way to end our vacation and celebrate all of our hard work. We are definitely looking forward to going back soon!

What is your favorite museum?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Break Fun

I know it seems like we all worked ourselves to the bone this past week on house projects, but we did manage to sneak some fun into our days as well!

There was bike riding...


helping each other play Minecraft...


card games...

reading the proof copy of The Wrong Direction (Book 3 in The Adventures of Boathouse Mouse series)...


dress up...


a spa party...

so pretty after our kale or avocado mask!
and tiny animal crackers...




as well as other fun adventures not photographed, like the kids spending the night at their grandparent's with their cousins, or other things like Easter or our trip to the museum that will come in separate posts :)


What fun things have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Last Goodbye

I knew this day was coming.

I really did.

I tried to avoid it for as long as I could, but no, it was time.

When we moved into our house 8 1/2 years ago, Paige was 3 and Nate was 1. They were at the age where they'd take baths in the big tub, and it was great....for the most part.

Their least favorite part of bathing was the looking up from whatever fun thing they were playing with so we could rinse their hair without getting the shampoo in their eyes. You'd think we were torturing them with their screams of protest!

So what is an exhausted mom to do?

Paint a mural on the ceiling, of course!


I painted fish of all shapes, colors, and sizes, as well as a turtle, a seahorse, and even an octopus! We'd have the kids look for a yellow fish, find three little fish, or choose a color to paint the next fish. They loved looking up during bath time now; it solved our problem beautifully!

As you can see, I never finished the mural, though. Painting on the ceiling is horrible for my back, and it has sat untouched for about 7 1/2 years. Now that the kids are older, I've been meaning to repaint the ceiling....I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I felt like it was saying goodbye to having little kids for good. I know my kids aren't super grown, but they're not super little anymore, either. We've gotten rid of all their other little kid things (with the exception of storing some things for when littles come to play), so this was going to be the final goodbye.

And now that it's time to sell the house, there's no more putting off the inevitable: it's time to paint the ceiling.

I took advantage of Pete and the kiddos not being home Tuesday afternoon and worked on it. The fish got three coats of paint, and even with a full ceiling coat, the fish were still visible!


Once the paint fully dried, most of them were completely covered. There are a few spots that needed touch ups, but for the most part, it was over.

And we're all sad that they're gone.

Stay tuned for the full bathroom reveal soon; I repainted the walls today, and it looks like a completely different room! We miss the fish, but the new paint makes it look really really pretty :)


For you parents out there, what is the most creative thing you've ever done to help solve a problem one of your kids was having?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Houses 2 and 3...and Where They Should Go

Yesterday we went and looked at two more houses in between yard work and errands....and we fell in love.

Both of the houses we looked at are at a modular/manufactured business, so basically we either get the particular house we tour or we get to design one similar, and then have it moved to whatever land we have purchased and they will install or build it for us.

House #2



We've been crushing on this house for about a year now, but finally just got to go tour her yesterday. And she did not disappoint!

The Good:

Curb appeal. She's gorgeous! We live in a plain ranch house, so we love the variety in her exterior. And the color really suits our tastes, too.

The master bedroom closet. Okay, so we don't need this much space, but a small walk in closet? Amazing.


The master bathroom. That tub! I have been wanting a deeper tub since we moved into our house, and this tub was perfect! It would be like having my own personal spa!


It also had double sinks, which isn't completely necessary, but it would make mornings easier when Ry and I have our teeth brushing parties ;)


The open floor plan. I love how the living room is so open to the dining room and kitchen! It felt so spacious and bright and welcoming.


The kitchen. So gorgeous!


It's a 2 story. We live in a ranch, and although we're not completely opposed to having one again, we'd really like a 2 story this time.


The second story would come unfinished, but it's almost 1000 square feet, perfect for an office space, play/hang out space, or an additional bedroom...or any combination of the three!


The mudroom/utility room. Seriously? This is the room where all the dirty things get cleaned up in? I'd be afraid to mess it up! But it's soooo pretty!



The Bad:

Bedrooms 2&3. They were kind of small, probably comparable to the ones at House #1. However, we could fit the loft or bunk beds and dressers into them, but that would be about it. Having the flexible second story and possible basement would make up for that small space, so their size isn't a complete deal breaker.


No place for a porch. We would love a big front porch, but there's really no place for one that wouldn't mess up the aesthetics. We could definitely do a deck behind her, so again this isn't a complete deal breaker.

The Ugly:

Um...nothing?


House #3



We weren't planning on looking at this house, but the salesman had said all of the houses were open and to go look at any one we wanted...and the kids wanted to do this one. And I'm really glad we listened!

The Good:

The kitchen. Again, so beautiful! And plenty of space for working and storage.


The open floor plan. I absolutely love how the kitchen looks into the living room. That's one thing I really wanted when we were house shopping the first time; I want to be able to watch movies on Fridays with the kids, but I'm usually cooking dinner, or just keep an eye on the kids as they play or visit with guests while we entertain.


The second and third bedrooms. These were the largest ones we've seen so far! They could definitely accommodate most if not all of the kid's current bedroom furniture and toys.


Fancy bathrooms. I loved the counter in the master bathroom! It only has one sink, which is fine, but it just felt really pretty in there. The second bathroom (which would be the main one and the kids would use it) was also gorgeous, and had a linen tower in there so the kids could easily get new towels or extra soaps, rather than have to leave the room as they have to do with their current bathroom.


Flexibility for extra space. We would definitely need a basement for this house, as I would need an office, the kids need a play/hang out space, and we need storage. We were saying that this house would basically be like upgrading our current house!

The Bad:

The master bathroom shower. Don't get me wrong, the walk in shower is drop dead gorgeous. However, this momma loves relaxing in a bath once in awhile, and I can't do that in a shower ;) The sales man did say that anything can be changed in the homes, and the walk in shower was definitely an upgrade. If we decided to get this house, I would definitely ask for a tub/shower combo!


The curb appeal. We loooove the blue and the peaks, however the white in the big triangle is a little distracting and just feels off to us. It might be something we'd want to upgrade to a window or figure something out with that space.

It's a ranch. While not being a complete deal breaker, we really were hoping for a 2 story.

The Ugly:

Again, nothing! Woo hoo!

Final thoughts:

The prices for the houses are actually pretty amazing. If the houses were already on land for those prices, I think we probably would be trying to figure out which house we'd be writing an offer on! However, the prices right now are just for the house, not the land, construction, basement, well/septic, etc. And that makes us a little nervous about going this route.

The blue house would probably be the house we'd go with right now if we were to choose between the two of them; the price would fit so much better with our budget, and really, is having a ranch that horrible of a thought? However, we do love the space of the green house, but I don't think we could make the price work for our budget.

And for those of you wondering about land, there is a plot that we found for sale that I drove past today. It is really really nice! It's about 4 1/2 acres, nice and flat, and ready to be built on.


And the view is pretty awesome too! Makes me want to sit and paint it all day!


However, to buy the land, buy the house, and then get it built and finished will be pretty expensive...so this option is on the back burner for now.

Which house do you like better, the green one or the blue?