Week 39 – Still a’waitin….

Week 39 and we’re still waiting for baby.  Not a surprise really since we figured I’d go at least to my due date if not farther.  We’re just hoping it’s not going to be a Buzz Light Year Baby – “To Infinity and Beyond!”  Yeah, lame but that’s the kinda mood I’m in 🙂

This weekend was awesome.  We got some stuff done around the house on Saturday and I fell asleep in the patio chair underneath the maple tree in our backyard with my feet propper up.  Talk about heaven.  Ben got the grass cut and some other yard work done.  We celebrated the perfect day by hopping in the Explorer and looking around some property in Morrow County (2 counties north of us). 

We didn’t find much the first day except for lots of bumpy gravel roads (good  for trying to coax Miss Mallory to drop – which she did!).  Other than that, the evening was a bust except for us getting to spend time together and just laugh at stupid stuff.  We got serious when we got home and hit the Internet looking for suitable properties up there. 

We hit paydirt with a neat little farmhouse on 5 acres and a fully stocked pond.  I told Mom about it and she and Dad went up to see it on Sunday morning.  They like it enough that they’re considering purchasing it as an investment property.  We headed up there on Sunday and fell in love with it.  Now to figure out how we can make everything happen – get our house market ready, sell it, and buy this house.  Yes, we’re crazy. 

So on Sunday (barring any baby arrivals) we’ll be headed back up to Morrow County to look at three properties that have piqued our interest.  My dad got us to think outside the box by looking at properties that we wouldn’t ordinarily look at (ie – dumps) and imagine if we lived in the house for 2-3 years, tore it down, and built a new one that we custom designed.  The land and surrounding property is what counts in those locations – not the actual house itself.  It really got our gears moving.

What crazy life changing events are YOU experiencing? 🙂

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. claire
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 11:16:42

    i had no idea you were considering moving…this could be some exciting stuff for you guys!

    Ha! We weren’t either. We’ve gradually come to the realization that we hate the suburbs. Sitting outside this Saturday trying to enjoy the ‘peace and quiet’ of the back yard turned into a joke with the shrieking girls next door on the trampoline, the potheads sitting in the sun drinking and blasting reggae, and the yappy little ewok dogs next door tormenting our dogs.

    glad you had such a good weekend. the bumpy roads part made me laugh. jeremy tried that for me, too. with no luck.

    Believe me, they were bumpy!

    have you started taking evening primrose oil supplements and drinking lots of red raspberry tea? haha, good times!

    I’m trying not to drink any of that stuff – she’ll come when she’s ready, I figure. *I’m* ready, I can tell you that much.

    hope we can get together again soon.

    Me too!

    hugs,
    C

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  2. whatigotsofar
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 12:32:41

    If you’re going to buy a house, tear it down and rebuild, don’t waste time moving in. Design what you want and how to get it done, then buy the property.

    Point well made.

    And it always takes longer than you think to build a house. So make sure you’ve got a place to stay for an undetermined amount of time before you start knocking down houses.

    This we’ve learned from other people’s experience.

    Something to consider: dilapitated buildings sometimes stand on dilapitated properties. You don’t know what sort of waste could be buried underneath. I’m not talking toxic waste or ancient Indian buriel grounds; I’m talking about useless construction waste, gravel, generic junk. Stuff like that is buried in large quantities all over the place and no documentation is made (‘cuz it’s against the law) and it’s never found until somebody buys the land and tries to build a new house (or commercial development) there.

    Yeah, these places are way out in the country so illegal dumping on vacant properties is always a possibility. That’s why you do a thorough walk through of the property and get the hell inspected out of it.

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  3. DarcsFalcon
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 14:59:37

    WIGSF has some good points.

    What!? He can be *serious*?

    Remodeling and rebuilding are super stressful too, and with a new baby … well, I guess my suggestion would be to make sure you have a super-sized plate to fit it all onto. 🙂 Remember, projects like that always cost twice as much as take twice as long as originally projected. NOT trying to piddle on your parade, just trying to be realistic.

    Luckily, we have an awesome extended family that is really thrilled about this. My parents especially since us living up there will be closer to them. Mom and Dad have already committed to helping us get our place market ready and Mom has at least 2 brothers who are all pretty handy and would love to lend a hand. They were gung ho and ready to come work when we discussed remodeling our kitchen (pre-economy collapse). Throw in visiting with the new baby and they’d be here in a heartbeat.

    I do think buying a place more in the country sounds heavenly though, with all that land for a kid to play on, room to garden and keep pets – you have no idea what I’d give to have that!

    That’s exactly what we’re going for. Land for baby to play on, room for the dogs to get to full speed, and a big veggie garden plot. Maybe in the future I’d be able to quit my job, grow enough veggies to have a farmer’s market spot, and live happily ever after 😉

    Maybe wait until after Princess Mallory arrives to make a decision, to see how you feel about all the work that would be involved with big renovations and stuff like that. Babies change everything. 🙂

    We’re doing all the leg work right now for this – finding properties, figuring out what needs to be done here, and how we would go about accomplishing it. No major decisions will be made while I’m pregnant or in the first few weeks of delivering. Life is too short to make a crazyass decision based solely on whacked out hormones!

    The idea gets more and more appealing every day – I was thinking about it while I was stuck in traffic trying to get over one lane just to get home. I grew up in the country and am aware of some of the limitations / drawbacks, but am glad that’s where I grew up. I want to provide the same thing for my daughter.

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  4. whatigotsofar
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 16:08:20

    In regards to Darcs comment about doing all that stuff with a baby in tow. It can be done. I’ve seen it with my own four eyes. I’ve got a client whose job I’m working on right this very second, six month old daughter. Another client of mine had a kid a few months ago, I dunno, maybe December. That would make the child about five months old. So if my clients can do it, you probably can too. Of course, my clients are all wops with wop families so, there’s always a nonna or nonno around to help out. I think that makes it a heckuva lot easier.

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