Friday, November 25, 2011

Two Years.

These past two years have honestly been the happiest of my life.

Happy Anniversary to the boy who makes me laugh so hard it hurts, who loves me no matter how clumsy/forgetful/slow I can be, who makes me want to be a better person, who is my best friend, who still gives me butterflies, who wakes up 20 minutes early every morning to snuggle with me, who is literally my other half, who is smarter than anyone I know, who dances with me in our kitchen to no music, who loves so deeply, who has integrity and stands by what he believes no matter what, who calms me down when I'm freaking out, who follows his dreams and inspires me to follow mine, who thinks I'm beautiful just the way I am, who runs to the door and kisses me when I get home and immediately my whole day is better, who is always there for me and stands up for me, and last but not least...who makes my life even happier than a fairy tale.

I'm so grateful for eternal marriage and that I get to keep this boy forever. I just simply can't get enough of him. He is my happy :)

Year two was a big one--we graduated from college, moved to a new state by ourselves, got "real" jobs, and bought a house... we'll see if year 3 can beat it because I have to say year 2 was a good one.

Happy anniversary my sweet Landon Dean!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The House Story

Skip this post if you don't want to hear all the boring details about buying our first home... but I just HAVE to blog about this because it's a huge milestone and I just want to remember everything. This blog is for me :)

6 months ago we were in Utah, living with my parents & living off student loans... basically living off NOTHING. I never ever thought we'd be buying a home 6 months later. It's so crazy how quickly life happens and how fast everything changes.

I always thought that you needed 40k to buy a house, no other loans, and a honkin' salary. It seemed SO far away and out of our reach but Landon and I started looking at houses for the fun of it this summer just so we could get familiar with what was out there. It was fun looking through the pictures and communicating with our realtor, Jennifer. Jennifer didn't care that we weren't going to be buying anytime soon.

Well 2 months ago, we decided to go out and start looking at the homes. Unfortunately, Jennifer took 2 months off to be with her little boy (which I totally respect, family=first) so her co-worker took over for a bit. I'm not going to say much about him, but let's just say he tried to push us into making offers on multiple homes when we just weren't ready. Then he dropped us and we had to wait almost a month for Jennifer to come back. Ugh.

So we waited and waited and finally Jennifer got back 2 weeks ago. We were SO happy to have a realtor back that actually cared about us and wasn't pressuring us at all. We looked at over 20 homes and liked a few of them. Originally we were thinking we'd buy a home this spring or even next spring, but we decided to take the "time frame" off ourselves and just wait until we found the perfect house.

Well on Friday (in the rain & the dark) we found the one. I had always heard that when you walk into "the one" you'll just know... and it's totally true! We walked into the house and it just felt like home. No other way to describe it.

We looked at more homes the next day, but just kept thinking about our cute little blue house. While we were driving Landon said, "I think if we want that blue house, we're going to have to make an offer this weekend." My heart stopped. I couldn't believe it was really happening, but I knew he was right. I immediately called our mortgage guy & double checked that we were good to go. I couldn't stop squealing.

Saturday night, we prayed about it and we just had an overwhelming sense of peace.

Sunday morning we woke up and saw that our blue house was having an open house... GREAT! I didn't want other people walking through OUR house and falling in love, because I knew they would. Our realtor emailed me and told me that someone was submitting an offer and that if we really wanted it, we'd have to put an offer in today. We rushed to the blue house, walked through it a second time and still loved it. We went and knocked on a few neighbors doors to ask about the neighborhood. We still loved it. At this point, we knew we were going to have to miss church (GASP!) and make a huge purchase on the Sabbath (GASP, GASP!) but... we just knew we had to do something or else our house would be taken.

We drove right to our realtor's office and spent the next 2 hours going through the paperwork and deciding on our offer. Jennifer is so amazing and even thought to call the listing agent and ask what the sellers wanted... Did they want to give up the fridge? When did they want to move out? Were they expecting to pay closing costs? Do they want to keep their washer and dryer? We totally wrote our offer catering to the seller's every need. The other offer they received was turned down, so we knew this was our chance.

Our offer was submitted around 4 pm and we told them it expired at 9 pm. The next five hours were seriously agonizing. I just felt sick and had a million knots in my stomach. Our realtor would email/call letting me know she hadn't heard anything. 7pm rolled around, 8 pm rolled around and my heart just hurt. I knew there was no way they were going to accept it and we weren't going to accept a counter. We were totally bummed.

8:45 pm our realtor calls us to tell us that the seller had THREE offers that night and that the listing agent sent her a vague email saying our offer was the only offer that got a "response" and that he would be emailing it over shortly. We had no idea what on earth that was supposed to mean and assumed they were going to give us a counter. Immediately we were frustrated...what more could they want?! UGH!

8:55 pm our realtor call us to tell us that they ACCEPTED OUR OFFER on one condition... they want the option to try to find a home by November 30th. Our close date will stay the same (January 6th) but if they haven't found a house, they will rent it back and live in the house until January 30th while paying for our mortgage. No big deal. We couldn't believe it! Out of four offers they chose ours and we are going to be home owners! Their realtor told our realtor that our offer wasn't necessarily the highest but it was the cleanest, most fair, and most flexible. BOOYAH! So grateful we have such an amazing realtor that helped us write the perfect offer!!!

That night we watched Aladdin to try and calm me down. I was SO worked up and Aladdin is my go-to movie when I'm either upset/excited/scared and need to fall asleep (I watched it the night before we got married hehe). Anyway, I just couldn't fall asleep. It all feels so unreal and I was just way too excited to calm down. I just kept thinking about how I want to decorate and imagining our lives in that home.

So there are still a few milestones we have to get through until the home is officially ours... home inspection & appraisal... but if everything goes according to plan we will be moving after Christmas.

Okay so here's the part where I'd normally post pictures of the house BUT... the people who live there now are umm, a little old and their decorations aren't the most "modern"... When I saw the pictures of the house I was originally unimpressed :) But it really is a gem. So, you'll just have to wait until January and maybe I'll even do another "video tour" of the place.

However I will tell you some of the key features :)
  • 2,140 sq feet. 4 bedrooms (upstairs) 2 full baths upstairs, half bath downstairs
  • It's in a culdesac and in a really good neighborhood about 5 min from where we live now
  • Entry way has formal living room/dining room
  • The kitchen is big with lots of counter space
  • The kitchen opens up to another dining area and a living room with a fireplace and vaulted ceilings
  • Upstairs has the 4 bedrooms that are all really good sized and the laundry room is upstairs which is PERFECT because I fold laundry in our bedroom.
  • The master bedroom has a walk-in closet (HORRAY!) and the bathroom has two sinks (HORRAY!) with a skylight
  • Hard wood floors & brand new carpet
  • Good sized backyard with the cutest little toolshed that matches the house
  • The owners are very particular and the home truly is in PERFECT condition. The only "improvement" we will need to make is to take down some lovely wallpaper in the kitchen & maybe replace some door knobs.
It was by far the best home we looked at and I'm just so glad it's going to be ours. We drove past it tonight and just can't WAIT to make it our home.

Right now, we barely fill up our 1000 sq foot apartment because we just don't own very much stuff, so the house is going to feel very lonely/empty for awhile...

I still can't get over the fact that Landon and I are building a home together. A home is where a family goes. I can't wait to fill up those rooms... and I'm not just talking about with furniture ;)

Okay okay... you deserve a few pictures for sticking around until the end :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

No Big Deal

But we just put an offer on this cutie:

FREAKING OUT! Wish us luck :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Random (with a bit of Halloween)

Sometimes I have so many random things I want to say and so I get lazy and turn it into a "random" blog post. I guess you could say I'm kind of a random person. I'm notorious for little comments that have NOTHING to do with what we're talking about and Landon has rightly nicknamed me "Random Girl (pronounced RAAAAndom Girl!) Anyway, we go:

  • Depending on the weather today, Landon and I will be flying up to Washington to test fly some airplanes. He wants to build an airplane from a kit. Even though I think it's like AT LEAST 10 years away until we can actually afford it, I'm excited to go take a look.
  • I have never seen so much FOG in my life. Almost every morning driving to work is foggy. It's kinda eerie, but it feels like Oregon to me and I just love it. It's really pretty with all the evergreens. If you've ever seen the movie Coraline, it's almost exactly like that.
  • For Halloween at work, my team decided to do a theme of fast food restaurants. I chose Taco Bell, for obvious reasons (I'm addicted to their nachos) and was going to be the chihuahua dog. But then 4 of us decided we wanted to be Taco Bell hot sauce packets and it was awesome.

  • Today is 11/11/11. It's going to be magical.

  • Throughout the entire month of October Landon and I watched every Halloween movie possible. I used to be so scared of scary movies, but I think I've been desensitized. The Ring didn't even scare me. Not even a little.

  • I love the Fall colors and going on walks through the leaves. It's my favorite. Especially here in Oregon with all the Evergreens mixed with the yellows & reds. It's amazing.

  • I didn't take very many pictures of our pumpkin carving this year, but it was fun as always. We watched Nightmare Before Christmas TWICE before we were done. They turned out pretty cute... I mean creepy :)
Landon made this design up by himself. He's amazing!

I traced mine from a pattern :)

  • Landon is truly the funniest person I've ever met. Every single day he makes me laugh until I cry. We love Red Lobster and every time we go Landon tries to convince me to eat the shrimp. Well we went last week and of course he was begging me to try the coconut telling me they looked like a FETUS!!!! He knows how much I love babies, but really? Like THAT'S going to make me want to eat it! I just about died from laughing.
He does have a point though... :)
  • And last, but not least, I just have to say that life is good and I feel so blessed. I never thought I could be so happy. Every day I wake up feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. Last year I did a "month of gratitude" and posted something I was grateful for every day. Well this year, I'm feeling just as grateful, maybe even MORE... I just don't have time for all of that BLOGGING! So here's a random list of things I'm feeling grateful for lately: my family, being married to my best friend, the opportunity we have to live in Oregon and both have such great jobs, my knowledge of the gospel and my relationship with Heavenly Father, my calling in the primary, my health, my friends, and mostly that my life has turned into something better than I ever could have imagined. It truly feels like a dream.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I'm Still Alive, I Promise.

Well it has been almost TWO WEEKS since my last post. I have totally been lacking in the blogging department lately because all of my free time has been devoted to this:

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No one ever told me how exhausting house hunting is. Don't get me wrong, it really is fun. But it's emotionally and physically draining.

Our favorite house was sold last week. I didn't realize how attached I was to that house until I saw the words "pending" and immediately broke out into tears. Pathetic, I know. Landon felt so bad and tried to cheer me up by promising that our perfect home was still out there and would be even BETTER.

Luckily, we have found some adorable homes that have filled the gaping hole in my heart and I don't even think about that house anymore :)

We found a really cute city called Sherwood that is literally right from a movie. There are just families and kids everywhere (which is actually RARE in Oregon) and we have fallen in love with the idea of living there. It's a perfect place to raise a family.

Anyway, stay tuned for a post about Halloween--I can't believe I haven't gotten around to doing that yet. Yikes!

P.S. One of my besties is PREGNANT! Best.NEWS.EVER!!!! I can't stop smiling! Jenna and Jace really are going to be the best parents--they are both amazing. And don't even get me started on how cute Jenna will be as a pregnant lady! So excited for them!!

Congratulations Jenna & Jace!!!!

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