Thursday, July 23, 2015

I've Been Missing.

I feel like I haven't been able to blog in months because there are a lot of things happening in our lives that just aren't "public" knowledge right now... like how we just sold our boat! I mean, it's a big deal but for some reason we weren't ready to tell the whole world until it was official.

So it makes me feel like if I can't blog about everything that's going on in our life, then I can't blog about anything. I have a terrible time keeping "secrets" so it's easier for me not to talk. So that's why I've been a little MIA and vague on here lately. For example, one time Landon flew down to Texas to surprise his family, but the whole week before he left I couldn't talk to his mom. I stopped calling her and when she called me I just kept it brief. I was SO worried that I was going to ruin the surprise that I just couldn't talk at all. That's how I feel right now with this blog right now.

I've written TONS of blog drafts, but they just have to sit there for now. That post about selling Viking? It's been siting in my drafts waiting to be published for months. Oh man, there's so much I want to say! Writing is so therapeutic for me, so I just write drafts and save them for later.

Can I just complain for a second? I am a happy girl that likes to think positively, but man this year has really been such a roller coaster. I am ready for 2015 to be done and just praying that 2016 has some good things in store for us. I'm definitely not asking for pity and I promise I'm really okay, but sometimes it just feels good to vent. 2015 I hate you. Man, it feels good to get that off my chest ;)

I have totally been slacking on taking pictures and blogging, so I'm sorry this post is boring and vague. We don't have any fun trips planned and we actually haven't done anything very exciting to even blog about. So I guess this post is just to say that I'm sorry that I've been missing. I am going to try to blog more because I really do love it.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'll leave you with some pictures of Landon's AWESOME Millennium Falcon lego because every blog post needs at least 1 picture and because I think it's adorable he is so into legos ;)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Goodbye Viking.

With a mixture of relief and sadness, we officially sold Viking today. It has been such a roller coaster ride to get to this point...

I know, I know.... the boat we were planning on keeping for at least 8 years. The boat we were planning to teach our kids to sail on. The boat were planning to take on many adventures. The boat we LOVED.

When we bought Viking almost 2 years ago, selling her this soon was definitely not in our plans. But plans change. I'll save that story for another post :)

We put her on the market back in January for sale by owner. We didn't get very many "bites" but we did have one person from Canada that was very interested. It fell through, which was heartbreaking.

Then we decided we needed to list it with a broker. The problem with that is they take a 10% cut. TEN percent. That's a lotta money.

We got our first offer March 7th, but it was actually kind of a nightmare. The people didn't even seem to like our boat to begin with--they were just really wishy-washy and I had a bad feeling about them from the start. After you put in an offer, you do a boat inspection (or survey). Landon was at the boat ALL day to help answer questions and even took them out on the river so they could rev the engine up. Landon ended up leaving before the survey was done because it was getting late. And guess what the people did? They got freaked out about some moisture readings in the deck of the boat and completely WALKED AWAY! They didn't even finish the inspection, or negotiate the price based on the findings of the inspection. They just left us hanging high and dry. When our broker called to tell me that they completely backed out, I was sobbing uncontrollably for 30 minutes. It was rough. We shouldn't have been surprised, because we knew they weren't very good people. To this day, Landon and I get all ragey when we talk about the whole thing.  I mean, when you put an offer on a boat, you should be pretty serious about it, right? We were SO excited and then basically got crushed.

We didn't have much action until the beginning of June--so we were feeling super anxious and upset and stuck. Remember this post about our little miracle? Well I wrote that because we got an offer on our boat! It was amazing. We were jumping around and screaming and just SO happy. We didn't accept their offer (it was WAY too low) so we went back and forth for a few days trying to negotiate on a price. And then they were silent. So we waited, and waited, and waited. And got super angry. How could this be happening to us again?!?! I was SO tired of getting my hopes up to then be CRUSHED. Again.

But then another miracle happened... we got ANOTHER offer on the boat from an awesome couple in Seattle. They saw our boat and just fell in love! I knew I wanted them to have our boat. We wanted Viking to go to a happy family!

So they did the boat inspection and we took them out on a test sail and they were just so happy. They actually liked our boat (unlike the first jerk faces). It was a real-life miracle. Everything was going great! Until the very end of the test sail when we turned on the motor to head back to the marina...

...And our engine died. In the shallow part of the river. Surrounded by other boats.

It honestly felt like a nightmare. I couldn't believe it was really happening. I felt so sick. The people were actually as calm as can be, and really didn't seem too phased by it. We promised that this had NEVER happened before, and it hadn't! We have used that motor SOOOO much. What are the chances?! We had to call our broker who brought his sailboat out to rescue us. We rafted up alongside his boat while he towed us back to a the marina. It was a nightmare, but really the buyers were so calm and didn't seem concerned at all.

We left the marina that night feeling so low and with so many questions and so much anxiety. It was a pretty bad feeling. We didn't even know if the people would want our boat after that disaster or what the problem was with our engine.

So we woke up bright and early on Saturday morning and headed back to the boat... It was 99 degrees that day and we were there from 8:30-5:30 trying to figure out the problem. We were able to get our boat back to our slip, but the engine died again! So we had to wake up really early on Sunday morning and figure out what the problem was. Talk about ANXIETY!

Turns out there was a clog in the fuel line and Landon of course figured it all out like a champ! Thank goodness!

About 5 days later we heard back from the buyers who said that they wanted our boat, but for 4k less than their original offer. Bummer, but at least they weren't walking away! They also wanted us to get a certified mechanic out to verify the engine was working, which is totally understandable.

I can't believe all the hurdles we had to jump to get this boat sold! Life has just been crazy these past few months. So many ups and downs.

Anyway, here's a few pictures from our adventures on Viking. She really is a beautiful boat and we had so much fun with her the past few years! It's sad to see her go.

For that reason, we do not regret buying Viking... even though we probably wouldn't have even considered buying her if we knew we were only going to own her for less than 2 years!

We are EXTREMELY grateful for the time we had with Viking. We've learned a lot and experienced a lot (including sailing in the ocean!) that we wouldn't have been able to experience unless we OWNED a boat. We are sad to say goodbye to Viking, but excited at the same time.

We love you Viking!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Happy Third Birthday Henry and Oliver!

Landon and I love these boys more than I thought it was possible. I love them so much it almost breaks my heart. Does that even make sense? They brighten our home and our lives! They bring us so much joy and they really are like our children. I always tell Landon that I'm worried I won't love my human children as much as the boys. I mean really, there's no way they could be cuter than these two right? ;)          
(Of course I'm kidding, if you're reading this future children!)

They both have so much personality. I love the way Henry adventures and chews on socks. I love how Oliver dances and spins when he's excited. I love the way Henry sticks his head out the window when we're in the car and how Oliver could care less and just wants to snuggle on my lap. I love how cuddly they both are and how excited they get to see us, even if we have only been gone for 10 minutes. I love how they FREAK out if you say the word "squirrel." I love how tiny and perfect they are.

We are SO grateful to Tim and Ang for giving us these boys. Words cannot express how happy they have made us and how much we love them! Happy 3rd Birthday Henry and Ver! We love you!

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