Would you look at that!? We got the house! We closed on May 5th - Feliz Cinco de Mayo! The first few weeks we did NOTHING. John John was born March 26th - about a week late! If anyone has EVER been pregnant, you know how rough the last few weeks can be. Add another week onto that. I cried on my due date! Ha! That's beside the point though - since he was late, we still had a bitty baby when we closed on the house. We also had a LOT of work to do before we could move in. The trim and doors throughout the entire house were oak. We weren't cool with that. And the upstairs desperately needed new carpet. We decided the best route was to get all of our painting (trim and walls) done before we put in new carpet and before we moved in. Thankfully we had a sprayer. It took a lot less time but with a sprayer - prep is everything. It took us nearly a week to tape everything off (in our free time after work and with two babies to take care of). Anyway - we got the trim painted and most of the walls painted (aside from the corners which I STILL haven't done 4 months later).
We have been working our tails off trying to make this empty vacant house our home. Adding our touch to every room. We will get there little by little! Take a look at the Ross Lake tab at the top if you want check it out :)
My dear little one,
I have waited my whole life for you without knowing it. I have looked for the warmth you bring my heart for years in every moment. I couldn't have hand picked a more perfect you. With your smiles and laughs and curiousity - I wish I could pause time to hold you and explain to you how large my heart has grown because of you. Even if I could, you wouldn't understand. Not yet at least. One day you will have your own little ones and then, maybe then, you will understand, but not a moment sooner. Your dimpled hands and rough knees. Your soft face, oh your sweet soft face. How you love when I rub your forehead down to your chin and trace your soft little nose. I could stare at you forever, wondering how such a perfect, unmarked, innocent soul was given to me.
Let's rock-a-bye and read another book instead.
With all the love you could ever think up,
About a month after we moved into our rental house, we got the itch to own and started looking. We looked at 3 or 4 houses and found one in Falcon (where we went to high school and our parents had both lived) that fit our needs. Here's the caveat: it's a short sale.
Short Sales. They are not short. From what I have learned, a short sale is when the owner is upside down in their mortgage. They owe more than the house is worth. So they are trying to sell it at the lower price and work a deal with their lender (bank) who may require the owner to take out a personal loan or something to pay the remaining balance. But in order to even get to the point where everyone negotiates with the bank, I THINK the order needs to go as follows:
Buyers (us) make offer to seller
Seller sends offer to their Lender
Lender reviews file
Accepts or counters offer and takes BUYER to "final negotiations"
Buying resumes as normal - 30 day close, we do inspections, appraisal, etc.
We made our offer to the seller the end of August, the seller immediately accepted and sent the offer to the bank. It has been nearly 9 weeks. The bank asked us about 3 weeks ago how soon we could close if they accepted and then we didn't hear anything for a couple weeks. We asked our AWESOME realtor if she could check into it a bit and she got back with us and said the bank had to order a new appraisal because the one they already had on file had expired. Boo.
Overall though, we are working on our patience as this process unfolds. Bryce and I are content with the outcome regardless how it pans out. This home would definitely not be our "forever" home but it has more than enough space and is a really great investment if we do all the upgrading ourselves - which who am I kidding, we always do.
Pics are below of the house! If we end up getting the house, I will absolutely dedicate an entire section of this site to the upgrades!
Well, since the LAST time I posted, we have finished our house in College Station, had a baby, and moved back to Colorado! Never a dull moment with the Lanes! Bryce's work brought us back to Colorado Springs and we were very excited about the opportunity to be closer to his parents and back in our "hometown" of sorts. Especially when the news came in June when it was starting to get HOT in Texas.
We had about 6 weeks to get the house on the market and sold and then find a place in Colorado and move back. We originally made an offer on a piece of property in Peyton on 5 acres but it fell through after the inspection didn't go as well as we had hoped. In a rush, we found a house to rent in a neighborhood we were familiar with and moved in by the end of July. In the midst of all of this - literally the night before we left College Station - I found out I was pregnant again! Scarlette was 4.5 months old! We get the question constantly "was this planned?" and my thoughts are:
1. That's a pretty personal question
2. We are aware of how to make babies
3. No, we were not preventing
4. We are SO excited because we have always wanted kids close in age
Baby Boy John Franklin Lane III is due March 21st. Exactly 4 weeks after Scarlette turns 1! He is being named after Bryce's dad - John Franklin Lane II. We are trying to come up with nicknames to call him while he is a little kid. John John, JJ, Baby J, are all in the running. But we haven't really stuck with one :) I'm sure when we see his precious little face we will figure out what to call our little mister!
The Lane family has experienced a TON of changes in the last few months. Well.... 6 or 8 months actually :) We are expecting our first sweet babe in February and we can't wait to meet her! We have picked her name to be Scarlette! This has slowed down (and oddly sped up in some ways) our house projects. Shortly after finding out, I did my best to work on all I could when I was not DEAD TIRED. I worked on laying floors in the living room, we knocked out the half wall, and then it was time for the Nursery.
Bryce had to do the entire nursery by himself. That was the room that had water damage from the previous owner/rain. So he basically stripped the room down to bare bones, put up new sheet rock, textured, painted, laid floors... the whole shebang.
At this point - we are just needing to finish the closet door (BARNWOOD!!!) in the nursery, lay laminate in the guest room, and build us some bedroom furniture and we are GOOD TO GO! When I say good to go - I have no idea what I mean. If we finish all of our projects, who knows what I will try to do. Maybe take over the world or something. ;)
Bryce and I have talked about building our own home for quite awhile now. I am SO excited to see Ana White's new show about building off Grid in Alaska!!! My family lived in Anchorage for 6 or 7 years when I was young but I never really had the opportunity to truly experience all that Alaska had to offer because I was so little. There are random things I remember and I have tried to explain them to my husband Bryce, but it just isn't the same as seeing and experiencing them in person.
Moving to Texas from Colorado this year has been tough not getting to experience the cool weather and REAL seasons. I am hopeful that this winter we can live vicariously through Ana White as her and her family build off the grid! Maybe our off the grid build will be next!!!
In the last couple years a strong personal focus of mine has been to let go of control. I would have been labeled as having a classic Type-A personality. I wanted to be able to map out every move I could possibly make along with all the different routes it may take me. I know some of you are laughing knowing how impossible that is. It was causing me to stress out about things that really didn’t matter. The only way I have been able to do this was by trusting in God’s plan for my family and me.
A perfect example of this is our recent move from Colorado to Texas. My last job had me running ragged – mentally and emotionally. I began looking for other jobs in the Denver Metro area in late summer of 2014. After a couple months of little to no movement, I decided to stop searching. I would occasionally hop online and check openings in Colorado over the next few months but nothing really jumped out at me.
My husband and I had moved to Castle Rock in March of 2014 and had just found a church that we were really happy with in August. In the October/November months our Pastor began a series on being okay with being uncomfortable. That message spoke so loudly to me. I started praying every day about being okay with being uncomfortable; understanding and knowing that regardless of where God leads us, his plan is perfect. I began to only want his plan.
One day in December, I randomly decided to look online and see if a particular school in Texas was hiring, just for fun. They were! I was so excited I sat down and applied right there. I still remember as I clicked submit thinking, “Nothing is going to come from this but we will see!” Later that week, my husband called me at work. He was ecstatic. He told me that he had an interview for a big company based out of Philadelphia. If he got this job he would be working from home full time and was not restricted to living in any city or state. His interview was for 2 weeks later, right after Christmas. As I hung up with him I realized I had a voicemail so I listened to the message – it was the school I applied for a job at just 4 days earlier and they wanted to interview me!!
Things were definitely getting exciting. I interviewed with the school the following