Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our New Texas House

Hello there family & friends. I know that many of you have been asking how we are doing with the relocation to Texas. It is a big move & very emotional. One day I am excited, the next day I am weeping & rethinking our decision. It is a very stressful time for us. Our current house is on the market. We have had an open house, appraisers coming in & out, & we are just waiting for someone to fall in love with it as much as we did when we bought it. If you know of anyone interested in a great house in a great location in Exeter PA, please send them our way.

Last week, Tony & I went to Houston to scout out the area & search for our new home. It was a very tough week! We looked at over 50 houses in various areas. We started out north of Houston in the Spring area, then headed North-west to Cypress, then we ended in Katy. On that third day we knew we had decided that we really wanted to be in the Katy area. Tony & I were not seeing eye to eye on anything. Where I was looking at old homes w/ charm & character, he saw "work, work, work, work". He liked the shiny newer homes that were turn key. On our 4th & final day to look at houses, we looked at year 2000 & newer homes, when we found an inventory home in a newer development. It was the very last house that we saw & was scheduled to see. We walked into it feeling deflated & were knowing we had to make a decision & possibly settle on something that wasn't exactly what we needed/wanted. We at least had it narrowed down to 2. We walked into this last house & Tony fell silent. Then he was like a little kit & started running from room to room, to outside, to the front, then upstairs, & down. We both knew that we had walked into our future home!!!

It was the last David Weekley home on the lot, it had been built & completed, but never lived in. It sits on about 1/3 acre corner lot, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car garage (enough room for those Barbie jeeps!!). Dining, living, kitchen, breakfast area, & game room. It is exactly what we need, plus a few of our wants. Best part is that one of the 5 bedrooms will be my dedicated office/scrap room! My own craft space!! Can you believe it? Since it was a builder home, it has upgrades galore!! We were at the right place at the right time & we literally got a steal! The builders agent let it slip what it was originally listed for & what we got it for is no where near that. The best part, at the end of our street is the common area where there is a playground, pool, club house, gym, stocked pond with catch & release fishing! There is also a brand new elementary school being built in the development that will open August 2012, so both girls will be going there next year.

Settlement on the new house is October 22nd. Wow that is coming up fast!! This house is not sold yet, so we will stay here until it is or until the relocation company buys us out, which ever comes first. We are kinda hoping that we will get to be here for Christmas, then move over the break. That way we can celebrate w/ our families, then Emma can start new in the new year.

I will certainly keep you posted as things progress & change. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts & prayers. We really appreciate them! Let's hope the whole move goes smoothly with no hicups!

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