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So being June, it's been six months said I've said anything.  I'm here, I'm alive and I'm good.  We are living in our house that we bought in February.  Let me tell you that February is not the time to be moving in Minnesota.  The two biggest snow storms of the season happened while we were moving and having the drive from the house to the townhouse be an hour on a good day made the trip twice as long on a snow storm day.  Anyway, we are moved in and the house is pretty cleaned out from the yuck that was here.  Now we are in the remodeling stage, which probably will not be over until Kyle graduates from college.  Every inch of this house will be remodeled in one way or another.  We have a bathroom done and now we are working on the lower level.  When finished it will be three bedrooms, bathroom, laundry room, door to the basement and access to the future attached garage.  After the lower level is done then the demolition of the upstairs will happen.  We will be tearing out all the 50 year old drywall and replacing with new drywall and creating the master bath/closet.  The plan changes daily so I'm sure this will change eventually.

The kids are doing great.  They are making friends and have immersed themselves in the drama the neighbor girls create.  It's amazing how much drama happens when you get 5 girls together, the 3 older neighbors and my 2 kids.  Poor Kyle has no idea what's going on, and it's probably better that way, he's just outside because he loves to be outside.  I'm making some mom friends thru my kid's friends. 

Life is good right now.  We have decided we have finally found a place where we are happy.  It only took us 3 years and 4 houses to find it.  Now if a couple of things would happen we would be even happier.
I can't believe it's 2009 already.  It seems that we just moved here and it should still be November.  I guess that's just what happens when you're so incredibly busy.  Some days I don't even know what I've done to keep myself so busy, but I'm exhausted so I must have done something.  Running kids to and from school, chasing after a 19 month old, trying to keep sane in a little townhouse we are too big for and taking the dog out to do her business keeps a person pretty busy. 

I can't express how happy I am to finally be looking for a house.  We have found one that we like.  It is a 4-level split floor plan, over 3,000 sq ft, built in 1958, on an acre in a suburb of Minneapolis that is much closer to the city than Belle Plaine.  We will have to update everything, use a bedroom to enlarge a bathroom and add a bathroom to make a master suite.  Add a bedroom somewhere else, remodel every room, put up some walls in the basement to create a bedroom, bathroom, utility room and if there is room after we have left room for a family room, a small kitchenette.  Don't forget to add air conditioning which would include running air duct all over the house.  Then there's the outside: eventually a new garage, new shed, new fence.  Probably 20 years later we will be done and finally happy with it.  We are very lucky Chad can do pretty much everything except lay carpet.  Now we have to cross our fingers the bank will accept our offer and we can pay what we want.  Otherwise we will be looking for something else.

To Whomever Cares Enough to Read...

I'm waiting patiently to find a renter for my house.  I'm really hoping a particular person calls me tomorrow and says, "Please come to a meeting that has been set up to sign all the section 8 papers so I can rent your house."  Then they will say, "We want the house on October 1st."  THEN I will say, "CRAP!!"  And the whole moving out of a house that is somewhat ready to move out of begins and it will be chaos considering Katie has a birthday party at the house on saturday.  BUT with my luck this person probably won't call me.  I've had lots of calls, but no one wants to even come out to see the house and see what it has to offer.  It really is a great house.

Chad and I are also having trouble finding a house to buy in MN.  We don't qualify for a regular home loan and we'd have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops with the loan we were going to get.  I think it may come down to going through the "Bank of Chad's Parents" to help us get into a real fixer-upper and the fun begins. 

I can't wait for the day when everything settles down and I don't have to worry about where we are going to live or how we are going to get a place to live.  I want the stress to go away and I want to see my husband and I want my husband to see his kids!
 YAY!  It is official.  We are moving to Minneapolis!  And it keeps getting better...Chad will be acting manager when he gets there and will eventually be the official manager.  Can we say WHOO HOO!?  We were looking on the internet and we found a huge house on a little more than half an acre in a good part of town that is in our price range.  But being built in 1875 it may have problems that we don't want to deal with.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be in good shape.  Chad and I leave for MN a week from today.  While we are there we will go to the MN State Fair and we will go look at some houses.  I have to fly home that monday.  We have decided to rent out our house since we can't sell it.  With renting the house we will be able to qualify for a home loan and then we can buy a house.  The good thing will be when we go to sell it in a year or two the market should be better and we can maybe make some money on it.  We are hoping to have all of us in MN by the end of October.

Chad has talked to who he needed to talk to about transfering to Minneapolis, MN and now we are moving.  YAY!  He will be making more money and we can find a house for $200,000 less than the house we are in now.  I'm feeling pretty good now that we can start digging out of the financial hole we have put ourselves in.  The downside is Chad is probably going to move by himself until the house in AZ sells.  BUT, finding a house for $60,000 we may be able to purchase it without any contingencies.  I'm crossing my fingers.

Katie started first grade today. YIPEE!  It's just a good day.  The house is quieter again.  No more squabbling between sisters for most of the day.  Now, I just need to get Hannah in a preschool and it  will be heaven around here.  I don't think Kyle would know what to do with himself all alone.

We just returned from our vacation to the Black Hills in South Dakota.  If you've never been there, you need to go.  We left right before the Sturgis Bike Rally.  We saw a ton of motocycles.  Kyle being the boy he is loved all of the bikes.  He'd point and say, "Vroom! Vroom!"  He won the hearts of all the bad bikers when we were around them.  The lighting of Mount Rushmore is always an emotional thing for me.  I was trying not to cry.  I would have been made fun of by my husband and brother-in-law for sure.  They asked for all veterans to go down on the stage and my dad and almost 100 other people were down there.  It was neat to see someone give notice to veterans of current and past wars.  I'm not really sure how my dad felt about it.  I've never seen him stand up and be recognized as a veteran.  We met some of my husband's family at a campground there.  We had a blast.  I think we laughed the entire 3 days we were with them.  Of course there is always a motorhome break-down on the way and from SD.  We discovered a bad fuel pump on the way and it finally completely died on the way home.  We were stuck in Raton, NM for several hours while Chad and his brother cut a hole in the floor of the motorhome to change the fuel pump inside the gas tank.  Thankfully we were home saturday evening just in time to get ready for the first day of school (Katie was frantic that she would miss the first day, crazy kid).


June 1st our house was for sale.  We had someone come look at it and two days later we had an offer.  We were in escrow until we had the appraisal done.  Now I should be packing and moving out of my house as I'm sitting here typing, but the house appraised for $10,000 less than what we were asking and we can't go any lower on the sale price and the buyer couldn't put any more money into the sale.  So as of  yesterday the sale was canceled and we are back on the market.  YUCK!  This is too stressful.  Chad is still waiting to hear if he got the job in Minneapolis.  I really hate being in limbo.

Summer has plopped 108 degrees of itself on Arizona.  YUCK!   Forget the slow climb to 100+ degrees it's full force boiling point, but the good thing is it may get back down to 80 something degrees during the week with a chance of rain.  When they say chance for rain any native (which are few and far between) knows that it's just a humidity bath with a few clouds and pack on the heat.  Summers around here really aren't that dry anymore.  115 degrees with high humidity.  So we are the most miserable place you can be in the summertime.  Why would people want to move here?
 Today started off not so good.  My dog, Buster, had been sick for the past few days and we've made several trips to the vet in the past few days.  But there was something in the back of my mind that kept telling me that there were problems that we couldn't fix and that we would have to make a decision.  Well, God made that decision for us today.  Around 8:45 this morning Buster decided to take that trip to doggy heaven.  I'm just glad we didn't have to decide and I'm glad he was at home in his yard.  We were very surprised, even the vet.  He was only 8 years old and it came all of a sudden.

Rest In Peace, Puppy.  We all love you and we miss you.
 I'm trying to be oh so very patient while Chad is looking for another job.  He's had interviews and nothing comes of it.  This is becoming very frustrating.  I don't know if I should be looking for summer activities for the kids or if I should be looking into preschools for Hannah so she can start in the fall.  I would be ok even if he found something in Phoenix and we had to stay where we are for a few years.  He just needs something that is more pay and normal hours. 
I'm so happy I could pee myself.  Not really, but I am happy.  Chad finally received a call about one of the many jobs he applied for in Wisconsin.  And it just so happens it's the better of the three.  It's actually a position 2 positions higher than he is right now and the position higher than the position he left when he was in Wisconsin (I hope you can figure it out.  It made sense to me).  He had a conversation with the recruiter and then she is passing the information she gathered to the hiring manager and hopefully this person will call back for an interview.