Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cecelia Rose: 9 Months

Sweet baby girl where has the time gone?  You had your 9 month check up and are still a little petite girl weighing only 15lbs 7oz.  Mimi gave you your first haircut this month since you were getting so straggly.  Your hair is turning blonder by the month and is filling in nicely.  This month you started giving us big sloppy open mouth kisses that are adorable.  You also like sharing your toys with us and hold them up for us to bite then you laugh and laugh.  It was also your first Father's Day this month!  You gave Daddy a picture frame with a picture of you in it. You also called him Dada (he loves that you said his name first!).  We had a big family get together this month for your Uncle Beau's graduation and you loved spending time with your cousins.  You are completely intrigued by other kiddos and babies.  You still have two bottom teeth and are really working hard on more.  Poor Reese has to run away from you because you can chase her down now that you are crawling all over the place.  You both wait by the door for Daddy to get home from work and it is extremely adorable.  The time is FLYING by and we love you so much little nugget!


Home Building Update

     Whew! Lots of happenings!  Derek and I listed our house on a Friday and were under contract with a buyer by the end of the day on Monday.  Things moved pretty quickly!  We have the inspection and all the negotiating that goes with it behind us (thank the good Lord above).  Our realtor was truly a rockstar in helping negotiate the terms.  The appraisal was today so barring anything crazy happens we plan to close on our home on August 21st.  From there we will move some of our things to Mom's house and the rest into storage.  THEN we have the task of selling Mom's house (gulp).  Our mortgage has also been conditionally approved which is another huge step towards the finish line for us.  Sadly now we are working with the mortgage underwriter which is truly another circle of Hell. 
     We are also officially under contract with Lennar on our new home and groundbreaking just started!  They sent us pictures today of them pouring the footers for the house foundation.  Very exciting!  Dad is settled into an Assisted Living in Wake Forest and it will be so nice when we move and will be right down the road from him.  My commute is going to be a beast but it's worth it for all of the advantages that this move will bring for our family. Here are the pictures that we got today.  This is major progress to us since we are used to seeing an empty dirt lot!  Several houses on nearby lots are framed and even have siding on them so it seems that it will move quickly!  We should be set to move in in time for Thanksgiving!
Last Week: Foundation
Pouring footers for house foundation

Pouring footers for house foundation

This week: Foundation and Framing


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Home Building Part I

     Let me start by saying that besides planning a wedding, this is the most stressful thing I have been involved in in my life.  Things started off easy enough.  Derek and I were casually looking for a home with more square footage, Mom was looking to downsize to a townhome.  However, with our budgets, neither of us were finding anything we really liked.  Last Saturday Mom sent Derek and I a link to Lennar NextGen homes.  Within 30 minutes, Derek and I were pretty much sold on the idea.  Not having to pack the kids up every morning to go to Mimi's house? Check.  Getting enough square footage to accomodate our growing family? Check.  Upgrades and choices galore? Check.  Great locations? Check.  Great schools? Check.
     This literally seemed like the perfect solution for our family.  Derek and I would have our own space and Mom would have her own space but we could come together when we wanted to or needed to.  Plus the homes were gorgeous.  We started last Sunday just doing a drive by of a Cary neighborhood that the internet said offered these homes.  We decided to run in and tour the model and talk with the on-site realtor.  Sadly the neighborhood in Cary had sold all their lots so we wouldn't be moving there anytime soon.  However, about 45 minutes north in Wake Forest they were getting ready to build two NextGen homes so we headed up to check it out.  We met with the agent onsite who was SO helpful, knowledgable and nice.  This was great!  We saw the site of the two homes and decided that day that this home was something that all of us wanted to pursue.
     Then things started getting tough.  And really stressful.
 It turned out that in order for us to enter into a contract with the builder, Derek and I would need to have our home on the market and under contract with a buyer.  After much back and forth the builder was willing to contract with us with only one of our homes on the market and write a contingency for Mom to sell her home before closing.  One hurdle down, plus we only now need to be able to qualify for our part of the mortgage.  Second hurdle: selling our house.  Thankfully we have only lived in our house for a little over a year so the amount of stuff we have accumulated is smaller than usual.  Derek and I worked for a week straight from the time we got off work until we went to bed packing things away and cleaning like we have never cleaned before.  Tonight we meet with the realtor.  I didn't even think we wlould break even on our home sale.  Enter me doing math like magellan to figure out our cost to sell with different sale prices, different commission percentages, etc.  This is all consuming. 
   Then the what if's.  What if our house doesnt sell for enough money? What if the home inspector finds something majorly wrong with our house and we can't afford to fix it?  What if we move to my Mom's house and then something is majorly wrong with HER house and we can't afford to fix it?  How do we sell her house to have the money for closing without having to move to temporary housing? What if her home doesn't sell in time?  What if the new house takes way longer than expected to build?  What if we sell our house and move and then the whole thing falls through? WHAT IF IT ALL FALLS APART?
There are so many questions and they run through my mind all day and all night long.
I am leaning on faith right now.  Faith that this is the right thing for us, for mom and for our children.  Faith that God is going to help us through this.  Faith that this will work out.
All I can tell myself is that in a few short months all this stress will be worth it and we will be in our forever home. 
For now, taking it day by day!

Favorite and Best of Baby Girl Online Boutique Clothing Volume 2: Olive Mae, Eleanor Rose, Blue Eyed Belle

Olive Mae Clothing

I am kind of in love with everything about Olive Mae Clothing. They are based out of Texas and have the sweetest clothes for little gals. New items are released every Monday and Thursday. (Their Fall item sneak peaks are SO CUTE).  They also have a great BST facebook site. Find Olive Mae Clothing here.


Blue Eyed Belle

Less selection than the other two brands but I love the picks listed below.  Also, I don't have the Amelia dress (yet) but it is my ALL TIME FAVORITE.  I also love the Chloe dress for the colder months!  Find Blue Eyed Belle here.





 Eleanor Rose

      This clothing is absolutely darling and I love every bit of it!  They have a mix of classic, vintage and funky clothing that I adore. I really love their holiday collections! Collections are not released on a set schedule so you have to watch their Facebook page or check your email! Find Eleanor Rose here.

I'm still waiting to get my hands on this Costume Parade dress...

Bike Romper
This Nutcracker dress will be on Cece this Christmas!
Blue Bunny Romper
Spring Break Bikini
Partridge in a Pear Tree Ruffle Top.. LOVE THIS.

Antique Roses Pinafore