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Someday We Are Moving: Month 4

Here we are.  At the beginning of June.  The fourth month on the multi-generational compound.

Time flies when you are living all together as one!

We saw our 30th house on Saturday, put in an offer on Sunday (we also made an offer on a house earlier in the week that we did NOT get), and on Monday we found out that we got the house!

SOMEDAY WE ARE MOVING!!!

We will close on July 13, pending a successful inspection.  Prayers please, party people.  It really does look like a well-maintained house, but we all know surprises can lurk beneath the surface.

From the department of irony of all ironies, we will be living just around the corner from my parents’ house.  What makes this okay is the fact that we will not be able to see their house from ours.  The block we are moving to is filled with families with toddlers, one of Critter’s friends from ECFE lives in the next cul-de-sac, Baby G lives three blocks away, and a sorority sister of mine lives probably five or six blocks north of us with her little family.  There are three parks within six blocks of our house and another that is half a mile away (still walkable!).  It is a 3-5 minute drive from the library, Blooma/my yoga studio, Target, and the grocery store.  And it’s only a mile away from my in-laws!  We are all near. 

It has a big, flat backyard, and a dining room.  And a private deck off of the master suite that I plan to be able to enjoy in approximately five years.

I believe God provisions us for our lives and even though we have been driving past this house since April 2016 when my parents moved in, we couldn’t have imagined that THIS is where we would be living.  Until we could.

Anyway, besides getting the inspection done and the mortgage sorted out, there’s really nothing to be done for the next 40 or so days besides splash our feet in the kiddie pool and enjoy the summer.

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Starting Month 3

It is May and we are at the beginning of month three of living on the multi-generational compound.

Everyone is still married.

We have seen 21 houses now (22 if you count the open house Critter and I went to without Marcus), have seriously considered putting offers in on two, and here we are.

Still living in my parents’ basement!

Our housing requirements continue to be as follows: yard that is at least .3 acres, separate dining room that is big enough for our four leaf formal dining table (or opens up into the living room so we can extend it at the holidays), space to put the treadmill. Not a split-level.

This seems like it should not be very hard, but apparently with all of this open floor plan stuff, literally no one has a dining room anymore. I will be honest, this along with people who argue against china and formal silverware hurt my soul.

From a financial perspective, by not living in our townhouse/paying utilities/cable/whatnot we are currently saving $1,700 per month so that’s a pretty great perk too.   Every month that we live here helps increase the purchase price (and down payment) of our future home OR it provides the financing for my upcoming unpaid maternity leave OR it is money to save for the new (used) car I’ll likely need in the next two years because my CRV is 11 years old.

So, all good things.

Two weekends ago, mom and dad headed Up North and Marcus, Critter, and I had the house all to ourselves. It was…really quiet. Because apparently my parents watch more television than we do (which is none during the day) and just having two less people around will do that for you. We had some friends over for dinner the first weekend (Billy: we are allowed to have friends over without parents home now?) and when they went Up North again this weekend and I hosted a baby shower here along with another girlfriend.

So, we are sort of doing some normal things?

We’ve also been doing our best to keep up with date night. I’d say that we are going out at least every other week if you average it out. That said, when I looked at the calendar last Sunday, I realized we had not planned any dates for the upcoming weeks so I wrote those down promptly.  We need to continue to take advantage of built-in babysitters as much as possible while we still can.

Marcus honestly finds the most bizarre part of this entire experience to be the fact that we eat dinner with one or both of my parents probably four nights per week.  Mostly just because we’re used to eating just the two of us.

Meanwhile, Billy has set-up an anonymous complaint hotline and I will confess I have made two false accusations: (1) That someone had consumed my BBQ Kettle Chips without my knowledge and (2) That Mom took all of the Belle Vie (ALDI label La Croix) to the cabin, leaving me with…no Belle Vie.  No one is perfect.

Anyway, here we are.

Life on the Multigenerational Compound

Well.  Here we are.  20 days later, still living together as one.

We closed on our house last Friday so now, there’s really no going back.  A few weeks ago we saw four houses in one weekend and three of them had strong odors.  Last weekend, there were really no new houses to see.  So that’s where we’re at with that.  As I’ve said before, someday, we are moving.

The full cable package has been enjoyable.  Now that we’re not packing and cleaning constantly, we’re watching…more TV.  And you know, cleaning up all of the address change stuff (OMG never ending and we’re going to have to change it AGAIN when we move).  On Sunday night, we watched Independence Day: Resurgence.  If you’re an Independence Day-lover, 11/10 would recommend it.

Mom and I got the plague.  She still has it, it’s finally leaving me.  And then, just as I announced that my nausea was leaving, it came back with a vengeance and I spent the weekend wanting to hurl and a decent bit of it curled up in bed.

Like, honest to God this pregnancy is so different than the last that I was Googling the symptoms for appendicitis.  I wish I were kidding but I really was not.

So that was pretty fun.  On Sunday, Dad bought me some ginger candies and they are repulsive, but I can’t say they’re making the nausea worse so I will keep eating them.

On the bright side, spring is here for good.  I’m so glad that we can start taking daily walks now until October.  As I was explaining to Critter just today, because we are Minnesotans, now that the nice weather has arrived we have to be outside all the time now.

Anyway, our life is not that glamorous right now, but it is still good.

Someday We Are Moving: Basement Dwelling

We survived the move into my parents’ house and everyone is still married.

Critter had let me know that he is totally fine with everything because anytime I I dare to venture more than 10 feet away from him, he screams.  We are well and truly joined at the hip right now.  BFFs for sure.

If you were to look in our “closet” you would see that I am probably still living in some sort of low-grade denial because even though all of my things on hangers are hanging, all of the dresser things are in suitcases and I just cannot be bothered to organize them.  Related/unrelated, I really probably could straight-up pack up all of my running gear for the time being since I am not…running.  Just not mentally there yet, people.

I will not lie, there are some perks.  Mom cooks dinner.  There is full cable (we cut ours and switched to Sling in January).  We planned our first date night!

On the other hand, it is still exhausting because we have movers coming on Sunday (we’re set to close on the 24th) so every night after dinner we have to head back to the house to pack.  Who would not want to do such a thing after a long day of work/Critter tending?

Over the past month, we’ve toured four more houses.  Two were absolute “nos” and the other two were definite possibilities if the price drops.  All of this is to say that we have no idea where we’re going next.  At least open houses give us something to do on the weekends?

 

Wknd.

This is me, trying to write a normal blog post.

As you can see, Uncle Billy was home this weekend!  Critter was still on the mend, but he was happy to sit next to him and play, pet his beard and even gave him a cuddle at one point.  It was pretty cute to see.

What else happened?  Martha was in town so we went to Bacio for dinner on Friday night with a group of our sorority sisters.  I wore adult clothes and my hair down and it felt very glamorous.  After a LONG week, it was a great thing to look forward to.  One of the mamas in my mama group declared an impromptu wine night on Saturday, so after dinner was finished and put away I headed over to that.  It was nice to catch up with those ladies WITHOUT having to keep an eye on the little ones.  We laughed so hard we cried and it was a beautiful thing.  Since Critter was sick for Zayde’s 60th birthday, we missed his brunch (Marcus went, we stayed behind).  On Sunday morning we got to go to breakfast with him at Fat Nat’s.

It was busy.

And the rest of the time when we were not eating, Billy and Marcus were hauling things to the storage unit and re-arranging some things in my parents’ house so that we can move there.  In one week.  I wrangled Critter and it was just a whole thing.  By the time that Sunday night arrived, we were on the couch and done with all of it.

Someday We Are Moving

Or like, by March 31 because that is when this house closes!

To brief y’all on what happened since January 31:

  • We had photos and measurements taken on February 1.
  • We listed the house on February 2.
  • We had eleven showings on February 3 (8:15 AM – 6:30 PM) so Marcus and Critter were sheltering at Nana and Baube’s house while they stayed away from ours.  We also had some good friends for dinner that night and totally scuttled our nice beef stew plan and ended up ordering Papa Murphy’s because there was literally no time for anything else.
  • We got two offers on February 3.
  • We had six showings and an open house (with 13 groups!) on February 4.  Again, we went to Nana and Baube’s houses because we had nowhere else to go.  We got one more offer and picked one to accept.
  • Today (February 5) we signed the purchase agreement and now we need to make plans to get out of here!

We didn’t end up seeing the letter from the buyers until after we had accepted their offer but reading it, we had so much peace about who is going to live here after us.  We really have loved our time in this neighborhood and in this house, but we are bursting at the seams here.

The inspection should happen in the next week or so – we already had one done in November so that we would know if there were any red flags (there weren’t) so I’m not terribly concerned about this one but it will of course be a relief once it is over.

As to where we are moving next, my parents’ basement.  It is going to be very cool.  We haven’t found The Barbie Dream Home yet (though we have been looking casually since October) so this will be an experiment in multi-generational living!

Someday We Are Moving


I feel like…in December?  We didn’t do anything.  But there wasn’t really anything to do.  Until New Year’s Eve.  So basically this all rolls into January.

  • We packed up a TON of stuff that needed to be out of our house so that we could show it.
  • We moved the aforementioned “stuff” to a storage locker.
  • Bruce came and: finally installed a new mini-blind in our basement (the old ones were blue…what?) which makes our basement so much nicer, re-set our laundry room door so that it shut properly, nailed down some different baseboards that were loose, stained some of our window…sills?…frames?, swapped out the light fixture in our dining room.
  • We found out Redfin has a sparkle fund to reimburse you for storage, housecleaning and moving-related updates up to $250. So we will be doing that!  Win!
  • On Saturday we met with our realtor to finalize pricing and some person came and did a Google Earth-style 360-tour of our house. 
  • We visited an open house for a house that was terrible.  And obscenely priced for how terrible it was.
  • Our house is going on the market on Thursday. 

Basically, it’s getting real.  If you could all say a prayer that we sell quickly (we have more than enough time to find New House so I’m not particularly worried about that) it would be appreciated!