Sunday, March 17, 2013

A decent snow storm, finally

On March 6th it snowed A LOT!  School was canceled for three days and we loved it. I mentioned to Lee that it had been awhile since we had received a lot of snow.  It snowed in Missouri some, not a lot though and it snowed a little bit last year in Virginia.  Our last time we were somewhere with lots of snow was Christmas in Ely, Nevada 2005!

It was great snow.  Nice and thick!
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Lee tried to drive out to head to his office.  It was unsuccessful.  Later he got the van out and drove around so that he could come in and park the van a different way without backing up.  (If that makes sense.) A trip that should have taken a couple of minutes turned into 45 minutes!  He got stuck twice!  I had no clue where he was.
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After the van was stuck Lee headed off on his bike to work.  The advantages of living near work!  The power was off at work so he posted a sign and came home.  It was great having him home.
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Two branches snapped off one of the trees.  I never heard it break.  Shanna came inside and said the tree broke.  Thankfully no one was hurt because Elden was on the other side of the tree and Shanna was up on the deck!
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Our power was out for nine hours.  Thankfully I have my handy dandy portable stove.  For some reason I really wanted one while I was in high school my senior year.  My mom got it for me for Christmas.  I even took it to college with me. It was nice being able to cook things!  It was fun making fudge (it's been years, literally, since we've made fudge!), popcorn and hot chocolate. 
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Before our power came back on the thermostat read 59.  Pretty chilly in a house. In the morning almost all of the kids were snuggled up on the couch. Whoever wasn't on the couch I told to get on and of course snapped a picture.
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Later that day we noticed that the realtor sign in front of the house we are buying had an updated status!  I wasn't kidding when I said it was right across the street from us!
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It was fun seeing "Contract Pending"!
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I was surprised by how quickly the snow melted.  It's pretty mild here, which I like.  But I am glad we get to experience the "seasons" too.  I loved having a nice snowfall!

For a house update:  after TWO weeks, the contract finally came back signed by all four people. We couldn't really move forward until the contract was signed.  When my sister had her offer accepted on a place the contract was done that same night! Oh well. It's here now.  I went to the bank on Friday and signed a bunch of stuff.  Since Lee was at work he still needed to sign the papers.  I was about 15-20 minutes from home.  I was going to pick up the kids at school, which would require me to be there at 3:20 (normally they ride the bus, so that morning I wrote notes for each of them stating that they would be walkers).  I was still at the bank at 2:55ish and called the school telling them that my kids couldn't be walkers and they had to ride the bus home. That would get them home at about 3:34, which gave me some extra time.  I left the bank at 3:17 and I was getting antsy driving home.  I wasn't sure if I would beat the bus or not.  Thankfully I did meet the bus.  As soon as the kids got off the bus, I had them get in the van.  We went straight to Walmart in Harrisonburg so Lee could sign the papers.  Then we drove back to the bank, handed the papers in and then drove back to Harrisonburg to play at a park.  Anyway, it was kind of crazy!  Friday night and Saturday we signed a couple more papers and talked to our realtor.  Because I don't want Lee taking time off of work, I have been doing the bulk of the house stuff.  Next time I'll have him take time off!

We are REALLY hoping we can close next week on Thursday or Friday. I am SO excited to close. As of right now I am not nervous AND it couldn't happen soon enough! We had a home inspection on Thursday and there are things we want the sellers to fix. (Overall the house is in good condition!) We'll find out Monday what they will fix/repair.  The home appraisal still needs to be done, including a termite inspection and we need to finalize things with getting hazard insurance.  And of course, the loan has to be approved. It should go through okay...hopefully! Right now things are going well with the loan. I think I am mentally prepared to have a mortgage.  I was nervous about it for awhile, mainly with Lee being self-employed. It will be our biggest debt yet and I can't wait to pay it off!  Some of my sisters are doing a contest--who will be first in doing the following: pay off all debts, house included, have a six month emergency fund, a three month supply of food and a year supply of food staples.  I will be an official contestant as soon as we close on our house!  Game on!

Right now it's snowing again!  We'll see if school is canceled again or not.  They like to cancel school around here.


Melissa S. said...

I have a feeling you'll be beating your sisters.......... ;)

Mary Killion said...

Wow, you guys got a lot more snow than we did :) Good luck with all of the house stuff--can't wait to hear about closing!