Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mario in my house

After what seems like forever, we are finally settling into the new house. It was quite an experience to say the least.

I'll show you Blakes room first. He chose Super Mario themed. I'm not a huge fan of themed rooms, but I like to see my kiddos happy. It is their room after all. Blake's wall paint is from Glidden, called Clear Blue Sky. The vinyl removable re-positionable stickers came from Think geek. They are super cool and really makes him room.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Address :)

Good News to report....they accepted our first offer and gave us $4k toward closing. Somewhere around the middle of August we will be moving to our new house!

The inspection went good with only a couple of very minor things reported. Now we are waiting for the appraisal from the VA, then we're good to move forward to closing.

The boys and I are very anxious about this space. Our new playroom/craft area. We are going to share this space for awhile, until we can finish the basement. Then dads radio room is moving downstairs. My craft room, will move into the 4th bedroom. Its located on the other side wall with the map photo, so I will still be close by. This will give the boys the whole space for playing.

Monday, June 20, 2011

making an offer

We have decided to make an offer on the house. Sherri, our agent, is drawing up the paperwork for tomorrow. I'm excited and a bit nervous. I really like this house. Its the style I like, the layout is good, and it has a huge soaking tub for relaxing bubble baths. The most important part though, this house has space. Two adults, two kids and a dog living in 800 square feet is like living in a sardine can. Its crowded, things get messy, and that leaves no room, or time for the fun stuff.

On a trip to Ikea, a few weeks ago I bought my first piece of art for my new craft space. I'm going with a red, aqua blue and black color scheme with touches of lemon yellow. So looking forward to moving, so I can get back to scrapbooking. It's great stress relief.

Other news, Can you believe in less than 3 weeks this little man will be THE BIG ONE YEAR OLD. Where did the year go?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ooops its June...

Where have I been? Well really nowhere. Busy working and being mommy. Going from one child to two really is alot of work.

We have spent the last few months house hunting. Oh my I never realized how hard work it really is.... I mean wow. Does the perfect house exist? Or do most people simply get tired of looking and settle on something.

This house was nice.
But it went into multiple offers.
Not in this market!!

LOVE house
Zero back yard, literally a cliff
so no playset, no happy kids.

This pretty house has some extremely loud
partying folks behind it.

This was a beautiful house but lacked the
scrap ehh I mean spare rooms we need.

Great yard for playing but
again no extra spaces.

Cookie cutter very cramped neighborhood.
Beautiful upgraded finish house,
thus nothing left to change.

Down a crappy long drive stuck in the woods. *scary*

And now to this lovely!!!
4 beds, LR, den and full basement...
I think we may make an offer!

Happy father's Day everyone.
Wish you luck with house hunting.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Yes sometimes the bank is wrong

We're going back to Friday January 14th, when my troubles begin. My day is off to a good start, and its payday Friday. Work is happy. Paychecks are handed out and its my first time receiving a real paper check in a very long time. On my lunch break, I visit my local bank branch to deposit my check. I was in the process of switching my direct deposit over from my checking to my saving account. I split this particular check into two deposits, half in each account. Everything goes fine and I leave the bank with two deposit slips in hand, timestamped 12:35pm and 12:36pm. Notice I have made the 2 o'clock same day deposit credit cutoff. After returning to my car, as always I tuck my new deposit tickets into my rarely used checkbook, just in case.

Now it's Friday night, and I am home with the day coming to a close. I log into my accounts to check my deposits. I always do this, even with direct deposit. Actually I am crazy super pretty darn right ridiculous obsessive with my bank accounts and check them several times daily. They are credited as pending.

Saturday morning rolls around and I awake. A few hours pass and I log on to check my accounts. In reality, it's been less than 12 hours since I last checked, but like I said I'm obsessive. To my surprise my deposits have vanish......yes both of them. Not subtracted, deducted, spent, just simply vanished.

What do I do? I think ok its Saturday the system is updating and it will be back after it finishes. I didn't think too much about it. Sunday night after midnight I check again and still nothing. Monday is MLK day so bank holiday. Come Tuesday when I know all the system have finished processing for the weekend I call the 1 800 # for my bank. I tell the lady my deposits are gone from my account. They were there Friday night and now they are gone. She looks at my account and precedes to tell me they are no proof of a deposit on my account from Friday the 14th. I tell her I know that what Im trying to tell you the reason I'm calling. She again tells me she has no "evidence of a deposit" well this kinda irritates me bc now I feel like she thinks I'm trying to steal money. I say "hold on let me get my deposit tickets from my purse." Now I probably did say that kind harsh, and snappy. I stand up from my chair to get my purse down, from the top of my computer (I would use the fancy A word but I can't spell it) cabinet. The lady tells me She is hanging up on me now. WHAT! What kind of customer service is that? Yes I know I responded snappy and probably not in the nicest tones, but she was talking to me like I was a thief. Of course, now I am steaming mad at this lady and the bank. My money is missing, its been 5 days already and your customer service was so rude. I tell her and yes this is a quote "Hang up on me, I'll just call back Biaaaatch."

Since I don't treat people like this, it gets my husband attention. He insist on calling back. Eventually after almost an hour on the phone with them to no avail as where my money went, they take my information from my deposit tickets. I am told, "if I am correct in the matter, my money will be back in my account the next day or Thursday at the latest.

Wednesday comes and goes. Thursday also arrives and again at 2 pm credit time, there are no credit in my accounts. I call the 1-800 # again. I am told they are still researching it. Friday, I check my account on my lunch break (12 noon) and still nothing. I walk directly upstairs and get on the phone with the bank. After about 5 minutes of being on hold the lady says she sees my credit in my checking account. Its on top of my comcast payment. I know its not on there as I just looked at in literally minutes before I called. The only credit I seen is a $31 refund from Home Depot. I said Ok. I walk down stairs log back into the same computer, and there is my credit in my account. Great thats one, but where is my $400 from my saving deposit.

Again I call the bank back. This time I am told the lady that took the report did not write a ticket for the savings account. I respond yes she did. The person I spoke with mere minutes ago read both transactions in the notes. I know its on there.

I am told they will have to research it now. Do I want to turn in a ticket for that one too? Well Yes. Again I am todl If Im correct, I can expect my money in 7-10 business days. Since my deposit was made to a savings account this time, its not a priority and takes longer. So now an entire week has passed, and I have half of my money back. On Tuesday, we stop by the local branch and speak with the branch manager. He looks at original deposit tickets, which are now filled with Reference #'s and gets on the phone. He assures me, my money will credit that night and be available in the morning. Stating the original problem was bc my husbands name was not on the savings account so the deposits did not go through. OK, the check was in MY name ONLY. Now that would make totally since if the check was in his name and I was trying to deposit to my account. The reverse, I think NOT. Thankfully, come morning my money was back after 12 days.

PLEASE KEEP your deposit tickets from your bank. They told me if I did not have those I probably would NOT have gotten my money back. The had no system "evidence" at all. I'm wondering how many other people this happened too on Friday January 14th.

In conclusion, I am extremely irritated with this bank. To treat a customer with such disregard, is uncalled for, especially when said customers have 5 figures in your bank. And in case you are wondering, we open new accounts this weekend at a new bank. So long Wells Fargo. I could never imagine being treated like this with Wachovia, before this lets mess everything up merge happened.

Today, I receive this in the mail.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sir Topham Hatt

I'm so excited to be scrapping again.
This LO was made from my scrap drawer.
I love what something pretty happens
from something you otherwise didn't think
you would use again.

These photos were taken when
we visited Thomas for Blake's
2nd birthday. He really enjoyed this trip.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


We are snowed it.
It's pretty but boring!

Three days and counting.
I'm suppose to go back
to work tomorrow.
We will see.