Monday, September 01, 2008

what a week

Here are a few words that sum up the past week...

exciting, scary, overwhelming, stressful, shocked and proud

Why so many emotions in one week? Well we made an offer on a new house, put ours up for sale, sold our house and Olivia started school! Yes, it has been a jam packed week, but full of exciting things. Luckily we had the weekend to wind down a bit. Here is how things have unfolded...

We have been looking at houses lately...thinking it may be time to move. We have outgrown our cute little starter house and realized that it is time to upgrade. What we weren't thinking is that it would happen this soon. We started looking at a few houses and stumbled across one that we just could not get out of our minds. After looking at the house three times we decided that we wanted to make an offer. As you know it is a great time to buy, but not the best time to sell. When making our offer we had to make it contingent on the sale of our house. After some negotiating we settled on an amazing price (that was the exciting part) under the condition that we sold our house within 120 days (that was the scary part).

The comforting part about this is that my realtor is a very close friend of ours...Argie Bellio at Coldwell Banker. It has been really nice working with someone that we know and trust on something so important. Since we agreed on a price for the new house we realized that it was time to get our house in order so we could get it on the market ASAP. We spent most of last weekend de-cluttering and getting it ready for showings (that was the stressful part). After some hard work Todd, Argie and I were ready to get it listed. I came home from the gym on Tuesday night to see a "For Sale" sign in my front yard...what a strange feeling that was. By Tuesday night our house was available for people to view on the Coldwell Banker website. Check out our listing. I was so impressed by how Argie showcased our home for others to see.

The shocking part came the next morning at 8:30 when we got a call for our first showing! By noon on Wednesday we had people looking at the house and by that afternoon an offer had been made! The following day we had agreed on a price and our house had officially been sold! So after one day on the market we had managed to sell our house! I was speechless! I went into the whole thing with the thought that we would be very lucky to sell our house within the 120 days. Never in my wildest dreams did we think our house would have sold so quickly...but we are not complaining!

So we are MOVING! It looks like we will be leaving this house in mid-October and starting the next stage of our lives in our new house! Now that is what I call an overwhelming week! It has all happened so quickly that I am not sure it has completely sunk in yet. The fact that my living room is full of packing boxes is a pretty sure sign that this is in fact happening...and happening fast! We always said that we hoped to be in a bigger, newer house by the time we decided to have another baby. Well this gives us plenty of time to turn our house into a home before we go down that road!

So on top of all of that crazy house stuff our little Olivia started school at Three Rivers Montessori. She will be attending the school three days a week in the morning. In order for the teachers to ease the toddlers into their new routine they had them come for a short time the first couple of days with a parent. I was able to be in the classroom with her the first day. The next day I spent a short amount of time in the classroom before leaving. I had to stay at the school in case there was a problem, but it was no problem for Olivia. She did not care when I left the room, and just went about her business. The last day she was to go for the full time without me. She was confused at first as to why I was not coming into the classroom with her, like I had the days before. She cried for a bit when I left her but we called the school to check in on her and she was just fine. She has adjusted to this new experience wonderfully and I know she is going to enjoy this school immensely (that's the proud part)! I can't wait to see how she grows this coming year!

I tried to get some "first day of school" pics, but was pretty unsuccessful. I did manage to snap a few shots of her admiring her Elmo backpack that she takes with her each day. With her ongoing Elmo obsession she was beyond fascinated with her backpack! My goodness my girl is growing up...sniff-sniff.

So I expect the stress to continue as we start to pack up our lives and move 5 miles away. My goal is to try for Olivia to be as unaffected by all of this as possible. We do not want her to get stressed out by all of the changes that are coming. We hope that with school, dance and her wonderful support system she can keep living her carefree life while we do all of the work! Stay tuned for updates and don't be surprised if I call on some of you for help! Oh...and a BIG THANKS to Argie for helping us buy and sell a home in record time! You sure made all of this look easy!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the new house, it is so beautiful...I am so happy for all of you, I can't wait to see it at Thanksgiving, have my room already!!! Olivia is so darn cute with her new backpack, I love her new hair style, very very cute!!
Love and kisses Aunt Sue Sue

Anonymous said...

I agree with Aunt Sue. You are now the official hostess of all major family events. The home and the view are gorgeous. I look forward to wine on the deck overlooking the pond.
Nana

Anonymous said...

I agree with Aunt Sue. You are now the official hostess of all major family events. The home and the view are gorgeous. I look forward to wine on the deck overlooking the pond.
Nana

Anonymous said...

I guess NANA wants wine on the deck real bad because she wrote it twice!!!!!! Aunt Sue Sue

Tiffany Leininger said...

Wow! Congratulations! The new house is beautiful! That IS a lot to take in for one week. I am sure you will love your new house and Olivia will adjust just fine. I am still surprised she is in "school". I am not sure I could let Elise go yet. Give me a couple of months with the new baby and I might change my mind! :) Take care!
Tiffany

Wormie said...

How Fabulous! Congratulations!! How exciting to have found a beautiful new home so quickly, and to have gotten such a fast offer on your current home!! Don't get stressed out with the moving - just enjoy your beautiful new house! Can't wait to see it!!

Delia

Aunt Chris said...

The picture of the two of you is just TOO precious. And the Elmo book bag...I know she's loving that!! Can't wait to see the new house. It will be SO nice for you to have some extra space. Livie won't know how to act...running around like a little goofball. Just call when you need some box movers...I have plenty of help over here.

Kim and John said...

Wow!!! Look at that new house. Very very nice. Yes, it is time to move out of the starter home. Look at Livie growing up. She is getting so big. Dont leave me out of the mailing list when you send out your new address!!! I am so happy for you both!

Erin said...

Woo-hooo! Congratulations on the new house- I'm so excited for you guys! I am sure Livie will love her new room and Mommy will love having more space! :) We are in the midst of packing, too, so I am feeling your pain! Hope your move is smooth and the family transition is easy. I'm glad Preston is still young enough that it won't affect him too much at this point. Keep us posted on your progress. :)