Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Anniversary Quilt

I know I haven't posted much, but I didn't think me unpacking was very exciting to anyone. I sure know how unexciting it has been for me. Anyways, I finally got enough supplies unpacked to work on some projects. This one is my anniversary quilt. See I'm not much of a scrapbooker, I think its too expensive, I am horrible at cutting straight, I just don't get it. However, since I'm not into scrapbooking there are other ways to remember things and major events. My family always used quilts, so I figured for our anniversaries that would be a great idea. I'm kind of behind, but I now am only two years behind. I made one from when we lived in Washington state, this particular anniversary was our 5th anniversary, almost 3 years ago. We took our pop-up camper to the beach. Ironically that year our anniversary fell on Easter. We had a great time flying kites on the beach and we meet some friends that we hung out with all weekend. We had a huge bonfire on the beach. The campgrounds were up on a hill overlooking the beach. The hill was so steep you had to drive down to the beach, which was cool because you could actually drive on the beach. Next to the beach scene you can see a little the year before where we went sledding in the mountains. That was pretty unique since our anniversary is in April.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pics of New Home

I thought it would be nice to show some pics of my house. The pics are of a room with a red accent wall (we call the Red Room), the formal dining room with its awesome ceiling, and my huge kitchen. The Red Room is now my craft room/office, which is nice to have a room solely devoted to me. In the kitchen I have a designated Baking Area. The formal dining room has nothing in it because I only have one table and its in the eat-in-kitchen area, I just love the ceiling on it.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Honey I'm Home

We finally found a place to live. Its a nice sized house in a great area, so we are very please. It has a playroom for the kids, a huge kitchen, a 2 car garage with workbench for my husband, and a craft room for me!!! I'm very excited, as you can tell. I will continue my regular posts now, that is until we move again. Hopefully that won't be for awhile.
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Friday, February 10, 2006

Still Without a Home

Well its Friday. It would appear that I didn't pull off some miraculous stunt and have us in our new house within a week. Unfortunately the movers had to put all our stuff in storage. If we can't find a place today, then we can't go back home and visit family before my husband has to check into work. Everyone seems to be really tired of living in a hotel, me especially. Hopefully today we will be able to sign on something at the very least and go home for a couple days. I think we maybe giving up our guinea pigs. The poor things have lived in small boxes for two weeks. Every time we put them together they start fighting really bad. I have a friend I know that will take them, but their fate won't be good.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Budget

Well we found a place we liked. Now it is a matter of paperwork going through, and getting approved. I'm not so worried about the approval as I am about the time line. If we have the keys by Thursday morning, then we can avoid our things going into storage. Now my biggest concern is the budget. Every time we move there is always different expenses due to the area and cost of living. Some tips on how to make the budget work for you is by doing your research. The county or town you move to should be able to give you a rough est. on water, sewage, and trash. If you call the electric company they usually are able to give you an average bill price as well as the highest and lowest bill that particular house/apartment has had. Then you have to go into misc. bills that come with the place you have, homeowners dues, condo fees, apartment parking fees, all are just some of the ones I've run into. Even if you rent the owner may require you pay their yearly dues to the community. Now you have your other utilities like phone, cable, internet. There is a lot of different packages these companies have, so figure out what you need and don't let them talk you into anything you don't want. Unless you planned on getting all the services in the package you will pay more for it. Here is a quick budget sheet to help you:

Monthly salary: _______________

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Housing Costs

Rent/Mortgage: _______________

Electric: _______________

Gas: _______________

Water: _______________

Trash: _______________

Sewer: _______________

Phone: _______________

Cable: _______________

Internet: _______________

Insurance: _______________

Storage: _______________

Misc. _______________

Total _______________

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Personal Expenses

Car Payment: _________________

Insurance: _________________

Gas: _________________

Food: _________________

Monthly Debt: _________________

_________________

_________________

_________________

Misc. _________________


Total _____________________

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This is just to get you started. All budgets are unique. The best way to figure out what you have paid in the past is to look through your checkbook. See what you've paid when. If you are moving like me, then make sure you know what bills your are going to be expected to pay before signing your lease or buying sheets. When you know what you have to pay, it never hurts to call the company and see what it might cost you.
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Sunday, February 05, 2006

We Made It

Ok we are now in Virginia staying at a hotel until we find a place to live. I have 6 places to look at today. I figured that is pretty good for it being Sunday, and not just any Sunday---its Super Bowl Sunday. Fortunately for me, my husband does not like to watch sports. So we can focus on our main priority, finding a home.
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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Check Out

The movers came, packed our stuff, put it all on the truck. Then we cleaned like crazy yesterday and last night and we checked out of our house. Tomorrow we will be leaving for Virginia. We are going to take 2 days to get there, and then we start our house hunting. Hopefully we will find something fast so that we can go home and visit family and friends for a couple of days. So far all is on schedule.
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