Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Our House is a Very Very Very Fine House

We close March 16th! Or so they've assured me. Dan and I felt like we'd never find a house that is right for us at the right price. I've arranged 4 full Saturdays of looking at houses since the new year and Dan about had his fill. Finally, we found the house... our house. It has everything we really wanted in a home and we were able to negotiate many upgrades while still getting it for the price we wanted. Obviously it's not quite finished yet but they assure me it'll be done in 2 weeks.

The neighborhood, Creekmoor, is a golf & lake community in Raymore, MO. For my New England friends out there, Raymore is south of Kansas City, not far from my family. It's brand new but initially really turned us off because it is very similar to Stepford... All the houses are a different shade of brown and everything seems too perfect. However, after looking and looking it ended up being the best fit and now I'm destined to be a Stepford wife. The neighbors all have young children, many under the age of 3. So I think it ended up being perfect for us. I posted some pics here:


We're really excited to move in and have our own house for the first time. I joke with Dan that we'll have to get walkie-talkies or something since I've never been so far away from him in a living space... I'll miss him!

We really are growing up! First the house... and soon baby Shep will join us. She's kicking me like crazy and now Dan can actually feel it. He doesn't believe me many times that it is actually her kicking and not me pushing my stomach out. The next doctor's appointment I have to do the glucose test, not looking forward to that one. I'll let you know how it goes.

Have a good one! Spring is right around the corner!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bye Bye Feet

I am beginning to realize that my feet are slowing disappearing on the horizon of my belly. I have gotten quite a few comments that I've really "popped out there" which I think now explains that I've gained 6 pounds in the last month. Or, it could be the nightly bowls of ice cream that I enjoy with Dan. For those of you who may be shaking your head in disapproval... other than the ice cream I have not been "eating for two" because I'm not particularly hungry more than usual. So maybe ice cream is my vice?

So good-bye feet. I will see you on the other side.

A few weeks ago Dan and I went to New York and stayed the weekend in Queens with our friends. It was awesome to see the old neighborhood and get a chance to walk the same sidewalks we used to take every day. It was almost like we'd never left yet in some ways I've already grown accustomed to the Midwestern ways. It's difficult to explain but imagine coming home and feeling like something is different but you're not sure what.
We went to "eat the meat" with our friend Steve. He is originally from Uzbekistan and always acted like a surrogate father figure in many ways. Liz came too with her step-son Timmy and his new live-in girlfriend. We enjoyed all the wonderful things that Cheburechnaya had to offer. :) Lamb Kebabs are my favorite. This is a picture of us at the restaurant. Love you Stevie!
Other than that we've been really focused on buying a house. It turns out that its not nearly as straightforward and easy as you'd probably think. We literally just need to find a house and agree on a price... haha... not so fast... I guess we're being picky. I'll let you know what comes of the housing situation as it develops.
That's it for now. The baby is kicking like crazy and letting me know that the day is getting closer every day when our lives will change forever. I can't wait.