Must Love Dogs

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

Settling into our new home with our roommates has been a daunting task. What makes it daunting is a simple factor: boxes. I know in my last post I said I was too embarrassed to show pictures of the house because of these darned things, but hey, maybe this constant reminder and admittance of the clutter will motivate me to get the “wow look at our place” up onto the blog sooner than later.

Yup, there it is. I can’t believe I just put that on the internet. At times, I think, this is normal. We JUST moved in 2 weeks ago. But OMG, I hate how it looks! However, in the midst of those boxes, bags, and cleaning supplies you see our little glimmer of hope in the picture: our dogs.

To live in this house you must have 1 requirement: you have to love dogs.¬† And let me say, we’ve got some of the cutest dogs living here. :P That little terror in the picture with the boxes is 1 of our 3 dogs: Boba. Her and her mom KC are complete opposites, but too cute!

Then, there’s our baby: Baxter. This kid is a terror, but I love him to death. His medium build is too funny compared to the 2 small dogs. But trust me, both KC and Boba can punk him without breaking a sweat. I guess girls are just that awesome. :)

We knew we had to introduce the dogs to each other before we all moved into the house. And boy, that was NOT easy. But they all get along very well now and Baxter and Boba love to play with each other (when no one’s looking of course, I think Boba still thinks Baxter’s got the cooties).

When I sit at my desk and I see them playing outside, it always makes me smile. I always have to show people that are visiting or tell Charlie about it, such a “mom” thing to do right? I can’t help it! These guys keep my day very interesting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So thank you babies for keeping life interesting, reminding me that it’s about the little things in life, and helping me to see the world in a different way.


All at Once

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

Isn’t it funny how it ALWAYS happens that way? Everything comes at you all at once, and then when the storm dies down you’ve got nothing on your plate. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if it could be done at a pace? But no, of course not. I guess that’s what makes it interesting, but really, can a girl get a break?!

Well, it’s happened. Charlie and I are moving to our new house. With our good friends by our side, we’re all excited with the future this house now brings for all of us. New beginnings, a continuation of an already bright future, a fresh start, a feeling of home and family, and a peace of mind knowing that things are going to be okay.

2009 was a rough year for many, and 2010 is just beginning to let up a little. To me, this house marks the official change of my life. From this point on, my life will never be the same. And I feel humbled and blessed to be this lucky. Lucky to have Charlie, my roommates, my family, my friends, and everyone that has helped me, guided me, and stuck by me to this point. Regardless of what has happened, this house has given me the courage to continue to look forward and be optimistic.

Our house is a 3 bedroom 2 bath dream, well, our dream. It’s the perfect size for us and is complete with a large kitchen with granite counter tops, 2 car garage, and swimming pool. I’ve been itching to take pictures of the house but my ego gets the best of me as I would never want to show you pictures with boxes all over the place. I guess pics will have to wait. There are many projects Charlie and I already have in mind, not to mention all the personal touches we want to do when all is said and done. That’s when I know it’ll really feel like home.

It’s a funny feeling..settling into this house. It’s weird that this house, an innocent house that had no idea what it was in for, is changing our future without doing anything. Thank you, House. (Yes, I thanked the house..don’t hate) And thank you, God. For our home and our new beginning.


Makin’ Moves

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

Charlie and I made many life-changing decisions after we got engaged. We talked about our personal situation, the situation around us, and what we felt was important. Because of those decisions, we are working toward those goals today and have yet to regret our decision.

We decided that due to the buyer’s real estate market, we would pursue buying a house before the wedding. We knew this would result in delaying the wedding but we felt it was an optimum time to buy (and my mom agreed – she’s been a Realtor for over 15 years). So here we are, months and months later, still with no house.

We started out pumped and excited to look at houses, and slowly but surely got tired out. Offer, after offer, after offer…house, after house, after house…over, and over, and over. But finally, someone accepted our offer! But! Don’t clap and be happy for us just yet. Due to what’s going on with most home owners in California and across the rest of the nation, we need the bank’s approval first. Now we’re playing the waiting game, a lonnngggg game (41 days to be exact).

In hindsight, the owner was nice enough to let us rent their home until we hear from the bank. And we’ll be renting out the other 2 bedrooms to our very good friends. So, if I can find any type of tiny silver lining in this whole 6 month ordeal, it would be that. WE’RE MAKIN MOVES PEOPLE! I’m so happy to move out of an apartment and into a home. :)

Let’s just pray that the bank approves our offer so we don’t have to move again! But we won’t think about that fact and just be happy we’re moving to a home! Yayy! :P

Anyone else going through house hunting woes?