Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter blessings 2014

We are slowly getting settled into our new home, just in time for Easter! With any foreclosure, we are slowly finding out what "as is" means. It means finding that the back and front doors don't stay closed and locked (so new doors are in order. It means having to take care of carpenter ants...and yes...we finally got rid of them thanks to Terry the Bug Man. It means having to deal with rooms with no lights (just wires and holes in the ceilings). But it also means tons of space..I mean, Kenny can be screaming like he always does, I can go hide in another room (yay)! It means making this house ours in every sense of the word...from the kitchen to the yard!
This is our kitchen that had absolutely no appliances. we still have to put in the hood vent, light fixture and new faucet..and also, eventually an area for a coffee nook. Personal thanks to my know why.
And here is the front was all over grown, so we took it all down. This summer there will be a vegetable garden in the back (and maybe on the side of the property), hydrangeas, lilacs and many cone flowers and perennials (just like at our old house...boy tht sounds strange). We do "stalk" the old house, and I noticed that all my spring bulbs I planted last fall are all blooming...and it looks wonderful! I can't wait for this house to look as lived in and loved as that one!!!
Anyhow, Tony's shop...aka...ArtPro Graphics is finally in a spot it should a warm, dry our house...yes, the basement is all his! His dad made two huge work tables and he's been slowly but surely making it nice. No drywall yet, but I say that by next fall/winter, when work tends to slow down for him, we will be making it comfy and cozy for him!
Kenny has already welcomed us to our new house...yep...he had a seizure last Sunday. It was a focal seizure, but we called the fire/rescue because I wasn't sure about it. We got to Metro and after 4 hours were released. He was fighting a fever and bad cold. Monday we have an appt. with his neurologist, so we'll see what he says. I hate this for him. Speaking of his health, I want to direct you to one of my friends who lost her son, Jon. A fellow micro preemie/blogger who lost one of her twins early on after their birth and now had to face the hardship of losing her surviving twin son, Jonathan jonathan25weekmiracle. My heart has been with them ever since this happened. I wake up and go to bed thinking of her. This is how freaking fragile our micro preemies are...even many years after their nicu stay! It really sucks.
So, speaking of Kenny, I would like to share with you how religious my little guy is. He loves church, loves people and has a special relationship with God.
Here is the picture he scribbled a few years back...
Is an angel! I want to think he drew Nick!
And here is him watching tv. He turned this station on himself. My hubby caught his and recorded his passion for Jesus and God!

So may this Easter bring comfort and much love to all my friends. God bless!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Well, after weeks of not knowing what was going on except that we sold our house...we are finally moved into our dream home!!! Four days of being homeless, living in a hotel and having all our possessions in a big pods pod and 4 moving trucks
...we signed our papers and got the keys!
Bye bye realty sign...
Is gonna take some time to place things and get situated buuuut...we are so excited!
Over the weekend we moved everything in and now the huge part...unpacking!!! 
See this:
This is an original wedding gift that tony and I got (19 years ago) from our boss and his family. I told Tony that I wanted to save this gift for when we move into our forever home...and sooooo...
It was opened yesterday:
A beautiful set of (8) glasses! Thank you Mr. Axelband and family!!! 
It (the house), being a foreclosure, we have found some issues (kitchen sink is pouring water everywhere, light fixtures are needed, and some toilets/faucets are leaky...but I will enjoy fixing them. So today we will go and buy appliances and light fixture since we've been living off of pizza and quarts of milk in the tiny office fridge...oh...and also every closet and pantry needs shelves. So yeah...we are in and adjusting to everything new to us...loving life and thanking everyone for the prayers!!! Yay...happy dance!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The crazy world of "inbetween"'s the scoop. We're at a hotel. Internet here sucks so I can only write and hope fully it gets posted. I can't go on any message boards/facebook, etc...yeah, we're officially homeless 4 large moving trucks parked in a parking lot, 7 kids, 2 cats and a many people can say that in their lifetime...I guess I can cross that off my bucket list ;) . 

The kids are split up between my sis and niece. We're not sure when we (or even if) well get the Summitview house because of many errors and lies on US Banks behalf. We may know something today or tomorrow or possibly next week. We have two great realtors who are working their butts off to get this worked out (one being my twin sis). I can't say enough of the help and well wishes of so many. The guys that helped us guys rock. That was A LOT of stuff. Bart, thanks again for all your help and direction!! Diane and Anthony...amazing realtors!! And Andrea and Meg, thanks for watching the kids <3 . Oh and Cranmoms...I love you girls!
I'm not sure where this journey will take us...and I am not liking the fact that it's costing us so much just to do something so simple...I mean...ugh.
Yesterday was a bittersweet day...I was fine up until I started vacuuming the carpet in the empty rooms. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I cried, TayTay cried, and even my niece cried. But we're ok...not great, but ok. God will get us through this....hopefully.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Last post before we move

Wow...I can't believe I am writing this! It's finally happening...after months of struggling with this and that, we have come down to today...MOVING DAY! Nineteen years...oh, where has the time gone? I remember tony and I planning our wedding while looking for houses (since we both stilled lived with our parents). We were going down a list of addresses that we got from a realtor (back in 1995, the Internet was barely up and running so it was all done manually).  We drove by a cute little White House on a main road. Pulled into the drive and couldn't believe our was perfect! Well...not really...but to us, we saw beyond the green matted down carpet that was worn out, the flying saucer light fixture that the dining room looked like someone was about to get interrogated with a blinding light on an old metal bowl. The kitchen had yellow walls, 70's style linoleum with a stove and refrigerator from the 50's. The house had a distinct smell...a smell I won't ever forget. Not a bad smell...just a unique one....a mixture of old and vacant I guess. I remember walking through the swampy, wooded backyard at just seemed to go on and on. there, we were met by the neighbor. He introduced himself as Jerry and told us all about the house and the "good people" that lived here before. From that moment on, we were sold. The house, the was perfect! In the time we purchased the house to when we finally moved in (yes, it was after we got married), we cleaned, painted and cut a million trees down.
I remember laying in bed at night thinking to myself, "I wonder how long it will take me to realize that this is our house...when will I feel comfortable and relaxed...when will it feel ours." To answer that question, it took about a year. We quickly made friends with all the neighbors around us, had cookouts and cut out the dining room window and put in a slider to a huge deck that our dads helped build. We made it ours...It was finally home! 
This house has every memory from our married life. It's so weird to think that we are starting new. All our kids took their first steps on these floors. We spent sleepless nights caring for kids for the last 16 years here.
First birthdays, communions, and many many sleepovers. We made it a point to take first day of school pictures since Tony started kindergarten and also our annual Christmas picture. 
We made it us. Every nook and cranny of this house is familiar to me. The spring bulbs I planted in the fall are just now breaking through the's kinda sad that I personally won't be able to enjoy the hard work and love I put into our home. 
We spent all afternoon yesterday packing moving vans and fighting with the bank. Long story short...the buyer of our house is moving in today at 6:00pm. So we had/have to pack up EVERYTHING. Which wouldn't be bad except our bank that is giving us the mortgage loan for the abandoned, stripped foreclosure that we are in contract with, is giving us a hard time on the closing. The closing was supposed to happen yesterday. It didn't happen. From what the bank is saying, it won't happen until Thursday or Friday...and if you do the math, it doesn't work! So...we are literally packing up moving vans and parking them in parking lots. We are literally homeless for a couple of days...that is, only if PNC bank allows for an extension since the purchase agreement states the 18th as the closing date. 7 kids, 2 cats, a frog and 4-5 moving trucks packed...not to mention my husbands sign business in which he is losing money every day the shop is packed up and no work is being done.  I've cried many tears of fear and frustration because of The bank and what they're doing to us. I can honestly say thank God for family! My twin has been working diligently on getting things handles through a real estate professionals side (basically all the fighting and communication with everyone) and my sister, niece and mother and father in law for helping us "look" (aka scrub down) at the new house because of Kenny's lungs. And finally my sis and Bart her fiancĂ© for helping us pack and move...yes, yesterday I was basically in a state of shock and extremely overwhelmed with everything. They took over and we got most of it done by midnight last night!!! 
So as I sign off until we move into the new house, I want to thank 5010 Snow Road for all the great (and also not so great) memories that you've given us these last 19 years. I have grown from a 25 year old girl to a 44 yr. old woman while under your roof. I've experienced all aspects of life from my first pregnancy to my last. You have protected our family and kept us safe through the worst of times...and for that, I am so grateful that we have a million memories that you've helped us create. You will always be part of our family. Thank you.