Monday, December 7, 2009

House?

For those that are out of the loop, Chet and I are in the final stages of purchasing a home. We found a property in Stillwater that we have fallen in love with, and it seems like the perfect space for our current and future needs! Located out in the country, down country club road we are technically outside city limits on a dirt road surrounded by farms and open land. The home is large with 4 bedrooms, an office space, large kitchen and 3 full baths. We also love the 2.56 acres it sits on that allows for a large front and back yard, 3 outdoor buildings, a small stream and lots of room. It was recently renovated so there is not much work that needs to be done inside, but outside we have some plans for improvements.

We still have the home inspection to go, and since the property is a foreclosure it is sold "as is". This means that all issues or problems that are found during the inspection will be need to be corrected by Chet and I or we can walk away from the house. This makes me nervous since we will already need to put down a decent down payment and cover the cost for a refrigerator and stove. On a tight budget other repairs will be hard so we are hoping for no major or minor issues with the property. Pray for us as we navigate the wonderful world of mortgages, loans, and paperwork for first time home buyers.

But we are more than ready for our own place. Apartment living is only fun for so long, and we both can't wait to be out in the country with quiet nights and plenty of inside and outdoor space. We will keep you updated as we continue with the process!

We are also going to be traveling home for Christmas! Chet was able to take time off from Dec. 23-30 so we could have a Pennsylvania holiday with the Reger family! I am more than excited about this, especially since last year was a Skimbo/Friddle holiday! I am really looking forward to spending time with the entire Reger crew on Christmas eve and Christmas day and visiting with my Best Friend Chrissy who is about 6 months pregnant! Not to mention that Grandmom has promised to hook me up with extra homemade caramels!

Things are going well. Keep us in your prayers and thoughts as we finalize moving plans and save your empty boxes for packing! If you are willing and able we would also love some helping painting and moving during the last two weeks of January if the sale goes through!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Newly Weds



Life has certainly settled into a normal routine after the wedding. It's been a challenge, for sure, to work opposite schedules and our time together is limited to say the least. We try to make the most of it by scheduling date nights during our only night together and looking for opportunities to spend extra time together whenever we can. The good news is we are both enjoying our jobs, and that makes being apart a little easier. We are both thankful to be in positions that allow us to work, save and not fear layoffs.

It has also been all about the birthdays in our house. Chet turned 25 last week and I face the big 2-8 shortly. Chet likes to tease me about trying to celebrate all of "birthday month". We did enjoy a trip to Collinsville with Trina and Gary for a home cooked meal and pumpkin cheesecake birthday cake.

The house hunt has officially begun. We have begun our research and loan paperwork so that we can hopefully take advantage of our the tax credit while it lasts. I have been doing most of the leg work but Chet is excited at the chance to start our farm. We both are dreaming of a country house with lots of outdoor space. I am hoping that a house with the acreage we are looking for comes on the market in Stillwater before April. Pray for us as we begin this big decision.

Football season is in full swing on the OSU campus. That means Chet is arresting a lot of drunks and working late and I am tailgating and cheering on the pokes! Mama Reger even came down to Oklahoma for her annual homecoming visit. We had a lot of fun shopping for orange clothes and bundling up for the late game. It was a cowboy victory which made bearing the cold late night worth it!

I have to admit that sometimes I questions my permanent southern roots now. With the discovery of 3 scorpions in our apartment I have been a little on edge. But the cold weather should get rid of them soon. That is assuming it will eventually get cold. Though we did get chilly during homecoming it has gotten warm recently. In the mid 70's for most of this week and it was 80 degrees last weekend! The leaves are turning but the sun is still warming us during the day. Between the scorpions, tornadoes with huge hail, and tarantulas this is an intense place to live!