http://prezi.com/aixdbvrhvv5f/untitled-prezi/# (if you click this link and I actually do know what I'm doing, it will take you to a Prezi of that house!). It was SUPPOSED to be our final home. However, we decided, as Patrick approached school-age and I was nearing 10 years with Prince William County, that we'd like for him to go to PWC schools and for me to stay put working (originally I thought I'd job hunt closer to home) as it is a better county to attend school AND to work for. The commute was TOO much- for me AND for the two kids (at the time, can't even fathom commuting with the three) that I was dragging along with me (50 minutes ONE WAY on a GOOD DAY). That, combined with a sudden turn in the market (house prices in PWC fell low enough that we could actually afford to live there), pushed us to decided to attempt the move. Of course, it took us nearly a year to get an offer on our King George house. But we managed to sell getting more than we owed (not more than we paid... first real estate hit we took... *sigh*) for the property and were on the hunt again.
Finding a house in Prince William was tricky. Mostly everything that was in our price range (single family houses, that is) were foreclosures or short sales (a maddening process). We found a short sale house that we liked on the western side of the county and put in an offer and then waited. And waited. And waited. AND WAITED!!! We had to move in with my parents (3rd time's a charm... no joke!) as we closed on our house in King George while we were WAITING. We began to get restless as we started hearing rumblings of a serious issue with the house and the financing of the occupants and it looked like it was going to fall through. We seriously thought that we were going to end up buying a house all the way out in Haymarket as those were the non-short sale ones that were in our price range at the time. My oldest brother is out there, so it wouldn't be bad, it's just that the commute to my school and the police station would be 45 minutes across county- defeating the purpose of moving.
|Only HALF the yard... |
of course, at the time,
we didn't notice the leaves...
that's ALL we see now... lol
And, in case you can't tell, I'm using some of my "extra" time (lmao!) this summer to play around with various technologies... You CAN, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks!! If the above doesn't work or has a hard time buffering (whatever that is!), I also uploaded it to Youtube and am pasting the link here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PToIoyfLIRw&feature=youtu.be Go me! REALLY lmao now!!! ;) (BTW, the OCD in me is DYING right now that the music doesn't start until second 11... I think I'm going to be able to walk away and head to bed, but I can't be sure... I think I can, I think I can...).
Until next time (which I will do soon... a shameless plug for my marathon fund-raising!),
:) Kimberly (& John & the two boys & the little Rose)