Friday, August 31, 2012

Where did the Summer Go?

Excellent question, too bad I don't have a great answer.  We didn't go on any fancy fun camping adventures (if you know Clint, that's not a big surprise), we haven't done anything about adoption (had to get a house first), and we didn't win a million dollars (did anyone else?).  Our biggest excitement was of course buying a new house, so that's pretty big.  

As I was going through my pictures, we didn't do much of anything in June, it was a pretty mellow month.  It was kind of stressful wondering if we were going to get a house or not, you know since it was a short sale and the banks can be so finicky about silly little things, but everything ended up turning out.  The biggest thing that happened in June was Clint's promotion.  He was promoted to "Director of Project Management," or something like that, I just know that he gets a million emails, has two million meetings a day, and has a team of project managers that he oversees.  Sounds kind of boring to me, but he let me know that he has a "grown-up" job now, so the 9-5 days are over and that he has to do work stuff whenever it needs to be done.  This promotion has been a wonderful blessing and I couldn't be prouder of all of Clint's hard work.

July, again we dealt with the stress of a house, stress of packing and I had an amazing week at girls camp.  I'll have to do a post just about girls camp because I loved it so much!  The saddest part about moving has been leaving the young women and leaders I worked with in our old ward.  Such amazing people.

So onto August...

 This is pretty much what things looked like in August, boxes, boxes and more boxes - what a mess!  We moved into the house August 3rd and it seemed like we weren't home very much so it took forever to get things un-packed.

Two days after we moved in, there was a fire that started a few miles away from us.  We live right up against the mountain so unfortunately, I don't think this will be our last fire.  Please pray for us that we won't have to ever worry about a fire, but seeing as the state of Utah has been on fire this year, we'll just have to be prepared.

 On August 6th, I celebrated my 32nd Birthday.  It was a great day!  Clint took me to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and then the best part...

 ..Going to Sundance to see "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."  It was the best birthday weekend EVER!  I got a house, couches and wonderful night with my amazing husband.

 The day after my birthday, I went to Cafe Rio with my friends Mindy and Shantel and guess who was there to wish me a happy birthday?  OK, so maybe Jef was there just to eat with his buddy, but I can pretend.  The three of us were too shy to say anything to him, so instead Mindy took an "accidental" photo of him, since we were sitting at the table next to him.  It made the night so much fun!

Aug 15-18 we went to San Diego for Clint's great grandmother "Momgie's" funeral.  It was a very quick trip, but we still had a good time.  More to come on that later.  Please don't judge me that I'm wearing the same outfit as I was on my birthday, how embarrassing!  :).

For over 2 years I have been having major pain in my feet, mostly my right. I just figured it was plantar faciitist and that I needed to do stretching, exercises and wear orthodontics, well after my softball game last week I could barely walk the pain was so bad.  I went to the pediatrics and he didn't have very good news for me.  I have a bone spur (it's kind of hard to see on the x-ray unless you know what you're looking for) that seems to be putting pressure on a nerve which is causing the pain.  He seems to think surgery is the best way to permanently fix the pain.  I'm not sure if I want to go through that, so we'll see what happens in the next few weeks and decide from there.

Lastly, I got a call from Salt Lake Community College on Monday saying they had a last minute opening for the dental hygiene program and that I could start my two year program the next day!  I was so shocked because I am not scheduled to start the program until fall of 2016.  The lady said that I had an hour and a half to think about it and get back to her as soon as I could.  I'm sure that I'll regret the decision I made sometime later in my life, but I just couldn't drop everything at the blink of an eye and start school.  There would be no way financially we could afford me to quit work  and I would have missed a week worth of school.  And the biggest reason, I was not mentally prepared to kill my brain like that.  It was the hardest decision to make, but we feel really good about it.  It was a VERY stressful hour and a half!

Well that sums things up in a nut shell, hopefully I'll get around to posting more post in the next few days, but life is busy as you all know so I'll get to it when I can.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Home Sweet Home

We are FINALLY home owners again!  It was quite a process dealing with a short sale, but it was well worth it.  We got a beautiful home that will hopefully bring us much joy for the next thousand years to come :).  Since it was a short sale, the seller's bank had a lot of interesting things we had to explain.  For instance, when we first applied for the loan, Clint was making X amount.  Well by the time we actually found the house and were approved by the seller's bank to buy the home, he had been given a raise of X amount.  So if you were the seller's bank, wouldn't you think, "Oh the buyer will defiantly be able to make the mortgage payment now that they are making more."  That's what I would think too, we thought that we would be making everyone's job a little easier by giving them this info, but guess what...Instead it just complicated things.  I got an email from our loan Processor Sheri (who by the way was amazing to work with, if you are looking for a loan processor, definitely check her out), who said that the bank was confused on why Clint got a raise.  I wanted to reply and just say he was awesome but I was afraid that would just screw things up, so instead we just mentioned that it was from his 6 month review and a promotion to a management position (which was all true).  I started joking around that I'd get real nervous when they asked me about the sucker I purchased 3 days ago and if I bit into the sucker or if I licked my way to the center, and if I did lick my way to the center, how many licks did it take.  Luckily, it didn't go that far.  Anyway, after climbing through hoops like that, we finally were able to close!  We got the keys late Tuesday night July 31, 2012.

It hasn't really sunk in quite yet, since I tried so hard not to get my heart into this house because of all of the uncertainties since it was a short sale.  I'm really excited now and I'm sure I'll be even more excited once we are unpacked.  You know how much fun moving is, right?  Well this will be our 5th move in the last 5 years so I definitely know that moving is NOT fun!  But we're getting really good at it!

Here is just a sneak peak of the house with Clint and Jax (Jax is the tiny dot that Clint is holding, and PS, this whole thing was meant to be because the title guys name was Jax, he has the same birthday as me, and it turns out, Clint and him are probably related!  Crazy!). I'll post more pictures once we have time to breath and can even think about such a thing, until then, if you're ever in the Ranches in Eagle Mountain Utah, stop on by and say hi!