Tim’s older sister called last night to tell us some great news – she’s buying a house! She’s a divorced mother of three who gets little child support (as far as I know), so things haven’t been easy for her. From the online listing she sent us, it looks like the house will be an AWESOME step up for the too-small rental she’s been in for the past 10 or so years. Of course, owning a house (and the accompanying yard) is a lot of work, too!
This has all made me think about when Tim and I bought our house. Big Brother was 7 months old, and I had decided that we HAD to be out of our apartment before he started crawling – I didn’t want to have to worry about whether his footsteps were bothering the downstairs neighbors. (Never mind that we hated her and her big, loud late-night parties and her, um, smaller but loud late-night parties.) We looked for a while but didn’t see anything in our price range that really did it for us. Then the woman who sat across the aisle from me at work – who has a son the same age as BB – said “The house next door to me is for sale!” And so it was – and we bought it! We really knew the first time we saw the house that it was the one for us.
Of course, we’ve since learned that we should have paid MUCH more attention to the quality of the school district, and maybe the house doesn’t seem quite as big as it did then. (Oh how we miss our former den, which is now BB’s room – Little Sister has his old room.) But it’s still a great house for us – three bedrooms, big basement with plenty of storage, nice fenced yard, good neighbors, fairly quiet neighborhood, nice treed area behind our yard. (The work neighbor moved away after a couple of years but the “new” neighbors are nice enough, and they keep up their house/yard well. The yard a little TOO well, sometimes.)
We really love it.
How did you find your house? Is it perfect for you? Are you outgrowing it? (As we are?) Is it too big for you?
Bonus picture of baby BB in moving box.
(Don’t have a pic of the house on my laptop.)