Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Here we go again!

On Feb 22nd we signed the papers and bought the house in Fruita, CO. We are pictured here with our real estate agent Grace and her gift basket for us.The house is new so we had to purchase frig and range. John got his Samsung frig. They are suppose to be quiet. He hates a noisy frig! We picked them up and installed them ourselves rather than have them delivered.

Today we hauled 3 loads of pickup and trailer loaded. My body aches.

Our new furniture was delivered today!! We really like it.

Need to get a good nights rest! John has tomorrow off also. They are predicting snow/rain.

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's Ours....

Today was the day that we closed on our new house. It was an emotional day for me. Buying a house makes this whole moving to Colorado a more permanent thing. Plus the work of moving again, even if we didn't unpack everything it still requires alot of work to move. It has been a year of living here and you just accumulate "stuff"! Neola is known for her "piles" of things that she is going to deal with.... so I will probably throw it in a box and "deal" with it later....
I got most of the utilities changed today; Reminder for those of you that are planning a move... take care of that a few days in advance.. depending on the company it can be over a week out to get services changed even if you already have service with that company.....rrrrr
But the new frig and range came in today so we picked them up (no we won't pay for delivery) after John got off work. Jay met us at the house and helped us unload and put in the house.
Tomorrow my friend Sandy and I will go in and clean. It is a new house so it is mainly construction dust. Then we begin the move.
The day will be easy to remember because today is my brother's 50th Birthday!! Happy Birthday Jamie!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New House!

On Friday we met with the builder of the house we are buying. We went over the final walk thru and every thing checked out okay. Tomorrow we will sign papers for the new house. Then begins the move. We didn't unpack everything when we moved here so some of the stuff we will be unpacking we haven't seen in a year. It will also be different just moving 11 miles away. We will pick up the frig and range tomorrow from Sears. Then get our washer and dryer out of storage. We plan to move the little things during the week and then move big stuff on the weekend. John's crew have offered to help.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

One Year Brings Changes!!

One year ago we pulled into Grand Junction, Colorado with our 5 vehicles and all our belongings. It had been a long emotional several days since we had loaded and left Phoenix, Oregon. John had driven the Budget truck, Jerrad his pickup truck full inside and out, Dave had taken over for Jamie and Norma in New Plymouth and had "herded" the dodge pickup with trailer, Neola was in a full van with Chubby, Jay in the Corolla. I distinctly remember the last part of the drive from Price to Green River was horrible, it had just gotten dark and there were scary energy trucks driving stupid on the two laned highway. Then we got to Green River, Utah and thought we were almost here. Wrong it was another 90 miles in the dark. I can still see Jay's face as we pulled into the driveway and looked at where we were going to be living!

Now a year later, we are getting settled into the community. The rental house has served us well being so close to work for John. For an older home with multiple split levels it has been okay. We had the kids home at vacations and we all fit and for the most part enough beds. Wes and Joan visited in October.

We have searched for about a year for a house. We have looked at so many open houses and met almost all the Realtors in the valley. After we sold our house in Phoenix in October we started looking for real in November. Grace became our Realtor and she is a hard worker. We saw a ton of houses in our price range and some stretching it. We made a low ball offer on an amazing house in the Redlands and didn't get it. We recently made an offer on a new speck house in Fruita (small town to the west) after a small counter they accepted and if all goes as planned we should close on Feb 22nd. Then we "get" to move again!

Since the house is new we will have to purchase a frig, they give us a range allowance so I can have my gas range. We will need to buy all the window coverings and are in the process of getting bids for 18 windows. We need some new furniture and there there is landscaping but no fence. There will be plenty of projects to keep us busy for awhile.

Even with the work ahead it will be nice to finally be in our own home. Praying all the paperwork and stuff happens as it is suppose to.

Neola and the house

The kitchen.

Will post more pictures when it all happens.