Sunday, March 27, 2011

Goodbye, Suncrest...


In July we decided to short sale our house. It was on the market in August. We owed way more than it was worth on it and didn't love our house. We didn't want to put any more money into it(finishing the basement) because we already owed too much. We feel like we would have had to stay in it for another 5-10 years before we could sell it for what we owed. It was a hard decision because we love our friends/church and we didn't want to loose our credit. But we went for it anyway. We knew it would be a long process so it wasn't a big deal. However, the process is over and we are moving! It still hasn't hit me and we move this week! So here is the other part of the story...

We got a few offers submitted to the bank. The people with the higher offer called us to see if we would rent the house back from then till the end of the school year! PERFECT! It gave us a firm deadline & lots of time to figure out what we would do next. I planned my life as if we were moving the end of May. We turned down a cheap house to rent in our the best culdesac. I planned a 2 week vacation to CA in March. Booked Girls Camp to be at my parents cabin. I signed Sav up for a tumbling class in the neighborhood through May, etc. etc. etc. It was time for the house to close & the people changed their minds. They would let us rent it for 1 month. We closed March 1st. Have to be out by April 1st. Going to CA the 1st 2 weeks of March. Great!! I cried. I could have said yes to that cheap house. How could I leave my neighborhood in a months notice? How could I have my house packed up and find somewhere to live when I was going to be in CA? Of course, everything has worked out. We searched for something in the neighborhood but nothing came up. It sounded nice, while we had to rent, to just stay in our neighborhood for 1 or 2 years. Then it wouldn't have been that big of a move or change for us. Our next choice was Daybreak, a master planned communtity, 25 mins west of Sucrest. When we were looking to buy we thought we would love Daybreak so we decided to rent there & see how we like it. We looked at a couple of houses and decided to go with this one...

Pictures from I didn't want to show anymore pics because they had the other peoples furniture in it. I'll post more when we are moved in!

+Great location. Walking Distance to the pool, parks, lake, temple, church, etc. +Almost brand new & was someones 2nd home so it has barely been lived in.
+Lots of kids...especially girls(what I was told by the friendly moms outside)
+A tad bigger (finished sq. feet) than what we are in now and a more normal, 2 story floor plan.
+3 minutes to a Target & other great shopping.
+I'm not uncomfortably pregnant & can still help with the move. Although, some days I feel like I am 9 months along!!
+We are debt free!

+NO basement. Where are we supposed to throw all of our stuff?
+NO friends...yet!
+NO yard, well, a tiny cement side yard. (this could be a pro because its kind of nice to have a low maintenance house while renting!)
+Moving just flat out sucks!

I might add more to the list later. All in all, we are excited.
Once we got over the fact we couldn't stay in our neighborhood...we actually think this change will be good for us. I think we'll really like Daybreak!

Other side notes...

+Josh also had to move his business this month & luckily moved to a bigger place with warehouse space...which now seconds as our storage unit. Funny enough, Mark & Racquel(business partner) had to move this month too and needed somewhere to put all their stuff!

+This move also means Sav will get a big girl bed! We'll see how that goes!!

Friday, March 25, 2011


*I've taken a break from blogging because I finally published it last month. I love my blog book. Publishing it has made me want to be a better blogger. I want to tell stories and show details for my kids and not just jot down main ideas. I'm going to be better this year and really make this a personal history of our family!

Sav and I spent the 1st 2 weeks of March in California! We had a great time as always, except for her random nights of sleep she kept pulling on me! The day we left she was up & at em' at 6 am! She did not even nap that day! There was one night where she was up from 2am to 8am! Sav is the best sleeper, so i don't know what her deal was. Luckily she had a few good nights that made up for our lack of sleep.
One more funny sleep story...I had put her down at my parents house for the night & my dad was to listen for her, while my mom and I went to get my sister & her husband from the airport(they had been in Hawaii for a week)Well, we get back at 1 am and Sav is wide awake sitting there on the couch and my dad is peacefully sleeping in his bed! We were so confused...who knows how long she had been sitting there for! She had a stack of books and a bowl of cheerios to entertain her. When we walked in she said, "Mama, you back?" So that was another late night and she still didn't sleep in! Good thing we didn't find her outside by the cliff my parents live on!
Anyway, Sav loved playing with her cousins & being entertained all day, every day! It was so nice to be able to wear flip flops, walk to the park, and go swimming! Josh flew down and met us the last weekend. We wanted to take Sav to Disneyland before the baby came. We went on a Thursday and it was perfect! The sun was out but the crowds were not. We got there at 10:30 and were done by 5! The longest line we had to wait in was to see the princesses. Sav loved it. She got shy but it made her day. There are always 3 princesses there but they rotate...after waiting over an hour we saw Mulan, Jasmine & Belle. Mulan? Really? We were disappointed because while we were waiting we snuck a peek and saw Cinderella, Savs favorite! Anyway, the Nemo Submarine ride was the next longest line @ about 25 mins. Josh waited while Sav and I went to the bathroom. Well, right before we got on the submarine Sav decided to stand there and pee her pants!! Do you think that stopped us from getting on? NOPE! Gross, huh?! If I saw that happen with another family I would have freaked out but we just couldn't for go the ride and not get on! I think Sav had a fun day. She was scared of all the stuffed characters...which worked out in our favor because we didn't have to wait in line to see them. We would just watch them from afar and that was good enough for her! We left the park, got dinner and went home!
The rest of the weekend we swam, went to Irvine Park,the beach and hit up some of our favorite restaurants! I wasn't exactly excited to come home because I knew we would be very busy with moving! yes, MOVING! We closed on our house and have to be out by the 1st of April. A post is coming very soon about that!