Been too Long!

I need to write on my blog more often! Nathaniel is turning 6 years old tomorrow. It’s really hard to believe he’s already in kindergarten and that Jonathan starts next year.
Nathaniel is doing great in kinder. He’s right on target for his reading skills. He really likes his teacher Mrs. Pearce. She’s a first year teacher but seems very good. I’m quite impressed with her. It’s really neat that she is a licensed lawyer, but felt like it wasn’t rewarding enough so she decided to quit and go into teaching. That says a lot to me about her – I like someone who is willing to give up things to work in an area she really loves. Although, I wonder if a bunch of five year olds will make her go back to being a lawyer. LOL She’s very patient with them, so she’s already way ahead of me!
Jonathan is still loving his trains. We were talking about Salli’s dog today, Rocky, trying to remember his name. Jonathan said her dog’s name wasn’t Rocky – that’s a train’s name! He loves his Thomas the Tank Engine trains. He keeps asking when he turns 5 so he can start kindergarten like his brother.
Sara is, well, Sara. Her favorite past time is to bug her brothers and she’s very good at it. She’s almost 3 and a half already. I hope she finds a new past time soon and so does Jonathan and Nathaniel!

House Framing! Finally getting somewhere!

The house sat for almost a month after the foundation was poured. They did the sidewalk during that time, and that’s all! Then, within a matter of days, the framing (other than roof) has been completed. It’ll be amazing to see how it looks by next Friday! They were at the house working today (Saturday). I stopped to ask them if they were going to go to lunch and none of them understood English. Ha. They worked hard and got the rest of the siding on.

Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday

Nathaniel’s 5th Birthday

Nathaniel turned 5 on February 8th. Robert took the day off and we took Nathaniel to Peter Piper’s Pizza for lunch and let him play some games. He had a lot of fun! He also won the ‘jackpot’ on two different games and got 50 tickets each time! He’s much luckier than his mother who never wins anything!
He also had fun getting to walk on the foundation to the new house.

Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday Nathaniel's 5th Birthday
Nathaniel's 5th Birthday

Building has begun!

We had our pre-construction meeting this morning. Jesse at Fieldstone was quite informative and we learned a lot more about the building process. We also found out that the concrete outside the backdoor won’t be a tiny square 3X3 slab. They make it an upgrade if you want more concrete, but since we upgraded from the sliding glass door to the french style doors, the concrete will go all the way across the door frame. Not a huge amount more, but will look nicer none the less.

We also found out that they do the cable tensioning in the slab. I think it was my brother that told us that this was one of the best ways to do a concrete slab.

Below are some photos of where the house will be located. The yard will be fairly deep for this type of neighborhood, but will be really wide. The side of the house will have a lot of room between it and the street as well. We’re really happy with the size of both the front and the back yards. We get to pick 2 places for them to put trees. I’d really like one in the front yard and one on the side of the house. Then we can put 2 or so in the back yard on our own.

Looking from the front, this was taken from the front left side of the property.
There is 12 feet between the houses.
Standing looking at the back of the house, this photo was taken from the right back corner.
This photo shows the depth of the yard at the deepest point.
I took this photo from the same spot as the last one,
but I’m looking towards the street on the other side of the house to give an idea of the width of the property.
This photo shows the size of the yard on the side of the house that faces the street. The wood
fence will come out from the back corner of the house to make the yard wider. There will be about 20 feet or so from the
edge of the fence to the curb of the street.
This photo was taken from the right front corner of the property facing the left back corner.
Here, I’m standing on the side of the road on the curb. This one is taken from the right back corner pointing towards the left front corner.
This photo was taken from across the street, straight on to the right edge. This one is also across the street showing the positioning of the house on the lot.

Going, Going, GONE!!

No, not at an auction. :-) We listed the house for sale on October 14th and signed a contract to sell on the 16th. God is really working in all of this and it’s very excited. Last week was the inspection and everything went smoothly there. Now we’re just waiting for closing. The date is set for Nov 16th, right now.

For Sale: One House, Seguin, Texas

Whew, what a week! We moved out last Sunday and spent all week painting, doing trim, and having carpet put down. We signed with the realtor today. The house looks great! I plan to take and post some pictures tomorrow. We might have a buyer already. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the next few days.

The kids aren’t sure what to think of all of this! They are excited about getting a new home, but can’t quite understand why we can’t move in now. Jonathan keeps telling me our house is ready for us to move into now. Too bad it’s still just some dirt! We have our appointment on Oct 23rd to finalize the upgrades on the house. I’m looking forward to seeing it get started, although it’ll probably be another month or so before they start on the foundation.

The last class in our second FPU course

Last night was our last class in this course. Like our first FPU course, it was a great success. This class is just awesome! If you ever have a chance to take FPU, do it. It’s well worth the money.

Here are some stats from the class.

    In 13 weeks, 38 people:

  • there was $22,915 saved for emergency funds
  • $30,640 saved for total savings overall
  • and $69,275 in debt was paid off!!

Our pastor supports this course so much, that he promises that members who complete the course by not missing more than one class during the 13 weeks will get half of the cost of the course back ($45). In our first course, the numbers started to fall after we got past the debt payoff portion. This time, numbers stayed pretty even the whole course. That is awesome because people will not only know how to get out of debt, but how to plan for retirement, how to shop for insurance, plan for college and how to give. Last night a good number of members got half of their money back. It’s a great incentive for completion.