|This is just blocks from our house.|
**As I'm finishing writing this, the Realtor called...she's found another brand new listing on the same street as the last one we put an offer in on! I'm afraid to be happy...**
So the house we looked at back on the same street as the one we had just put an offer in on looked EXACTLY like my MIL's house (the layout)...only backwards. As nice as it was done up, and it WAS beautifully done, it was just too much for my sweet husband. I don't think he could have been happy there. I think everyday he would have woken up and just been sad. My MIL was the center of this family, a part of my own life every single day (even if it was just our [many] phone calls to each other). Losing her is something we all already think about daily...we don't need to wake up and be sad. Her memory should be celebrated, not something we mourn every minute. And she wouldn't want that for us. She was selfless, and a natural mother...she just mothered everyone, all the time. We know that being a mother, she'd want us to be happy. And we will be. (And it's okay to be sad sometimes, but not ALL the time...it's just not healthy.)
So we kept looking. We've looked at a few more houses, and some were nice. Some were CRAP. (Like seriously, should you have to ask if a house has a livingroom?! SHOULD YOU?!) ; )
Yesterday we took the twins to Nana and Poppa's house and took the baby with us to look at one in a small town about 20 mins. away from the city we live in now. We've always talked about living there, and we often take the kids there in the summer to go the splash pad, or just for a walk around the river. It's quiet, and I love it. (It also used to be our go-to destination when we fished!)
That house was beautiful. The master bedroom was in the attic, and it was the MOST amazing bedroom I've ever seen in my life. Gorgeous. They did a fantastic job renovating that. There is a sunporch that has clearly been used to homeschool, and I loved that too! The back deck is beautifully built, and it overlooks the river. The yard was HUGE and has a nice tall (well built) fence that surrounds the whole yard, so the kids would be safe. I liked that I could see the river, but would never have to worry that the kids would drown in it.
The only downside of that house is that the master bedroom is in the attic...and the other two rooms are on the main floor. There is also a huge basement (partially finished) that has a legal-sized window at a legal height that could easily be converted into a 4th bedroom in the future. Sounds awesome, right?
Well, if our kids were about 10 years older, I'd totally be all over that house. You don't find a master bedroom like that everyday! (The en suite...ugh! To die for!) But I can NOT sleep on a different floor than my children sleep on. Not yet. Not for many more years. They are small enough to steal. And what if there was a fire? I can't be on another floor. Even if I showed them how to climb out of their windows...they're young, and they'd be running amok outside...escaped...probably naked, or close to it. LOL
Great house. Not for us.
Then we looked at another one in a hamlet 6 minutes from the edge of the city we live in. Big yard. The house is completely redone. The basement is completely finished. All the bedrooms are on the same floor...though the master is on the other side of the house. At least they're on the same floor, and we DO own baby monitors.
We're going in for a 2nd walk-through tomorrow with the Realtor that is selling it...ours just went to Panama for a week (LUCKY!). If we like it the 2nd time as much as the first time, we'll put in an offer.
I still don't know if this is it...we really love it, but it's just a tiny bit out of our price range. If we can get them down a bit, it would be great. And in reality, we don't HAVE to live there forever...though we probably would.
This will be our THIRD house we're putting an offer in on. Let's hope "Third time's a charm" is true. I'm so tired of looking! XD