June 19, 2008

our cheap house

I keep forgetting to explain just how cheap we got this house *DUH!*

Well here's some estimates =)

  • you could get 2 first class tickets from Des Moines to Chicago and back, and be spending WAY more than we did for this house

  • on average an American spends more money on gasoline for their vehicles than we did for this house

  • if your at a car dealership and looking at a certified used car here in the midwest, it's probably more than we spent on this house

  • lazy boy has a sectional that costs more than this house does

  • there is a digital camera & computer that I would LOVE to have that costs more than this house does (individually!)

  • most families in metro areas spend more on rent for 6 months than we did to buy this house


NO I won't tell you how much, but I'm sure that gives you an idea!

Yep we got really lucky with this house

I'm still happy, even with all its little flaws =)

later.........

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lots of pictures

Ok finally, the pictures & stuff! Lately it takes me forever to do anything =( But anyway... here goes nothing! (click pictures for a better look! these pics are very distorted in the small size!)

First off we've started a new tradition - if your here on or around your birthday then you get birthday spankings with our birthday paddle! This has been good fun for everyone =) Still haven't been able to get Darkside down for his but we will soon!





I got a new camera for my birthday from mom & Darkside - I'm in love! Can't really take a pic of it (well I could but c'mon!). But here's a pic of my cake =)

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For mother's day I got some great new houseplants! All mine died in the move because of the lay over in the Quad cities. Here they are -

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Ok now the new house =) Remember I said it had a small yard? Well here's the back yard, had to take this in the downstairs kitchen! See where the gravel ends? That's the end of the yard!


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Here's the south side (north side is just about as big)
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Here's a view of the southeast front yard, it drops down 3 feet to the road in the front
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Here's the balcony that scares the crap out of me - it need fixed!
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and the balcony supports that aren't right - needs fixed too!
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alot of things are just cosmetic style things like this -
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this is what cause the down stairs to be so cold I think?
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and this is the worst of the ceiling damage under the drop down ceiling
(caused by the kitchen sink we think)
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and here is the door we had to make so we can get between the 2 apartments
on the far side of this door is a 2 foot drop! this has been the most difficult thing to deal with
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And at our lovely new house we have had some terrible weather. There was a F5 tornado that came through near here (the storm hit here before there) on May 25th and hit Parkersburg, Iowa. The town is damn near destroyed. See here's the map -

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here's a picture I took about two weeks ago of a different storm coming in
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We've had visitors a couple times, guess what we did? HAHA! Here's what I can show *wink*


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No that is not me!
But a good friend and she isn't reaching for more!
LOL! She got a little hot =)


And this is all the kids - they're trying their hardest to sit still for this they had been playing!


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Our kids have been playing alot with their new neighbor friends. Here's #3's new bruise -

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Darkside has been complaining alot about being so hot and summer temps here haven't even began! Here's a real cute sweat spot he had the other day - (no I normally don't ooh & aah over sweat spots, this one is unusual!)


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Since he was so hot and said he was DONE! with his hair we came up with this so he'll be cooler without cutting it all off -


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He likes this alot =) Oh and we let #3 get a mohawk LOL! It's too funny!

Ok that's all, a complete update to today and I'll tell all about our new goodies we got tonight or soon.

later......
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June 14, 2008

new house

Well ever since my laptop died I've really gotten lazy about blogging regularly. But hopefully that will end soon because I plan to get either a new laptop (what I hope for LOL!) or fix mine (blah!).

That stimulus check is going to be a lifesaver for us this year since we used all our refund on the house & moving. When we bought this house we used 7/8ths of our money on buying the house and the last little bit on the expenses of moving. And with the snow storms we had to deal with during the move we ran out of money fast racking up late fees on the truck we rented.

Thankfully, when we got here there was only a few minor plumbing problems and of course a need for new locks! We really got lucky with this house! Well you figure we bought it sight unseen except for the 8 pictures the real estate lady took. And to top it off we'd never even been to this area! (no one we knew had either!)

But there are a few problems with the house that many can't understand too well without seeing. Originally this house was a duplex of sorts. Two 1 bedroom apartments, one on top of the other. With the outside looking like it's just a normal 2 story house. And here's the fun part - they are IMPOSSIBLE to fix into one house without lots of money =(

I've got a ton of pictures that I will use to tell all that's been going on here since we've moved. I'll do that in the next post =)

later.........