So sorry that it has been so long since my last post. SO MUCH has happened! We have moved back to my hometown of Bartlesville, OK which has been a very difficult move for us so far. The main reason it has been so hard this time, is because it was a choice, not a mandatory move, like we have had to deal with in the past. In the Army you went where they sent you, when we went to San Diego it was because we went for the job.
This time was different, there was nothing wrong with the job or our life in San Diego, in fact we were quite happy. But one of the great regrets in my life was not getting to grow up around my grandparents. They were all such wonderful people and I really wish I could have dinner with them just one time as an adult and parent. I am sure the stories they could tell would be priceless. I really want that for my kids and Joel got such a great job offer that it made that decision a little easier to make. But WHAMMO! this has been a hard move. Although we sold our house in 9 days, we lost money and had to replace the heat and air unit in the house, a week before we listed it. Yikes!! I guess I should have seen the foreboding there! Pulling the Uhaul out to Bartlesville was an adventure as always, including having to load and reload it two times along the way…NOT FUN! I think that will be our last Uhaul trip, if my husband has anything to say about it.
Then we arrive in Bartlesville where we thought we would be able to find an amazing house for half the cost of our house in San Diego. This did NOT turn out to be the case. All the homes that were in that price range needed LOTS of work. (Or they were located on a busy corner or had a fault in the foundation and were literally leaning!!) Some of the houses needed 100k to 200k just to be safe (roof, electrical, windows.) We were starting to think we would never, ever find a house! Yes, we are kind of picky and we had a huge list of “wants” (big yard, trees, lots of light and an open floor plan were the biggies) but we really thought we could find it. We found one house we both loved but the house had some major issues ie, it was not finished and liens, and we never felt quite comfortable with the deal, so we opted out of it.
Long story I know, but it does appear that after 70 days of intense searching we have finally found our home. So as of December 1, we will officially have a Mooney residence in Bartlesville. Just in the nick of time too, because I don’t think my hubby can handle sleeping on the couch anymore at my Mom’s. The bed hurts his back, so that is where he finds the most comfortable spot but he is really looking forward to our mattress arriving!
We have had quite a few adventures these past few months and I will tell you all about them one by one as I get the chance to write more!!
Here is a pic of one of my favorite moments since we have moved..seeing these wild turkey’s in my Mom’s front yard!!
and a card I made using the direct to paper method which is fast and easy!!
Ciao for now….Deidre