House Hunting Horrors

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Hello Lovelies,

I’ve been avidly house hunting for several months now..and I must tell you it’s frustrating! You find the “perfect” house only to have it bought before you can put an offer on it (I’ve looked at 8 in a row that sold the day after I looked at them). You look and look and finally find another perfect house only to have the seller be a stick in the mud.

I thought this was supposed to be easy? You put a bid on it, they counter, you counter, they agree and happy day..but no. It’s been offer, rejected, offer, rejected over and over. Is my real estate agent not aggressive enough? I don’t know.

I put two bids on a house. The seller was supposedly “highly motivated” which I’m beginning to think is a farce. She didn’t budge at all. The house has been on the market for over a year and I’m the first offer its had in 8 months. After going back and forth with her, I finally gave up and went back to square one.

20 houses later, I find THE HOUSE! The one that I’ve been dreaming of. Hardwood floors, fireplace, open kitchen and lots of windows. It’s beautiful! The interior colors are already exactly what I would have painted it..teals and grays and warm creams. After 3 weeks of going back and forth with the broker, she still hasn’t gotten answers to my questions or given me a completed seller’s disclosure. I’ve put two offers on the house neither of which she seems to have shown to her client.

But here’s the thing that really ticks me off…I know I’m young, I know I’m single, I know I’m not going to buy a $245,000 house..but don’t I deserve the same assistance and treatment as someone who would? Because one day, I’ll be that person. To be 25 years old and buying your first house is quite a feat in my opinion. Most of my peers are living in dingy apartments or sloppy rental houses. I haven’t worked my fingers to the bone for four years saving up money to be treated ill. I’m not sure why I’m not being taken seriously. I’ve been pre-approved for the loan and I have extremely good credit. What’s the deal people?

SO..have any of you had house hunting horrors? Any tips for a first time home buyer?

XoXo,

One Homeless Lemon

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8 LIZARDS LEAPING!

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Leaping Lizards! Can you believe it! I can’t….Christmas is only 8 days away! OH ME! OH MY! I THINK I MIGHT CRY!!! OHHHHHH!!

I have sooo much to do between now and then!

I’ve got too..finish wrapping presents, BAKE COOKIEEEEEEEEESSSSSS, make a blanket, finish two quilts, crochet a scarf, wash a smelly dog, house sit, dog sit, bearded dragon sit, take my truck to get the bumpers fixed, finish grammy’s present, find a present for my dad (the hardest to shop for by far!) and make gifts for my co-workers..

What about you? Are you ready? Stockings stuffed? Tree trimmed?

Have any good “dad” present ideas for the dad who has everything? Seriously…I need ideas!

XoXo!

One Semi-Stressed Lemon

Thankful Thursday!

It’s time for the happiest day of the week in my opinion! Thankful Thursday link ups with Crystal Michelle and Jenna Rae make my Thursdays :)

1 ~ UT BEAT USC!!

There is seldom a time when I get to give my best guy friend a hard time about his football teams but this past weekend was one of them. Finally…UT beat USC..now mind you it was only by 2 points but hey a win is a win right?

2 ~ Pain Free Running!

For the first time since August 17th I have had a week of pain-free running. I am so excited. It’s been hard to go easy this past month and a half. I’ve been depressed, emotionally eating..and I got sooooo frustrated because I noticed I fell right back into those old habits I worked so hard to break..eat sleep..eat sleep repeat. I made myself go to the gym. I was embarrassed because I had been at a certain level and I’m now basically back at the beginning. But you know what I found out? They missed me. My little crew of older ladies immediately asked me what had happened to me. They had been so worried because no one had seen me and I hadn’t been at my regular times. It was precious! SO..I’m ready to kick butt at the gym next week.

3 ~ Halloween is coming!

I LOVE PINTEREST! I’m slightly obsessed with it. I saw these little mummy dogs on there the other night and decided that they would make a hilarious Sunday lunch. So for lunch on Sunday we had mummy dogs!

4 ~ A New Ride :)

I finally decided to trade my truck in. I just wasn’t happy with it and the color (hot fire engine red) was killing me. So I’m happy to say that this girlie has a new ride complete with a sunroof! I didn’t know they made a sunroof in a truck! So I’m now rocking around town in my burnt orange truck :)

5~ Babies Babies Babies…they’re everywhere..

So you might remember that my bestie just delivered the cutest baby boy! Well the other is set to deliver in December..I’m going to be overrun with Aunt duties and dirty diapers come the new year :) It’s been awesome to walk alongside these girls as they’ve experienced the “firsts” of pregnancy and being mothers. I’m so proud of them :) Nikki’s journey has been challenging as her hubby (he’s Army) is currently stationed away from her. So it’s been a lot of dates for Mexican food (Baby Xander apparently likes all things spicy!) and shopping for the Army girl and I.

What are you thankful for this Thursday?

XoXo!

One Styling Lemon

Thankful Thursday!

It’s time for the happiest day of the week in my opinion! Thankful Thursday link ups with Crystal Michelle and Jenna Rae make my Thursdays :)

1 ~ Thankful for Doctors!

One of the blessing of being single is that I have opportunities that some married couples don’t always get. I’m able to pour into their children as I have none of my own. I’m able to coach, teach swim lessons and just love on these kids like crazy. I’ve been blessed so much that I love to bless others in return. God brought a very special girl into my life five years ago when my mom started teaching at a new school. The daughter of one of the other teacher’s, Raylee, and I quickly became coloring buddies. It wasn’t long before I taught Rae-Rae and her brother Ce-Ce how to swim. This year Raylee has been having seizures at an alarming rate. Something we’ve seen an increase in at my mom’s school. Unable to identify what is causing the seizures, our doctors here are sending her to Tennessee this week to a special clinic (where one of my mom’s other students has already been seen at this year.) So! I was thinking the other day about what could i do? I can’t go with her to Tennessee..but then God showed me something. Raylee’s out grown most of her clothes due to the medications. So Auntie K headed to TJ Maxx to get her Maxxinista on. I got Rae-Rae some warm pants, shirts and a sweater for her upcoming trip to the hospital :) Pink of course! So today I’m thankful for doctors who I’m believing are going to determine what is causing this precious girl to have so many seizures each day.

2~ Thankful for Budgets!

I have been so overwhelmed lately and wasn’t really able to identify why until I sat down one night and went over my finances. God has blessed me with an amazing career and my company takes excellent care of us. But I realized I was failing to be a good steward of what He was blessing me with. So after 3 hours of number crunching with my mom, I finally came up with a working budget that I can maintain. I’m on week two and already I have this huge sense of accomplishment and peace. I’ve been reading through Dave Ramsey’s book, Total Money Makeover, and it has been challenging! Another amazing blessing happened this week! I paid off my first student loan!!!!! Whew!! Mind you I have a few more to go but the feeling I got when it said: “Paid in Full” was amazing!! So today I’m thankful for my mom, for her patience, for a new budget and for financial security.

3~ Thankful for an Awesome Dad!

Tuesday I had a rough day. I was frustrated, ill and ready to punch somebody. I came back to my office after lunch to find a beautiful bromeliad sitting on my desk :) Now I’m not your typical girl..I could care less about red roses, strawberries and champagne. I love daisies (future hubby take notes), orchids and bromeliads. It made my day..my whole week actually :) He even left me a handwritten card and a five-spot for Starbucks!

So what are you thankful for this Thursday?

XoXo!

One Blessed Bromeliad Loving Lemon