Sunday, January 31, 2010
There are three new ones uploaded to YouTube. Below are links that will hopefully work.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Aaron has had a great week. He tried blueberries today and he ate them like crazy! It is nice when we find a fruit he really likes. So far, he'll tolerate all fruit (except apples), but oranges are the only ones he really likes. We have been working really hard, and we have finally stopped dropping our food off of the high chair. It took almost a month, but we appear to have conquered it. Aaron still loves to act like he's going to drop a piece of food and give us a big smile, but he doesn't actually drop it any more.
We signed our contract to sell the house today. Our option period goes through Friday. The inspection will be done Monday. PLEASE pray for no issues with the inspection. We will keep you updated. Have a great weekend - we plan to!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The dinner was definitely worth the trip and it was very nice to get to know the people with whom Jory will be working. They were all so kind and we got a lot of good information on areas where we might considering living. Aaron had an AWESOME time with his grandparents and that was also worth the trip! In fact, we got fussed at when we picked him up. Kimmie and Papa John ONLY had FIVE hours of awake time with the boy! They didn't even have time to take a single picture, for crying out loud! We were told twice that it was very unfair to drop Aaron off for such a short period of time. HA! Isn't it a shame that Aaron's grandparents can't stand to spend time with him?
That's most of the weekend. Obviously, we saw a couple of rental options in Dallas and you now know that we chose the apartment/town home. We actually originally chose the Suttons' rental home and we left Mr. Sutton a message Saturday to call us. We intended to agree to rent his home when he called us back. By a series of things, we did not connect with the Suttons until Tuesday. By that time we had completely changed our minds and had agreed to rent the apartment. We are comfortable with that decision. Though it's not in a residential area where we could explore future living options, it is very near to some areas we are considering. It is also going to be extremely convenient to Jory's work and just about everything Dallas has and right now that's a pretty big plus. As most of you know, we are expecting Allen Baby #2 in August and we sure want to be as close to Daddy's work as we can be so he can run home and see the Munchkin at lunch just like he did with Aaron!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
We are set to close on March 19. We kept the apartment move-in at March 15, but when we get word that the financing is completely approved (probably around March 1), we will likely up our move-in date and start getting settled.
Starting Sunday, Jory will be leaving Tyler on Sunday evenings and driving to his Dad's. He will stay there on Sunday and Monday nights. This should be about an hour's commute for him to work. On Tuesdays, he'll leave work at 4 and head to Tyler for his Bible Study. After that, he'll come here around 7 and he will spend the night here. On Wednesday mornings he will drive to the office and that will be at least two hours. There are only three more weeks of the Bible Study, though, and he really wants to finish it. He'll be at his Dad's on Wednesday and Thursday nights and then will head back here on Fridays after work for the weekend. Whew! We are so glad that this will be for a very short period of time.Things are busy here, but very well. So many things are falling into place. We still have much to tell you and I will keep updating this week. I'll try to get some better pictures of Mr. Aaron this week. He has been sooo sweet!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It was a decent offer and definitely something we think we can work with. They really didn't ask for anything which was nice. We had expected them to. Now we just have to agree on the price. We are about $10,000 apart right now and hope to settle in the middle. Please pray that negotiations are smooth and that the buyer's financing is approved. That is our big worry - that we'll get near the closing date and the financing won't come through and we will already be locked into paying rent in Dallas and stuck with our mortgage in Tyler until a new buyer comes along. We have to work on our trust and faith, don't we?
Obviously, the very biggest concern is where we will have Aaron's first birthday party since his birthday falls in the very middle of all of this transition. Never fear! We have come up with three viable options (though no perfect ones). For some reason, Jory thinks we have plenty of time to worry about this and he is not placing it in the priority it rightly deserves. I do not understand that at all.We actually have quite a bit going on right now, so I will continue updates this week. The biggest update on Mr. Aaron is that he is a walking machine! WOW, is he walking everywhere now. We will (I promise) start video taping some of this stuff! Have a wonderful week and I will keep you updated on the Allen Family Happenings.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The onesie he is wearing in the above picture says 'My dad is my hero!'. He got it for Christmas. He sure does love that daddy!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here's another eating picture. He had hard boiled egg yolks, mixed vegetables and pears. He had two servings of the vegetables. He will definitely take veggies over fruit. Clearly, he is not related to me.
We are having a lot of RSV going around here. So scary. One of the couples from our Sunday School has a daughter in the hospital with it right now! Please pray for the Willis family and for their daughter, Ava. Another friend found out her son has it and he is quarantined for a week. His mama, Courtney, is mostly afraid that she will be insane by the time the week is up.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
We had a delightful time in Dallas and really loved the house. I took my camera, but took zero pictures. I don't know why. Our friends Jessica and Tommy Sutton (Brooks' parents who give us all of his clothes) owned this house and lived in it for six years. A year ago, they moved to Tyler and sold it to Tommy's parents. The Suttons then leased it out to a young man they knew, but he just got a job move to Denver and will be out of the house January 31 (the day before Jory starts his job).
The house is very close to the area where we would probably buy and it is two blocks from White Rock Lake. It is an amazing location in a beautiful neighborhood. It is a bit smaller than what we have now and we spent the way home talking about concessions we would need to make (we would be losing a lot of storage space, but if you have been in our house you know that would happen with any move). We haven't made a final decision yet, but this does open another door for us and the Suttons are very willing to work with us so that they can get renters in the house that they can trust. The Lord is good. We also had a good showing on our house yesterday, but we haven't heard anything yet. We are up to 8 showings in 12 days on the market.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Today we went to lunch with Jacquelyn and Emerson Evans. This is Emerson being silly with her Tupperware lid. Below is Aaron laughing at her! Aaron was sooo good at lunch and he lucked out because Jacquelyn ordered a soup that had celery in it. Apparently, Jacquelyn doesn't eat celery, but Aaron does, so he got a whole plate of cooked celery. This does not sound good to most of you, but it sure made Aaron's day.
Things have gotten decidedly more busy at our house. A walker is a whole different ballgame and Aaron is into everything, mostly things he's not allowed to have. It's really fun to watch him and I love his curiosity, but it sure keeps me hopping!
Jory is wrapping things up at work. He has one week left and then he'll take a week off before he starts in Dallas. He's looking forward to a break and we will probably spend a bit of that time in Dallas looking for houses. We are pretty settled on the area we want to look in and we are doing a little preliminary searching. We aren't planning to buy anything until our house sells, though. As far as that goes, we had another showing today and we have one tomorrow. That will be seven showings in less than two weeks, so we are getting some traffic.
I think that's about it here. Both Jory and I are ramping up our exercise routines following the holidays. I am trying to get back into Yoga. I haven't done it since I was pregnant with Aaron and I realized that I am loosing flexibility. Jory has been reviving his old Power90 DVDs and they are giving him a bigger run for his money than he prefers.