Monday, January 23, 2012

Crazy Weekend - Big Boy Potties, Recipes, House Details and More!

House hunting, house selling, house buying all equal STRESS! Seriously, how do people do it? Actually, for the super rich people in the world it is easy to see. If you had lots of money and didn't have to worry about the cost of the old house vs. the cost of the new and all the add-on costs then I can see it. Well, I plan on being in this next house for quite some time! I don't want to have to do this for say about twenty years or so. Maybe I'll be super rich by then and it will be easy breezy. Ha. I doubt it, but a girl can dream.

Anyways, for those of you who don't know we had our house inspection. You can see the house here if you haven't seen it. Lots of little things came back on it plus two big things. The attic has quite a bit of condensation and the Radon pump is not working correctly. After two roofers and two contractors gave opinions on the attic part (which was the part we were the most worried about - I don't want to shell out $20k right away for a new roof) we think that we can have ventilation added and it will be fine. The boards are not bad, but they are wet. For the Radon portion, we need to have a Radon pump put in correctly. They have one in the house, but it is not up to standards.

As of today, we are waiting on the actual written reports from the two roofers who looked at it on Friday. We are also waiting on one from a company called Environmental Dynamics. They checked the attic for any mold or mildew since it did have condensation.

I was so stressed last week because I really want the house and I knew if it needed a whole new roof/attic/installation then we would more than likely have to walk away. I feel a bit better today, but we aren't out of the woods yet.

I do feel like we are still getting a great deal on the house. Everyone who has come to check it out for the "issues" has commented on what a great house it is for the money. Since we lost money on the Columbia house, it is important to us to make up the difference in buying a new one.

Anyways, enough about the house. Jordan, Leslie and Preston came over Saturday afternoon to have a play date and dinner. We had a great time. The kiddos got along really well and dinner was great.

I made a crock pot roast (generally, I do not like roasts but this one was amazing) and balsamic glazed carrots. Leslie brought olive oil red potatoes. Everything went together well and was awesome. I will definitely keep these recipes.

Balsamic Carrots - recipe found here
Roast 2 pounds of baby carrots in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes with some seasoning and a little olive oil. They were pulled out of the oven and drizzled with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of honey, and about 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Pop them back into the oven for about 5 more minutes.

Crock Pot Roast Beef - found here
3-5 pounds chuck roast
1 C water
1 C red wine
1 C soy sauce
1 C chopped onion
1 C chopped celery

Dump all ingredients in to a crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours.

I don't have the recipe for the potatoes that Leslie brought, but I'm going to get it. I know she diced the red potatoes, added olive oil and some seasonings and the roasted in the oven for about 30 min. I'll have to get the exact recipe.

So, I know Greyson isn't ready to be potty trained. I know you aren't supposed to potty train if you plan on moving. We aren't potty training, but have been encouraging him to sit on the potty chair. Last week, Greyson went potty in the bathtub (just pee) and told me he went. A few days ago, he was behind the TV. I went to check on him and he, "No, Mommy. Go." I asked him if he was going potty and he said yes. So, he knows when he is going. He is getting closer to being ready to potty train. A couple of times over the last month, he has sat on the potty chair and then stood up and peed on the floor. Well, since we knew he knew what he was doing when he went pee in the bathtub, Luke followed a hunch and put the potty chair in the bathtub. He sat right on it and went potty. lol. We were so excited, but not ready to actually start potty training. Sunday night, before getting his pajamas on we decided to see if he wanted to sit on the potty chair (outside of the bathtub). Yep, he wanted to. He went right over there, sat down, and went potty again. We are both so proud. Kinda funny huh? Proud of him for using using the potty. We aren't going to try potty training for a while, but will still continue to encourage it if he continues to show an interest.

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