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2015 Advent Calendar made easy!

We ended up having a lovely Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving Pt. 2 “The leftovers return”, all thanks to my in-laws.  It’s been years since someone else has cooked the big meal for me, so this was absolutely wonderful!  What a great break!  With all of this extra time, I was able to focus and create our Advent Calendar for December.  I usually make one with cardstock and put it on the wall in the shape of a Christmas Tree, but space is at a premium these days.  So, I picked up this cute one at Target.  This really was an impulse buy, but I knew as soon as I saw it, it would be perfect.  The little pockets are perfect for a slip of paper and a small piece of candy.  My daughter saw it hung up and was instantly in love.    You can also DIY some really cute calendars.  My favorite is the cute critter display here.  There are so many possibilities!

Prepping the Advent Calendar

Prepping the Advent Calendar

Moving Out Quickly!

And… we are back to frantic mode again!  The hubby and I are so happy that the offer worked out, and we have come to a deal.  Our house is officially off the market and in contract.  The catch is that we have to be moved out in exactly 7 days from today.  7 days!

Even with our house staged, we still had a full house of furniture.  So what have we done in the last couple days?

Unloading the trailer

Unloading the trailer

Finally on the market 

Our House is Finally for Sale!

Our House is Finally for Sale!

Yippee!  We finally have our home on the market.  I’m very excited and also relieved to have the stress of packing behind us for now.  The stress on my relationship with my family was heavy through the prep work.   I am so glad we pushed so hard and stuck to a deadline to put it on the market.  I am sure there will be a long wait before we get an offer, that’s the nature of this market.  I feel like we are ahead of the game and will sell the home in time for our move. Maybe that’s just the optimist in me beating down any doubt, but I’ll take it!

They really are beautiful pups.  And SOOOO soft.

A Wheaten Terrier is the best kind of friend

Since they are in my photos so much, I have to share some information about my two little fur babies.  When we moved back to America after a tour in Germany, we promised the kids we could get a puppy.  I was reluctant, since I knew they were a big responsibility and frankly did not want to clean up after them all of the time.  The housetraining, the fur, the slobber. . . it’s a bit much for a non-dog owner to come to terms with.  We started talking about they type of dog we wanted in our life.  Our list included: low fur maintenance, medium sized, likes family and kids, all around friendly, but trainable.  He or she had to be something my in-laws could pick up and hug, but not so small that my youngest daughter would hurt it by picking it up.

Choosing the Realtor

The Hubby and I have been talking for a while now on what company we were going to choose to be our realtor.  To be honest, our credit union has a great program that cuts refunds back to you some of commission your realtor gets from the sell of the house.  We have found though, from our experience that most of the realtors who opt in for this program are inexperienced and are trying to drum up business for a good reputation.  We don’t want to risk having a not so good realtor putting our house on the market so we have been shopping around on our own and won’t be using this program.