Thursday, January 28, 2010

Current subjects at our house:

Teething baby.
Buying a house.
Pop-up books.
Superbowl XLIII.
Karate (kid) & Kung Fu (panda)
Un/home schooling.
Pressed leaf books.
Swim classes?
2 yr. wedding anniversary.
How to play a recorder/ harmonica.
Malina's feet--size 11 1/2 shoe!
Sleeping through the night.
Saving money.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Plan

Happy 2010!

As of the start of this year we are going to begin the steps in order to buy our first house. There are many "ifs", "buts", and "whens" but we are willing to begin the process and to be patient. Even though Dave just got a raise we are hoping that we still qualify for some the first time buyer programs. If that happens then we can get a real estate agent and start looking for a house. We would like to stay near the Puyallup area but, due to our price range we will most likely be living a little farther out of town. ; ) We are looking for a property with at least 1 acre and some sort of dwelling on the property in semi-decent condition. After we have found our place, we will start saving in order to build our house with cash. We will still have a mortgage but at least we wont have a building loan on top of that!

This is a grand undertaking for us and so we are doing our best to break it down into smaller, more manageable goals. Our first, is to save money to put down for a house. Right now we have 4% of the money we need. (We also plan on getting most of our down payment from our tax return.) But we will keep posting our progress to keep everyone updated and to motivate us even more. (as if living in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment isn't enough motivation!) ; )