Family & The Money Pit

Wow… what a week it’s been. It’s been fun, crazy, LOUD, fun, loving, stressful, fun, emotional, overwhelming and don’t forget about fun (well for the most part anyway).

It was fantastic to have my family here for the weekend. My parents and my sister with her young kiddos were all here to visit, relax and of course, in true Beste fashion… EAT! And oh the food we ate! My mother is THE BEST cook I know and she was in overdrive making us yummy traditional Beste favorites to enjoy all weekend long. Steve was spoiled and expects to have it all the time now – sorry babe, I can’t be my mother. (Though she has taught me many, MANY of my cooking skills). It was great fun having them here and getting to spend time with them. We didn’t do anything spectacular. We did visit the Fort Worth Stockyards and Mom took the kids (‘Rissa and Michael) with Bekki on the Tarantula train. Dad took the kids to see Shrek 3 with Bekki while Mom and I did a bit of shopping at the outlet mall. Other than that, we didn’t do a thing of significance. But, lots of fun was had.

I absolutely love and adore my nieces and nephew – and all of their fun individual characteristics. They are really a loving and fun bunch of kids – my sister is an incredible mother. I honestly don’t know how she does it! Each of her children are about 2 years apart – and she has another one on the way! Arissa is active and independent. Michael is determined and sponging up everything around him. Ainsley is adorable and loving – all while refusing to talk (she can talk mind you – she just chooses not to). I can’t wait to see what individual characteristics the fourth baby has.

I must be getting old, or perhaps I’m just used to the quietness that is usually around me (except when I’ve got tunes jamming in the house or something). What I’m trying to say is that my house is usually pretty quiet – even when the kids are over, it’s not very loud. I realized this weekend that kids are loud – VERY loud. Of course, as I started getting acclimated to the noise it was time for them to go home. Isn’t that how it always is though?

Onto house news…

Everyone’s prayers were answered! We have a contract on the Marshall Creek house! YAY! Provided everything goes like we think it will, closing will happen on June 21st! YAY!

It couldn’t be at a better time as we have to do more repairs – extensive repairs even - on the Pine Ridge house. We knew we would have to do some repair work, or replace some things – and we were prepared to do it. However, the things we have to do now are not items that were even blips on the radar or on our planned list. Oh the joys of home ownership and purchasing homes.

This home is quickly becoming known as “The Hell House”. Our friends often ask us if we’ve seen the movie “The Money Pit” because our stories remind them of the plotline in the movie. Lovely isn’t it? Someday, we’ll be able to look back at our home and at all we went through to make it into what it will (someday) be – and we’ll be happy. However, in the middle of the muck it isn’t so fun.
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