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Monday, October 10, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Our First Home: Park Avenue

Saying goodbye is always hard especially when you are leaving something that is very close to your heart.  Something that  binds your family for years.  I feel very sad leaving  our first home on Park Avenue.  We lived in it for 10 years.  My son was conceived there.  We've built  so many sweet and happy memories there.  Our children grew up there and it's hard to let it go but we had to.  The space is no longer  enough for our growing family.
When I first came here in the States, my  father-in-law  was very nice to let us live  at  his house  for  a year.  In fact, he did not want us to leave when we told him that we  bought a house.  My FIL is the nicest person I knew here in America, he   treated me like his own daughter and I am forever grateful for that.  However, I wanted a home that we could call our own, a home I can decorate the way I want to,  that's why even though we are welcome to  stay in his house, we chose to bought our own.
 We bought a fixer upper because we wanted to  make it our own. We thought it was a great starter house for our family and it was.  It's funny because when we were  house hunting we had a list of things that we want in a house  but  most of it wasn't met when we bought this one.  There was something in the house that made us fall in love with it.  I think it was the sense of a close knit family feel  that the former has in this home.  We felt  right at home when we first looked at this home.
This house was built in 1952 so it was already old when we acquired it that's why it needed a major renovation. We gave the basement a total lift and made it fresh and look new. We added a bathroom there, replaced the flooring, added some walls and painted them.
The whole family pitched in and helped us with some of the projects we did in this house. Our daughter was just 6 months when we bought it but we didn't move there right away.  We wanted to  spend our daughter's first birthday at Dad's.  
 Dad  was still healthy and strong  back then so he helped us a lot in  making this home especial.  He was the one who  painted my daughter's room.   Glad I documented every thing that we did in this house because we will have something to look back to.  
When we came back from South Korea, we  put  a fence around the house  because we wanted a dog.  I also  love gardening and the fence  provided a protection for the plants against the deer.  
The backyard  is a  decent size and I really had a great time  hardening in it.  I hope that the new owner love to garden as much as I do.
We had so many great memories in this backyard.  I can still remember so vividly the laughter and energy my children had whenever we  played outside.
I planted so many  flowers and vegetable in here over the years.  I actually got some if it and transfered it to our new home.
According to our  agent, the new owner  love the cement patio set.
We put  so much work in making this  house  comfortable and presentab;e.
As you can see in the pfirst photo, the look of this house is old and dingy.  We completely change it by building a new and bigger porch.  It cost us $22,000 to have one built.  Home renovations here in the area is  very expensive.  That's ne reason why we were not able to  upgrade the kitchen in this home because  the contractor wanted 40 thousand for it.  I told my husband to just forget it lol.
My husband orginally thought of listing this house  the price that we paid for when we orginally bought it but I objected because I thought we put in around 40 thousand on it and I didn't want to underprice it.  So the agent came and assessed its value and thank goodness, it was way higher than I anticipated.  
My husband really want to get rid of the second mortgage that's he wanted it to be listed lower but we agreed  to list it  a little higher and see what happened from there.
After just 18 days  of listing it, we  received an offer and we accepted it.  The buyer wanted us to do so many things but we declined some of it because the house the house is in great condition and we left them a complete kitchen appliances.
We officially closed on it  on October 4th and it was bitter sweet handing out the keys to our first home that we love and became a big part of our family.  My son is heartbroken because he loved this house.
We planted the tree in the front with the help of our daughter so this cherry tree is as almost as old as our daughter.
Saying goodby to our first home in Park Avenue is  hard but we had to.  It only have 2 bedrooms and with two children, it wasn't big enough to accomade us all.  It has been 3 months since we moved to our new home and my son is starting to like it.  he great thing is, we still live in the same neighborhood so the neughbors that we call our family is still near  from us.  I hope that this new home will be our last home because I  don't want to move again.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Back-to-School Voxbox from Influenster

I am glad  that I was included on the Influenster's Back-to-School Voxbox,.  This is actually my first voxbox so I'm Quite excited.  Inside the box includes, 2 Pilot G2 pens, compostable pods coffee, Tide Purclean, Flossers and plackers,  Country Crock Buttery Spread coupon, and Land O' Frost Deli Snackers coupon.  These are  perfect essentials for back-to-school.  I haven't tried the coffee and I can't find Land O'Frost  item in our local stores.
We all loved the cookies I made last year using the country crock recipe so I just recreated the same recipe this time.  They were  delicious, perfect for  snacks after school with my two kids.  I don't know if it's just  my kids but every time, they come back home from school, they are starving!  So I am always ready for snacks on weekdays.  
I'm happy that they included plackers and  flossers in their voxbox because that is what we always buy for our kids to  regularly gloss their teeth at night time before going to bed.  It's one of those routines that we established at their young age.  I didn't  exercised  good dental hygiene when I was a kid  so I don't want my kids to  develop the same habit.  I don't them  ending up like me who lost adult teeth at a young age.  Wearing partial is not ideal.
I have never tried using the Purclean Tide so the Voxbox gave me that opportunity.  I used it to clean my son's football uniforms. If you have  a football athlete at your home, you know how  stinky and dirty their uniform can get especially when it is raining.  I actually do laundry  daily now during the weekdays because my son's practice  is on a daily basis and they only have one uniform for practices.  It cleaned really well and I think I will buy this  kind  soon.  Too bad, we don't have a Target nearby, I can't use the coupon they sent me.  
Making a list of things to do everyday is very important for me because if I don't have it, I end up  not accomplishing  the things I need to do for the day.  The list is my guide  to have a productive day everyday.  I love these G2  pilot pens especially the blue because it is  one of my favorite colors for pen.  This would be awesome to use too when sending the  greeting cards this Christmas, I can't wait!
I received these products for free for testing purposes in collaboration with Inflenster. All Opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2nd Scrimmage Football Game

On August 24th, the Jr. Dons team had their 2nd scrimmage.  They played against the team from   Parkersburg WV.  This team was  way different than the first team they played against.  They were very  respectful  and fun to play with.  The Jr. Dons lost again but  they are getting better.  They played better than the first scrimmage that they had against Steubenville team.  
Football is very big here so I guess, it is  always  every father's dream for their sons to play football.  ?That's the way it is for my husband.  He is always excited for  our son's game.  I guess, it is kind of living his dream through EJ since he never got the chance to play when he was younger.  
Even my daughter is  excited that his brother is playing.  I guess, I am the one who  is still apprehensive about him playing because I am always scared that he is going to get hurt.
They wore their  other uniform which has their numbers.  My son's number is 33.
We are still wondering if he could really see what's going on in the game because he doesn't have his eyeglasses on.  So this weekend, we talked to him sincerely and asked him if he needs a sports google  for him to see better and he said yes.  So we ordered him one but he won't be getting it until the  the  second week of this month.
He is not crazy about the daily practice but he really love football.  The coaches told us parents that they might not be able to win this whole season just because his team are a bunch of kids who just started playing this year.  The teams that they have been playing against have been playing for  few  years already.  But the good thing is that, they would be able to have the experience and see how it feels out there in the field against other teams.
Jr. Dons need to be a little aggressive, right now, they are so gentle when they play.
So other teams are just crushing them but it is okay, it is a learning experience.
It is really fun to watch  these kids play.
Pizza was served after the game.  It is nice that  parents are so involved in this.  We even have  schedule of volunteers to do specific things during the game.
My duty is to wash his uniform everyday because if you don't, it would certainly stink.
The next game was held in Steubenville.  I will post about it next time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

First Tennis Match

On May 15th, we went to Wheeling Park for the kids to attend the first tennis  match after  attending two practices only.  It's been raining since they started   tennis in Spring so  the practices have been cancelled a couple of times.  To go to this match is crazy because they didn't know much yet but we went anyway just so our daughter can experience how it is to play in a match.  She was so nervous.  
 It's 45 minutes drive fom our place to Wheeling park so we left early.  This was our first time going to the said place so we relied on oir GPS.
 EJ wasn't worried because he ain't officially  refistered to  play in matches.
 There are so many neat things to see down there in Wheeling.
 I would love to stop by there one dayy and ex[plore the place.
 We arrived there early.  It was cold  that day and we were not dressed for it.  It was even colder because the matches was in Hilltop courts where it is elevated.
 It's a beautiful  state park though.  There's golf course, water park, and the view is beautiful.
 We were the very first ones to arrived there so the kids got to practice a little.
 When the  coaches arrived, they were surprised we were there.  They  probably didn't expect us to come since the kids were newbies and they  haven't learn so much but they were happy that we came.
 They asked us if we would love for EJ to play with Rylie against  the team of beginners from Wheeling team.  We said yes but our son wasn't  up for it, he played anyway.
 Their oppornents obviously knows the rules to the game so they had an advantage over them.  Although our kids  tasted defeat on their first match,, it was understandabe because they  only attended two practices so you can't really learn that much from it.
 The good thing about it is, they have earned the rules there so they have the idea nw how to play the game.
They were bummed out after the match but it  gave them more motivation to keep practicing and learn more about tennis.  They said that the next time they compete, they will be better and they were right, they didn't lose on the last match that they  have attended last June 5th at Wheeling Bubble Tennis Court .  They have improved so much since their first  match.  

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