Friday, March 20, 2015

Our House, and I Learned Something

A lot of people have asked for pictures of our home in St. Louis, so they will be placed here.  Let me share the story with you of how we were blessed to find this home.  Friday the 13, March, 2015, I did not have school, so Emily and I decided to go to St. Louis and find a home for us since we are moving there in a couple of months.  A HUGE thanks to Caitlin for watching our 6 little rugrats for the weekend (that is no easy task let me assure you).  Em and I went down and we just knew we were going to find our house.  Well, Friday the 13th stayed true to its name and was just evil to us, rained all day, and didn't give us any real options (I think we looked at about 7-8 houses that day).  There was one, but I am pretty sure that the oven door wouldn't open because it would have hit the fridge if there was a fridge there, but the rest of the house was nice, even the graffiti on the basement walls was tastefully placed!  We were pretty certain Friday night that it just wasn't going to happen, we weren't going to find our house, and then we would have no clue what to do.  So, we went to bed very discouraged, and woke to see that our options were running very slim, like 2 more houses to look at, that weren't the best, but we were going to look at them anyway.

Our suspicions were right, none of the houses told us to buy them.  While we were driving between houses, our realtor called someone that she was in the process of getting paperwork ready to list their property in April.  She told the lady our price point, and the lady said that they would definitely consider it, so the lady said that we could come and look but not until 12:30 because she wanted to clean it up first, that was fine with us because we were out of options at this point and we were very hopeful for one last home to look at.  Well, long story short, this was it!  We found our home, unlisted, under contract that day because our realtor was their realtor and was on the phone with them the whole time agreeing to whatever we were asking of them.  For us, it was a miracle.  So, now come May 4, 2015, we will be homeowners again, and you are all welcome to come and party it up in the Hutchings' Cabana. Just check out the pics:

13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Front
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Pool, yes, we have a pool
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
The gathering area, with exterior fireplace
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Study Fireplace
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Family Room, and Dining area
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Dining area and Kitchen
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Exercise Room complete with bar, will be the brothers room with no bar and neutral carpet
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Master
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
Bathroom #1 (yes there are more than 1!) with counter space!
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
This will be the guest "nook"
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
The bar/grill area (yes, that is a grill in the basement)
13 Hillcrest Boulevard, Ballwin MO
The basement fireplace, with built in semi circle couch, great for "world cafe's"

I learned something this week.  I learned that trying to take care of 6 kids ages 2-8 is a very difficult thing.  Props to my wife!  She has had a tooth bothering her, and it needed a root canal.  So, she did the sensible thing and flew to Idaho Falls to get it taken care of.  HUGE thanks to Uncle Dave for taking care of said root canal.  Makes me realize that when I am an actual dentist, I need to really help family out.  Anyway, so as she was in Idaho, Dad was here with all the kids wondering how in the world she does this day in and day out.  Then I realized something.  As little as I do around here, because of school, the little bit that I do do is a huge help.  Even if it is for just a couple hours a day.  It is a much needed break for Emily to mentally escape for a couple of hours without the kids hanging on her every minute of every day, that is enough to drive anybody CRAZY!!!  I love my kids, and I would do anything for them, but boy am I glad that Emily is home now!
The TERRORS!!!