Heyyyy. Leave it to me to have a big reveal and then go radio silent for well, over a month. Whoa. I could say it’s because we’ve been busy getting house projects done and I have a bajillion awesome reveals for ya’ll, but of course, that’s not true. At all. In fact, you could reasonably say it’s nearly the opposite. Never fear, I’ll still update ya’ll on what’s been happening at our little casa.
Yup, you read that right. Mid-October we had a few sneaky little mice make their way into our house. Corey and I are both huge chickens when it comes to that kind of thing, so after the second one appeared, we decided to contact an exterminator for our own peace of mind. The local guy who came was really nice, said it didn’t look like we really had much of a mice problem… and then dropped the bomb of the problem we do have. Yay, us.
Thankfully, most companies offer free inspections and quotes when it comes to termites. I set up three, one with Terminix, one with Orkin, and one with Buckeye Exterminator, which is the same local company that told us about them to begin with. Guys, this experience completely affirmed what people always say about getting multiple quotes and seeing who you fit best with. Each experience with each company was completely different. Not only in terms of the people I dealt with, but the quotes too. The cheapest and most expensive were nearly $800 different, and the middle one fell in between. That’s a big chunk of change.
After talking with one of the representatives that was super helpful, we decided to wait until winter is over before we spend the moola to exterminate the termites. Sound crazy? Well, here’s our whys:
- This is our first winter in our home. When we moved in last March, we did experience a few days of snow and some colder temperatures, but it wasn’t a full blown winter. We don’t know if there will be any needed home repairs that will show their ugly heads while the season wears on, and things like heat and not frozen pipes are, in our opinion, more pressing than getting rid of termites.
- Termites eat 2-3 feet of wood over the course of an entire year on average. Waiting a few more months shouldn’t do that much more damage, and will allow us to hopefully cushion our pocketbooks a bit more so that we aren’t pinching pennies now.
- Christmas. Mainly, I just didn’t want to feel like my Christmas present was getting rid of the termites in our home. Instead, maybe it can be my birthday present, ha!
Of course, it’s not something we can put off forever. Eventually that 2-3 feet would really add up, and I’m sure the sooner we get it taken care of the better. I’ll surely post here once we bite the bullet and get it done, sharing all of the ins and outs of this fun little adventure! ;}
- Playhouse progress.
We still have a long way to go before the playhouse will be considered done, and I don’t think we will be doing any more to it before winter, despite our hope to have it done by the time snow was falling. However, it’s further along than it was last time I reported here!
Fun fact: the hand and foot grips for the rock wall were my husband’s anniversary present… that I bought with a gift card I had left over from Christmas. Gifts for alllllll the family, ha!
Also, in case you’re curious about the plans we are basing our design on, you can find them here.
- Time to kick debt’s butt.
If you’ve been following along since the beginning, you know that part of our motivation for making this crazy move into our fixer upper was to get in a better financial situation. Overall, I think that’s happened, but it’s been a challenge in some areas too, because while our expenses did decrease significantly, so did my income once I became a full SAHM.
One thing we’ve quickly realized is that we have an overwhelming amount of pretty useless debt. Without getting into too many details, we have a decent chunk of credit card debt we are still plugging away at, and a ridiculous amount of student loans, especially when you consider that Corey’s job doesn’t require a degree (and he doesn’t actually have one, too) and that I don’t use mine. Yay, good choices!
Y’all may have already heard of Alex and Cassie Michael, The Thrifty Couple (they blog over at www.thethriftycouple.com), but whether you have or haven’t, I can’t recommend their book The 2% Rule to Get Debt Free Fast enough (I linked to Amazon, where at the time I am writing this it is over 40% off!). I impulsively pre-ordered it as soon as I heard about it, and have been pouring over it since it arrived. We have some major plans in the works to finally make some much needed changes. I will be creating a blog post with more details on all that entails later, but I had to mention it now, because seriously, buy this book!
- Art Classes, Co-op, Homeschool, oh my!
I know, I know, I’m cheesy. BUT a lot is going on in my little homeschool world.
Downtown we have a little art boutique called Just Be Original Fine Arts Academy that does group classes, private lessons, and sells art. I’ve taken a few group classes there- the “H” in our playroom was made at a toddler class I took Zippy too, and I’ve done a couple paintings. Every month they release the offerings for the month, and I’m always anxious to see if there’s anything my children could do. I also was spending a lot of time comparing homeschool art programs on line, trying to figure out what to get to fulfill T’s art education.
One day, it clicked. Why not see if they would be interested in holding art classes? I have a decent sized homeschool community, and I was sure that I wouldn’t be the only one interested. So, I talked to the owner of the shop, brainstormed ideas, and in October the first homeschool art classes were held. They were pretty big hits! My kids love them, and I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews from others too. Moral of the story: if you want something, go for it- make it happen!
Another exciting thing that a friend and I have in the works is a local homeschool cooperative! While our town is decent sized and supports a fairly large homeschool community, there isn’t a homeschool co-op. Most people who are part of one and live here travel 30 minutes away to one of two different co-ops that exist in much smaller neighboring towns. For years people have been talking about how we need a co-op, and finally, my friend Catherine and I decided to stop talking and just do it! We are in the beginning stages, but are starting our first classes in January and I’m so excited to see how this grows. It’ll surely be a lot of fun!
I’m sure I could go on and on and have many more updates, but I think that’s enough for now. Plus, I’m writing this on Thanksgiving, although I’ll probably wait to post it until Black Friday, if not later. I’m quickly running out of time to get the cooking and make it to dinner on time! Eek! Time to wrap it up and save edits and all that jazz for a later time.
P.S. Obviously didn’t get to posting this on Black Friday, or Small Business Saturday… Sunday Funday maybe? ;} But, I was using my time wisely and decorating for CHRISTMAS! I’m one of those anti decorating before Thanksgiving people, but the second it’s over, I’m like oooooooooo Christmas! Fun times, fun times.
What about you? What’s going on in your life? Any big updates? Exciting things happening for the holidays? Have you decorated for Christmas yet? I’d love to hear about it!