Based on the copious number of faux pumpkins on my porch, it is already October...and nearing the end of it. I'm happy to report that Augusta decided that *perhaps* fall has come to stay. Well, until next month when we are hit with "winter" (I use the term loosely - in the Southern vernacular this indicates highs in the 60s or 70s). Our cooler evenings have me flipping on our hysterical, yet much appreciated gas log (Zella refers to this as "hot hot.") I am already well on my way toward gaining the requisite "Fall Fifteen" that occurs sometime between mid-October and Thanksgiving. Visions of pumpkin bread and spiced apple cider dance in my head. Reese's pumpkins line the secret candy stash. And just this morning we were "Booed!" by gracious neighbors with a bucket of Halloween treats. ... [Read More]
Masters Prep: a Checklist
A Bit of Background on Augusta...and the Masters Tournament I'm thinking the vast majority of you have no idea what I am saying when I talk about "Masters Prep." In Augusta, Georgia the first week of April is sacred. This is the one time out of the year when most of the city drops everything and celebrates the Masters Tournament. (Golf. The Masters is a golf tournament.) Like many families in the area, we rent out our home for the tournament each year. And we spend much of the prior 51 weeks trying to prepare. You see the Masters brings in guests who are slightly...high maintenance. There are celebrities, golf professionals, and huge companies all looking for spectacular and pristine accommodations. Masters guests, especially corporations, have high standards and have been ... [Read More]
The Moving Process…Dragging On…And On…And On.
We are happy to be back in Augusta, and this time in a home that we own and truly love! The family is still living out of boxes. I would say we have probably opened a little over half of them, perhaps more. I'm trying to work on one room at a time to keep myself motivated to continue. I like to see the completion of something versus only skimming the surface of the entire house...if that makes any sense. Of course with home ownership comes some craziness, which we knew to expect (this is coming from the person who, on her 30th birthday, purchased a brand new HVAC for $3,500 for the townhome we sold two weeks later - yeah). Roughly 4 days after moving into our home, the termite guy was checking out the crawl space in order to set up a termite bond for us. ... [Read More]
Our Offer Has Been Accepted!!
After what seemed like an eternity (but in fact was actually only about 48 hours, tops), our offer on a gorgeously designed custom home in Augusta has been accepted by the sellers! Praise the Lord! We are so thankful to everyone who has helped us out along the way. Our parents, families, and friends have been awesome, doing everything from scouting locations to giving real estate advice to keeping our crazy children at a moment's notice. THANK YOU! Here are a few pictures of the new place...now all we need are some visitors :-D Front of Home Kitchen Outdoor Kitchen Backyard and Playset ... [Read More]