Hi there! Happy Wednesday to you! We’ve finally approached the middle of the week. It’s really a crummy day outside today. It was pouring off and on while I was driving into work today. That makes for the worst driving conditions. I don’t know why people think if they instantly slow down to 25 mph on the turnpike that the rain will magically stop?! I don’t get it. Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that you should completely stop driving. All it means is that you need to be cautious and still keep up with the lines of traffic. Ugh. I hate driving in rain!
Anyway, last night Mike and I decided to make a pizza for dinner. This time we used Pillsbury’s Thin Pizza Crust Dough.
For a while we have been using the classic pizza dough but we wanted to switch it up and bit and try something different. We used my favorite pizza sauce and the only red sauce at the moment that doesn’t destroy my stomach, which is Classico Pizza Sauce.
If you look at the ingredients on this bottle it says this: Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes in Tomato Juice, Sugar, Olive Oil, Salt, Spices, Granulated Garlic. So you can see there aren’t any artificial ingredients or any other type of additive. I believe that is why my stomach is alright from it. So if you have problems with tolerating red sauces, you should definitely try this one! I haven’t used it for just pizza either, I’ve put it on pasta. It’s a versatile sauce.
We also tried new french fries from Ore-Ida. It’s Ore-Ida Golden Thick Cut Potatoes Grillers.
We didn’t grill them but we baked them. I think text time I will grill them because it says it only takes 15 minutes and I’m interested in trying it out on the grill!
Let’s shift gears right now from talking about food to talking about housing. I had mentioned numerous times in the past few weeks that I was going to to give an update on our housing situation and then I never did. I wanted to make sure that Mike and I were 100% sure with our decision before sharing our plans. We have officially come up with a plan and made a decision so I am happy to share now.
We both thought for sure at this point in our lives that we would be buying a house this summer. We did a ton of research and we took a first-time home buyer’s class which I completely recommend if you know nothing about buying a house. It really did educate us and answered a ton of questions. They provided a lot of materials for us to take with us and it was just really good experience. Yes, the class was long and sometimes boring at times but we both agreed that it was a smart decision to educate ourselves since buying a home is a huge decision and one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life.
We found a real estate agent that we liked and we looked at a ton of homes in our price range. We do have a limited budget which in the area we are wanting to live is limiting us. We ventured looking into places that we didn’t, 100% want to live to open our eyes and see if there was anything that we liked. We couldn’t find anything. We did see one home that we liked but they were asking entirely too much. They were upside on their mortgage and the house needed a ton of work. We just didn’t have the finances to do something like that right now.
We also have some requirements that we didn’t want to settle on. We wanted at least 3 bedrooms. We know that we want to have children soon and we know that want more than one. So if we bought a 2 bedroom house, we saw it as a waste. We were going to have to have the children share a bedroom until we could afford to sell or sell the house and rush to find something else bigger. We didn’t want to put ourselves in that type of situation. Mike also was very adamant about wanting a driveway or a garage. I have no issues with that. I know he loves to wash our cars so he would be lost without a place to do so.
We ultimately wanted to buy a single home but all of the single homes in our price range were in bad shape and had oil heat. We didn’t want to venture into the world of oil heat either. It was a very frustrating and sad process to both of us. We were so optimistic about finding that first home and we really wanted it by this summer. I’m also looking to make some career changes and that doesn’t sit well with a mortgage company.
So the both of us did a lot of soul-searching and decided that rather than settle and get into a home that we both didn’t love or that needed a lot of work, that we would save money, and I would do my career thing and we will rent in the same place that we have been renting in for the past three years and then look next fall/spring. Yes, we have issues with the people above us but we are not going to allow them to dictate our lives. We both love the inside of the place that we are renting from and feel comfortable there and don’t want to spend the money to pack up and move only to rent another year. So this is the best decision for us right now. Am I sad and upset? Of course but I also don’t want to settle. I don’t think we should do that. We deserve more.
I do have certain things that I want in a dream home. I’m always curious to hear what other people want for their dream home too. Here are some things that I would love in a dream home. Now I’m talking about a dream home that we could realistically afford to buy not ultimate dream home that I could probably never afford.
Here are the items:
- At least 3 bedrooms if not 4
- 2.5 bathrooms
- A huge kitchen with an island and stainless steel appliances with granite or imitation granite counter tops
- Hardwood floors
- Open floor plan (you can look down from the upstairs and see the living room/family room)
- Driveway & Garage
- Big fenced in backyard that is big enough to plant a vegetable garden
- Finished basement to make into a movie theater/bar/kids playroom
- Huge master bathroom with a jacuzzi soaking tub
So those are some items that I would like to have in a home. Oh, and I would also really like it if we could afford a single home and not a townhome. I prefer to have great distance between us and neighbors. I like my privacy. What about you? What are some things that you want in a future home?
Alright, well have a great Wednesday!