A Sunday in August.
This afternoon we looked at a house for sale. We really liked it, except that it has a tiny backyard.
We need to move. Our current house is just not cutting it, we’re tripping over each other. If we’re going to homeschool successfully we need to have a little space to spread out and do work. No matter how much I try to organize it’s impractical to live in this cramped space 24/7. It’s not like we’re all away at school and work during the day. Especially since we want to have more kids, we will need more space for sure.
We can’t afford a farm with acreage and a nice house. Don’t think we want to go the route of trailer, because then we’d be stuck there and never be able to save up to build the house we would want/need for a big family. We can’t find much to rent with our dogs, cats, and chickens.
I’m not sure what to do. I guess that’s why casually looking is a good thing. We can wait for something good to come along and for things to fall into place.
I have my eye on an old school house built in the 1920’s. It’s got two floors and a basement. It’s a huge red brick building. I think it would be kind of awesome to live in it. It’s on five acres of land too!
There are a lot of considerations though–asbestos, lead paint, wiring, sewage…this all basically translates into $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Tyler is going to call the mortgage broker tomorrow to see what amount we’d be approved for once he’s hired on.
Did I mention Tyler got his hire on papers for Toyota last week?? He turned in his application and now he just has to go through the drug testing (hair and urine both), physical, an interview, and get background checks done. All of that can take 4-6 weeks by the time they do all the paperwork and everything. They are notoriously slow.
After he’s hired on we get way better insurance and he gets a $2 an hour raise every six months until he maxes out around three years from now.
Anyway, after looking at that house for sale we did some of this:
We had supper at my in-laws’ house tonight.
Rather than buying the stupidly expensive battery and charger for this old power wheels thing we decided to come up with a free way to use it.
The girls have been pushing each other on it, which is hysterical because Ada can push Rosie down the sidewalk.
My father in law tied it to his old lawnmower tonight. (Obviously the blade wasn’t on.) It went so slow, but the girls thought it was unbelievably fun.
I think they would have ridden around the yard for hours.
Tyler had fun driving them too, once Papa got tired of it.
We’re starting back to school tomorrow.
Rosie is doing Year 1, or first grade. We’re doing Charlotte Mason style homeschooling this year again. I love it.
I want to write more about our school plans and goals for this up coming year soon, but right now it’s 1 in the morning and I’m so tired I think my eyeballs are melting…