Sunday, April 29, 2018

How To Avoid A Panic Attack (7yr 7mo!)

CET are 91 months old and still can't smile naturally for the cameras, ha!
How to avoid a panic attack?
Step 1. Do not sell and buy a house simultaneously.
The end.

You would think being pregnant and then raising baby triplets would be one of the most stressful things I've ever dealt with. That is not the case. I knew it would be stressful and very difficult to pull off, seeing as how insane the real estate market in Portland is but I just didn't know how bad it would actually be.

A little less than a year ago we got the notion to sell our place and get a much needed bigger home. We contemplated moving to a near by city were home prices are much cheaper and where they also have a Spanish Immersion elementary school for the kids. The commute to work would still be around 30 min via light rail or bike. However after talking to the school we found out that it would be too difficult to get all three boys transferred (triplet problems yet again). We lamented on how much easier our lives would be if we just didn't care about our children, hahaha! We are very adamant about keeping them in the highly sought after language immersion program at least until middle school. So we'd have to shell out the bigger bucks to stay in our neighborhood. The homes in our hood are flying off the shelves with multiple offers each. We figured selling would be easy but buying would not. That was an understatement for both!

Our strategy was to buy first and then sell. The home selection was meager at best so when one less than perfect house popped up we made an offer $20k over asking. It was a great house but the kitchen would need to be remodeled ASAP. Well we were not the only ones that liked it because there was a total of 9 offers made. Let me spell it out, N.I.N.E.! Two were cash offers, needless to say, after many stomach churning hours we found out that we did not get this one. Literally a day after we were rejected on this house another one popped up in an even better location and an even better layout. There was a mistake on the listing that showed the house as being much smaller than it actually was (I almost dismissed the house because of this). We went to see the house the same day it came out and made an offer the next day, $20K over asking. But the seller wasn't dumb to just run with our "great offer" (the house was very under priced). They wanted to wait another two days to review more than one offer. We thought, "oh good at least it won't go over the weekend and pick up steam." Well Friday came and there were already 4 other offers on the table. We decided to go big or go home. We offered $51K over asking price. After several stomach churning hours our offer was accepted! And we beat out a cash offer! Take that stupid cash offers, ruining it for everybody else!

Then it sank in, OMG we HAVE to sell our house fast! Because well, two house payments would not have been fun. We put our house on the market just a few days after our offer was accepted and the response was overwhelming. Over 30 groups of people with their agents came to see our house over two and a half days following the listing day (mid week too!). By Friday we got three great offers well over asking price. Now we wait...ugh so much stomach churning anticipation! A week until the inspection happens (no knowing what will come up with a 116 year old house!). The day comes and goes and no resolution still, the guy wants to call in every contractor known to man! Roof, foundation, furnace, arborist, radon, geez! Finally the last couple of hours of the allowed inspection period we finally got the repairs addendum. It was not pretty, it scared the crap out of us until our agent talked to their agent and said it was "their pie in the sky list." We met half way and finally some closure, not that it's final closure yet. Now we wait some more to close....

I was seriously having to stave off panic attacks, luckily enough I was able to talk myself out of all of them and keep them under control but man it felt awful! I've never experienced anything like this before in my life. About a week ago we smoothly closed on both houses. The panic attacks subsided in that instance. I will never attempt this again, never again in my life time!!! Never again, never the fun begins, packing up 11 years of our lives will need it's own blog post, ha!
Mr T looking as handsome and dashing as ever!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

7.5! (CA Trip)

CET finally seven and a half!
This time around California was a whole lot greener.
Spring Break, woohoo!
Dude fishing trip was a success!
The guys bonded while Tia J and I got Chinese massages and ate dim sum, ha!
Mama Elda and her grand babies!
We celebrated papa Ed and mama Sue's 50th Anniversary!!!
A rare family picture!
(at memorial, uncle Chance gave the talk but it was in Chinese, hehe!)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

7 yrs & 5 mo!

On the boys mirthday I happily announced "boys you're finally seven and a half!" They've been asking if they were 7.5 already since the day they turned 7. A few seconds later I realized I mis-calculated and had to burst their bubble, ha!
CET are 7 years and 5 month old!
They looked so dapper in these hats that I didn't buy : )
Beauty rest
Caleb's hair cracks me up in this pic!
The secret lives of 7 year old triplets!
The boys started their second year of basketball.
They have really improved since last year.
Eli scored 7 shots in one of their games! He was SO proud.
 More points than any one player on either team!
Pizza after the game with their fans : )
Yellow Submarine!!!
Octopus' are kind of my obsession lately : )
A day at the Oregon coast with these Goonies!
This video is too funny! I posted it to Instagram and it got a lot of laughs. Poor Eli is trying to bust
some moves and Caleb comes in and steals his thunder, twice!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Freaky Mirrored Cavities (7yr 4mo old!)

CET are 7 years and 4 months old TODAY!
These mirthday pics are a bit of a curse now because I just can't stop taking them!
88 so far. When will I stop? Nobody knows!
Thomas won a prize at school : )
Friends since preschool!
Freaky Mirrored Cavities (read below), ha!
When I was pregnant I had read about mirrored twins and thought "cool I hope mine are mirrored too!" And if anyone doesn't know what mirrored twins are, Wikipedia says they are "identical (mono-zygotic) twins who have reverse asymmetric features." For example one would be right handed while the other would be left handed. Well when they were born I could exactly tell which hand they preferred. They did however have one very distinct difference that made me think aha! they just might be mirrored. Caleb and Thomas had cowlicks on opposite sides of their heads. But then Eli had two, what the heck!? When they started getting teeth Caleb got them on one side and the other two got them on the opposite side although I don't think it was for each tooth so this added to the confusion. Fast forward to when they started drawing, ALL RIGHT HANDED! That crushed my mirrored twin hopes, ha! 

What's freaky is that a couple months ago, I take them in to a dental check up and they all have one cavity each. Eli and Thomas on one side and Caleb on the opposite side....on the SAME EXACT TOOTH!!! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

7 Yrs 3 Mo & Backpacking

CET are 7 years and 3 months old!
I told them to hug each other, ha!
In September we took the boys on their very first backpacking trip! Phil and I used to backpack before the kids were born. We would fill up our packs and hike 5-6 miles in to some beautiful lakes. We'd fish and catch dinner, although we always brought plenty to eat. In some ways I actually liked backpacking better over car camping because there is so little to pack and after you get home their is very little to clean up. We finally thought the boys could handle a small backpacking trip. We recruited extra adult helpers just in case. The boys carried all their clothes, walkie talkies, water and snacks, so their packs weighed less than 5 lbs ea. Phil and I each had our packs as heavy as was comfortable. In addition Phil packed a third pack with what we couldn't fit in ours The idea was that someone would go back for it once we all got there. The long and arduous hike was all of 1.2 miles in, hahaha! We were quite skeptical of the boys so we didn't want to get into something we couldn't finish. But the boys did great and blazed down the trail and when we arrived they said "was that all?" We had explained many times that no matter what they HAD to carry their own packs so they must have thought it was going to be much harder than it ended up being. Since they did so well going in we filled their packs twice as heavy and we only had to do one trip out. Now that we know what we're capable of,  next year, as the boys like to say, "we'll take it up to the next level!"

Our crew was so fun!
This huge rubble of giant rocks kept the boys busy almost the entire time.
They loved climbing these and making little rock forts out of the smaller rocks.
There was a beautiful and very shallow lake here. If it had been warmer it would have been so fun to swim in it. Phil hooked a pretty large fish in the first few minutes of fishing but didn't land it, then nothing after that. Not even one bite! So no fresh fish for dinner but our dehydrated foods were pretty tasty, ha!
Caleb on the hike out.
Such a pretty place!
Not from our backpacking trip but I never posted when Eli's dream came true.
He's always wanted to go on a boat ride. It was so cute how excited he was!
At Phil's company picnic they had kayaks to borrow so Eli got to fulfill his dream twice within a couple weeks of each other (this is Caleb in the picture though). 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Bathroom Remodel & A Special Visitor!

If you like HGTV as much as I do I then you'll like this post! So when we moved into our house 11 or so years ago we always planned to remodel our bathroom because it was plain old HIDEOUS. It was probably last updated in the 80's with the cheapest of materials. The worst part was the awful wood paneling that made it look like a knockoff Swedish sauna. It was so ugly that I never put any effort into decorating because of what we always said "we'll remodel soon."  Unfortunately there were more pressing issues that came up that kept preventing us from doing it. Painting the exterior, insulating the walls, re-roofing the garage, TRIPLETS, money, addition of half a bathroom, and then a kitchen remodel. FINALLY after all these years it happened. Finally....

Since I never specifically took pics of our bathroom you'll get to take a
little walk down memory you can see the wooden walls and the tri-fold vanity.
The hideous laminate counter-top which would actually
get stained with blue toothpaste that the kids left on it.
Vinyl flooring that "looks" like tile.
Yeah you aren't fooling anyone!
Plastic tub with matching plastic walls.
Oh I bet you're jealous now!
You can't see it but the bathtub floor was permanently stained or discolored or something.
It always looked dirty even after cleaning it. 
We originally thought we'd gut the bathroom down to the walls but we decided
to see what it would look like if we just painted. It didn't look too bad
so we went with it! It saved us a TON of work too! I must add, we bought a paint sprayer for this project and it's amazing, painting is soooo much faster now.
It's totally worth it if you are a do-it-your-selfer like us! All those years painting by hand, ugh!
Layers upon layers of vinyl flooring! 4 layers to be exact, why why why why?!
Why would you do that!? And do you know that you can't throw this away in the regular trash.
You have to haul it to a special place where they test it for hazardous chemicals. Then if
it's contaminated you have to pay extra to get rid of it (insert red angry face)!
Ta da!
Our house if over 115 years old and has a craftsman/cottage look, so we tried to have the bathroom match that style. We picked a traditional octagonal floor tile. We also painted
the ceiling gray to balance out the white walls.  
Phil built this mirror from salvaged old barn wood,
I really love it and think it adds character and color. 
A salvaged wood shelf  with one of Phil's paintings
and some antiques we've collected over the years. 
Classic white subway tile with dark grout because who wants to worry about stained grout!
I also really wanted a shower head with a handle because the infrequent times that I actually do scrub the walls I'm always like "how do I rinse this now?!" I would always end up splashing water at it with a cup and getting the floor and myself soaked, ha!
Shower nook!
As Phil will attest, this was one of the most challenging parts of this remodel.
But he just had to have his challenge, haha!
Everyone always loves the boys matching robes : )
Matching school house lights
(Very affordable from Wayfair, we shopped around). 
Solid wood vanity with quartz countertop and undermount sink.
We got it from a place we recently discovered.
I was very impressed by the quality and price (compared to what HD or Lowes offered).
Check out Wayfair if you are needing lighting or a vanity soon.
I still need to decorate the window sill with something, looks too empty right?
Last week mama Elda came to visit!
The boys were so excited for her arrival : )
E & T with mama E
P & C
Farewell Ikea breakfast (it's conveniently right next to the airport), it went too fast!