Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Updates, Updates, and yes... More Updates!

Yada Yada Yada I know I know I'm a terrible excuse for a blogger! But hey! Twice in one day!! I've gotta get some points for that.... Right

I'm sure you have all been squirming in those chairs of yours just wondering what they heck has been going in the lives of the McRae family! Kalia must be getting so big and growing so fast!! .... or at least thats what I like to tell myself. (it helps me sleep at night) 

SOOO much has happened since my last update, so hopefully this post will satisfy your McRae craving ;) 

Kalia eats! She sits! She laughs on camera! 

First things first. Kalia Eats!!! (and loves it too!)
Our little string bean was introduced to green beans the beginning of this month. Next to the occasional bite of apple sauce and the whole strawberry her dad let her suck on, this was her first experience with food. 
She ADORES green beans, we couldn't get the spoon in her mouth fast enough! A day or so later after she finished off that jar of baby food, we introduced our little girl to carrots. 

She loved them as well, just not quite as much as the green beans. Same story we couldnt get them in her mouth fast enough. Eventually our little love decided to take matters into her own tiny hands... literally...

yes there are carrots in her hair, eyebrows, and nose... 

On to the next blog worthy update. Kalia Sits!!! 
She is still quite wobbly but she has all the strength, she just lacks a bit in the balance department. But we are working on it and before you know it she'll be a sitting pro

How could you not love this beautiful little face? 

Lastly of the blog worthy updates (and my favorite by far) Kalia Laughs on Camera!!! 

A couple of weeks ago Bren was playing with Kalia before bed, he let out a sneeze and our little princess cracked up. So Bren decided to keep sneezing and this was the result <3 

Precious isn't she? 

That's everything I can think of now (and perfect timing as the little sleeping beauty just woke up from a nap). But I will honestly try harder to blog better. 

Hope I was able to keep you interested, and if you made it through the post... you rock!

A waay over due post!

Lets face it, I'm just not the blogger I wish I was... But I'm working on it!!! 

This post should have been done a LONG time ago... Like back when Bren and I closed on and moved into our home! 
Being a homeowner is a wonderful thing! But the home buying process is much longer, much harder and a more tedious process than I ever would have imagined! And there are two people who made it possible for us (which i have been meaning to blog about for a while).

Who would have thought there would be so much to buying a home?! Honestly! I always thought it would be like the movies or those cute realty commercials where you find the home you love and they hand over the keys. Boy was I wrong!! 
First you have to set a price range that you have to stay within and get pre-qualified for a loan. Next you have to find a realtor, then comes the fun part, the shopping around and looking at homes. After you find the home you want to live in, you have to place an offer and hope that yours is accepted. Once your offer is accepted comes the funding.... and on and on and on!!!!

I have no idea how Bren found our amazing realtor Jerome, but I'm sure happy he did! Now talk about a guy who really earned his pay check!! Jerome was the nicest guy ever and had the patience of a saint! Seriously though! We placed 5 offers on 5 different houses!!! He was so easy to work with and truly cares about his clients, their best interests and finding the right home in the right price range for them. If anyone is in the market for a realtor in Utah give Jerome a call, he wont let you down I promise! 

The next person who truly helped make our dream of owning our own home a reality was our loan officer. Bren and I had a disaster of an experience with our previous bank. I wont name names because they truly are a wonderful bank and the loan officer was a very nice guy but he had poor communication skills and was not as efficient as we would have liked him to be. 

Remember when i said we but 5 offers on 5 different homes? Well the second offer we placed, we TRULY almost closed on, but long story short, the bank couldn't make our deadline so we had to back out before we lost our earnest money. 

Ron Pippin, the Loan Doctor was our loan officer. He was amazing! Fast, efficient, and personable. Bren and I utilized the Provo Grant as our down payment, there were some complications with paperwork and a few other things and Ron personally drove down to Provo and got all of the paperwork taken care of and straightened out! What a nice guy!!! If your in the market for a great loan officer give Ron a call! 

Boring to some interesting to other? But hopefully some day (if not already) you will have the pleasure of owning your own home! And when that happy day comes, a great realtor and loan officer can make your experience worth blogging about too!