Saturday, 27 June 2009

Team T-Lo Buys a House

We've taken the plunge into Real Estate!

As you may have seen in the previous Father's Day post, I let it slip that Team T-Lo has a new house. It all happened so fast. We got the email that the house was up for sale on Wednesday
June 10th. We hummed and hawed about seeing it, but decided it couldn't hurt even though it was priced at the very top line of what we could afford. On Friday June 12th we went to see it. It was just right for our little family, so our Real Estate agent suggested we throw our hat into the ring even though we couldn't go above asking price.

Well it turns out that the seller's agent wasn't too keen on trying to push a sale and only a few people saw the property. He was taking offers on Monday June 14th and the seller's were eager to get out of there. It was an estate sale, so the house was empty when we saw it. So, on Monday evening our agent came over and said that there had been no offers on the property yet and that we should bid $10,000 lower. Of course, we thought this was pure madness, but what do we know about real estate anyway. We trusted Steve (our agent) to lead the way.

He called us back a few hours later and said that we were still the only offer and that the seller countered with a slightly higher price than our bid (still well below asking price). We accepted and now we have a house! And for less than we expected. We even got our condition of a house inspection met! We couldn't have asked for a better turn out.

Here is a picture of the house from our new backyard. The front and inside pictures have been emailed to the family and there are pictures on my Facebook for any friends. I don't want to put too many pictures up on this blog because it is public, so you'll have to make do with a few backyard shots.

The last few weeks have been spent at the bank and at the lawyer. Yesterday we signed the final papers and picked up the keys. The place is ours!

Now Terry is going to concentrate on moving, and I'm going to concentrate on growing this baby and hopefully moving and baby won't happen on the same day. It wasn't the best timing, but who could pass up such a great opportunity?

Now it looks like Team T-Lo is going to be moving back to Windsor Park. We love the neighbourhood and our new house is not even a block from Logan's elementary school. It's perfect. We're so excited!

Check it out - we have our own backyard for the kids to play in. We can play our music loud and wash the car in the driveway. And best of all, we're not throwing our money away by renting anymore. Here's to the good life!

Now, who's going to help us move?

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Father's Day 2009

Here is a wrap up of Team T-Lo's Father's Day 2009.

- First we tried to let Terry sleep in, but he wasn't very cooperative. He wanted to see what his boy was doing downstairs at breakfast.
- We gave Daddy his presents. Actually we made a Blackberry picture frame and gave that to him early. He got a card that sang "Born to be Wild" that Logan picked out himself and is still playing with. And we got him a grilling apron for the daddy that loves to BBQ.

- Then we all decided to go outside and play before lunch.
- On Saturday we bought Logan a bubble mower at Toys R Us and the boy is obsessed with mowing the lawn.
- Terry spent a good 2-3 hours outside following Logan and his lawnmower around on Saturday and another 1-2 hours on Sunday
- Terry wanted to make pancakes for Sunday brunch, but we didn't have the proper ingredients, so we ended up at McDonald's. We all know Terry is a good daddy when he agrees to take his Micky D's craving preggie wife and his little boy to a place he hates.
- Then we drove over to our new house and walked around the neighbourhood, checking out where all the parks are. Logan needs to know where all the parks are!
- Then it was back to bubble mower and parks and riding tricycle all day.

Logan has a great daddy! Happy Father's Day to all the great daddies out there!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Now I Know My ABC's

This is what Logan does to waste time when he's supposed to be eating, getting ready for bed, brushing his teeth, getting dressed in the morning, or anything else he doesn't want to do:

He's smart! He knows we're not going to stop him from learning, so he can pretty much sing the alphabet all day and stall up our activities. Love how he glosses over the "LMNOP" part hehehe. Do all kids do that? I know I did! And all this while trying to smile because the camera was in his face. Cutie!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

The Brother CS-6000 (Sewing Machine)

OK, you all know that I'm a sewing nerd anyway, so I might as well go all out with this post. The fine folks over at Sew Mama Sew are having Sewing Machine month for June and have come up with a really useful idea. They asked their readers to fill out a short survey about their sewing machines and then they will compile them into a nice list by brand. Makes for easy shopping if you are in the market for your first machine, or maybe your dream machine. I thought I would participate because I know I will certainly be using the list (which I will link when it becomes available at the end of the month) to buy my next machine.

All of you who would rather read about Logan and Terry (ummm that's most of you), skip this blog entirely. This is for the sewing dorks like me!

Here goes:

What brand and model do you have?

I have the Brother CS-6000

How long have you had it?

Since my Birthday 2007, so almost 2 years.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

$350.00 (but I got it on sale for $299.00)

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Mostly toddler clothes and my clothes.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I sew almost every day. It gets used a lot!

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

This machine and I have had a love/hate relationship. She's now starting to behave, but for the first few months while I was learning all her quirks, I sometimes wanted to throw her out the window. She reduced me to tears more than a few times... but lately she is behaving and staying in line. Sewing machine, thy name is "Corduroy". Like the cute little bear that Logan loves so much and like the fabric that seems to be the bane of your existence. I figure by naming you that, you will eventually come to love it and behave while I sew it.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

I love the automated buttonhole function. I could never make my buttonholes come out all even and nice, but now my machine does it for me - and fast too! I also love the ease of adding and removing feet and needles.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

It won't sew corduroy (even if I have a heavy needle, adjust the tension, use expensive, strong thread, rewind the bobbin, etc). This was the incident that reduced me to tears. I wanted to sew some cute pants for Logan to wear to our friends' wedding. I tried everything and ended up hand cranking the remaining seams and leaving out pockets and embellishments just to get them done. Boo! And yet, this machine will sew through vinyl, heavy denim, and fun fur with ease. She must just hate the ribs on the corduroy (even if I sew on the smooth surface, she freezes and makes horrendous noises at me which make me cry more).

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

Hmmm not much for stories. Although, my son is 2 and he can't say "machine" very well. He's very enthusiastic about mommy sewing, and always wants to help. He clears the coffee table for me to put the machine on (yes, I sew on a coffee table because we have no room for a proper sewing area). For a long time he would say, "Sew with poontang?" and I couldn't figure out that he was trying to say "machine" hahaha. Anyway, now "machine" comes out sounding more like that delicious French/Canadian snack "Poutine". "Sew with Poutine mommy?" hehehe

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would recommend it for someone who is just beginning. I find I need a little more power from my machine now that I'm back into sewing a lot. But it's a great (relatively inexpesive) machine to learn on with lots of fun buttons and functions to play around with.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

I would make a list of all the things that you can't do without. For me that's an automated buttonhole, lots of choices for stitches, and even something as silly as a handle to carry it back and forth from my coffee table to storage (because I do that a lot!) and I would go searching for that. Also consider price. What can you get for the price you're willing to spend? No sense in wanting a bunch of computerized embroidery stitches if you're not willing to fork out some serious cash.

Do you have a dream machine?

I don't yet have a dream machine, but I'll certainly be looking through everyone's reviews of their own machine to see what appeals to me.