Friday, February 20, 2009

WooHoo!

We bought a house.

I can finally reveal the news though in truth that may have been the worse kept secret ever. We actually put an offer in ten days ago, the offer was accepted and then we had to get inspections and what not all this last week. I didn't blog about any of it because their was an option period where either we as the buyers or the sellers could back out. that option period ended today, so now I can let all of you in on the big secret.

We are all excited. The boys have already started planning out the design of their new bedrooms.

T, our 8yo wants a Nebraska Cornhusker room. He was leaning toward a rock and roll theme right up until he spied a nifty Herbie the Husker bean bag chair and suddenly he had a new vision. I'm a diehard Nebraska fan so I think it's cool that he likes them as well.

Z, our 6yo has never wavered. He wants a shark/pirate room. He wanted a flag that had a skull and crossbones with the words Surrender the Booty underneath, but I didn't think that was appropriate for a little boys room so we'll have to find him another flag once we move in.

I have nice office space with a built in desk in which to write. It's going to be a much better set up to write in than I've ever had and I am as excited as the boys. I'll post pics when I get it set up to my liking. Again, I want to say thanks to all of you. We never could be this far along without all of you.

Anyway we close on March 12th. We get the keys the same day. The backyard is huge which will make the transition from our acreage in the boonies to town. And the previous owners had a hot tub which they are leaving so when we get settled there will be a hearty backyard bash. Who's coming?

60 comments:

Kristen Painter said...

CONGRATS! We're going to want pics, you know.

Teresa said...

Congratulations, Travis!! It's a little far to get to your hot tub party, but maybe you could do a virtual housewarming bash like you had a virtual birthday party.

lyzzydee said...

Great News, yes we will be wanting photos, only to check that you have the required amount of green shag pile carpet fitted!!!!

Dizzy Ms. Lizzy said...

I'm so happy for all of you! It's a little far from Decatur, Illinosi to Amarillo, Texas, so - - guess I won't be making it to a housewarming party. But can't wait to see pictures!

Michelle said...

AWESOME NEWS! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Patti said...

i am so in....just have to get there.

Ello said...

That's wonderful news Travis! I'm so happy for you all!

Being Beth said...

Fantastic!!!! Love the plans for the boys rooms, and wow -- real office space. What room is thrilling Jennifer most -- or is she mainly relieved to know she has a home again?

I'm real happy for you all.

Merry Monteleone said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you all.

I'd love a hot tub party, but I am a bit far away.... someday we really should all pick the same writing conference so we can all meet (and if we publish that year, we can write it off as a business expense :-).

theneatos said...

hoo-funky-ray!

I am so totally and amazingly stoked for you! Can't wait until you get settled, so we can share a Stone!

<3

maureenpoetryblog said...

travis, this is excellent news! wish i were close enough for the party.

Cloudia said...

Hooray!
Let me get this straight:
your new writing space is BETTER, the family is upbeat.
Hmmmmm; good things can evolve from "horrible" events. Very comforting thought these days.
I'm so glad for you, Travis, Aloha-

Jenster said...

"Woohoo" is right!! Sounds great! I can't wait to see the pics!

McKoala said...

That's so wonderful; I'm glad that such a fantastic new home is waiting for you.

No. Green. Shag. Pile.

debra said...

Great news, Travis! Pictures please---but no green shag rug!

Josh said...

grats dude!

Barbara Martin said...

Yes, a virtual housewarming would be a good idea for those of us too far away to attend.

Hilary said...

Wonderful news. I'm so happy for you and yours.

Lana Gramlich said...

Congratulations! I wish we could make it to the party--you'll have to accept our well wishes from afar. Please do forward me the address of your new digs once everything's finalized so I can send you your painting!

Beth said...

A new beginning, a fresh start and lots of enthusiasm. Wonderful news!

Janna Qualman said...

Yay! Congratulations! I hope all goes smoothly for you.

Janna Qualman said...

Yay! Congratulations! I hope all goes smoothly for you.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Much happiness in your new home.

Melissa Marsh said...

Wow, awesome news, Travis! Congrats! And I love the idea of a Nebraska Huskers-themed room. ;-)

Laura K. Curtis said...

Congratulations!!

Junosmom said...

Congrats! Travis and Family!

I'd come but Lauren has a recital right around then. Shoot.

huddlekay said...

Congrats, Travis! Can I come?

Melanie Avila said...

Travis, that's AWESOME! Congratulations!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Very good. Must be a great feeling.!

Sarah Laurenson said...

I'm so happy for you! Congrats!

Scott Lessard said...

Congrats, Travis. God Bless!

We'll be there (the party) in spirit, if not in person.

SL

Angie said...

Definitely woohoo!! :D That's so excellent, Travis! I'm so happy for you. Wish I could be there for the party, but I'm sure you'll have a great time even without me. ;D

Angie

Georgie B said...

CONGRATULATIONS THERE BIG GUY!!!

That is such excellent news!

Photos are definitely a must.

alex keto said...

That all sounds like good news.
congrats

Kath Calarco said...

Great news! Love the Cornhusker theme, and hugely LOVE the Pirate one. I say let the kid have the flag as is, but you could always get him a Pittsburgh one, right?

Enjoy the new feeling of a roof over your head. Best wishes for many writeful days.

Trixie said...

Congrats! Writing space of your own and rooms for the boys sounds great!

Mystery Robin said...

Congratulations!! I can't wait to see pics of the office space. How fun!

Jan Mader said...

Hi Travis...I'm a children's author and fairly new to blogging (a little over a month). I saw your comment on Annie's blog and thought I'd stop by. Please come visit my blog. I'm always looking for writers to network with...Jan Mader

writtenwyrdd said...

Congrats on the house! Yay!

I am still snickering at the "surrender the booty" flag. I didn't even consider the alternate interpretation until you mentioned it.

Angie Ledbetter said...

What wonderful news! Congrats, and may your new home suit you in every way. :)

PurpleClover said...

Congrats!! I'm so glad you guys are getting your home soon. That will make things feel one bit closer to normal. Even if it is just a teeny tiny bit. It will feel good!

Barrie said...

Wow! HUGE congratulations! And I know you'll love that office!

angel, jr. said...

Congrats!! I'm so happy for you!!

Jennifer said...

I'm so happy for you and your family, Travis!

Virginia Lady said...

Congrats! That's great news!

D said...

I want one of those "Surrender the booty" flags for my bedroom too. Bet my bf will be real proud, lol.

your other wife said...

Who's coming? please you know i am hell you might come home and find me in that hot tub!!!

desperatewriter said...

Way to go! Congratulations, Travis!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your house!
I will be celebrating with a Shinner Bock and a Gentleman Jack.
If I don't see you in the lounge, I'll drink two in your place. Norman,OK again.

"You'd be doing me a favor if you called me Wyatt or Earp, but not both."

grace said...

YAY! I'm so excited for you. When I come visit I'm so bringing your kid that "plundered booty" flag. :)

WordVixen said...

Wish I could come! Congratulations, and I can't wait to see the piccies! Preferably before you get into the hot tub, no offense...

Bubblewench said...

Congrats! I am so glad to hear it all worked out for you! Wonderful!

laughingwolf said...

grats travis... hope the rest of the years go as well for you and yours :D

Lesha said...

Congratulations on the house!
Wonderful news. Have fun decorating and making it your new home.

Danette Haworth said...

Wonderful news, Travis! Congratulations!

ande said...

If your kid wants a pirate flag type thing. I would be delighted to paint that for you on some canvas! Ever since the fire I had been debating doing some sort of art for you guys and I would love to do a skull and crossbones type thing for the kid room. I'm not a famous artist or anything but I 've been told I'm ok. I have a show going up at the 806 in april anyway. Let me know-I'd really really like to do this for you guys.

Crystal Phares said...

You darn sure better let us know when the backyard bash is buster! hubby and I are thrilled for you, Jen and the boys!

We'll all have to get together for dinner sometime soon! Glad everything is going well!

Crystal Phares said...

BTW, Travis, Ande is an awesome artist. I have two of her pieces at my house and one here at work. She is great, and if she says she can do a pirate flag, I have no doubt she can!

preTzel said...

YAY! What wonderful news! I think the flag would be appropriate for your son. He is thinking "booty = gold and treasure" and you're thinking "booty = hot booty!" Heh. Can't wait to see pictures of your new abode.

Colorado Writer said...

I'm thrilled for you!