This past week was a crazy week to say the least! With 4 days notice.. I bought a plane ticket to Washington DC, reserved a rental car, and booked a hotel. I did homework non-stop to try and get everything done before I left and even got a mild case of the stomach flu the day before flying out! You better believe that anything that could go wrong on this trip did! The flights were fine, my Kaylee is the best flier around no joke I get non-stop compliments on what a good girl she is! The hardest part was that she's 19 pounds of dead weight because she hasn't quite figured out to latch on to you. When it was just her and the carry on it wasn't so bad because I had a spare hand to help keep her in control, but once I got to DC and got my suitcase.. it all went down hill from there.. literally pulling a suitcase, carrying a huge bag that's a mix of a diaper bag, purse, and carry-on essentials, and a 19 pound 8 1/2 month old... well it's virtually impossible.. I don't even want to imagine what it would have been like had I brought my own carseat with me... anyways we finally get to the rental car terminal after massive mis-communications and we get up to Budget's counter and she takes my ID and credit card and starts getting everything checked in... mind you I called the day before to confirm my reservation, confirm my under 25 fee, and confirm my carseat rental.. and I was told no problem.. enjoy your flight see you tomorrow. So back to Sunday night, at 7pm, alone in DC with an 8 1/2 month old.. and literally I don't know a single person who lives around there... The lady is checking me in.. stops and says.. wait you aren't 25... and I'm say no I'm not I explicitly said that in the reservation and yesterday when I called.. her exact words were "well we don't rent to under 25"... QUEUE THE HEART ATTACK HERE... I said "no, you will rent me the car and charge me 20 dollars extra a day because I'm under 25 that's what I was told on multiple occasions" the manager walks over some grumpy old man and says "what's the problem?" the lady explains and he simply says "nope we don't do that in DC we don't rent to anyone under 25..." then he says "actually no one rents to under 25 in DC" ...QUEUE THE TEARS here.. and I'm talking full blown sobbing, shaking, can't breathe kind of tears...and these people don't have ANY sympathy for me standing there, ALONE, with all my stuff, and my baby... NOTHING.. well after like 5 minutes he says "actually I think hertz might at the other end of the terminal" so I walk away pissed and promising to write a complaint letter about their crappy company and their crappy attitudes and service..
I get over to Hertz and the funny thing is.. she knew right away I had come from budget and said it happens all the time.. she ensured me they would rent to me, they had a car, and a carseat.. so I get all checked out... but little do I know... it's going to cost me almost 100 dollars a day!!! before I was paying 200 total for 4 days! oh well though at least I had a car and a carseat and I was on my way...
We hop in the car and finally are on our way for the 30 min drive down to our city we are searching in.. turn on the GPS, punch in the address, get Kay a bottle and we were off.. the first thing the GPS does it lead you out of the airport on this ramp that goes up and around and drops you on the freeway.. it's night time and right as it puts me on the freeway the national monument was RIGHT THERE lit up and looking gorgeous.. It took my breath away and I was swelling with pride.. just driving through DC I was so in awe of everything.. I'd only been there once before in 9th grade for a marching band thing.. and it was so jam packed that a lot of it is blur really.. so anyways.. driving through DC was a special treat.. just thinking about all the history and everything this nation stands for.. everything my husband and all my friends and their husbands fight for.. I was more proud in that moment than I'd been in a long time!!
The drive down was beautiful even at night.. I couldn't help but notice all the trees and just how everything felt peaceful.. when we got to our hotel we went up and checked in and my girl and I just enjoyed the night relaxing after a long emotional day and getting some much needed rest in our King size bed!
The next two days were a whirlwind of exciting and upsetting news, houses we loved, houses that were terrible, houses with potential, houses I could vision our family in, and houses that made me want to run and hide, houses that I didn't even want to touch they were so gross, and houses that left me going.. seriously? On Tuesday, at our very last stop, we found THEE house... Thinking about it now I couldn't be happier and it makes me laugh because I almost didn't go see it.. the pictures aren't as flattering as the amazing little house is! It has everything and more that we could have wanted... it's 27 years old but literally the only thing that shows the age on that house.. is the age.. basically every component has been redone in the last year, from roof, windows, and fencing.. to water heater, furnace and HVAC, to flooring, paint, and light fixtures! It has a two car garage which is virtually unheard of in this old city, kitchen, breakfast nook, dinning room, living room, family room, it has 4 bedrooms, and 2 1/2 baths, and HUGE closets and the perfect back yard, it's walking distance to the neighborhood center with the pool, tennis courts, and playgrounds, and across the main road from a cute little pond and jogging trail! Here is a sneak peak of the outside.
Kay and I were supposed to leave Wednesday morning bright and early but with all the craziness in the midwest our flights were changed up.. that's a story for a-whole-nother post because that was craziness but anyways after a long day of travel we got home safely Thursday night and have been enjoying being home with family! So that's our big news.. we put in an offer for our house.. and we are so excited!
Lots more fun posts to come.. just wanted to share this happy news with you!