Year’s End

I made every effort to get one more post in this year. As many of you know we have been quite busy these last few months with moving into a new house and finding out there’s a new baby on the way. In case you hadn’t heard the news, we are expecting! We are due in early July and plan on finding out the gender this time around. As with Oliver’s pregnancy I have been hit hard with the morning sickness (morning, noon, and night) and feel exhausted most days. With that said, I will post some pictures from the last few weeks and call it a year on this blog. We’ll see you back in 2014 for another year of blog posts from this Riederer clan.

He loves the camera
He loves the camera
Little Boy in a Big Tub
Little Boy in a Big Tub

 

Best Big Bro
Best Big Bro
Sitting like a big boy for breakfast
Sitting like a big boy for breakfast

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Our first Louisiana Christmas tree
Our first Louisiana Christmas tree

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Jacobs' Breakfast with Santa
Jacobs’ Breakfast with Santa

 

Skeptical Oliver
Skeptical Oliver
Ultrasound 12.18
Baby Riederer at 12 weeks.
Christmas! The wagon is Oliver's favorite gift
Christmas! The wagon is Oliver’s favorite gift

 

A toy train found in his stocking
A toy train found in his stocking
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Started as a Low Ball Offer

So if you haven’t heard we have changed our address.  We have moved ever so slightly east.  Not any further north or south, only a 5 minute drive east from our old house.  So almost two years ago we bought a nice starter home with the intention of making it a 5 year plan.  Well there is an saying attributed to Woody Allen that say’s “If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans.”  And that seems to be true here, we recently started looking at houses that we are really interested in and not the starter home.  At first it was more just for our information to see what was out there, and what would it cost to get the features in a house that we wanted.  Well we came across one property that seems like a deal too good to be true.  As such it was a really good deal, but needed more work then we were ready to take on, and the place was really too big.  So we decided not to move on it and go back to our original 5 year plan.  Though the bug had been planted and not even one week had gone by and here my wife sends me a listing of another almost too good to be true place.  We did our homework on this new property, drove by and walked it down, and made an appointment to view the house on the inside.  The inside did not disappoint, it had all the features on my wish list, as well as Lauren’s wish list, plus more room then we had ever thought we would need.  It has a good bit more land, so we can do some gardening, as well as two sheds and a green house on the property.  We both loved it, they had it listed at an amazing price, but we were in a house we liked, and had nothing requiring us to move.  So we put in an almost insulting low ball offer on a house that was already listed below what other houses were going for in the area.  To our Realtor’s disbelief (he thought they would reject the offer right away) the sellers came back with a very reasonable counter, and under no time we were under contact.  After a few small issues after inspections and ensuing negotiations we finally came to a final agreement on the house.  Long story short (since it’s already so short) we closed a week before Thanksgiving, moved in the following weekend.  Even hosted a Thanksgiving dinner with some friends and family in the area.  Don’t get me wrong, there are a few repairs, and many updates to make it our own house, but since we plan on staying here for a good while we can do those on our own time.  To all our friends and family we have more then plenty of room for visitors, so all who would like to visit, or needed an excuse to see the Big Easy, you should come on by some time.