August 12, 2009 : Put offer on house. Sellers agreed, Bank of America verbally agreed to it.

August 24, 2009 : Home inspection completed. House has been vacant since May or June.

September 16, 2009 : Tons of rain over the past few days. Sump pump overflowed, due to electricity being off in house. Used generator to turn on sump pump and push broom water from basement into sump pump.

September 17, 2009 : Had electricity turned on in our name, to make sure sump pump will run with rain.

September 24, 2009 : Sell our house, move into short sale house… still waiting for closing.

October 6, 2009 : Negotiator has been assigned.

October 31, 2009 : Foreclosure papers are on the front steps. Still no word/communication from negotiator.

November 6, 2009 : Negotiator emails seller’s realtor and asks for documents he says are “missing.”

November 9, 2009 : Seller’s realtor assures us that the foreclosure papers are a normal part of the short sale process.

November 11, 2009 : Appraiser comes out to do the BPO (Broker’s Price Opinion).

January 18, 2010 : Received papers in the mail from Bank of America’s attorneys, stating there will be a Sheriff’s Sale on February 3, 2010 at 10 am.

January 27, 2010 : Email from seller’s realtor: “I have been assigned to four different negotiators sine we began this and it seems one doesn’t know what the other has done. Since the second negotiator contacted us via e-mail and the BPO was done in November, we have attempted a total of 12 times (about once a week) to reach them and get more information, we have heard nothing. Every single time we call they tell us there are no updates and to wait for the negotiator to call. We contact the negotiator and never receive a call back or e-mail back. Then you get this notice about the sheriff’s sale and we called to get an explanation. They say that we have been assigned to yet another negotiator and to contact him. We did. We have left 2 voicemails and 2 e-mail messages without any reply. I called the attorney’s office and they say they can’t post pone anything without Bank of America’s approval. I called bank again and they say they can’t do anything unless I call 2 days before the sheriff sale to ask them to post pone. I asked if that was a guarantee and they said that our negotiator has to talk to us about that… except…negotiator won’t call!

February 3, 2010 : Sheriff’s sale was cancelled. Wahoo!

February 22, 2010 : Another letter from attorneys.

February 23, 2010 : Seller’s realtor’s explanation, “The letter is to inform you that Bank of America has cancelled and dismissed the foreclosure process in order to work out forbearance. Basically, it is good news! This means bank is considering the offer and has no intention to foreclose until we come to a final agreement. With this said, I still have no updates from the negotiator on a timeline or a signed final contract so I will just keep checking every week like I always do. It seems to work even if it is in the background and with no feedback.”

March 4, 2010 : Interest rate at 5% — decided to lock for 60 days.

March 4, 2010 : 9:00 PM, our realtor texts to tell us that the negotiator contacted seller’s realtor for more paperwork.

I didn’t look at the computer one time during The Office. (Well, maybe I glanced over at it sitting on the kitchen counter all lonely).


Preston didn’t change the channels during the commercials of The Office. (I think he sneaked back to the bedroom to do it).

Yep, marriage is about sacrifices.

But, who’s counting.

August 12, 2009 we put an offer on a house we thought we would be closing on in September. We were told this could turn into a long process because the house was in a short sale situation. Basically, we were offering less for the house than what was currently owed.

Little did we know it would be 6 months, 2 weeks and 4 days later and still no signs of closing on the house. I guess it’s not surprising considering the loan is through Bank of America, jerks!

More back story to come, stay tuned.

I was pretty excited when I came up with this idea for Maya’s Valentine’s… customized SweetHeart candy boxes! The designing and assembling went very smoothly. Problem was, it was so cute I didn’t know when to stop! I bet I made at least 50 of these!


I had to make these for all of Maya’s classmates, then her grandparents, all of her aunts, then the people in my department (we’re all artists, so I gotta show off my artwork), the ladies at bunco, they’ll want one, of course.


These are all actual SweetHeart boxes, the card on the front is what I customized and then spray mounted to the box. It’s my favorite valentine of all time! I really, don’t think it can be beat!

After Preston got hit on by two ladies in the Emprise Bank drive-thru, with me in the passenger seat.

Preston: You’re lucky I didn’t tell them I was pull-up and dance champion at my work.

Me: Yep, sure am.

Preston: If you ever leave me, I’ll just go hang out at Emprise Bank.

Oh Preston!

Me: What’s the name of this movie we’re watching?

Preston: Are you gonna put that on Facebook? Facebook is so dumb… I’m gonna write down what I had for lunch, then I’m gonna get 50 posts about how good that sounds.

Me: Yeah, so what’s the name of the movie?

Oh Preston!

Preston: You’re addicted to Facebook, I’m last on the list.

Me: nuh-uh (as I’m posting a status on Facebook).

Preston: Your list goes: Maya, Facebook, Preston.

Preston: I have my own list too and you’re at the end: Maya, football,
pooping, you.

Me: Nice.

Oh Preston!

Preston: Just to let you know, I am not only the pull-up champion at work I am now the dance champ! You are one lucky lady!

Oh Preston!