HOUSE NEWS — and NEW COMPUTER all set up too —-

just copying this as I have no time, but hope to post more soon!

Well, we did it, we bid on a house. It’s the one we first saw back in June – they lowered price from 149,9 to 142 and we offered 134. We’ll see. We need a contingency – they may not accept that. We’ve looked inside 2x and drove by probably 8 times. It needs work – probably $20,000 worth with garage updating, finishing off a fence, and fixing front steps. But it’s a very nice neighborhood, beautiful wooded lot, and good schools.

more soon – love, d

Time: Monday, 8/29/2005 1:23:15 PM (#71899)
User: dori

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Bid was tentatively counteroffered at 139,000. They will waive the contingency fee (every month paying more until we sell the house) if we accept the 139. However, we have to see if we can qualify for that much – I kind of doubt it. So we’ll see!

There are a lot of little problems with the house that add up to some biggies, which is why we didn’t want to spend too much for it. Front steps need totally redone, and the bathroom & shower in basement need work. Gayle is worried about the handle on the shower being located badly so that someone could get burned because you can’t adjust without being in there. (I didn’t remember that). But there are 3 bathrooms one of which has a regular shower and bathtub, so we could take time to fix the extra one.

Also the basement stairs are extremely steep.

Time: Monday, 8/29/2005 1:27:31 PM (#71900)
User: dori

Comments: I would like to have an inspection on the house. Do you do that after you make the offer, etc., or before? I would also like to get in one more time myself! Rog and his parents went in yesterday for a 2nd time but I’ve not been in there since June (I loved it at that time!)

Ahh, so stressful yet exciting!

We would have to put up our house IMMEDIATELY on the market – luckily the guy who is selling this house is an independent with a 0% down plan and also good rates on buying/selling so we’d probably just go with him. I’m talking with Rog’s sister (who works at a bank) to see if we can be approved any higher on our preapproval we got in June – we were approved at 108,000.


computer geekiness


just had to post my excitement – just ordered our first computer in 5 years – with Ryan’s grant (to now order more hearing/speech/language software as well – exciting!). We are getting a Dell 4700 with Pentium 4 and Windows XP!

Going out of the dark ages – again. In Dec. 00 we went out of the dark DARK ages and went from our 486 Windows 98 computer to the Dell Pentium 3 Windows ME. 3rd computer in 10 years, may it last ANOTHER 5 years (and this one is still going strong too!!! daughter is getting this one….)

more soon — dori


autism Ryan, chris, Christmas, Ryan, sleep

Yawn….. grrr.

I’m not very happy about the fact that Chris is up at 2:15 a.m. Just Sunday night he stayed up all night until 6 a.m. He seems to be doing this more often. Last year he started sleeping regularly July 15 with his hospitalization/med change. From july 15 until sometime at late fall he slept every night, then he had 1-2 nights he was up and he started suffering from his ear infections. All winter long if he stayed up it was usually an ear infection. It settled down again and he slept again for months and then last month (july) was up maybe 3-4 different nights – then, his swimmer’s ear. I wonder if he’s getting swimmer’s ear or ear infection again. My worst fear is that he’s losing the effect of his meds…. it’s happened before. (But not on these meds)

I am pretty tired and hope he sleeps soon – tomorrow is a very busy day and even at this point if he falls asleep right now I’m looking at about 4 1/2 hours sleep before I have to get up. We are going to Ryan’s last day family event day with an ice cream social. My mom is helping me. She is also watching kids so I can get a haircut. Then Thursday we’re going to a local waterpark (Rog will be off) for a fun day – Colleen had coupons from school. I’m not sure how much I really want to go but I know Colleen will enjoy it.

Ryan has had a lot of struggles at his summer preschool. He started hitting and even biting. They feel perhaps they didn’t have enough one-on-one attention for him. At his regular school he has a one-on-one. It will be interesting to see how his regular school year goes. His regular teacher in the school year seems to still be looking to make sure he’s not autistic, although the neurologist has ruled it out for the moment.

I really would like to run away somewhere, for just a little while….. only 1 more month (less than!) til Ryan goes back to school and I can take a BATH! or a NAP

DANG, i really wanted a shower, tonight too – was not counting on an all-night Chris party.

Ryan will be going to speech therapy 4 mornings a week in the school year. Since Colleen starts school at 8:00 instead of 9 I’ll be taking him to therapy at 8:30. It will be good to be done with that early and back home. He will get on his bus then M-Th. starting September 6 at 11:45 and if he rides bus home he’ll get home about 3. I’m hoping they let Colleen ride his bus – we’ll be in the situation where Chris gets home at 2:30-2:40, and I’m supposed to pick up Colleen at 2:30-2:45, and Ryan at 2:45. They said they’d probably have her go to Ryan’s class (they’re in the same school – preschool is at the middle school) and I hope they just let her ride his bus home. Or else I’ll have trouble being in two places at once!

Then I have to make decisions on several things – last year we did swimming on Monday, skating on Tuesday, counseling (for Colleen) on Wed., art (Colleen) on Thurs., and chiropractor (for all) on Friday. This year I would be adding on OT for Chris that is special at a center, possibly the same center for Ryan, and Colleen wants to do girl scouts and 4h Guinea pigs/small animals. Something will indeed have to give.

I am pretty sure I am not doing regular Christmas cards this year – I always do them and enjoy it SO much but this year for a little break I think I’m going to do holiday emails right at Thanksgiving, and then only send maybe 20-30 cards to family that doesn’t have email. A friend of mine and I plan to do some homemade goodies/crafts for Christmas gifts.

babbling to stay awake…….dori, not happy at 2:30 a.m.