Still checking in here periodically...just busy and haven't had a lot to say. But I'm still here! I'll try to post soon. :)
hey! i have something new to obsess about!
so, my parents asked us a couple of years ago if we were interested in buying their house (the house i grew up in from 12 on) when they are ready to downsize to something smaller. i had always maintained that i didn't want it, because it is a more traditional style than i prefer (i like a ranch or hillside ranch) and it's not in my favorite part of their neighborhood (it's kind of on the main thoroughfare and doesn't feel like a "cozy" spot to me). i always though that if i were going to spend that much money on a house i'd choose a different style/location.
just recently, though, my parents started talking about beginning to get ready to sell. we've been talking on and off about how long we want to stay in our house. the huge pro to staying is: we have 14 years left on our mortgage! the reality is, though, that there are some things we'd like to change/do to this house that are impossible or not a good financial investment in our neighborhood.
my parents' house has everything we need that we don't and probably could never have here:
- significantly more space - it's probably about 2500 sf PLUS a basement. we currently have about 1700
- 2 car garage (our current house has a 1 car that we use for storage b/c we have minimal storage)
- master bathroom
- 1/4 acre property with ravine/creek & woods!
- tons of birds, deer & duck visitors!
- huge super-nice backyard shed
- deck, patio, built-in firepit
- kitchen updated just this year (giving up my kitchen would be hard, but their kitchen is lovely. not quite as modern as i like but suits the house better)
- full basement, finished enough to be used as a TV room for the kids or man-cave for Scott
- lots of big windows that look out on to the backyard, which is all low-maintenance landscaped
- 1st floor half-bath so guests don't have to use my bathroom!
- water softener (my hair always looks really good when i shower at their house) :D
- nice big laundry room/pantry off the kitchen
- GETTING AWAY FROM OUR NEIGHBORS!
and my dad is a SUPER anal-retentive homeowner. everything is either recently updated or immaculately maintained. and the truth is, even though it's not my DREAM house, it's our family home and i think there's a lot to be said for that. plus, it's not hard for me to imagine moving in there and making it my own - everything is fairly neutral and we could very easily move in without having to really do a thing to it. it is only 1.3 miles away from our current house. it's also closer to the bike path that runs from worthington to downtown. we love the bike path but getting there from here means going down (and then back up) a really substantial hill that just makes it feel kind of overwhelming for the kids.
honestly, at this point the only downside i see is the fact that we would be extending our mortgage. but the reality is that even if we DID stay here and pay off this house in 14 years, we'd likely then sell it and get another mortgage for something more $. And although this house is working pretty ok for us now, I'm almost positive we wouldn't make it 14 more years without wanting to upgrade. The kids are only going to get bigger, after all. :)
also, there's a good chance my parents could find a new house in the same neighborhood. they just need a ranch with a smaller yard, and there are a pretty good number of those to be found. that would be really ideal, so that as they get older we are close by to help them. in fact, i'm quite sure that if we decide to do this, that would be their plan - and we aren't in a huge hurry, so it would be no biggie to wait until they are able to find what they are looking for.
the only other (really minor) thing is that i'd be on the other side of high street from all of my worthington buddies and slightly farther from the library & downtown worthington. but this is really not a big deal...they would all still be within easy biking distance. seems like a more-than-reasonable tradeoff.
scott seems to like the idea. he's not ENTIRELY comfortable resetting back to a 30 year mortgage, but i sent him this article, which makes a lot of sense to me: http://www.ricedelman.com/cs/educat
Okay, so when I contacted the mattress company about returning it, they offered to send us a 3 inch latex mattress topper that's $400 on Amazon for $200. They told me that in 99.9% of cases this solves the firmness problem, and if it doesn't they would be willing to pay the return shipping for me to send it back.
Since this topper is made of latex (same material as the mattress) I could only assume I wouldn't have the overheating problem I have with memory foam.
It just arrived via FedEx. It's super nice, covered in the same material as the mattress, so it basically creates a pillow top effect. Obviously, I'm going to have to sleep on it for a night to see how it is, but I am hopeful that this will be the solution.
My only real remaining concern is long-term happiness (just based on a few reviews, but I suspect I could find those kind of reviews for almost any mattress) but there's really nothing I can do about that. And the whole shebang still came in under $1k, so it's not like we spent a small fortune on it. If we have to replace it sooner than we hope, it wouldn't be the end of the world.
It figures that after weeks of getting along splendidly, my kids would decide to spend an afternoon bickering, which began only moments after I bragged about them on my blog so now I feel like a liar.