Well, good news! The landlords of our current place have given us the go ahead to give a months notice to move out. This means we will only have to pay rent for March if we can sure a house in the next couple of weeks, yay!
That doesn't mean we WILL secure a house in that time, but it's a great start!
We've found a couple of places we like:
This place looks good. We're going to go have a look at it on Saturday morning. On the upside, it's about the same vintage as our current place, so hopefully that means the landlords won't be too precious about us have a hoard of kids. It has all the stuff we want, locality, number of rooms, airconditioner and garage. On the other hand, I guess it's not very charming - not that that is the be all and end all, but it's kind of "just a house"...
We love THIS house though! The locality is great, and it has airconditioning and a garage as well, and is about the same price as the other house, BUT, oh so much more charm! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Califorian Bungalows. Our favourite house since having kids was a CB. As well as the "must have"s, it's also got a dishwasher, classic fixtures, and a slightly more userfriendly entertainment area out the back. But the Pièce de résistance is that it has THREE (count them 3) toilets!!! Yes, that's right, one for me and guests and two for those messy ones, the ones with the out of control fire hoses!
We don't have an inspection time for the second place, and I'm just hoping and praying it hasn't gone already (and that our not having a job between us isn't too frightening for the landlords, afterall, we've been stable and reliable tenants in this house for five years).
In other news, we're all starting to settle into the new routine with school and kinder and course etc. We're still having issues with the boys' school about their book packs because we've decided to keep the "spare books" at home for the boys rather in the class. For this the boys have been told we aren't being nice to their teachers because the teachers don't feel trusted. This is kind of funny, because, um, well, the reason we're not leaving the books in the classroom is because we CAN'T trust them to return leftover books to us at the end of the year and last week, despite there being a leftover exercise in Erik's class with his name on it (because we bought it and labelled it for him last year and gave it to his class teacher), he was forced to write on loose leaf pages last week because we'd been naughty parents and not purchased his book pack in time for the first week of term.
Oh well, they may well get their knickers in a knot over the books. The way we see it, we paid for them, they're ours :).
Looking forward to more settled times.
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