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October 2011
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Matthew [userpic]
well geez...

Guess who hasn't updated in a long time!?
I don't know why I'm so awful at writing lately.  I think I'm just a lazy bastard. lol

Let's see...Abby is getting very big!  She is crawling relentlessly, pulling herself up to standing, and really talking a LOT.  And she's pretty much the cutest thing in the world right now!  It's going to be very interesting to see how she behaves when her little sister or brother is born.

That's right...We're pregnant again!  It was a little bit sooner than we had planned, but we're happy.  The new baby will be born around August 5, so we have a lot planning to do.

I'm a little over two months away from PCSing to Ft. Meade and joining the Field Band.  I'm really excited about it, and a bit nervous.  I don't want to get up there and do a poor job and have my bosses think they made the wrong choice.  I'm sure that's just natural with any new job, but it's still there!  

We're in the process of looking for houses in that area.  We got approved for a VA Loan and found a realtor.  We'll be meeting with her the second week of February and hopefully we can nail something down that we really like and can afford.

The week before that, though, I'll be going to Texas with the Jazz Band for a little tour.  I hope that we come together and put on some great shows.  Nothing worse than a bad Jazz concert! lol  I'm looking forward to it, but I'm sad to leave Erin alone for a week. 

This past Tuesday we traded in our 2003 Honda Civic for a brand spanking new 2009 Honda Accord.  It's blue and awesome... We really wanted to get the Odyssey, but the payments were just too high.  We had to haggle for a lower monthly payment, but we got it down to a respectable amount.  We were spoiled by my old payments cuz I got a KILLER deal on that car, but we'll make due.

So, from Tuesday through the next eight months, we have/will have a new:
1. President (woot!)
2. Car
3. House
4. Job
5. Baby

wow...that's a lot of change in a short amount of time!  But everything is very exciting and I look forward to see what else 2009 has in store for us!

I hope you're all doing well.  Rest assured that I have been keeping tabs on all of you.

Why do I feel like this??: okayokay
Comments

Wow! So many good things happening to you! You must have stacked up a multitude of Karma points some where! :)

yeah, but it'll catch up to me eventually! lol

Congrats, Matt! Lots going on in your life!

Congratulations to you and your lady!!!

Hey is that fort meade near washington d.c? If so, you might want to consider renting. They are saying housing in this area is going to drop 17 percent this year. I live out this way now.

oh really?
hhmm...
well, we're gonna start with seeing if anything good is available to buy, and if not, we'll rent for a little while.
where are you living now?

Im in virginia, about 35 minutes from D.C. A town house right now that is not in a bad part of town is around 250K which has dropped from the 300's. Though, that still can get you in a bad part of town. If you are in the army, which I am thinking I am right you need to check out joining USAA. They have a deal with if you use their real estate agent that they will line you up you get money back and such. So would look into that. We have been using a real estate agent through them and have been very happy with him. We have been looking for a year now. A lot of homes have been trashed. The other thing is around here they do not have to disclose if they have a mold problem, abestos ect. You have to do your research. In South Carolina they had to reveal all that prior to sale. I am paying 1200 a month in rent which is pretty cheap for hear. A lot of places are 1500 to 1700 a month. If you tell me what area you want to look at I will ask around work because I work almost in d.c and work with people from all over from maryland, pa, west va ect. And see what I can find out for you and if anyone knows of a good realestate agent. There are some shady ones, we went through a few before we went through USAA. Another heads up. Taxes on a 250K townhouse is about 5K a year. May be a less in the county you are looking into. You also need to look at the commute as well. 10 miles here is not 10 miles anywhere else. My commute at times can be as long as 1.5 hours and as short as 30 minutes. There are a few apartments that will rent for a short as three months. Is base housing an option? Sorry if I have bad grammer, I am on some good drugs right now.

Edited at 2009-01-24 11:08 pm (UTC)

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

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