We’re the Proud New Parents Of…

… a new (to us) Kia! 

Sadly, my poor old ’98 Ford Explorer just hit it’s final days.  Lately it seems we’ve been patching the ol’ girl together with chewing gum and duct tape.  Although most of our savings have been going into the moving and maternity leave funds, we felt like it was important to get me into a safe and reliable vehicle before the baby arrives.  We actually went to the Kia dealership on Friday just to test drive the different models to see what we’d be interested in.  After driving a Soul, a Sportage and the Sedona (the larger Kia SUV) we really liked the Sedona, and of course we got swept up into the whole negotiating schpiel.  But we just couldn’t get the monthly payments as low as we wanted to, so we decided we’d try to save a little more downpayment and try again later.

On Saturday the salesman we’d been talking to called us to say someone had just traded in one of the smaller SUV’s, the Sportage, that was in great shape and had lots of extras.  It is really cute, an ’06 with only 30,000 miles, leather interior, sunroof, a larger V6 engine and had never been in any accidentas.  It’s a pretty chocolate brown.  We drove it and although we liked it, we just weren’t sure.  The newer Sportages come with built-in blue tooth and the amazing warranty, and we still really liked the extra room in Sedona.  Finally, they gave it to us with the original 100,000 mile bumper-to-bumper unlimited warranty and at a monthly payment was $60 less than the low-end of the range we wanted to pay, so we decided to go for it!  Although it’s smaller than the Sedona, it’s so nice to be in a good, reliable car!  Also, it gives us time to save for a new downpayment in case we do want to upgrade to the Sedona later on.  We feel really good about the purchase and haven’t had any buyer’s remorse, which is always a good sign. 🙂 And I’ve loved cruisin’ to work the last two days with the sunroof open and my tunes cranked up!

Our landlord Bill emailed Troy yesterday and asked if he could come by last night to talk with us.  We figured he was coming to tell us that he was going to put the house on the market, and we were partially right.  He is going to go ahead and put the house on the market.  But, it turns out it’s because his wife has been diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease that causes scar tissue to build up in her heart and lungs.  Apparently it was just found in June, but the disease has already aggressively progressed since then.  Their hope was that she’d get to see their three kids (11 and under) graduate from high school;  now it seems like this Christmas might be the last big milestone she makes it through.

We had hoped we could break the lease early as it ends at the end of February and the baby is due March 13th.  But definitely not for this reason!  Our hearts are just broken for their family.  We’ll do whatever we can to help with showing the house.  It will be difficult;  although the nausea has lessened a little, it’s still rough in the mornings and evenings, and I’m usually alseep by 9 or 9:30.  And since I work nights on the weekends, I usually sleep until around 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays, when most people want to go see houses.  But the sooner he sells it, the better it will be for him and his family.

We have decided to go ahead and move in November, and Bill seemed open to the idea, although not really happy about it.  I feel bad leaving before he has sold the house, but we could get to the end of Feb. when the lease is officially up and he still may not have sold the house.  Or, maybe it will sell in the next 6 weeks and the timing will be perfect!  That’s what we’ll be praying for.

We were planning to go ahead and move in January, anyway.  Since we just dipped into our savings for a downpayment on the new car, we were really glad we were going to have the next few months to save a little more for the move.  Now it’s going to be really tight, but we’ll make it.  We’re going to rent a pod to fill up with our crap over the next month.  We’d hoped to hire a few guys to help us load the large items into the pod, but we may have to lean on the kindness of family and friends.  Mom is already planning to spend the next few weeks with us, helping us pack.  Thank you so much, Mom.  At 39 I can’t imagine life without you and I can’t imagine how life will be for Bill and his kids.

In other news, I rented a Baby Beat!  It’s a doppler that lets you hear the heartbeat at home.  I actually rented it a month ago, but we haven’t been able to hear anything.  I think it’s because there was a lot of me to listen through.  If I was thinner I think we could’ve heard the heartbeat earlier.  But we finally heard it on Sunday!  Now that sonograms are getting farther and farther apart, it’s nice to be able to hear the heartbeat at home, just for a little reassurance!

Lastly, this weekend is our last vacation as a child-less couple!  I know it seems counter-productive on our checkbook to be going on vacation now.  But it’s already paid and budgeted for, we already have the time off approved, and my parents are coming with us so all the organizing and planning have been done.  It’s just a long weekend at the beach, nothing major.  And honestly, all four of us could really, really use some surf ‘n sand time.  I just can’t wait, I am so ready!


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kari
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 10:55:56

    Congrats on the truck!! So sorry for your landlord and his family, how very awful that would be. 😦 Have a fabulous vacation!! You deserve it!! And there’s nothing better than hearing that little racehorse heartbeat anytime you want too!! 🙂


    • iamstacey
      Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:36:35

      I’m still not totally convinced I used the baby beat right, but we were so stoked to finally hear the heartbeat! I’ve decided just to go with the vacation vibe for now. I’ll worry about the move when we get back! 🙂


  2. athena
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 11:06:56

    congrats on the car!! and the BABYBEAT!!! it is my savior!!! 😀 i couldn’t get through this without it!! happy vacation! 😀


    • iamstacey
      Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:37:30

      Now I feel silly talking about the stress of moving – you guys are the moving pros! If you guys and your zoo can do it, I can do it, too! 🙂


  3. meinsideout
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 05:25:14

    You go girl – go on vaca and enjoy it! I loved, loved, loved my doppler.


    • iamstacey
      Sep 22, 2010 @ 14:38:24

      I’m going to take mine to my next appointment so they can show me how to use it right. I’d like to get good enough to find the heartbeat every day!


  4. Sweet G
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 08:16:54

    Wow – a lot has been going on. Congratulations on the new car and also enjoy your vacation!


  5. Another Dreamer
    Sep 23, 2010 @ 01:17:36

    Glad things are going well for the most part- enjoy the vacation!

    So sad about your landlord’s wife 😦


  6. Katie
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 21:42:09

    Oooh, I am so glad you got a home doppler. It will save you so much anxiety in your earlier days (before you start feeling that constant movement!). I LOVED mine! Hope you two are having a relaxing, fun time on your last vaca before baby!


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