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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.


We Sold Our Rental House

We finally decided to sell our house on Redding Ridge Lane, which was the only house our kids have really ever known.  I had such a hard time moving to begin with that it actually took us two years to find another house we thought we could love as much and to gear up the courage to move.  The only way we were able to move in fact was to rent the house, so it would still be ours.  We had great Japanese tenants for 18 months and then when they were transferred back to Japan, the house sat vacate for two months, which made me sad.  No one was there to love it and care for it.  The rental market in Katy had become so saturated that it didn’t make sense to hold onto the house any longer because the profit margin was so narrow.

We made the tough decision to sell it. But, before I let the house go, I wanted to make sure it looked absolutely beautiful!  And it did!  I was over there every day for weeks cleaning, painting, replacing various things, planting flowers, hiring extra help (painters, landscapers, handyman, brick guy, and electrician), and finding the perfect home stager.  And we found her!  She made our house look beautiful!  Plus, we painted every room including the garage.  The house truly looked like a model home when we were finished.  And it paid off!

When we first sat down with Jeanie at the outset and looked at neighborhood comps, we were fairly confident that we could sell our house for $385k.  Over the course of three weeks, we put about $5.5k into the house (including the staging) and ended up listing the house for $415k, which was way higher than we originally thought.  But, we took a chance and it paid off!  We had three offers within the first week of listing the house. Whoa hoa!!  We ended up selling our house for $410k, which was way higher than anything around us and way higher than we originally expected!  I attribute the success to one thing – making the house show like a model home!

The funny part of the story is that the buyers originally low balled us with an offer of $370k claiming we listed the house way too high.  Thankfully we got an offer later that day for $410k (the only problem being that they were trying to qualify with a 5/1 ARM, which was risky).  We told the original offerers that they needed to raise their offer to $410k or they would lose the house.  They quickly raised their offer to $410k.  The best part was that since they were paying cash, we didn’t need an appraisal (thank goodness) and we could do a quick close.  Everything was smooth sailing the whole way!!

We closed right on time. Do I miss the house?  Yes, I miss the memories.  But, this is was is really interesting to me.  In the past two years, every single time we’ve driven down Fry Rd, I will always catch myself looking over at our old house, sometimes longingly.  After we closed on the house and it was no longer ours, I notice that I no longer look over at the house.  It is as if I am no fine with that house belonging to someone else.  And they really are a sweet family.  I just hope they love and care for the house as much as we did.

Sold Our Rental April 2017

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Hayley’s 10th Birthday Party: The Guests Arrive

This party was SO much fun and we had such a great turnout!!  Plus, this party was SO easy!!  I didn’t even have to entertain the girls!!  The pool and the trampoline took care of that!  The only other thing I may have done was lay out some Fruit Loops at the beginning so the girls could make edible necklaces while they waited for all the guests to arrive.  Then the girls had lunch and they jumped in the pool!  The girls kept going back and forth between the pool and the trampoline, which was really fun!  And to totally make them feel like celebrities, Clint made them all strawberry and pineapple smoothies and served them poolside!  We didn’t have a piñata this time and I certainly didn’t miss the tears.  But, we did end the party with one amazing cake with Hayley right on the top of it!  Love you girl!!


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Hayley’s 10th Birthday Party: The Set-Up

Happy birthday to our double digits little girl!!  Yes Hayley, you will always be our little girl!!  Hayley just turned ten, but reminds us every day that she is now a tween. When I was Hayley’s age I fought with all my might not to grow up.  Hayley can’t wait to grow up!  She’s already stealing shoes and clothes out of my closet.  Hayley is still very artistic and has translated that ability to hair.  Hayley loves to do braids and comes up with the most beautiful hairstyles for her hair.  Emily is still her best friend.  The two of them are like sisters and are always buying BFF stuff for each other.

I was SO crazy excited when Hayley told me that she wanted to do a girls surfer theme for her party.  She came up with the idea when we were in San Antonio last year.  Hayley was REALLY great at the surfer rider machine!  And girl surfers are pretty cool!!  This party was my most fun one to create to date because it brought out the inner California child in me.  I had SO much fun recreating the California surfer vibe right inside our Texas home.  Do you think I pulled it off?


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Colin’s GT Field Trip to the STEAM Center

I LOVE that Colin got into GT (the Gifted and Talented program) at school.  He’s such a smart kid to begin with, but GT lets him go beyond his normal classroom smarts and challenges him in a way that a textbook can’t.   The GT program at Katy ISD is a full day once a week pull-out program where the kids learn three topics a year super in depth.  This year’s topics were Astronomy, Archaeology, and Architecture.

For the architecture unit, the kids went to the Katy STEAM Center and got split into four groups.  Their first assignment was to build famous structures around the world.  It seems easy until you realize that you’re only give the picture, a set of random wooden blocks, and only two minutes to achieve your goal.  Next Colin’s group created mazes and then raced robots through those mazes.  That was his favorite station!!

After lunch, Colin’s group created “magnificent structures” using ordinary household items.  I was pretty impressed by all their creativity!  Lastly, Colin’s group took a cue from the story, “The Three Little Pigs” and tried to create structures that would not get blown away (or even move) in the wind!  Colin’s sadly barely lost that challenge, but the kid is still a genius in my book!  This was definitely the most fun class field trip so far!!

Colin GT Field Trip STEAM April 2017

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Colin’s First Pinewood Derby

Colin participated in his very first Pinewood Derby!  In terms of construction, we had a leg up on the competition.  Mimi and Papa’s neighbor (Chris Comardo, I think) has his very own wood shop and was more than happy to help!  We snuck over their during the week, and he helped both kids turn their cars into candy bars (Hayley also had a Powder Puff Derby coming up)!!  You’ll see Hayley’s Reeces car in a few blog posts, but check out Colin’s Hershey car!  Doesn’t it look awesome?!  So many people asked Colin if it was a real Hershey bar.  That would be too easy!  Colin didn’t win the Derby, but he definitely had one of the best looking cars!

Colin Pinewood Derby April 2017

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