Thursday, August 14, 2014

Natural Springs Resort

Now that we are moved in it's time to get a start on our camping.

We packed up the camper and headed to Nautural Springs Resort in New Paris.

For this camping weekend we were met by friends and family.

If you are looking for a campground with lots of water activites then look no more. NSR offers a heated swimming pool.
Chicken Fight!

Water Fun

Tommy and Beux

Max and Noah

Take a look at the lake!

Son of a beach, this place is great! 

Nice dive Tommy!

Hanging out in the lake

Lookin good boys!

Brielle and Lilly making castles

Noah taking the plunge

They even offer scuba diving opportunities. I think I heard that there is a school desk and train or something like that to explore.

We checked in late Friday night and hung out. It feels good to finally unwind after all the moving and unpacking. I need about another month of summer. Speaking of moving I might have forgotten to give a HUGE thank you to all those who helped us... specifically my sisters and Josh. (Happy Buff?)

Tammy, Lindsey, and I 

Take a look at our setup! This weekend we were with five other campers. This is the Hamlin/Williams commune.
So cute!

Kris and Bella

The next morning Dan made his famous homemade waffles.

Outdoor kitchen

And Kris got a start on the bacon.

Grillin Machine

Dan and I decided to burn off some of that with a bike ride around the park.

I swear it felt like I was doing most of the pedaling...

Everyone took a turn!

Tammy and Lance

Buffy and I trying out for a Double Mint commercial 

I'd like to add that while riding with Buff as lead driver, she drove us through someone's campsite. I'm talking in between their camper and picnic table. We might have run over some flip flops. Sorry fellow campers.

At this campground there is a lot of traffic...

The famous "campground" bike rental

Crusin the campground
Max was loving this until some party poopers told him he had to have a valid divers license to operate a golf cart.
I wanted to say:
1. Take a look around buddy. You think this demographic of people has a valid driver's license??
2. I clearly see that one can load up on a case of Old Milwaukee's Best, load about fifteen people on the back and side and drive around like some kind of clown car show from a circus.

But instead I smiled and feigned stupid and said, "oh I'm sorry he's usually a pretty good driver. "

Taking Chewy for a walk... 

Woooop wooop... Pull over.

Officer, I'd like to report a DUI. Some crazy ladies on a tandem... 


The gang
See the guy in the hat? That's Jeff. He's awesome. He is a regular at this campground and brought us over a special batch of his moonshine. After I took a sip and about had a seizure he said that it wasn't this strong when he made it two years ago..... mmmmmmhmmmmm

I put her down Jeff but not without a fight.

As with most camping "resorts" you will always find activities for the kids. Usually it's a shitty craft that nobody cares about. It's a win-win though because the kids feel pretty awesome about themselves and it's one more mindless activity to send your kids to when they are bored.
Craftin it up!

Bling, bling!

Princess Aalyah

Camping doesn't always have to be outdoorsy. Sometimes you just want to sit in the A/C. Adding a deck of cards or board game is always a good idea. We keep Uno in the camper. It's a good two and a half to four hour time kill.
Pick 4 bitch

The weather was good, a perfect weekend to spend time with family and friends. 
Hat buddies

We made new friends, friends that travel with ginormous blenders! Thanks Kim!
Kim's Kool Blender!
This was a successful weekend. NSR gets one thumb up from this camping family. We will definitely come back some day.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Welcome to Our New Home!

It's official.

We are finally moved into the new house. The process was long and at one point we thought we lost this house. I remember a moment, while waiting on the appraiser to get his head out of his ass, Dan looked at me and said, "Let's just walk away. We will find another house".

As I sat on the couch of our very tiny rental I pondered that question and replied, "Oh for God's sake I'm not starting this process over! If you want to find another house good luck, I'm moving to Sayers!"

I don't blame him. It was ugly.

I'd like to take a moment and talk about the VA, as in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dan served our country by joining the United States Navy, the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

He served for four years. I wonder if he too took a 6th grade class trip to DC and the patriotism struck something in his heart that lead him to serve his country.

Or maybe his dad said, "College??!! Jesus, you want to go to college too?? (sidenote: Dan is the youngest of six children) Join the Navy, those sonsofbitches can pay for your college"

I'm keeping my fingers crossed it was the first one.

In the wise words of George Washington,

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."

Do you want to know what isn't so glorious?? Trying to purchase a house via a VA loan.

It kinda felt like they were saying, "Hey, thanks guy for giving up four years of your life so that we may order you around, make you sleep in coffin-like beds, pay you almost nothing, give you the name seamen (lol) so that when you grow up, find the love of your life, and have children, we can give you the dick sandwich when it comes time to financing your home".

I think the VA needs to read George's words.

The benefits of a VA loan:
1. No PMI- Thanks VA for not letting us pay a PMI, instead charging a hefty VA fee, which I would like to call "PMI".

2. No closing costs- In the end Jesus came through because we were able to get the house, thanks to the sellers coming down on the price and us meeting in the middle a little. Or as Dan would view it, we paid about four grand towards closing costs.

So there you have it. The VA loan= basically a conventional loan with the added bonus of jumping through hoops, on fire, twenty feet high in the air.

Thanks for serving our country Dan. You'll always be our favorite seaman.

The big take away is that we made it! We are moved into our new home! It is everything we wanted, out in the country, and room to grow. Well, not grow as in adding to our family, rather grow in the sense we can get away from each other if needed.

Moving is always fun right? It gives one the opportunity to go through old pictures and boxes of forgotten treasures.

Look what I found crumpled in a trashbag....

Note that the train is much whiter than the dress. That's because I wore this baby twice for Halloween and maybe a few times around the house when the boys were fighting and I needed to hold court.

I did upgrade the trash bag for a box so it will stay nice.

Unless you build, there is always work to be done. Specifically, tearing down trees and painting.

Nobody and I mean nobody blows better than this seaman. There's nothing he can't do. And I'd like to give a big shoutout to Kris's ass photobombing in the background. 

He's a mover....

He's a builder...

Look how fierce he is!

We are the proud owners of two acres! Cutting the grass takes about two hours.

For the boys! Boom! Look who's got free labor!! 

If you're someone reading this blog and you're on the fence about having kids, you need to ask yourself: Do I own grass? Does it snow where I live? Do you want your parents off your back, focusing their keen attention on someone else... say grandchildren? Then you just answered your own question my friend.

We have moved in and are just about ready to have you all over to see the new place!

The boys have already had a few friends over for bonfires and friendly BB gun fun. 

Looks like a campground right?? Well is not, it's our yard....with the camper pulled around back....and no neighbors to judge us. 

The boys watching a movie, outside the camper, parked in our yard. Awesome. 

Wait for the announcement and come join us for a family friendly cookout at our new home!