My brother says that this will make a good story for my grandchildren. When the subject of the "Recession of the 2000s" comes up, it will be my "war story."
I think differently. I would like to write about it here and then never speak of it again. Deal?
We moved to Yucaipa in September of 2004. We bought a house. Why did we buy a house? We had bought a house in Hanford and it went wonderfully. But a lot of things went wonderfully in Hanford that didn't go so great in Yucaipa. Moral of this story: Just because things go well in Hanford doesn't mean they will go well in Yucaipa. Go jot that in your diary.
Eighteen months passed, Kevin's job was completed, and it became time to move. We treated the back fence with Thompson's Water Seal to make it look shiny new, then ceremoniously sledgehammered our "For Sale By Owner" sign into the front lawn.
If I call the ensuing months the "dark days of my soul," you should really kick me in the shins, because that's a tad over-dramatic. But at the very least, they sucked. I had three pre-school-aged children; I had to keep my house show-ready every day "just in case" even though we never had a showing; and my husband was traveling four or five days out of every week to Las Vegas. I think I owe my remaining sanity to the mothering website/chat room that kept me company, the Starbucks down the road that had a little "kids' area" next to a comfy couch, and my friend Magan who called me every single day. Kevin might have been paying her, I'm not sure. If so, it was worth every dime.
Here are some of the photos of the house. For my therapy, let's discuss what feelings they evoke.
Purchase house in Yucaipa - September, 2004
Give birth to Bethanie in house in Yucaipa - March, 2005
Celebrate Kevin's 30th in house in Yucaipa - complete with sumo wrestling and catered Italian (we are nothing if not diverse) - March, 2006
Put house up for sale by owner - April, 2006
Get nervous and list with realtor - December, 2006
Positive pregnancy test - 4th child! - January, 2007
Find rental house in Vegas, where Kevin is now working - July, 2007 - Kevin's company graciously and generously helps us with rent in Vegas for one year.
Realtor finds renter for Yucaipa house - August, 2007
Rental payment is $900.00 less than our mortgage payment. Hemorrhage money for three years and two months.
Various changes of tenants, problems showing the house, tremendous weariness with realtors.
Stop paying house payment and list as short sale - October, 2010 - Guilt and regret are enormous.
Fifteen months, two failed escrows, and many many minor heart-attacks later - SOLD!