Sunday, July 31, 2011

Frankie's 3rd Birthday!

Yesterday was my sweet angel's 3rd birthday... and I felt like a horrible mom because we already had plans to take the kids to Kings Island before they start back to school. So that morning we made special time for him :) Then he went and played with my mom and her dog all day lol

I remember the first day we went and got him...he was so cute and sweet :) Look what I found...

Aww look at him coming home for the first time ;) This was right after we picked him up and got him in the car! He was a little greasy and hadn't had his first bath yet! Brings back the memories lol

Ok so back to his bday...after he slept in...

We got up, decorated the dining room...



 Then took him to his favorite store, the Barkery!
He rode in his favorite spot (aka Jakes carseat ha)


Then looked out the window and tried to show off his Birthday shirt :)


We made it and he was so excited when we pulled up!


He had fun picking out some new toys and then we got some yummy treats and cupcakes for him!


Frankie enjoyed his new toys... and a new Pee Pad that looks like grass LOL hopefully this will help him not pee in front of the back door anymore when we are not home! ;)



Frankie LOVED his one day a year of getting on the dining room table to enjoy his treats :)


He even is testing the waters with his new grassy indoor space hahahaha

 Then just for fun, we played put the paw on the doggy and ate cupcakes :)




It was fun!

Me and my sweet boy...


Wish I could have had him a major dog party but unfortunately I couldn't pull it off this year..maybe next year :)
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Last Day for Give-Away!

Good Morning Ladies!

Today is the last day to comment and win this must have .....

So that your legs can be on their way to looking like this...


And also win this....



Tomorrow I will announce the winner! :)
Good Luck!!
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Friday, July 29, 2011

July Update

Things have not been too eventful lately.. Hard Money Loan #16 was supposed to be paid off a week ago, but apparently that sale fell through. My partner contacted the escrow company a couple times to try to give them a payoff amount, but his calls were never returned. And we just received another regular loan payment, so all indications are the sale fell through.

Also received a payment on hml #17. Payments have been coming in on that one like clockwork.

Unfortunately, the Houston apartment complex has had another not so good month. After having an occupancy of 90% in May, June's figure rose slightly to 91% but that came at the cost of increased concessions. June also experienced high turnover along with the increased costs that brings (marketing, cleaning, etc). Management expects July's revenue to rebound to about $7,000 more than June.

Expenses actually declined a bit, although the utilities cost rose due to the higher temperatures of summer. Our management company has deferred their fees to help improve the bottom line. Our mortgage switches from interest only to interest plus principal in July, which will raise our monthly payment by about $10,000.

Management is still cautiously optimistic about the second half of the year and they do feel like the overall market is improving. However, the concessions given to attract tenants tend to delay those improvements from showing up in the bottom line for a bit. For the first six months of this year, we are actually running about $105,000 ahead of our budgeted net operating income, although 10% of that amount can be attributed to the management company delaying their fees.

In other news, tomorrow marks the seven year anniversary of this blog!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Birthday Post!

First and most importantly... today is my best friend since the 5th grade, Chrissy's, 27th Birthday!
Happy Birthday CC I love you!

For her birthday we went to Riverbend last weekend to see Rascall Flatts, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin & Justin Moore... we were so pumped... sadly to say it wasn't the best concert :(

We got stuck in traffic and missed Easton & Justin :( Bummer!


And by the time we got there, it was not only 107 degree heat index at 8pm at night with absolutely ZERO breeze, but it was so crowded I wanted to die ha

On the lawn at Riverbend, you are sure to see some interesting things.. I wish I would have gotten more pics but my phone died... I will have to get some from someone else and post but we encountered people throwing up allllll over the lawn right next to us (vomit), two trashbag girls got in a fist fight and one left with her entire face covered in blood (not a lie, Chrissy being a nurse wanted to help, I wouldn't let her lol).
This girl and her friends creatively made these hats, she thought we loved them thats why we were snapping pics, in reality we wanted to blog about it LOL (I am not a mean person I promise, this was just too funny)

A Bud Light hat... surely she wasn't the first to think of that?!?

Chrissy's hair needed a little Southern Country love for the concert so I braided her up... so cute!


Our group snapshot :) Please ignore the dripping sweat!


I was so excited to wear the pink cowboy boots... and look what I found to wear with them, at Target of all places for $20 ... pink denim jorts! Loved them! lol Don't Judge!

(My hair looked whack and Chris didn't tell me when he took the pic ha so that's why I am headless)

Despite all the drunk high school kids throwing up and the 110 degree sweating heat, we had a pretty good time, stopped at White Castle on the way home and had a dance party in the car! That's how we party ;) I have never felt so old until that night, let me tell you!

The next day we went to Chris's nephew, Jack's, 1st Birthday Party!! It was so cute! His sister, Lisa, is so crafty and creative... how cute is this...??



Jack's Favorite Animal is a Horse - so these cookies were so cute!


She had everything so blue and cute!

Before presents and food the kiddos and Chris fished a little in their pond...



Ava caught a HUGE bass first! So excited! You would have thought she won the lotto!

Then Ella caught a Blue Gill :)

 Look at that face! Too cute!!

Lisa & Paul with Baby Jack :)

CAKE TIME....


Jack's Smash Cake was Out.Of.Control!
Look at that outfit after the smash cake... hahahahahaha too cute!

After cake, a bath was an absolute necessary! Is that the cutest pic ever? What a framer!!

His big present of the night... His first motorized vehicle ha

Chris and Jack in his "My Uncle Rocks" shirt we found him :) Too Cute!

We had such a great, fun time! It was a great party!
I am sure Jack enjoyed all his presents and family being there... but if he really understood, I think he would say this is the best present he is getting....

 Yayyy another new little Baby!
So Excited!

Speaking of Birthdays.... only 2 more days until this sweet little angel's 3rd Birthday...

I may or may not have already purchased minimal decorations for his bday (will post this weekend) and I also may or may not have DVR'd Martha Stewart's show last week about "Puppy Themed Parties" ha!

Don't forget about my give-away!!
Only 2 More Days! - XO
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