A Multi-Emotional Weekend

This past weekend was a whirlwind of emotions. Kevin and I put our first offer on a house on Friday afternoon, after both of our families had the opportunity to view it, and I (being the extreme optimist) thought for sure we’d be moving into an amazing house on Jan. 14.

We were, however, quickly let down when the seller countered at a mere $1,000 less than his asking price (which was like a slap in the face). We countered back, coming up QUITE a lot, and he countered again with just a little less, not budging out of his price range or willing to meet in the middle, even though his property was over priced. He purchased the house to flip it last year, and while he painted and put in new flooring, the kitchen and bathrooms were very dated (which sell in houses). We thought we put in a very fair and attractive offer (now I’m speaking like my dad, the real estate agent), but he just wasn’t biting. So we walked away last night.

We know everything happens for a reason and we’re not completely heart broken (just a little). Since this was our only shot at moving in before temporary housing completely runs out (we would have been homeless for only 10 days), we now have to find an apartment to move into on Jan. 1.

And I leave for Las Vegas for work tomorrow, returning Wednesday night at midnight.

And we leave for our cruise on Friday.

Then it’s Christmas.

Then we’re homeless.

Despite all of that, I can’t help but look back at our amazing weekend with family and friends.

We live in Bourbon country, so we ventured the windy roads an hour and a half south to Loretto, KY to visit the Maker’s Mark distillery.

Cute little retro kitchen in the Maker’s Mark office that I fell in love with

I spy red wax!

How cute are my parents?

My mom’s drink of choice would be a bourbon or whiskey, so she was in heaven here.

They let us dip our fingers in this 12-feet-deep barrel to try the fermenting bourbon. It tasted disgusting, but it was neat that they let us do that.

We debated stealing this and putting it in our car, but it wouldn’t fit.

They let us go inside each building and this one was my favorite. All you needed was a screw driver or something sharp and you’d have a flow going!

They also let us see some of their infamous billboard advertising pieces. This one was the best.

Then it was time for the tastings! We tried three drinks – their White Label (only sold at the distillery – not pictured), traditional Maker’s Mark and Maker’s 46. Maker’s 46, which also happened to be the most expensive, was all of our favorites. Funny how that happens.

After the tasting, we went into the gift shop to make our purchases and dip our own bottles! Mom and dad bought a bottle of White Label and mom did such a good job dipping hers.

 

After the tour, we headed back north to Louisville to meet Danny and Sara who had arrived just in time to grab a drink and head to see Churchill Downs!

We missed the tours and nothing was open, but my dad really wanted to go just to say he’s been there. Bucket list accomplished.

After visiting the race track, we came back to our apartment to make a delicious pork steak dinner and play the horse game!

We ate too much, drank too much and laughed way too much. And I won $13!

After an incredibly fun (yet somewhat disappointing) weekend, it was time to say goodbye to my family. Danny and Sara stuck around a bit longer and we discussed our upcoming cruise (SIX DAYS!). Then they headed back up to Cincinnati and Kev and I finished off the weekend laying around, watching the storm and eating more.

Back to square one again with house hunting!

 

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6 thoughts on “A Multi-Emotional Weekend

  1. Ugh. I went through the same thing with my house hunt. The first house I offered on was overpriced and the seller wasn’t willing to budge more than a few thousand dollars. I couldn’t go that high. Well, I could have, but it would have been tight on my budget. So I walked away. A few weeks later, I signed on the house I currently live in. It’s not perfect, but it was the right first home for me. You’ll find something. 🙂

    • That’s how we were! We could have gone up, but it wasn’t worth that much (both our real estate agent of 20 years and my dad, a real estate agent of 20+ years agreed), so we walked away. I’m glad to hear that everything worked out…thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Hang in there! Roger and I probably looked at 50 houses in Illinois the first time! And we put two offers in on houses that we didn’t get. Now we are looking in Texas and the first house we put an offer on didn’t even get a counter! I was heartbroken, but the house we are purchasing now is 10x better! I know it is hard, but you guys will find the perfect place!

    • Aw thanks, Karissa! That made me feel a lot better! I just saw the house you posted on Facebook – LOVE IT! Congrats to you both and happy decorating! 🙂

  3. You can do it! The house process is a long one…we looked at at least 20 before we finally found the one we wanted and the deal went through. And someone else had the first bid on our house, but it was contingent on a short sale for them, and it fell through so we got the house! Phew!

    And we totally did the bourbon tour a few years ago….so much fun! Michael dipped the bottle, too!

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