To update our YES situation...
We got a YES from the bank, and a YES from a landlord, so we are MOVING! This is good news. VERY good news.
The not-so-good news for me personally is that we are not moving 3000 miles away, but rather more like 5. Same town. Different zip code. Same oppressive heat for 6 months of the year. Same cruddy schools for the boys. (Ok, I know, Scottsdale Unified is the top rated district in the state. Arizona is, however, the 2nd dumbest state in the country looking at comparative test scores. So, really, what is there to brag about?) However, it is a GREAT house.. great... and I am So excited!!!
We started packing last weekend. We move around the 21st of June, so no time like the present! I have taken 2 huge car load of, ahem, crap to the Goodwill store, and a few things to consignment. There is much more to go, but we are making progress.
I think a good tactic is this... about ever 2 or 3 years, pretend you are going to move. Weed out. Toss stuff. I am amazed and a bit disgusted by all that we have accumulated in the last 9 years.
More, including pictures, soon!!