Sweet Home Alabama!
Day One - We arrived around noon and meet up with the realtor, Sonia, and headed straight away to see some houses. The tour began in the northwest corner of Birmingham. We fell in love with the second home we saw ... beautiful beautiful yard and a very well-maintained home. Crossed it off the list because it sat next to a trailer-home and across the street from another trailer-home. Call us intolerant, politically incorrect, or just plain snooty, but we suspect that property value just will not hold given what we were seeing.
Sonia told us the W/NW areas of Birmingham are struggling and have been on the decline the past couple years. She strongly suggests we constrain our search to the NE, E, and SE areas ... including small towns outside the metro area.
After a long afternoon we decided it was time for us to call it a day and go meet Mr. Elijah! We made arrangements to meet Sonia about 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Mr. Elijah turns out to be even more adorable in person than he is in pictures! I know that is hard to believe, but it is true! He gave us a bit of a shy-shoulder for the first half hour or so, but after that we were in-like-Flynn!!! He was smiles and giggles. We took the kids to Chipotle for supper since Andrea had to go back to church for worship team practice. I had a ball giving Elijah "rasperries" under his chin and listening to his big budda-belly laugh ... I'm really looking forward to seeing this little guy on a frequent basis! His eyes are so bright!