Friday, December 24, 2021

Doddridge County Park, West Union West Virginia #FamilyReunion

On September 11 , 2021, we went to Doddridge County Park in West Union, WV for a family reunion.  It was our first time attending a Cottrill family get-together.  I'm glad we decided to go because we got to meet some of my husband's relatives.  It was a long drive (147 miles) but it was worth the time.  The scenery was beautiful, though I didn't like the winding roads.
It took us a little over 2 hours to find the place.
The park was beautiful, I wish we could have roamed around to take pictures, but we didn't have much time as we got busy mingling and getting to know some of the relatives that we were just meeting for the first time.
My minions are in their age where they are so awkward in meeting people.  I'm glad they get to see familiar faces and had a chance to hangout.

We played bean bag toss to entertain the youngsters.
We didn't stay very long since we had a long drive and we have our dogs waiting at home.

We took a group picture before we left.  I wish I would have a recorded a video so I could remember everyone's name.
After being cooped up at home due to covid restrictions, it was really nice to be able to go somewhere and meet people, especially relatives.  I hope we could attend again if there's another family reunion in the coming years.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Fernwood Shooting Range in Ohio

Our plan of going back to shooting range in Fernwood Ohio did not materialize since both hubby and I got sick with Covid.  Hopefully though we could go back there again sometime in Spring or Summer next year.  These photos were taken earlier this year when we took our kids  to practice shooting.  It's been a while since we did it so we had to refresh our know how in safety handling a gun for protection.


With crazy things happening in this world everyday, it doesn't hurt to properly know how to use a gun to protect yourself just in case that time comes.  Our son used to get scared but now that he's older he understand the need to learn.  I'm glad my husband is a military veteran, he taught me and the kids how to shoot different guns.  I still need a lot of practice to improve my aim but hopefully, I don't ever encounter a situation where I need to shoot someone.  Like I said, it is important to properly educate yourself,  especially the kids, the proper way of using a weapon for protection.

5 Tips For First Time Home Buyers

 Do you want to buy a new home? Purchasing a new house is exciting, but it can also be challenging. To make the process fun and rewarding, 

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Follow These Top Tips:

Have Your Mortgage Approved First

When buying a new home, the most important thing is to have finance in place before you actually go shopping for one. Make sure that you have searched for Mortgage Quotes, checked all the requirements, and that your lender approves your mortgage application before you start looking at places and selecting one. 

Once you know how much money you will get from lenders, it will determine how big of a property you can afford. However, keep in mind that smaller properties tend to appreciate more quickly than larger ones as they are harder to find, and demand tends to raise prices.

Figure Out What You Need In A Home

Before you start looking for your perfect new home, it is important to know exactly what you are after. This means listing all the essential things and deciding which of them could be less important for you. For example, think about space (rooms, size), location (neighborhood) or proximity to work (commute time), amenities (shopping facilities), etc. 

Also, make sure to figure out how much maintenance you can do yourself and if there will be any room left for changes in the future - like maybe building an extension later on. Ask yourself questions like: "How many rooms do I really need?", "Do I want to keep a garden?"

Set A Budget

Buying a new home can be expensive, so it is important to set a budget and stick to it. This means knowing how much you want to spend on the purchase itself and on renovations, furnishing, moving costs, and other associated expenses. 

It is very easy to get carried away when house hunting, but remember that you don't want to be in debt for years after you've moved in. Instead, try to find a property within your budget and save up for any extras.

Don't Rush Into Anything

It's natural to want to find the perfect home as soon as possible, but it's also very important to take your time when house hunting. Rushing into the first home you see could be a mistake. 

Instead, take time to look at potential properties and consider which one is best for you. For example, try staying overnight in the area where the property is located before making a decision - this will give you an accurate idea about what daily life there would be like for you.

Find A Trusted Agent

When buying a new home, it is very helpful to have the assistance of a trusted real estate agent. They will help you find your perfect property and advise how much you should pay for it. In addition, if they are experienced in the local market, they can provide invaluable knowledge about nearby amenities, schools, and anything relevant when looking at properties. 

Once you've found an agent you like working with, make sure to ask them if there are any other fees - some agents charge extra for their services while others do not. In addition, read reviews from previous clients to get an idea of what to expect.

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