Friday, December 28, 2007
a couple of weeks ago we watched my little brother for 13 days while my parents were overseas visiting my sister. although he is a little older since this picture was taken he had two "famous" quotes.
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a few weeks ago ryan had to get some colored copies made. Going into copyworks he had in his head it'd probably cost around $30 dollars. It was 5:00 am so he didn't really have any other options. He needed 3 appraisals copied, which are multiple pages themselves. he had them copied and was told the bill was $290.00! he must of looked like he was going to faint because the store clerk immediately could tell he wasn't thinking it'd be that much. since only a few of the copies were colored she was able to knock it down to $130.00. since then ryan has boycotted copyworks. he has taken the $1.25 colored copy personal in a way only Ryan can :) ... in the meantime we found this youtube video of this little kid getting VERY mad he can't make it down this slip 'n slide. he goes this fist like motion toward the slip 'n slide ( click below to see the clip then continue with the story) SOOOOOOO...going back to the story a few days after the copyworks episode we were driving by it and ryan did the "fist" ever since then if we get mad or frustrated we pull the "fist" enjoy!
(its the last kid on this little segment with the slip 'n slide!)
Posted by Ashley Houck at 12:38 PM
Friday, December 21, 2007
- Merry Christmas!Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
The verse listed above was our motto verse of the year. For us, 2007 was a year of working hard, making sacrifices, building a foundation for our entrepreneur future, and completely relying on God’s strength. Even then, to be completely honest, we sometimes wondered if we bit off more than we could chew. However, we serve a Great God and no prayer was left unanswered.
- Ryan: (written by Ashley) In February Ryan turned 26, and celebrated his second year with Heartland Appraisals. He is still in training (under Keith) until the end of December. He passed the State of Iowa Board exam just a few weeks ago! (his first time, yahoo!) In June he took on a part-time job for Real Estate Service Group managing 70+ apartment units in Boone. When he’s not out appraising or remodeling houses, you can find him playing 6 a.m b-ball with his father-in-law & friends.
Ashley: (written by Ryan) Ashley probably learned more than she ever wanted to on remodeling houses, putting in long hours and being my little encourager. I couldn’t have done any of it without her optimistic, loving, and “go get it done” spirit. When I stayed busy with my various jobs she was busy mowing lawns & shoveling snow for our duplex’s, not to mention painting, tearing out carpet, and learning how to “do the books.” One of her newest hobbies is online karaoke. You can easily find her singing her little heart out!
Random things we learned this year: (in no particular order)
Make sure the paint can lid is on tight before you move it
At 3:00 a.m. its best to use a flashlight when you use a table saw outside(so your neighbors can’t see where the noise is coming from! :-))
We have amazing friends & family who we couldn’t have finished the remodeling projects without!
Ashley is a walking advertisement for “grease lightening” cleaning product which gets ANYTHING OUT
Ryan can sing every word of the lion king Broadway soundtrack
Financial Peace University is changing our lives (daveramsey.com)
God is faithful
We went to Lowe’s more than the grocery store in 2007
If you have a trampoline in your yard you’re a hero to everyone 10 years and younger!
While Haley lived with us for three months we couldn’t believe how many sandwiches she could pack down!
Our remodeling Secret Weapon:
Ceramic tile $0.08, Air gun nailer $40.00, fire place $90.00, having a mom who works at Lowe’s …priceless! :-)
We would love to hear from all of you, and the blessings you’ve had throughout the year! May God’s grace and love, through His Son Jesus Christ, be with you this holiday season and throughout the New Year.Much Love,
Ryan & Ashley Houck
311 South Walnut
Ames, Iowa 50010
515-291-7926 Ryan Cell
515-291-4944 Ashley Cell
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Monday, November 26, 2007
for the past few weeks i've really gotten into reading postsecrets.com, below are just a few postcards.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
hi friends & family!
my goal this week is to update our "blog" so check back in a few days!
Ryan & Ashley
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Monday, September 3, 2007
We had nursery duty at church today with some friends. We each had a child to “man.” Ryan was lucky and got this sweet adorable little girl who was an angel. Her name was Leslie (like from the sound of music) he tried to pronounce it but it came out as leslie, lesel, lesiel until us girls (who are very familiar with the movie) corrected him. :-) Ryan has self admitted he is terrible at remembering a new name especially if he doesn’t already know someone who has the same name. For instance when we first started dating he didn’t already know another Ashley, and he had to think a minute every time to remember my name. (he told me this after we were engaged.) so to remember this little girls name, later on that day he shared with me how proud he was for remembering her name. I asked him how…and he responded "I thought of something it rhymed with, weasel.” :-)
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Sunday, September 2, 2007
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this is a little paragraph "about me" ryan's coming soon...
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Monday, August 13, 2007
1.) Ashley is a walking advertisement for a cleaning product called Grease lighting, you can only get it at lowes, its the BEST. http://www.glblast.com/products/Default.aspx
2.) Ryan doesn't like ice in his pop. he'd rather have it VERY cold from the fridge
3.) since purchasing our two rental properties we disagree about 95% of the time, but don't make any decision unless the other is on board 100%
4.) we are obsessed with the Lion King soundtrack. it has to be playing for us to clean.
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Don’t pray for a lighter load. Pray for a stronger back
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Monday, August 6, 2007
To say the past year has been tough would be an understatement. Trying to get two businesses up and running (Appraising and property management) to a point where it’s making money is not easy, nor should it be. Nothing easy doesn’t come with a lot of work, a lot of prayer and a lot more work! Ryan & I joked a lot this past year how we’re living our dream and nightmare at the same time. Last July we bought 628/630 garnet. We lived in one side and completely remodeled the upstairs. I don’t think anything was the original when we moved out. It took us 11 months to complete with putting in 85 plus hours (between our jobs and the duplex) for the last month and a half. Including an all-nighter the night before the new tenants moved in. We certainly couldn’t have done it without our family & friends who REALLY stepped up to the plate and helped us out when we needed it the most. There were many times Ryan & I questioned our sanity in doing this. Then this June we purchased another duplex located right behind the east Hy-Vee here in
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
okay, as many of you have noticed we haven't posted anything in AWHILE. we are STILL trying to get our Internet hooked up to our new place. (hopefully by MONDAY, the latest) i have ALOT to update, so please check back soon!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
well, we just moved! so it might be a few weeks til i am able to post something new. after we get Internet hooked up at our new place, i have alot of "catching up" to do. by the way, our new address is 311 South Walnut Ames, Iowa 50010.
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Monday, June 18, 2007
for those of you who don't know, ryan got a part time job taking care of 75 rental units in Boone for a company called "Real Estate Service Group" (http://www.resgi.com/) he works roughly 25+ hours a week and really has been enjoying it. check out the website if you'd like to take a look!
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Sunday, May 27, 2007
as many of you who know us well, know that we love diet mountain dew (Ashley) and mountain dew (Ryan) however, within the last month we gave up buying pop (in an effort to save up money for our down payment on the walnut street duplex) that's right, we gave up buying pop...now that's not to say we didn't put some cans in our pockets when we went to our parents houses to visit :-) so we tried to come up with a good substitute. we thought of water, but seriously, who are we kidding? we knew we couldn't quit drinking pure sugar to nothing. so we opted to try crystal lights...and i gotta say we are now addicted! if you haven't already, give 'em a try!
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so i realized its been awhile since our last post. so here is what we've been up to the last couple of weeks.
last week we met up with our old neighbors Jeremy & Amanda Hall. For those of you who remember they lived below us at Gilbert and got married just a month after us. we would hang out with them, grill etc. well, jeremy finished up with his master's program at ISU and they are moving to Carson city. so we got together with them one last time before they left. we ended up going to Flatheads this tiny little restaurant in st. anthony iowa. its the type of place where everyone knows everyone and they look at you right when you come into the door. had a good time there then we broke in our fire pit with some good ole' smores. it was a good night, and we want to wish jeremy & amanda the best of luck!
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Monday, May 14, 2007
for mothers day this year it was pretty low key. on saturday night we went to radcliffe to spend the evening there. we brought a pizza and just had a good time talking, visiting with Ryan's parents & grandma and looking at all the work ryan, jon & kathy had done. They had just put 19 windows into a rental the houck's own.
sunday evening we headed to the huhn farm and had a bbq for supper, and talked awhile. then headed over to boppa & grandma's to say hi as well. overall a great mothers day
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the house pictured below is our new duplex. we officially take ownership june 30. We will be moving there sometime in june. both sides are two bedrooms, one bath. we are REALLY looking forward to not living in a "work in progress!" this place will actually feel like a home, and we might actually be living there longer than one year! more pictures to come once we take ownership!
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