Hurray! Today we found a place we like and put in an application. We are confident we will get it (so much so that I went ahead and gave my two weeks notice for work/gave notice to vacate!) Last day of work scheduled to be May 14 so we'll move the Saturday before, May 10th if all goes as planned. It's a house built into a duplex and our division will be the main floor and the basement. The backyard is shared with the owner upstairs who owns the place but there are nooks and crannies for planting garden goods. He is ok with the band rehearsing and there's a fireplace in the basement which will be lovely for musical and warmth atmosphere. There are two "rooms" downstairs that have some potential for a clean up and putting carpet in (I'm on the craigslist prowl for carpet now...) which will make them very usable and some basement space that's just shelving/storage and laundry area. The main floor, upstairs living room has wood floor, a fireplace...the owner talked of putting a wood stove insert in for heating in the winter rather than the diesel heat now used because of expense. The 2 bedrooms have old blue carpet but I bought a carpet steam cleaner today for tidying things up and inviting a homey spirit, I'm sure we'll use it plenty. Off the kitchen there's a back door entrance to the backyard and just three blocks away is a great park with a water fountain for summer splashing and our friends, Ben and Holly are real nearby, too. It's fairly close to Carolina's school so we may choose to keep her in the Russian immersion program next year, too and only one bus ride to Eli's school. It's in our last ward boundary. It's a nice clean, safe feeling neighborhood and I am so excited to spend time with the kids and make our nest a home. Once I get the official ok I shall begin packing!