Archive for August, 2006

August activity

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Can’t let August go by without a blog entry, so here I am. I’m sure I’m the first person ever to promise in a blog post to be better about blogging. But as you will see below, we’ve been kinda busy…

First, we had a couple vacations planned, to family on the east coast, and to Tahoe. Those were great. But in the middle of all that, we found a house in Hillsborough that we loved, so we bought it. Now, when you’ve already got a pretty full plate with three kids, putting buying (and selling) a house in the middle of it really makes things crazy. Add in packing everything up, purging the stuff we really don’t need, and moving it all, then top it off with the fact that we both have full-time jobs, with Louisa in particular trying to get her school ready for a bunch of new kids, and we were pushed to our Type-A limits.

Fortunately, most of that is behind us. We do still have three kids, starting three new schools in the next week or two. And, the house is full of boxes (we figure if we unpack 3 a night, we’ll be done by Christmas). But we are mostly settled, and things are down to the usual dull roar in the Shields household.

Now, back to my Inbox of over 2000 emails…


Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

We moved down to the Peninsula in 2001, while expecting our first child. We were convinced that the market was at its peak, but we decided to buy anyway, to get “in the game” and start building value. We found a beautiful new home in Burlingame, built to the maximun 3200 sq feet, on a typical Burlingame 6000 sq foot lot with a postage-stamp backyard. Mainly we loved that it was only a few blocks from the Broadway downtown area, and that there were 5 other families with young kids on the street for instant playdates. However, after 5 years, we really wanted a little more space, and a bigger backyard.

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