Thursday, October 25, 2012


I made it back from vacation in Massachusetts.  The fall colors were wonderful to see.  I spent time in Boston, Salem, and Auburn.  

Halloween is almost here!  I still have to finish my kids costumes.  They both want to be characters from the Skylander's game. I am taking my kids to the Haunted House/Silent Auction/Carnival at Prairie Rose School (south of Bismarck) on the 27th.  It's open to the public.  The carnival has a cake walk and games.  It's a fun and inexpensive activity.  Tickets are $0.25.  
I found a fun recipe for Brain Dip! Brain Dip

Local news reported that a site has been chosen for the new Bismarck High School.  Go to the following link to read more: Bismarck Tribune

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Automatic Reply: Vacation Notice

I am going on vacation to Massachusetts and my sister agreed to come with from Utah.  This will be a fun girls getaway!
Erin Barry (Sister)

See you in a week!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Predicting the Future (weekend)

Oh, the places that I will go this weekend.... First, I am officially obligated by my boys to go to the Pumpkin Patch tomorrow because I let the cat out of the bag. I am excited to go too, but sometimes a laziness sets in on the weekend and it's REALLY hard to leave the house :)
I will definitely follow up the Pumpkin Patch with a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte as long as a world shortage on Pumpkin flavoring hasn't taken effect. (I heard a terrible rumor about this).
I am going to follow it up with church on Sunday and then an Open House at 539 MARILYN DR, Mandan. I would love to see you out there and I would enjoy some company! SUNDAY 1-2:30.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bismarck Happenings

I am a big fan of Papa's Pumpkin Patch. I am planning to take my kids this weekend.
SEASON: The 2012 season at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is Sept. 10 – Oct. 20. We haul pumpkins and all of our other produce like squash, gourds, straw bales, corn stalks and decorative corn into the yards each week in September so you always see a fresh supply of fall color. HOURS: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is open 12-7 pm daily, weather permitting. Always double check the home page of Papa’s website or Facebook fan page if you’re uncertain about the weather or our hours. We try to post our intentions for each day by 11 am. If we need to close the patch during the day, we will post our closing on the website and fan page as soon as we make the decision. Mother Nature in North Dakota can be challenging sometimes! COSTS: General admission at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is $3/person. Infants and toddlers age 2 or younger are free. If you are visiting Papa’s Pumpkin Patch on Monday through Friday as part of a pre-scheduled group or party, the cost is $1/person.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Why Do I Need a REALTOR?!

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again. But if you're still not convinced of the value of a REALTOR®, here are a dozen more reasons to use one: 1. Your REALTOR® can help you determine your buying power, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you. 2. Your REALTOR® has many resources to assist you in your home search. 3. Your REALTOR® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. 4. Your REALTOR® can help you negotiate. 5. Your REALTOR® provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property. 6. Your REALTOR® can help you in understanding different financing options and in identifying qualified lenders. 7. Your REALTOR® can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly. 8. When selling your home, your REALTOR® can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. 9. Your REALTOR® markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. Often, your REALTOR® can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your property. 10. Your REALTOR® will know when, where and how to advertise your property. 11. Your REALTOR® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your marketing position. 12. Your REALTOR® can help close the sale of your home. ""