December 24–1 day until Christmas—What’s the best gift you’ve ever given…the one that you that had the WOW effect you’ve always wanted?

Christmas_ball_D I tried long and hard to think of the best gift I ever gave; the one that had the Wow effect; the one that surpassed all others. The more I thought about this the more I couldn’t really put my finger on it. I started to ponder why I couldn’t remember, was it because it hasn’t happened yet or was it because my parents raised me right. I think it might be because my parents raised me right. The fact is I think I have given several WOW gifts and the fact that I can’t remember them is due probably to the fact that I haven’t stopped looking for the next Wow gift, the search continues to Wow again and again.

I remember giving homemade gifts to my parents and them enjoying them and I remember gifts to my wife and my kids that they didn’t expect. The most recent gift that has received maybe not the WOW, but most definitely the most use was the Garmin GPS that we gave my dad and my father-in-law. They didn’t have to share, they each got one thanks to incredible pricing at Wal-Mart. I use my GPS daily and I guess I take it for granted. Let’s face it I’m a man and I don’t like asking directions and neither do they. So this gift tops my list of the MOST used gifts I’ve ever given. No man likes to ask for directions and now you don’t have to; you just type in your destination and a pretty little computer voice tells you how to get there. Yes, most of the time it’s a female voice, which is kind of odd. Did you ever see your dad ask a waitress how to get somewhere, no it was always the gas attendant or a policeman. So I’m still on the hunt for the Wow gift, something that will blow them away, something that they can’t wait to start using..hmmm.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given…the one that you that had the WOW effect you’ve always wanted?

This REALTORS Perspective: The gift of home ownership puts you on the path to personal wealth, but does it put you on the road to happiness? Owning a home is more than making payments to a bank instead of a landlord. Owning a home is a commitment to your family and your community. The commitment to your family is that you’re going to take care of the home, keep it working right and looking nice is always a plus. The commitment to the community is the same oddly enough. The home owners association wants you to cut your grass and paint your home a reasonable color, not because they want to be in control of your home, but because they want the value of all the homes in the neighborhood to increase or more importantly not to decrease. The happiest home owners are the ones that are ready to mow the yard, repair their own sink, and choose their own electrical carrier. Happiness comes in making your own choices about where the shrubs go and the flowers don’t. Happiness comes with picking your new tile, hard wood flooring or countertops. Happiness is making your house a home by putting your finger prints all over it.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given…the one that you that had the WOW effect you’ve always wanted?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may you always…..

Live Life to the Fullest,

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23 days until Christmas— Have you read the book “The Night Before Christmas in Texas-That Is” by Lean Harris ?

Christmas_ball_D So as a youngster I spent Christmas in North Carolina (until we moved to Texas) and my Grandpa Culberson made sure that I knew how things are bigger and better in Texas.   I remember one Christmas getting a book. I didn’t want a book, I wanted a car or a red rider bb gun or who really can remember back that far what I wanted.  The book “The Night Before Christmas in Texas-That Is” by Lean Harris.  My parents did read me that book, I can’t remember if it was Christmas Eve, Christmas day or way before Christmas.  “THAT’S  how we celebrate Christmas in Texas” my grandfather would tell me on the phone.  My parents tried to keep me grounded, but a boot instead of a stocking…how cool was that.  I also couldn’t imagine a Christmas that wasn’t at least sweater weather.  I would find out when we move that…it’s hot in Texas and the white stuff doesn’t visit very often.  I only remember once Winter as a child in Texas that brought us snow that stuck.  My sister and I made a snowman and he was REALLY short. 

To the best of my knowledge this book is out of print, but maybe it will turn up in the attic.  The excitement of this Christmas story, THE Christmas story or any family favorite can’t be beat.  YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, none of these can take the magic away from a story read by mom, dad, sister of brother.  The written word is still alive and well at my home and I hope it is at yours as well.  The inflection you can put into the story, your own Texas drawl, listener participation, other silly voices are all part of the magic of bringing the story alive in the eyes of an excited child.  

MY REALTOR PERSPECTIVE: Sometimes you have to read.  In real estate it just makes sense to read what’s going on.  As a  REALTOR I have lots of papers to go over with my clients.  Buying, selling, renting, landlord it doesn’t matter their are papers you need to read.  With my buyers and sellers one of the first meetings I ask for is a meeting to go over what a contract looks like.  This is our meeting to go into depth about ever part of the contract.  The reason I like to have this meeting early…..once you’ve found the home or the buyer the client can see the finish line and is prone to miss the puddle up a head.  It is best to read over the contract in a relaxed setting, ask TONS of questions so when the excitement of  having a contract comes you can focus on how to make it work for you.

Have you read the book “The Night Before Christmas in Texas-That Is” by Lean Harris ?  What is your best Christmas story memory?Since I couldn’t find or remember the lines to the story….I thought I’d share a Texas Christmas song

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The Hearts of Champions Burn Bright at Magnolia West

The Magnolia West High School football team in their 3rd year as a Varsity program showed District 18-4A they will be a team to be dealt with…every year.  They stampeded into the playoffs for the first time.  What a first playoff appearance they had.  The flashy west coast offense of Willis thought they had their players healed and adjustments made only to find that the FIRE of the Mustangs would not go quietly.  When the dust had settled the Mustangs were on the short end of a 46-45 final score.  The blazing determination of the mustangs will surely carry over to 2011-2012 campaign.  Light ‘em up Mustangs next years gonna be even more fun.  District 18-4A the Mustangs of Magnolia West are for real…just wait till next year.