A couple of weeks later I got a call and my heart skipped a little when I saw New York, NY on my caller ID. Sure enough it was the magazine just asking a few questions because they loved our house and we were being considered in the final decision.......but we needed to send some more pictures.
I sent more and then our family left on vacation over Spring Break. On our way to San Fransisco, in the middle of nowhere Nevada, I get another call from NY and my heart REALLY skipped a beat....maybe this is it!? Nope, they needed more pictures from every angle imaginable!
We pull over at the next exit in the middle of the desert to a McDonalds with WiFi and thankfully we have my laptop with lots of stored pictures. For the next hour and a half we go through hundreds of pictures and try to email them the best ones we could find.
Back on the road (we are crazy with excitement at this point) we get another call from NY. Still need more pictures! The problem now is we don't have a lot of those shots and we're not home to take them. Luckily, my brother, who is an awesome photographer and happens to be in town and willing, goes to our house and takes all the pictures needed and emails them to NY. I warned our contact there that the house was pretty messy but she assured me they just needed angles and they didn't care how messy it was. phew!
I don't remember all the other calls but there were a couple of very nice people from different departments of the magazine.....one which gave us a little interview of our story, things that we did to the house, what our future plans were, and most of all making sure we were the owners of the house and not somebody else's house or one that we planned to sell soon.
The next call was the big one. Dustin and I were sitting in our hotel and I screamed when she told me we won. Dustin and I were so happy, so excited, so amazed....almost in disbelief. For the next 3 days we kept looking at each other, shaking our heads, and telling each other we won. :-)