Fun Easter Movies You Have to Watch!

 

Right after Lucy discovered her Easter basket and found all her eggs, I immediately asked Chuck to play these movies. Lucy still isn’t into the old-time look of these, but I’ll keep shoving them in her face until she loves them as much as I do.

The Easter Bunny is Comin’ to Town

Rankin/Bass continues their look back on the start of holidays with this 1977 classic. Very reminiscent of Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town, this film explores and explains how our Easter traditions came about including why we decorate eggs, the invention of the jellybean, and how we started wearing adorably sweet Easter outfits. You will also find out the answer to an age-old question – which came first, the chicken or the egg*.

*scroll to the very bottom of this post if you want the answer now!

Read about it here! + Watch it here! 

 

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

This is my favorite of the two Easter movies by Rankin/Bass. I received the remastered DVD as an Easter gift when I was in my mid-twenties and I remember thinking: JACKPOT.

Set in cuteness overload April Valley and told by Conan O’Brien lookalike Seymour S. Sassafrass, this tale recounts the race between Peter Cottontail and Iron Tail to become the Chief Easter Bunny and ruler of April Valley. It is super cute and creatively brings in a little of each of the other holidays which makes it even more fun and awesome.

Read about it here! + Watch it here! 


I don’t just obsess about nostalgic children’s movies, I also love all things real estate. If you have any real estate questions or are interested in learning more about buying or selling, please let me know! I am always here to help! 

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Sarah Waller

402-305-8555

swaller@nebraskarealty.com


*THE CHICKEN.

 

12009 S 49th Street Offered at $264,000

Update: Under Contract August 10th, 2017

Welcome Home to this open custom ranch with windows galore + timeless amenities. Situated on a stately corner lot, this home was thoughtfully designed with a substantial amount of garage space (3 car attached with an extra deep 4th built-in), ample storage (walk-in pantry + custom shelving in all bedroom closets), main floor laundry, a beautifully bright walkout basement, maintenance-free vinyl siding, double water heaters and sprinkler system. All appliances stay and this home has been meticulously cared for. It is the epitome of move-in ready!

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1000 W Perry Offered at $220,000

Update: Under Contract June 17th, 2017

If you love lots of space + character, this 4 bed/4 bath colonial is for you!  There’s over 3,000 sq. ft. of charm throughout the large family room (complete w/ wet bar and fireplace!), modern bathrooms, formal dining, and finished basement w/ non-conforming 5th + 6th bedrooms! More perks: main floor laundry, brand new carpet, brand new exterior paint, oversize 2 car garage, brand new garage door, fully fenced backyard, incredible storage throughout, 2-10 home warranty + all appliances stay!

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Memorial Park is my favorite place in Omaha

I really love Memorial Park. The park, situated on 60th street between Dodge and Underwood, holds a very special place in my heart. It is not only important to me because of the memories I’ve made and will continue to make, it is also home to a monument that my awesome stepfather helped to restore.

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C’mon flag, wave! Or, actually, do whatever you want – you’re great!

I spent three years living in the Country Club neighborhood while attending UNO. I went walking and/or jogging in the area literally almost everyday and would almost always find myself wandering up to Memorial Park. I would spend evenings walking the grassy spaces, running the steps in front of the memorial, strolling the rose garden, or admiring the names of those who had given their lives to our country. This park was the place where I would reflect on my past, work out my present, and daydream about my future.

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Of course I had to take my engagement pictures at Memorial Park!  Pardon the blur, this is a screenshot from my Instagram page 🙂

I feel an even stronger connection to the park now because it is a spot that will always remind me of and bond me to my stepfather Bill Henry. Bill was a huge advocate for veterans and the military and he loved Memorial Park. He has a lasting legacy at the park as one of the members of the restoration committee for the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Bill was a veteran of the Vietnam War and dedicated his life to our country and our veterans. After retiring from the post office in 2012, he spent countless hours working hard for those who had given their lives for their country. As the founding member of the Nebraska chapter of The Missing in America Project, Bill worked with funeral homes, cemeteries, and even local government to make sure there was a friend and a respectful resting place for the cremains of forgotten or family-less veterans.

Bill was really doing what he loved when he was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while escorting unclaimed cremains to Arlington National Cemetery. He spent his life, up to his final days, serving our country and its veterans. Bill Henry was an incredible man and I feel extremely grateful that such a special place in Omaha will forever bear his name. His legacy of respect and love for our country’s finest lives on at Memorial Park.

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This proudly sat in my mom and Bill’s bedroom. People signed their thanks for his hard work on the monument.

Even without the awesome connection to Bill that the park grants me, Memorial Park truly feels like a magical place.

From Dodge Street, my eyes are always drawn to the long, meticulously manicured front lawn leading up to the majestic monuments. The view from the top of the hill is amazing – out over the trees towards the Midtown neighborhoods, my alma mater’s clock tower, and the beautiful steeple of St. Margaret Mary’s. The winding pedestrian bridge linking the park to the south side of Dodge adds an extra bit of drama to an already attractive landscape.

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What. A. View.

Its large size, walking paths (a trip around and throughout the park is 3.6 miles!), gorgeous rose garden, children’s playground, and of course the honorable memorials, makes Memorial Park a must-see destination in Omaha.

Memorial Park 

6005 Underwood Ave, Omaha, NE 68132

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This post is dedicated to Bill Henry.  Love you, Bill! 

6517 Charles Street Offered at $155,000

Update: Under Contract May 26th, 2017

Attractively updated ranch only 5 minutes from downtown Benson + Dundee! At nearly 2,000 sq. feet, this impressive 3 bed/3 bath home boasts a stylish kitchen, modern bathrooms, main floor laundry, a fully-fenced yard with sprinkler system, and a 1 car garage coupled with an extra wide driveway for plenty of off-street parking. With all appliances included, new exterior + interior paint, new lower level carpet, a radon mitigation system, and a 2-10 home warranty, this home is a must-see!

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Omaha + Metro School District Information

The 2016/2017 year is coming to an end and it’s time to begin planning your child’s next year. Moving and have questions about certain districts? Here’s a quick contact guide for you to reach out to your district.

Let me know if I can help point you in the direction for any other information. 🙂



ArlingtonWebsite (402) 478-4173
*Call for school attendance boundaries

BellevueWebsite  (402) 293-4000
Elementary: Website
Middle: Website
High: Website

BenningtonWebsite (402) 238-3044
*Call for school attendance boundaries

BlairWebsite (402) 426-3110

*Call for school attendance boundaries

Conestoga/MurrayWebsite (402) 227-2992
*Call for school attendance boundaries

Council BluffsWebsite (712) 328-6446
Attendance Boundaries: Website

Douglas County WestWebsite (402) 359-2583
*Call for school attendance boundaries

ElkhornWebsite (402) 289-2579
Elementary: Website
Middle: Website
High: Website

Elmwood/MurdockWebsite (402) 867-2341
*Call for school attendance boundaries

FremontWebsite (402) 727-3000
*Call for school attendance boundaries

Ft CalhounWebsite (402) 468-5591
District Map: Website

GlenwoodWebsite (712) 527-9034
*Call for school attendance boundaries

GretnaWebsite (402) 332-5833
*Call for school attendance boundaries

Lewis CentralWebsite (712) 366-8202
*Call for school attendance boundaries

LouisvilleWebsite (402) 234-3585
District Map: Website

MillardWebsite (402) 715-8200
Millard Interactive Map – Website

OmahaWebsite (402) 557-2222
Elementary: Website
Middle: Website
High: Website

Papillion-La VistaWebsite (402) 537-6200
District Map: Website

RalstonWebsite (402) 331-4700
District Map: Website

South Sarpy Dist #46Website (402) 592-1300
*Call for school attendance boundaries

Tekamah/HermanWebsite (402) 374-2157
*Call for school attendance boundaries

Weeping WaterWebsite (402) 267-2445
*Call for school attendance boundaries

YutanWebsite (402) 625-2243
*Call for school attendance boundaries

 

2612 S 152nd Circle Offered at $185,000

UPDATE: Under Contract March 26th, 2017

 Tucked away just steps from a walking trail and close to Harvey Oaks Park, this 3 bed / 3 bath home features clean & modern paint, vaulted ceilings and updated kitchen and baths with granite and ceramic tile. New roof, with transferable warranty, in 2015 and complete landscaping renovation with new sod & cedar mulch in 2016.

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Selling Your Home Q&A

Thinking of upgrading, downgrading or just looking for a change in scenery? If you were thinking about selling your home, join me for a conversation on what it takes to get your home on the market and SOLD  🙂

 

Is it a good time to put my home on the market?

Yes, very much so! Omaha is currently experiencing a shortage of homes for sale. There are buyers out there just waiting for more homes to come up. Many people (including me in the past) would think that spring would be the best time to sell. That’s a really great assumption, and very true, but why wait until spring when you can get your home in front of today’s buyers with very little competition. There will definitely be more houses to compete with in the upcoming months. I think right now is a VERY good time to put your home on the market!

What’s the process I can expect?

The first thing you’ll want to do is call me and we’ll meet up to discuss your goals. I will then tour your home and review all of the comps (recently sold homes) in your area to make sure we’re putting your home out there at the absolute best price. I will suggest getting your home show-ready so that once it hits the market you’ll be able to get buyers over ASAP. I will work with you on scheduling showings, negotiating the price and any buyer inspection results. I will do all the talking with buyers and buyers’ agents and will absolutely represent you honestly with your best interest at heart.

Alright, I’m thinking I may sell, but what do you mean by show-ready?

When I preview your home, there may be some things that I suggest we do to make sure the home will show best to buyers. Some things I may suggest: removing family photos from the walls, rearranging furniture, cleaning carpets, fresh paint on walls, and other cosmetic items that will really stand out to buyers and could help you sell the home faster and for top dollar. I may also suggest making small repairs that won’t cost you a ton but help with the buyer’s first impression. Some things you may want to take care of: repairing handles on cabinets, oiling a squeaky door, or replacing ripped window screens.

What exact services do you provide as my Realtor®, and what do you charge? 

You won’t pay me upfront for any of my services. When we discuss your home’s price, we will also negotiate a percentage of the sale that will be my compensation. This money will come out of the sale at the very end. You will never hand me money 🙂

As your Realtor®, my job is to be your trusted partner before, during and after the sale of your home. I will work hard for you! I will…

  • Review the current market to bring the correct price to our price discussions
  • Help stage your home before it’s listed to make sure it is show-ready
  • Provide professional photography to capture your home in the best possible way
  • Immediately list your home on the MLS so it gets in front of all metro agents
  • Market your home on real estate websites such as Trulia, Realtor.com and Zillow
  • Schedule showings, inspections, appraisals with buyers’agents
  • Vet potential buyers by speaking with their lenders and agents, making sure we’re only taking time to show your home to serious buyers
  • Negotiate on your behalf
  • Monitor the transaction until closing, making sure you know what’s happening on all ends

And if you’re also purchasing a home while selling your current, I would be honored to do all of the above plus help you navigate your new purchase!

If you have considered selling, or have questions about the process, or questions about who I am and how I can help, I would love to chat! I am always available for my clients (and potential clients!) so I invite you to give me a call, send me a text, or email anytime you would like! It would be an honor to work for you!

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402-305-8555

swaller@nebraskarealty.com

 

 

 

Rudolph is Coming to Omaha! + Some Truly Awesome Christmas Movies You Need To See

I am anxiously awaiting Saturday’s arrival when Chuck and I will be going to see Rudolph at the Orpheum Theatre. And I’m talking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, like in the Rankin/Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! That Christmas special is one of my all-time favorites and to see it brought to life, with my man, at the Orpheum Theatre, during the holiday season, while possibly going to Genji first, seriously has me feeling like Little Sarah who couldn’t fall asleep the night before a trip to Six Flags. I CANNOT wait.

Tickets are still available! You can learn more about the show + purchase tickets here!

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Look at this promotional shot! So awesome!

Having this in my plans, and just the season in general, has me binge watching all of my favorite Christmas specials. Since I’ve been watching these and talking about them, I’ve found that not many people have heard of them -let alone seen them! These movies are the best and should be viewed by all so I would like to present to you my very favorite —

The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold

I discovered this amazing show at the age of 7 when I was looking for a movie to rent at the library (how adorable). It blew my mind then and it still does today. It’s just so cute and so different for a Christmas special. The movie brings together a young man, some leprechauns and a banshee – sounds terrifying (and it kind of  was when I was 7) but it’s just really cool.

Read about it here!Watch it here! 

The Christmas Toy

I was six months old when I fell in love with this perfect movie. It’s a Jim Henson special so some of the voices have that comfortable familiarity and it just has that very Christmas-y feeling. I was super excited to show this to Lucy because she is really into Sesame Street so I thought she’d dig this. She didn’t. Well, she kind of liked it but she is definitely more into Elmo (Now, Lucy is a cinephile with strong tastes so please don’t let her lack of enthusiasm for this film deter you from watching!)

Read about it here! + Watch it here!

Jack Frost

(no, not the one with the dad as the snowman)

OK, this is kind of the monster of all Christmas movies for me. I feel like I watched this every day when I was like 12/13. One distinct memory was watching it after going to the dentist while I ate a cheese pan pizza from Pizza Hut. And that was like when Pizza Hut was super bomb, like I don’t know what changed but Pizza Hut tastes different. I digress.

In my high school days, I would make my friends watch the movie and to make sure they paid attention, they would be given a multiple choice exam after (yes, I wrote it). Ha! I wonder if my friends remember that. I guess I’ve always been trying to spread the word about this one!

One more thing, and I’m not even joking. I was looking at some pictures from my wedding day while I was on my honeymoon and I saw that I had somehow managed to subconsciously become the bride from my favorite movie.

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Yes, I Instasized this on my honeymoon. And yeah…the only resemblance MAY be the hair and veil. I see that.

Oh! And I have the movie memorized, but I guess that was probably a given  🙂

Read about it here! + Watch it here!

Has anyone seen any of these and also have strong opinions? Know of any other random claymation/puppet shows? Please, share!

 

An Omaha Ghost Story: Prospect Hill Cemetery

I really love a good ghost story and it’s crazy when you research and see that Omaha and the surrounding areas have a good amount of well-known haunted places. This is one of those places.

Prospect Hill Cemetery, located at 33rd and Parker

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With its first burial in 1858, Prospect Hill is one of Nebraska’s oldest cemeteries. I have always been interested in this cemetery because of its age and famous residents. It has a large population of people who influenced this city and lent their names to our streets and institutions. Some of the notable citizens buried at Prospect Hill include Poppleton, Krug, Lake, Hanscom and Anna Wilson. After taking the class History of Omaha at UNO, my mom and I would walk among the tombstones trying to find the famous resting spots of the people I had just studied. I didn’t know it at the time but they have an actual map for a walking tour – so cool!

With its age, dilapidated tombstones and unsettled ground, the cemetery really screams “spooksville”. I always wondered if there were any freaky stories and I just recently found out that, yeah, there is an incredibly freaky story associated with the cemetery!

The story goes…Back in 1874, one of two brothers who worked and stayed at a shop located directly next to the cemetery stepped out of his door and looked out over the cemetery. Soon after, he saw a woman in white floating in the cemetery. The story goes that once he met her stare, she floated over towards him as he ran back into the house to tell his brother. Both brothers returned outside and both men saw the woman as she continued to approach the house.

According to the brothers, the ghost actually came into the house and as she entered through the front door she blew out their light. They then ran out of the house and went to go grab another person, their boss who lived right next to the shop. Once they grabbed their boss and went outside, they saw the ghost AGAIN and this time they say that she actually HIT their boss on his back and asked WHERE HER CHILDREN WERE…AND IF THEY WERE BURIED IN THAT TOMB! (what. the. heck. that. is. scary.)

The ghost then went into the boss’ house, blew out the light in that house and all men jumped out the window to escape her. The story also goes that one of the brothers actually shot at the ghost (to no avail, of course) and that she then floated back into the graveyard where she disappeared over a grave.

The brothers claimed that the ghost appeared to them again the next night and it is said that they spent the night, away from their shop and the ghost, for the next two nights.

This story is in fact very creepy, but what makes it even creepier is that it was a story that was actually DOCUMENTED IN A NEWSPAPER! I know a lot of people tell ghost stories but it always seems to raise the bar when there’s actually media interest. Grant it, back in 1874 they might not have had the plethora of news stories that we have today (remember, the Kardashians weren’t around back then!), but the fact that this story made the paper really adds an element of truth- or at the very least, what the brothers knew was their truth.

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Check this out – it’s an article that appeared in the pages of The Omaha Bee , an early-Omaha newspaper.

Here’s the actual article – “A Mysterious ‘Woman in White’ Flirting (?) Around in Prospect Hill Cemetery”

I would highly recommend not letting this story stop you from exploring and admiring the historical grounds of Prospect Hill Cemetery. If you like history, and especially Omaha history, this is a must-see place. For real.

For more information on Prospect Hill, please check out the cemetery’s website.

Have a scary Omaha tale you’d love to share? Comment below – we’d love to hear it!