Sunday, July 26, 2009
My Aunt Annette and Uncle Charlie stopped in Rexburg on their way to Montana to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Annette is my cousin Heather's mother. Anette and Charlie stayed with Heather one night and Heather and Jesse had us all over for dinner along with my Aunt Marilyn and their family. It has been nice having an aunt and cousins so close. I will miss that in Virgina!
We were in charge of dessert and Jared decided to bring his hand crank ice cream maker and put all the kids to work.
At the end of the day the kids gather around in a big mosh pit and the rest of the game prizes are thrown out for the taking. RJ got a Huge loot.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
"I want to move, because I don't want Daddy to go on trips anymore." –RJ
(How heart breaking is that?)
So, we weren't looking for a new job. Jared has a very good job. The INL loves him and they have been so good to him. He has been blessed with high pay raises at the end of each year plus a few random ones during the year. They keep saying he deserves more but management won't let them. He has so much freedom with his job right now. He can come and go when he pleases with little or no questioning, just as long as he gets his job done, no one seems to mind. He gets to travel and experience culture and we get lots of free air miles which equals free plane trips to CA for Christmas and maybe a vacation for Mommy (like when I got to tag along on one of his business trips last year to Paris and Belgium). His benefits are awesome and retirement plan is great. We live in a wonderful area with so many family friendly things to offer. Or neighborhood is awesome and we have a lot of good friends. So why get a new job and move?
Like I said before, we weren't looking. Jared has taken many business trips to
Jared went through all the application paper work last month and even did a phone interview. During this time we started thinking about the opportunity that moving to
The downside: much, much farther away from family, the hard process of starting over and making friends again, the possible loss of job freedom, maybe he won’t be as well liked in this new job, a lot of what if’s.
So on July 1st Jared flew out to VA for a face to face interview and I joined him to see for myself what I thought about the area. (Zachery came with us and Rj and
The new job itself will be a little different. Where Jared is now working more on research and development, over there he will be working on manufacturing, which he has always been interested in. He will also be working on one of the same projects as he does here, so he would still be able to work with some of his coworker here even though this is an entirely different company. It is still a government contracted job with the DOE so job security is still good. Benefits and retirement plans are also still good. We have heard nothing but good things about this company.
As of right now, no finally decision has been made. But as you may tell, we are leaning towards taking the job in VA. The company gets a week off for the fourth of July so we weren’t excepting a job offer till the third week of July (next week).
Jared has been at scout camp all this week, he returns home tomorrow. He just called and said that BWXT (this new company) called with their offer this morning. However, his phone was in the car charging and he didn’t get the message till later this evening. And with the weekend we won’t be able to get all the info till Monday!
Once the numbers are laid out, Jared will go and talk with his mangers (who don’t want to see him go). They plan on trying to get him to stay, so we might be looking at a counter offer. After and even during all this process, we will be making a decision and going to your knees in pray to determine if our decision is the correct decision for our family. I ask you all to pray for us as well. This is a big decision and we can use all the guidance and direction we can get.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Last week RJ had his kindergarten shots. He was so brave. I'm not sure what is worse, watching your two month old get shots or your five year old. They laid RJ on the table and one nurse held down his legs as she poked him with the needles and another nurse held onto his arms and hands so he wouldn't get in the way of the shots. He winced through the first three but the fourth one was awful and he cried in pain. I cried with him.
Once we left the doctors he asked, "Is summer over now? Can I start kindergarten?"I know the excitement of starting school was what really helped him get through the shots, and I felt a little guilty telling him that he still had to wait two more months.
My brave little guy also had to endure his first filling. That's right, he got a cavity. I got a sitter for Savannah the day of the appointment and expected to be back there holding RJ's hand through the whole drilling experience. RJ surprised me once again and told me I could stay in the waiting room. I could hear him in the back talking with the dentist and assistants without a care in the world. He came back a half hour later with a smile on his face proclaiming that was easy. He didn't like the numbing effect that lasted two more hours but I definitely had the hardest time watching my baby all grown up not needing his mommy anymore.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Our neighbors also have three new friendly calfs. They are so cute! Savannah got to bottle feed the one in the middle but I wasn't around to get pictures.