Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The New J-O-B!

After graduating from college I was able to secure a job as a Preschool Teacher. I graduated with a degree in Child Development and knew from a very young age that I wanted to work with children. I am very proud of my degree. The knowledge I gained from my courses, will also help me to be a good mother (hopefully). While growing up, my mom always preached to me, "Get your degree. Get your degree." I set that goal and told Matt right off when we got married that I was going to get my education and was able to achieve my goal. So anyways, after being a Preschool Teacher for almost two years, I decided it was time for a change. I started praying and doing some research. I know the job market is in the slumps right now but I had interview after interview and even received a job opportunity but I didn't feel right about it. Well a position came up through Johnson County Government and I knew I wanted to nail it! Our bishop was kind enough to give me his father's e-mail/phone to help me with my resume. His dad was a CEO of a corporate company and interviewed many individuals to get into medical school. He was able to look over my resume and give me helpful suggestions. My first interview was over the phone due to the wonderful winter storm. The interviewer informed me that she had another folder of applicants, my heart sank. After I hung up, I felt peace and felt really good about it. The next day I left for Florida for six days and didn't hear anything. So I quickly wrote a "Thank You" note to the company/interviewer when I got back. A couple of days later, I received an e-mail notifying me that I was one of four individuals qualified for the next interview. I was so thrilled! I went to the second interview and it went great! They called me within a couple of days asking if I would accept the job, of course!!! You are now looking at the newest Child Care Facility Center Specialist. My job entails going to Child Care Centers and making sure they are in par with State Regulations and performing compliance checks as well as complaints. I really like the people I work with. Everyday is a different day. I love meeting new people and still get to see/interact with kids. I enjoy going to see the classrooms and how creative teachers can be. I set my own schedule. No more running to the library to find books for my kids or creating lesson plans at home after I have put in a full day. Oh did I add I get my own cubicle/computer?! I love kids and making sure they are in a safe and healthy environment! I owe all this to my Heavenly Father. He heard my prayer and knew there was something bigger and better out there for me, I just had to work hard at it, have patience, and trust in him. Sometimes our time lines are different but in the end it all works out.

So this was my first day. Matt laughed when I asked him to take my picture but I worked really hard to get this job and was very excited!

Three Years!

Wow does time fly! On the fifteen of February, Matt and I celebrated our third Anniversary! First he surprised me with a dozen roses at work and had lunch with the kids and I. Later, we decided to go out to dinner. I planned on surprising Matt with his favorite restaurant, The Peach Tree down on Power and Light District. However, while at work, I found out they went out of business! So we decided to go down to the Plaza to the Cheese Cake Factory. I had a delicious Prime Sirloin Steak and Matt got the Salmon. We then took home a Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cheese Cake. I was so full that I could have only one bite and learned my lesson... don't expect to get a bite the next day! I love Matt more than the day I married him. Our trials have made us stronger and I am so happy that he is my eternal companion! Everyday he makes me laugh!

Trip to Florida

January 20th we boarded a plane and headed for warm, sunny Florida. We joined Paul and Melissa and there cute four boys and stayed in a house. While we were in Florida we visited the beach, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, and Wet N' Wild! Wet N' Wild was by far the best! It was suppose to be rainy that day but we decided to take a chance. It was in the late seventies and I bet there were ten other people at the park, we basically walked on to the water rides. One of my favorite rides was the Disco! While riding on a tube with three other people in this huge funnel there was a disco ball hanging from the ceiling with disco music playing. Carson was hilarious! We also celebrated Katie's 18th birthday at a Mexican Restaurant where a band sung and played for her. We visited the Orlando Temple, which was beautiful! We also visited the Manatees. Matt was unable to come due to school, hopefully next time he can come!