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February 19, 2013

Goodbye Wells Fargo

I meant to publish this one weeks ago...

I had been searching for a good job all summer for when we moved to Iowa in August of 2010. The day we arrived in town I had a phone interview with Wells Fargo. A few days later I was interviewed then hired to start a few weeks after that.

The job itself had ups and downs like most other jobs, especially since it was a customer service call center. After working for six months I progressed to the "elite" escalation team where I got to take the angry customer calls as well as assistance calls from my fellow team members. After another six months I snagged a spot on the Quality Monitoring team where I was able to monitor the recorded phone calls. I am just now noticing the trend, but six months later I started as Work Director. After another six months I switched teams to team up with a brand new supervisor and a team full of brand new employees.

Last Friday (February 1) was my last day at Wells Fargo and it is difficult to put my feelings into words. I absolutely loved working there. My first few months on the job I had a rough time, but I think that was more due to the overall life adjustment since we had just moved away from everyone and everything we knew. Scott mentioned that since we moved here, Wells has been the center of our lives (not medical school...haha). That is where I made most of my friends, where we parked for free downtown, where I got involved with volunteer work, etc. I really enjoyed the people that I worked with and the constant progression of things. It was a great place for me to be - until now. Now I should be home with my son.

Although my days at Wells have come to an end I look forward to carrying relationships with the friends that I made there. People who showed me restaurants around town. People who helped us move. People who walked to my car with me after dark.People who helped up prepare for Cannon. People who confided in me. People who believed in me. People who baked awesome treats for me on my last day (*cough* Kristin *cough*). And of course I'll miss the SWAG:

The Weekend

Last week Scott finished up his ER rotation (kind of glad it's over) and finalized his first few rotations for next year. Fourth year can be a little crazy because you kind of get to choose your own rotations. We are trying to set a few up in Utah and Idaho to spend some time at home. So far that plan is only kind of working, but we do have two weeks set up in Boise!

On Friday night my BFFE Liz arrived to visit for the weekend. We all had a great time! She got to meet Cannon and they had lots of fun together. On Saturday we all went on an adventure to see the Bridges of Madison County and the birthplace of John Wayne. Pretty cool, right? After our adventure we all had dinner at PF Changs (one of my more up-scale faves) then watched Pitch Perfect (at Liz's insistence) and I laughed so hard!

On Sunday we all went to church for ward conference. I had a meeting after church was over, so Scott and Liz babysat a few kids for us primary ladies. We had a nice afternoon relaxing at home and watching Phantom of The Opera (NOT the movie version).

Today Scott started his Radiology rotation and was done for the day by lunchtime. Kind of strange, but we went with it. Liz, Cannon and I went to Historic Valley Junction and browsed through the shops before having lunch at a place called The General Store. Yum! It was SO good that we deemed it our new lunch place when Liz comes to visit in the future. After our outing we had to bid Liz farewell.

There was a lot of grafitti in all the bridges.

February 17, 2013

My Valentines

Scott knows so perfectly how to please me.

While we were dating he took me to the sev (aka 7-11) for hot chocolate even though it was August. I LOVE hot chocolate, especially from 7-11. It may have more to do with memories than anything.... More on that another time.

Way back in June 2011 I started having trouble with my right arm and shoulder. After a long few days with different doctors Scott took me to McDonald's (Guys you know I love that place way too much).

Yesterday he was in West Des Moines for work (technically school but we call it work) and stopped to get me Chick-fil-a. He also snagged us tickets to an Iowa Energy game which is actually very meaningful. Last year we went to a game and saw the same opposing team - on the day we found out I was pregnant. Now, a year later we will take our son to the same game with us.

I didn't take a picture with Scottie on Valentine's Day. It completely slipped my mind, but there is always tomorrow. I did take lots of pictures with the little man though. He is one cute kid!

February 13, 2013

Cannon's Chronicles

In an attempt to keep a lot of Cannon's information private, he now has his own blog. His own private blog.

If you would like an invitation to his blog, don't be shy! I just need your email address and then you're in. You can comment here, send a text, email me or facebook message me. Just let me know that you'd like to be part of things. :)

Here is the blog address in the event that you need to find it again. Remember, if you haven't received an invitation from me then you won't be able to view the blog.

February 7, 2013

Life As A Working Mother

Things around here have been pretty busy lately since I went back to work. I honestly wasn't sure that I could do it, and I now have a HUGE respect for working mothers. Not only was it tough to leave Cannon with someone else, but then to come home wanting nothing more than to play with him but having to take care of other things as well (dishes, laundry, cooking, etc). I went back on a Wednesday which was much easier then starting out with a full week. The first two days I took Cannon to our friend Erica's house, and she was so great! For the next two weeks, my step-mom Erin came to stay and help us out. We were so grateful! She got to learn all about caring for a three-month-old.

On the 16th I gave my official notice at work and it was such a relief! I really didn't know how to approach the subject without just blurting it out, so the conversation started a little awkwardly. Thankfully, everyone at work was very understanding (especially my awesome supervisor). I was actually surprised at how much support I received on my decision to be a stay-at-home mom. Growing up in Utah it is very common to be a stay-at-home mom, but it is not the same in Iowa. I did find one thing interesting though...a handful of people wondered aloud how quickly I would be bored and beg to come back. I later realized that those are the people who really don't know me too well. Being a mother and being home with my child(ren) has been my dream as long as I can remember. I never planned a big career or anything. I wanted (and still want) nothing more than to be home and be a mom, so I was definitely disappointed by those few people. Water under the bridge!

For my last week of work my dad came to help out. It was fun to watch him interact with Cannon and remember fun times growing up. It was also fun to eat all of the yummy treats my dad got for us. During the three weeks back at work I came home every day during my lunch hour so I could feed Cannon and spend a few minutes with him. It was wonderful to see him smile when I came in the door! By the end of the three weeks he was definitely missing his mom though. I'm glad that I only needed to be gone for a few weeks instead of months. Since I have been home again he has had fewer mini-meltdowns and is much happier again. He is also back on track with his sleeping schedule and I am SO grateful for that!

A welcome back sign from my team.
Sleeping baby at the babysitter's house.
Home for some baby time during lunch.
Erica and Cannon having a snuggle day.
Nana Erin and Cannon.
Sunday nap time. :)
Playing with Grandpa Steve and learning to roll over.
Leaving work on my last day! It was SO cold out.
Happy to have mom back!