Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Job

I've got a new job!

As many of you know Brian and I graduated from Financial Peace University in April and we have been working on the Dave Ramsey plan for these past few months. We decided that the best way for us to stay on track is for me to go back to work for 1 year. In that year we can have our debt paid (Baby Step 2 - everything but the house) and a good start on our emergency fund (Baby Step 3 - 3 to 6 months expenses). I can't wait to call Dave's radio show and scream "We're debt FREE!"

I was very excited to have the opportunity to stay home with Nessa when Brian got his promotion, but I also realize in the long run we will be better off as a family.

The j-o-b is at the All State Insurance call center, very close to home!!! For at least the first 4 months the hours are Monday through Friday, 11a - 8p (ick), but I'll still get to spend mornings with Nessa. My first day will be June 9th.

Any past ATA friends or anyone else needing a job e-mail me and I'll give you the details...they are still hiring.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Happy May

May is my favorite month of the year. The sun starts shining more and the weather is a nice 70ish degrees, the birds are singing, flowers are blooming, summer is almost here, and cars are on the track!

I haven't been taking very many pictures lately so I don't have any snapshots to share with you. We did take Vanessa with her cousins Alaina and Cami to have professional photos for their grandparents mothers day presents. Here is a glimpse into the way the session went... As you can see, Cami and Alaina are where they are supposed to be and Nessa is running wild. This picture was taken just as Cami was about out of patience as well and after this shot we had all had enough! Nessa has issues with photographers and photo places in general. It doesn't matter where we take her she has the same reaction. She hates them. It takes about 15 minutes typically for her to warm up to the photographer, then hope they don't try to use a dark background before I remember to tell them not to. She doesn't like them, she is terrified of them. She screams and climbs up the first person she finds. I don't know why she does this, it started for no apparent reason at her 1st birthday pictures.

Happy Mother's Day to all the happy mothers!!! Our mother's day weekend started out with a dance recital for Alaina at the Madame Walker Theater. It was a very interesting recital a great way to showcase what the students have learned over the year and Alaina was the best in her class! It started with class exercises and culminated in a variety of dances my favorites, of course, being the excerpts from Coppelia.

Brian went on a fishing trip with some friends to Lake Erie he caught a total of 8 walleye, and brought home a ton of fish! Anyone interested in coming over for a fish fry???!!!

Next weekend we are going to the 500 Festival Parade on Saturday, then to Ft Wayne, while we are there we will be attending a baptism for Vanessa's Godmother's first child, a baby shower for Brian's cousin, and a Straub get together. Hopefully we will also be able to squeeze some time in at the Lake!
Nessa's first dance recital is coming up quickly! She is going to be a bunny in the opening scene of the Ballet and she has been practicing every minute. Although, once on stage all the practicing may be for naught. No matter what these little toddlers decide to do, they will be cute!

Can I interest you in a cruise??? If anyone is interested in joining us on a cruise in November, we are going on a 4 day cruise from Miami to Key West and Cozumel. Only 185 days till we go!!!