Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Trip to the Bahamas: Part 2

The Monday morning we were there was the 4th of July! We were sad to miss this day with our kiddos, as that’s Ava’s favorite holiday. They had fun and got to enjoy fireworks though, so they didn’t miss us too much!

That morning we started out with a beautiful breakfast view! I loved this restaurant for the ambience. The food was amazing, too!IMG_7235IMG_7236

I think Zach cringed every time I asked someone to take our picture!!! Winking smile

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We took the first boat out to the offshore island and snagged the perfect spot. We had a large cabana and the perfect view!!IMG_7244

The offshore island had a pool, a bar, and a restaurant. This was our view during lunch that day. Not too shabby!IMG_7245IMG_7246IMG_7247IMG_7248IMG_7249

The bartenders were serving a fun red, white, and blue drink that day! It was really good!!! It didn’t make my list of top three, but it was still very good!!

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The resort had a pizzeria where you could order a mini pizza and take it in a box and eat wherever. We enjoyed sharing one of these each day!IMG_7256

While we were having fun, the kids were decked out in their red, white and blue at home!!! IMG_7259

That night we had a reservation at the Japanese restaurant. It was hibachi style and it was so fun! We had a great time!IMG_7265

After dinner, we strolled around and then sat on the pier and watched the sunset. After sunset, we got to watch an amazing fireworks show!IMG_7276IMG_7279

One of the best parts of the trips was the food! ha! I loved showing up, eating, and then walking away! I’d love to have another of these omelets! IMG_7314

We spent the day just relaxing and lounging. The views everywhere you went were absolutely gorgeous. I miss it.IMG_7315IMG_7316

One of the BEST parts of the trip for me was seeing Zach SO relaxed. He works so hard all the time, and goes non-stop, and it was great just seeing him so laid back and enjoying himself. I was pretty relaxed, too! Winking smile

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That afternoon, we went and took out a Hobie cat. We loved being out on the water and enjoying the breeze and water!IMG_7331IMG_7332IMG_7335IMG_7337

This was one of my top five favorite foods there – it was a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich and the top  cookie had been dipped in c+

hocolate. Mmmmmmm!!!! IMG_7342

Look at that water in the background?! isn’t it gorgeous???!IMG_7344

That night we went to a cocktail reception and dinner for returning guests. They had a meal, some awards for people who’d stayed a bunch of nights and some freebies. This was probably the best meal we had there. It was delicious!!!!!!IMG_7366IMG_7367IMG_7368IMG_7371

We’re almost through. I have one more day and the trip home to get through! Recapping all this makes me want to go back now!!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Trip to the Bahamas: Part 1

Several months ago, I suggested to Zach that we should take a trip this summer to celebrate our 10 year anniversary a few months early. Our anniversary isn’t until November, but logistically, with the kids and Zach’s job, it was easier to do that during the summer.

At first, Zach was hesitant. But after about 2 hours I had him on board and the planning started!!!! We mainly chose the Bahamas because it was an island we could get to fairly easily with little travel time which was what we wanted.

We sent the kiddos off to my parents house the Friday before we left, and we got up early the next morning to start our marathon day of traveling.IMG_7155IMG_7157

We had like a nine hour layover in Atlanta and after trying to change our flights and not having luck, we settled in for the long haul. However, being there all day meant I got to meet my dear friend, Jodi. Jodi lives about 15 minutes from the airport, and we have been friends for the last 5 years or so and she is one of my dearest friends, even though we had never met. It was the BEST getting to spend a couple hours with her. We talked and the hours passed way too fast!!! I’m SO glad we finally got to meet!

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Our flight finally took off and we were Bahamas bound!IMG_7167IMG_7168IMG_7169

When we landed, we went through customs, got our bags, and were at our resort like 30 minutes after we landed. It went so smoothly! When we got there, we were met with glasses of champagne, and we checked in, went to our room and then headed to dinner b/c we were starving!IMG_7175

Since it was dark when we arrived, we didn’t get to see much and when we woke up on Sunday, we woke up in paradise!!!!!IMG_7194

We went and reserved some chairs on the beach, headed to breakfast, and then hit the beach for the day!!!!IMG_7195IMG_7198

We lounged and swam in the ocean in the morning, and that afternoon, took the boat out to the resort’s private island!IMG_7209IMG_7212

We swam while on the island and scoped out the cabanas they had there so we could go early the next day!

We headed back to our room later that day and slowly got ready for dinner. It was HOT there so it was nice to spend some time indoors.

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Zach was excited one of the restaurants had sushi, so we stopped and had a quick sushi appetizer before heading to the restuarant we had chosen for dinner.

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After dinner we wandered around the property and found some lounge chairs by a fire pit. We called the kids and enjoyed the peacefulness of the whole place.IMG_7230

I laughed that my hair there reminded me of Monica from FRIENDS when they went to Barbados. It was definitely a #bighairdontcare week!IMG_7234

So those were our first two days. I’ll recap the rest of the days in another post!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Ch, Ch, Change

So, I made a pretty big change a couple months ago. Just a couple of days after Grant’s first birthday, I resigned from the job I’d been at for almost 10 years and made the leap to a new job. I mentioned before that I felt like God was in every step of this and showed me in so many in ways that He was putting me where I needed to be, and I wanted to share about some of that.

Mid-April, I learned that my future at my job was uncertain. The company had been listed for sale, and there was the potential that should the sale happen, that I could be let go. I had a tough day learning that, but after the initial shock wore off, I was ok.

A week or so after I learned that, I had lunch with one of my closest friends. I told her what was going on. She had been mentioning for a while that she’d been joking with her husband that he should hire me. When I told her about my uncertain future, she asked me if I’d ever be interested in working where her husband is the Executive Director. I told her should they ever have something open, I would definitely be open to talking.

About two weeks later, she called me on a Friday night and told me that they were going to be hiring a position that was right in line with my level and skill set. She asked me if I would be interested and I said I would love to at least talk. I sent my resume on, and early the next week set up a working lunch for a pre-interview. We met, had a good conversation, I learned more about the company and they asked me to come for a formal interview. I did that the following week and about an hour after my interview, my phone started buzzing with people telling me they’d been called as a reference. The next morning, I was offered the job.

This was where it got hard. For the next week, I cried, and prayed. And cried, and analyzed. And cried, and discussed pros and cons. Did I mention I cried? The job I left was a job that I was dedicated to and worked so hard at for 10 years. It definitely had its ups and downs, and up until the last year or so, it was a job I loved. But not only that, I loved the people I worked with. Saying good-bye was one of the hardest things. And this decision was one of the hardest ones I’ve ever had to make.

I struggled big time with the decision. But when it came down to it, I just really felt like God was calling me to move. I feel like He put this job right in front of me, at a time when I needed it. I feel like the announcment of the company being put up for sale was the catalyst that made me realize I wasn’t completely happy. Not only that, but the things I had always said along the way that I wanted in a job, came to me in this new job. Every. Single. Thing. Who else could’ve done that but God? The whole process was SO easy from the get go. There was never that waiting that you often have to do with jobs – waiting for the interview, waiting for the offer, etc.

The last few weeks at my old job were very hard. It wasn’t quite how I expected it to be and I think God used that time to reaffirm I had made the right decision. I was so nervous starting the new job. Could I do it? Would I fit in? What if it’s a mistake? But God showed up with me and I can tell you absolutely it was not a mistake. Four days in, He showed me in a BIG way that I was some place that is the right place. I would love to share more about this because in and of itself is incredible, but it’s one of those things that I don’t feel is proper to share in a public forum. Just know that my mind was blown and that God is good. Smile

I do miss my old job. I miss my friends there. I miss knowing exactly what’s expected of me and how to get a job done, but I’m so proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished in my new job. I’ve been challenged and I’ve proven to myself that I CAN do new things and that I’m way more competent than I gave myself credit for! I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to do what I was hired to do and it has made me giddy to realize I CAN!

One of the very best things about my new job is that I have the ability to more or less dictate my working hours. This is HUGE for our family. It’s already been a blessing this summer, but when school starts? I think then we will really get to see the effects of it and I am SO excited!

I know this is getting long but I want to share one more thing about how I feel like God just perfectly orchestrated this. My friend whose husband hired me is a fairly new friend. We met about 4 years ago, and our friendship basically started online. She was a blog stalker reader of mine (Winking smile ), and we ended up sitting on the gymnastics bleachers together one season. We started talking and slowly our friendship grew. We started having lunches, texting, letting our girls play together and we came to be very good friends. Because of this friendship, I have a new job. I just think it’s amazing how even when we have no clue, God is working on the details of our lives, maybe even years down the road. So, if you are in a situation, ANY situation, where you are struggling or questioning, hang tight, because God can truly change things in an instant!!!

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