Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Last Six Months

Hi all! I'm sure some of you thought we'd dropped off the face of the earth. It really felt like it at times, but here I am while Kevin's napping so I thought I'd blog for a bit. I guess I better summarize the last six months of our lives:

I guess we did blog about our Las Vegas trip, but it was awesome and worth mentioning again. At the end of January my parents came to visit and we celebrated Christmas with them. By the way, Christmas in January rocks - you can get some good deals on gifts for people after Christmas.

Another month of Utah winter. Blech! Kevin was sick on Valentine's weekend so that pretty much sucked. I'm sure something good happened that month but I can't think of anything :).

Well, winter continued, of course, but some good opportunities occurred. A new positioned opened up at the DownEast Outfitters corporate office - I applied, interviewed, and in a surprise to no one but myself, I got the job. I'm now the Assistant Manager of Apparel, or Assistant to the Manager of Apparel if you'd like (that was an OFFICE reference for those who didn't recognize that!) Pros: Sweet raise, awesome new team to work with, no more working Saturdays at a busy mall, not working at the mall, and I could actually go on. Con: driving to downtown Salt Lake City every day from Provo. It takes me at least an hour to get home in good traffic.

We celebrated Easter with Kevin's family and were also able to attend our niece Hailey's 3rd birthday - it featured a Little Mermaid theme so I was in heaven. Although I was offered my new job in mid-March, I started in early April, only to find out that since my replacement hadn't been found for my Store Manager position, I was now stuck with two jobs in two different cities. It was tough juggling two completely different jobs all month, but I made it through (thanks to Kevin for listening to many tear-filled, stressed-out rants). My little sister became a big girl and graduated from BYU with a degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development. So proud of her. Oh, and it also snowed and rained a lot during this month.

(obligatory blog post picture: L to R me, Grandpa and Grandma Heitman, Katie Miller)

May 3 I officially started my new position full time at the corporate office. It's been such a huge blessing and an amazing opportunity. I work with a great team of people and I'm learning so much every day. Some days it's a dream job - I've helped style for local TV show segments, I've been the assistant stylist for a photo shoot, worked on our fall catalog (you're going to love it!!). On those days when I'm sitting in front of my computer staring at spreadsheets all day, I have to remind myself that the spreadsheets make all of the fun work possible :) and most jobs have parts that aren't so fun. Annnnnd, it snowed on May 26. Enough so that it made the roads dangerous and it was measurable at the airport - setting a state record for latest measurable snowfall at the airport.

Today was a bittersweet day. Kevin was released from his calling as the second counselor in the bishopric of a BYU single student ward. We've been attending this student ward for the past year and we will greatly miss all of the people we've served with the past year. I will miss having the "kids" over to our homes on Sunday evenings and playing games with them. We have been so greatly blessed this year by the Lord through this calling and in other ways in our lives. We will start attending our married student ward again next week, and while we're a bit apprehensive about that, we have faith that it is where we are supposed to be.

Here's to blogging more than once in the next six months (but no guarantees!)