Sunday, April 26, 2015

Easter

A bit late, and a short post but at least I'm documenting it.
Easter!
For Easter/Conference weekend we went to my parent's house to watch with them. Ellie dyed eggs with Ethan. We did an egg hunt. We tried to watch conference while chasing the rascals around. We ate lots of muffins (a conference weekend tradition). The End.













Friday, April 10, 2015

Moving: The Story

It's an exciting time for us deLeons! We're MOVING to Atlanta in 8 days!
Man, that's soon. It's going to be a wild ride!
It's kind of been a wild ride getting to this too. Ben graduates in April with a Bachelors in Finance, emphasis in Real Estate, so he's been looking for jobs. For every other major in the BYU Marriott school companies hire BYU students about 6 months to a year in advance, so Ben has been looking for a long time. Along the way, however, he discovered this is NOT true for the positions he's looking for (analyst and acquisitions positions in commercial or multi-family real estate). These positions are quite the opposite in fact. Rather than hiring WAY in advance, when they hire you, they want you immediately. 

So, that's meant a few things for us. Since most schools don't have graduation until June, most companies aren't looking to hire until around now. That means that all the applications and interviews for Ben that have gone somewhere before now have been REALLY drawn out. He'd apply, then weeks later get a call about his application, then weeks later have a first interview, then weeks later have a second......etc. It's been really frustrating! I'm a planner, and so to have all these huge changes coming, and to not be able to plan in advance has been driving me mad. I've developed more patience and faith along the way though, so that's a plus! 

About two weeks ago, we thought we FINALLY had a plan. Ben got a call from a company in Atlanta that wanted him. They offered him the job over the phone, and said they'd send the official paper offer in a few days. We were so happy to finally have something, and it was a job that Ben was excited about. We were thrilled to be near family in Atlanta, and started working out details. 

Well...when the paper offer came it put a halt on things. The salary offer was almost $20,000 lower than they had indicated it would be, and about $20,000 lower than any of the other jobs he had been applying for. It was really low pay for the work he would be doing. We didn't know what to do! We had already set our hearts on Atlanta, and it was really hard to think about turning down a job, but the salary was just too low! 
We prayed and prayed. Ben went to seek advice from his professors that had worked in the industry. From them, and from everyone he talked to, he was advised not to take it. It was a terrible offer, and he was advised that starting out working for much less than he should could handicap his whole career. We felt like it was right to go ahead and decline the job. 

Back to square one. No job, no plan. Graduation just a few weeks away, and we also had to think about putting our house up for sale so we could be ready to go whenever we needed to.

We listed our house officially on a Wednesday. Within a few hours, our real estate agent had scheduled SEVEN showings, which is nuts. We cleaned the house like mad and went to Salt Lake and stayed with my parents for a few days so we didn't mess it up! By Friday, we had an offer at asking price, which was $40,000 over what we paid for it. By Monday, it was under contract. Things were going VERY quickly, and ver smoothly with the house, If only the job search was the same! 

Well, the same weekend (last weekend) that all the house stuff was happening, Ben had a few recruiters from Atlanta reach out to him because his resume is pretty awesome. With lots more prayer, we decided we were going to move to Atlanta anyway, even though he doesn't have a job yet.

 We really would rather end up there then somewhere random, wherever Ben would happen to find a job. Currently he has two recruiters working to find him one, and there is a pretty high concentration of the type of jobs he wants in Atlanta, so we're going for it! Ben has also had lots of people (with experience) tell him it's much easier to get a job somewhere when you're actually there. We feel confident that he will get a job there in the next little while.  

For the first few months, we will be living with Ben's family, they have a separate basement with a kitchen and all, so we'll be comfortable.  It will be really nice to be near family through this whole thing. I'm definitely going to have a hard time leaving my family here in UT behind. And the rest of my family is all on the west coast, so moving so far away to the South will be hard. I'm super grateful we'll have the deLeon half of our family near to make the transition easier :) We're REALLY excited to be near them! 

After we're settled with a job and after we get to know the market a little better, we're going to buy a house, which will be possible because of the equity we made from this house. This house has been such a blessing for us. 


So...that's our story. 
The movers are coming NEXT SATURDAY! 
Ben will leave on Sunday and drive the car to Atlanta....28 Hours baby. 
The kids and I will fly, leaving Wednesday, so we'll get there the same day as Ben. 


Let the adventure begin! 




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Calming the Crazy

My kids have crazy hair. Both of them. Ellie's is flighty and tangles easily, and so silky it never stays in anything. Aiden's is curly and flippy, and had gotten pretty long. Today we took a trip to the hair salon to calm the crazy and try to get their hair to be a bit more manageable.....for the next little while at least :)

For Aiden, it was a first cut. For Ellie, it was a first cut not at home. I have cut her bangs many times, but I've never cut any length off, so it was a semi-first-cut for her.




Before


During 


Before. She wouldn't hold still, naturally, so you can't see how long it was. 


During


After


Ben got a cut too. Here are the three clean cut cuties. 


Easter post coming soon.