Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saying Goodbye to the Tower Today

 It was nearly 10 years ago when Brandon got his official offer letter.  We were engaged and going to be married within the following five months and we didn't know where he was going to be offered his job.  We could have been placed anywhere in the United States, but God placed us right in our home town, at Sacramento International Airport, and we didn't have to make a big move.  We were both SO excited! 

Flash forward almost ten years and Brandon has loved his job!  He has loved controlling airplanes (even though his dream of flying wasn't in the plans, this was a close second 😊 ), he has loved working at an airport, and being involved in aviation.

The girls have LOVED to visit daddy at work on occasion.  Whenever it is time for us to leave, tears are often followed by especially Aubrey.  The girls got to see the tower and daddy at work for the first time years ago and they have loved it ever since!  Here's a glimpse of that first visit here.


Brandon has been applying to another facility for years now.  It was one closed door after another the last few years, but a few months ago he got accepted!  He got another official offer letter and presented me with it along with a bouquet of flowers.  This guy knew as I excited as I would be for him and our family, I would be equally as nervous and scared of this change.

So, we've all had a chance to process and be excited for this new job opportunity.  This means so much for our family long term and we are so incredibly grateful for this provision!

As of today, Brandon won't be working at Sacramento International Control Tower anymore.  He will be at Northern California TRACON near Rancho Cordova where he will be doing radar approaches and departures for a certain region of northern California (yet to be determined).  His schedule will still be a rotating shift schedule throughout his career, and we don't know what his days off or schedule will look like as of yet, but we know this type of schedule at this point and we've learned to adapt pretty well :).

This job change comes with some major transitions for us.  He'll be going to Oklahoma in a couple of short weeks for two months to get specific training on radar for his new job position.  With a working wife and mom and two young girls at home, this has been heavy on our hearts as we anticipate this time apart, but we know who is in control and we are so thankful for the friends and family who have come along to support us already!!  What a blessing that is!  I also have an amazing teacher partner who has understood our family needs and has been so flexible, understanding, and wonderful to us! 
After he leaves Oklahoma, he'll be on the job training with simulators and trainers.  He'll be in 'school mode' for about a year and a half to two years before he completely certifies to do the job on his own.  The last time he went through training it was just the two of us, in our careers, with no little girls in tow.  We know and trust that the timing of this transition is perfect as hard as some days will be for us.  So, despite the many schedules and things to manage, we are apprehensive about how all this is going to play out, but nervously excited at the same time!

 Brandon has been dreaming of this job for a while and now its reality!  We have never had to walk by faith as much as we have now.  With so many unknowns in so many areas of our lives, we are trying to take it one day at a time. 

So, here we go!  There's our little update! We're jumping into this new journey and adventure!  You have so many people rooting for you and behind you every step of the way.

"I just want to tell you good luck.  We're all counting on you."

We are so proud of you daddy and love you so very much! 




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lucy's First Day of Preschool {year 2}

This little babe of our started her second year of preschool last week!
She was timid, but excited about being in school 'like her big sister!'

Lucy, you are getting to be such a big girl before our very eyes!  Here's to another awesome year of fun and learning!  We can't wait to see how much you will change and learn this year sweet girl!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 2017 Tidbits

This month we worked on getting more of Lucy's room transformed into a 'big girl' room!  Lots of details still to be done, but it's coming together.
We got to take a hike one weekend to Hidden Falls with the Hartin family while they are in town.  It was so good to get out, get some great conversations in, and have fun together.  We love them dearly and miss them every time they go back to Indonesia.  We certainly cherish the times we get with them!

Aubrey had her first day of school in August (and so did mommy, but a week earlier).  Back to scheduled time commitments and busy days ahead!

Aubrey's school had a pancake breakfast one Saturday to celebrate the new school year and catch up with friends.  It was a great, fun start to the year so far!
 We also did lots of swimming and had a lot of fun in the water!
We got to celebrate my mom's birthday this month!  The cake was a strawberry and cream cake that the birthday girl loved.

This month also brought on some extreme heat in the area, new beginnings with a start to a new work school year for me, and some big changes coming our way next month!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

First Day of 1st Grade

And just like that, she's on to 1st grade!  Another year of fun and learning ahead!

Thus begins our daily walks to school and early mornings.


It's going to be a great year Aubrey!  We can't wait to see what you will learn and how much you will grow!