Tuesday, August 25, 2009
And a few behind the scenes photos, too, including Abby trying to feed Toby and then deciding to enjoy the Toby snack herself. :-)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wes went to get Abigail out of her crib after her morning nap and was concerned that she had scratched her face. I was confused because I just cut her nails two days ago, but her nails do seem to grow at a super speed. Nope, wasn't a scratch, she had slept on her hand! You have to look hard to see it, the lighting wasn't that great; and Abigail kept wanting to look at the camera.
A little later I had the two kids pose. I cannot remember if we have any CUTE pictures of them together. It's only taken 8 months, but he's really starting to love her! Matt keeps saying Toby knows his days are numbered now that she's mobile, and continuously pulls herself up on the ottoman of HIS couch.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
And just wanted to also post photos of our newphew (Abby's cousin), Gavin, that I took last weekend!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Anyways, Tio Wesley joined the crew on the drive back up to Atlanta, and so he'll be staying with us for a week. I'm sure my (technically Abby's) xBox will get plenty of play time this week, and we might even try to leave the house for dinner and other outings this week since he's in town. Well, it's late and I really need to call it a night. G-night!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Abigail had some more fun with cousins Mason and Melina!
We finished off the afternoon at Abuela's, where we got to visit with some of Abuela's cousins. Abigail had horrible napping today, so she's already in bed. I might try giving Toby a bath with some of my free time.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Nano made his granddaughter her first Adirondack chair. She loves it!
We went to Lowry Park yesterday. Picked up Ty & Ava since they don't start school for another couple weeks (they were our ring bearer & flower girl!). Aunt Sharon, Marisa, Mason & Melina met us there too. We all had a lot of fun!
Ever since moving to Marietta, I've been meaning to do a photowalk through the abandoned Belmont Hills shopping center. On Monday while on my way home from work I took a detour over to the shopping center to see what I could capture. As you can see, the skies were incredibly blue and those powder puff clouds really made it interesting to shoot while facing the east. The decrepit Belmont Hills complex is falling apart on its on and is a huge eyesore in the Marietta/Smyrna area along Atlanta Rd. However, work is already under way to redevelop the abandoned property into a large mixed-use development of condos, townhouses and office/retail space. Looking forward to seeing this eye-sore removed from our area.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Only a few months ago (late May to be exact) were we told that our jobs were being targeted as part of corporate-mandated global downsizing efforts, and that we should prepare ourselves for life after Philips. The shock of the news hit hard for all of us, but we all were in the same boat and somehow found comfort in knowing that we all would survive this together. In the 10 weeks since that announcement we all seemed to find humor in the amount of job searching, networking and portfolio/resume updating that we all have done together. We even forwarded job postings to each other in hopes of helping at least one of us out, and that personal touch alone really brought us closer together like family.
Of course, sometime over the summer my pending layoff was voided thanks to the incredible support I received from both my senior level managers and even clients. It was very motivating to know that I was needed and would actually be kept around instead of facing another layoff. However, now that the final day for everyone on my team has actually arrived, I'm trying to find words to describe the feeling. I guess the best word right now is bittersweet because here I am...still with a job...while also the lone survivor of what used to be the visual communication team. In the midst of now empty cubicles I think it's finally sinking in that things will never be the same. And there's some humor in that because when exactly has my professional life not endured change? For those that know me, my professional life has guided me from here to there over the last few years. I mean, this is the 6th office and 5th design job I've worked at in 7 years (and this isn't including the catering side gig or bar manager job I had while living in Birmingham). Hard to say that change is new to me. Just doesn't make it any easier to endure.
What's next? Heck, your guess is probably as good as mine, but right now I'm still somehow positive about the future. Our office appears on the chopping block as we've already bid farewell to half the workforce, but our senior director is an incredibly optimistic guy who is working hard to keep our office relevant. For me in particular, I am the only structural packaging designer within all of Philips Design. When you consider that there are 500+ employees globally, I think that's both overwhelming and great at the same time. It's a good thing to have clients who specifically ask for my design input on their projects, and if that can continue then there are more possibilities out there for my future either with Philips or elsewhere. Only time will tell what is truly next, but the unknown is what should inspire me to do as much as I can with the opportunity given.
For now, though, I'm going to let this day soak in as much as it can. It needs to because this day will shape my future in one way or another. The hugs and goodbyes (a few tears, too) that I've shared today have been tough, but we all know that its experiences like this that make us all better people in the long run. While watching familiar doors close for the last time are never easy, it's the new doors that begin opening that make life the journey it is.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This was the second time Abigail has pulled this on top of her, but only the first time I've seen it (the other time she was with Daddy). It's hard to tell if she was going after the mirror, dragonfly or just trying to stand up using the arches (which are very unstable thank goodness!). I think the playmat might need to be put away very soon.
Here's a quick shot before we went for a mile and a half yesterday. We actually went again today. Both of the kids enjoy the outing, we're trying to make it more of a habit!