Fun Weekend with the Family!

Another fun weekend with the family! This time at Disney for the Star Wars Weekend. My oldest son is 3 and turning into a huge Star Wars fan so we made the trek to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for their yearly Star Wars Weekend. It lasts for a couple weekends from May thru the first part of June. It was great and we had a blast. We got to see everybody from Darth Vader to C3PO and everyone in between. Obvious exceptions were Han Solo, Luke, etc. Lots of Storm Troopers walking around and we got a few good pics. Every time we tried to get a picture with Darth Vader the line was closed, so my little guy was a little bummed out.

Otherwise we had a pretty good time. We hit up Universal and did his favorite ride over there, ET.

All in all we had a great time. Once again, spending time with the family is really what it’s all about. Doesn’t matter what you do or where you do it as long as you’re with your family. My New Year’s resolution wasn’t to spend more time with my family but it probably should have been. It’s the only thing I’ve really been serious about this year.

It’s funny how things work out. I’ve been fairly unhappy with how management has been running things lately and my response has been to cut back on work. If I’m not happy there then I should spend less time there. Makes sense to me. But the other side of that has been that I’ve been spending more time with my family. My wife said that the last couple of months have been some of the best of our marriage. We went out on two dates in May. That may not seem like a lot of dates to most, but I work A LOT and that’s huge for us.

Because I’m cutting back on work my wife sort of got her husband back. For anyone out there reading this that may feel like they have to work 60 or 70+ hours a week to keep things rolling (maybe you do) you should try taking some time to yourself. For your family if for no other reason. It’s the best thing that I could have done and I only did it because I was unhappy (still am) with the way my company is running things. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees and that was my problem.

I thought I was being a good provider by never being home and always working. Not the case. If you have a family and you’re always working somebody is missing you. A lot. Don’t miss your life.


Weekend with the In-laws

Another Weekend with the Family


Grand Canyon

This picture is from the grand canyon. It comes on the jump drive you get when you buy the pictures at the Skywalk. It’s really neat, if you’re ever out that way. This picture really captures the peacefulness of spending time with the ones I love.

This weekend was another weekend spent with the family. Things haven’t been going too well at work. Mostly because of the whole raise (or lack thereof) situation. I’ve been turning down overtime and not working weekends, which is unusual for me. Upper management is starting to take notice and my immediate manager questioned me (again) about my attitude.

I’ve been trying real hard to prevent the company’s lack of communication about compensation from affecting my overall disposition and performance at work. It would seem as though I haven’t been too successful in my efforts. Basically, I’m still upset that they have yet to even address the raise situation. If they’re not going to reward my (or anyone else’s) efforts with a raise, then the least that we should expect is for them to address the issue. It’s already the middle of March. We completed our reviews in October. They’ve had plenty of time.

But, like I said, I’m not going to continue to sacrifice and spend extended periods of time away from my family if they’re not going to reward my efforts. So, I’ve cut back on accepting any overtime or weekend work. I did, recently, accept an offer from my manager to handle a new account’s roll-out for new cctv equipment installation. But that was just me trying to be a team player and not causing someone else to have to pick up my slack, which is what would have happened.

Because I’m cutting back, I have more time to spend with my family. That, is a VERY GOOD THING! It’s the only good thing that’s come of this situation.

Enough of my whining!

The wife and I took the kids over to my sister’s house and spent the weekend with the cousins and my brother in law. My brother in law is a great guy and we really don’t get to spend as much time together as I would like. I don’t have any brothers and he’s probably the closest thing to that.

There aren’t any kids in our neighborhood that are close in age to my children so they don’t get to play with other kids often. They really enjoy playing with their cousins. With everything that seems to be going bad right now, from the economy right on down to, you name it. It’s nice to be able to get away with family for a little while and just forget about the chaos of life going on around us.

I hope any and every person that reads this post has a good family to fall back on. I truly wouldn’t know what to do without mine.

I hope everyone can get away every once in a while. A little quality time with the people you love can fix just about anything. I should know, I’m a repairman!