Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quick and Dirty

So...there really is a lot to catch up - BIG THINGS HAVE HAPPENED! So here's the quick and dirty:

During my maternity break this summer I told Marc I could no longer work. I just couldn't do it and he needed to find a way to make the SAHM thing work. And he did! A few emails, interviews, and conversations later we are living with his parents in Roanoke and I am the happiest I've ever been. We are doing lots of things to our house to get it ready to sell. Bittersweet I tell ya. I lived in Charlottesville since '91, lived in my house since '03, and worked at UVa in some capacity since '98. Needless to say it's hard leaving all that.


It really wasn't. When I sat down and really thought about life, I spend my time and energy on my husband and kids. So all the other stuff, I may miss it at times, but how could I ever get sad when I get to see my kids all day long?! I get to see Carter learn new things, say new words, and be the most awesome little kid ever. And I get to see Gabey rolling over, walking in his bear cart, eating baby food, and throwing around his heartbreaking smile all day. It's wonderful. Better than I ever could have imagined it being.

Yes, I am two weeks in, yes I do have help from my mother/father-in-law, but I don't regret this decision even a little.

Yay for us!! The biggest shout out of them all goes to the man that made this happen, Mr. Marc Patrouch. Word up husband. Always remember "WWMD?!"

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Performance Reviews

So I had my performance review yesterday which was HILARIOUS! 1-because I'm leaving and what does it really matter?! and 2-I couldn't help but think "I wonder how CJ and GB would rate me?"

This is what I've come up with:

Mom, you are excellent at letting me do what I want, laughing at me and telling me how cute I am. However, I would appreciate it if you could let me do EVEN MORE such as climbing up on to the kitchen table, running out in to the road, and playing outside whenever I want. And kill it with the sunscreen. Giving me more television and computer time is also a request. I rate you 3/5. I will re-evaluate you in 6 months and hope that you have corrected some of the issues I have outlined.

Mom, I love you. Your hugs are the best I've ever had, never put me down. If you could hold me, carry me, sing to me, and dance around all the time I would appreciate it. You excel at treating me like the darling baby I am. A lot will change in the next 6 months, I will probably be rolling over, sitting up, and eating food. I ask that you not let me fall down stairs, bump my head too much, or choke. I rate you 5/5.

We have come to the conclusion that we will keep you employed for at least 6 more months. In that time we expect trips to the park, crafts, dancing, singing, some professional development to include PBS kids and Nick Jr., and if we really must, some naps. We encourage you to hone your skills and attend as many workshops as possible. While you are an excellent mother, we feel you really can step it up and do more. Our lives depend on it.

Your review date is set for March 1. We wish you luck in these next 6 months. We will also have dad rate you at that time as an outside reviewer.

Please let us know what we can do to help you. We are in this together, team players if you will.


Carter Jean, Director of All Things Baby and HBIC

Gabriel Benjamin, Assistant Director of All Things Baby and Special Projects Manager