Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today We Close a Chapter in Our Life Book

Today is my husband's last day of employment. I think I've cried more times than he has worried. When he went in on Monday he handed 2 of his co-workers thank you cards. They've been with him for 14 years. The act of him just purchasing the thank you cards made me cry. 

When he came home he told me that his boss didn't tell his 2 coworkers about him being let go at all. I think that his boss is so ashamed that he had to let Travis go. The thank you cards were unexpected. His coworker Steve got teary eyed. When I heard this I cried again. 

*I'm not even at that hormonal point in the month. I remember making fun of my mom for crying over movies and shows. Here I am a slobbery mess. I'm turning into my mom, only worse.

The thing is, I'm not crying over money really. Well maybe a little. Mostly it's the closing of the chapter that's lasted so long.

Tuesday night at the Y we went to a Family Fitness class. Mica and Isaak automatically want to play tag with me every time. Maybe it's because they know they can tag me much easier than their Father. We played tag, and kickball there. Guess who hurt his back at some point during the process? Dad of course. At the end the girl in charge asked if we needed a card to fill out? If you go for a certain number of times you get prizes. I looked at her, shook my head and said, "After this month we won't be going to the Y for awhile. My husband lost his job." I explained what happened. I don't want anyone thinking my husband did anything wrong, because he didn't. I know tears filled up in my eyes. 

We went home, and Dad grabbed a bag of frozen peas out of the freezer to put on his back. In the process of putting them back in the freezer a giant bag of berries fell out, busted and went all over the floor. At that point I had to laugh. Sometimes laughter has to take over tears. Your life is comedic after a certain point of disasters around you.

At Ju-Jitsu tears happened again. We're on a 3 month hold after this month. We won't have to pay a sign up fee if we decide to go back. We can close our account completely if we decide to go that route. I know they have scholarships for those that make less money, but right now if I spend anything I want it to go towards camps in the summer to keep the kids busy. It's just sad because Mica's been going there since he was 6, and now he's 9. Both boys are getting better at the martial art. 

My little {what used to be selfish} Mica said, "Dad if I win that writing contest you made me enter; you can have the money." Last night Mica said, "I want to start delivering papers for the family." We said, "Why?" He said, "You know to bring in some money." - I love that kid! Of course he's only 9, and we're not waking up at some crazy time in the morning to deliver papers. It's the thought that counts. This proves we've done something right with our kids. 

Where Travis works there's 2 businesses inside the building. They are pretty close to the other business. One lady said last week, "Hummm...I wonder when cookies will show up again?" That translates to, Your wife Alissa should bring in some cookies for me to eat.

As soon as he was asked to leave I made cookies. I don't over eat when I'm stressed, but I do want to bake. Conversation heart cookies were made. For one of the first times in Travis' life, he helped me pipe the words on. I said, "We should write typical things for my work: Cute, Sexy, Love, Hot... For your work we should write: Bye, See Ya, It's Been Fun..." He loved that idea.

For My Work:

For His Work:

He said, "If I'm doing this I'm going to write some naughty ones. I'm losing my job anyhow." I said, "That's perfect." He used his imagination in regards to "FAH Q" and "AH SOUL". You may need to use your imagination as well to figure them out. I said, "I hope your boss doesn't think you are calling him those words. He said, "They'll laugh. Who cares if he does think that."

Do you get sad/happy when your life changes? I cry over happy times to. Like when we got married, and had our babies. I've cried at sad times like when my Grandma passed away. I think it's human nature to be scared in regards to change. It's not like I think we're going to drown in a lake. I just know that what we're used to is going to change now. 

Travis has an interview on Friday, he's going to the unemployment office to fill out that stuff that day to. On Saturday he is modeling for a local art place. I just hope his back is better by then! Luckily for us a fellow friend/mom owed us a favor. The boys get off school early on Friday, so she's taking them. They'll love it because they love her, and she's taking them out for ice cream. 

Human nature is interesting. Change is vital to get better. Change is also very scary. I know I'll be a slobbery mess when my kids leave the nest. 


Theresa Mahoney said...

It's nice to see he still has a sense of humor about it all. I LOL when I read those naughty cookies. I do hope he saved them for the boss ;)

Masshole Mommy said...

I am sure new and GREAT things are coming up for Travis!

LOVE the cookies!!

Ai Sakura said...

Sorry to hear about his job loss. I hope his interview today goes well. Please tell him Good Luck for me send him my regards!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Eat To Live said...

Oh Alissa, I feel so sad for you. I know how you went out of your way to bake for Travis and his work group. They are going to not only miss him... but you!
The good thing is... Travis will find something else... maybe bigger and better!! I am pulling for you every step of the way.

~ Noelle said...

Change is always a scary thing.(At least for me it is) but, you just have to deal with what hand you have been dealt and just wish for the best. I know good things are headed your way!

Jamie | Jamie's Recipe said...

I wish your family all the best!

The older I get the more I am a blubbering mess. I have no idea how I got this way. Both my parents are pretty stoic.

Since I am a recipe developer I have to comment on the beautiful piping job on those cookies. I wish my hand was as steady!

nicole mcdonald said...

I wish you the best of luck and hope he finds a new Job soon. I would cry alot too.
The cookies are fabulous though.

Mardra said...

Change IS scary.
I love the cookies - well played.
Best wishes that this turn of events quickly evolves into a pleasant new path.


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