Saturday, January 9, 2016

A promotion!

I started working at Visa in April. One of my colleagues who just finished her accounting masters, ended up leaving, which opened up a position on our team. I applied for the position, but due to policies at Visa, they don't usually promote someone who's been with the company for under a year.
My boss really wanted me to have the promotion, as I was doing a majority of the work anyway. Well, after quite a bit of time and thinking that I wouldn't get it, I got a call from HR the day I was flying to Arizona. Imagine my surprise that I was getting the promotion plus a significant raise. What a blessing this will be this year.
My boss's bosses were visiting our office this week, and after a conversation with them, they told my boss that they are glad that the position came to me. It was a nice reassurance and I'm looking forward to working with them over the coming months.

Christmas in Arizona

This year, it was our year to spend Christmas together as a family. I flew in to Phoenix and then drove up Christmas Eve.

Jacob's first Christmas, he's a happy camper!
A surprise visit from Santa!
I love my big, loud and sometimes silly family. It was great to spend this Christmas with most of them.
Dad turned 70 this year so Vonda flew from Oregon to Utah, then Ruth, her kids, Vonda and I all drove to Arizona. It was a surprise for mom and dad when we showed up. Keeping the secret for months wasn't easy, but it was worth it!

Ruth was confused about where The Gap was and we almost ran out of gas and asked an Indian if they would take Ruth and I into Chinle to get a couple of gallons that we could put in the car, which was just enough to get us to Chinle to fill up. So we took advantage of the detour and ate lunch at Sonic. Vonda being silly like she always is. Love her!

Adaline and Cordelia did really well on the drive. Here they are enjoying some tots. Haha

When we got to Lakeside we met up with Mom, Dad, Bridgette and Cody to have dinner at Wendy's. As you can see, silliness runs in the family.

Before heading back to Utah, we all met for dinner at The Lotus Garden. It was such a special trip to get to spend time with my amazing father for his 70th birthday. I hope and pray that he is around for many, many more years.
Love my family!

And it was snowing on our way back to Utah. Who knew that Arizona would get more snow this year than Utah!